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Patagonia: Journey to the End of the World 2024 - Small Group

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Whereas most fairy tales conclude with “The End,” that is exactly where this one begins. In this vast kingdom of jagged peaks, massive fjords, and imposing glaciers stretching across the southernmost tips of Argentina and Chile, you are the sovereign of this dramatic domain affectionately referred to as the “end of the world.” Surrounded by the granite pillars of Torres Del Paine National Park, standing tall before the advancing Perito Moreno Glacier, and cruising through the majestic scenery of the Beagle Channel, you will reign before glorious vistas, bask in triumphant scenery, and even prevail over a colony of Magellan penguins on this tour of pristine Patagonia. As no ordinary toast will do for such a colossal experience, you’ll rejoin civilization in Buenos Aires to raise your glass to the ornate teatros, the charming tea rooms, and of course, the steamy tango.

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN SANTIAGO, CHILE
    Welcome to Chile!
    Meet your Tour Director after your arrival.

  2. Day 2
    SANTIAGO
    Toasts of the Town
    After breakfast, embark on a city tour with a Local Guide who will show you the highlights of this great city of colonial and contemporary contrasts. See the famous Government Palace, Plaza de Armas, the Cathedral, and Santa Lucia Hill. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit La Vega Central Market to learn about traditional Chilean food including steaming pots of cazuela and humitas, similar to tamales! Enjoy a terremoto cocktail (meaning ‘earthquake’ and made of Chilean wine, liqueur, and sorbet) at a local pub before a visit to Cerro San Cristobal for stunning views of Santiago and the Andes. (B,L)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    LOCAL TASTES Visit La Vega Central Market, the area’s largest local market housing more than 2,000 traders selling the most local produce, where. A majority of local restauranteurs source their ingredients. During your visit, discover not only typical Chilean foods but also food from neighbouring countries as well.



    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  3. Day 3
    SANTIAGO–PUNTA ARENAS–PUERTO NATALES
    Patagonia Pleasures
    Depart Santiago and fly to Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan, gateway to Chile's Patagonia. Head to Puerto Natales on a scenic drive through the Patagonian steppe passing rivers, forests, mountains, and ranches. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    EPIC RIDE Your drive today takes you through the Patagonian steppe or desert. Keep an eye out for guanacos (a type of camelid) commonly found in this region, along with condors, fox, chinchilla, and, for the very lucky, the more elusive puma.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    PUERTO NATALES–TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK
    Fossils, Flora & Fauna
    Visit the legendary Milódon Cave, where prehistoric fossils dating back 14,000 years ago, including those of a saber-toothed tiger and a gigantic sloth weighing over a ton, have been found. Venture into Torres del Paine, one of the most spectacularly scenic regions in the world. During your visits to see the famous sites, including Los Cuernos, Lago Pehoe, and Salto Grande, you are guaranteed to get a glimpse of some of the park’s fauna, such as herds of guanacos, foxes, swans, and birds. Also stop at Lago Grey to see the imposing Grey Glacier, floating icebergs, and the beautiful views and rugged landscapes! Arrive at your hotel for some free time before dinner featuring a season menu including fresh ingredients from the onsite garden. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    NATURAL WONDERS Spanning a massive area, this park was named a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. Cascading waterfalls, roaring creeks, shimmering lakes, and jagged mountains are just a part of what Paine offers.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK
    Peak Perfection
    Today, enjoy a full day exploring the park. See Los Cuernos, or “the horns,” the iconic jagged granite peaks that loom over the windswept plains. Next, view the spectacular waterfall, Salto Grande in the park’s lake district. After lunch at the hotel, head to the Laguna Azul where you have a good chance of seeing some of the park’s wildlife, including guanacos and condors. End the day at Cascada Paine, a beautiful waterfall surrounded by rugged vistas. (B,L,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    PICTURE PERFECT Discover the breathtaking beauty of Torres del Paine, considered by many who visit to be the world's most spectacular national park. From its dramatic and jagged peaks to the deep blue lakes and vast grasslands, its glacial lakes and rivers will sweep you away into a world unlike any other.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK–EL CALAFATE, ARGENTINA
    Earthly Treasures
    After breakfast, take an easy guided hike to Laguna Ines in search of an array of birds and other wildlife that can be found here. Next, depart for El Calafate, a lovely village on the southern shores of Lake Argentino. Originally a simple sheltering destination for wool traders, today El Calafate serves as the entry point for the UNESCO Natural Heritage Site of Los Glaciares National Park. (B,L)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    EPIC RIDE Leave Chile today for Argentina and its breathtaking Patagonian landscapes. Sit back and relax today as you cross the border while admiring the rugged landscape, glacial lakes, and maybe even some Patagonian wildlife.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  7. Day 7
    EL CALAFATE. CRUISE TO UPSALA AND SPEGAZZINI GLACIERS
    Ice Sculpture & Lake Shores
    Today, a cruise on Lago Argentino takes you up close for views of icebergs and Upsala Glacier, one of the longest in South America at over 35 miles long. Continue cruising through Northern and Spegazzini Canals to the base of the Spegazzini Glacier. Disembark for a leisurely trek along the lakeshore, to a backcountry Refugio (backcountry mountain hut) for a lunch amongst the towering peaks and hanging glaciers. Later, return to El Calafate for an evening at leisure. (B,L)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ADVENTURE AWAITS Explore the Upsala and Spegazzini glaciers (the tallest in the national park) up close, as well as the Seco, Heim, and Peineta glaciers, as you cruise through the Bay of Glaciers. Located on the majestic Lago Argentino, with water so placid it reflects the large Southern Patagonian Ice Field glaciers and surrounding Andes Mountain Range. Learn about glaciology, the history, and the fauna of this remote area. Disembark for a short trek to the Spegazzini Refugio for a backcountry lunch. Take in the awe-inspiring views as you enjoy the exquisite 3-course regional lunch.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  8. Day 8
    EL CALAFATE. EXCURSION TO PERITO MORENO GLACIER
    Ice Breakers
    A must for all visitors to Argentina is a visit to Perito Moreno Glacier (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Los Glaciares National Park. During your walking tour along the catwalks, marvel at the breathtaking glacier views and, with some luck, see the ice calve and break into the waters below. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    SPECTACULAR SIGHTS Explore Perito Moreno Glacier, which forms part of the Patagonian Continental Ice Field. From here, 13 glaciers descend on the Atlantic side to flow into the Viedma and Argentino Lakes with one of the few glaciers in the world that is still advancing.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    EL CALAFATE–USHUAIA
    A Wilderness at the End of the World
    After breakfast, fly to Ushuaia, Argentina—the end of the world! You’ll have the opportunity to see the Andes Mountains from a [LF] cruise along Beagle Channel. Bask in the feeling of being in the southernmost city in the world, and watch for sea lions, albatrosses, skuas, and other interesting Patagonian fauna. Arrive at Martillo Island, where you have the chance to see a colony of Magellan penguins! (B)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    WILD WONDERS Visit Martillo Island, home to a colony of Magellanic penguins on an island in Tierra del Fuego. Discover the burrows and nests in the ground and learn about the different types of penguins found in this remote part of the world.


