Travel 2 Touring 18/19

SOUTH AMERICA

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12 day Patagonian Explorer with Australis Buenos Aires • Ushuaia • Cape Horn • Wulaia Bay • Pía Glacier • Garibaldi Glacier • Agostini Sound • Águila Glacier • Cóndor Glacier • Magdalena Island • Punta Arenas • Torres del Paine • Santiago

Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires On arrival in Buenos Aires, transfer to your chosen hotel for a 3-night stay. Hotel NH Lancaster or similar (3 nights) Day 2: City Sightseeing & Tango Show The morning’s tour will take in cobbled streets and majestic avenues, grand buildings of Plaza de Mayo and exclusive Recoleta with its tree-lined avenues and boutiques. In the evening enjoy fine cuisine and authentic Tango at a typical Tango & Dinner show. (BD) Day 3: Fiesta Gaucha Day Trip Spend the day on a typical ranch on the ‘pampas’, vast plains scattered with cattle ranches and colonial-style mansions. Enjoy a short horse ride and indulge in a mouth-watering Argentine barbecue with typical folk music and dancing. (BL) Day 4: Buenos Aires – Ushuaia – Cruise Departure Take an early flight to Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of South America and launching point for your Patagonia cruise with Australis. Check-in at between 10am and 5pm before boarding either the MV Stella Australis or the brand new M/V Ventus Australis at 6pm. After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. During the night traverse the Beagle Channel and cross from Argentina into Chilean territorial waters. (B) M/V Ventus Australis or M/V Stella Australis (4 nights) Day 5: Cape Horn - Wulaia Bay Around the break of dawn, the ship crosses Nassau Bay and enters the remote archipelago that comprises Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you will go ashore on the windswept island that harbours the legendary Cape Horn. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” Back on board sail back across Nassau Bay, and anchor at fabled Wulaia Bay, an area with a fascinating human history as well as mesmerising beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station, you have a choice of 3 hikes to reach panoramic viewpoints overlooking the bay. (BLD)

Day 6: Pía Glacier – Garibaldi Glacier Overnight continue through glacier country to the western end of Tierra del Fuego towards Pia Fjord. After breakfast, board the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier and a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier. Back onboard, continue towards the Garibaldi glacier, 1 of only 3 glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. Once docked, there is an option for a hike to a viewpoint looking down on the glacier and fjord (optional as quite demanding), for those who choose to stay onboard, the captain will point the bow towards the beautiful sky blue Garibaldi Glacier so everyone can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks. (BLD) Day 7: Agostini Sound – Águila Glacier – Cóndor Glacier Sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound, on clear days it is possible to see the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range with some of them even reaching the water. In the morning disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon, which was formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier. Later in the day approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area. (BLD) Day 8: Magdalena Island - Punta Arenas – Torres del Paine After an overnight cruise through Magdalena Channel and back into the Strait of Magellan, anchor off Magdalena Island, inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic penguins. At the break of dawn, weather permitting, go ashore and hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside a vintage 1902 lighthouse. Many other bird species are also found on the island. In September and April when the penguins dwell elsewhere this excursion is replaced by a ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American sea lions. After a short cruise south along the strait, disembarkation at Punta Arenas is scheduled for around 11:30am where you will take a private transfer to Torres del Paine to sea Patagonia from a completely different perspective. (B) Las Torres Patagonia (3 nights) Day 9: Torres del Paine Embark on a full-day excursion visiting the main attractions of the park such as Laguna Azul, Cascada Paine Waterfall, Mirador de los Cuernos and Salto Grande Waterfall where Nordenkjöld Lake drains into the turquoise Lake Pehoé. (BL)

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