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Finis Terrae: Exploring the Wilds of Southern Patagonia from the Beagle Channel to Torres del Paine

Program Number: 20614RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/16/2014 - 10/30/2014; 12/2/2014 - 12/16/2014; 1/8/2015 - 1/22/2015; 2/5/2015 - 2/19/2015; 2/22/2015 - 3/8/2015; 3/10/2015 - 3/24/2015; 3/19/2015 - 4/2/2015;
Duration: 14 nights
Location: Argentina/Chile
Price starting at: $6,599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 33; 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

With pink granite towers, colossal glaciers, emerald-colored fjords and a bleak and beautiful steppe, it is no wonder Chile’s and Argentina’s Patagonia has been inspiring travelers and explorers for centuries. Make your own voyage to the southern tip of South America, as you connect with the beauty of Patagonia via an expedition vessel from Tierra del Fuego National Park to Cape Horn and in an eco-camp in the heart of Patagonia’s rugged wilderness. By sea and on foot, learn about the landscape, abundant wildlife and hearty residents who call the “End of the Earth” their home.




Highlights

• By expedition vessel, sail the icy waters around the tip of the continent, past breathtaking glaciers to Cape Horn National Park and islands teeming with wildlife.
• Stay in an eco-camp in the spectacularly beautiful Torres del Paine National Park, whose craggy peaks symbolize Patagonia’s rugged wilderness.
• Discover the food, wine and vibrant culture of Buenos Aires and Santiago.



Activity Particulars

Active program, includes walking, hiking and getting in/out of a Zodiac.




Date Specific Information

10-16-2014, 1-8-2015, 2-5-2015, 3-19-2015

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12-2-2014

Please note that December 02, 2014 departure starts in Santiago, Chile and ends at Buenos Aires, Argentina and runs in reverse order. The outline of our program will be as follows and please refer to the Daily Schedule portion of our website for more details. Arrival Santiago, 2 nights; flight to Punta Arenas (Chile) and coach to Torres del Paine (Chile), 3 nights; coach to Punta Arenas (Chile) and embark M/V Via Australis, 4 nights; disembark at Ushuaia (Argentina), 1night; flight to Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2 nights; departure.
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2-22-2015

Please note that February 22, 2015 departure starts in Santiago, Chile and ends at Buenos Aires, Argentina and runs in reverse order. The outline of our program will be as follows and please refer to the Daily Schedule portion of our website for more details. Arrival Santiago, 2 nights; flight to Punta Arenas (Chile) and coach to Torres del Paine (Chile), 3 nights; coach to Punta Arenas (Chile) and embark M/V Stella Australis, 4 nights; disembark at Ushuaia (Argentina), 1 night; flight to Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2 nights; departure. Cabañas del Paine hotel is substituted for the Eco-Camp in Torres del Paine.
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3-10-2015

Please note that March 10, 2015 departure starts in Santiago, Chile and ends at Buenos Aires, Argentina and runs in reverse order. The outline of our program will be as follows and please refer to the Daily Schedule portion of our website for more details. Arrival Santiago, 2 nights; flight to Punta Arenas (Chile) and coach to Torres del Paine (Chile), 3 nights; coach to Punta Arenas (Chile) and embark M/V Via Australis, 4 nights; disembark at Ushuaia (Argentina), 1night; flight to Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2 nights; departure.
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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2 nights; flight to Ushuaia, 1 night; embark M/V Via Australis, 4 nights; coach to Torres del Paine (Chile), 3 nights; flight to Santiago, 2 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from U.S.
1 night
Arrival Buenos Aires (Argentina)
2 nights
Flight to Ushuaia
1 night
Embark M/V Via Australis
4 nights

Begin in Buenos Aires and get a feel for the city’s uniquely European character at the Opera House and Plaza de Mayo. Learn about the soul of Argentina through the lasting influence of Evita, delicious regional wines and of course, the Tango. Leave the urban behind and fly to one of the most dramatically beautiful places on earth, Tierra del Fuego National Park. Waterfalls, mountains and glaciers set an amazing backdrop for stunning endemic flora and prolific birdlife. Join a local expert for walks inside the park. Then embark our expedition vessel and set sail through the Murray Channel to reach Cape Horn National Park — known as the “End of the Earth.” Voyage to Garibaldi Fjord on the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego for an incredible excursion through Patagonia’s cold jungle and a hike through the forest up to a glacial waterfall. Take a Zodiac to explore Alakaluf Fjord, and learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels. Weather permitting, go ashore on Magdalena Island and learn about the large colony of Magellanic Penguins.



Disembark Punta Arenas (Chile)
Coach to Torres del Paine
3 nights
Coach to Punta Arenas, flight to Santiago
2 nights
Return overnight flight
1 night

Journey to the Chilean side of Patagonia at Torres del Paine National Park, where you’ll spend three nights in an eco-camp in the midst of Patagonia’s iconic landscape. Walk along the shores of stunning Lake Pehoe and admire views of Los Cuernos — a famous mountain with black granite horn-like spires. Visit the furious Salto Grande falls, where the waters of Lake Nordenskjold pour out, and enjoy lectures on the geological history and animals of the Southern Andes. Then on to Santiago, where you visit the Museo Colonial and end your adventure discussing Chilean cuisine over tapas.




Accommodations
Buenos Aires: Comfortable hotel. Ushuaia: Hotel with views of Beagle Channel. M/V Via Australis: Expedition cruise ship with 64 cabins (call or go online for cabin category descriptions). Torres del Paine: Eco-camp in the heart of the national park. Santiago: Comfortable, well located hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Gabriel Martin

Gabriel Martin was born in Buenos Aires in 1973 and has lived in Patagonia since 1989. He received a B.S. in biology from the University of Patagonia and a Ph.D. in natural sciences from the University of La Plata. He is currently a researcher with the Argentine Scientific Council, a professor of mammalogy, and assistant professor in ecology. His main focus is on the systematics, distribution and conservation of South American marsupials (opossums). Gabriel has extensive field experience as a paleontologist and mammalogist, mostly in Patagonia. He has worked as a group leader for Road Scholar in Argentina and Chile since 1999 and in Antarctica since 2005.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Torremayor - Lyon
  Santiago, Chile 2 nights
   EcoCamp Patagonia
  Torres del Paine National Park, Chile 3 nights
   MV Via Australis
  At Sea, Argentina 4 nights
   Los Acebos Hotel
  Ushuaia, Argentina 1 night
   NH Latino Hotel
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 2 nights
 Hotel Torremayor - Lyon
Type: Hotel
  Description: Comfortable hotel located in the Providencia neighborhood in Santiago, near stores and restaurants.
  Contact info: Av. Ricardo Lyon 322
Santiago,  00000 Chile
phone: +56-2-2342000
web: www.hoteltorremayor.cl
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, Internet access, TV, telephones, hair dryer, and safety deposit box.
  Facility amenities: Cafe, cocktail bar, conference facilities, pool, lounge, restaurant, room service, business center, laundry service, and currency exchange.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Room type and rates are subject to availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and rates.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 EcoCamp Patagonia
Type: Lodge
  Description: This unique lodge is comprised of geodesic domes and takes its inspiration from dwellings once used by the ancient nomadic peoples of Patagonia. Every aspect of the camp's design was carefully planned to provide attractive and comfortable facilities with minimal impact to the local environment. Meals are served in the dining room, in a community dome, and the menu is a blend of Chilean and international cuisines prepared with locally-sourced ingredients. Guests have priviledged views of Torres del Paine National Park's breathtaking scenery, including the towering granite towers, from the comfort of their own domes or while lounging on the camp's terrace. The EcoCamp takes pride in being the first ISO14001 and ISO 9001 certified hotel in Patagonia. Energy for the camp is generated by solar panels and a micro-hydro turbine (power is 220 V AC). The domes are made of renewable materials and a sophysticated recycling system handles lodge waste.
  Contact info: 000000000000000
Torres del Paine National Park,   Chile
phone: +800-901-6987
web: www.ecocamp.travel
  Room amenities: Each Suite Dome (300ft² area) has comfortable bedding, a low-emission stove, a fully-equipped private bathroom with a state of the art composting toilet and a propane heater. Electricity is limited inside the domes, so hairdryers are not permitted (laptops and cameras are ok to charge). Ceiling windows are perfect for star gazing from the comfort of your cozy bed. An enclosed verandah provides a nice place to read or dry wet clothes inside your dome, while an outdoor terrace offers an inviting place to enjoy a glass of wine and chat after a full day of activities. Smoking is only allowed outdoors.
  Facility amenities: Dining room, bar, library, shop, a barbecue platform, and a terrace with lounge chairs. Raised walkways connect the domes.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 MV Via Australis
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The MV Via Australis was built in 2005 and is able to hold up to 136 passengers in its 64 comfortable, outside cabins.
  Ship Information: Construction year: 2005 Passenger capacity: 136 5 Decks (Patagonia deck/B – Magallanes deck/A-Tierra del Fuego Deck/AA – Cabo de Hornos/AAA-Darwin Deck) Total cabins: 64 B Cabins (Patagonia Deck): 7 A Cabins (Magallanes Deck): 10 AA Cabins (Tierra del Fuego): 18 AAA Cabins (Cabo de Hornos): 29
  Contact info: 0000000000000
000000000,   Argentina
phone: +8776783772
web: www.australis.com/site/en-us/fleet/via-australis/
  Room amenities: Carpeted floors, bedside lamps, safety deposit boxes, onboard phone, small dresser, private baths with shower and hairdryer. Smoking only allowed on outer decks.
  Facility amenities: Dining room, bar, lounges, panoramic deck and gift shop.
  Smoking allowed: Yes

