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Best of Chilean Patagonia: From Torres del Paine to Cape Horn

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This unique 14-day land-and-sea expedition includes three days of exploring Torres del Paine, a jewel of Patagonia that teems with its iconic wildlife including Andean condors, guanacos, and rheas. Board National Geographic Orion to venture far beyond any tourist infrastructure. Kayak peaceful, pristine fjords; hike virgin trails; and discover incredible private parklands of this mythic, rarified land on this holistic Patagonia expedition.
Boardwalk to the Cape Horn MonumentFace to face with a fox at Torres del PaineCahuelmo Fjord, ChileThe blue waters of Torres del PaineView the seal and cormorant colonies as you sail across the Beagle Channel
Highlights
  • Explore wild, windswept Isla de los Estados at the tip of South America
  • Transit the legendary Beagle Channel and see storied Cape Horn
  • Discover the wildlife-rich, iconic landscapes of Torres del Paine
  • Zodiac cruise and kayak through the breathtaking Chilean fjords
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Santiago, Chile

Check in to the Mandarin Oriental (or similar) centrally located in Santiago, and have the morning to relax. Santiago is nearly surrounded by the Andes, which form an inspiring backdrop to your afternoon guided overview of this vibrant city. You will explore the Plaza de Armas, the main square, and nearby Presidential Palace, enjoying wonderful views from the many hills that dot the city. In the early evening, we gather for an informal reception and a drink at the hotel. 

Day 2: Punta Arenas | Puerto Natales

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas, Chile’s southern gateway to Patagonia, drive to the outpost of Puerto Natales and check in to our fine hotel, the Singular, located on Última Esperanza (Last Hope) Sound. The sound got its name when 16th-century explorers tried and failed to find a route to the Pacific here. This afternoon, you will enjoy a short exploration of the town, including a visit to the small but excellent Municipal Historical Museum, with exhibits on the region’s Native Americans and on its settler past. You will have dinner at our hotel. 

Day 3-5: Torres del Paine National Park

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
You will drive to Torres del Paine National Park, stopping at Milodón Cave, where the remains of an extinct giant sloth was discovered. Illuminating displays show the history of human habitation and wildlife of the region. You will continue to monumental Torres del Paine, a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and a place of superlatives. The landscape is big, wide and sprawling, with razor-backed ridges, Andean condors, guanacos, foxes, and rheas. Regardless of where you are, the Paine massif draws your eye with its jagged peaks, including the famous “Horns” and the three towers for which the park is named. These granite mountains are topped with a thick layer of dark slate. Chileans themselves dream of visiting this magnificent park, and it holds a special place in their hearts as a symbol of the wild.
You will then spend three nights at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection. During your days here, you’ll discover one of the most spectacular and wildlife-rich areas in the Americas, covering 450,000 acres of glaciers, forests and grasslands, rivers and colorful lakes and lagoons. You’ll be able to choose among a variety of excursions each day, ranging from a challenging hike to the base of the towers, to a shorter walk among guanaco herds to the edge of a lake, to a scenic drive to a waterfall and the “Blue Lagoon”, with views of the towers. Or ride horseback if you wish, in this most inspiring of landscapes. You’ll leave here with the feeling you’ve really experienced an adventure. 

Day 6: Torres del Paine National Park | Puerto Natales | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
You will have a final morning to explore Torres del Paine. We then drive to Puerto Natales, where we embark National Geographic Orion

Day 7-8: Kirke Narrows & Exploring the Chilean Fjords

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Your Captain and local pilots guide you through Kirke Narrows, accessible only to a small ship such as Orion. Youll look to make stops in the extensive maze of channels and islands of the Chilean fjords, where you may go out to explore by Zodiac and kayak or take a forest walk

Day 9: Exploring Tierra Del Fuego | Karukinka Natural Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tierra del Fuego is one of Patagonia’s crown jewels. You will have special permission from the Wildlife Conservation Society to visit Karukinka Natural Park, home to nesting black-browed albatross, condors, and elephant seals.

Day 10: Exploring the Beagle Channel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Myriad fjords or senos indent the coast. Cruise deep into the senos, punctuated at the end by tidewater glaciers, to explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot. Transit the Beagle Channel, where you’ll look to use your Zodiacs to land and explore one of the many intriguing sites.

Day 11: Cape Horn

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of the continent, and, weather permitting, land there for panoramic views.

Day 12-13: Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island), Argentina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover extraordinary Staten Island. Its mountainous, forested landscapes and rugged fjords are beautiful. Spot southern rockhopper and Magellanic penguins, fur seals and sea lions. See the San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name.

Day 14: Ushuaia | Disembark | Santiago | Home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Disembark in Ushuaia. Take a charter flight to Santiago and connect to your overnight flight home.

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National Geographic Resolution

National Geographic Resolution ship
NG Resolution Dining
NG Resolution Bar

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

Modern and elegant designs at Tierra Patagonia
Cozy up in one of Tierra Patagonia's spacious suites
The elegantly decorated lobby

Mandarin Oriental Hotel

The Singular Patagonia

The Singular Patagonia Restaurant
The Singular Patagonia front view
The Singular Wellness Spa Patagonia

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$21,490

Please confirm embark/disembark locations before reserving flights, as this itinerary operates in reverse on alternating departures.
Rates are subject to change without notice. Book early to get the best rate.
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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft. #406, 408, 411, 413, 415. Standard Cabin Amenities
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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft. #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #512-524
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft. #608, 610, 612, 613-623 Standard Cabin Amenities
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Category 5
Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #708, 709, 711, 713
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Category 6
Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710
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Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717
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Category A Solo
Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #504-510, 513
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Category B Solo
Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #604, 606, 609, 611

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Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 13 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Complimentary Parka - available only for the duration of the voyage.
  • Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • All airport transfers mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits, and kayaks (where available)
  • Services of the expert expedition team and guest speakers
  • Shore excursions, sightseeing, entrance fees, and special access permits
  • Taxes, service charges, and tips (except for ship’s crew, at guests’ discretion)
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Private Transfers
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 
  • Air transportation (except when indicated in the itinerary, as included)
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Special and unique excursions such as scuba diving, flightseeing, etc. (where offered)
  • Alcoholic beverages (alcohol is included on select ships)
  • Items of personal nature
  • Phone and Internet Service
  • Gratuity for ship’s crew, at guests’ discretion (crew tips are included on select ships
  • We strongly recommend our guests to take Travel Protection Plan. A Plan with comprehensive coverage to protect you from cancellation fees, costs incurred due to trip delays/interruption, damaged or lost baggage, medical assistance, and evacuation during your travels

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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