Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Arrive in Buenos Aires, capital of Argentina, by overnight flight and transfer to your hotel; early check-in is guaranteed on arrival. Elegant and cosmopolitan, with a European flair, Buenos Aires retains some uniquely Argentine attributes, including tango bars and overflowing kiosks. Explore the city on your own this afternoon and evening.
Buenos Aires/Ushuaia | Echoes of Evita
This morning, join your guide to see the most important landmarks in Buenos Aires: the Casa Rosada, Cabildo, Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza de Mayo and La Recoleta Cemetery, last resting place of Eve Perón, Argentina’s beloved and controversial former First Lady, who left behind a legacy of social justice. This afternoon, fly approximately four hours south to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world.
Ushuaia | Strolling Through a Penguin Rookery
Drive to Estancia Harberton, the oldest estancia (farm) in Tierra del Fuego and an Argentine National Historical Monument. Sail to Isla Martillo to walk among a teeming rookery of Magellanic penguins before continuing to Gable Island for lunch. Afterward, sail back to Harberton and return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
El Calafate | Patagonian Ranch Visit
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 | Magnificent Views of Glaciers
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, Chile | Exploring Torres del Paine
Journey overland to Puerto Natales and spend three full days exploring Puerto Natales or Torres del Paine National Park in the heart of Patagonia. These areas boast a stunning array of mountains, glaciers, lakes and forests. Along with thousands of sheep, Patagonia is home to local animal species such as guanaco, nandu, condor and flamingo. Explore by vehicle; on horseback with trails providing access to places unreachable by car; by boat along the fjords or rivers; and on foot, with treks ranging from easy walks to much more extensive explorations.
Santiago | Time at Leisure
Transfer to Punta Arenas and fly to Santiago, lively capital of Chile. Check in to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
This morning, embark on a tour of city highlights in Chile’s capitol, including the Palacio de La Moneda Presidential Palace and the Plaza de Armas. Ride a funicular up San Cristobal Hill to view the stunning statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Relax this afternoon with special late access of your room before transferring to the airport to depart.