Best of Wild Patagonia

Best of Wild Patagonia

Destination: Patagonia  |  Duration: 18 days  |  Call to Personalize your Custom Journey

Wild, untamed and beautiful, this Patagonia trip will stir the soul. To explore Patagonia means to go beyond the beaten track. Venture into some of the emptiest and most remote landscapes of South America. Get up close and personal with wildlife, go on epic treks, experience spectacular glaciers up close. Get to know the way of life of the locals. See stunning vistas and have an experience that is beyond the ordinary. Patagonia is a big natural playground and so many adventures await.

patagonia tour package, buenos aires

Day 1: Welcome to Buenos Aires!

Begin your Patagonia trip with your arrival in Buenos Aires and a private transfer to the Mine Boutique Hotel in the heart of chic Palermo.  The rest of the day and evening is at your leisure, so you are free to rest, relax and have dinner at a venue of your choice.

Night at Mine Boutique Hotel

Buenos Aires

Day 2: Private City Tour of Buenos Aires

You will be met by your guide for a private city tour of Buenos Aires. As one of the most cosmopolitan metropolises in South America, Buenos Aires has an amazing history and strong culture. The tour will include a visit to the Plaza de Mayo and the Casa Rosada presidential palace with the famous balcony from which Juan and Evita Peron greeted the masses. Lunch today at a bodegon, a traditional neighborhood restaurant.

Night at Mine Boutique Hotel (BLD)

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Day 3: Welcome to Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls located in Iguazu National Park it is among the world’s most visually stunning natural sites due to the numerous massive waterfalls. Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Falls are a staggering 3 kilometers long and the river drops a total of 80 meters over a series of stepped falls. Large clouds of spray permanently soak the many river islands and the surrounding rainforests, thus creating an extremely humid micro-climate favoring lush and dense sub-tropical vegetation that is responsible for the diverse fauna in the area.

Night in National Park at Sheraton Hotel Iguazu Falls

patagonia tour package, iguazu falls

Day 4: Argentina’s Iguazu National Park

The Iguazú Waterfalls consists of 275 separate cascades that can be seen and experienced through several different vantage points. The footbridges and the navigation tours take the visitors as closer to the waterfalls as you would dare to go, providing an unforgettable experience. The mighty “Garganta del Diablo” offers the most impressive experience after you walk about 1.000 mts. out on the footbridge jutting toward the edge of the Falls. After your private tour, you’ll also ride the Ecological Train of the Jungle and visit the Nature Interpretation Center.

Night in National Park at Sheraton Hotel Iguazu Falls

Iguassu Falls

Day 5: Brazil’s Iguassu National Park

This private tour is sure to be a highlight of your Patagonia trip, Devil’s Throat is the largest waterfall in the region and best seen from the Brazilian side of Iguassu Falls. Here you will witness 14 waterfalls drop 350 feet with such force that a 100-foot tall cloud of mist remains permanently suspended in the air overhead. This area is famous for its rainbows and naturally there are great photo opportunities everywhere you look! For a close-up of the Falls, walk through the subtropical forest of Iguacu National Park to the edge of Salto Floriano. Then take the elevator to the top of the Falls or walk out over the Falls at Salto Union.

Night in National Park at Sheraton Hotel Iguazu Falls

patagonia trip, bariloche

Day 6: San Carlos de Bariloche

During a flight back to San Carlos de Bariloche, you can peer out the window at the frosted peaks that surround this lakeside city nestled in the foothills of the Andes. Set along the banks of Lake Nahuel Huapi, Bariloche is the gateway to Patagonia’s Lake District and has a distinctly alpine flavour indicative of its strong Central European influence which is most apparent in the wood and stone architecture of the city center. It is also famous for being an international ski destination and one of the reasons it’s known as “Little Switzerland”.

Night in Bariloche at Hotel Cacique Inayacal – (B)

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Day 7: Bariloche Adventure Day

Spend the day discovering Bariloche with the best multi-sport adventure tour in the Lake District. Besides a lovely day enjoying the panoramic landscape, you’ll have the option of hiking and kayaking. Paddle the pristine waters of Nahuel Huapi & Moreno Lake, enjoy a Gourmet Outdoor lunch and Wine Tasting by the lake and explore on foot to reach “Miradores del Brazo Tristeza” for stunning views of Mount Tronador, the lake & the Andean landscapes.

Night in Bariloche at Hotel Cacique Inayacal – (B)

patagonia horseback riding

Day 8: Peuma Hue Ranch

A beautiful place to make your Patagonia trip unique, Estancia Peuma Hue offers a wide range of exciting outdoor activities. Go horseback riding and hiking right on the property passing along wonderful mountain trails. This is the ideal place for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. Lake options include swimming on warm days, even with the horses, and paddling sea kayaks.

Night in Bariloche at Hotel Cacique Inayacal – (B)

calafate

Day 9: El Calafate

Travel to El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier and world-famous Glaciers National Park. It was once a rough frontier town close to the border of Argentina and Chile that was known for the Estancias, or ranches.  Now its claim to fame is its prime location as the jumping off point to some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world. You’ll settle into your hotel and have the remainder of the day/evening at leisure to explore on your own.