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    Meals:   Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    USHUAIA. TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK EXCURSION
    A Fragile Land of Fire
    Today, discover Tierra del Fuego National Park, the southernmost national park in the world. Hike around the park, escorted by an expert Naturalist. With stops at Bahia Lapataia, Lago Roca, and Bahia Ensenada, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the delicate ecosystems here. (B,L)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    NATURAL WONDERS Explore the southernmost national park in the world and all its wonders in Tierra del Fuego National Park. Look skyward to spot any of the 50 fascinating bird species who call this paradise home, including Magellanic woodpecker, Andean condor, and austral parakeet. Closer to earth, you’ll watch for other inhabitants like red foxes, muskrats, and guanaco.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  11. Day 11
    USHUAIA–BUENOS AIRES
    The Boulevards of Buenos Aires
    Fly to Buenos Aires today, the “Paris of South America” and capital of Argentina. Fabulous food, shopping, and architecture all converge here to create a distinctly Latin vibe. Tonight, enjoy [LF] Argentinian dinner party with local specialties and wine. (B,D)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    LOCAL TASTES Tonight’s dinner is an Argentine Experience! Enjoy a five-course dinner of Argentina’s most famous food (including steak) paired with a variety of the region’s wines. You will also learn how to make your own empanada along with the different folding techniques as well.


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  12. Day 12
    BUENOS AIRES
    Dinner, Dancing & Dazzling
    Your included sightseeing this morning starts in La Boca, a vibrant district and site of the city’s first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique enclave at the mouth of the river and then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and as a popular gathering spot for artists. At the Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President’s Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, which houses San Martin’s Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Teatro Colón opera house before reaching Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Perón. After an afternoon at leisure, top off the evening at a famous Tango club. Start with a [LF] dance lesson, followed by a farewell dinner of Argentine steaks and other local specialties, and end with a show featuring flawless performances of Latin America’s most sensuous dance—the Tango! (B,D)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    CULTURAL GEMS The Tango and Argentina go hand in hand and tonight you will visit a local milonga, or tango house, where professional tango dancers teach the traditional techniques of the Argentine Tango. After learning some of the key dance moves, the professionals will delight you in Tango Show featuring the dance as it has evolved through the ages. Plus, dine on Argentine specialties and wine too!


