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 CalafateOctober 11 — October 12
Board your independent overnight flight. Arrive in Buenos Aires on October 12, 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 CalafateOctober 13
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 ParkOctober 14
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 / Ushuaia / Embark Ventus AustralisOctober 15
This morning, board your flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before a visit to the National Park and viewpoint of Lapataia Bay. Then board the Ventus Australis with the afternoon at leisure to settle in to your stateroom and relax before dinner and overnight on the ship.
Cape Horn, Chile / Wulaia Bay / Pia & Garibaldi Glaciers / Alberto de Agostini National ParkOctober 16 — October 18
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 morning, Ventus Australis enters Pia Fjord, where you will board Zodiacs for a shore excursion to the Pia Glacier. Stroll to a panoramic viewpoint where you can see this spectacular glacier that extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. Return to the ship and cruise toward the Garibaldi Glacier for another onshore excursion. Hike through Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall accompanied by commanding views looking down on the glacier.
On your final full 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.
Magdalena Island / Punta Arenas / Disembark / Torres del Paine National ParkOctober 19
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 ParkOctober 20 — October 21
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 NatalesOctober 22
Depart early this morning for a spectacular drive through the park, making a stop at Lake Sarmiento at the base of 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 ParkOctober 23
This morning, board a local boat for an amazing cruise through narrow fjords to Bernardo 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 / SantiagoOctober 24 — October 25
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.