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12 Days / 11 Nights

Waters of Patagonia Cruise with Mare Australis - Tour Extension

This tour takes you to the two southernmost counties in the continent: Chile and Argentina. Visit Santiago and Buenos Aires their bustling capitals, and discover their history and culture. Not only do these countries share a remarkable ability and natural conditions to produce exquisite wines, but also a place whose surreal sceneries have never ceased to leave visitors speechless: Patagonia.
Start in Santiago de Chile and transfer to Punta Arenas, 100 km (62 mi) from Torres del Paine National Park, and board a Cruise to appreciate the Patagonian fjords and glaciers until arriving at Ushuaia, Argentina, and finish in Buenos Aires.

Please note: The cruise has fixed departures, and therefore this tour needs to start 5 days before the cruise's departure dates.

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This tour includes:

  • All nights in hotels or on cruise
  • Transfers and excursions described in the itinerary
  • All Breakfasts
  • Meals on Mare Australis cruise ship

Highlights:

  • Santiago de Chile
  • Torres del Paine
  • Straits of Magellan
  • Ushuaia & Tierra de Fuego
  • Buenos Aires Tango Show

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Sunset over Santiago de Chile in South America

Arrival in Santiago de Chile & City Tour

Day 1

Arrive this morning in Santiago de Chile, gateway to the Andes, situated between mountain peaks and the Pacific Ocean. Your SouthAmerica.travel tour guide will accompany you to your hotel in the green heart of the city. This afternoon, your guide introduces you to this city nestled between mountains: Enjoy a city tour visiting both the historic and modern centers of Santiago, as well as a trip to neighboring San Cristobal for a good look at the surrounding area.

Colorful houses lining the side of Valparaiso

Excursion to Valparaiso and Vina del Mar

Day 2

Full-day included excursion to Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. Today, experience a full-day excursion to Valparaíso, the oldest port in Chile. Though no longer its largest port, it retains tremendous historical significance and beauty, as well as being home to the Chilean House of Assembly and Senate. The upper and lower parts of the city are connected through 16 funicular railways constructed around the turn of the century, a time when the city experienced tremendous growth. From Valparaíso, continue along the coast to the beautiful beaches of Viña del Mar, the Garden city, named for its many parks and green spaces.

Church in South America

Transfer to Puerto Natales

Day 3

Fly from Santiago de Chile straight south to Punta Arenas. Meet your Spanish-speaking driver and contemplate the enchanting Patagonian landscape as you travel to Puerto Natales. Transfer to your hotel.

Torres del Paine Horns and Pehoe Lake

Milodon Cave & Torres del Paine Tour

Day 4

Leave Puerto Natales to visit the world-famous Torres del Paine. This a national park where you'll find snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes, small waterfalls (known as 'saltos'), and endemic flora and fauna. Hike the area and listen to your guide to discover the natural and cultural heritage of this part of the Patagonia.
On route, stop at the Milodon Cave, one of Chile's national monuments which consists of a series of caves located on top of a cliff, one of them containing the remains of a pre-historic sloth called milodón.
Return to Puerto Natales in the late afternoon.

Balmaceda Cruise

Balmaceda Cruise

Day 5

Meet your guide and transfer to Balmaceda Lake to begin your boat trip, in which you will have the chance to see two glaciers: Balmaceda & Serrano.
Board the boat and check the coastline to see a charismatic sea lion colony. Pass by Guanaco Island, so-called due to the South American camelid (animals such as llamas, alpacas, and vicuñas) that are often seen in Patagonia.
Admire the Ultima Esperanza or Last Hope Sound, one of the most impressive landscapes to see in the Chilean Patagonia. Continue your way to the Bernanrdo O'Higgins, the largest national park in Chile, and reach the glacier. Chunks of ice tend to fell off from this massive glacier and sunk into the waters, creating an unforgettable sight.
Sail to the northern part of Balmaceda Mount and take in the pristine Serrano Glacier.
Descend from the boat and hike into a native forest until arriving at an area by a small lagoon to have some time to rest and enjoy the panorama. Walk until reaching the foot of the Serrano Glacier, where you will have a delicious lunch.
Transfer back to your hotel in Puerto Natales.

Patagonia Boat Mare Australis Exterior

Embark on Mare Australis

Day 6

Check in at Magallanes 990, Punta Arenas, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cruise ship boarding at 6:00 p.m. The Captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board. Immediately afterwards, the ship departs for "the uttermost part of the Earth". Our excursion will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego. We have just embarked on a Great Adventure!

Marinelli Glacier in Ainsworth Bay

Ainsworth Bay, Tuckers Islets

Day 7

At dawn, we continue navigating through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay, inside the Alberto De Agostini National Park. From a distance we may see the Marinelli Glacier which descends from the Darwin Mountain Range, and we will learn how life begins after the retreat of the ice. We will also take a walk to discover a beaver dam in the marvelous subpolar Magellanic forest. On the beach, we will try to see elephant seals, but we cannot guarantee this as the precise location of the colony is unpredictable.

Later, we sail to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch we board the Zodiac boats to view Magellanic Penguins (which only live in the Southern Hemisphere), and Cormorants. In September and April this excursion is replaced by Brookes Bay where we land for a short walk to approach a glacier.

Pia Glacier Patagonia Cruise

Pia Glacier - Glacier Alley

Day 8

We navigate along the main part of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where we disembark near Pia Glacier. We take a short hike to a look-out point with a spectacular view of the entire glacier tongue, stretching from high in the mountains all the way to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, we continue sailing along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel through majestic "Glacier Alley".

Beagle Canal in Ushuaia Patagonia

Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay

Day 9

We sail through the Beagle and Murray channels to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark (weather permitting). Cape Horn, is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory, and in the past it was the only entrance to the Pacific Ocean. This place is known as the "End of the Earth", and it's the last territory before Antarctica. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005.

In the afternoon, we go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.

Ushuaia Port and Fishing Boats

Disembark in Ushuaia & Transfer to Buenos Aires

Day 10

Arrival at Ushuaia, Argentina's most important city on Tierra del Fuego, and the southernmost city in the world. Disembark at 8:00 a.m., enabling you to get an early start visiting the city and national parks, and continuing your trip to Buenos Aires.

Fiesta Gaucha in Argentina

Buenos Aires & Estancia

Day 11

Optional today to visit to an Estancia, getting an introduction to the rural life in this country once nicknamed: 'the world breadbasket'. A lunch and a traditional Gaucho Show are included.

Argentina La Boca Tango Dancers

Buenos Aires City Tour

Day 12

Today, take a city tour to get to know Buenos Aires, nicknamed 'the Paris of South America' due to its French-style architecture and elegance, especially in Recoleta district.
Discover the symbol of Buenos Aires: the Obelisk, reigning from the heart of the world's widest street: 9 de Julio Avenue. Other highlights include the Colon Theater, French Embassy, the historical Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace, the elegant Plaza San Martin and the financial district. The history and essence of Tango will fascinate you in the traditional neighborhoods: La Boca, San Telmo and Montserrat, with its antique markets on Sundays. Stroll through the elegant neighborhood of Recoleta and the trendy Palermo. Finally, the most modern part of the city: Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires's old port which has been completely renovated, with luxurious skyscrapers, a yacht club, a variety of first class restaurants and the Woman Bridge, built to resemble a tango couple.

Afterward, transfer to the International Airport to flight back home or continue your South America vacation!


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12 Days / 11 Nights

Waters of Patagonia Cruise with Mare Australis - Tour Extension

This tour takes you to the two southernmost counties in the continent: Chile and Argentina. Visit Santiago and Buenos Aires their bustling capitals, and discover their history and culture. Not only do these countries share a remarkable ability and natural conditions to produce exquisite wines, but also a place whose surreal sceneries have never ceased to leave visitors speechless: Patagonia.
Start in Santiago de Chile and transfer to Punta Arenas, 100 km (62 mi) from Torres del Paine National Park, and board a Cruise to appreciate the Patagonian fjords and glaciers until arriving at Ushuaia, Argentina, and finish in Buenos Aires.

Please note: The cruise has fixed departures, and therefore this tour needs to start 5 days before the cruise's departure dates.

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