Day 1: Buenos Aires. International airport reception and transfer to hotel. Day at leisure. We suggest you take our exclusive 'Four Balconies of Buenos Aires' tour (at additional cost). Set off on a half-day, privately-guided tour of Buenos Aires in which a professor of the University uses four parks and plazas of Buenos Aires (Plaza de Mayo, Parque Lezama and La Boca, Plaza San Martin and Recoleta) to introduce visitors to Argentina, its history, contrasts, contradictions and the peculiar psychology of its inhabitants. Overnight accommodations at the Hotel Elevage (or similar). Includes: (B).
Day 2: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia. Hotel pickup and transfer to the National Airport for your flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Airport reception and transfer to hotel. Tierra del Fuego contains all the different ecosystems which typify Patagonia on a single island: South Atlantic coast, bushy steppe, Andes surrounded by glaciers, snow, lakes and forests. In the afternoon, hike to the Beagle Lookout on the city's outskirts. Overnight at the Hosteria Los Fuegos. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Hiking the Summits of the "End of the World". Start hiking on an old trail built by prisoners at the beginning of the 20th-century. Hike through the sub antarctic beech forest and peat bogs. Enjoy lunch at a lookout point. Observe a panoramic view of the Beagle Channel from the summit of Cerro del Medio (3,000 ft.) Then, hike to Cerro Roy (2,700 ft) with the Andes spread out to the north. Return to the hotel about 6pm. Overnight at Hosteria Los Fuegos, breakfast included. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Tierra del Fuego National Park. Full day visit to the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Hiking through this beech forest you will be able to look for the Magellanic woodpecker (largest in South America), Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles and Andean Condors. In the afternoon, kayak the Ovando River through the Green (Verde) Lagoon to Lapataia. Overnight at Hosteria Los Fuegos, breakfast included. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Ushuaia - El Calafate - El Chalten. Morning at leisure to explore Ushuaia on your own. This afternoon you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the El Calafate bus station. You will be assisted to your departing bus to the small outpost village of El Chalten, located approximately 217 km (135 miles) to the north. You will be met at the El Chalten bus station and transferred to Hosteria El Pilar, 9 miles north of El Chalten, set on the Rio Blanco in the beech foothills of the Fitzroy range. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 6: Fitzroy. From El Pilar, you'll hike approximately 3 hours through beech forests to the Poincenot base camp of Mt. Fitzroy. Along the way, you will have constantly changing views of Piedras Blancas glacier and the N.E. face of Fitzroy. From base camp, you may attempt the strenuous 1-hour climb to Laguna de los Tres. Here, three glaciers drain into the green lagoon with majestic Mt. Fitzroy towering above. Enjoy breathtaking views of Lago Viedma, the endless Patagonian steppe and Fitzroy itself. You can continue down a steep 1½-mile trail to the lake with a natural balcony overlooking Laguna Sucia, the St. Exupery and Poincenot spires. Return to base camp and the Rio Blanco. From here, you will either descend the Blanco riverbed to El Pilar or continue past the Lagos Madre y Hija to El Chalten, where you will be transferred back to the lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Trek to Cerro Torre. Depart El Pilar for a full-day hike to the Cerro Torre base camp at Laguna Capri. You will have spectacular views of Cerro Solo and the Fitzroy Massif along the way. The spires of Cerro Torre and Cerro Egger rise directly across the lake. After returning to El Chalten, you will be transferred back to your lodge. Overnight Hosteria El Pilar. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: El Chalten - El Calafate. Morning at leisure to do another hike or go into town. At the appropriate time you will transfer back to the El Chalten bus station for the bus to El Calafate. You will be met at the El Calafate bus station and transferred to Estancia Alice, El Galpon located 20 km. from El Calafate, on the way to the Perito Moreno glacier. After a welcome of hot tea, coffee and homemade snacks, a walking tour of the estancia will introduce you to the estancia and surrounding area: trekking paths to Lago Argentino, sheep herding by trained dogs, birdwatching flamingo, swan and over 40 migrating species. The day ends with a delicious Patagonian lamb barbecue. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 9: Perito Moreno Glacier. From El Calafate, the journey continues across the last portion of the plateau, a landscape of glaciers and enormous snowfields stretched out across the mountains. Los Glaciares National Park, in the sub-Antarctic Continental Ice-cap, is known as the "Third Pole" and extends over 60,000 sq.km (23,000 sq. miles), giving birth to several major glaciers along the Patagonian Andes. Pay the Los Glaciares National Park entrance fee ($8US paid in pesos). Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the few advancing glaciers in the world, and statistics are mind-boggling. The main wall is over 200 feet tall and almost 3 miles wide.
Every now and then enormous pieces of ice break down and fall with thunderous noise into the lake. This area was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. The wildlife of the area includes Andean condors, buff-necked ibis, black-chested buzzard eagles, ashy-headed geese, etc. You'll land on an uninhabited beach and hike onto the glacier. The wildlife of the area includes Andean condors, buff-necked ibis and black-chested buzzard-eagles. Return to Estancia Alice in the afternoon. A box-lunch may be purchased ahead of time at the Estancia. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 10: Estancia Alice. Day at leisure. The estancia offers lots of activities that are included in your stay (horse rides, guided trails, hiking trails, mountain bikes, etc.). Includes: (B), (D).
Day 11: El Calafate - Buenos Aires. Transfer to the El Calafate Airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Airport reception and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Elevage (or similar), breakfast included. This evening, an optional dinner and tango show can be arranged (at additional cost). Includes: (B).
Day 12: Int'l departure. Check-out and transfer to the airport for departing flight. Includes: (B).
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