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Patagonian Impressions

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Day 01 - Buenos Aires

Arrival at Ezeiza International Airport and city tour of Buenos Aires. Visit to the historical centre of town at Plaza de Mayo, proceed to the old harbour with its colorful houses of La Boca, see the wide avenues, lush green parks and artificial lakes of Palermo and eventually visit the famous monumental cemetery of La Recoleta.

Day 02 - Buenos Aires

Day at leisure. Buenos Aires is a very European city and invites to walk around. There are many small and hidden places where you can walk and watch the lively atmosphere of this metropolis. If an optional excursion is required, the local guide will be able to assist. The options are either a half-day excursion to the Parana River Delta Tigre or a visit to the famous Argentine estancias (incl. BBQ lunch). In the evening, there is an option to enjoy a Tango show.

Day 03 - Buenos Aires - Ushuaia

Flight to Ushuaia from the domestic airport. Once there,  you will enjoy a boat ride through the bay of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel. The lighthouse island, the sea lion island and the bird island can be seen. The catamaran gets very close to the island in order to have a perfect observation of the animals.

Day 04 - Ushuaia - El Calafate

Visit to the Tierra del Fuego National park. This piece of land protects a vast variety of coastal fauna and flora. It is also a paradise for birds. During the tour there is a possibility to explore some tracks through the forest on foot. The park ends at Lapataia Bay which is also the end of the famous Pan-American Highway. Flight to El Calafate.

Day 05 - El Calafate - Perito Moreno glacier - El Calafate

One of the highlights on a trip to Patagonia is certainly the visit to the famous glacier Perito Moreno. It lies about 80km from El Calafate. A ride through typical Patagonian steppe till reaching the mountains. Here the climate changes frequently and there can be rain or even snow. Nevertheless, the experience of the glacier is the same. The deep blue color is amazing. Big pieces of ice constantly fall into the lake and keep you eyes spellbound.

Day 06 - El Calafate - El Chalten

Through the vast Patagonian steppe travel up north over the famous Ruta 40. At La Leona, a small petrified forest can be visited. Then the trip to El Chaltén continues. A spectacular mountain scenery opens up in front during the journey. High snow and ice caped mountain peaks rise to the sky and stand in sharp contrast to the brown Patagonian steppe. There is the possibility of an easy trekking tour.

Day 07 - El Chaltén

El Chaltén is the uncrowned capital of trekking in Argentina , in one of the most beautiful natural paradises in South America. You may choose among the various trails. There are breathtaking views of the Fitz Roy mountain. If walking is not desired, a visit to the Laguna del Desierto, which lies about 40km from the village, is strongly recommended.

Day 08 - El Chalten - El Calafate - Trelew - Puerto Madryn

Flight from El Calafate to Trelew. After arrival, transfer to Puerto Madryn, a nice sea port village at the shore of Golfo Nuevo.

Day 09 - Puerto Madryn - Punta Delgada

Excursion to the Península Valdés. Only a narrow strip of land connects this unique animal reserve with the continent. At Puerto Pirámides there is a possibility to go for an optional boat voyage. Between June and December, whale watching tours are organized. Between January and March, sea lions can be seen. Continuation to Punta Delgada, where huge elephant seals can be observed at the beach.

Day 10 - Punta Delgada - Trelew - Buenos Aires

Ride along the east coast of the Península Valdés. Visit to the estancia San Lorenzo that is on the northeast coast. San Lorenzo is home to a small but unique Penguin colony. Spanish scientists are doing research of these animals. While exploring around, you can observe these curious little water birds. Then you will ride back to the mainland and to Trelew. Flight to Buenos Aires.

Day 11 - Buenos Aires

Flight home from Ezeiza International airport or extension programme to Iguazú.