Patagonia: The Last Wilderness - A Luxury Small Group Journey

Ease into the experience with an urban exploration of Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital and soak up its unique Latin vibe before venturing to the far south of the continent for a Patagonian immersion.

Journey Overview

Embark on a journey jam-packed with outdoor adventure in some of the most rugged and breathtaking landscapes on the planet. Ease into the experience with an urban exploration of Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital and soak up its unique Latin vibe before venturing to the far south of the continent for a Patagonian immersion. See how the European settlers influenced today’s pastoralists when you visit some traditional working estancias in the south and choose between hiking, riding and boating through glacial wonderlands, rich native forest and awe-inspiring alpine scenery. Your journey finishes in the sophisticated Chilean capital, one of the world’s most remarkably located cities.

Journey Highlights

  • Travel to the ends of the earth on a diverse itinerary that ranges from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires to the rugged, untouched wilderness of Patagonia
  • Stay in Ushuaia, Argentina, the southernmost city in the world
  • Sail through the Beagle Channel, a beautiful passageway separating islands of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, and stand amidst a colony of Magellanic penguins
  • Learn about life in the wilds during a visit to a working Patagonian ranch, observing authentic skills, such as mustering and shearing, with opportunities for hiking and horse riding
  • Choose your own way to explore wild Patagonia - on horseback, by kayak or on foot - and enjoy a visit to Torres del Paine
  • Admire the Perito Moreno Glacier, hearing it crack and roar like an incredible living mass Breathe in spectacular views of Santiago from atop San Cristobal hill
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive into the elegant Argentine capital, a city with European flair, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, gather for a welcome briefing and festive dinner at famed Elena’s restaurant. 
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: D

Day 2: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia | Tierra del Fuego

Explore Buenos Aires in the company of your expert Resident Tour Director. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, pass through the San Telmo neighbourhood, continue to La Boca and walk along Caminito Street. After a light lunch, visit La Recoleta Cemetery, last resting place of Eva Perón. Then, fly south to Ushuaia — located in magnificent Tierra del Fuego, at the remote tip of South America. Tonight, enjoy dinner at the hotel, with a view of the city and Beagle Channel. 
Arakur Ushuaia | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Ushuaia | Walking Among Magellanic Penguins

Drive to Estancia Harberton, the oldest in Tierra del Fuego and an Argentine National Historical Monument. Embark on a private cruise to Isla Martillo to walk amongst a teeming rookery of Magellanic penguins before continuing to Gable Island, in the middle of the Beagle Channel, for a remote lunch in this extraordinary primal landscape. Return to Harberton and your hotel for an evening at leisure. 
Arakur Ushuaia | Meals: BLD

Day 4: El Calafate | Gateway to the Glaciers

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast or take an early morning guided hike through Reserva Natural Cerro Alarkén. Your hotel is the starting point for many trails that run through the reserve, an area devoted to the preservation of native forests of lengas, Antarctic beech and coihues, and other local species of flora and fauna. Fly to El Calafate to experience Patagonian rural life and over 100 years of history during a visit to an authentic estancia. Watch sheep shearing and mustering, and hike or ride along the banks of Argentino Lake. Dinner tonight is lamb grilled on a traditional Patagonian asado. 
Hotel Posada Los Alamos | Meals: BD

Day 5: El Calafate | An Astonishing, Icy Spectacle

Sail by catamaran on Argentino Lake, stopping along the way for an interpretive walk in the Andean Patagonian forest. Continue to Perito Moreno glacier, one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world. Hike at your own pace along walkways located at different heights and distances from the glacier, taking in the magnificent views. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure. 
Hotel Posada Los Alamos | Meals: BL

Day 6: Puerto Natales, Chile | Trekking, Kayaking & Biking

Journey to Puerto Natales and your luxury hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. This is the beginning of three full days of exploration in this spectacular wilderness, led by expert local guides. Choose from a wide range of exclusive expeditions and activities offered by The Singular Patagonia, such as horse riding, trekking, kayaking and mountain biking. There are 20 expeditions all told, offering varying grades of difficulty and duration, exploring fjords, mountains, glaciers, Patagonian forests and farms — all designed to reveal Patagonia at its most authentic.  
The Singular Patagonia | Meals: BLD

Day 7: Puerto Natales | Torres del Paine National Park

Explore the magnificent wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, renowned for its otherworldly landscape of granite spires, ice and deserted pampas. See firsthand the jagged granite ridges and spires of the Torres del Paine and scan the peaks closely to pick out a soaring Andean condor riding an updraft, its three metre wingspan outspread. Tonight, after dinner, simply unwind in your room after your day of adventure, or, if the sky is clear, step outside for some impromptu stargazing, marvelling at the ink-black Patagonian night sky awash with countless pinpoints of starlight. 
The Singular Patagonia | Meals: BLD

Day 8: Puerto Natales | Patagonian Fjords

Spend your day at leisure and choose from a variety of optional excursions. Depending on weather conditions, opt for a sail through the Patagonian Fjords, reaching Seno de Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Fjord) and visiting Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers. Begin your journey with an hour-long cruise to observe colonies of blue-eyed cormorants and sea lions. Disembark in Puerto Toro (Bernardo O´Higgins National Park), and hike to the viewpoint overlooking Serrano Glacier, which borders a lagoon with icebergs that come from the base of the glacier. Next, sail to the end of Seno de Ultima Esperanza, and the outlet of Lago Azul. If tidal conditions allow, disembark on the beach to observe the abundant, pristine vegetation that surrounds Mount Balmaceda. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for a farewell dinner with superb Chilean wines.  
The Singular Patagonia | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Santiago | Chile’s Cosmopolitan Capital

After a leisurely morning, drive to Punta Arenas for the flight to Santiago, capital of Chile, a vibrant city set against the backdrop of the Andes. Enjoy dinner at the hotel. 
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: BD 

Day 10: Depart Santiago

Explore the highlights of Santiago including the Palacio de La Moneda Presidential Palace, designed by 18th century Italian architect Joaquín Toesca, and the Plaza de Armas, with its impressive Cathedral and Central Post Office. Ride a funicular up San Cristobal Hill to behold the stunning statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and take in expansive views of the city. Relax this afternoon with late check-out before transferring to the airport for your departure flight. 
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago (dayroom) | Meals: B

Journey Details

This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 7:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: end of sightseeing at 1:00 p.m. on Day 10.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

The Singular Patagonia

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago

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Four Seasons Buenos Aires

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019
Price AU$14,320pp Single Supplement AU$3,195 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
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