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Patagonia by Land & Sea: Extensive exploration of Patagonia’s top highlights

Days: 13 | From: $9,150/per person (4 people)

Hike in iconic Torres del Paine National Park, then cruise remote Patagonian waters on a first class expedition ship. Search for penguins, guanaco, and other rare Patagonian wildlife, and circle the legendary Cape Horn and Tierra del Fuego. Finish your trip with time in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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At a glance

  • Santiago
    1 night: spend a day discovering Chile's capital city
  • Puerto Natales
    1 night: discover the stark beauty of the Last Hope Sound
  • Torres del Paine
    3 nights: visit an exceptional lodge in one of the world's most beautiful parks
  • Australis cruise
    4 nights: cruise Patagonia on a first class expedition ship with top guides
  • Ushuaia
    1 night: stay in the world's southernmost city
  • Buenos Aires
    2 nights: explore Argentina's bustling capital city

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Santiago

Chile - Santiago at dusk

Arrive to Santiago, Chile’s metropolitan capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the charming Lastarria neighborhood. Lastarria is a nice area for walking around, with quiet streets, flowering trees, attractive colonial architecture, and a variety of restaurants and boutiques.

There are plenty of things to see and do in the Santiago area. Take a private tour of Santiago, either on your arrival day or as a one-day extension, or add a trip (day or overnight) to nearby wine country or the historic port city of Valparaíso. Just let us know your interests.

Accommodations: Lastarria Boutique Hotel

Built in 1927 and situated in the heart of one of Santiago’s most charming neighborhoods, this city mansion has been renovated and converted into a boutique hotel with excellent personal service. Museums, galleries, trendy shops, antique stores, and innovative restaurants are close by. The hotel offers a restaurant and lounge, swimming pool, and charming interior courtyard.

Day 2

The Windswept Strait of Magellan and Last Hope Sound

Chile - Patagonia - Puerto Natales

Fly south to Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales and enjoy a scenic private transfer to your hotel, located in this small fishing town. Set on the beautiful Last Hope Sound, Puerto Natales is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.

Accommodations: Weskar Patagonian Lodge

The Weskar Patagonian Lodge sits on top of a hill, just 10 minutes away from the center of Puerto Natales in Chilean Patagonia. Glaciers, mountain ranges, sea channels, and the Última Esperanza Sound are all visible from the hotel windows. Its 28 rooms are large, comfortable and tastefully decorated, and its on-site restaurant serves high quality Patagonian dishes. A refined but unpretentious lodge, not as modern and minimalist as some of the other boutique hotel options in this area, and that is part of its local charm.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3

Navigate to Balmaceda Glacier / Zodiac into Torres del Paine

Zodiac into Torres del Paine National Park

Cross the Last Hope Sound by boat to Balmaceda glacier, disembarking there to explore the area on foot. Continue by a smaller zodiac boat along the Serrano River into Torres del Paine National Park. Enjoy a traditional Patagonian lunch before driving to your lodge. This is an exceptional and much less commonly traveled way into the park.

Accommodations: Tierra Patagonia

An exceptional option in the area of Torres del Paine National Park, Tierra Patagonia Hotel sits on a bluff where the pampa meets Lake Sarmiento, with views across the lake to the peaks of the Paine Massif from all rooms. The beautifully well-designed building seems to emerge from the hillside and blends harmoniously with the landscape. Patagonian details decorate its three suites, 34 superior rooms and three standard rooms. The hotel has a restaurant and bar, library lounge, spa with heated pool and hot tub, and one of the loveliest views in Torres del Paine.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Patagonia Camp, EcoCamp Patagonia, Awasi Patagonia, Explora Patagonia, and others
Days 4-5

Explore Torres del Paine National Park

Enjoy guided excursions each day to see the park’s iconic sites, such as the soaring granite towers from which it takes its name. Each day you can choose from active excursions, such as hiking, and more relaxed ones, such as driving tours and scenic walks. The guides at your lodge with discuss the options with you and help you plan a trip that matches your interests.

