Departure dates: Sep 2015 to Apr 2016
Places visited: Torres del Paine & Australis Cruises: Punta Arenas, Almirantazgo Bay, Parry Glacier, Ainsworth Bay, Brookes Glacier & Magdalena Island
- International & Domestic flights
- 3 Nights of accommodation at Las Torres Hotel in Torres del Paine
- 3 Nights of accommodation in a double cabin onboard the Via Australis Cruises with full board and activities
- Taxes, full board, transfers, non-alcoholic beverages with meals and activities included at Las Torres Hotel
- Bilingual guides for transfers and tours
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Meals and drinks other than those mentioned
- Tips and personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Optional tours and experiences
- Any items not mentioned
Day 1 - 3: Torres del Paine: Upon arrival, transfer to Las Torres Hotel.
Experience an unforgettable stay at Las Torres Hotel, set in beautiful and breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park. This “all inclusive” package offers the best of untamed Patagonia with a large variety of excursions by car, on foot or on horseback. Make a choice from this great selection. Ride on horseback through the pampas, walk through virgin forests and observe the impressive wildlife of this region. All excursions inside and outside the park are conducted in small groups with no more than eight passengers.
Choose any of the following tours:
- Full day tour of Paine
- Full day tour of Las Torres Sendero del Ascencio
- Full day tour of Los Cuernos
- Full day tour of Huella del Puma
- Full day tour of Enchanted Valley
- Full day tour of Sendero de los Lagos
- Full day tour of Paso La Feria
- Half day tour of Nordenskjöld Lake
- Half day tour of Salto Grande
- Half day tour of Patagón
- Half day tour of Lenga Forest
- Half day tour of Blue Lagoon
- Half day tour of Sarmiento Lake
- Half day tour of Inge Lagoon
- Horseback ride (per hour)
Day 4: Torres del Paine – Punta Arenas: At appropriate time, transfer to the Australis office for the check-in. Then transfer to the pier to board the Via Australis Cruises.
After a welcome cocktail reception by the Captain and his crew, the Via Australis will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and the Fuegian-Patagonian channels to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
Day 5: Almirantazgo Bay - Parry Glacier
Early in the morning we will reach Almirantazgo Bay. We will take a walk from the mouth of a river going North, entering the sub-Antarctic forest and finally reaching a glacial waterfall. On our way back, we will see several beaver dams. Finally, we will take a ride on the Zodiac boats in order to observe elephant seals, cormorants and other birds while we go back to our cruise ship. In the afternoon we will navigate Parry Fjord. From this area it will be possible to appreciate various glaciers that come down to the sea from the upper icefield. Onboard Zodiac boats, we will motor to the far end of the fjord to see an amphitheatre of glaciers in an area where sometimes it is possible to see leopard seals.
Day 6: Ainsworth Bay - Brookes Glacier
At dawn, we will navigate our way through Almirantazgo Sound, arriving at Ainsworth Bay which is sited within Alberto De Agostini National Park. It’s the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance; and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat. We will also take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there’s a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. But do bear in mind the fact that sightings cannot be guaranteed due to the colony’s unpredictable movements. Later, we will be sailing to Brookes Fjord. The area is a natural amphitheatre shaped by glaciers in constant movement. We will take a short walk towards one of the glaciers, enjoying the breathtaking surroundings and the view of the Darwin Mountain Range.
Day 7: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas
Early in the morning, weather permitting, we will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island used to be an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers and is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan Penguins that we will be able to see during our walk to the lighthouse. In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American Sea Lions.
Finally, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for 11:30 am.
At appropriate time, transfer to the airport.
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Tour descriptions and approximate times are for informational purposes only. Some places described may be substituted and/or approximate times may be subject to change, due to unexpected circumstances or weather conditions.