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Wildlife and Cultural Vacation in Patagonia, Argentina

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 14 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 99 people
Destination(s): Argentina  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 9550 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 16412 US Dollar (USD)

This Patagonia Vacation guides you to these countries with a visit to the most amazing sites in Patagonia: Torres Del Paine and Perito Moreno Glacier. You will fly south to Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales to visit the Torres del Paine National Park. From here you will cross the border by road to Calafate and visit the Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers and Estancia Cristina. This tour includes begins in Santiago and concludes in Buenos Aires.

Day 1: International flight to Santiago.

Day 2: City Tour of Santiago.
Reception at Santiago airport and transfer to a selected hotel in the heart of the city. This afternoon, enjoy a private city tour of Santiago. The tour that starts from the Funicular de Santiago (Gondola), which provides a stunning and panoramic view over the city from the top of San Cristobal Hill. Then travel to the heart of the city and Plaza de Armas the spot from where the city has grown throughout the centuries. Visit some of the more important buildings such as the Cathedral, the City Council, the Central Post Office and the National Historical Museum. Continue to the Presidential Palace La Moneda; the current seat of the government. Then wander the streets that were once elegant at the beginning of the 19th century and now are a commercial center. Guests will also visit some the original colonial neighborhoods such as Concha y Toro Square. Characterized by its cobbled streets and old mansions that reflect the elegance and richness of the early twentieth century the neighborhood grew to prominence between 1870 and 1876 with the influx of wealth as a result of mining and the discovery of Silver. Many Chileans achieved great wealth, including Enrique Concha y Toro founder of the famed winery. Return to the hotel for the evening.

Day 3: Casablanca Valley with Valparaiso and Vina del Mar.
This morning, meet at the hotel and transferred to the Casablanca Valley, approximately 50-miles (80-kilometers) from Santiago. The Casablanca Valley is one of Chile’s most important regions for cultivating the grapes that produce crisp white wines, most notably Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Here, enjoy a tour, tasting and lunch at one of the local wineries situated along this thriving wine route. After lunch, leaving the Casablanca Valley, visit Valparaiso, the oldest and most important port in Chile. Here there will be an opportunity to walk along the city’s winding streets and enjoy the scenery and culture of this charming port-city. Continue to Vina del Mar, a resort city that was founded in 1874, famous for its beautiful gardens and flower clock. Late in the afternoon return to the hotel in Santiago. Lunch is included today.

Day 4: Santiago - Punta Arenas - Torres del Paine. Transfer to the airport to take the flight to Punta Arenas. Reception at the airport and transfer to the all inclusive Torres del Paine hotel. Upon arrival meet with a guide to go over the program preferences for the following days. Settle in and spend the remainder of the evening at leisure to enjoy dinner with a lovely house wine.

Day 5: Torres del Paine National Park.
After breakfast, there will be an opportunity to stay and enjoy the hotel’s amenities or explore the wonders of Torres del Paine National Park during the adventure of choice, length, and difficulty. Set out with the group and guide to experience Patagonia’s main attractions and landscapes. Wonder and hike around the ancient forests, lakes of different and intense colors, rivers, mountains and glaciers. The flora and fauna are breathtaking. There will be time to stop and take in the beautiful surroundings while eating a box lunch. After the excursion return to the hotel for the night. There is a great Chilean house wine selection for guests to enjoy while eating dinner.

Day 6: Exploring Torres del Paine National Park.
Today visit a different area of Torres del Paine National Park or even enjoy one of the many onsite activities available. Torres del Paine National Park has many distinct ecosystems. Each contains widely different landscapes, which in turn sustain different flora and fauna, some found nowhere else on earth. Some of the main attractions of the park are viewing the Towers rising towards the sky like three perfect granite arrows; and one of the most beautiful destinations within the park, Grey Glacier. The name comes from the color of the water and icebergs, which are mixed with various tonalities of blue. Dinner and wine at the hotel.

