Santiago, Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine National Park, Lago Grey, Alberto de Agostini National Park, Cape Horn National Park, Ushuaia, Buenos Aires, Patagonia,...
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You can have it all when exploring Chile and Argentina, each distinctive country brimming with unique cultures and charming historic cities while sharing the breathtaking landscape of Patagonia. Glaciers spill over the mountainside and touch the edges of pristine lakes. Granite pillars tower over the Patagonian plains. Sail along ancient fjords and find elephant seals sunbathing on the shores of a secluded island. Your Patagonia cruise and tour is custom tailored to your desires, combining luxury...
Santiago - Capital of Chilean Culture
Santiago is Chile’s capital of finance, business, and culture, filled with entertaining museums, vibrant art galleries, excellent shopping, and mouthwatering dining options. The Andes Mountains roll along the horizon and tower over the skyline of the city. The Spanish founded the capital in the 16th century. Your private transfer meets you at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport and escorts you into the heart of the city, where you find your luxurious accommodation. The Museum of pre-Columbian Art is dedicated to the study and display of pre-Columbian artifacts from all across Central and South America, located in the 19th-century Palacio de la Real Aduana. Statues line the wide galleries. The high ceilings create an atmosphere of distinction. In an exhibit dedicated to the Central Andes, you can find the oldest artifact in the museum, painted cloth almost 3,000 years old, which is attributed to the Chavin culture from a prehistoric civilization.
Punta Arenas - Along the Senoret Channel
In the morning, businessmen file into cafes in the financial district and order “coffee with legs.” The Bohemian ambiance of the Lastarria neighborhood emanates from the coffee shops and local street vendors selling handmade products outside of the Museum of Visual Arts. After breakfast, your private transfer escorts you to the airport for your flight south to Punta Arenas, the Chilean gateway to Patagonia. The city faces the Magellan Strait, where the cobalt water shimmers in the sunlight. Colorful buildings shine against the contrasting hues of the shoreline. The city was founded in the mid 19th century and continues to bustle with oceanic activity around the port, filling with boats traversing the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Cypress trees decorate the landscape around the Municipal Cemetery. The humble graves of immigrants and sailors stand out against the lavish tombs of wealthy wool barons.
Torres del Paine - The Wild World of Patagonia
The morning light washes over the cobalt waters of the Magellan Strait. The aroma of rich coffee drifts out of the cafes along Avenida Mejicana, overlooking the tributary that feeds into the strait. The Patagonian Institute displays antique farm equipment and industrial machinery typical of the pioneer days of the region. Historical maps fill the library and a sheering shed stands beside a typical pioneer’s home. Your guide leads you away from the settlement history of Chilean Patagonia and leads you on a scenic drive north to the stunning natural wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park. Consider learning more about your travels agents for Patagonia, who strive to produce a highly personalized experience that caters to your particular interests and desires. Your guide takes you to the Milodon Caves en route to your luxurious hotel inside the national park.
The caverns were named after the extinct giant ground sloth whose fossils were discovered by a 19th-century German explorer. Fire-fractured rocks and lithic tools support the claim that prehistoric humans lived inside the cave as early as 6,000 BC. You arrive on the pristine shores of Del Toro Lake. Winds sweep across the water and cause ripples on the surface. The lake encompasses nearly 78 square miles and can generate swells up to 13 feet tall. The snowcapped peak of Cerro Toro rises over the far shores of the lake. From the correct angle, you can see the mountains reflected in the indigo water. The windswept grassland along the banks glow green in the spring and summer and shimmer with gold in the autumn.
Torres del Paine - Horsing Around Torres del Paine
Wake up to the sunlight radiating along the surface of Del Toro Lake. On the high plains, herds of wild guanaco graze on the lush grass. Their necks paint the picture of elegance and their shades of fur resemble the golden grass during the changing seasons. You can sip your refreshing coffee and enjoy the immaculate view of the landscape. After your meal, the day is yours to enjoy the wonders of Torres del Paine National Park. Hike to the shores of Grey Lake or kayak along the Serrano River. For a unique view of Patagonia, you mount a horse and follow your gaucho guide along the trails undulating with the landscape. The breeze gently blows along the grass.
The pebbled shores of the lake lead into the pampas that fade along the rugged foothills. Brush leads to boulders. Your guide understands the land and the sporadic weather. He carries a large leather pouch on his side filled with wine, a tradition for Patagonian cowboys. The thrill of the terrain urges you forward. When you cross the stream, your horse kicks up water. Mist splashes onto your cheeks, and you feel the cold spring water racing down with the melting snow from the mountains. Yellow wildflowers blossom along the flatlands. In the background, you find the granite towers of Torres del Paine creating an unforgettable skyline.
