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East to West Patagonia Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 29 people
Destination(s): Argentina  
Specialty Categories: National Parks  
Season: October - May
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 3405 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5225 US Dollar (USD)

An incredible combination that mingles diverse destinations: Valdés Peninsula and Punta Tombo Roockery, the biggest concentration of sea fauna in the country including whales, sea lions, penguins, and many other sea bird species, the splendor of mythical nature at Los Alerces National Park with its millenary larches, some typical Patagonic "estancias" with their homemade products and untouched traditions, and the city of Bariloche, set within the beautiful natural surroundings such as lakes, rivers and dense woods.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Trelew/Puerto Madryn. Reception at Trelew airport and transfer to Punta Tombo Rookery to admire a magnificent colony of Maguellan penguins. Accommodation. Dinner at restaurant. Note: an early flight is necessary for this excursion, if not it can be done on day 3 according to the regular bus lines departure schedule.

Day 2: Puerto Madryn. Continental breakfast. Full day tour to Península Valdés, passing by Ameghino Isthmus, located between the Nuevo and the San Jose Gulfs. Visit Puerto Piramide, where there is a sea lion rookery and it's a great opportunity to take the optional boat excursion for an outstanding whale watch you cannot miss (available from October to November). Continue to Punta Delgada for a view of its important colony of sea lions and Caleta Valdés where sea elephants seem to have found their ideal natural habitat. Lunch included. Return to Puerto Puerto Madryn.

Day 3: Puerto Madryn/Esquel. Continental breakfast. Transfer along the plateau by regular bus line to Esquel, passing by Dolavon town, founded by Welsh families, Ameghino Dam, the Altars (old rock formations that have achieved the shape of altars due to wind erosion). Then continue to Esquel passing by Tecka, a typical Patagonic settlement. Accommodation. Important note: the daily buses are not available all year round. In case of not operating, the day will be at leisure and the departure will be at night on a regular bus line to Esquel.

Day 4: Esquel. Continental breakfast. Half day excursion to Trevelin Valley, visit to the Nant and Fall cascade, the Historic Flour Mill and later Welsh tea in Trevelin. Return to Esquel.

Day 5: Esquel. Continental breakfast. Full day excursion to Los Alerces National Park passing by Futalaufquen Lake, Arrayanes River and Verde Lake. Border Menéndez River until Chucao Pier, in Menéndez Lake. Embark to visit the majestic "Alerzal Milenario" (Millenary Larch Wood) formed by ancient trees that are more than 3000 years old, 60 meters high and 2,60 meters in diameter. The circuit allows to appreciate big coihues, lakes, the beautiful cascade and Cisne River and the Torrecillas glacier. Return to Esquel.

Day 6: Esquel/Bariloche. Continental breakfast. Early departure to Bariloche, passing by Villegas River, Canadon de la Mosca, Guillelmo Lake, Mascardi Lake and Village. Arrival at Bariloche. Accommodation. Return to the hotel.

Day 7: Bariloche. Continental breakfast. Full day excursion to Mt. Tronador. Return to the hotel.

Day 8: Bariloche. Continental breakfast. According to departure, Small Circuit excursion, visiting the Campanario Hill, Virgen de las Nieves, Trebol Lake, Playa Bonita (Beautiful Beach), the Panoramic View Point (945 meters high) to admire a fantastic scenery, Lopez Bay, Llao-Llao and Victoria Island. Return to the hotel and transfer to the local airport.

Note: Departures every day from October to May.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices for 2011:
- 8 days package: $3405 p/p double occupancy/twin
- Single supplement: $1025
- Single independent: $5225.

Price Includes:
- 8 days/7 nights
- Mentioned meals
- All transfers
- Bilingual tour direction
- All mentioned excursions and entrances fees.

Price Excludes:
- Flight tickets
- Tips
- Alcohol drinks
- Other meals outside the program
- Tips and other personal expenses.