This is as remote and southern you can get on our planet before Antarctica. The Andes mountain range defines the landscape and the winds and waters shape the experiences in Patagonia. The 4 nights on water is an adventure in luxury on a Chilean fjords. The 5 nights on land take you to the Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate and the most stunning national park in the continent, Torres Del Paine.
Arrival and transfer to the hotel in Buenos Aires at 2040 hrs. This is a transit stay before we move on to Patagonia the next day.
After breakfast, we will proceed to the airport to board the flight to El Calafate. On arrival, we will go for a short city tour which takes you to the old part of town where you will see some original buildings from the time of the first settlers. Your guide will tell you stories about the early pioneers show you some local wildlife and tell you about many other interesting aspects of El Calafate.
After breakfast enjoys a full-day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier. Explore glacier streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses and plenty of ice formations on this one of a kind South American experience, the Perito Moreno Glacier with its impressive 200 feet walls. The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of only three Patagonian glaciers that are growing. We will have an ample amount of time to see the faces of the glacier.
After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and start driving towards the south to the beautiful town of Puerto Natales, Chile. We will pass the border and immigration and enter Chile and from there on will be accompanied by the Chilean transfer. The expanse of land around is wild with a steppe grassland like feel.
After a leisurely breakfast, we will proceed for a full-day excursion to Torres del Paine national park, which is believed to be the most breathtaking in Patagonia. The first stop is to visit Lake Sarmiento and Amarga Lagoon. Then enjoy a panoramic vista of the Paine Horns from one of the lookout points. After lunch, we will continue to Lake Pehoe and Paine River. Then take a short hike to see the powerful waterfall at Salto Grande and enjoy the magnificent sights. In the evening return to Puerto Natales to your hotel which has the best location in town.
After breakfast transfer to Punta Arenas in the south, where we will board the Australis Cruise which will be our home on water for next 5 days. After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. Our trip will take us through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wild regions in the world, Southern Patagonia. However till we reach South Patagonia and Ushuaia we will pass through three days of sheer natural beauty, which is unseen anywhere in the world which includes the Tierra del Fuego archipelago.
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 is a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant Seals. It is the beginning of summer and the sun will stay for a longer time for you to enjoy the most of the surrounding in a beautiful light.
We will navigate along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. Once on the land, we will take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. After this memorable experience, we will continue our voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley. Later, we will be sailing to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, we will again board the well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellan Penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants.
We will be sailing through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, we shall go ashore. The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic and is referred to as the ‘End of the Earth’. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.
As our home for the past 4 days docks at the end of the world, 'Ushuaia', we will disembark with memories that only Patagonia can bring. Our flight to Buenos Aires is timed according to the cruise arrival so we will have just a photo stop in Ushuaia before boarding the flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival in Buenos Aires, there would be time to enjoy a short tour, dinner and then proceed to the international airport to board our flight to India.
Our flight back to India is via Dubai.