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Sample Itinerary - REF SOUTH AMERICA 93

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Day 1: El Calafate

Arriving into El Calafate, the starting point for excursions to one of Argentina’s most famous natural wonders – the Perito Moreno glacier. On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Remainder of day free.

Day 2: El Calafate

easuring 30km in length, the monstrous Perito Moreno glacier is a jagged mass of crevasses and towering columns of ice. It’s also unusual in the sense that it is actually growing in size and constantly moving forward. Today enjoy a full day excursion beginning at Brazo Rico where you will be able to spot floating icebergs and continuing with a nautical safari on Rico Lake for spectacular views of the ice walls.

Day 3: El Calafate - Ushuaia

This morning we take you back to the airport in El Calafate for your flight to Ushuaia, also known as the end of the world. Arriving here, meet our local driver who will take you to the hotel.

Day 4: Ushuaia

Taking National Route 3 as part of a group tour you’ll discover some of Tierra del Fuego park’s most stunning natural sights including Pipo River, Ensenada Bay, Redonda Island, Roca Lake, Verde and Negra Lagoons and Castores Dam. Rich in flora and fauna, the park also offers ample variety of wildlife. Returning to the town we take you for check in aboard your cruise ship the M/V Stella Australis destined for Punta Arenas. After a welcome cocktail reception, our trip takes us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego.

Day 5: Ushuaia - Punta Arenas

We will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where disembarking is scheduled (weather permitting). The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve in 2005. In the afternoon, we will go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlement. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833, during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. We will walk through a Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation to reach a panoramic viewpoint.

Day 6: Punta Arenas

We will be sailing through Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of Darwin Mountain Range. In this area we can see glaciers descending the mountainside all the way down to the sea. In the afternoon, onboard Zodiac boats, we will route to Águila Glacier where we will take an easy walk all the way the base of the glacier. We will experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and see how the power of nature molded the area’s landscape.

Day 7: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Early in the morning (and weather permitting) we will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan Penguins that we will be able to see during our walk to the lighthouse. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a ride on Zodiac boat to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions.Finally, disembarking at Punta Arenas is scheduled at 11:30 am, where a transfer takes you to your hotel in Puerto Natales.

Days 8-9: Puerto Natales

Today and tomorrow is at your leisure to explore the area.

Day 10: Puerto Natales

Sadly your journey has reached its conclusion, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.