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This tour travels from one extreme of Argentina Patagonia to the other. You'll experience the idyllic forested surroundings of Northern Patagonia's pristine Lake District to the continent's southern tip of Tierra del Fuego. Traveling through some of the most famous national parks of Argentina Patagonia, Nahuel Huapi, Los Glaciares and Tierra del Fuego, you'll find wildlife galore, including the species everyone on Patagonia tours longs to see, the Magellanic penguin. Here you'll gain a first-hand perspective on the history of man's attempts to tame Patagonia. If three weeks of Patagonia hiking, kayaking and rafting in ancient forests sound like bliss, this is your Patagonia adventure tour.

 

Itinerary
Day 1 ARRIVE BUENOS AIRES

When you arrive for the start of your Full Patagonia trip, a Southern Explorations guide will meet you at the Buenos Aires International Airport to take you to your hotel and assist with check-in. You'll have the rest of the day and evening to explore the capital on your own. For a quick introduction to the history and amenities of this sophisticated city aptly called the "Paris of South America," we suggest taking our Four Balconies Tour. The night will be spent at your Buenos Aires hotel.

Day 2 BUENOS AIRES - TRELEW - PUNTA TOMBO

In the morning, you'll be transferred to the city's domestic airport to fly to Trelew, the first of two former Welsh settlements you'll be visiting today. You'll drive to the Punta Tombo Reserve on the banks of the Rio Chubut, site of the world's most important breeding colony of Magellanic penguins. The populations have dwindled but still number over 300,000. The penguins return in early September and stay until the chicks have learned to swim in the spring. This excursion is always a highlight of Patagonia tours because one may walk among these remarkable creatures. Kelp gulls, skuas, guanay cormorants, giant petrels, dolphin gulls, the Chubut steamer duck, hairy armadillos and Patagonian foxes also inhabit the area. On the return to Trelew, you'll stop in time for tea at Gaiman, a quirky Welsh town known for its replicas of famous murals and a park featuring junk sculpture. You'll spend the night at a local hotel. (B,L)

Day 3 VALDES PENINSULA

Spend the day observing the vast array of wildlife that Patagonia tours have to offer. This area of important reserves and rookeries is home to guanacos, lesser rheas, Patagonia foxes, hairy armadillos, and Patagonian hares. The protected portions of the peninsula support large colonies of South American sea lions and Southern elephant seals. Magellanic penguins also inhabit this region along with oyster catchers, dolphin gulls, kelp gulls, cormorants, and other seabirds. Seeing so many different wildlife species makes this experience one of our most popular Patagonia day tours. (B, L)

Whale Watching Upgrade - $95 per person: From July to mid-December, you may opt to board a zodiac boat to see the southern right whale up close during its breeding season.

Day 4 TRELEW - USHUAIA

While many Patagonia tours focus solely on Patagonia trekking, this trip offers some history as well. Today there will be time for some sightseeing around Trelew before going on to the next destination. Two interesting sights are the large and fully refurbished Egidio Feruglio museum of paleontology, complete with an extensive collection of dinosaur replicas and the nearby paleontology park. Later in the day, you will be driven to the domestic airport for your flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world in Tierra del Fuego. After getting settled at the hotel, you'll be able to view the magnificent Beagle Channel and the get acquainted with the charming town of Ushuaia. You'll have the rest of the day and evening on your own before returning to your comfortable local hotel. (B)

Day 5 TIERRA DEL FUEGO HIKE & PADDLE

You will be picked up at your hotel in the morning for a day of Patagonia hiking and canoeing in beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park. On arrival in the park, you’ll hike 3.5 hours through a beech forest to a scenic viewpoint overlooking some of the region’s top sights: Lake Roca, Lagunas Verde and Negra, Rivers Ovando and Lapataia and Lapataia Bay. The forest is inhabited by Magellanic woodpeckers, the largest woodpecker in South America, Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles and Andean Condors. You’ll enjoy lunch in the camping area of Lake Roca before starting this afternoon’s Argentina paddling excursion. In an inflatable canoe, you’ll paddle the crystal clear, quiet waters of the Ovando River which flows into scenic Laguna Verde, containing some of the park’s most picturesque views. Today’s trip ends in Lapataia Bay, a destination that attracts many sea birds including sea petrels, albatross and steamer ducks, among others. Here at the end of the world, you’ll disembark and be driven back to your Ushuaia hotel for a free evening. (B,L)