 Los Acebos Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Contact info: Av. Luis Fernando Martial 1911
Tierra del Fuego
Ushuaia,   Argentina
phone: +54 11-43930621
web: www.losacebos.com
  Room amenities: All rooms feature magnificent views of Beagle Channel or snow-capped Andes mountains. Guest rooms have international direct dialing, radio/alarm clock, hairdryer, private bathroom and wall to wall carpet.
  Smoking allowed: No

 NH Latino Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: The NH Latino Hotel is located in downtown Buenos Aires, within walking distance of the Obelisk, Plaza de Mayo Square, Teatro Colón, and Florida Street.
  Contact info: Suipacha 309
Buenos Aires,   Argentina
phone: +54 -11-43216700
web: www.nh-hotels.com
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, soundproof windows, direct-dial phone, balcony, TV, alarm clock, desk with lamp, Internet access, safety deposit box, hair dryer, and minibar. Cots/roll-aways upon request.
  Facility amenities: Currency exchange, baggage hold, 24-hour front desk, 24-hour room service, elevators, wakeup service, wheel chair access, restaurant, café bar, laundry services, conference room, sauna, massage services, fitness center, and WiFi.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Subject to availability. Room type and prices are subject to hotel availability. For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Morning arrivals to Santiago. Program orientation - 12:30 p.m. at the hotel. You will be staying at Hotel Torremayor - Lyon that night.
  End of Program:
Evening departures from Buenos Aires. Hotel check-out by 6 p.m. You will be staying at NH Latino Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. U.S. citizens need valid passports (valid for at least 6 months after the date of entry). Argentina charges U.S. citizens a $160 USD (per person) entrance fee (a.k.a. reciprocity fee) that needs to be paid online PRIOR TO ARRIVAL. Participants will need to pay Argentina’s entry fee with a credit card at one of the following sites: www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/ or www.provinciapagos.com.ar/dnm/ . Please remember to print a receipt of your payment and keep it with your passport. The fee is valid for up to 10 years. We strongly suggest reviewing the following tutorial prior to submitting your reciprocity fee payment: http://www.migraciones.gov.ar/pdf_varios/reciprocidad/Online_payment_instructions.pdf#zoom=100 Passengers must present a copy of the official payment receipt with a valid passport upon arrival in Argentina. The receipt will be sent electronically by Argentina's immigration service to the email address submitted during the payment process. Please note that the official receipt contains a bar code and is titled "Tasa de Reciprocidad/Reciprocity Rate." In May of 2014 Chilé stopped requiring U.S. citizens to pay a reciprocity entry fee of $160 (per person) upon arrival at the Santiago International Airport.
  Parking availability:
Not applicable.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Santiago
  Transportation to site: Taxi services are available at the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile. Participants wishing to hire a taxi can do so at a kiosk prior to leaving the secured Baggage Claim/Customs area of the airport. There are also official counters open 24 hrs in the international arrivals hall. Services can be paid in U.S. dollars or Chilean pesos.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Buenos Aires
  Nearest airport:  Ministro Pistarini de Ezeiza International Airport
  Transportation from site: Taxi services are available at the hotel. If you wish to hire a taxi, please ask for assistance at the hotel's front desk. The travel time from downtown Buenos Aires to the international airport is approximately 45 minutes.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Leave the U.S./Overnight Flights to Santiago, Chile.
(Tuesday, December 2)
   
 Evening: Board international flights to Santiago, Chile.

