Patagonia: Journey to the End of the World (SF) - 2015

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13 Day Tour from Santiago to Buenos Aires


Patagonia: Journey to the End of the World
At Plaza de Mayo see La Casa Rosada, known as the President's Pink House
At Plaza de Mayo see La Casa Rosada, known as the Presidents Pink House
Enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Nahuel Huapi in Patagonia
The expansive Tigre River runs along the outskirts of Buenos Aires
Stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires
Visit the colorful port of Ushuaia
The vast landscape of The Beagle Channel
Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires
Beautiful downtown Buenos Aires along the shores of the River Plate

Vacation Overview

Explore the thrilling and unspoiled vastness of the Patagonia region on this journey to the end of the world. Starting in the lively capital city of Santiago, jump right into the fun of this tour by heading to Santa Rita Winery, where you’ll learn about the wine-making process and taste, blend, and bottle your own wine to take home with you! On your tour of Santiago you’ll be surprised at how a city of so many people can be so well kept and vibrant—a city packed with local parks, artwork at every turn, and European-style squares. On to Puerto Natales, your home base for exploring massive and scenic Torres del Paine National Park. Jagged peaks, glistening green waters, glaciers, and powerful falls set the stage. You’re sure to glimpse some of the wildlife here, like guanacos, foxes, birds, and if you’re lucky, the elusive puma. Cruise on Seno Ultima Esperanza to visit famous glaciers, only accessible by boat; visit Chile’s largest natural reserve; and even trek through a cold and unspoiled rainforest on this day of unspeakable scenic beauty.

A highlight of this tour is undoubtedly your visit to El Calafate, home to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest in the world and still advancing! You’ll have the chance to walk on catwalks overlooking the glacier and, with luck, you’ll witness glacier pieces calving into the waters below. The following day, you can experience the massive Upsala Glacier by boat—a different experience that allows you to marvel at the color and sheer masses of these glaciers. Follow this with a visit to an estancia (ranch) on the shores of Lago Argentino for lunch and your choice of activities, such as a 4-wheel drive tour, horseback riding, or trekking. From El Calafate, descend to Ushuaia, the end of the world! Cruise Beagle Channel, watching for albatross, sea lions, and skuas while you marvel at the sheer idea of standing at this point on the globe. In Tierra del Fuego, an expert Naturalist will lead you around the delicate ecosystems of this southernmost national park. Head north to Buenos Aires, where you will conclude your Patagonian journey with exciting new adventures like a wine tasting with a local sommelier in a Cava setting, visit famous Recoleta Cemetery, and El Zanjón—a part of Buenos Aires that was sealed off hundreds of years ago to prevent the spread of yellow fever and just recently excavated in the last 20 years. And no visit to Buenos Aires would be complete without a lesson in the sizzling, sensuous Tango!


SANTIAGO
Visit Santa Rita Winery with a wine-making experience; Santiago sightseeing with a Local Guide; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit La Vega Central Market and a local pub

PUNTA ARENAS

Visit the first fortified settlement on the Straits of Magellan at Fort Bulnes

PUERTO NATALES
Visit Torres del Paine National Park and Milódon Cave; Chilean fjords cruise

EL CALAFATE
Visit Los Glaciares National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier; cruise Lago Argentino, see Upsala Glacier and visit Estancia Cristina

USHUAIA
Cruise Beagle Channel; visit Tierra del Fuego National Park

BUENOS AIRES
Private wine tasting with sommelier and dinner at a local restaurant; city sightseeing with a Local Guide and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit El Zanjón Underground Tunnels; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Tango lesson, dinner, and Tango show

Headsets throughout the tour

NOTE:

  • Participation in this tour requires guest's name exactly as it appears on his/her passport, D.O.B., gender, and nationality at the time of booking.


DAY 1Arrive in Santiago, Chile

Welcome to Chile, South America’s longest and narrowest country, with more than 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline. Depart at 2 pm and enjoy a tour of SANTA RITA WINERY, founded in 1880 with the finest of French vine stocks. See the wine cellars, the beautiful vineyards, and learn about the wine-making process. You will get the chance to taste, design, blend, bottle, cork, and label your own wine during your visit. Wrap it up with a wine tasting and bring home the bottle that you created.

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DAY 2Santiago

After breakfast, embark on a CITY TOUR with a Local Guide who will show you the highlights of this great city of colonial and contemporary contrasts. See the horseracing track in the oldest residential part of the city, the famous Alameda, Santiago’s colorful main avenue, San Francisco Church, and Santa Lucia Hill. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite LA VEGA CENTRAL MARKET to learn about typical food in Chile, including steaming pots of cazuela and humitas, similar to tamales! Top off your sightseeing with a terremoto drink at a local pub and a visit to Cerro San Cristobal for a stunning view of Santiago and the Andes. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Crops growing on the hillsides of the Andes 
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DAY 3Santiago–Punta Arenas–Puerto Natales

