Hosted Tour-Domestic Air included
8 Days/ 7 Nights
PENINSULA VALDES is a unique place in the world where whales are at hand and where one can see the marvelous moment of their reproduction. On the coast, the beautiful penguins and big sea elephants enjoy the peace of the area and a wide variety of birds take part in the peculiar performance of a natural, exclusive and moving theater.
USHUAIA is the capital of the Province of Tierra del Fuego and is the southernmost city in the planet. Ushuaia, which in the Y’mana language means “bay overlooking the West” is surrounded by Mount Martial to the west and by Mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos to the east. Located on the shores of the Beagle Channel, it offers a unique landscape, which combines mountains, sea, glaciers and forests. With a whimsical geography, Ushuaia has adapted its features to modern construction, thus developing a very quaint city. It has a very good hotel and gastronomy infrastructure which pleases the expectations of international visitors. As a result of its location, close to the South Pole, in the summer it has approximately eighteen hours of light, whereas in the winter, it only has seven or eight. Its people, origins, mysticism and its nature are discovered in every step. Ushuaia: the end of the world and the beginning of everything.
In EL CALAFATE you will find yourself at the gateway to the majestic world of glaciers. This town is near Lago Argentino, a green water surface covering 1600 km2. El Calafate is 316 km. from Rio Gallegos, over Lago Argentino, 185 m. above sea level, and receives its name from the small bush calafate, indigenous to Patagonia, its fruit is a delicious berry very good for the making of jam. According to tradition, whoever eats calafate will return for more. But reality indicates that who visits Calafate wants to stay forever
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Tour operates with a 2 person minimum
7 nights accommodation in tourist class hotels all with private facilities
Breakfast each morning
Economy class domestic flights-Buenos Aires-Trelew-Ushuaia-El Calafate-Buenos Aires
English speaking guiding
Sightseeing as per itinerary
Entrance fees to national parks
Hotel taxes and service charges
Day 1 Buenos Aires-Trelew-Puerto Madryn
Upon arrival at Trelew airport you will be met and depart for a full day tour to the Punta Tombo Penguins reservoir, on the Atlantic coast. After a 2-hour drive you reach Tombo. Half a million Magellan penguins breed here, the largest penguin nesting ground in continental South America. There are many others species of seabirds and shorebirds, most notably king and rock cormorants, giant petrels, kelp gulls, flightless steamers ducks, and black oystercatchers. Most of the nesting area is fenced off; this does not prevent your approaching the birds for photography, but remember that penguins can inflict a bite serious enough to require stitches. They remain on land from September to April. Overnight at the Hotel La Posada or similar in Puerto Madryn
Day 2 Puerto Madryn
Breakfast. Morning departure for a full day tour to Peninsula Valdes. About 10 miles Puerto Madryn, across the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus enter Peninsula Valdes, one of the finest wildlife reserves in South America. Sea lions, sea elephants, seals, guanacos, rheas and many seabirds are present in large numbers in the beaches and headlands. Sheep breading ranches “estancias” occupy most of the peninsula’s interior, which includes one of the lowest continental depressions in the world, the salt flats of Salina Grande and Salina Chica, 42 meters below sea level. On the San Jose Gulf, just off the Isthmus, is the Bird’s Island, a bird sanctuary off limits to humans but visible through a powerful telescope. Puerto Piramide, the peninsula’s only village, was the port of exit for salt from Salina Grande at the turn of the century, but now it depends exclusively on tourism. Right whales visit its sandy white beaches between July and December. Caleta Valdes, on the eastern shore, is a sheltered bay with a long gravel spit onto which Sea Elephants haul up in the spring. They are easily photographed, but should not be approached too closely. Guanacos sometimes stroll across the beach. Return to Puerto Madryn for overnight. An optional whale watching excursion (prices available on request) is also available.
Day 3 Puerto Madryn-Ushuaia
After breakfast at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia. Upon arrival you will be taken to the Hotel Tolkeyen or similar for overnight.
Day 4 Ushuaia
Breakfast. Early departure to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This 63.000-hectar park, extending from the Beagle Channel in the south along the Chilean border to beyond Lago Fagnano in the north, has one of the most beautiful Sub-Antarctic forests of the world. Mostly green in summer, it turns to wonderful reds and browns in autumn, and it becomes completely snowed in winter. In a half-day tour, you will pass the Pipo River, the Panoramic Point, Roca Lake, Ovando River, Green Lagoon, Black Lagoon, ending at Lapataia Bay. In this beautiful National Park you can admire the extreme south Patagonian flora and fauna, as well as the very typical beaver’s dam. In the afternoon you will enjoy 2 hour cruise through the Beagle Channel. Leaving from Ushuaia’s Port, you will admire the Ushuaia Bay, the Beagle Channel, the Bridges Island, the Birds Island, the Seals Island, and the “Les Eclaireures” lighthouse, an unforgettable experience. Return to the hotel in Ushuaia for overnight.
Day 5 Ushuaia-El Calafate
Breakfast. Time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival you will be met and taken to the Hotel Tehuei or similar for overnight.
Day 6 El Calafate
After breakfast you will be taken on a full day tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier. After a 2 hours drive, the bus arrives at Perito Moreno where, after a short walk, you will get the first view of the glacier, whose wall of about 100 meters high stands in front of you. This glacier is one of the few in the world still advancing. Overnight in El Calafate.
Day 7 El Calafate
After breakfast full day at leisure or you can take an optional (prices upon request) full day tour by catamaran to visit Upsala & Onelli Glaciers. Departing from Puerto Bandera, situated 25 miles away from El Calafate, the catamaran sails among beautiful icebergs, reflecting different colors and forms. After two hours sailing, you will arrive at Onelli Glacier with a magnificent view of the ice wall. From there, the boat continues to Onelli Bay where, after disembarking you walk through the forest visiting the whole area. Lunch box is included during the tour. Return to El Calafate for overnight.
Day 8 El Calafate-Buenos Aires
Breakfast. At leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. Tour ends upon arrival at the airport. Hotel nights in Buenos Aires can be added. You can also extend the tour and visit the imposing Iguazu Falls, the wine region in Mendoza, Uruguay or Brazil.
Additional night available
Pre and/or post tour nights in Buenos Aires available
Airport taxes are not included