Absolutely All Patagonia
Bariloche, El Calafate, Torres del Paine & Australis Cruise
Departure dates: Sep 2018 to Apr 2019
- International & Domestic flights
- Daily breakfast, all transfers, tours with bilingual guides, and local taxes
- 2 nights accommodation in double room at Villa Huinid Bustillo Hotel in Bariloche
- 1 half-day Bariloche History and Nature in Bariloche
- 2 nights accommodation in double room at Xelena Hotel in El Calafate
- 1 full-day visit Perito Moreno with Glaciarium & Ice bar in El Calafate
- 1 half-day visit Estancia Nibepo Aiken in El Calafate
- 3 nights Patagonian staying at Las Torres Hotel in Torres del Paine with full board and activities
- 4 nights accommodation in double cabin onboard Australis Cruise full board and
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Entrance fees to National Parks
- Optional tours and experiences
- Any items not mentioned
from US$ 6,865* Per Person
*Price per person in US$, based on std. room in 4-5 Star accommodation, subject to availability and may change without notice. Airfare with Aerolineas Argentinas included. Please read terms and conditions. Insurance is highly recommended. This is an exclusive promotion through Borello Travel & Tours.
Day 01: Bariloche
Upon arrival, transfer to Villa Huinid Bustillo Hotel.
Day 02: Bariloche
Half day Bariloche History and Nature
Get to know the history and geography of Bariloche with this half-day tour of the classic highlights of San Carlos de Bariloche.
Visit well know attractions such as the Campanario Hill and the Llao-Llao Hotel. The guide will explain how this little mountain village has transformed into one of the most attractive tourist destinations and outdoor adventure capitals of Patagonia.
Admire the scenic beauty of Lake Moreno and Lake Nahuel Huapi and take in great views of Lopez and Capilla mountains. Get a close-up look at nature with a guided walk through an impressive stand of native forest in the Llao-Llao Nature Park. Conclude the excursion with a visit to a traditional Microbrewery for lunch and a beer tasting. Return to hotel. (Campanario Hill chairlift ticket not included)
Includes: lunch with beer tasting.
Walking time: 1hr.
Day 03: Bariloche – El Calafate
At appropriate time, transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate.
From Calafate airport, transfer to Xelena Hotel.
Half Day Visit to Nibepo Aike Ranch
Nibepo Aike retains the essence of the old Patagonian estancias. It covers an area of over 12,000 hectares, bounded by the Southern Arm of Lago Argentino and the border with Chile, set in the Andes mountain range. Dedicated to cattle rearing with a breeding herd of Hereford and many remnants from the times when sheep production was at its height, it is an ideal spot for immersing yourself in the life of an authentic Patagonian estancia.
Included: Dinner, quiet hike and “Gauchos” proofs(*): reins testing, horse’s meekness and the expected manual sheep- shearing demonstration, unique in the area for its characteristics, joined to an explanation about wool’s classification and baling.
(*) The “Gauchos” proofs depend on weather conditions.
Horseback riding is available at an additional cost.
Day 04: El Calafate
Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier
Departure from your hotel to Perito Moreno Glacier, situated inside Los Glaciares National Park, driving some 80 km (50 miles) from El Calafate, partially along a gravel road. The first half of the drive is through the typical Patagonian steppe, with broom sedges (a hard and thorny type of grass) and 'calafates' (bushes of the barberry family, known for their yellow flowers and violet fruits). Along the way, one can see Lago Argentino while keeping an eye out for a variety of interesting bird species, particularly Condors. As one approaches the National Park, the landscape changes dramatically, with vegetation becoming much thicker, dominated by species from the Andine-Patagonian forest such as beech trees and shrubs, and the rumbling of blocks of ice breaking off Perito Moreno Glacier start to make its impression. Perito Moreno is an imposing ice river measuring some 30 km (19 mi) long and 5 km (3 mi) wide, with a front wall that reaches 60 meters (100-195 feet) above the lake, and ice that reaches a depth of 250 to 350 meters (800-1,150 feet). The impressive creaking and squealing, with the occasional thunderous roars is a stark reminder of the glacier’s constant movement. The glacier’s breathtaking beauty and magnificent scenery have earned it a UNESCO World Heritage Designation. Walk the trails by the western wall to admire this impressive wonder of nature from different points of view. (National Park entrance fee not included)
Glaciarium & Ice Bar
With its evocative architecture resembling the walls of a glacier, Glaciarium takes visitors on a tour of the fascinating world of ice and glaciers. Delve into this fun and innovative museum packed with interactive displays and entertaining visuals to learn more about the glaciers and the Patagonian Ice field.