Day 6 HISTORIC HARBERTON RANCH OR BEAGLE CHANNEL CANOEING - MARTILLO ISLAND PENGUIN COLONY

Another unforgettable experience of Patagonia tours, today you explore Tierra del Fuego, the southern portion of Patagonia with its magnificent vistas and a fascinating history. You will depart Ushuaia about 8 AM, reaching Rio Lasiphashj by mid-morning. Here you may continue on by boat to tour the historic Harberton estancia or choose the active option, a two hour inflatable canoe excursion down river into the Beagle Channel to view its prolific wildlife, ending at the estancia. Estancia Harberton belongs to the descendants of the first British missionaries to reach the area, Rev. Thomas and Mary Bridges, and was managed for many years by Natalie Goodall, a well-respected naturalist in the area. After re-grouping at the estancia pier, you'll take a small boat to Martillo Island, the domain of the Magellanic penguin and even a few Gentoo penguins. The unique location of this island (close to where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans merge) attracts a rich variety of sub-aquatic life, making it an ideal spot for bird watching to see such species as petrels, skuas, cormorants, sea gulls and albatross. Next you will stop at Gable Island (the largest in Patagonia's Beagle Channel) for lunch at a picturesque 19th century cabin. After lunch you will take a hike to reach the opposite side of the Beagle Channel before returning to Harberton where you will be transported back to Ushuaia. (B,L)
*Available on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Day 7 USHUAIA - EL CALAFATE – EL CHALTEN

This morning you may wish to spend your last hours in Ushuaia relaxing or visiting the fascinating End of the World Museum on your own before transferring to the airport to fly to El Calafate. Next you’ll take a three to four three to four hour drive north to the other end of the park, arriving at El Chalten, with glorious vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range along the way if the weather is clear. After you get settled in your hotel, you may wish to get in some Patagonia hiking on your own. On the hike to the Piedras Blancas Glacier which takes about an hour, you'll pass through a beech forest frequented by Magallenic woodpeckers to view the Marconi Glacier, gateway to the Continental Icecap. You may prefer to take the five-hour Cerro Polo hike where you'll have a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. You'll spend a restful night at your hotel in anticipation of the invigorating Patagonia hiking destinations to come. (B)

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Day 8 CERRO TORRE HIKE

After breakfast, you will start a full day of hiking a Patagonian classic: Mt. Torre, famous for its beauty but also for its climbing difficulty. This is the pinnacle of trekking Patagonia. Every year, countless expeditions attempt to reach the summit, but only a few succeed. After a half hour of hiking, you reach the viewpoint of the Fitz Roy River and Margarita waterfall. Continue for another 30 minutes until you reach the Mirador del Cerro Torre, a lookout facing the Cerro Torre and Adelas ranges. From this point, the trail descends into the valley. The trail ends on the shores of Laguna Torre, offering a stunning view of Mt. Torre surrounded by the Egger and Standhard spires and the Adelas range as a backdrop together with the glacier Torre. You will have time to enjoy the view, eat lunch, and rest before returning on the same trail to the town of El Chalten. (B, L)
Patagonia Hiking Details: 11-12 miles / Elevation gain: 1,000-1200 ft / Average time: 7 hours

Day 9 HIKE FITZ ROY & LAGUNA DE LOS TRES

Today's segment of trekking Patagonia includes a full-day hike to the Laguna Capri base camp (Fitz Roy base camp). The hike towards Fitz Roy features spectacular views of the massif. The peak was sacred and venerated by local Tehuelche groups who believed the mists enshrouding it were volcanic ash, calling it Chalten (God of Smoke). You will begin hiking south from El Pilar, passing Laguna Piedras Blancas on the way to Laguna de los Tres, at the base of Mt. Fitz Roy. Three glaciers drain into this emerald lagoon with majestic Mt. Fitz Roy towering above. Stop en route for lunch and then resume the hike to Laguna Capri, where the image of Mt. Fitz Roy is reflected. You'll enjoy spectacular views of the sweeping Patagonian steppe and Fitz Roy, highlights of any Patagonia tour. After a full day of hiking, return to your hotel for a good meal and night's sleep. (B, L)
Patagonia Hiking Details: 13-14 miles / Elevation gain 2200-2300ft / Average time: 9 hours

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Day 10 EL CHALTEN – EL CALAFATE

Transfer to El Calafate. Rest of the day free to relax and enjoy the charming town of El Calafate. (B)

Optional Self-Guided Tour: Glacier Museum Approximate Fees: Museum - $20 (80 Argentine Pesos); Roundtrip bus - $6 (25 Argentine Pesos) For those interested in learning about the formation and recession of glaciers during their Patagonia tours, a visit to the Glaciarium is a must. This one-of-a-kind ice museum is located six miles outside El Calafate. To get there, every hour on the hour, buses leave from the center of town. After exploring the history of the Patagonian ice fields, you may cap off this memorable experience with a drink at the museum’s Glacio Bar. The entire bar including the drink cups, tables and chairs are made entirely of ice.

