Patagonia & Penguins

This comprehensive tour of the southern parts of Argentina offers a complete perspective on the region known as Tierra Del Fuego. This sparsely inhabited land holds great importance for the world, symbolizing a certain achievement for sailors and explorers having navigated around the American continents. Its beauty, from its glaciers to its bays and mountains, underlies its inhospitably harsh weather. This is truly the end of the world, where ice and wind thrive. After hiking through these landscapes, continue onto Puerto Madryn, from which one can tour areas inhabited by native penguins.

Daily Itinerary

1: Buenos Aires Arrival

Buenos Aires Arrival
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Accommodation: Hotel Nuss Buenos Aires
  • Meals: B

Buenos Aires

The cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires is the colorful capital of Argentina. Known as the "Paris of South America", Buenos Aires is steeped in culture, unique to this extraordinary country. Feel the rhythm with tango dancers in the streets of La Boca, discover the history behind Recoleta's neighborhood attractions and wake your senses up with delicious flavors in the Palermo district. Buenos Aires is a great base from which to explore a variety of iconic Argentine experiences.

In the evening, you will be picked up at the airport in Buenos Aires and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

2: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Half Day City Tour
  • Accommodation: Hotel Nuss Buenos Aires
  • Meals: B

Half Day City Tour

Today, you will be taken on a private guided half day tour of the city. During this excursion, you will visit the main attractions, including the Metropolitan Cathedral, Government House, Mayo Square, Congress Hall, Colon Opera Theater, San Telmo, La Boca Italian District and Palermo Park. Your guide can also take you to see the famous cemetery in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Although the historic cemetery sits in stark contrast to the fashionable nearby streets that are decorated with quaint sidewalk cafes and elegant boutiques, its beauty is worth its own exploration. This tour will last four hours, as you venture through the wonders of this beautiful city! (This service is on a private basis.)

3: Buenos Aires - El Calafate

Buenos Aires - El Calafate
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Transportation (Air): Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation: Patagonia Queen
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
Buenos Aires - El Calafate
Flight #: AR 1694
Departs: 12:25pm
Arrives: 3:45pm

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Buenos Aires and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival in El Calafate, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

El Calafate

The small town of El Calafate is located on the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the great Patagonia region of Argentina. This quiet little town is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and the Cerro Torre. The Perito Moreno Glacier is the largest advancing glacier in the world. Due to its idyllic location, the opportunities for outdoor adventure are unparalleled. From hiking through snow capped mountain peaks and cycling around wide open lakes, to trekking the icy surface of glaciers and paddling past ice blocks in kayaks, you can find it all!

4: El Calafate

El Calafate
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Patagonia Queen
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

5: El Calafate - El Chalten

El Calafate - El Chalten
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Accommodation: Hosteria El Puma
  • Meals: B

Today you will say goodbye to El Calafate as you are transferred to the bus station for your bus across the magnificent Argentina landscape to the small mountain village of El Chalten. On arrival at the Chalten Station you will transfer on your own to your hotel. (Pick up times from El Calafate are 8:00am and 11:00am.)

El Chalten

El Chalten is nestled in the heart of the Southern Patagonian Andes, at the base of the iconic Fitz Roy Mountain. This destination is an adventure lover's paradise, with close proximity to the Los Glacieres National Park in the north. The region offers everything from leisurely walks that showcase epic lookout points, to expedition style trekking and even mountaineering. Other activities include camping, climbing, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching or visiting the legendary Estancias in Santa Cruz. No matter what you are here for, El Chalten promises to keep you captivated.

6: El Chalten

El Chalten
Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Hosteria El Puma
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

7: El Chalten - El Calafate - Ushuaia

El Chalten - El Calafate - Ushuaia
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Internal Transfer
  • Transportation (Air): Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation: Alto Andino
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
El Calafate - Ushuaia
Flight #: TBD
Departs: TBD
Arrives: TBD

Today you will transfer on your own to the Chalten bus station for your bus back to El Calafate where you will be dropped off at the El Calafate airport for your 3:20pm flight to Ushuaia (Flight AR 1895). On arrival you will be met by your private driver and transferred to your hotel. Check in and enjoy the evening at leisure.

Ushuaia

Ushuaia is the world’s southernmost city is located in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego on the shores of the Beagle Channel, with the snow-peaked Martial Mountains spanning the horizon. The small port city of Ushuaia was a prison colony until the mid 20th century and today is the capital of Tierra del Fuego. The name Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) was given to the region by the Portuguese sailor Hernando de Magallanes, who saw the indigenous group Ona making fires on the coast while he was sailing through the Magellan Strait in 1520.

8: Ushuaia

Ushuaia
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Tierra Del Fuego & Beagle Channel
  • Accommodation: Alto Andino
  • Meals: B

Tierra Del Fuego & Beagle Channel

Today you'll begin with a half-day excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park (group activity).

Tierra del Fuego National Park, situated 11 km from Ushuaia, was established in 1960 with the intention of protecting the southernmost portion of the sub-Antarctic forest, and it is made up of 63,000 hectares. Unlike many other parks, it combines the ocean, forests and mountains. Entrance fee to the park is included.

You will then navigate through the Beagle Channel on a group sailing excursion to Seal Island. (This service is on a group basis.)

9: Ushuaia

Ushuaia
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Hidden Landscapes Off Roading
  • Accommodation: Alto Andino
  • Meals: B

Hidden Landscapes Off Roading

Today, you get to explore the unknown. Venturing out to areas that are only accessible by four wheel drive vehicles, this tour will take you on a discovery of the hidden landscapes behind the Southern Andes Range. Around 9:00 AM this morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and driven past the magnificent views of Valleys Carbajal and Tierra Mayor, en route to the Garibaldi Pass. Admire your first panoramic lookout across the Andes, before continuing the journey to Escondido Lake, a treasure at the bottom of a valley. Next up, it's time for some real off roading!

