Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

  • Get expert insights as you explore Patagonia by land and sea, gliding past pristine fjords and vast glaciers on a four-day cruise, then heading inland to explore granite spires, sapphire lakes, and hidden waterfalls.
  • Set out on an interpretive walk across Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 100,000 Magellanic penguins.
  • Enjoy a festive barbecue with local gauchos and get a glimpse into traditional Patagonian cowboy culture.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Carved by fjords and capped by glistening glaciers, Patagonia is a natural wonderland. Cruise through a landscape of thick forests and icebergs to the tip of Cape Horn and the Strait of Magellan. Then continue overland to Patagonia's crown jewel—Torres del Paine National Park—and end our journey in Santiago, Chile's vibrant capital.

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Transfer to our hotel in the heart of the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood, and explore the nearby galleries, museums, and cafés. Enjoy a tango performance, followed by our welcome dinner tonight.

Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:Sofitel Buenos Aires Recoleta
Day 2: BUENOS AIRES/USHUAIA
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Spend the morning discovering Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, known as the Paris of South America. On a city tour, explore the cobblestoned lanes of San Telmo, as well as the colorful artists’ quarter of La Boca. After lunch, fly south to Ushuaia, capital of the Tierra del Fuego province. Settle into a stunning resort within the Cerro Alarkén Nature Reserve.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa
Day 3: Ushuaia/Beagle Channel
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Begin the day with a hike in the Cerro Alarkén Nature Reserve, named for the pointed peak that dominates the landscape. Enjoy stunning views and get a closer look at the flora and fauna of Tierra del Fuego. Enjoy lunch at a restaurant in Ushuaia before a walking tour of the town, including its End of the World Museum, which highlights the area’s natural history, indigenous cultures, and early penal colony. Embark our ship and set sail on the famed Beagle Channel.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

M.V. Stella Australis or M.V. Ventus Australis

Day 4: Cape Horn, Chile/Wulaia Bay
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Weather permitting, take Zodiacs to legendary Cape Horn for a panoramic view from the southernmost tip of South America. Later, explore Wulaia Bay, where Charles Darwin landed during his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. Choose one of two walks to experience the spectacular beauty of the Magellanic forest.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

M.V. Stella Australis or M.V. Ventus Australis

Days 5-6: Magdalena Channel/Agostini Sound
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As we navigate the Magdalena Channel, spot penguins, dolphins, albatrosses, and other seabirds. After entering the Pia Fjord, board Zodiacs and head out on a shore excursion on Pia Glacier. Continue along the Beagle Channel to the Garibaldi Glacier. Embark on a challenging hike through the Magellanic forest if you choose. The next day, cruise through majestic Agostini Sound, and disembark for a closer look at Águila Glacier. During an easy walk, take in spectacular views of the brilliant blue-and-white ice set off by black mountains, and learn about the geologic forces that shaped this dramatic land.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:

M.V. Stella Australis or M.V. Ventus Australis

Day 7: Magdalena Island/Punta Arenas
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Take a morning walk on Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 100,000 Magellanic penguins. Disembark in Punta Arenas and continue across the southern Pampas, looking for herds of guanacos as well as rheas, gray foxes, Patagonian hares, and black-necked swans. Then settle into our spectacular hotel overlooking the staggering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa
Days 8-10: Torres del Paine National Park
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During the next three days, tailor your exploration to your interests, choosing among a variety of hiking and horseback-riding excursions in the park. Discover Lago de Grey and its incredibly blue sculpted ice; hike through beech forests along the shore of Laguna Azul; and marvel at rock paintings left by the indigenous Aonikenk people, some of the earliest inhabitants of the region. Photograph wildlife near the northern limits of the park; or relax at the hotel, taking advantage of its wonderful amenities. Enjoy evening lectures, and cap off your stay in the park with a festive barbecue in the company of local gauchos, getting a glimpse into traditional Patagonian cowboy culture.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa
Day 11: Punta Arenas/Santiago/Maipo Valley
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Today, drive to the Punta Arenas airport for the flight to Santiago. Arrive in Santiago this evening and travel into the Maipo Valley to our boutique hotel located on the famed Viña Santa Rita—one of Chile’s most prestigious wineries. Settle into our late 19th-century-style hotel nestled amid an oasis of vineyards, parks, and gardens. Tonight, gather in the hotel’s dining room for a private multi-course meal paired with Chilean wines from Santa Rita’s award-winning vineyards.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hotel Casa Real
Day 12: Maipo Valley/Santiago
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Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at our hotel before embarking on a private tour of the estate’s 40-hectare park and gardens, which were designed by 19th-century French landscape architect Guillaume Renner. Then gather on the outdoor terrace for a wine tasting and lunch. Later, enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Viña Santa Rita—founded in 1880 and known for its cultivation of red wine varietals—including the estate’s vineyards, stone-and-mortar cellar, and tasting room. Continue to the nearby Andino Museum to peruse an impressive collection of pre-Columbian art. This evening, transfer to the Arturo Merino Benítez Airport (SCL) and catch your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch