Carved by fjords and capped by glistening glaciers, Patagonia is a natural wonderland. Cruise through a landscape of thick forests and icebergs to the tip of Cape Horn and the Strait of Magellan. Then continue to Patagonia's crown jewel—Torres del Paine National Park—and end our journey in Santiago, Chile's vibrant capital.
Follow Patagonia's pristine fjords past vast glaciers, and trace the voyages of great explorers around the legendary Cape Horn.
Encounter unique wildlife, including guanacos, rheas, gray foxes, and Magellanic penguins.
Spend three days hiking and horseback riding
amid the granite spires, glacial lakes, and waterfalls of Torres del Paine National Park.
Enjoy a tango performance in captivating
Buenos Aires and venture into the colorful
artists’ quarter of La Boca.
Itinerary - 13 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart on an overnight flight to Buenos Aires.
Transfer to our hotel in the heart of the fashionable
Recoleta neighborhood and explore the
nearby galleries, museums, and cafés. Enjoy a
tango performance at our welcome dinner
tonight. The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires (D)
Day 3 — Buenos Aires
Spend the day discovering Argentina’s cosmopolitan
capital, known as “the Paris of South
America.” On a city tour, see the remarkable
Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Perón.
Continue to the historic presidential palace, La
Casa Rosada, and the cathedral in Plaza de Mayo.
After lunch, explore the cobblestoned lanes of
San Telmo, as well as the colorful artists’ quarter
of La Boca. The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires (B,L)
Day 4 — Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego National Park
Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. Embark our ship and sail toward the famed Beagle Channel.
M.V. Stella Australis (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Cape Horn, Chile/Wulaia Bay
Weather permitting, take Zodiacs to the legendary Cabo de Hornos (Cape Horn) for a panoramic view from the southernmost tip of South America. Later, explore Wulaia Bay, where Charles Darwin landed during his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. Choose one of two walks to experience the spectacular beauty of the Magellanic forest.
M.V. Stella Australis (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Magdalena Channel/Agostini Sound
As we navigate the Magdalena Channel, spot
penguins, dolphins, sea lions, and Andean condors.
Cruise through majestic Agostini Sound and
disembark for a closer look at Águila Glacier. On
an easy walk on shore, take in spectacular views
of the brilliant blue-and-white ice set off by black
mountains, and learn about the geological forces
that shaped this dramatic land. (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Magdalena Island/Punta Arenas
Take a morning walk on Magdalena Island, home
to a colony of 120,000 Magellanic penguins.
Disembark in Punta Arenas and continue across
the southern pampas, looking for herds of guanacos
and rheas, gray foxes, Patagonian hares, and
black-necked swans. Settle into our deluxe hotel—a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World program—for the next four nights. Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa (B,L,D)
Days 8, 9, & 10 — Torres del Paine National Park
During the next three days, tailor your exploration
to your interests, choosing among a variety
of hiking and horseback-riding excursions in the park. Discover Grey Lake and its incredibly blue
sculpted ice; hike through beech forests along the
shore of Laguna Azul; and marvel at rock paintings
left by Aonikenk Indians, some of the earliest
inhabitants of the region. Photograph wildlife
near the northern limits of the park or relax at the
hotel, taking advantage of its wonderful amenities.
Enjoy evening lectures, and cap off your stay
in the park with a festive barbecue in the company
of local gauchos, getting a glimpse into traditional
Patagonian cowboy culture.
Day 11 — Punta Arenas/Santiago, Chile
Today, drive to Punta Arenas airport for the flight to Santiago, stopping for lunch along the way. Arrive in Santiago this evening and check in to our hotel. Plaza el Bosque Ebro (B,L)
Days 12 & 13 — Santiago/U.S.
Spend a full day exploring Santiago. On a walking
tour of the city center, see the elegant Plaza
de Armas, Palacio de la Moneda, and the 18th-century
Metropolitan Cathedral. View the
impressive collection at Santiago’s Chilean
Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, and enjoy a
farewell celebration at a Chilean winery. This
evening, transfer to the airport for your flight
home, arriving the next day. (B,L)
Geographer, conservationist, and explorer David Scott Silverberg has been working on South America's "Southern Cone" for many years, and has explored the Torres del Paine by backpack and horseback. He researches and teaches on the geologic development, biological evolution, conservation challenges, and economic environment of Argentina and Chile. A National Geographic grantee and a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, David has worked on community-based protected area projects on six continents. He also served as executive director for research at Earthwatch Institute and helped launch AmeriCorps' environmental programs.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a
single room, add $3,350 in Category A, $4,100 in Category
AA, and $4,700 in Category AAA. On
December departures, there is an additional
holiday surcharge of $400 per person.
airfare to Buenos Aires and return from Santiago and
airfare within Argentina and Chile are not included in
the expedition cost. Group flights within Argentina and
Chile are $890 (subject to change).