9 Day Patagonia Estancias Tour to Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, & El Calafate
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This Patagonia Estancias Tour is more comprehensive than the 7 day Heart of Patagonia Tour. Starting with the Welsh community of Trelew, just south of Buenos Aires, and the wildlife refuge of the Vales Peninsula in Puerto Madryn, this Patagonia Estancias tour shows you all the highlights of Patagonia. Plus, stay in beautiful estancias, where homecooked meals and comfortable quilts await you after a full day of exploration. Continue south to Ushuaia, where you can enjoy the windswept lands of Tierra del Fuego. Next head inland to El Calafate and explore the Los Glaciares National Park, including the Perito Moreno Glacier.
- All accommodations and half-board at 4* & 5* Patagonia estancias
- Guided hikes and treks
- Sheep-shearing demonstrations
- Guided horseback rides
- Visit to the Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery
- Tour of wildlife on Península Valdés
- City tour of Ushuaia
- Tour of the Tierra del Fuego National Park
- Catamaran cruise to the Upsala Glacier and Onelli bay
- Visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier
- Full room and board at 4* & 5* Patagonia estancias
- Hotel accomodation in El Calafate and breakfasts in hotel
- All transfers, entrance fees, and taxes
- Professional, English-speaking guides
- Airfare within Argentina
- Personal expenses, tips
- Meals not mentioned in itinerary
Departures daily from October 1st to April 15th.
Estancias Patagonia Tour (T P E) 2013 (9 Days)
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Day 1 Arrival in Trelew
Fly into the Trelew airport and greet your Patagonia travel guide. Begin your tour with a visit to the Punta Tombo penguin rookery, where a magnificent colony of Magellanic penguins live. Then transfer to the Estancia San Guillermo, located in the Cerro Avanzado about 17km from Puerto Madryn. This traditional Patagonian ranch offers close contact with gauchos at work, mini-trekking in the surrounding area, and explorations of the interesting geological formations nearby. Locals and researchers have found an extensive collection of fossils with paleonthological importance. Dinner is included tonight in your stay.
Day 2 Tour of Península Valdés
Have breakfast at the estancia, and then embark on a full day tour to Península Valdés, passing by Ameghino Isthmus, located between the Nuevo and the San Jose Gulfs. Visit Puerto Pirámide, where there is a sea lion rookery and it's a great opportunity to take the optional boat excursion for an outstanding whale watch you cannot miss (available from June to November). Continue to Punta Delgada for a view of its important colony of sea lions and Caleta Valdés where sea elephants seem to have found their ideal natural habitat. Lunch included. During October and November there is an optional boat excursion from Puerto Pirámide to watch the whales. Return to Punta Delgada. Accommodation at Estancia Rincón Chico or Estancia La Elvira. Dinner is included tonight in your stay.
Day 3 Transfer to Ushuaia
After breakfast, transfer to the Trelew airport to board the flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. At the Ushuaia airport, a guide will greet you and transfer you to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy an Ushuaia city tour including a visit to the End of the World Museum. Dinner is included tonight in your stay.
Day 4 Tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park
After breakfast this morning, head to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This beautiful park preserves native species of the Andean-Patagonic Forest such as firebushes, beech trees, ñires, and box-leafed barberries, spread over an area of 63,000 hectares. Also, board the Train to the End of the World and enjoy an unforgettable trip through the park. This train track was built by prisoners, who were some of the first pioneers in the Ushuaia region. The old prisoner's train allowed them to gather firewood, and the train ran until 1947. The highlight of the park is Lapataia Bay, the southernmost tip of the continent, with a wonderful view of the Beagle Channel. In the afternoon, transfer to Estancia El Rolito, passing by the Fagnano and Escondido lakes, a well-known area for its cross-country ski resorts. Dinner and accommodation at Estancia El Rolito.
Day 5 Estancia El Rolito
After breakfast, enjoy some trekking, horseback riding or observation of farm activities. After lunch, departure to the “Heart of the Island,” visiting Shenolsh Hill to admire the majestic flight of the condor. Coffee break at Parador Yawen, and then return to Estancia El Rolito for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 Estancia El Rolito and Transfer to Los Glaciares National Park
After breakfast, transfer to Río Grande to visit the Salesian Mission and then transfer to the airport to board the flight to Río Gallegos. Regular bus line to El Calafate (316 km) and then continue to Estancia Nibepo Aike, a beautiful estancia located within Los Glaciares National Park. Dinner and accommodation at Nibepo Aike.
Day 7 Cruise to Upsala Glacier & Onelli Bay
Continental breakfast. Departure from the hotel towards Puerto Bandera, 50 km from the town, to board the catamaran to enjoy a full day lake excursion to see Upsala Glacier and Onelli Bay, cruising among hundreds of icebergs that have broken off from the glaciers. Upsala is the largest continental glacier in the Southern Hemisphere. The height of its walls varies between 60 to 80 meters and it has an area of 595 km2. Return to Nibepo Aike. Dinner and accommodation at Nibepo Aike.
Day 8 Tour of the Perito Moreno Glacier
Continental breakfast. Overland trip to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s largest active continental glaciers, declared Universal Mankind´s Heritage Site by UNESCO because of its breathtaking beauty and its unusual behavior. Accommodation and dinner at Nibepo Aike.
Day 9 Departure from El Calafate
Continental breakfast. Transfer to El Calafate airport or departure for optional tours: Torres del Paine, Fitz Roy or Helsingfors.
Note: in case of flying from Río Gallegos, optional bus transfer from El Calafate (316 km). This transfer is provided without bilingual guide due to operational reasons.
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