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Day 11 PERITO MORENO GLACIER - EL CALAFATE

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your El Calafate hotel. An hour long bus ride takes you to the Bajo de las Sombras port on the shore of Lake Argentino. From there, you will board a comfortable boat for a 20 minute navigation across the lake. The cruise offers incredible views of the Perito Moreno glacier with its massive front wall of blue ice and surrounding field of icebergs. Following a beach landing, you’ll stop at a small shelter where the trekkers will be divided into groups of less than twenty. A short walk along an ancient beech forest takes you to the edge of the glacier, a prime location for photographing this spectacular natural wonder. You will be fitted with crampons and receive a safety briefing from your guides before beginning an unforgettable two hour trek on the glacier, with time for photos and a lunch break. This moderate trek will take you past small streams, lagoons, crevasses, and other ice formations as you explore the fascinating landscape of the Perito Moreno glacier. After completing the trek, you will embark on the boat for the return trip across the lake. A short bus ride brings you to an elaborate boardwalk system located across the lake from the glacier. From here you will be able to view and photograph the glacier from many angles, and possibly witness icebergs calving thunderously into the lake. In the late afternoon, you will return to your hotel for another comfortable night's rest. (B,L)
**The upper age limit for the mini-trek portion of this trip is 65, regardless of fitness level.  Click here for the alternative tours available.**

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Day 12 EL CALAFATE – LAS TORRES

This is a day of international travel, crossing the Argentina Patagonia border into Chile Patagonia. Though a long day of travel, it will prove worth it. Finally, you'll arrive at the world-renowned Torres del Paine National Park. Entering the park, you'll be in the summer grazing grounds of the endangered guanaco species. Surrounded by majestic mountains, it is a place you'll stop to watch and photograph these fascinating animals. Arrive at Las Torres where you will settle in and spend the evening. (B, L, D)

Day 13-14 TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Spend these next two days touring Torres del Paine National Park and nearby areas of interest. Select from a number of Patagonia adventures, each lead by a knowledgeable bilingual guide. Hike up to the base of the giant Towers of Paine, horseback ride through the Enchanted and Ascencio Valleys, trek around the brilliant blue Lake Nordenskjold, visit the archeological sites, or enjoy any number of other activities for any activity level and interest. After full days exploring the area, return each evening to your comfortable accommodations. (B, L, D)

Hotel Las Torres is a rustic hotel extremely well-situated at a hub of Torres del Paine National Park near the trailheads for several well-known hikes: through the Ascencio Valley to the base of the Towers of Paine, through Valle Encantado to Lago Paine, and along Lake Nordenskjold to Los Cuernos and French Valley. The lodge has 84 cozy rooms with views of nearby hills and rustic, yet stylish, ambiance perfect for resting after an ambitious day exploring the Park. The convenient location and larger size of the hotel allows for around 25 different activities to choose from daily each with groups of up to just eight travelers, ensuring ultimate flexibility without sacrificing personal attention. The lodge has many comfortable common areas, a bar with delicious artisan beers and regional wines, an extensive spa, and a restaurant featuring home-styled cuisine that incorporates meats and vegetables from the hotels nearby organic farm.

Day 15 LAS TORRES LODGE - PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO MONTT - PUERTO VARAS

Early in the morning, you'll be taken to the Punta Arenas Airport for your flight to Puerto Montt with another thirty-minute drive to nearby Puerto Varas on the shores of Lago Llanquihue, the fourth largest lake in South America. You'll spend the night here at a local hotel. (B)

Day 16 OSORNO VOLCANO - PETROHUE WATERFALLS - PUERTO VARAS

Begin your tour of Northern Patagonia and the Lakes Region. Today you'll have a full-day excursion to the Osorno Volcano, driving first along the lake shore with breathtaking views of the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes. You'll stop at the Saltos de Petrohue, rapids and waterfalls that were formed long ago by cooling lava. The material forms an impressive sculpture of extruded volcanic rock shaped by thousands of years of flowing water. From the Saltos de Petrohue, you'll drive onto the lower reaches of immense Osorno Volcano (8,530 ft). You'll take a gravel road to an elevation of 4,265 feet where the volcano looms large and the Calbuco, Antillanca and Tronador volcanoes are also in view with the Andes towering in the background. You return to Puerto Varas in the afternoon and have the rest of the day and evening free. Overnight in your comfortable Puerto Varas hotel. (B,L)

Day 17 LAKES CROSSING - BARILOCHE

After breakfast, you will be taken by car to a pier on the Petrohue River. Here you will board a catamaran for the scenic river excursion to the emerald waters of Todos los Santos, the first of the lakes you will navigate today. Along the way, you'll have stunning views of three volcanoes: Osorno; Tronador, famed for the crashing sounds of ice falling from its 11,453-ft summit; and 7,185-ft Puntiagudo. At midday, you'll arrive in the village of Peulla and enjoy a delicious lunch. From there, you'll take a short bus ride to the border with Argentina Patagonia at Puerto Frias and travel through a lush cloud forest to cross Lake Frias amidst scenic wilderness views. After arriving at Puerto Alegre, you will have a short bus ride through an Andean larch forest to the village of Puerto Blest. Here you'll board a catamaran for the day's final lake cruise into scenic Lake Nahuel Huapi. The boat docks at Puerto Panuelo, a port town near Bariloche, Argentina where you'll be spending the night at a local hotel. (B,L)

