Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires
Arrive in Argentina today and transfer independently to your comfortable hotel. Spend your free time exploring the amazing architecture of Buenos Aires, or simply relax after your long international flight. Optional tours today include a walking city tour, cultural city tour, or a dinner tango show. Overnight.
Day 2 Fly Ushuaia
Transfer this morning to the airport to board your flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, a must-see Patagonia travel stop. With previous incarnations as a missionary outpost and, subsequently, a prison town, Ushuaia is now most well-known as the "Gateway to Antarctica." From its dramatic setting between the Beagle Channel and the rugged glaciated peaks rising from the landscape, opportunities for hiking and exploring abound. The afternoon is free to wander local museums or explore nearby trails.
Day 3 Martillo Island & Estancia Harberton
Departing from the tourist dock in Ushuaia, drive in modern minibuses towards northeast along Nationals route 3 & J, the legendary road to Estancia Harberton (the first farm on the island, founded in 1886 by the Anglican missionary Thomas Bridges, located 90 Km from Ushuaia, on the Beagle Channel). Sail from Harberton harbour to Martillo Island, a 15 minutes ride on a semi-rigid boat (vessel capable of navigation in the area). On the island, you will walk for 1 hour along Gentoo and Magellanics penguins, always with a guide, experiencing a unique adventure only with us! During summertime, penguins establish on the island. They share the habitat with other birds, such as skúas (their main predator), petrels, cormorants, vultures and South American terns. Martillo Island, on the Beagle Channel, is part of the Estancia Harberton, and home to Magellanic penguins between September and April. The rookery hosts around 1000 nests, and is one of the three Magellanic penguin rookeries in Tierra del Fuego. There is also a small colony of 9 breeding couples of gentoo penguins (Pygocelis Papua), the only one in South America.
There's free time to enjoy lunch before setting sail from the Tourist Pier in the direction of the Beagle Channel, enjoying the panoramic view of the Ushuaia coast. Sail to the southwest, approaching the Sea Lions island. From the boat you can observe specimens of sea lions in their permanent habitat. Continue to the Birds island, habitat of Magellan and Imperial cormorants and privileged sector to spot specimens of the seabird. Continue towards the Les Éclaireurs Lighthouse, in the archipelago of the same name, where the ship Monte Cervantes was wrecked in 1930. The return will be through the Paso Chico, sighting the Túnel and Fique ranches, with a view of the imposing Mt. Martial and the Glacier of the same name.
Day 4 Trek & Paddle Tierra del Fuego National Park
Just north of Ushuaia is the Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Argentina's first coastal national park. This adventure combines hiking and kayaking within the park. First, a 3 ½ hour hike takes you through forests of both high and low deciduous beech, evergreen beech, winterbark, firebrush, and more. After your hike, you'll climb into double kayaks and sail to uninhabited beaches and majestic places, just as the ancient Yamana tribe use to do thousands of years ago. The Yamana used canoes carved from tree bark to explore this same area. The crystal-clear water runs into Laguna Verde, one of the most picturesque, panoramic spots in the park. Your take-out point is Lapataia Bay, where you may see petrels, albatross, steamer ducks, and on occasion, penguins. You'll return to Ushuaia in the late afternoon .
Day 5 Fly to El Calafate
Today you fly to the lively town of El Calafate. Overnight in El Calafate and have the evening free. Let us know if you are interested in staying on a working sheep ranch to experience the gaucho lifestyle.
Day 6 Perito Moreno Glacier Walk
Today you drive into Parque Nacional Los Glaciares for views of the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier
. This huge advancing glacier is more than 3 miles wide at its front and over 20 stories high. Take a boat across Lago Argentino and pass the massive front wall of blue ice, all the while watching for icebergs. After landing on a small beach start hiking through the beech forest to the icepack of the glacier and have the opportunity to walk on the glacier with crampons. (This Glacier trek has a minimum age of 10 and a maximum age of 65. Alternate excursions are available for those under 10 or over 65 years of age.) Eat your lunch sitting on the lateral moraine of the glacier, where you can absorb the magnificence of the glacier's anatomy and listen to its thunderous concerto of groaning and cracking ice dropping into the lake below.
Contact us if you are interested in the Big Ice Adventure, a more active excursion that spends more time on the ice. Click here
for more details.
Day 7 Fly Buenos Aires | Return Home
Catch your flight to Buenos Aires and connecting flights homeward, or with more time, cross into Chile to visit Torres del Paine, travel to the coast to the Peninsula Valdes, or head north to Iguazu Falls.