Day 1: Buenos Aires: Arrival and meeting at the airport. Transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a tour of this wonderful cosmopolitan city, capital of Argentina.
Day 2: Buenos Aires – Puerto Madryn: Flight to Trelew and welcome to Patagonia! Drive to Puerto Madryn, a charming coastal city on the Golfo Nuevo shores. Lodging at your hotel for three nights. Rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. Includes: (B).
Day 3: Punta Tombo: Reception at the airport and visit to Punta Tombo rookery, the most important breeding colony of Magellan penguins in the world. You will walk through a trail that cuts deep into the colony to observe closely these fascinating birds. Other species such as kelp gulls, skuas, cormorants, giant petrels, dolphin gulls, the Chubut steamer duck, and Patagonian foxes also inhabit the area and may be seen here. On the way back you will visit GAIMAN, a traditional small town that was settled by Welsh immigrants in the 1870s. There you may enjoy a cup of tea and pastries (not included). In the evening drive back to your hotel in Puerto Madryn. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 4: Valdes Peninsula: Full day visit to Valdes Peninsula. On your way you will stop to see the wildlife of the area: guanacos, lesser rheas, Patagonian foxes, hairy armadillos, maras and the most important rookeries protecting large colonies of Southamerican sea lions, and Southern elephant seals. At Puerto Piramide, a village on the south side of the Peninsula, you may enjoy a boat excursion (optional) NOTE: whales remain in the area from June until the first weeks of December. Lodging in Puerto Madryn. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 5: Trelew - El Calafate: Transfer to the airport to fly to El Calafate, a small village located close to the shores of Argentino Lake. During the evening, you will be free to explore the region and take advantage of the beautiful sights, or you can rest in the cozy hotel. Dinner at the hotel. (B, D)
Day 6: Los Glaciares National Park: After breakfast we will depart to visit Los Glaciares National Park. This park of 600.000 hectares (2,300 square miles) has thirteen glaciers that flow into the Argentino and Viedma lakes. Perito Moreno Glacier, is one of the few glaciers in the world that is still progressing. It is only 500 ft above sea level, which makes it very accessible, allowing one to stand in front of a mountain of ice that measures 60 m (180 ft) by 5 km (2.5 miles).
The constant fall of huge towers of ice from its walls and into the lake is an unforgettable spectacle. Trekking Expedition: We will board a zodiac boat to cross Argentino Lake navigating around ice blocks which are constantly calving from it. We will land on an isolated beach and hike on the glacier. (not additional equipment, or previous experience required). Picnic lunch at the park. In the evening return to your hotel in El Calafate. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: El Calafate – Ushuaia: Flight to Ushuaia. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful city on the shores of the Beagle Channel and its interesting End of the World Museum.
Day 8: Ushuaia: Full day visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park, hiking through the beech forest where you will likely see the Magellanic woodpeckers, largest in South America, Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles and Andean Condors. Lunch at the park. Lodging in Ushuaia. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 9: Ushuaia: Today you will enjoy a boat excursion on the Beagle Channel. Includes: (B).
Day 10: El Calafate - Buenos Aires: Transfer to the airport and flight back to Buenos Aires. Arrival, meeting at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the evening at leisure. Includes: (B).
Day 11: Buenos Aires: Morning and afternoon at leisure to relax, shop and enjoy the city. In the evening, transfer to the international airport and fly back to the U.S. Includes: (B).
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