Day 18 BARILOCHE

Today's Patagonia tours are yours to decide. After breakfast, you may opt for a relaxing day of exploring the European-style city of Bariloche on Lake Nahuel Huapi. Those who wish to spend the day more actively engaged may choose one of the following day-trips:

Option 1: MANSO RIVER RAFTING / CLASS III-IV
Take a thrill-packed Patagonia rafting trip down the Manso River. From your hotel, you'll get a relaxing start over coffee at John's Ranch in Nahuel Huapi National Park. Here you'll don a wetsuit and receive a safety briefing from your guide. Today's scenic Patagonia travel takes you through a lush cloud forest in the direction of the Chile border. When it's over, you'll change into dry clothes and return to the ranch for a delicious traditional Argentine asado (barbeque), arriving back in Bariloche in the late afternoon. (B, L)

*Rafting is only available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday during the months of October/November/March and available every day of the week during December, January, and February

Option 2: BARILOCHE HIKING
Dedicated hikers may wish to make today a Patagonia hiking adventure, set according to the pace you decide. You'll be picked up at your hotel and transferred the short distance to the trailhead to start your invigorating Patagonia hike. The first two or three hours of the trip, you'll pass through alpine forests with views of the pristine lakes and extraordinary mountains for which the region is renowned. You'll enjoy a delectable picnic lunch before completing the last three to four hours of your satisfying Patagonia trek. After returning to your hotel, you'll have time to relax before enjoying another evening in paradise. (B, L)

Day 19 KAYAKING NAHUEL HUAPI LAKE

Patagonia kayaking on the brilliant blue waters of Lake Nahuel Huapi is today's excursion. This is an enjoyable trip regardless of your fitness level or paddling experience. For trekking devotees, we can arrange for a half-day trek in Nahuel Huapi National Park Your skilled guides will meet you at the beach to begin paddling. You'll stop for a delicious lakeside picnic in this heavenly area before picking up your paddle again to continue the rest of the afternoon's explorations. Your Patagonia travel concludes at the landmark Llao Llao Resort. You will be returned to your hotel for a final memorable evening in Bariloche. (B, L)

Patagonia Hike & Kayak Option: If your group prefers, we can instead organize a day of laid-back hiking with paddling. After breakfast, drive to Lopez Bay and trek the well-tread path to the Tristeza lookout point, a granite dome offering spectacular views of the Lakes Region. Here you will enjoy a scenic lunch before returning to the trailhead. After a safety briefing, you will hop into your kayak to paddle the shores of Moreno Lake for the remainder of the afternoon. Return to your Bariloche hotel for a final night of your Patagonia travels. (B,L)

Day 20 BARILOCHE - BUENOS AIRES

You'll be transferred to the Bariloche Airport to fly back to Buenos Aires and be taken to your hotel on arrival in the capital. No trip to Buenos Aires is complete without a tango experience. Southern Explorations offers tango floor show tour extensions for your dining and dancing pleasure before spending a last night in a Buenos Aires hotel. (B)

Day 21 BUENOS AIRES - HOME

There will be time on this last day of Argentina tours to enjoy a few more sights of Buenos Aires before being transferred to the Buenos Aires International Airport to fly home or to your next destination. Should you be able to stay longer, we offer a number of fascinating day-tours in the city and tour extensions elsewhere in South America. (B)

Weather (Argentina)

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Due to the country's geography and location, Argentina & Patagonia offers a wide variety of climates. The Argentine mainland is mostly temperate, with seasons reversed from those in the northern hemisphere. The northern areas of Salta and around Iguazú are tropical, while southern Patagonia's weather is often cold and windy and always unpredictable.

Winter (from the end of June to the beginning of October) may be cold with some rain in certain areas of Argentina, while the Northwest enjoys sunny days and warm temperatures.

Summer (from December to March) is hot and sometimes humid in Buenos Aires; warm and dry in the Northwest with intermittent summer rains; and cold but sunny and sometimes windy in Patagonia.
 