Depart Santiago and fly to Punta Arenas on the Straight of Magellan, gateway to Chile's Patagonia. Head south from Punta Arenas to FORT BULNES, a historical reconstruction of the first fortified settlement on the Strait of Magellan. With a local historian, tour the fort originally built in 1843 and see the church, houses, barracks, and old shipwrecks. Continue to Puerto Natales, your home for the next three nights. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the beautiful views of Lake Nahuel Huapi in Patagonia Stroll along the streets of "Sandy Point" just off the coast of the Strait of Magellan 
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DAY 4Puerto Natales. Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park

Venture into TORRES DEL PAINE, one of the most spectacularly scenic regions in the world. Spanning a massive area, it was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes, and jagged mountains are just a part of what Paine offers. During your visits to see the famous sites, including Los Cuernos, Lago Pehoe, Salto Grande, and Lago Grey, you are guaranteed to get a glimpse of some of the park’s fauna, such as herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and birds. Also visit the legendary MILODÓN CAVE, where prehistoric fossils dating back 14,000 years ago, including those of a saber-toothed tiger and a gigantic sloth weighing over a ton, have been found. (Breakfast, Lunch)

See the majestic mountains in Torres Del Paine National Park 
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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 5Puerto Natales. Chilean Fjords Cruise

Today, enjoy a full-day CRUISE on Seno Ultima Esperanza (“Last Hope Fjord”), visiting the spectacular Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers, which are only accessible by boat. See the incomparable landscape of Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, Chile’s biggest natural reserve. Arriving at the end of the fjord, disembark and hike through unspoiled, cold rainforest to the foot of the Serrano Glacier. Enjoy the beautiful views and rugged landscapes! Lunch will be served at a nearby hostería (inn). (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 6Puerto Natales–El Calafate, Argentina

After breakfast, depart for El Calafate, a lovely village on the southern shores of Lake Argentino. Originally a simple sheltering destination for wool traders, today El Calafate serves as the entry point for UNESCO Natural Heritage Site of Los Glaciares National Park. (Breakfast)

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The World Heritage List includes over 800 properties with cultural and/or natural heritage of global significance.

DAY 7El Calafate. Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier

A must for all visitors to Argentina is a visit to PERITO MORENO GLACIER in LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK. Forming part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field, from which 13 glaciers descend on the Atlantic side to flow into the Viedma and Argentino Lakes, this glacier is one of the few in the world that is still advancing. During your walking tour along the catwalks, marvel at the breathtaking glacier views and with some luck, see the ice calve into the waters below. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8El Calafate. Glacier Cruise & Estancia Visit

Today, a CRUISE on Lago Argentino takes you up close for views of icebergs and UPSALA GLACIER, one of the longest in South America at over 35 miles long. Disembark at a historic ranch, ESTANCIA CRISTINA, on the shores of Lago Argentino. Whether you prefer a quiet day of touring and history or more adventurous activities, like trekking, horeseback riding, or exploring by 4-wheel-drive vehicle—the choice is yours during your ranch visit. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 9El Calafate–Ushuaia

After breakfast, fly to Ushuaia, Argentina—the end of the world! You’ll have the opportunity to see the Andes Mountains from a CRUISE along Beagle Channel. Bask in the feeling of being in the southernmost city in the world, and watch for sea lions, albatrosses, skuas, and other interesting Patagonian fauna. (Breakfast)

Visit the colorful port of Ushuaia The vast landscape of The Beagle Channel 
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DAY 10Ushuaia. Tierra del Fuego National Park Excursion

Today, discover TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK, the southernmost national park in the world. Hike around the park, escorted by an expert Naturalist. With stops at Bahia Lapataia, Lago Roca, and Bahia Ensenada, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the delicate ecosystems here. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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DAY 11Ushuaia–Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires today, the “Paris of South America” and capital of Argentina. Fabulous food, shopping, and architecture all converge here to create a distinctly Latin vibe. Tonight, enjoy a WINE TASTING led by a local sommelier at an exclusive Cava, where you will try some famous Argentine wines, followed by dinner in this intimate setting. (Breakfast, Dinner)

At Plaza de Mayo see La Casa Rosada, known as the President Beautiful downtown Buenos Aires along the shores of the River Plate The expansive Tigre River runs along the outskirts of Buenos Aires Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires 
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DAY 12Buenos Aires

Your guided sightseeing starts at Plaza de Mayo, see Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the METROPOLITAN CATHEDRAL, housing San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching RECOLETA CEMETERY, burial site of Eva Peron. Next, in La Boca, a colorful district and site of the city’s first port, take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood, then continue to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Here, visit the unique site of EL ZANJÓN, which transports you back in time nearly 500 years ago to the site of the first settlement of Buenos Aires in 1536. Tour the nearly 180-year-old mansion found here, which leads to a network of underground tunnels that were sealed off after a yellow fever epidemic in the 1700s. Gain insight into life here through a tour into the tunnels that have taken over 20 years to excavate. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Top off the evening at a famous TANGO CLUB, where instuctors are ready to lead a TANGO LESSON, followed by dinner of Argentine steaks and other local specialties.End the night with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango! (Breakfast, Dinner)

Stroll through the famous Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires Colorful La Boca District in Buenos Aires 
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DAY 13Buenos Aires

Your tour ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 2 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner and Tango show in Buenos Aires


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