Patagonia - The High Patagonian Seas
In the morning, you take in the opulent view from your room. The lake is still against the backdrop of the mountains. The grass rustles in the breeze. Torres del Paine encompasses 597,995 acres of protected land, home to flora, fauna, and the breathtaking landscape you have explored over the last few days. You see rheas, a South American bird that resembles an emu, with long legs and slender necks. The rhea can reach a height of 67 inches tall. Seeing an eclectic wild animal in its natural habitat carries an indescribable majesty. After breakfast, your private transfer meets you in the hotel lobby and escorts you to the port of Punta Arenas. Your luxurious cruise liner waits in the harbor. You settle into your comfortable room. The window offers you a private view to enjoy the passing Patagonian wilderness. The boat weighs anchor, and you begin to take in the sites of the region from a new perspective.
Patagonia - Fjords and Colonies
Wake up to a stunning view of Almirantazgo Fjord. Elephant seals bask in the sunlight, drifting across the coastline. Water cascades down the mountains, spilling into the channel. You reach Alberto de Agostini National Park, covering 5,637 square miles of protected mountain ranges and ocean shores. Magellanic forests rise along the coastline. Woodpeckers tap at the wood, looking for food and attracting mates. The sound echoes beneath the canopy. You exit the boat and follow your guide along Tuckers Islet. Magellanic penguins waddle along the pebbled coastline.
The birds preen their feathers, fly through the waves, and borrow into the natural earthen mounds to build their nests. The unique experience is exhilarating. You penguins can grow up to two feet tall. When swimming, they flap their wings as though they are flying, which helps them propel through the current. A cool breeze brushes the long grass. You can hear the colony of cormorants calling out to one another in the distance. The island is a birder’s paradise and a fascinating introduction into the diverse natural habitats of Patagonia.
Patagonia - Touching the Ice
The Beagle Channel was named after the ship Charles Darwin traveled on while documenting species across the globe. The water is calm in the morning and reflects the surrounding landscape of Pia Fjord. Mountains line the waterway. You travel to the shores on a Zodiac boat. The wind rushes through your hair. The lush plains run along the foothills of the surrounding mountains, and you can see the dividing line between the verdant foothills and rugged summits. Follow your guide along the barren, craggy shore as you make your way to the icy edges of Pia Glacier.
The ice field resembles a frozen river rushing into the waters of the bay. A large collection of ice crystals bursts from the glacier’s façade. You hear the thunderous crack after you notice the eruption. The ice begins calving and falls away from the façade, splashing into the water. When you return to the ship and continue your journey, you can look out the windows to “Glacier Alley,” noticing the glowing blue and white colors of the ice formations draping over the hills.
Patagonia - Around the End
The Pacific and Atlantic oceans meet at the ends of the South American continent. The rounded tip is known as Cape Horn. If you pay attention, you can see the distinct colors of the waters change, as well as an intersection of the movement of the current. The cobalt hue of the colder Pacific turns indigo when you cross over into the Atlantic. You can see the edges of the windswept corners of the continent crowned by a rock face rising 1,394 feet above the sea. Cape Horn National Park was created in the 1940s and encompasses 155,676 acres.
The tough and rugged landscape is a testament to the natural elements that reign supreme at the ends of the world. You can climb the steps up to the Cape Horn Memorial, a monument dedicated to all the sailors who lost their lives while rounding the cape. The metal frame resembles a kite with a silhouette of a bird at its center, eternally flying against the Antarctic winds. The sculpture was installed in the early 1990s in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America.
Buenos Aires - To the End and Back
Your ship weighs anchor in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world that crowns the ends of Argentina. Colorful fishing boats set out along the Beagle Channel. The Andes Mountains dramatically slope down to meet the shores of the southern coast. The snowcapped peaks tower over the city that borders the historic lands of Tierra del Fuego. You private transfer greets you after you disembark the ship. You make your way to Ushuaia-Malvinas Argentinas International Airport for your flight north to Buenos Aires. The city erupts with activity, noticeably different than the streets and neighborhoods of Patagonia.
The pulse of tango replaces the serene hum of the ship in the water. Neoclassical palaces overtake the image of climbing glaciers. Oak trees that shade charming walkways connect you to the meandering footpaths of the pampas. Your private transfer leads you from the airport to your luxurious accommodation located in the quiet barrio of Recoleta. Locals lounge in Plaza Francia in the heart of the neighborhood. On the weekends, an artisan market springs up along the grass plots, with vendors selling celebrated leather goods and handcrafted jewelry.
Buenos Aires - Paris of South America
In the morning, porteños (Argentian locals) make their way to the Lab Tostadores de Café for a frothy cappuccino and a delicious freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. The aroma of chocolate and coffee spills out of the doors. The wood counter lends credence to a luxurious, yet rustic set of flavors accompanied by a relaxed atmosphere. After breakfast, your guide meets you in the hotel lobby ready to take you on a fabulous tour through the diverse neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. The pink exterior of the Presidential Mansion known as Casa Rosada crowns the historic square of Plaza de Mayo. Opulent window dressings line the shopping avenue of Avenida Florida.
