Patagonia by Land & Sea
Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.
Below please find the day-by-day itinerary for this expedition. Unless otherwise noted, daily excursion options are included in the cost of the trip. We do our best to adhere to the scheduled itinerary, but in the spirit of our expeditionary style of travel we may deviate slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.
Depart USA / Buenos Aires, Argentina / El CalafateNovember 3 — November 4
Board your independent overnight flight. Arrive Buenos Aires on November 4, and connect with your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, transfer to Posada Los Alamos for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. This evening, gather at the hotel for a welcome cocktail and briefing, followed by dinner and overnight.
El CalafateNovember 5
Spend a full day exploring this wonderfully scenic area, replete with wildlife and punctuated by lakes and fjords that harbor massive glaciers. Take a drive along the milky-watered Lago Argentino, where you can expect to see hawks, oystercatchers, flamingos, and black-necked swans—just a few of the many avian species that make their home here during summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the enormous Perito Moreno Glacier where there is near-constant calving of ice from the glacier’s face, filling the lake with a beautiful menagerie of icebergs of all sizes. Return to El Calafate and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
El Calafate / Los Glaciares National ParkNovember 6
Depart early this morning for a full-day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park, a scenic wonderland filled with some of South America’s most spectacular landscapes. Take a cruise on Lago Argentino, passing through the north branch of the lake for amazing views of the mountains and the Spegazzini and Upsala Glaciers. Enjoy a gourmet lunch on board, while cruising past verdant valleys and tumbling waterfalls. Return to El Calafate for dinner and overnight at our hotel.
El Calafate / UshuaiaNovember 7
After a morning at leisure and an early lunch at Estancia Bon Accord, board your flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Take a short hike along one of the many trails of Tierra del Fuego National Park before transferring to the Arakur Resort & Spa for dinner and overnight.
Ushuaia / Embark Stella AustralisNovember 8
This morning return to the park for a hike to Laguna Esmeralda, set in a peaceful valley surrounded by verdant forested slopes. Enjoy a picnic lunch near the lake as you soak in the amazing views. This afternoon, board the Stella Australis and settle into your stateroom. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Ushuaia on your own, or relax onboard, before dinner and overnight on the ship.
Cape Horn, Chile / Wulaia Bay / Alberto de Agostini National ParkNovember 9 — November 10
Your explorations begin at Cape Horn National Park. Conditions permitting, go ashore on the windswept island that houses the legendary Cape Horn—a nearly 1,400-foot-high rocky promontory overlooking the often turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. Next, make a stop at fabled Wulaia Bay, the site of one of the region’s largest native Yamana settlements. The area is also renowned for beautiful scenery and dramatic landscapes. Visit the small museum, then embark on a hike through a stand of Magellanic forest to a panoramic viewpoint.
The next day, visit Alberto de Agostini National Park on the western extreme of Tierra del Fuego. The ship traverses a number of scenic fjords to arrive at De Agostini Sound, which is surrounded by numerous glaciers and sheer saw-toothed peaks. Go ashore for a hike near Aguila Glacier, which hovers above a placid lagoon, and is surrounded by primeval forest. Keep a lookout for abundant birdlife, with the occasional condor or eagle soaring high overhead. As you continue cruising, join naturalists on deck to search the surrounding waters for whales, seals, and seabirds.
Magadalena Island / Punta Arenas / Disembark / Torres del Paine National ParkNovember 11
Take a morning walk on Magdalena Island; crowned by a distinctive lighthouse (now a museum), the island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers. The island is also inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins which you will be able to observe up-close. Disembark in Punta Arenas and drive across the southern pampas, looking for herds of guanacos and lesser rheas, gray foxes, Patagonian hares, and black-necked swans along the way. Check in to Eco Camp Patagonia, located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, for dinner and overnight.
Torres del Paine National ParkNovember 12 — November 13
Spend two full days exploring this remarkable area, one of the world’s most scenic natural wonders, and Chile’s premier Patagonian destination. It is an exotic area that is filled with southern beech forests and turquoise lakes set amidst towering mountain spires and magnificent glacier-carved cirques. Enjoy hikes of various grades and length, with ample opportunities for photography and to search for wildlife, including a special puma trekking excursion and the opportunity to track wild horses.
Torres del Paine National Park / Puerto NatalesNovember 14
Depart early this morning for a spectacular drive through the park, making a stop at Grey Glacier for a short hike. Continue to Puerto Natales and check in to Singular Hotel for dinner and overnight.
Puerto Natales / Bernardo O'Higgins National ParkNovember 15
This morning, board a local boat for an amazing cruise through narrow fjords to Bernard O’Higgins National Park, a nearly untouched wilderness. Disembark in Puerto Toro for a short hike to the Serrano Glacier. Return to the boat and cruise to La Peninsula Estancia for a delicious lunch of local delicacies. Back onboard, keep a lookout for cormorants and marine otters, while southern elephant seals and South American seal lions can be found hauled out on the rocky shores. Return to Puerto Natales and attend a special farewell dinner at our hotel.
Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas / SantiagoNovember 16 — November 17
After breakfast, bid farewell to this scenic area and journey to Punta Arenas, for your late morning flight to Santiago. Connect with your homeward flight, arriving in the USA the next day.