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Exploring Patagonia

Alternate Itinerary
(13 Days)

Day 1 — Buenos Aires

Arrive this morning in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Transfer to our hotel in the heart of the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood and explore the nearby galleries, museums, and cafés. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner tonight.
The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires (D)

Day 2 — 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. Explore the fashionable Palermo district's tree-lined cobblestone streets and impressive private homes, then join a local art expert for a tour of the Museum of Latin American Art. This evening, ring in the New Year with a tango performance at the historic Viejo Almacen tango house.
The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Buenos Aires

After a leisurely New Year's Day morning, visit two of the city's most colorful neighborhoods: San Telmo and La Boca. The oldest neighborhood in the city, San Telmo is known for its vibrant street life set against a backdrop of colonial-style architecture, while La Boca’s instantly recognizable pastel-colored façades are among the capital’s most iconic images. Continue to the presidential palace, known as the Casa Rosada, and the Metropolitan Cathedral in Plaza de Mayo—the city’s central square.
The Brick Hotel Buenos Aires (B,L)

Day 4 — Buenos Aires/Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and take a short hike in the nearby mountains or opt for a private city tour. During a seafood dinner, enjoy sweeping views of the Beagle Channel and the surrounding mountains.
Arakur Ushuaia Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego National Park

Spend the day exploring Tierra del Fuego National Park, taking short hikes through dramatic glacier-carved landscapes and learning about the region’s unique natural history. After a riverside picnic in the park, return to Ushuaia to embark the M.V. Stella Australis ship and set sail toward the famed Beagle Channel.
M.V. Stella Australis (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Cape Horn, Chile/Wulaia Bay

Weather permitting, take Zodiacs to the legendary 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 three walks to experience the spectacular beauty of the Magellanic forest.
M.V. Stella Australis (B,L,D)

Day 7 — 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. During 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.
M.V. Stella Australis (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Magdalena Island/Punta Arenas

Take a morning walk on Magdalena Island, home to a colony of 100,000 Magellanic penguins. Disembark in Punta Arenas and continue across the southern pampas, looking for herds of guanacos, as well as rheas, gray foxes, Patagonian hares, and black-necked swans. Settle into the spectacular Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and our home for the next four nights.
Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa (B,L,D)

Days 9, 10, & 11 — 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 the indigenous Aonikenk people, 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.
(B,L,D daily)

Day 12 — 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.
The Singular Santiago (B,L)

Day 13 — Santiago

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.
(B,L)