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  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good quality hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Four nights on board the M/V Australis cruise boat on a full board, twin share basis
  • Meals included as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
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Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia

Walking & Trekking

Argentina, Argentine Patagonia, Chile | Walking & Trekking

New for 2018
Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  21 days from the UK

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The best day walks in Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine National Parks combined with a superb cruise to Cape Horn through the Beagle Channel.

Highlights

  • Enjoy four full days walking in the wild and beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Sail on a stunning four night cruise to Cape Horn through the Beagle Channel
  • Walk amidst the spectacular scenery of the Torres del Paine National Park
  • Take a boat cruise for close up views of the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Tour the sights of Buenos Aires

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The Torres Del Paine National Park is one of the most spectacular places I've ever visited . You really do feel like your at the edge of the world.
J Davies, MK Operations Manager

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Our new adventure to the spectacular Land of Fire & Ice begins at the ‘end of the world’ in the far south of the American continent. From Ushuaia we explore the beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park on foot, visit the Martial glacier and ascend Cerro del Medio for stunning views out over the islands that make up the archipelago.

Returning to Ushuaia you board the M/V Australis for an unforgettable four-night cruise to Punta Arenas. Sailing through the Beagle and Murray Channels, we look out for whales, dolphins, condors and elephant seals en route to Cape Horn National Park. Weather permitting there will be ample opportunities for shore excursions on the cruise, highlights include the Garibaldi and Nena glaciers and a final stop at Madalena Island to visit a colony of 120,000 penguins.

Arriving at Punta Arenas, in the heart of Patagonia, we transfer to Torres del Paine National Park to explore the soaring granite peaks, vivid blue lakes, green forested slopes and snow-capped tops that make this area truly remarkable.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  21 days from the UK

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 0 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Santiago

Accommodation types: Hotels, Cruise Boat

Itinerary overview
DayActivity
1-2
Fly to Buenos Aires. Sightseeing tour.
3
Fly to Ushuaia.
4-7
Day walks in Tierra del Fuego including Fagnano Lake, Cerro del Medio and Martial Glacier.
8
Board cruise boat M/V Australis.
9-11
Cruise through Beagle and Murray Channels to Cape Horn and on to Punta Arenas.
12
Disembark cruise at Punta Arenas and drive to Puerto Natales.
13
Drive to Torres del Paine National Park.
14-16
Day walks in the Torres del Paine NP.
17-19
Drive to see Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. Boat ride. Time at leisure.
20-21
Fly from Calafate to London.

Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Buenos Aires

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight from London to Buenos Aires.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight To Buenos Aires
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Buenos Aires. Transfer to Hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour.

    On arrival in Buenos Aires you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you will take a guided city tour by bus to see the many faces of Buenos Aires. The city was first permanently settled in the 1580s and after centuries of immigration, Buenos Aires is now well known for its European architecture and multicultural outlook. Your all-encompassing tour will include the 'symbol' of the city - the Obelisk; squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin, Plaza Alvear; famous avenues including Avenida de Mayo, Corrientes and 9 de Julio; the historic neighbourhoods of La Boca and Telmo; the magnificent Palermo and Recoleta areas; the Ecologic Reserve of the 'Costanera Sur' and the commercial and financial areas of the city.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel De Las Americas
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Ushuaia.

    This morning, you will transfer to Jorge Newbery Airport for the 3-4 hour flight south to Ushuaia. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your overnight hotel. Ushuaia is the capital of the island archipelago of Tierra del Fuego and proclaims itself the 'Southernmost City in the World. Although originally settled around 10,000 years ago by the aboriginal Selknam people, Ushuaia has only really established itself as a settlement of any size in the last 150 years. Today the look and feel of the city portray the cosmopolitan mix of migrants that chose to set up home and businesses here, including Spanish, Italian, Lebanese and Eastern Europeans. After checking in to your overnight hotel there will be time to relax, or take a stroll in town and along the harbour.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Las Lengas or similar, Ushuaia
  4. Day 4 - Day walk in the Tierra del Fuego National Park - 5 hours.

