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This itinerary is an example of a 14-day journey that starts in Buenos Aires, the most European city in South America. You will then reach Valdès Peninsula, a marine wildlife heaven (whales, orcas, penguins, elephants and sea lions) surrounded by the arid pampa. The journey takes you to the southernmost city of the world, Ushuaia, in the Land of Fire. In southern Patagonia, you will head to El Calafate and Torres del Paine, located at the foot of the Andes Cordillera, to see huge ice fields and glaciers from the third biggest ice mass in the world. You will visit Torres del Paine in Chile with the magnificent Gray glacier, and the National Glaciers Park in Argentina with the incredible Perito Moreno.
Attention, whales in Peninsula Valdès can only be seen at the end of austral winter, from August to September.

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Buenos Aires (Arg) - Peninsula Valdès (Arg) - Ushuaïa (Arg) - El Calafate (Arg) - Torres del Paine (Ch) - Buenos Aires (Arg)

Day 1 – Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Arrival in Buenos Aires. Transfer to the hotel. Discover the capital. Visit the historical Plaza de Mayo with its surrounding buildings: Cabildo Museum, from the colonial age, Casa Rosada (presidential palace), Metropolitan cathedral… Visit the fishermen’s village of Boca, with its nostalgic atmosphere and multi-coloured houses, the open air museum with painters and sculptors. Visit San Telmo district with its beautiful colonial mansions and patios. Feel the atmosphere of antique shops and imagine how many treasures could have been found in those old boutiques during La Belle Epoque. The district is also the place where Tango was born. Visit Recoleta district with its European architecture, pass the cemetery and the church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar where its luxurious vaults are classified Historical Monuments and contains the burial of Eva Perón. Night in Buenos Aires.

Day 2 – Trelew – Puerto Madryn (Argentina)

Transfer to the airport. Flight Buenos Aires / Trelew (2-hours’ flight). Transfer to the hotel in Puerto Madryn, a small town surrounded by dunes, starting point of the visit of Valdes Peninsula. Night in Puerto Madryn.

Day 3 – The Peninsula of Valdes (Argentina)

Visit of Valdes Peninsula, Natural Reserve declared Unesco World Heritage (sea lions, sea elephants, orcas, whales and dolphins), on a 250 km circuit. Follow the trails crossing wild landscapes and observe guanacos or nandus… Board a catamaran to approach whales with their cubs. Night in Puerto Madryn.

Day 4 – Punta Tombo (Argentina)

Excursion to Punta Tombo, natural reserve of a 1-million penguin’s colony located 110 km south of Trelew. Small walk in the middle of the burrows along the beach, where you can see penguins fishing. Departure to Gaiman to discover the Welsh community. Night in Trelew.

Day 5 – Ushuaia (Argentina)

Transfer to the airport. Flight Trelew / Ushuaia (2h15 flight). Transfer to the hotel. Discover the city, its harbour and prison. Night in Ushuaia.

Day 6 – Ushuaia (Argentina)

Visit of Land of Fire National Park and its 63,000 hectares of forest, coasts, rivers, falls and deep valleys, which extends westward to the Chilean border.
In the afternoon departure by catamaran to the Beagle Canal, connecting the two oceans, 150 km from Cape Horn. Sailing towards an island with many birds (Imperial and Magellan cormorants) and sea lions. The catamaran approaches the rocks where the seals are piled up to hear their strange cries. Passing in front of the “End of the World Lighthouse” and Estancia Haberton, the oldest estancia which is now autarkic, then head to Magellan’s penguins Island. Night in Ushuaia.

Day 7 – El Calafate (Argentina)

Transfer to the airport. Flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate (1h15 flight). Discovery of the city, starting point of Glacier National Park. Night in El Calafate.

Day 8 – Lake Argentino (Argentina)

Departure for the day from Punta Bandera harbour, located on the shores of Lake Argentino. Sailing through the North Lake’s branch to Upsala Canal, to enjoy a fascinating contrast between the glaciers’ whites and blues. Panoramic view of the 595 km² of Upsala Glacier. Sailing through the Spegazzini Canal from where you can observe the Seco Glacier. Arrival to Spegazzini Glacier, the highest of Glacier National Park. Landing on Punta Bandera. Night in El Calafate.

Day 9 – El Calafate (Argentina)

Discover the Perito Moreno Glacier in Glacier National Park. This huge 55-meter-high, 15-kilometer-long and 5-kilometer-width glacier runs the flow of Argentina Lake. It is common that huge ten-ton blocks break from the glacier and come crashing down the icy waters. This exceptional sight can be observed from wooden balconies within hundred metres on the shore. Possibilities of mini trekking on the glacier. Night in El Calafate.

Day 10 – Puerto Natales (Chile)

Walk across the pampa, crossing of the Chilean border to reach the small town of Puerto Natales. Discovery of the harbour. Night in Puerto Natales.

Day 11 – Torres del Paine National Park (Chile)

Departure for Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Chile, classified Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. The park has an incredibly wide range of flora and fauna. The high mountain massifs culminate at 3000m and are surrounded by lakes, glaciers, waterfalls and rivers. The area is home to colonies of flamingos, black-collared swans and a wide range of birds as the Andes condor. Along the trails you can observe herds of guanacos, ñandus and other wild mammals who have been protected from hunting for decades.
In the afternoon, excursion to Gray Glacier and its spectacular size: almost four kilometres wide for about six to seven hundred meters deep. The Glacier is part of the third largest ice cap in the world. A small icebreaker boat will take you on a cruise for a few hours, up to few meters from the glacier. Throughout the navigation you will see big icebergs of intense blue colour that come away from the glacier and slowly melt in Gray Lake. Night in Torres del Paine.

Day 12 – Torres del Paine National Park (Chile)

Discovery tour of the park with various hiking trails and panoramic points. Night in Puerto Natales.

Day 13 – Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Return to El Calafate, crossing of the border. Transfer to the airport. Flight El Calafate / Buenos Aires (3-hours’ flight). Transfer to the hotel. Night in Buenos Aires.

Day 14 – Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Transfer to the airport. International Flight.