Day 2: Arrivals in Santiago, Chile/Program Orientation/Winery Visit.
(Wednesday, December 3)

Note: Travelers must undergo standard immigration and customs procedures upon arrival in Santiago, Chile. Before proceeding to the immigration counters, U.S. and Canadian citizens will need to pay the country's entry tax at an adjoining booth.



   
 Morning: Arrivals at Santiago's international airport. Proceed through Immigrations and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport and meeting the Road Scholar representative in the arrivals hall.

Transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Early check-in is based on hotel availability and is at the discretion of the hotel. Participants will be able to store luggage at the hotel until their rooms become available. Early check-in can only be guaranteed by booking/paying for an additional night at the hotel. Those interested in reserving an additional night should contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or write to roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance.

Program orientation begins at 12:30 p.m. at the hotel.

 Lunch: At a local restaurant.

 Afternoon: Field trip to a local winery around Santiago. Learn about local viniculture and participate in a wine tasting.

Chileans have produced fine wines for over a century, although the conquistadors also planted vines. The origin of today's world-class Chilean wines stems from cuttings brought over from French vineyards in the mid-19th century before their stock was decimated by disease. Later, the European vines were grafted onto disease-resistant American stock. Chilean growers, however, had the advantage of original, non-grafted vines from France as well as an ideal climate in the Central Valley. Chilean wines are becoming more and more popular around the world as they continue to win prizes at prestigious international wine tasting competitions.

Return to the hotel.

 Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor - Lyon
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Santiago -
Plaza de Armas/Pre-Columbian Museum/San Cristobal Hill/Introduction to Local Cuisine.

(Thursday, December 4)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

 Morning: Lecture: Chile, the Sleeping Giant of South America.

Visit to the Plaza del Armas and the Pre-Columbian Museum, followed by a funicular ride up to San Cristobal Hill for panoramic views of Santiago and a site lecture. Site lecture by local guide: European Influences in the Growth and Development of Santiago.

 Lunch: On your own to explore local fare. There are many dining options around the base of San Cristobal Hill, in the Bella District.

 Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore the city at your leisure.

Pre-dinner social hour at a café in the Las Tarrias neighborhood of Santiago for a leader-led discussion on the cuisine of the region. Try some tasty local tapas (appetizers) while sharing stories of your independent explorations of Santiago earlier in the day (drinks at own expense).

 Dinner: On your own to try local specialties.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor - Lyon
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Fly to Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales/Torres del Paine National Park.
(Friday, December 5)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Punta Arenas.

Arrive in Punta Arenas in time for lunch.

Punta Arenas was originally set up directly on the sea, but later moved inland to a more hospitable spot along the Las Minas River. Once established, Punta Arenas grew as a port town and as a penal colony. Today, the city is vibrant and modern and serves as a gateway to both Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia--two regions notoriously rich in natural wonders.

 Lunch: At a local restaurant.

 Afternoon: Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park via Puerto Natales. The drive from Punta Arenas to Puerto Natales takes approximately 3 hours and from there to the camp in Torres del Paine is another 2 hours.

Upon arrival in Puerto Natales, stretch your legs during a short exploratory walk down the city's quaint streets.

Continue the transfer to Torres del Paine. Along the way, admire Patagonia's breathtaking vistas, framed by snow-peaked mountains and rolling plains dotted with guanacos.

En route, visit the Monumento Natural Cueva de Milodon; a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890s. The site is located in a transition zone, where forests and arid plains meet, and is home to a large number of bird species.

Arrive at the camp and settle-in.

 Dinner: At the camp's dining room.
   
Accommodations: EcoCamp Patagonia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Torres del Paine - Western Lakes.
(Saturday, December 6)
   
 Breakfast: At the camp's dining room.

 Morning: Drive across Torres del Paine National Park enjoying views of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, as well as Los Cuernos – the famous mountain with black granite horn-like spires. Walk along the shores of stunning Lake Pehoe and visit the furious Salto Grande Falls which pour the waters of Lake Nordenskjold into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until reaching its picture-perfect lookout point. After returning to the vehicle, back at Lake Pehoe, drive south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey.

 Lunch: Box lunch by the lake.
 Afternoon: After lunch, walk around Lake Grey to have a better view of the glacier. Leader-led site lecture: The Geological History of the Southern Andes.