When you reach the neighborhood of La Boca, you find a colorful collection of corrugated homes, painted similarly to the homes along the coastline of Puerto Natales. Dancers tap their heels and clap their hands to the lively tango music playing in the streets. They perform on the street for visitors and locals to appreciate the art of passionate movements. Artists set out their easels on the sidewalk and capture the day’s activities in paint. They picture balconies decorated with blossoming flowers, tango dancers locked in a unique embrace, and café patrons sipping a glass of red wine underneath a shady oak tree. The barrio has a different ambiance and character than that of Recoleta, unique to the borders of the neighborhood inside a city with unmeasured diversity.
Buenos Aires - A Day on the Pampas
In the morning, the aroma of rich coffee blends with the scent of fresh baked bread spilling out of the cafes of Recoleta. Empanadas of various sizes decorate the windows with a golden brown crust. After breakfast, your private transfer leads you away from the city for the day, taking you to the pampas to experience the celebrated life of a private estancia. The lifestyle of the gaucho remains prevalent in Argentine history and pop culture, one of self-reliance, rugged beauty, and freedom. Cattle graze on the expansive grass.
Cowboys gallop across the open landscape, showcasing their riding skill and the horse’s speed. Their polished saddles shimmer in the sunlight. At lunch, the aroma of simmering meat entices you. The traditional parrilla, a South American barbecue, is set up over a large fire-pit. The chef rotates the meat over the giant flames. The gauchos linger around the fire, sharing stories and passing around their bota bags, leather pouches made to hold wine. It is the experience of a lifetime, different from your time in Patagonia but equally special.
Buenos Aires - Leaving the Fjords Behind
The aroma of snowcapped peaks and beech trees is far away, replaced by the comforting scent of oak leaves and fresh coffee. Buenos Aires is one of the most fashionable cities in the world, with a great blend of department stores and boutique shops. Elegant window displays grace the avenues of Recoleta, showcasing handbags and silver bracelets. Polished wood desks and mosaic lamps entice antique collectors in the neighborhood of San Telmo. Porteños (Argentinian locals) enjoy window-shopping as much as a leisurely stroll or people watching as they sip a glass of wine. After breakfast, your private transfer meets you at the hotel and escorts you to Ministro Pistarini International Airport. You could always stay in South America longer and take in the extraordinary site of Iguazu Falls.
- Discover glistening glacial lakes and dramatic granite peaks in Torres del Paine National Park
- Witness the stunning caves where ancient fossils were discovered, connoting a connection to human habitation and the extinct giant sloth
- Sail past magnificent icebergs and stunning glaciers in “Glacier Alley”
- Explore the grounds of a small island known for its remarkable penguin colony
- Horseback ride on the Patagonian plain in the shadows of enchanting mountaintops
- Indulge in a luxury cruise along the Patagonian channels and fjords that take you around captivating Cape Horn
- Relish the vibrant culture and historic architecture of the distinctive neighborhoods of Buenos Aires
The wilderness meets the urban jungle on your 12-day Patagonia cruise and tour of Chile and Argentina. You arrive in Santiago, the capital of Chile. The city has a remarkable energy that embraces visitors and locals. Your private transfer meets you at the airport and takes you to the heart of the city to your luxury hotel, where you have the remainder of the day at your leisure. The next morning, your private transfer escorts you to the airport after breakfast for your flight to Punta Arenas, the southernmost Chilean city. Spend the remainder of the day exploring the avenues, coastline, and vibrant museums dedicated to the historic region.
The following day takes you northbound into the celebrated Torres del Paine National Park. On the way, your guide takes you to the Milodon Caves to explore the caverns, which houses remnants of extinct animals and ancient civilization. Continue out into the fabulous scenery of Torres del Paine National Park. Kayak down the rivers or hike up the mountains in search of the elusive Andean condor. Vacations in Patagonia aren't complete until you venture to the shores of Grey Lake to find the stunning Grey Glacier. Your private transfer escorts you to the port of Punta Arenas, where you board your luxury cruise.
The following day takes you on the Almirantazgo Sound and into Alberto do Agostini National Park. You can see glaciers hanging along the mountaintops and find a penguin colony on Tuckers Islet. Your cruise continues, traveling through Pia Fjord. You disembark the ship to explore the landscape and reach the edges of Pia Glacier before sailing through the remarkable Glacier Alley. The next adventure takes you through Nassau Bay and around the remarkable waters of Cape Horn National Park, where the Atlantic and Pacific meet. You can even find traces of the indigenous Yamana people inside the park.
You arrive in the world’s southernmost city of Ushuaia. Your private transfer takes you from the harbor to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Once there, your guide leads you on a magnificent tour of Buenos Aires’s neighborhoods, known as barrios, each one known for its unique character. You venture outside of the city to experience the cowboy life at a celebrated ranch, known as an estancia. On your final day, your private transfer meets you after breakfast. You make your way to the airport, but instead of heading home, you could always extend your time in South America and visit Iguazu Falls or Cusco.
$9,595 per person (excluding international flights)
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