Visitors are greeted by the sound of melting ice. Exhibits explain the formation of the region’s impressive glaciers and tell the history of famous explorers and scientists. Beautiful photographs by great Argentinean photographers like Florian von der Fletch, Daniel Wagner and Andrew Bonetti are also in display.
Enjoy a bird’s eye view of a glacier and experience what it feels like to be inside of one. The Glaciarium also features a space dedicated to Perito Francisco Pascasio Moreno, founder of the national park and an emblematic figure who was fully dedicated to preserving the Patagonian landscape.
The 90-seat auditorium shows excellent animations and 3D movies of the Patagonian landscape and the glaciers, and other exclusive productions.
The ECO SHOP, the first of its kind in Patagonia, offers a diverse collection of sustainable souvenirs and products, produced from recycled scrap material and other environmentally friendly resources.
The Glaciarium CAFÉ serves lunch, tea and dinner with incredible views of Argentino Lake and the Andes mountains.
Also visit the unique Glacio Bar, Argentina’s first ICE Bar. Everything here is made of ice; the walls, the bar, the tables, the stools, all 100% pure glacier ice. The ambient temperature is -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit), but great lighting and music create a warm ambiance.
Admission includes free consumption of white spirits, aperitifs, liqueurs and soft drinks. To keep warm, guests are provided with coats, special gloves and boot. Return to the hotel.
Day 05: El Calafate – Torres del Paine
At appropriate time, regular transfer to Las Torres Hotel.
Transfers IN / OUT from Punta Arenas or Calafate.
- Visit to Cerro Negro Ranch en route from Punta Arenas.
- Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park.
- All meals.
- Open Bar (not including premium spirits).
- All excursions inside the National Park.
- Bilingual guides Spanish/English (ask for quote of other languages).
- WI-FI (only in common areas).
- A 20% discount in our spa.
Days 06 - 07: Torres del PaineExperience an unforgettable stay at Las Torres Hotel, set beautiful and breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park.
This “all inclusive” package offers the best of untamed Patagonia with a large variety of excursions by car, on foot or on horseback. Make a choice from this great selection. Ride on horseback through the pampas, walk through virgin forests and observe the impressive wildlife of this region. All excursions inside and outside the park are conducted in small groups with no more than eight passengers.
Choose any of the following tours:
- Full day tour of Paine (a)
- Full day tour of Las Torres Sendero del Ascencio
- Full day tour of Los Cuernos
- Full day tour of Huella del Puma
- Full day tour of Enchanted Valley
- Full day tour of Sendero de los Lagos
- Full day tour of French Valley
- Full day tour Mirador Grey
- Full day tour of Paine (b)
- Half day tour of Nordenskjöld Lake
- Half day tour of Salto Grande
- Half day tour of Patagón
- Half day tour of Lenga Forest
- Half day tour of Blue Lagoon
- Half day tour of Cerro Paine
- Half day tour Baqueano of Patagonia
- Half day tour of Inge Lagoon
- Horseback riding (per hour)
Day 08: Torres del Paine – Punta Arenas
At appropriate time, regular transfer tothe Australis office for check-in registration until 5PM, and later transfer to the pier to board the Australis Cruise at 6PM.
After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
Day 09 - Ainsworth Bay - Tuckers Islets
At dawn, we will navigate our way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay which is sited within Alberto De Agostini National Park. It’s the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance; and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. We will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there’s a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. But do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony’s unpredictable movements. Later, we will be sailing to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, we will board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellan Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants.* In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.
Day 10 - Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley
We will navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, we’ll take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley.
Day 11 - Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay
During the morning we will be sailing through Murray Channel, going ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.In the afternoon we will go South through Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the Earth’. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.
Day 12 – Ushuaia
Arrival in Ushuaia, Argentina’s most important city in Tierra del Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. Disembarking is scheduled at 8.30 a.m.
NOTE: The excursions/day trips described in the itineraries can normally be, and are frequently, carried out. Without prejudice to the aforesaid, Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A. y Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A. reserve the right to reschedule shorten or alter all or part of itineraries and/or excursions without previous notice, in order to safeguard the well-being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment or due to the extraordinary circumstances, acts of god or force majeure. In view of the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change.
After the disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your flight.
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Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only. Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.