Drive back to the camp.

 Dinner: At the camp's dining room.
   
Accommodations: EcoCamp Patagonia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Northeast Torres del Paine.
(Sunday, December 7)
   
 Breakfast: At the camp's dining room.
 Morning: Start the day with a drive towards Laguna Azul, in the northeastern side of the national park. Stop to take photos of the gorgeous landscapes and the local flora and fauna along the road, including a stop at Paine Waterfall.

Once at Laguna Azul, hike to a lookout point where there is a panoramic view of the lagoon and the famous granite towers that give the park its name. Continue along the eastern side of Lago Sarmiento, to the calcium formations on the lake’s shores where guanacos are often seen.

 Lunch: Box lunch in the park.
 Afternoon: After lunch, walk to Paso Las Corneas for beautiful views of Rio Paine, Lake Pehoe and the Paine Massif.

Leader-led site lecture: The Animals of the Southern Andes.

Return to the camp.

 Dinner: At the camp's dining room.
   
Accommodations: EcoCamp Patagonia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Transfer to Punta Arenas via Puerto Natales/Embarkation on the MV Via Australis.
(Monday, December 8)
   
 Breakfast: At the camp's dining room.

 Morning: Say farewell to Torres del Paine and begin transfer to Punta Arenas via Puerto Natales.

En route stop at Puerto Natales. Stretch your legs and familiarize yourself with this remote Patagonian town on the shores of Seno Última Esperanza.

 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the port at Punta Arenas to begin embarkation procedures on the MV Via Australis.

Enjoy a cocktail reception hosted by the MV Stella Australis' captain and crew.

 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Ship sets sail from Punta Arenas.
   
Accommodations: MV Via Australis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ainsworth Bay and Tucker's Islets.
(Tuesday, December 9)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Early this morning we will set sail to Ainsworth Bay, navigating through the Almirantazgo Sound. Ainsworth Bay, in the Alberto de Agostini National Park, is a great spot from which to view the Marinelli Glacier and observe the way in which glaciers have sculpted the landscape.

Walk to a local beaver dam in the sub-polar Magellan Forest. Keep your eyes open for possible sightings of southern elephant seals that occasionally congregate along the beach.

Return to the ship and sail towards Tucker’s Islets.

 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: After lunch, board Zodiacs for an exploration a boat exploration of Tucker’s Islets. As we navigate around the islets we will search for the Magellanic Penguins and Rock Shags (also known as Magellanic Cormorants) that nest along the rocky shores.

Return to the ship.

 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Via Australis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Pia Glacier and Garibaldi Glacier.
(Wednesday, December 10)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: This morning the ship will navigate the Beagle Channel and Pia Fjord in preparation for activities around the Pia Glacier.

Disembark near Pia Glacier. A short hike to a local lookout point will culminate in spectacular views of towering mountains and glaciers.
Return to the ship.

 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will continue navigating the historic Beagle Channel and journey past the impressive Spain, Romanche, Germany, Italy, France, and Holland glaciers (also known as “Glacier Alley”).

 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Via Australis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay.
(Thursday, December 11)
   
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: This morning we will navigate through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay on our way to Cape Horn National Park.

Group leader lecture: Life at the End of the Earth.

 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Disembark at Wulaia Bay (weather permitting) for a walking exploration of Cape Horn National Park. Walk through a Magellanic forest of lengas, coihues, canelos, ferns and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.

Cape Horn is located in the southern part of the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago and is considered by most to be the southernmost point in South America. The gale force winds, strong currents, and unpredictable weather around Cape Horn make it especially challenging to sail these waters. This was an important route for trade ships until the Panama Canal was completed and began operating in 1914.

Optional activity (at additional cost): kayaking in Wulaia Bay with the ship's expedition guides.

Return to the ship.

 Dinner: On board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Via Australis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Disembarkation in Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego National Park/Maritime Museum.
(Friday, December 12)
   
 Breakfast: On board the MV Via Australis.

 Morning: Morning disembarkation at Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the Americas.