Day 7: Day of Activities in Torres del Paine. Enjoy Torres del Paine, and take advantage of the beautiful surroundings. Maybe horseback ride, kayak, hike the trails, or enjoy the hotel’s amenities. Enjoy a dinner infused of local flavor with a modern twist accompanied by regional wines.

Day 8: Torres del Paine - Calafate. Private transfer to Calafate. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Day 9: Trekking Perito Moreno Glacier.
A visit to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is a must for any trip to Argentina and there is no doubt that the Perito Moreno Glacier is the most beautiful in the area. It originates at the Continental Ice field and descends through colossal mountains, to penetrate into the waters of Argentino Lake. This unique landscape is framed by the greenest of forests, and the most colorful flowers. This exclusive glacier excursion will allow one to devote all the time one desires to explore this incredible place. Leave El Calafate and after a 50-mile (80km) drive will arrive at the eastern side of Magallanes Peninsula, where there are excellent vantage points. Walk along the tracks, with many photo opportunities along the way, where one can clearly see huge ice blocks detach from the glacier and fall into the water, causing a tremendous sound and amazing waves. A truly magnificent sight.

Day 10: Upsala Glacier and MarPatag.
MarPatag Cruises offers the most exclusive full day navigation in the Los Glaciares National Park, offering saling through the waters of Lake Argentino on the ship "Leal". This cruise for up to 28 passengers offers the best alternative for full day travelers who want to know the Spegazzini Glacier and the Upsala glacier (momentarily with an iceberg barrier) more intimate. The "Gourmet Glaciers Experience" proposes sailing the waters of Lake Argentino in search of the "Spirit of the Glaciers". Walls over 50 meters high, ancient deep blue ice and majestic icebergs let you enjoy nature in all its magnitude. The "Gourmet Glaciers Experience" is an ideal program for those passengers who want to know the National Park Los Glaciares in an exclusive manner. It includes a tasting menu of four steps presented by the chef on board the vessel, accompanied by an excellent service. Begin the tour by being picked up at the hotel in El Calafate and transfer to Puerto Bandera located 50 km from the city. There, embark on the private port La Soledad (Bahia Tranquila). The navigation starts heading towards the iceberg barrier from the Upsala channel and, after crossing the barrier, head to the front of the Spegazzini glacier. Towards evening, the cruise Leal reaches the Puesto de las Vacas, which is a very quiet bay within the Spegazzini channel, where it silences the engines and enables one to share an interesting walk coordinated by the team of guides. Once back on the boat, start navigating back to the private port La Soledad.

Day 11: Calafate – Buenos Aires. Private transfer to the airport to take the flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel.

Day 12: Tour of Buenos Aires.
Private tour of Buenos Aires, an impressive city that combines the atmosphere of an old European town with the features of a Latin American capital. On this tour, guests will come to appreciate its characteristics, its history, its architecture, its culture and its best stories. Visit the center of the city, San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero and Palermo, with stops in Plaza de Mayo, Caminito and La Recoleta. Tonight, enjoy an evening of Tango! Then see an unforgettable tango show performed by the best dancers and singers in Buenos Aires, while enjoying a delicious meal with Argentinean wine. After the show return to the hotel.

Day 13: Fiesta Gaucha. Full-day excursion to an estancia for a typical barbeque lunch and a folklore/gaucho show. Here, learn about the customs of the Argentinean gauchos, and their abilities on horseback that will leave one breathless. The meat will be cooked a la gaucho outdoors on the barbeque. Lunch included. Afternoon, return to Buenos Aires.

Day 14: International Flight Home via Buenos Aires. Morning of leisure to enjoy Buenos Aires. Evening, private transfer to the airport or choose from other extensions in Argentina (Iguazu, Salta) or in Brazil.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
-airfare from Santiago to Punta Arenas
-airfare from Calafate to Buenos Aires
-hotel accommodation with daily continental breakfast
-all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling;
-meals where specified.

Price Excludes:
-Local airport taxes that are payable in the country of destination

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