Viña del Mar, Valparaiso,
Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales,
Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Ushuaia and the Patagonian Channals
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Tour: THE BEST OF THE ARGENTINE
Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso,Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales,
Torres del Paine, El Calafate, Ushuaia and the Patagonian Channals Tour
||13 Days / 12 Nights.
|Type and activities of tour
||Nature and Adventure.
||Two (2) months before planned departure.
|Places visited during the Tour
||Santiago, Viña del Mar and Valparaiso, Puerto Natales, Cueva del Milodon Caves, Lagos Sarmiento Lakes, Nordenskjold, Pehoe, Torres del Paine Mountain Range, Lago Grey Lake, Glaciar Grey Glacier, El Calafate, Ushuaia, the Patagonian Channels.
||Septiembre 2005 to May 2006
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DAY 01: International Arrival
Arrival, reception at airport and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Afternoon free, depending on arrival time of your flight.
DAY 02: Santiago: City Tour
Breakfast. In the morning a city tour of Santiago de Chile. The first place visited is the Cerro Santa Lucia Hill, an important architectural complex, which constitutes an attractive and notable element in the image of the city. At an altitude of 628 m.a.s.l. it is the place of the original foundation of the city. Buildings such as the San Francisco Church with its convent surround it. Its XVIth and XVIIth century architecture present elements that have survived in traditional Chilean architecture.
We will continue on to the centre of the city, where the Main Square - Plaza de Armas with the Cathedral, the Royal Tribune - Real Audiencia, the Main Post Office - Correo Central, which used to be the residence of the Conquistador, and the Municipality of Santiago is situated. A few blocks away from the Plaza we will see the so called Coin Palace - La Moneda, which used to be the place where the Spaniards minted their coins, but today is the presidential palace and residence ever since the declaration of Chile's independence from the Spanish Crown.
DAY 03: Santiago - Viña del Mar and Valparaiso - Santiago
Breakfast. In the morning we will start out on our visit to the city of Valparaiso, picturesque city, rich in native architecture, inspiration of artists and poets, which has been declared Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is located at 120 kilometres (almost 75 miles) from Santiago.
During the trip you will be able to appreciate the imposing view of the valleys of Curacavi and Casablanca with their famous vineyards. Once in Valparaiso, we will see the picturesque houses and the cable cars. We will make a stop over at the outlook viewpoint of the Mirador 21 de Mayo, one of the many in the city and which allows for a magnificent view over the bay of Valparaiso.
We will continue on to the neighbouring city of Viña del Mar, the Garden City, which with its paradisiacal beaches is the most important beach resort in Chile, and one of the principal ones of South America. The sea and vegetation seems to be the perfect combination for this jewel of the Pacific, also known as the Garden City. It is located 9 kilometres (about 6 miles) northwest of Valparaiso and offers all types of comfort for its visitors.
Free time for lunch at Reñaca Beach. (Not included in tour), close to Viña del Mar. Return to Santiago and your hotel.
DAY 04: Santiago - Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales
Breakfast and then on to the airport at the appropriate time to board our flight to Punta Arenas. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in the city of Puerto Natales.
DIA 05: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine
Breakfast. Early departure from the Hotel starting with a visit to the Milodón Cave, a natural monument conformed by three caverns, being the largest one at 150 metres of altitude, and a rock conglomerate called La Silla del Diablo or the Devil's Seat. During the Tour we border the Sarmiento, Nordenskjold and Pehoé Lakes, always with the presence of the imposing mountainous massif of Torres del Paine, and of a varied fauna where the characteristic troops of guanacos stand out. We arrive at Grey Lake through a penetration road, there we will appreciate the homonymous Glacier which is one of the largest of the sector and constitutes the limit of Campos de Hielo Sur or Southern Ice Fields. Lunch at a Lodge. Transport to your Hotel in the Park. Rest of the afternoon free to tour around from your Hotel or to enjoy the view.
Lodging at a Hotel in Torres del Paine.
DAY 06: Torres del Paine - El Calafate
Breakfast. Free morning to take optional tours inside the Park. In the afternoon transport bound for El Calafate arriving at your Hotel at 10:30 approximately. Overnight
DAY 07: El Calafate: Glacier Perito Moreno
After breakfast we will make an excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier, declared Natural Heritage of Mankind by the UNESCO, entrance ticket to the Park included. This enormous mass of ice makes up a 4 kilometres (approximately 2.5 miles) long wall towering over the gelid waters of the Lago Argentino, where one can feel the vibration of the huge glacier calving icebergs into the lake.
Lunch on your own account at a local cafeteria in the area. In the afternoon we return to our hotel in El Calafate.
DAY 08: El Calafate - Ushuaia
After breakfast we will transfer to the airport to board our flight to Ushuaia. The southernmost city in the world, it is the capital, on the Argentinean side, of the Province of Tierra de Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands. This city has the particularity that it is able to offer the visitor mountains, ocean, glaciers and forests in one single glance.