BUENOS AIRES

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN69-833.9
FEB67-814.2
MAR67-784.9
APR58-713.5
MAY53-652.8
JUN47-582.2
JUL47-582.4
AUG48-612.6
SEP51-642.6
OCT56-704.4
NOV61-764.1
DEC66-813.8
*Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

 

EL CALAFATE

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN45-650.5
FEB42-650.3
MAR37-610.5
APR32-541.0
MAY28-451.2
JUN27-410.8
JUL29-391.0
AUG33-430.8
SEP44-500.6
OCT37-560.5
NOV41-610.4
DEC44-640.6

*Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

 

USHUAIA

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN41-571.5
FEB51-561.8
MAR39-542.1
APR36-492.2
MAY32-432.1
JUN29-401.9
JUL28-391.4
AUG30-421.8
SEP32-461.6
OCT36-501.4
NOV38-531.4
DEC40-561.7

*Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

 

BARILOCHE

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN43-700.9
FEB42-710.9
MAR39-661.2
APR35-582.1
MAY33-505.3
JUN30-445.5
JUL29-435.1
AUG30-464.6
SEPT31-512.3
OCT34-571.5
NOV38-631.0
DEC41-671.3

*Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

 

MENDOZA

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN64-901.4
FEB62-871.3
MAR57-811.1
APR50-740.5
MAY42-660.2
JUN35-600.2
JUL35-590.3
AUG38-650.1
SEP70-430.3
OCT51-770.4
NOV57-840.6
DEC63-881.0

*Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

 

SALTA

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN61-817.0
FEB61-796.4
MAR59-774.6
APR54-731.4
MAY46-700.3
JUN39-660.1
JUL37-680.2
AUG39-720.2
SEP45-750.8
OCT52-791.0
NOV57-812.5
DEC61-825.4

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Weather (Chile)

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Santiago & Surrounding Vineyards - The fertile heartland, this midland area of Chile enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with maximum temperatures averaging 82°F (28°C) in January and 50°F (10°C) in July. The rainy season lasts from May to August. Evenings and nights can be cool, even during the summer.

General Patagonia - The area south of Puerto Montt and Chiloé covers about 30% of the total land area of Chile. It is a rugged, mountainous region of tremendous beauty. Westerly winds and storms often drop enormous amounts of snow and rain on the seaward slopes. In the Magellanes and Tierra del Fuego areas, temperatures in summer average 52°F (11°C). Dampness and wind chill can make it feel cooler so layered clothing and good waterproof gear are musts. The weather year-round is highly unpredictable, and in summer be prepared for incessant winds that lessen in the winter. In the shoulder season months, November and March, winds are not likely to be as strong as during the peak of summer.

Torres Del Paine - The weather is famously unpredictable in this area and it is possible to experience four seasons in the course of a few hours. Average daily temperatures vary but in summer one can expect temperatures ranging between 50° F (10° C) and 70° F (20 ° C) with the occasional hot day of 78° F (25° C). Temperatures can drop to zero at night, and high winds are common in this area. Travelers should be prepared (both mentally and physically) for unpredictable and sometimes challenging weather conditions and pack accordingly. Good head-to-toe, breathable waterproof clothing is essential.

SANTIAGO

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN54-850.0
FEB54-840.1
MAR52-800.2
APR47-720.5
MAY40-642.3
JUN40-583.1
JUL37-573.0
AUG38-612.1
SEP40-651.1
OCT45-710.5
NOV47-770.2
DEC51-820.2

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

 

PUERTO MONTT

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN48-663.6
FEB47-673.7
MAR47-643.9
APR43-605.6
MAY42-569.2
JUN39-518.8
JUL37-509.0
AUG38-528.2
SEP38-525.7
OCT38-524.8
NOV43-600.5
DEC46-634.1

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

 

PUNTA ARENAS

Min-Max Air Temp

Avg Rainfall

JAN43-571.4
FEB44-571.1
MAR51-541.6
APR39-491.6
MAY35-441.7
JUN31-391.3
JUL29-381.3
AUG31-411.3
SEP32-461.1
OCT36-500.9
NOV40-531.1
DEC42-561.2

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

 

SAN PEDRO ATACAMA

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JAN50-760.9
FEB50-750.2
MAR48-730.1
APR44-700.1
MAY38-660.0
JUN33-610.0
JUL33-610.0
AUG35-640.0
SEP40-690.1
OCT43-720.1
NOV46-740.1
DEC48-750.1

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

 

EASTER ISLAND

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JAN68-812.8
FEB68-813.3
MAR68-803.8
APR66-774.8
MAY64-746.0
JUN62-724.2
JUL60-704.1
AUG60-703.7
SEP60-713.4
OCT61-732.7
NOV63-752.9
DEC65-783.4

*Year Round Temperatures in °F, Rainfall in Inches

 

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Pricing
Per Person
$8,295
Domestic Airfare:
$295 Airfare: Punta Arenas/Puerto Montt (subject to change)
$1,195 Airfare: Buenos Aires/Trelew – Trelew/Ushuaia - Ushuaia/El Calafate – Bariloche/Buenos Aires (subject to change)
 
