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Round Patagonia II: Ushuaia, El Calafate, El Chalten, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Punta Arenas and Australis Cruise

A wonderful and complete program to enjoy the best of the Southern Patagonia region, including a unique cruise expedition!
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Round Patagonia II: Ushuaia, El Calafate, El Chalten, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Punta Arenas and Australis Cruise

Overview

An amazing 14-night program to visit Patagonia including a unique wonderful expedition to Cape Horn aboard Australis Cruise

Round Patagonia II, is a complete tour to visit the best of the best in Southern Patagonia. We start in Ushuaia, but the trip also can run in reverse, from Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas.

First step is Ushuaia, commonly referred to as the “Southernmost City in the World,” a city is the principal urban center in Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego province. Nestled amidst the Martial mountain range and the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes, including snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and dense forests.

Serving as a gateway to Antarctica and the southern reaches of South America, Ushuaia has become a magnet for adventurers and nature lovers alike. Visitors can partake in a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and wildlife spotting.

One of the main attractions in the area is Tierra del Fuego National Park, just a short distance from the city center. Here, travelers can explore scenic trails, take boat rides on picturesque lakes, and discover the region’s unique flora and fauna.

Ushuaia also boasts a rich maritime history, with several museums and historical sites dedicated to its seafaring heritage. Attractions like the End of the World Museum and the Maritime Museum offer insight into Ushuaia’s past and cultural development.

Beyond its natural beauty and outdoor pursuits, Ushuaia offers a vibrant culinary scene, featuring a diverse selection of restaurants and cafes specializing in seafood, traditional Argentine cuisine, and international dishes. Overall, Ushuaia provides a captivating blend of adventure, culture, and stunning scenery, making it a truly unforgettable destination for travelers exploring the southernmost reaches of the globe.

El Calafate, a picturesque town in Argentine Patagonia, is renowned as the gateway to the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier. Situated on the shores of Lake Argentino, El Calafate serves as a base for travelers eager to explore the region’s breathtaking landscapes and natural wonders.

The highlight of any visit to El Calafate is undoubtedly the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most impressive and accessible glaciers in the world. Covering an area of over 250 square kilometers and towering approximately 70 meters above Lake Argentino, this colossal ice mass is a sight to behold.

Visitors to the Perito Moreno Glacier can admire its towering ice walls from various viewing platforms strategically positioned for optimal views. Witnessing the glacier’s stunning blue hues and hearing the thunderous sound of ice calving into the lake is an unforgettable experience.

In addition to admiring the glacier from afar, adventurous travelers can also embark on guided ice trekking tours, allowing them to explore the glacier’s surface and marvel at its crevasses and ice formations up close. These excursions offer a unique opportunity to appreciate the glacier’s immense size and pristine beauty while immersing oneself in the surrounding wilderness.

Apart from the Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate offers a range of other outdoor activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. From horseback riding and birdwatching to boat tours of nearby lakes and visits to local estancias, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage.

Moreover, El Calafate boasts a vibrant dining scene, with numerous restaurants and cafes serving up delicious Patagonian cuisine and regional specialties. Visitors can indulge in freshly caught seafood, succulent lamb dishes, and decadent desserts made with locally sourced ingredients.

El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier combine natural wonders, adventure, and cultural experiences, making them must-visit destinations for anyone exploring the stunning landscapes of Argentine Patagonia.

Next, we’ll explore El Chaltén, the gateway to numerous trekking adventures in the breathtaking Fitz Roy Massif. Popular options include treks to Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre.

Finally, we’ll cross over to Chile to discover Puerto Natales and explore the iconic Torres del Paine National Park, one of the highlights of Patagonia. Then, discover Punta Arenas a city with a rich history and culture, to embark in a unique wonderful 4-night expedition cruise to visit the southern fjords and glaciers in Patagonia and even the mythic Cape Horn.

Fantastic isn´t it?

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Day 1 🛬

Arrive to Ushuaia Airport

Arrive to Ushuaia International Airport. Ushuaia, often referred to as the “Ciudad del Fin del Mundo” is the southernmost city in the world and serves as the capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica, and the South Atlantic Islands Province in Argentina. Nestled between the Martial mountain range and the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including snow-capped peaks, glaciers, and dense forests.