Night in El Calafate at Hotel Kossten Aike – (B)

patagonia glacier hike

Day 10: Mini Glacier Trek, Perito Moreno

Today’s journey is an extraordinary adventure to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Los Glaciares National Park. During our exploration, we’ll discover the wondrous Perito Moreno Glacier, a pristine marvel towering nearly 200 feet above Lake Argentino. The constant, cyclical movement of Perito Moreno’s ice mass often forces the glacier to “calve”—an iceberg “birthing” process in which smaller chunks of ice fracture and break off from the glacier to thunderous accompaniment. This spectacle can occur at any time, so we’ll hope to be lucky enough to witness an iceberg calving.

Night in El Calafate at Hotel Kossten Aike – (B)

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Day 11: Boat to Upsala Glacier

Sail in the north arm of Lake Argentino to the Upsala channel and reach the western front of the Upsala glacier where you can appreciate it from the boat. Enjoy browsing icebergs and stunning landscapes. Then, you will head by boat towards the Cristina channel and then to Estancia Cristina, located on the right bank of the glacier, for a picnic.

Tour the Costumbrista Museum and experience a 4×4 adventure journey with stunning panoramic views. When you get to the shelter of Hielos Continentales, take a 30-minute walk on ground of glacial erosion where you will have a privileged view of Upsala Glacier, Lake William, Southern Ice and Cordillera de los Andes.

Night in El Calafate at Hotel Kossten Aike – (B)

torres del paine

Day 12: Torres del Paine National Park

Journey to Torres del Paine National Park in the heart of Patagonia and considered by many to be South America’s finest national park, as well as one of the most remote and strikingly beautiful places in the world. The park covers an area of 242,000 hectares, crossed by 150 km of gravel roads and hundreds of miles of superb trekking trails opening up to dazzling panoramic views of countless natural attractions including the impressive Paine mountain range and wildlife that is protected by the park’s status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve site.

Night in Chile at Hotel Los Torres – (BL)

glacier grey

Day 13: Visit to Glacier Grey

This private expedition to Lago Grey on a small boat affords you close-up views of the gigantic icebergs calved from Glacier Grey and found floating all over the lake’s surface. Weather permitting, navigate around the icebergs and make your way straight to the glacier where you will be mesmerized by such incredible views of its jagged blue-white walls jutting up into the sky. You’ll have a chance to trek along the shores of Lago Grey where huge blue icebergs can be seen resting against the sandy beaches.

Night in Chile at Hotel Los Torres – (BL)

patagonia llama

Day 14: Torres del Paine to El Calafate

Today you will bid the Torres del Paine National Park farewell when you depart after breakfast for the overland transfer back to El Calafate. The remainder of this Patagonia trip day is at your leisure to explore the shops of this small town. Check out the Glaciarium or the Historical Interpretation Center. Grab a bite at a local restaurant and head to the Ice Bar.

Night in El Calafate at Hotel Kossten Aike – (B)

Usuaia

Day 15: Usuaia and the End of the World

Today is a travel day as we depart from the hotel by private transfer to El Calafate Airport for our flight way down south to the end of the world – Ushuaia.  Upon arrival in Ushuaia you will be transferred in a private vehicle to your hotel.  After checking in you’ll celebrate your arrival at the end of the world with a welcome dinner comprised of typical southern Patagonian cuisine.

Night in Ushuaia at Hostal del Bosque – (B)

patagonia penguins

Day 16: Beagle Channel to Penguin Island

Sail to one of the most famous and fascinating places on earth. You will enjoy the scenery as we move away from the panoramic view of the coast of Ushuaia. The boats heads to the island of Los Lobos, where you may view sea lions in their natural habitat. Pass between Argentina and Chile until you arrive at Penguin Island where you will marvel at gracious and beautiful penguins going about their daily business, practically posing for that perfect photo.

Night in Ushuaia at Hostal del Bosque

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Day 17: Tierra del Fuego National Park

No Patagonia trip is complete without a visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park, known for its remote natural beauty. Its topography is extremely varied consisting of craggy mountains, pure rivers, valleys, lakes, and picturesque streams. During the summer beautifully colored flowers can be admired and you may have the chance to spot common local mammals such as foxes, rabbits, muskrat, and beaver.

Begin with an epic journey back to a time aboard the End of the World Train, a vapor locomotive replica of the original train used by convicts to gather wood. After riding the train, continue on a private tour through the valley of the Pipo River and enter Ensenada Bay with the picturesque islands, Redonda and Estorbo in full sight. Later you will arrive at Roca Lake for a nice hike along the edge of the lake to Lapataia River and to Condor Hill, an amazing scenic overlook marking the border between Argentina and Chile.

Night in Ushuaia at Hostal del Bosque

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Day 18: Flight to Buenos Aires

Today you bid farewell to the “End of the World” as you will take the three-hour flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival you will be transferred to the International Airport for your flight back to the United States with unforgettable memories of your Patagonia trip.