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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: Urban trek and Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve.
Today we will explore the hidden side of Buenos Aires on a full day walking tour. We begin our urban trek discovering the city´s streets, squares and hidden corners starting with the Obelisk and 9 de Julio Avenue, where we can enjoy the local green spaces in the city. We continue our walk down Santa Fe Avenue, exploring Plaza San Martin area and Puerto Madero. We will then continue to Costanera Sur where we will enjoy traditional street food for lunch at Buenos Aires “Costanera”. Enjoy a chorizo, pork, beef or a hamburger by the Rio de la Plata coastal sidewalk.
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. Enroute, we hike past a gorge, the towering peaks of the Andes, and alongside the glacial waters of the Fitz Roy River. Overnight in El Chalten.
Day 7: Perito Moreno Glacier
This morning we leave for 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.
Day 8: 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 9: 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 10: Torres del Paine Trekking - In search of Feral Horses
This hike is new in Torres del Paine. We drive to a remote area of the park that is not accessible to backpackers. There is abundant wildlife in Torres del Paine but backpackers tend to scare off the wildlife. Wildlife in the park includes mountain lions or pumas, guanacos, gray foxes, Andes skunk, South Andean deer and feral horses. The plentiful birdlife includes the Andean condor, towering over mountain peaks, with the second widest wingspan in the world, as well as Magellanic Woodpeckers, Black-chested Buzzard Eagles, Lesser Horned Owls, Black-necked Swans, Lesser Rheas and Chilean Flamingos.
Day 11: Torres del Paine Trekking - The Towers
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 12: Torres del Paine Trekking - In search of the elusive Puma
Today's hike may be nothing short of one of the best and spectacular hikes of your life. Not only is the scenery in the park stunning, but to see wildlife as elusive as a puma, will make this a true highlight.
Day 13: Torres del Paine Trekking - Lazo Webber (views of the Horns)
Our hike today will provide more beautiful vistas with fanciful peaks and vast valleys below. Our hike is on the south side of the Paine Massif with superb views of the famous Paine Horns. Our full day hike includes lunch with a view and plenty of opportunity to stop and enjoy the beautify surrounding you.
Day 14: To Puerto Natales
This morning, we leave Torres del Paine and head south to Puerto Natales. This is scenic 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.
Day 15: To Punta Arenas; Sites and Sara Brown Museum
Enjoy a relaxing morning, enjoying the fresh sea breeze in this busy port town and then continue for another 250kms through this mountainous Magallanes region of Chilean Patagonia. We arrive in Punta Arenas, located on the Strait of Magellan, we will have time to explore the central Plaza with its elaborate buildings reminding us of its wealth when wool and wood were king. Traces of its history as a staging ground for Antarctic adventures are evident and the city still has a strong maritime base. We will also visit the Sara Brown Museum where you will learn more about the history of this city.
Day 16: Strait of Magellan, Humpback Whales
Today, we journey by boat in the Strait of Magellan in search of Humpback whales as well as an array of seabirds and marine mammals. Keep an eye out for penguins, dolphins, fur seals, sea lions and the massive albatross with a wingspan reaching 12 feet. In addition to humpback whales, you may also see orca or killer whales. This day has the potential to be one of the highlights of your trip to Patagonia. In the afternoon, we return to Punta Arenas.
Day 17: Magellanic Penguin colony
We have an early start today 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. We will have time to walk amongst the penguins, eventually making our way to the lighthouse where we can enjoy spectacular views. The sights and sounds of these curious creatures is truly an amazing experience.
Day 18: 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.
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