In your Land Rover Defender you will head deep into the forest, across rivers and past lake shores, leaving a trail of muddy tracks behind. After this off the beaten path adventure, you will continue to the enormous Lake Fagnano, to admire this truly breathtaking spectacle. Enjoy a relaxing break at a local refuge this afternoon, where you will be served a delicious barbecue lunch, complimented by Argentine Malbec wine. Following lunch, you will be dropped back off at your hotel around 5:00 PM this evening. (This service is on a group basis.)

10: Ushuaia - Puerto Madryn

Ushuaia - Puerto Madryn
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Transportation (Air): Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation: Hotel Dazzler Puerto Madryn
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
Ushuaia - Puerto Madryn
Flight #: AR 1881
Departs: 1:50pm
Arrives: 4:00pm

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Ushuaia and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Puerto Madryn. Upon arrival in Puerto Madryn, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn is the main town in the Peninsula Valdes region, located in the southern portion of Argentina's coast. To the south, you will find the Penguins Reserve of Punta Tombo and other highlights in the area include whale watching, visiting the sea lions, as well as observing the penguins. The marine life sightings in this area are endless, so keep your eyes in and around the water for the action.

11: Puerto Madryn

Puerto Madryn
Daily Summary
  • Tour: Punta Tombo Full Day Tour
  • Accommodation: Hotel Dazzler Puerto Madryn
  • Meals: B

Punta Tombo Full Day Tour

Today, you will enjoy a full day shared guided tour of Punta Tombo. Punta Tombo is the most important Magellan Penguins colony within continental Patagonia. More than a million and a half of them arrive at this majestic place every year in order to breed. Admire these furry creatures, as they waddle about on the rocks, splash in the water and interact with one another. Entrance fees are included with your visit. (This service is on a group basis.)

12: Puerto Madryn

Daily Summary
  • Accommodation: Hotel Dazzler Puerto Madryn
  • Meals: B

Enjoy this free time at your leisure.

13: Puerto Madryn - Buenos Aires

Puerto Madryn - Buenos Aires
Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfers
  • Transportation (Air): Domestic Flight
  • Accommodation: Hotel Nuss Buenos Aires
  • Meals: B
Domestic Flight
Puerto Madryn - Buenos Aires
Flight #: AR 2868
Departs: 2:50pm
Arrives: 4:40pm

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Puerto Madryn and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel. (This service is on a private basis.)

14: Buenos Aires Departure

Daily Summary
  • Transportation: Airport Transfer
  • Meals: B

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel in Buenos Aires and transferred to the airport. (This service is on a private basis.)

Accommodation

Hotel Nuss Buenos Aires

Hotel Nuss Buenos Aires

Nuss Buenos Aires Soho is located at one of the most emblematic corners of Palermo Soho, across from Plaza Serrano. Once a classic Spanish-style convent, it has been fully refurbished to become the most innovative premium hospitality option in Buenos Aires. The 22 rooms are located on three floors around a central patio (the old convent clusters). In one of the city's most interesting neighborhoods, surrounded by design and clothing stores, crafts shops, art galleries, and bars and restaurants, Nuss Hotel offers the perfect base in the city.

Patagonia Queen

Patagonia Queen

Conveniently located in the lovely city of El Calafate, Patagonia Queen's boutique property is a great base from which to explore this vibrant area. For sightseeing options and local attractions, there is plenty to enjoy right at your fingertips. Make sure to also take advantage of the wealth of unrivaled services and amenities on site at the hotel. Wi-Fi is accessible in the public areas, a delicious bar/pub is located on the hotel grounds and laundry/dry cleaning services are available for your convenience. The ambiance of Patagonia Queen is reflected within every comfortable, modern and spacious guestroom. Whether you're a fitness enthusiast, or are just looking for a way to unwind after a long day of sightseeing, there are plenty of top-class recreational facilities to keep you entertained as well. These include a game room, fitness center, jacuzzi and picturesque garden. Staying here is a smart choice for any traveler to El Calafate, to be rewarded with a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.

Hosteria El Puma

Hosteria El Puma

Located next to El Chalten’s world renowned trekking circuits and walking distance from the main road and the city center, Hosteria El Puma is the perfect place to call home. An explorers paradise, this property also features complimentary internet access in public areas and free transfers to and from the bus terminal, just 900 meters away. The comfortable guest rooms include a private bathroom, heating and picturesque views of the surrounding landscape. Hosteria El Puma also boasts a cozy bar and 24 hour front desk service to attend to your every need.

Alto Andino

Alto Andino

In the southernmost city of the world, Alto Andino invites you to enjoy a memorable experience, overlooking the breathtaking Patagonian landscapes. Only a few minutes away from the property, you can discover many of the areas most incredible landscapes, where the imposing peaks of the Andes Mountain Range meet with the open waters of the Beagle Channel. This quaint hotel boasts 18 guestrooms and features a sophisticated boutique style, modern decorations and comfortable designs.

Hotel Dazzler Puerto Madryn

Hotel Dazzler Puerto Madryn

Decorated with parquet floors and modern furnishing, rooms at Dazzler Puerto Madryn are very bright. All of them have air conditioning and private bathrooms. A buffet breakfast is served daily. International dishes can be ordered at the restaurant. Room service is provided upon request. Guests can benefit from beauty treatments at the spa, or make use of the gym facilities.

Pricing and Details

Starting from $ 3,228 per person

*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.

Price Includes

  • Full support before, during & after your trip
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Tours/activities as mentioned
  • Transport as mentioned

Price Excludes

  • International & domestic flights
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Taxes and fees

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