Transfer to the selected hotel and free time. You can add any of the optional activities listed below

Day 2

Tierra del Fuego NP + Beagle Channel Navigation

After breakfast, we will enjoy a half day trip to Tierra del Fuego National Park before your transfer to airport in the afternoon.

Tierra del Fuego National Park, located near the southern tip of Argentina in the province of Tierra del Fuego, is a breathtaking natural wonderland renowned for its stunning landscapes, diverse ecosystems, and rich biodiversity. Established in 1960, the park covers an area of over 63,000 hectares, encompassing a wide range of environments, including mountains, forests, rivers, and coastal regions.

Visitors to Tierra del Fuego National Park can explore a variety of hiking trails that wind through pristine wilderness areas, offering opportunities to discover the park’s unique flora and fauna. The park is home to a wide range of plant and animal species, including beavers, foxes, guanacos, and a variety of bird species, making it a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

One of the park’s most iconic features is the stunningly beautiful Lapataia Bay, where visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and coastline. The bay is also the southernmost point of the Pan-American Highway, adding to its allure as a must-see destination for travelers exploring the region.

For those seeking a more leisurely way to experience the park’s natural beauty, the End of the World Train offers a unique opportunity to journey through the Tierra del Fuego landscape aboard a historic steam locomotive. The train follows a scenic route through the park, passing by forests, rivers, and mountains, and offering passengers a glimpse into the region’s history and culture.

The End of the World Train, named for its terminus at the southernmost railway station in the world, provides a fascinating insight into the area’s past as a penal colony and the role of the railway in the development of the region. Passengers can learn about the history of the railway and its significance to the local indigenous peoples, as well as enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding scenery from the comfort of the train’s vintage carriages.

Combining a visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park with a ride on the End of the World Train offers travelers a comprehensive and unforgettable experience, allowing them to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and rich history of this remote and enchanting corner of the world. Whether hiking through pristine wilderness areas or enjoying a scenic train ride through the park, visitors are sure to be captivated by the beauty and wonder of Tierra del Fuego.

Return to the city. Free time for lunch on your own and then, you will enjoy a Beagle Channel Navigation

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a Beagle Channel Navigation.

Navigating the Beagle Channel to Isla de Lobos is a captivating experience that immerses travelers in the pristine beauty of the southernmost region of South America. Isla de Lobos, or “Sea Lion Island,” is one of the many picturesque islands scattered throughout the Beagle Channel, named for the colonies of South American sea lions that inhabit its shores.

The journey begins in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, where visitors embark on a boat tour that takes them through the scenic waters of the Beagle Channel. As the boat glides across the shimmering sea, passengers are treated to breathtaking views of snow-capped mountains, rugged coastlines, and remote islands.

Upon reaching Isla de Lobos, travelers are greeted by the sight and sound of hundreds of sea lions basking on the rocky shores and playing in the crystal-clear waters. The island is also home to a variety of seabirds, including cormorants, albatrosses, and petrels, making it a paradise for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

Visitors have the opportunity to disembark and explore the island on foot, observing the wildlife up close and learning about the unique ecosystem of the Beagle Channel. Guided tours led by knowledgeable naturalists provide insight into the behavior and biology of the sea lions and other native species, as well as the geological and cultural history of the region.

After a memorable visit to Isla de Lobos, the boat continues its journey through the Beagle Channel, passing by other notable landmarks such as Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse and Bridges Island. Along the way, passengers can enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes and keep an eye out for marine life such as dolphins, seals, and even whales.

The Beagle Channel navigation to Isla de Lobos offers an unforgettable opportunity to connect with nature and explore one of the most remote and pristine wilderness areas on the planet.

Overnight

Day 3

Choice of activities

After breakfast, we keep this day free for you. you can choose from many many options avilable, such as trekkings to Laguna Esmeralda or Laguna Turquesa, boat navigations to see penguins, kayaking activities or even the visit to Fagnano and Escondido Lakes.