    Your walk to day is initially along the spectacular coast of the Beagle Channel from Ensenada Bay to Roca-Errazuriz Lake. The coast, lakes, rivers and fjords of this area provide many different habitats. The ancient forests of Antarctic beech, lenga beech and coihue in the lower sections of the forest are home to many species of animal including guanaco, Andean Fox, North America beaver and European rabbit. There are over 90 species of birds including parakeets, condors and oystercatchers. After a picnic lunch at Roca-Errazuriz lake you continue walking towards beautiful Lapataia Bay. In the afternoon you will drive back through Ushuaia to drive through the Andes mountains, past Lake Escondido and along the shore of Lake Fagano to your hotel for the night. This is a stunning drive, passing some of the highest peaks of the island.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hosteria Kaiken, Tierra Del Fuego
  5. Day 5 - Day walk in ‘the Heart of the Island’ nature reserve - 5 hours.

    It is a short drive along Route H, known as The Ranches road, to Lake Yehuin. The walk starts from a camp site along the Indio river bed towards Yakush lake, and continues along the shore of the lake, passing typical Fuegian landscape of lenga and nires forest and peat bogs, to a lunch spot. From here you follow the Claro river to the foot of Mont Cabras. It is well worth the effort to climb to the summit for fantastic views. Weather permitting you now board a zodiac to take you to the remote Hosteria El Torito for the night. This very special accommodation is well off the beaten track and beautifully situated by the lake.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hosteria El Torito, Tierra Del Fuego
  6. Day 6 - Walking above Lake Fagano - 4-5 hours.

    Your walk today takes you up into the hills on the little visited north side of the Tierra del Fuego National park. Initially you will climb about 300m/1,000ft to visit Beban's waterfall. Snow conditions permitting, you will then walk towards the Azul lagoon, through the pass of the Five Lagoons. This is magical land of mountains, forests, waterfalls and fantastic views. After descending to the shores of Fagano lake, you return to Ushuaia by zodiac and vehicle.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Las Lengas or similar, Ushuaia
  7. Day 7 - Cerro del Medio and Marital Glacier Walk - 6-7 hours.

    The Andes mountains that rise dramatically above the bay of Ushuaia are easily accessible from the town. Today you ascend up the former lumberjacks' path to the "Cerro del Medio". From here you visit the stunning "Margot" Lagoon and then aim for the summit of the "Roy" Mount. This will be the highest point on the trek. You will have lunch at the summit and head down through the back side of the "Godoy" Mount, with views of the tree filled"Negro" Canyon. After traversing along high above the river, you ascend again to reach a pass. There are stunning views from here of the Beagle channel with its numerous islands. You descend here to head south along the "Martial" glacier valley. You arrive at the base of the old ski piste and return by vehicle to Ushuaia.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Las Lengas or similar, Ushuaia
  8. Day 8 - Depart Ushuaia aboard M/V Australis.

    Today, there's time to make a leisurely start and then explore Ushuaia. The town houses a few small museums, the most interesting of which are: the Museo Marítimo, located in part of the old prison and displaying a collection illustrating the history of Tierra del Fuego; the Presidio, a museum dedicated to the history of the military prison. One wing of this museum has been converted to an art gallery featuring the work of local artists. After lunch you'll check in for your cruise and towards the end of the afternoon you'll return to the harbour and board your expedition cruise ship - one of the Australis fleet. Established in 1990, Cruceros Australis offer the very best Tierra del Fuego - Patagonia expedition cruises. Two ships now operate in rotation: the M/V Australis and the newly launched, slightly larger M/V Stella Australis. Both ships offer the same standards of service and accommodation, with viewing decks, internal lounge and dining room. All meals and a free bar are included in your cruise and in addition to shore excursions; there is a varied programme of lectures on the region's history, geology and wildlife. Precise cruise timings will be determined by tides and prevailing weather conditions but you can normally expect to be leaving Ushuaia and cruising through the Beagle Channel by early evening.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  9. Day 9 - Cruise to Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay.

