Expedition Details

 

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.

Trip Highlights

  • 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.
Loi Suites Recoleta (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.
Loi Suites Recoleta (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 lodge 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 traditional barbecue.
(B,L,D daily)

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-Colombian 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)

Optional Extensions

National Geographic Expert

David Silverberg

David   SilverbergGeographer, 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.

David will join the following departures:

Feb 08 - 20, 2015
Feb 22 - Mar 06, 2015

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Dates

2014
  • Nov 09 - 21, 2014
  • Dec 28, 2014 - Jan 09, 2015 (waitlist only)
2015
  • Jan 11 - 23, 2015 (waitlist only)
  • Feb 08 - 20, 2015 (waitlist only)
  • Feb 22 - Mar 06, 2015
  • Mar 08 - 20, 2015

*On November 2014 departure, we stay at the Explora Lodge instead of Tierra Patagonia.

Expedition Cost

November 2014 through March 2015


Category A
Tierra–Standard, Explora–Salto Chico
$10,390
Category AA
Tierra–Superior, Explora–Cordillera Paine
$11,990
Category AAA
Tierra–Suite, Explora–Suite Exploradores
$13,390

Categories A, AA, and AAA refer to cabin categories aboard the M.V. Stella Australis, as well as room categories at either Tierra Patagonia or the Explora Lodge. Standard, Superior, and Suite refer to rooms at Tierra Patagonia. Salto Chico, Cordillera Paine, and Suite Exploradores refer to rooms at the Explora Lodge.

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $3,350 in Category A, $3,950 in Category AA, and $4,650 in Category AAA. On the December 2014 departure, there is an additional holiday surcharge of $500 per person. International 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 $865 (subject to change).