Day 4

Good bye Ushuaia

After breakfast, free time until tranfser to airport.  If you have time enough, and your flight leaves late in the afternoon or even in the evening, you can add any of the activities listed below.
Once in El Calafate, arrival and transfer to your hotel. Check in. If you arrive early, you can add any of the activities in the list below.

The Amazing Perito moreno Glacier in Patagonia

Day 5

El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier

After breakfast, we will start the excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia, an awe-inspiring journey into one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. Departing from the charming town of El Calafate, travelers embark on a scenic drive through the rugged Patagonian landscape to Los Glaciares National Park. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by the breathtaking sight of the towering ice walls of the glacier, which rise dramatically above the turquoise waters of Lake Argentino. Guided tours lead guests to strategically positioned viewing platforms, where they can marvel at the glacier’s dynamic movements and listen to the thunderous crashes of ice calving into the lake. Some excursions also include a boat tour, providing an up-close perspective of the glacier’s sheer size and scale. For the adventurous, guided ice trekking tours offer the chance to explore the glacier’s surface, navigating its crevasses and seracs with the assistance of experienced guides. Throughout the excursion, knowledgeable guides provide insights into the glacier’s formation, geology, and ecological significance, enhancing the experience with their expertise and passion for the natural world. Overall, the excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier offers a captivating blend of adventure, natural beauty, and educational enrichment, making it an unforgettable highlight of any visit to Argentine Patagonia.

Day 6

Choose from options available

After breakfast, the day is free for you, to choose any of the boat navigations available to visit different glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park, visit a typical estancia, or even visit El Chaltén or Torres del Paine National Park. Check the list below

Day 7

From El Calafate to El Chaltén

After breakfast, free time until transfer to bus station to take bus service to El Chaltén. Arrive to the small lovely village and check in. Free time to rest or you can add some good activities. Check the list below.

DAY 8

Free day for trekking activities

Today is free to choose any of the amazing trekking available in the area, to discover the Fitz Roy Massif.

DAY 9

From El Chalten to Puerto Natales

After breakfast, transfer to bus station to take public bus to El Calafate and connection with bus to Puerto Natales. Arrival to the selected hotel and overnight.

Trekking O in Torres del Paine

DAY 10

Visiting Torres del Paine National Park

After breakfast, we will enjoy a full day tour to a highlight in Patagonia: Torres del Paine National Park.

Start a wonderful excursion to Torres del Paine National Park from Puerto Natales.  The adventure begins with an early morning departure from Puerto Natales, as travelers eagerly anticipate the scenic drive towards the park. The road to Torres del Paine offers stunning vistas of rugged landscapes, vast plains, and dramatic mountain ranges, providing a taste of the awe-inspiring scenery that awaits.

Upon arrival at the park entrance, visitors are greeted by the iconic granite spires of the Torres del Paine massif, towering majestically against the sky. From here, the excursion unfolds amidst a backdrop of pristine lakes, roaring rivers, and ancient forests, offering endless opportunities for exploration and discovery.

One of the most popular activities in the park is trekking, and there are trails suitable for all levels of experience. Whether embarking on a challenging hike to the base of the towers or opting for a leisurely stroll along picturesque paths, every step unveils new wonders of nature.

As travelers traverse the park, they may encounter a diverse array of wildlife, including guanacos, foxes, and the elusive puma. Birdwatchers will delight in spotting Andean condors soaring overhead and colorful species like the Magellanic woodpecker.

Throughout the day, stops are made at various scenic viewpoints and landmarks, allowing ample opportunities for photography and contemplation. From the shores of crystalline lakes to panoramic overlooks offering sweeping vistas of the surrounding landscape, each vantage point offers a new perspective on the park’s unparalleled beauty.

Lunch is often enjoyed amidst the tranquility of nature, with picnics or meals at designated rest areas providing a chance to refuel and recharge for the adventures ahead.

As the day draws to a close, travelers begin their return journey to Puerto Natales, carrying with them memories of an unforgettable day spent amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park. Whether gazing up at the towering peaks of the Torres del Paine or marveling at the serenity of a glacier-fed lake, the excursion leaves an indelible impression on all who venture into this wilderness paradise.