Single Supplement: $2,695
A single supplement is the additional cost of a single traveler not sharing a room in double occupancy. 
Included in tour cost
  • All land and sea transportation during the itinerary
  • Paddling gear
  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • All hotel accommodations
  • All listed activities
  • English-speaking certified guides
  • Entrance fees for all scheduled tours, national parks & archaeological sites
  • Meals as indicated
  • Southern Explorations pre-departure services
Excluded from tour cost
  • Airport taxes, international and local
  • Domestic airfare within South America
  • International airfare to and from Central & South America
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Medical & travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Hiking boots and other necessary sports gear
  • Reciprocity fee

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Trip Dates
Can’t find a date that works for you in the list below? Southern Explorations can arrange a private departure on any date that works with your schedule. Custom tours are also available. Contact us for details.
Friday, October 5, 2018 to Thursday, October 25, 2018
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Saturday, November 3, 2018 to Friday, November 23, 2018
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Friday, November 30, 2018 to Thursday, December 20, 2018
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Friday, December 28, 2018 to Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Friday, February 1, 2019 to Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Friday, March 1, 2019 to Thursday, March 21, 2019
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Friday, October 4, 2019 to Thursday, October 24, 2019
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Friday, November 1, 2019 to Thursday, November 21, 2019
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Friday, November 29, 2019 to Thursday, December 19, 2019
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Friday, December 27, 2019 to Thursday, January 16, 2020
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Friday, January 31, 2020 to Thursday, February 20, 2020
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Friday, February 28, 2020 to Thursday, March 19, 2020
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Bariloche
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El Calafate
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El Chalten
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Puerto Madryn
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Puerto Varas
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Ushuaia
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Buenos Aires
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Las Torres
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patagonia travelSouthern Explorations created an amazing custom trip to one of the most beautiful places on earth. They worked with us to fine tune the details of what our perfect vacation to Patagonia would be. The reservations, the accommodations, the transfers and the guides were spot on, very informative and professional. Will we use Southern Explorations for our next trip to the southern hemisphere? You can be certain of that. - Jim Balsitis and Kathy Kalp (Patagonia)

 
mount fitzroy patagoniaSadly, I am back from my AMAZING trip to S. America. I just wanted to thank you for everything. Your professionalism, responsiveness, & knowledge of S. America were incredible. I truly had the trip of a lifetime thanks to Southern Explorations. You guys left no stone unturned from the Galapagos, to Peru, to Chile, to Patagonia..............my expectations were exceeded 10-fold. I already recommended you guys to the gentleman on the plane next to me. It was really nice to get to meet Justin in Patagonia. It is obvious how hard he has worked to establish such strong contacts, guides, etc. I could tell that our guides were a step above the rest. I just wanted to thank you for making my dream come true. My mom & I will never forget this the rest of our lives. - Ami Jampolis (Galapagos Island Cruise, Peru, Chile & Patagonia)

mount fitzroy patagoniaFrom arrival to departure this trip, from an organizational stand point, felt like a ballet… seamless and fluid. We couldn’t have done it without you – Thanks Southern Explorations! - Lori Schrader, New York (Patagonia)
 

“We just returned from our South American adventure this morning, but I wanted to write you to thank you for helping us put together a fantastic vacation. Our friends called it the 'trip of a lifetime', that included the 'hike of a lifetime' and the 'kayak paddling day of a lifetime' for them. You made it so easy to have a great adventure. Thanks again for all your help. - Heidi and Michael Rotberg (Argentina Mountains & Wineries)

“The Southern Explorations team did a fantastic job helping us plan our Galapagos adventure in 2011 and our Torres del Paine/Australis Magellan Straits cruise 2015.  They were extremely helpful in planning our trips and quickly responded to each of our questions. We will definitely seek their services to assist in any future travels.” - Sharon McRae (Cruceros Australis + Hotel Las Torres) 

Thank You for planning an amazing trip for us. Everything was beyond wonderful…and ran so smoothly. We so enjoyed our guides…who took us on harder hikes, just like we wanted. We especially loved El Chalten…and of course the EOLO hotel. I think the glacial hike was one of the most beautiful walks we have ever taken. So appreciate all the effort your agency put into our trip. I WILL definitely travel with you again. - Lisa Goldman (Luxury Patagonia)

“I am so happy that I used Southern Explorations!  I thought that your trip (with extensions) was very well-designed.  We appreciated the more luxurious travel and the flexibility that was afforded us.  The hotels were all wonderful and our guides ranged from good to excellent.  We hiked almost every day (a major concern of my husband).  We were afforded some solitude on even the most popular trails because we were able to have earlier departures than were available to a large group. Our overall aim on this trip was to maximize our hiking opportunities while exploring Patagonia and the Atacama Desert. We also wanted to stay in very comfortable hotels.  Everyone at Southern Explorations (and particularly Eric Bartanen who made the arrangements) was friendly, courteous  and efficient.  We tinkered a little with an already well designed Southern Explorations trip to produce a  marvelous trip that exceeded my expectations.  The arrangements were flawless.  I was very impressed by the quality of the accommodations, the guides and the drivers.” - Janet Luck (Luxury Patagonia + Alto Atacama)