Accommodations: Tierra Patagonia

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Begin Your Patagonian Cruise

Cruceros Australis_photo courtesy of Australis

Travel back to Punta Arenas, where you will check in for your cruise. Punta Arenas was once the home of several wealthy families of “wool barons,” whose mansions from that era can be seen in the city center. Enjoy some time to explore a bit of the city before your Australis expedition cruise begins boarding at 6:00 p.m. The Captain and crew will give a welcome cocktail reception on board, and immediately afterward the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet, through the Strait of Magellan and the Beagle Channel.

Accommodations: Australis Cruise

Australis Cruises let you sail through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to visit some of the remotest destinations on the planet, several of which are accessible only by boat. The excursions combine spectacular scenery and interesting wildlife with first class service on board.

*Includes: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islet

Cruceros Australis

At dawn your ship will be navigating through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay, inside the Alberto De Agostini National Park. From a distance you will see the Marinelli Glacier, which descends from the Darwin Mountain Range, and learn how life begins after the retreat of the ice. Walk in search of beaver dams in the marvelous sub polar Magellanic forest, and you may see elephant seals on the beach. Later you sail to Tuckers Islet, and after lunch you will board the Zodiac boats to search for Magellanic Penguins (which only live in the Southern Hemisphere) and Cormorants.

Accommodations: Australis Cruise

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley

Cruceros Australis

Navigate along the main part of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, disembarking near the Pia Glacier. Take a short hike to a lookout point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. Afterward, continue sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through the majestic “Glacier Alley.”

Accommodations: Australis Cruise

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9

Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

Cruceros Australis

Sail through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where you will disembark (weather permitting). The mythical Cape Horn was discovered in 1616, and it is a sheer, 1,394 foot-high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and it is known as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005.

In the afternoon, go ashore at the historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is renowned for the beauty of its vegetation and geography. Walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a lookout point.

Accommodations: Australis Cruise

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Ushuaia and Tierra del Fuego National Park

Argentina - Ushuaia - Channel

Arrive to Argentina and disembark in Ushuaia, the most important city in Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city of its size in the world. Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park with your private local guide. Hike the coastal trail along the shoreline, with views of the surrounding mountains, forests, and bays. Your guide will help you make the most of your time: taking you to the best highlight areas of the park, identifying plant and animal life, and explaining the history and culture of the region. The hiking can be as active or relaxed as you like.

Accommodations: Tierra de Leyendas

Tierra de Leyendas is one of the top small boutique hotels in Ushuaia, with one of the best restaurants in the city and wonderful hosts. Its seven bedrooms have oversized windows offering views of the stunning landscape. The hotel is located 2.5 miles from downtown Ushuaia (taxis from the hotel are easily arranged), on a small hill overlooking the Beagle Channel and the Andes mountain range.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Upgrades and alternatives: Los Cauquenes, Alto Andino
Day 11

Fly to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires viewed through a window

Fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s colorful capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the fashionable Palermo district. This is one of the best areas of town for walking around, with charming boutiques and top restaurants.

Accommodations: Mine Hotel

This small, modern boutique hotel has an excellent location in the vibrant Palermo SoHo neighborhood, with many cafes and restaurants right outside the front door. The 20-room hotel offers a restaurant and a private green space with a garden and small pool; most rooms overlook this quaint backyard area.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades available: Legado Mitico, Alvear Palace, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, and others
Day 12

Get to Know Vibrant Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - Colored shutters along street

Explore Buenos Aires with your private guide, a bilingual local who will take you through the city’s unique neighborhoods. Discover the charms of Palermo, the Recoleta, the Teatro Colon, the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, and La Boca. With your private guide, you have the flexibility to explore at your own pace and make detours and stops along the way.

After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own and trying out the city’s excellent restaurants – we’ll provide a list of our top recommendations!

Accommodations: Mine Hotel

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 13

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: breakfast

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