Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Fly to Buenos Aires, the elegant capital of Argentina and a city with European flair. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and relax with guaranteed early check-in. Tonight, gather for a welcome briefing, followed by a festive welcome dinner at famed Elena’s restaurant.
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia | Tierra del Fuego
Explore Buenos Aires in the company of your expert Resident Tour Director. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, pass through the San Telmo neighborhood, continue to La Boca and walk along Caminito Street. After a light lunch, visit La Recoleta Cemetery, last resting place of Eva Peron. Then, fly approximately four hours south to Ushuaia — set in magnificent Tierra del Fuego, at the remote tip of South America. Your hotel, Arakur Ushuaia, is the starting point for the trails that run through Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén, an area devoted to the preservation of native forests of lengas, ñires and coihues, and of various species of flora and fauna typical of the region. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel, with a view of the city and Beagle Channel.
Ushuaia | Walking Among Magellanic Penguins
Drive to Estancia Harberton, the oldest estancia (farm) in Tierra del Fuego and an Argentine National Historical Monument. Embark on a private sail to Isla Martillo to walk among a teeming rookery of Magellanic penguins before continuing to Gable Island, in the middle of the Beagle Channel, for lunch. Relax and embrace the solitude of its remote, primal landscape, where wind, waves and birds make the only sounds. After lunch, sail back to Harberton and return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
El Calafate | Gateway to the Glaciers
Enjoy a guided trek through Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén along one of the area’s fascinating hiking trails. This afternoon, fly to El Calafate to experience Patagonian rural life.
El Calafate | An Astonishing, Icy Spectacle
Today, visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world. Hike at your own pace and ability along the seven “balconies” (walkways) located at different heights and distances from the glacier, each with magnificent views of the glacier’s northern and southern faces. After lunch within the park, enjoy a private visit to an authentic ranch and experience over 100 years of history along its sheep corrals, its main buildings and its landscapes. Watch sheep shearing and herding, and hike or horseback ride along the banks of Lago Argentino; you may see flamingos wading in its glacier-blue waters. Later, enjoy a dinner of lamb grilled on a traditional Patagonian cross-stake.
Puerto Natales | Trekking, Kayaking, Biking & More
Journey to Puerto Natales, where you check in and have a late lunch at your luxury hotel, before enjoying the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. It’s the beginning of three full days of exploration in spectacular Patagonia, led by your expert local guides. Today, choose from a wide range of exclusive expeditions and activities, such as horseback riding, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking — all designed to reveal Patagonia at its most authentic.
Puerto Natales | Torres del Paine National Park
Today, enjoy time at leisure or explore the magnificent wilderness area of Torres del Paine National Park. This park was created by tectonic movements — the last ice age formed its rugged landscape and the motion of glaciers have continued to reshape it. The largest glaciers have all broken off from the southern Patagonian ice field, one of the world’s largest freshwater reserves. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the park is renowned for its otherworldly landscape of granite spires, ice and deserted pampas. See firsthand how the jagged granite ridges and spires of the Torres del Paine mountains are magnificently serrated. Watch closely as you scan the peaks and you might pick out a soaring Andean condor riding an updraft, its ten-foot wingspan outspread. Tonight, after dinner, simply unwind in your room after your day of adventure, or, if the sky is clear, step outside for some impromptu stargazing, marveling at the ink-black Patagonian night sky awash with countless pinpoints of starlight.
Patagonia Fjords | Abundant Options to Explore
Spend your day at leisure or choose from optional excursions offered by The Singular Patagonia. Choose from 20 expeditions with different grades of difficulty and duration, exploring fjords, mountains, glaciers, Patagonian forests and farms. Other activities include horseback riding, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking. Depending on weather conditions, you may also choose an optional sail through the Patagonian Fjords, reaching Last Hope Fjord and visiting Glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano. Begin your journey with an hour-long cruise to observe colonies of blue-eyed cormorants and sea lions. Disembark in Puerto Toro (Bernardo O´Higgins National Park), and hike to the mirador (viewpoint) overlooking Glacier Serrano, which borders a lagoon with icebergs that come from the base of the glacier. Next, sail to the end of Seno de Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound), and the outlet of Lago Azul. If the tidal conditions allow, disembark on the beach to observe the abundant, pristine vegetation that surrounds the impressive Cerro Balmaceda.
Santiago, Chile | Farewell Dinner with Chilean Wines
After a leisurely morning, drive to Punta Arenas for the flight to Santiago, capital of Chile, a vibrant city set against the backdrop of the Andes. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for a festive farewell dinner with savory Chilean wines.
Explore Santiago during a morning tour of city highlights, including the Palacio de La Moneda Presidential Palace and the Plaza de Armas, with its impressive Cathedral and Central Post Office. Ride a funicular up San Cristobal Hill to view the stunning statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and expansive views of Santiago. Relax this afternoon with special late access of your room, before you transfer to the airport and depart.