    This morning you will sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park. This distinctive rock promontory rises steeply out of the water to a height of 425m/1,395ft and holds an iconic place in maritime history. Weather permitting you'll make your first shore excursion here, setting foot on the "End of the Earth". For centuries a navigational marker for crossings between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Cape Horn has now been declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

    Sailing on, you'll step ashore once more in the afternoon, this time at Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833, during his famous voyage aboard HMS Beagle and the area is renowned for its striking vegetation and topography. You'll take a walk to a look out point here, via a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues and Canelos.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  10. Day 10 - Cruise to Agostini Sound. Visit Aguila Glacier.

    Today you will sail through a series of Channels: Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena to reach the spectacular Agostini Sound. You are now in the heart of the Darwin Cordillera. Here you'll see the glaciers flowing down off the mountains, flowing in some cases into the sea. This afternoon you'll take to zodiacs once more and head to the Águila Glacier for a short walk to its base.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  11. Day 11 - Cruise to Pia and Garibaldi Glaciers.

    You sail back to the Beagle Channel and westwards along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a section of Alberto de Agostini National Park called Glacier Alley or Avenue of the Glaciers. Flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet are a number of impressive tidewater glaciers, and you will enter the narrow Pia Fjord and board the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking you can take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more demanding walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. Making our way further west along the Beagle Channel, you enter another long fjord and drop anchor near the Garibaldi Glacier for another shore excursion. Garibaldi is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. This time you hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord. The walk is demanding -- very steep, negligible trail, rough footing -- and not for everyone. For those who choose to stay onboard, the captain will point the bow towards the beautiful sky blue Garibaldi Glacier so everyone can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  12. Day 12 - Cruise to Magdellena Island and Punta Arenas. Disembark cruise, transfer to Puerto Natales - 2½ - 3 hours.

    You will make an early start today to make the shore excursion to Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, this island was once an important provision point for seafarers and explorers. Today Magdalena is perhaps best known for its giant colony of Magellanic Penguins, thought to number around 120,000. You will doubtless spot many of these hardy, characterful creatures during a walk up to the island's lighthouse. NB. In April this excursion is usually replaced by a boat trip to Marta Island to observe sea lions.

    After returning to your cruise ship you sail on to arrive in Punta Arenas by mid morning. Here you say goodbye to your attentive crew and guides before disembarking to meet your transport and driver. You will now make the 2½-3 hour drive to reach Puerto Natales in time for a late lunch and your overnight stay. Puerto Natales sits on the shores of Last Hope Sound and the rest of the day is free to relax or explore the picturesque town.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Weskar Patagonian Lodge
  13. Day 13 - Drive to Torres del Paine National Park - 2½ - 3 hours.

    The next leg of your exploration begins today with the drive to the Torres del Paine. From Puerto Natales it is around 112km/70miles to enter the Torres del Paine National Park.

    Formed in 1959 from land previously used for sheep farming, Torres del Paine is perhaps the best known National Park in South America. In addition to the striking landscapes of granite spires, giant glaciers and turquoise lakes the park is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including Guanaco, Rhea and the majestic Condor. After completing entry formalities at the park entrance you will make the short 20 minute drive to your hotel base in the heart of the park. This afternoon, you will be able to relax, or take a short walk on one of the trails starting close to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Las Torres
  14. Day 14 - Walk in the Torres del Paine National Park.

    Today you will complete one of three walks within the Torres del Paine National Park.