It was a wonderful trip and Southern Explorations really did a marvelous job of putting everything together for us. Thank You. We have had nothing but fantastic memories and have spoken to many people about Southern explorations and what a nice job you guys did putting everything together. Peru and other South America ventures will happen. I will be in touch. - Steve Andryk (Wisconsin) (Luxury Patagonia)

The Southern Explorations team did a fantastic job helping us plan our Galapagos adventure in 2011 and our Torres del Paine/Australis Magellan Straits cruise 2015. They were extremely helpful in planning our trips and quickly responded to each of our questions. We will definitely seek their services to assist in any future travels.   - Sharon McRae (Torres del Paine/Galapagos)

Thank you for a wonderful introduction to South America and excellent vacation. We will be returning to other SA venues in the coming years and will be sure to contact Southern Explorations for assistance. - Gordon McPhee, South Carolina (Chile & Argentina)

 

 

Argentina - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I choose an itinerary?
A: We offer a variety of pre-planned tours online and we’d love to design a custom trip just for you. Take a look at what we have online, then call an Adventure Travel Coordinator to discuss the trip that best fits your timeframe, budget and interests.
Q: Can I make changes or additions to these tours?
A: Yes! We are happy to modify any tour to meet your needs and also add pre and post-excursion extensions. If you sign up for a group departure we cannot change the group portion, but we can add extensions before and after.
Q: When is the best time to go to Argentina?
A: Argentina’s large size and geographic orientation means it covers many climatic zone and different areas are better to visit during different times of the year. In the south, Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego are best visited from October through April. In the north, the season is inversed and your best time to travel is from April through November. Buenos Aires and the wine country around Mendoza can be visited year round.
Q: What is the weather like in Argentina?
A: The weather ranges from temperate summers and cold, snowy winters in the south to rainy summers and dry, warm winters in the north. You will find a detailed weather chart on the Overview page of each trip. You can also call your Adventure Travel Coordinator to discuss the weather trends for your trip.
Q: What is a typical day like in Argentina? 
A: The typical day varies widely from trip to trip, but all tours will have full days with guided exploration. There will be time for rest and relaxation, as well as independent exploration of the cities and towns we visit. Due to the remote nature of Argentina’s most scenic areas, some long travel days will be required.
Q: How physically fit do I need to be to enjoy a trip to Argentina? 
A: As long as you are able to walk a couple of miles at a leisurely pace and comfortably navigate uneven terrain, you will be able to enjoy most of our tours. Some of our more adventurous tours include activities like kayaking, ice climbing and hikes up to 12 miles. Please check the physical ratings on our trip pages or contact your Adventure Travel Coordinator to see if a particular itinerary is a good fit for you.
Q: How much time do we need to visit Argentina?
A: Because of the vast size of Argentina we recommend at least seven days. If you wish to visit multiple regions within Argentina we recommend 12 days or more.
Q: How far in advance should I book?
A: As a rule, the further in advance you can plan, the more options you will have. We recommend planning a trip at three to nine months in advance, but if you want to stay at very specific luxury hotels or travel over a holiday then we recommend planning nine months to a year in advance.
Q: What are your booking and cancellation policies?
A: Click here to see our booking and cancellation policies.
Q: Do you use certified guides?
A: The guides on all of our tours are experienced, fluent in English and hold a degree in a related field. The guides are experienced in the outdoors and trained in basic first aid. We tend to use the same guides as they are accustomed to the trips we offer and understand the Southern Explorations commitment to quality.
Q: What kind of accommodations can I expect?
A: We primarily work with 4-star hotels in Argentina and the occasional 3-star property, provided they meet our standards. We also work with several amazing 5-star properties. All of our hotels are clean, comfortable, well-located, offer en suite bathrooms and have been personally vetted by a Southern Explorations staff member.
Q: Do tours include airfare?
A: We will confirm all airfare within South America and this price is listed separately from our base tour costs. You are responsible for booking international flights to/from Argentina.
Q: How many people are on your tours?
A: Our Argentina trips are generally limited to 8 travelers, although some areas (all-inclusive lodge stays and cruises) may require that we form larger groups with other travelers.
Q: Will I get more information on packing, vaccines, currency, electricity, etc.?
A: After booking you will receive a link to our online trip portal, which includes all of the need-to-know information that is specific to your itinerary.  This includes packing lists, restaurant recommendations, tipping guides, FAQs, vaccine recommendations and currency information. Your Adventure Travel Coordinator will also be a great resource for any other information you may need.
Q: I read about a “Reciprocity Fee” to enter Argentina, do I need to pay that?
A:

There is no longer a “Reciprocity Fee” required for travelers carrying US, Canadian or Australian Passports. If you carry a passport from a different country please check with your nearest Argentine consulate for more information. 

