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Day 1: Arrive in Buenos Aires
Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, you are met and transferred to our centrally located hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city of Buenos Aires. In the evening, we have our introductory meeting and dinner. Overnight in Buenos Aires.
Day 2: Buenos Aires
Today, we discover the highlights of Buenos Aires. Traveling by bus and walking through the unique "barrios", we have a close look at daily life in Buenos Aires.
Day 3: Tigre Delta
Today we have a full day excursion to Tigre and the 2000 km maze of waterways that make up the Tigre Delta at the confluence of the Rio Lujan and the Rio Tigre. The town was founded in 1820 and named after the local "tigres" (jaguars), which are now extinct. The old fruit market is now a crafts fair and there are antique shops, riverside restaurants and many beautiful old buildings including the lovely Argentinean Rowing Club. We explore some of the Delta's rivers and streams from the comfort of riverboats, passing many of the "Belle Epoque" buildings, and the natural beauty of the Parana River Delta. We continue exploring the area on a train before we return to Buenos Aires.
Day 4: To El Chalten, Fitz Roy Massif
In the morning, we transfer to the airport for our flight to El Calafate. Upon landing in Patagonia, we transfer to ground transportation and drive across the steppe to El Chalten, our staging point for the Fitz Roy Peaks in the southern Andes and our hikes in the region.
Day 5: Trek to Mount Fitz Roy
Today, we spend a full day trekking to Mt. Fitz Roy. Mt Fitz Roy sits in its granite glory surrounded by Poincenot and Mermoz peaks. Enroute, we pass through Nothofagus forest and see glaciers. As we travel alongside the Rio Blanco (white river), the sounds of the rushing water echo off the mountainsides. Keep a watch for the world's second largest bird, the Andean condor, circling the peaks.
Day 6: Hike to Laguna Torre
In the morning, we hike to a viewpoint where we can see the magnificent Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy Peak. For those keen to walk further, a spectacular hike takes us to Laguna de los Tres for a panoramic view of the lake, glaciers and the principle peaks of the southern Fitz Roy Range.
Day 7: Perito Moreno Glacier
We will leave the Eco Camp today and have a full day excursion to the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, which is located within Glacier National Park and has been declared a World Heritage Site. The glacier is a river of ice, 2 miles wide, 20 miles long and 200 feet high, which we view from a tour boat only 500 feet away! It is considered to be one of the greatest natural attractions in all of South America. Hiking along the shore we can watch icebergs calving off the glacier into Lago Argentino.
Days 8 - 9: Life on the Estancia
Our day is open to enjoy the activities of the estancia. Sheep shearing and herding, a walk to the lake and bird watching by the lagoon. If you want more adventure you may wish to go further afield on a horseback-riding excursion.
Day 10: To Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Today, we have a long drive across the border into Chile. Enroute, we have lunch at a Patagonian estancia from where we can see the Paine Massif and the rolling steppe.
Day 11: Grey Glaciers, Pehoe Lake, Salto Grande
We have a full day starting with a hike to Grey Lake adorned with icebergs from the calving glacier.
Day 12: Trek in Torres del Paine National Park, Tower Peaks views
Today, we go on a spectacular hike to Torres del Paine. This is a challenging hike but well worth the effort because of the spectacular views of the Tower Peaks.
Day 13: Trek in Torres del Paine National Park, Views of the Horns
Today our hike will be Lazo Webber with incredible views of the Paine Horns. Our hike is just off of the main circuit so that we can enjoy the panoramas without the crowds of backpackers.
Day 14: To Punta Arenas
This morning, we leave Torres del Paine and head south to Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan. This is a long trip through amazing scenery from the high mountains of Torres del Paine to the coastal city of Puerto Natales on the shore of Esperanza Bay. We will enjoy the fresh sea breeze in this busy port town and then continue for another 250kms through this mountainous Magallanes region of Chilean Patagonia.
Day 15: Penguin Reserve, Exploring Punta Arenas Including the Sara Brown Museum
Today we have an early start to the day, as we take a short trip to Isla Magdalena where we will travel by Zodiac boat to see the colony of Magellanic Penguins - sometimes numbering 100,000 strong. The sight, sounds (and smells) of these curious creatures is truly an amazing sight. (High winds can delay the departure until the afternoon).
Day 16: Depart Punta Arenas
We transfer to the airport for our homeward flights or join our extension to mysterious Easter Island, the most remotely inhabited place on earth, Igauzu Falls or Machu Picchu. Some trips connect to our Antarctic expedition cruises departing from Ushuaia, Argentina.
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