Rates and Departures for Australis Cruise from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia

DAY 11

Transfer to Punta Arenas + Australis Cruise Expedition

After breakfast, transfer to bus station to take public bus to Punta Arenas. This city, immersed on the southern tip of Chile, is a vibrant coastal city renowned for its rich maritime heritage and colorful architecture. Serving as a gateway to Antarctica and Patagonia, it offers captivating cultural experiences, from historic sites like the Palacio Sara Braun to the bustling markets along the Strait of Magellan. Its strategic location and unique blend of history and modernity make it an intriguing destination for travelers exploring the southern reaches of South America. _

Embarkation aboard Australis Cruise, to enjoy a wondeful 4-night expedition cruise to southern fjords and glaciers in Patagonia, with disembarkation at Cape Horn!

Between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM, we will conduct check-in at Muelle Prat (EPA), Av. Costanera del Estrecho de Magallanes 1398, Punta Arenas – Chile, followed by embarkation at 6:00 PM.

Once on board, we will have a welcome toast and introduce the Captain and his crew. Subsequently, the ship will set sail towards the southernmost point.

Navigating through the mythical Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel, we will venture through Patagonia and the fjords of Tierra del Fuego.

Australis Expedition Cruise to visit Cape Horn in Patagonia

DAY 12

Ainsworth Bay and Tucker Islets

In our second day aboard Australis Cruise, we will arrive near the Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay. We will learn about the resurgence of life after the retreat of the ice. We will embark on a hike through the wonderful subantarctic Magellanic forest.

We will visit the Tuckers Islets where, from the Zodiacs, we will spot Magellanic penguins and cormorants. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a hike near a glacier in Brookes Bay.

DAY 13

Pia Glacier and the Avenue of the Glaciers!

In the morning, we will sail through the Northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to enter and disembark at Pia Fjord. We will take an excursion to the viewpoint from where you can observe the namesake glacier, whose main tongue extends from the top of the mountain range to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we will continue our navigation under the majestic gaze of the “Glaciers Avenue.”

Australis Expedition Cruise to visit Cape Horn in Patagonia

DAY 14

Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

Today, we will arrive at Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark if weather conditions allow, to experience the magic of walking through one of the southernmost points in the world, surrounded by charm and legends.

In the afternoon, we will disembark at Wulaia Bay, a historic site that was one of the largest settlements of the native canoeing Yámana people. We will reach a lookout point by walking through the Magellanic forest, where lenga trees, coigüe trees, cinnamon trees, and ferns grow, among other species.

DAY 15

Arrive to Ushuaia

Arrival at Ushuaia, the most important Argentine city in Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world. Disembarkation at 08:30 hours.

Transfer to Ushuaia Airport

What is Included

  • Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park and Beagle Channel Navigation
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Excursion
  • Excursion to Torres del Paine National Park
  • Accommodation in Ushuaia, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Puerto Natales as per itinerary
  • 4-night Cruise Expedition aboard Australis Cruise. Meals and explorations included
  • English-Speaking Guides during excursions
  • Entarance fee to national parks
  • Air tickets (flights can be included if you want, just let´s know)
  • Lunch and Dinners During Tours (except when it's included)
  • Tips

Faq

On arrival to airport, or bus station, a guide will be waiting for you with a sign with our name to inform pick up time for all activities in Ushuaia.

Yes! We can convert any small group tour during your visit into a private tour, with a english speaking guide just for you.

Yes! we can quote and add internal flights, just let ´s know.

Absolutely, the program is 100% flexible, so let´s know if you need any change on the program.

Breakfast, lunches and dinners. All meals are included.
Open bar when the bartender is on duty.
Daily shore excursions, as scheduled by the Company.
Whiskey and hot chocolate during excursions.
Activities inside the ship

Port fees are an additional cost to the fare and are paid together with the total value of the ticket.

Thev port fees for the 2023-2024 season, they are as follows:

• Punta Arenas to Ushuaia route: US $105.
• Ushuaia to Punta Arenas route: US $105.
• Punta Arenas to Ushuaia to Punta Arenas route: US $120.
• Ushuaia to Punta Arenas to Ushuaia route: US $120.

For the 2024-2025 season, they are as follows:

-Punta Arenas – Ushuaia segment: US $120 per passenger.

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