    The first option is the long, yet rewarding walk to the lookout point at the base of Las Torres - the impressive granite towers that are one of the most iconic sights in the park. The second possibility is a day hike to see Frances Glacier and beautiful Pehoe Lake. The third option is a day excursion and walk to Grey Glacier - arguably the park's most famous and spectacular glacier.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Or Lodge In Torres Del Paine National Park
  15. Day 15 - Walk in the Torres del Paine National Park.

    Today you will embark on one of the two remaining walks that you didn't do yesterday. Either to the Base Camp of Las Torres, to Frances Glacier & Pehoe Lake or to Grey Glacier. Your guide will decide which is best given the weather conditions.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Or Lodge In Torres Del Paine National Park
  16. Day 16 - CROSS LAGO GREY & TREK TO GREY GLACIER – approx. 5-6 hours

    Today you will do the last of the three possible walks in the park. Either to Las Torres Base Camp, Frances Glacier & Pehoe Lake or Grey Glacier.


    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Or Lodge In Torres Del Paine National Park
  17. Day 17 - Drive to Cerro Castillo, cross border into Argentina, drive to El Calafate - 5-6 hours.

    You leave Torres del Paine National Park today to cross the border into neighboring Argentina. It is a drive of around 5 hours, but with plenty of scenic splendor to enjoy as you head east. After an hour or so you should arrive at the village of Cerro Castillo, where you cross the border and continue on to El Calafate.

    El Calafate is the main town of Argentine Patagonia and home to the only airport in this vast region. The town is located on the edge of Lake Argentino and is the doorway to the outstanding natural wonders of the Los Glaciares National Park. The main street of Calafate has many cafes, bars, shops and restaurants and is a very enjoyable place to spend an evening, or two.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Koi Aiken
  18. Day 18 - Perito Moreno excursion and boat trip.

    After breakfast, you will board your vehicle for a one hour drive to one of the world's most spectacular glaciers - The Perito Moreno. On this short journey there are plenty of sights to grab your attention; on the outskirts of El Calafate you will see the Argentine Lake with its Round Bay populated with an important variety of birds, the Black necked Swan, flamenco, duck steam, gallareta and cauquén. Once you enter the National park you will observe the arboreal vegetation formed by ñires, sour cherries, lengas and cinnamon-coloured, some flowers of diverse colors; the outstanding one is "notro" with its colourful red intense that belongs to the Patagonic Andean Forest. In front of the glacier, everything is majestic. Your guide will be able to tell you all about the formation of the glacier and explain the many features you will see.

    Arriving at the network of walkways and viewing platforms you will have time at leisure to enjoy the stunning views of the 60 foot high face of the glacier and, undoubtedly, take numerous photographs. The snout of the glacier often has huge chunks of ice calving into the lake and if you are lucky you may witness the sight and sound of this amazing natural phenomenon.

    Later on you will experience this amazing sight from a different angle by taking to the water. This navigation by the 'Brazo Rico' of the Argentine Lake allows you to appreciate the ice floes of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Arriving at the Southern end of the channel of Ice floes, the boat travels along the wall of the glacier and across the lake for great views of the clavings that take place. After ample time at this wonder of the natural world you will return to your overnight hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Koi Aiken
  19. Day 19 - Transfer to El Calafate airport. Fly to Buenos Aires.

    Today, you will bid a sad farewell to Patagonia and transfer to the airport at Calafate for your flight to Buenos Aires. You will be met at Buenos Aires airport by a local representative and transferred to your hotel - approximately a 50 minute drive from the domestic airport.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel De Las Americas
  20. Day 20 - Fly to London.

    After breakfast, there should be time to relax or explore at leisure before your transfer to the international airport for your flight back to London. If you would like to spend more time in Buenos Aires to fully explore this fascinating and cosmopolitan city, we can arrange additional hotel nights.


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  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good quality hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • Four nights on board the M/V Australis cruise boat on a full board, twin share basis
  • Meals included as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kitbag

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Torres del Paine National Park - a must-visit destination          

The Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most spectacular places I've ever visited. You really do feel like your at the edge of the world.


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