Patagonia: The Last Wilderness - A Luxury Small Group Journey (2020)

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 before venturing to the far south of the continent for a Patagonian immersion. Hike, ride and/or boat through glacial wonderlands, rich native forest and awe-inspiring alpine scenery. And visit traditional working estancias to see how the European settlers influenced today’s pastoralists. 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 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
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Days 1-2: Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Arrive this evening or the following morning in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s vibrant capital with a European flair, and transfer to your hotel, where immediate check-in has been arranged. The evening of Day 2, gather for a welcome briefing, followed by a festive welcome dinner at famed Elena’s restaurant. As complex as it is energetic and seductive, Buenos Aires is a port city set along the Rio de la Plata that has served as Argentina’s gateway for centuries. It represents a microcosm of the country itself, evoking a distinct atmosphere in each of its splendidly diverse barrios.
Four Seasons Hotel Buenos Aires | Meals: D (Day 2)

Day 3: Buenos Aires/Ushuaia | Tierra del Fuego.

Explore Buenos Aires in the company of your Resident Tour Director. Visit the Plaza de Mayo, pass through the San Telmo neighbourhood and continue to La Boca to walk along Caminito Street. After a light lunch, fly south to Ushuaia — set 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 4: Ushuaia | Walking Among Magellanic Penguins.

Drive to Estancia Harberton, the oldest estancia (farm) in Tierra del Fuego and an Argentine National Historical Monument. Embark on a private cruise to Isla Martillo to walk among a teeming rookery of Magellanic penguins before continuing to Isla Gable, in the middle of the Beagle Channel, for lunch. Relax and embrace the solitude of its remote, primal landscape, where wind, waves and birds make the only sounds. Later, cruise back to the estancia and return to your hotel in time for dinner.
Arakur Ushuaia | Meals: BLD

Day 5: El Calafate | Gateway to the Glaciers.

This morning, fly to El Calafate to experience Patagonian rural life in this rustic, charming town with well-kept gardens and pretty homes. Later this afternoon experience over 100 years of history, during a visit to an authentic ranch. Watch sheep shearing and herding, and hike or horseback ride along the banks of Argentino Lake. Dinner tonight is lamb grilled the traditional Patagonian way.
Hotel Posada Los Alamos | Meals: BD

Day 6: El Calafate | An Astonishing, Icy Spectacle.

Start the day cruising to Argentino Lake’s Mayo Inlet, stopping along the way for an interpretive walk in the Andean Patagonian forest, and getting up close to limestone rock formations and majestic landscapes. Continue to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world. Hike at your own pace and ability along the seven walkways located at different heights and distances from the glacier, taking in magnificent views of the glacier’s northern and southern faces. Return to your hotel and enjoy an evening at leisure.
Hotel Posada Los Alamos | Meals: BL

Day 7: Puerto Natales, Chile | Trekking, Hiking & Biking.

Journey to Puerto Natales, where you check in and have a late lunch at your luxury hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your afternoon at leisure. Opened in 1940 and honoured as a National Heritage site, the Singular Patagonia offers a wide range of expeditions and activities, such as horseback riding, trekking and mountain biking. There are 20 expeditions all told, offering varying grades of difficulty and duration, exploring fjords, mountains, glaciers, Patagonian forests and ranches — all designed to reveal Patagonia at its most authentic.
The Singular Patagonia | Meals: BLD 

Day 8: Puerto Natales | Torres del Paine National Park.

Today, explore the magnificent wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park. This park was created by tectonic movements — the rugged landscapes were sculpted during the ice ages and the motion of glaciers have continued to reshape it. Large glaciers continue to descend from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, one of the world’s largest freshwater reserves. A UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the park is renowned for its otherworldly landscape of granite spires, ice and deserted pampas. See firsthand the serrated ridges and spires of the Torres del Paine mountains. Watch closely as you scan the peaks and you might pick out a soaring Andean condor riding an updraft. Tonight, after dinner, simply unwind in your room or, if the sky is clear, marvel at the Patagonian night sky, awash with countless pinpoints of starlight.
The Singular Patagonia | Meals: BLD

Day 9: Puerto Natales | Design Your Day.

Today, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities.

  • Cruise the Patagonian Fjords to Two Glaciers (weather permitting), witnessing their majesty and power up close.
  • Ride Horseback at Puerto Consuelo, the first ranch in the region, and roam through the surrounding landscapes.
  • Trek to Condor Lookout on Mount Benitez, viewing rock paintings en route, and watching condors in flight.

Additional activity options are also available. Tonight, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for a farewell dinner with superb Chilean wines.
The Singular Patagonia | Meals: BLD

Day 10: Santiago | Chile’s Cosmopolitan Capital.

After a leisurely morning, fly to Santiago, capital of Chile, a vibrant city set against the backdrop of the Andes. Founded in 1541 by Spanish Captain Pedro de Valdivia, Santiago sits over 600 metres above sea level in Chile’s Central Valley and is surrounded by a ring of spectacular mountain peaks. Your hotel is strategically located in Santiago’s most prestigious and refined neighbourhood, El Golf.
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago | Meals: BD

Day 11: Depart Santiago.

Explore Santiago during a morning tour of city highlights, 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 Like a Local on a cable car up San Cristobal Hill to behold the stunning statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and take in expansive views of Santiago. Relax this afternoon with privileged late access of your room, before you transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago (dayroom) | Meals: B

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Accommodation/Partners

Accommodation/Partners

Four Seasons Buenos Aires

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Arakur Ushuaia, Patagonia

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The Singular Patagonia

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Ritz-Carlton Santiago

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Jan 16, 2020 - Jan 26, 2020
Price AU$16,145pp Single Supplement AU$3,615 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Jan 30, 2020 - Feb 9, 2020
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Feb 13, 2020 - Feb 23, 2020
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Feb 20, 2020 - Mar 1, 2020
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Mar 5, 2020 - Mar 15, 2020
Price AU$15,855pp Single Supplement AU$3,470 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Mar 12, 2020 - Mar 22, 2020
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Mar 19, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
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Oct 22, 2020 - Nov 1, 2020
Price AU$16,145pp Single Supplement AU$3,615 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
Nov 5, 2020 - Nov 15, 2020
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Nov 12, 2020 - Nov 22, 2020
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Dec 3, 2020 - Dec 13, 2020
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Dec 10, 2020 - Dec 20, 2020
Price AU$16,145pp Single Supplement AU$3,615 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Available Enquire
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