Field trip to Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Argentina's Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, located approximately 7.4 miles west of Ushuaia, was the country's first shoreline park. Native forests of lengas, coihues, ñires, canelos, and mossy foliage are home to guanacos, foxes, and muskrats. Short trails follow the southern edges of the park, providing visitors with scenic views of the Ensenada and Lapataia Bays, and the famous Beagle Channel. Sea birds are abundant along the coast and include albatross, terns, geese, ducks, and gulls. Also be on the lookout for condors, Magellanic woodpeckers, and Austral conures. A 5 mile trail that leads west from Bahia Ensenada passes through an area of archaeological importance; grass covered shell mounds left by the Yamaná (a.k.a. Yahgan) inhabitants hundreds of years ago.

 Lunch: Enjoy a typical lamb barbecue.

 Afternoon: After lunch, pay a visit to Ushuaia’s Maritime Museum.

During the early 20th century, the Argentine government established a prison in Ushuaia, deciding that its remote location would make escape virtually impossible. The prisoners were used to build the town and establish a railway (now called the End of the World Train). Although the prison was closed in 1947, the buildings still remain and are now part of a naval museum. Visitors can still see some of the original structures built by prisoners while touring the older sections of the city. The museum displays include scale models of ships and historic information about Tierra del Fuego’s indigenous people and the European pirates and explorers who sailed to this remote part of South America.

Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

 Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Los Acebos Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Fly to Buenos Aires/Independent Explorations/Wine Tasting.
(Saturday, December 13)

Note: The flight from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires usually takes 3.5 hours.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

 Morning: This morning we will transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Buenos Aires.

Arrive in Buenos Aires and transfer to the hotel.

Time at leisure.

 Lunch: On your own to explore local fare.

 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace.

Before dinner, enjoy a wine tasting at a local cellar/bar. Learn about some of Argentina's famed regional wines.

 Dinner: At a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: NH Latino Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: Buenos Aires -
Plaza de Mayo, La Boca and Recoleta/Tango Show.

(Sunday, December 14)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

 Morning: Orientation to Buenos Aires with stops at Plaza de Mayo, La Boca and Recoleta. On-site lectures by the group leader will discuss the cultural influence of immigrants in Buenos Aires and the phenomenon that is Evita.

Visit one of the city's oldest cemetery's in the wealthy Recoleta neighborhood for a look at Eva Peron's final resting place.

 Lunch: Lunch is on your own, in Recoleta, to enjoy local fare.

 Afternoon: Time at leisure.

Lecture: The Tango, A Symbol of the Spirit of the City.

 Dinner: Depart for a local restaurant for dinner and a Tango and Folkloric Show.
   
Accommodations: NH Latino Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: Teatro Colon/Farewell Lunch/Departure Flights to U.S.
(Monday, December 15)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

 Morning: Lecture: Buenos Aires: The Heartbeat of Argentina.

Field trip to the Teatro Colon.

Since 1908 visitors have marveled at the imposing seven-story Teatro Colón, a truly world-class center for opera, ballet and classical music. The current building replaced the original Teatro Colon that was located in front of the Plaza de Mayo from 1857-1888. Some of the highly acclaimed artists who have graced the theater’s stage include Enrico Caruso, Plácido Domingo, José Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas, Yo-Yo Ma, Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Barishnikov, and Vaslav Nijinski.

 Lunch: Farewell lunch at a local restaurant.

 Afternoon: Return to the hotel, followed by time at leisure to get some rest, enjoy hotel amenities, and/or do some last minute packing.

Late afternoon refreshments at the hotel before heading out to the airport to catch international flights to the U.S.

 Evening: Transfer to the international airport to catch overnight flights to the U.S.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15: Arrivals in the U.S.
(Tuesday, December 16)
   
 Arrive To: International flight arrivals to the U.S.

