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Tour: TORRES DEL PAINE AND AUSTRAL CANALS ABOARD THE M/N VIA AUSTRALIS

Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Punta Arenas, Argentinean, Chilean and Patagonian Channels Tour.


Tour Details
Tour Duration : 14 Days / 13 Nights.
Type and activities of tour : Nature and Adventure.
Tour Price :
Reservation : 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, Punta Arenas, Argentinean and Chilean Patagonian Channels.
Tour Season : November 2005 to April 2006.




Tour Itinerary


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.
Overnight.

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. (yards) 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.
Afternoon free. We suggest you visit the vineyards of the Central Valley or the Andean Cordillera.
Overnight.

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. (Not included in tour). Return to Santiago and your hotel.
Overnight.

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.
Overnight.

DAY 05: Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine - Puerto Natales
After an early breakfast we will leave the hotel and start our tour with a visit to the Cueva del Milodon, a natural formation, made out of three caves, with the largest at 150 m.a.s.l. as well as a rocky outcrop called the Devil's Saddle - La Silla del Diablo. We will travel past the shores of the Sarmiento, Nordenskjold and Pehoe lakes, with the ever-present imposing mountain range backdrop of the Torres del Paine, and enjoy the varied wildlife dominated by the characteristic Guanaco herds. We will continue on an inland route to Lake Grey and its glacier of the same name, one of the largest in the area and the end of the southern ice field. Lunch at a local inn.
In the afternoon transfer to your hotel in the Park. Rest of the afternoon free for excursions from your hotel or for enjoying the view.
Overnight.

DAY 06: Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas - Weighing Anchor (WEDNESDAY)
Breakfast. Transfer to Punta Arenas in order to check-in at the offices of Via Australis. Check-in between 13:00 - 17:00 hours at 990 Magallanes, Punta Arenas. Free time in the City of Punta Arenas.
Between 18:00 - 19:00 hours, embarking on the Via Australis Cruiser. The crew led by their captain will welcome you aboard. Cocktail with your fellow passengers. Right after that the Cruiser will weigh anchor bound for Ushuaia, across the mythical Magellan Strait. She will navigate through the Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. It is the beginning of a great adventure.
Dinner and lodging onboard. Weigh anchor at dusk.

DAY 07: Cruising the Canals of the Patagonia
Coming ashore at Ainsworth Bay to watch the Marinelli Glacier from afar, visit to a colony of sea lions and hike through the Magellan woods.
Tours around the Tucker Isle aboard Zodiacs to watch Magellan penguins and cormorants.

DAY 08: Cruising the Canals of the Patagonia
Sightseeing the Garibaldi Glacier and the impressive snow-capped mountains of the Darwin Range.
Coming ashore at the small Garibaldi Bay to realise an adventurous excursion where we will be able to appreciate the vegetation and the virgin woods that occupy the slopes of the mountains of the sector.
Coming ashore at the Bay of the Pía Glacier and excursion to an advantage point.

DAY 09: Cruising the Canals of the Patagonia
Arrival at Ushuaia, the most important Argentine City of Tierra del Fuego and the Southernmost in of the world.
Coming ashore from 8:00 hours.
Visit to Ushuaia, the most important Argentine City of the Large Island of Tierra del Fuego.
Check-in at San Martin 245, Ushuaia 9:00 - 16:00 hours and embarking on the Mare Australis from 17:00 to 18:00 hours.
Cocktail along with your newly acquainted fellow passengers.
Immediately after that the cruiser will depart bound for Punta Arenas.

DAY 10: Cruising the Canals of the Patagonia
Cruising across the Beagle Channel and the Murray Channel to come ashore at the Cape Horn National Park, if mother nature allows it.
The mythical and legendary Cape Horn is the last rock promontory of the American Continent and the place where the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans come together.
Coming ashore at the Wulaia Bay, ancient indigenous settlement with places of high archaeological value. This place offers a visual spectacle of great beauty thanks to its geography and vegetation too.

DAY 11: Cruising the Canals of the Patagonia
Unforgettable experience, we will navigate the O'Brien and Whaler Canals, the Desolated Bay, the Aguirre Pass and the Cockburn Canal.

DAY 12: Cruising the Canals of the Patagonia
Coming ashore at the Bay of the Günter Plushow Glacier and hike close to the Glacier.
Coming ashore at the Bay of the Águila Glacier and walk to the Glacier.

DAY 13: Arrival at Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas - Santiago
Early in the morning we will land at the Isla Magdalena Island, the home to an immense colony of penguins with more than 120.000 individuals of different stages of development and age. We will take a walk to the Faro San Isidro Lighthouse, which guided sailors through the Straits of Magellan.
Landfall at 11:30 AM
Transfer from the city of Puerto Natales, in regular bus line to the airport of Punta Arenas, to board our flight for Santiago de Chile.
Arrival, reception and transfer to the hotel of your choice.
Overnight.

DAY 14: International Departure
Breakfast. Free day depending on the departure time of your flight. Transfer to airport in time to board your international flight.


End of our services.

Hotels Selected for the Tour

Cities
De Luxe
Superior
Tourist
Santiago
Santiago Marriott 5* Novotel Santiago 4* Rio Bidasoa 4*
Puerto Natales
Costaustralis, Oceano View 4* Martin Gusinde 4* Saltos del Paine 3*
Cruise Ship
M/N Via Australis Cabin AA M/N Via Australis Cabin A M/N Via Australis Cabin B

Tour Inclusions

INCLUDED:
  • 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, with breakfast.
  • All the transfers indicated in the program.
  • Excursions in regular service with bilingual English / Spanish guide.
  • Excursions to Viña and Valparaiso.
  • City Tour in Santiago.
  • Excursion to Torres del Paine - Chile. Lunch included.
  • Navigation M/N Via Australis, with all meals and daily excursions included.
NOT INCLUDED:
  • International and Domestic Local flight.
  • Entrance fee to the Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Airport or Port taxes and others.
  • Meals not included in programme.
  • Optional Tours.
  • Tour in Ushuaia when coming ashore.
  • Miscellaneous not included in Tour Itinerary.

Useful Information
CLIMATE
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.

WATER
Tap water is safe to drink 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.

CHILEAN CUISINE.
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.

Recommended restaurants:

Restaurants in Santiago
Restaurants in Puerto Natales

IMPORTANT: Enjoy Chile reserves the right to, without previous notice, make changes in the order of the excursions and trips, due to climate, river levels, arrival and departure times of aircraft or buses or any other relevant reason that may affect the best enjoyment or safety of your trip.




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