Patagonia by Land & Sea
October 11-25, 2019

Overview:

Witness the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier, and observe the near constant calving of ice from its 200-foot-high face. Explore Torres del Paine National Park to search for wild horses, Magellanic woodpeckers, Andean condors, and with luck, the elusive puma. Photograph a variety of iconic vistas— craggy snow-dusted pinnacles and peaks, densely forested ridges, and turquoise lakes studded with glittering icebergs. Enjoy three days of cruising among Chile’s chiseled fjords, home to dolphins, whales, seals, and a variety of seabirds. Cruise past the windswept and rugged terrain at the “end of the world,” as you navigate the legendary Cape Horn.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1-2: Depart USA / Buesnos Aires, Argentina / El Calafate
Day 3: El Calafate
Day 4: El Calafate / Los Glaciares National Park
Day 5: El Calafate / Ushuaia / Embark Ventus Australis
Day 6-8: Cape Horn, Chile / Wulaia Bay / Pia & Garibaldi Glaciers / Alberto de Agostini National Park
Day 9: Magdalena Island / Punta Arenas / Disembark / Torres del Paine National Park
Day 10-11: Torres del Paine National Park
Day 12: Torres del Paine National Park / Puerto Natales
Day 13: Puerto Natales / Bernardo O’Higgins National Park
Day 14-15: Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas / Santiago

Interested in more information? Please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Patagonia by Land & Sea
October 11-25, 2019

Day-By-Day Itinerary:

Day 1-2, Friday & Saturday, October 11 & 12, 2019: Depart USA / Buesnos Aires, Argentina / El Calafate
Board your independent overnight flight. Arrive Buenos Aires on November 4, 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.

Day 3, Sunday, October 13, 2019: El Calafate
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.

Day 4, Monday, October 14, 2019: El Calafate / Los Glaciares National Park
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.

Day 5, Tuesday, October 15, 2019: El Calafate / Ushuaia / Embark Ventus Australis
After a morning at leisure and an early lunch at Estancia Bon Accord, board your flight to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. This afternoon, board the Ventus Australis and settle into your stateroom. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Ushuaia on your own, or relax onboard, before dinner and overnight on the ship.

Day 6 – 8, Wednesday – Friday, October 16 – 18, 2019: Cape Horn, Chile / Wulaia Bay / Pia & Garibaldi Glaciers / Alberto de Agostini National Park
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.

Day 9, Saturday, October 19, 2019: Magdalena Island / Punta Arenas / Disembark / Torres del Paine National Park
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.

Day 10-11, Sunday & Monday, October 20-21, 2019: Torres del Paine National Park
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.

Day 12, Tuesday, October 22, 2019: Torres del Paine National Park / Puerto Natales
Depart early this morning for a spectacular drive through the park, making a stop at Grey Glacier for a short hike. Continue to Puerto Natales and check in to Singular Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 13, Wednesday, October 23, 2019: Puerto Natales / Bernardo O’Higgins National Park
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.

Day 14-15: Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas / Santiago
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.

*Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. In the spirit of expedition travel, plans may change slightly to take full advantage of encounters with the destination and its people, culture, and wildlife.

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Patagonia by Land & Sea
October 11-25, 2019

Rates:

Single – $18,660 per person
Double – $14,980 per person sharing

Please contact Expedition Easy for details and available cabin rates.

Rates are approximate until the time of booking. Please note rates are subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances beyond our control; i.e. fuel increases, currency fluctuations, etc.

Flights

You will need to purchase airfare from your home city/Buenos Aires/El Calafate and Punta Arenas/Santiago/home city. The flight from El Calafate/Ushuaia is included in the cost of the expedition.

Included:

– Airfare from El Calafate/Ushuaia
– All excursions in the company of a world-class expedition leader and local guides
– All gratuities
– All accommodations
– All group meals, including selected beverages with lunch and dinner
– All entrance fees, arrival and departure transfers on group dates
– Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
– Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Not Included:

– Airfare from your home city/Buenos Aires/El Calafate and Punta Arenas/Santiago/home city
– Excess baggage charges
– Airport arrival and departure taxes
– Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
– Passport and/or visa fees
– Travel insurance
– Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed above) and other incidentals
– Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges

Deposit & Payments

This itinerary is subject to the availability of all services at the time of making a reservation. No space is being held at this time. Please contact Expedition Easy for the full terms and conditions that apply. We are happy to answer questions and discuss your trip.

Reservations

To reserve space on a trip on the Expedition Easy website, please contact Expedition Easy by telephone at 1-800-617-2319 or e-mail info@expeditioneasy.com.

Expedition Leader – Ingrid Nixon

Ingrid Nixon

Ingrid is a professional storyteller and a former National Park Service ranger. She has worked in expedition tourism for three decades, sharing stories of exploration, folklore, and natural history, while leading groups. In her 15 years with the National Park Service, she directed the interpretive and education programs at Demali and Mount Rainier national parks, and created the innovative science education and partnership program for the Denali-based Murie Science and Learning Center, which represents eight of Alaska’s northern national parks. As an award-winning storyteller, Ingrid performs myths, tall tales, historical stories, folktales, and more at storytelling festivals and events throughout the United States, including the National storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. With a degree in Broadcast Journalism, she has written, hosted and/or narrated numerous films about national parks and won several national awards for her work. Over the years she’s also worked as a journalist, copywriter, and fack-of-all trades for a public radio station. Ingrid is putting the finishing touches on her masters in Storytelling from East Tenessee State University. She currently hails from the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

October 11, 2019