Recepción en el Aeropuerto y traslado a su hotel.
Resto del día libre.
DAY 09: Ushuaia: Embarking (WEDNESDAY)
Breakfast. Tour to Tierra del Fuego National Park, from whose hills of leafy native vegetation you have spectacular views of the Beagle Channel and the mountains of the Chilean banks of the Channel. You can watch the local fauna of seabirds and the beautiful and sheltered coves used in the XIXth Century by the canoeing tribes who lived in the zone at the La Pataia Bay. You can optionally take the "Train of the end of the world", an old train used by the prison colony to carry firewood to the City.
In the afternoon transfer to check-in at the cruise liner's office, free time in the centre of Ushuaia from where you can reach the wharf in order to board the cruiser bound for Punta Arenas. The check-in is from 16:00 to 17:00 hours and embarking is from 17:00 to 18:00 hours.
Dinner and lodging onboard.
DAY 10: Cruising the Patagonian channels to cape horn and Punta Arenas
Breakfast. We will navigate through the Beagle and Murray Canals until we reach the National Park of Cape Horn.
The Cape Horn is an almost vertical 425 metres (yards) high rock wall, which was discovered on January 30th, 1616 by the commercial Dutch expedition organised by Isaac Le Maire, under the command of captain Willem Schouten. It owes its name to the Port of Hoorn, from which the expedition had sailed on June 14th, 1615.
We then go ashore at Wulaia Bay, a historic place that was one of the biggest indigenous peoples' settlements in the region.
DAY 11: Cruising through the Patagonia Canals
Coming ashore at the Bay of the Günter Plushow Glacier and hike close to the Glacier. Continue cruise to Punta Arenas.
DAY 12: Arrival at Punta Arenas - Santiago
At first time in the morning we will come ashore at Magdalena Island, home of a huge colony of penguins with more than 120000 individuals of all ages. We will take a hike up to the San Isidro Lighthouse which guided the exploring sailors on their way through the Magellan Strait.
Coming ashore at 11:30 hours. Transfer to the airport of Punta Arenas to take a flight to Santiago and transfer to your Hotel.
DAY 13: Santiago: International Departure
Breakfast. Free day depending on the departure time of your flight. Transfer to airport in time to board your international flight.
|Hotels Selected for the Tour
- 4 Lodging nights in Santiago de Chile, with breakfast.
- 1 Lodging night in Puerto Natales - Chile, with breakfast.
- 1 Lodging night in Torres del Paine National Park - Chile , with breakfast.
- 2 Lodging nights in El Calafate - Argentina, with breakfast.
- 1 Lodging night in Ushuaia - Argentina, with breakfast.
- All transfers indicated in the program in regular service.
- Excursions in regular service with bilingual English / Spanish guide.
- Excursions to Viña and Valparaiso.
- City Tour in Santiago.
- Excursion Torres del Paine - Chile, with lunch included. Entrance ticket not included.
- Excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier - Argentina. Entrance tickets included. Lunch not included.
- Excursion to the Tierra del Fuego National Park - Argentina. Entrance ticket included.
- Navigation M/N Mare Australis, with all meals and daily excursions included.
- International and Domestic Local flights.
- Entrance fee to the Torres del Paine National Park.
- Airport or Port taxes and others.
- Meals not included in programme.
- Optional Tours.
- Miscellaneous not included in Tour Itinerary.
The capital of the Chilean Patagonia, presents a cold steppe climate, similar to all other populated centres in the area. Average annual mean temperatures in (the southern hemisphere) summer are 10,6 ºC (51 F) and in the (southern hemisphere) winter 2,0 ºC. (35 F). Annual average mean rainfall is 425 mm (16 inches), with January being the month with most rainfall.
WHAT TO PACK
We recommend to bring rain proof jackets and trousers, thermally insulated shirts, polar windbreaker, headgear with earmuffs, thermally insulated gloves and socks, shorts, sandals, sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen and blocks and chap sticks (minimum factor 30) for your face and lips, insect repellent, sunshade, water proof hiking boots (if new, we recommend that you break them in before coming.), and other warm clothing.
Tap water is safe to d
rink in most places but we recommend you to stick to bottled water to avoid unpleasantries.
HEALTH AND EMERGENCY SERVICES
Punta Arenas has a full range of hospitals and clinics well equipped for any emergency.
The Chilean cuisine is very varied, we can mention a few typical dishes such as: Empanada de Pino (fried dough pastries filled with onions, meat, raisins and olives), Pastel de Choclo (corn pie prepared with sweet corn, meat, eggs and olives), Porotos Granados (tender beans cooked with squash and sweet corn), Cazuela de Ave or Vacuno (chicken or beef broth with cooked vegetables), apart from the typical regional local dishes.
Lastly, you must try the exquisite Mote con Huesillos, a dessert made out of cooked fruit and sweet corn.
Restaurants in Santiago
Restaurants in Puerto Natales
Restaurants in Calafate
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