Chile - Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I choose an itinerary?
A: We offer a variety of pre-planned tours online and we’d love to design a custom trip just for you. Take a look at what we have online then call an Adventure Travel Coordinator to discuss the trip that best fits your timeframe, budget and interests.
Q: Can I make changes or additions to these tours?
A: Yes! We are happy to modify any tour to meet your needs and also add pre and post-excursion extensions. If you sign up for a group departure we cannot change the group portion but we can add extensions before and after.
Q: When is the best time to go to Chile?
A: Chile can be visited year-round, although the southern regions are generally best visited in the Spring, Summer and Fall, which run from October through April. Northern Chile, due to its high desert, is pleasant to visit year round. Central Chile, in the Andes, becomes a skiers paradise from late-June to mid-September. Contact an Adventure Travel Coordinator to discuss the best timing for your preferred tour.
Q: What is the weather like in Chile?
A: Chile is a long country, spanning many climatic zones, and offers weather systems ranging from warm, high desert to cold tundra. Patagonia is famous for having “all four seasons in one day,” while the Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on earth. Contact an Adventure Travel Coordinator today to discuss the weather on your trip.
Q: What is a typical day like in Chile? 
A: The typical day varies widely from trip to trip, but all tours will have full days with guided exploration. There is time for rest and relaxation, as well as independent exploration of the cities and towns you visit. Due to the remote nature of Chile’s most scenic areas, some long travel days will be required.
Q: How much time do we need to visit Chile?
A: Although we have trips as short as 5 days, we highly recommend spending at least 7 days in Chile, and ideally 12. Chile has many fascinating regions and some of the most beautiful areas are quite remote, requiring extended travel time.
Q: How far in advance should I book?
A: As a rule, the further in advance you can plan, the more options you will have. We recommend planning a trip at three to nine months in advance, but if you want to stay at very specific luxury hotels or travel over a holiday we recommend planning nine months to a year in advance.
Q: What are your booking and cancellation policies?
A: Click here to see our booking and cancellation policies.
Q: Do you use certified guides?
A: The guides on all of our tours are experienced, fluent in English and hold a degree in a related field. The guides are experienced in the outdoors and trained in basic first aid. We tend to use the same guides as they are accustomed to the trips we offer and understand the Southern Explorations commitment to quality.
Q: What kind of accommodations can I expect?
A: We primarily work with 4-star hotels in Chile and the occasional 3-star property that meets our standards. We also work with several amazing 5-star properties and all-inclusive lodges. All of our hotels are clean, comfortable, well-located, offer en suite bathrooms and have been personally vetted by a Southern Explorations’ staff member.
Q: Do tours include airfare?
A: We will confirm all airfare within South America and this price is listed separately from our base tour costs. You are responsible for booking international flights to Chile.
Q: Will I get more information on packing, vaccines, currency, electricity, etc.?
A: After booking you will receive a link to our online trip portal which includes all of the need-to-know information that is specific to your itinerary.  This includes packing lists, restaurant recommendations, tipping guides, FAQs, vaccine recommendations and currency information. Your Adventure Travel Coordinator will also be a great resource for any other information you may need.
Q: How will I do laundry during the trip?
A: Patagonian hotels charge very affordable rates for doing a guest’s laundry. You will also have access to laundry facilities on most days in major cities. Some of the Patagonian experiences will be true ‘wilderness’ style camping with only a river or lake as a water supply. Some locations have washing facilities where guests may do laundry. Bring biodegradable soap if you wish to do your own laundry. Please refer to the full itinerary or contact us for details.
Q: I’ve heard Patagonia is very remote. What if I have a medical emergency on the trip?
A: Some of our trips take passengers into some primitive wilderness areas. Our guides are trained in wilderness first-aid. To ensure the safety of our travelers, our guides are linked with outside services 24 hours a day in all locations to provide assistance when necessary. Though our guides carry extensive first aid equipment for minor ailments, injuries and accidents, they cannot handle serious medical conditions, and passengers are advised to obtain health or travel insurance that covers medical evacuation. There are small hospitals in the Patagonia region, some with 24-hour medical assistance that can deal with minor injuries and illnesses. In the rare event of an accident or broken bone, passengers would be evacuated from the wilderness area (probably by horse) and continue on the long drive out. Helicopters are available for emergencies but cannot fly during high winds. Any passengers with a medical condition or using medication should discuss this with us prior to travel.