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    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  13. Day 13
    BUENOS AIRES
    Safe travels until we meet again!
    Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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    Meals:   Breakfast

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Small Group Discoveries
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Meals:
Breakfast daily, 7 lunches, 5 dinners

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Accommodations

Gratuities for Tour Director, drivers, and local guides are available for pre-purchase.

Prices are for all land arrangements including intra-vacation flights and taxes.

Santiago: Sheraton Santiago Hotel & Convention Center
This contemporary hotel is ideally located within minutes of some of the city's best shopping areas, restaurants, and attractions. The hotel features three Chilean inspired restaurants, two bars, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, beauty salon, tennis court, gift shop, and access to medical services.
Address:
Ave Santa Maria 1742
Santiago , Chile
Puerto Natales/Patagonia: Remota
The Remota Hotel was built in the wild landscape of the Patagonia plains, and offers an environmentally friendly hotel option. Amenities include a restaurant, bar, gift shop, Internet, and spa with indoor pool, sauna, and Jacuzzi. The hotel offers talks on local nature and culture, as well bonfires, music and movie nights.
Address:
Ruta 9 Norte, km 1.5, Huerto 279 Magallanes
Puerto Natales/Patagonia , Chile
Torres Del Paine/Patagonia: Hotel Las Torres
In the heart of Chilean Patagonia and mythical Torres del Paine National Park, this charmingly rustic hotel provides a comfortable home base from which to explore the park's towering mountains, turquoise lakes, glaciers, ice fields, and steppes.
Address:
Parque Torres Del Paine
Torres Del Paine , Chile
El Calafate: Kosten Aike
Kosten Aike Hotel in El Calafate is on the edge of the extensive and mysterious Patagonian plateau, on the foot of the imposing mountain range of the Andes and in front of the majestic National Park the Glaciers. Amenities include a restaurant, gym, spa, playroom, business center, room service, laundry, and recreated ancestral Tehuelche designs throughout the hotel by prominent Argentine artists.
Address:
Gobernador Moyano 1243
El Calafate , Argentina
Ushuaia: Cilene del Faro
Cilene del Faro looks out onto the Beagle Channel with the Andes mountains behind, protecting it from the strong Patagonian winds. This hotel offers top-notch style and elegance during your stay in this fascinating part of the world. Located close to Ushuaia's attractions and featuring soft and cozy rooms, you'll have all the comforts of home at your fingertips.
Address:
Yaganes 74
Ushuaia , Argentina
Buenos Aires: Loi Suites Recoleta
Located 1.2 miles between Florida and Corrientes Avenue, Loi Suites offers opulent suites amidst the French homes and palaces of Recoleta. The English winter garden is where afternoon tea is served. The stylish, soft gray or beige rooms at the Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel include French windows that open to gardens. Each has a CD player, satellite TV, and air conditioning. Breakfast with croissants and a cheese plate are available to guests, and both are served in the garden. Fine dining and wines are offered at La Fuente. The Loi Suites' amenities include a gym and an indoor pool.
Address:
Vicente Lopez 1955 Recoleta
Buenos Aires , Argentina

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.6
Accommodations
3
Itinerary
5
Professional Staff
5
Repeat with Operator
5
Value for Money
5

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Box lunches need improvement. Am tired of poor room selection after 9 tours with Globus. Why don't they have benefits for travelers that have paid them a lot of money over the years like the cruise lines do. I tend to get lower floors, not near other travelers, near elevators and stairs and at end of halls. My air change was not provided to host in Rio and Iguassu Falls. The guide at Iguassu talked to the driver in Portuguese the whole time traveling to and from sites and airport. Did not provide much commentary on walk around the falls on either day. Gratuities were prepaid, not at my request, and I didn't discover until end of the trip.

My biggest disappointment with this tour was the tour director. His instructions were often confusing, he was hard to hear and did not make use of headsets, assumed everyone was on "What's App" and chose that as a way to communicate, but many of us are not on "What's App". He also goofed with his instructions for some box lunches for the vegetarians in the group and took us once to the wrong hotel. Half the luggage was unloaded before the mistake was realized. The itinerary was modified several days because of the weather and the GlobusGo app and the travel documents didn't always agree. I especially enjoyed the glaciers, the penguins, wildlife, and the tango show and farewell dinner. I'm not sure if I would choose Globus again.

Hotel in Monteverde was very inconvenient; located on high mountain, required to call shuttle any place we need to go within the hotel Transfers took very long time because they stopped in many different hotels. We missed included activity (hot pools and dinner) in La Fortune because we got to hotel too late. After 9 hours on a bus we arrived to hotel 10 min before the scheduled activity

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