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Buenos Aires Dinner and Tango Show
The sensual dance known as tango was once reserved to the brothels and tenements of late 19th-century Buenos Aires. Over time, the dance evolved and made its way from working class neighborhoods to the elegant salons in the city. Many local venues now offer the option to have a three-course dinner accompanied by a tango show. There are many places to choose from and new ones keep springing up everyday. Shows vary both in style and in price, so ask around before making a choice. Another option is to visit a local milonga (a place where Porteños go to dance the tango). Visit www.turismo.buenosaires.gob.ar/ to get an up to date list of local milongas.
  Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Argentina’s most important national arts museum features works by some of the country's key 19th and 20th century artists as well as international pieces. Admission is free and the museum is closed on Mondays. Open: Tue-Fri/12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m./Sat-Sun/9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Contact information: Av del Libertador 1473, Buenos Aires. Phone: +54-11-52889900 For additional information, visit www.mnba.gob.ar/
  Reserva Ecológica Costanera Sur
The wetlands along the Rio de la Plata were turned into an attractive 350-hectare nature reserve in 1986. The park offers Porteños some respite from the city's fast-paced lifestyle and is a favorite spot for family picnics and afternoon strolls. The park was declared a RAMSAR site in 2005 and is a good place to do bird watching (over 200 recorded species) while in Buenos Aires. Open: Tue-Sun 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Nov-Mar)/Tue-Sun 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m (Apr-Oct). Contact information: Av Tristán Achavat Rodríguez 1550, Buenos Aires. For additional information, visit www.buenosaires.gob.ar/areas/med_ambiente/reserva/
  Teatro Colon
The historic Teatro Colon in downtown Buenos Aires is known as much for its architectural beauty as it is for its internationally acclaimed performances. The theater regularly hosts operas, ballets, concerts and more in the evenings and tickets can be purchased at the theater's box office or online with a major credit card. Contact information: Cerrito 628, Buenos Aires. Phone: +54-11-43787100 For additional information, visit www.teatrocolon.org.ar/
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Suggested Reading List


Uttermost Part of the Earth: Indians of Tierra del Fuego


Author: Lucas Bridges


Description: Born in Tierra del Fuego in 1874, at a remote outpost run by his missionary parents, Bridges tells of a life packed with drama and adventure. As a boy he learned the ways, legends and language of the Yaghan Indians. Later he befriended the Ona, fierce, nomadic hunters. The book is filled with unique firsthand accounts of native peoples of the region.



Lonely Planet Phrasebooks: Latin American Spanish


Author: Roberto Esposto


Description: This portable phrasebook provides a useful mix of everyday phrases, words and expressions used in different Spanish speaking countries in Latin America. Learn the nuances of the Spanish language as it is spoken in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile.



Chile & Easter Island


Author: Carolyn McCarthy, Jean-Bernard Carillet, Kevin Raub, & Greg Benchwick


Description: One of the best travel guides to Chile. Chile’s 2666-mile coastline features a great variety of environments such as the nearly waterless Atacama, the Mediterranean central valley, a mountainous but temperate lakes district, and Patagonia’s spectacular alpine glaciers and fjords. So whether you’re interested in exploring colonial Santiago, the vineyards of middle Chile or the enigmatic monuments of Easter Island, this guide will enhance your travels.



A Wildlife Guide to Chile


Author: Sharon Chester


Description: Chester's splendid guide, featuring 120 color plates, covers the wildlife, plants and natural history of Chile from the Atacama Desert and Patagonia to Easter Island and Antarctica.



Birds of Southern South America & Antarctica


Author: Martin D. la Pena, Maurice Rumboll


Description: With color plates, range maps and brief descriptions, this is a compact regional guide.



Dusk on the Camp: A Journey in Patagonia


Author: Sara Mansfield Taber


Description: Taber and her husband lived in Patagonia in 1978-79 and in 1984-85 at an isolated camp on the coast to study whales. Initially confident of their own self-sufficiency, they were soon driven by the early winter evenings, the relentless winds, and the isolation to seek company, befriending local families. A moving picture of the Patagonians’ warmth and stoicism in the face of loneliness and unceasing hard work.



In Patagonia


Author: Bruce Chatwin


Description: Chatwin's classic account of his journey through the "uttermost part of the earth." Evocative descriptions, notes on the history of the region, and remarkable anecdotes from a remote and starkly beautiful part of the world. “A travel book to stand on the shelf with Graham Greene, Somerset Maugham, and Paul Theroux.” —The New York Times Book Review.



Insight Guide Argentina


Author: Insight Guides


Description: This handsome guide is a profusely illustrated overview of the country, featuring concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture. With hundreds of photos and excellent maps.



Insight Guide Chile


Author: Insight Guides


Description: In the style of Insight Guides, this book provides a good overview of Chile, featuring concise essays by well regarded authors on natural history, politics and culture.



Natural Patagonia, Argentina and Chile


Author: Marcelo D. Beccaceci


Description: An informative photographic journey through the breathtaking landscapes and wildlife of Patagonia, featuring 120 color photographs, presented in Spanish and English.



Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile


Author: Sarah Wheeler


Description: British author Sarah Wheeler deploys her wit, intelligence and powerful investigative skills on the Republic of Chile in this insightful travelogue.





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