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Finis Terrae: Exploring the Wilds of Southern Patagonia

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15 Days | 14 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Ling-yuh Pattie Jun 27, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Hi - We are thinking about taking this trip in 2016. As I do not like the cold weather, will spring or fall a better time for this trip? I also want to see the penguins and don't know if weather has anything to do with it. Thanks for your help.

Linda Norby Feb 17, 2015 at 08:17 AM

Halfway would be on the ship or at Torres del Paine. I don't think so. They have facilities for employees at T del P, but I doubt guests could use them. Anyway, you will be busy! I took two pairs of travel pants and some quick dry tops along with some packets of Tide and managed very well. I hope you enjoy your trip as much as I enjoyed mine!
Pam Arsenault Feb 17, 2015 at 10:27 AM

I travel the same way, Linda. Friend and I plan on doing this trip in fall of '16.
Linda Norby Feb 18, 2015 at 04:28 PM

You will love it! I went 3 days early and stayed 2 extra days. Went on an unbelievable horseback ride up the Andes from Santiago. I took a backpack and carry on and didn't need more.

Kathryn Kidder Feb 16, 2015 at 09:54 PM

Any chance of doing laundry (other than hand-wash) midway through the trip?

Linda Norby Jan 20, 2015 at 08:52 AM

I traveled with a carry-on and a backpack and had no problems. I feel that schlepping a big suitcase takes away from my enjoyment of the trip.

Warren Metzger Jan 19, 2015 at 05:11 PM

I have a couple of questions. The first is whether there are any restrictions on how much our luggage weighs or size restrictions because we are on two flights that may be on small planes with cramped overhead restrictions. Another program that features a similar itinerary specifically mentions that you have to size down your luggage when you board the flight in Buenos Aires.

The other question is the Los Acebos Hotel, Ushuaia is CLOSED according to a few very recent posts in Trip Adviser. Anyone know what the substitute hotel may be?


Helen Sternheim Jan 19, 2015 at 08:13 PM

Call RS and ask them.
Warren Metzger Feb 17, 2015 at 10:10 AM

I did call RS and they found out that Los Acebos Hotel is closed for renovation. If they are not open in time for our stay they will use Las Hayas which is nearby. Both are approved by RS and both under same ownership.

Jean Jalufka Jan 12, 2015 at 03:17 PM

Thanks Barbara for the quick response. Will check out the New balance shoes. I am going prepared for all sorts of weather.
Linda Norby Jan 12, 2015 at 03:50 PM

You will not wear them in the cities, but I was very glad to have my hiking boots on the ship and in Torres del Paine. Take warm socks, two pairs of warm gloves(they get wet), a warm hat, rain gear including waterproof pants for the Zodiaks. It the trip of a lifetime. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! P.S. The hotel in Santigo has a rooftop pool.
Linda Norby Jan 12, 2015 at 03:51 PM

Sorry Santiago.

Jean Jalufka Jan 12, 2015 at 02:32 PM

Would like to know whether hiking boots vs hiking shoes are best for this trip. Looking at the daily activities it appears it is more walking than hiking. Would like to hear from someone who has been on this trip. Thanks
Barbara Stratton Jan 12, 2015 at 03:12 PM

Hi Jean--I went to Patagonia with Tauck, not Road Scholar. I wore New Balance WW978 (you can Google that and see the picture). The weather is EXTREMELY CHANGEABLE. You need to consider cold and rain (regardless of time of year!). The New Balance shoes were so incredibly comfortable that I wore them on the 11 hour plane flight home! Barbara S.

Warren Metzger Dec 29, 2014 at 08:58 AM

Does anyone know when the 2016 trips "Finis Terrae" are going to be announced?

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