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Finis Terrae: Exploring the Wilds of Southern Patagonia

Program Number: 20614RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/5/2015 - 2/19/2015; 1/7/2016 - 1/21/2016; 1/21/2016 - 2/4/2016; 2/4/2016 - 2/18/2016; 2/9/2016 - 2/23/2016; 3/3/2016 - 3/17/2016; 10/20/2016 - 11/3/2016; 11/3/2016 - 11/17/2016; 11/17/2016 - 12/1/2016; 12/6/2016 - 12/20/2016;
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.


• Sail the icy waters around the tip of the continent, past breathtaking glaciers to Cape Horn National Park.
• Enjoy the rugged wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park in an eco-camp.
• 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

2-5-2015, 1-7-2016, 1-21-2016, 2-4-2016, 3-3-2016, 10-20-2016, 11-3-2016, 11-17-2016

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Please note that February 9, 2016 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.
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Please note that December 6, 2016 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), 1 night; 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. Venture to the dramatic beauty of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Waterfalls, mountains and glaciers set an amazing backdrop for stunning endemic flora and prolific birdlife. 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. 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. Walk the shores of stunning Lake Pehoe and admire views of Los Cuernos. 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.

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 hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   NH Latino Hotel
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 2 nights
   Las Hayas Resort Hotel
  Ushuaia, Argentina 1 night
   MV Via Australis
  At Sea, Argentina 4 nights
   EcoCamp Patagonia
  Torres del Paine National Park, Chile 3 nights
   Hotel Torremayor - Lyon
  Santiago, Chile 2 nights
 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
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, soundproof windows, direct-dial phone, balcony, TV, alarm clock, desk with lamp, free WiFi, 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 prior: 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

 Las Hayas Resort Hotel
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: This attractive 5-star property is perched on hill overlooking Ushuaia's bay and the Beagle Channel, located just 1.5 miles from downtown Ushuaia.
  Contact info: Camino Al Glacier L. Martial 1650
Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego,  9410 Argentina
phone: +54 -2901-430710
  Room amenities: Rooms have private baths with marble counters, bathtub/shower, imported towels (100% Portuguese cotton), bidet, and hairdryers. Additional ammenities include satellite TVs, electronic locks, safety deposit boxes, climate control, wool blankets, and thermal windows.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant/bar and terrace, health club with squash court and pool, spa with sauna and Turkish baths, guest computers with Internet access, complimentary Wi-Fi, laundry service, and a five-acre park.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: 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: +877-678-3772
  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

 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
  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

 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
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, minibar, WiFi (additional cost), 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 after: Subject to availability. Room type and rates are subject to availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or for information on availability and rates.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Morning arrivals to Buenos Aires. Program orientation at hotel starts at 1:30 p.m. You will be staying at NH Latino Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Evening departures from Santiago. Hotel check-out by 6 p.m. You will be staying at Hotel Torremayor - Lyon the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information 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: or . Please remember to print a receipt of your payment and keep it with your passport. The fee is valid for up to 10 years. It is also important for you to take note of the username and password you created to log into the immigration website. If you need to reprint your receipt, this will be the only way to access your records. We strongly suggest reviewing the following tutorial prior to submitting your reciprocity fee payment: 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:  Buenos Aires
  Nearest airport:  Ministro Pistarini de Ezeiza International Airport
  Transportation to site: Taxi services are available outside the airport terminals at the Ministro Pistarini de Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires. If you choose to hire a taxi, it is strongly recommended that you book and prepay your transportation at one of the taxi booths available outside the secured baggage claim/Customs area of the airport. The travel time from the airport to downtown Buenos Aires is approximately 45 minutes.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Santiago
  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 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 Buenos Aires, Argentina.
(Thursday, February 5)
 Evening: Board international flights to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Day 2: Arrivals in Buenos Aires, Argentina/Program Orientation/Opera House/Wine Tasting.
(Friday, February 6)

Note: Travelers must undergo standard immigration and customs procedures upon arrival in Argentina. This includes showing proof that the Argentinean entry fee was paid online prior to entry. Officials at the immigration counter will only accept copies of the official receipt as proof of payment. The receipt contains a bar code and is titled "Tasa de Reciprocidad/Reciprocity Rate." The entry fee must be paid online at or at

 Morning: Arrivals at the Ministro Pistarini de Ezeiza 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 for assistance.

NOTE: The airport is located approximately 22 miles outside of Buenos Aires and the drive into the city normally takes about 45 minutes, depending on traffic.
Free time until the program orientation in the afternoon.
 Lunch: On your own.
 Afternoon: Program orientation.
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.

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: Dinner

Day 3: Buenos Aires -
Plaza de Mayo, La Boca and Recoleta/Tango Show.

(Saturday, February 7)
 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 to explore Buenos Aires on your own.

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 4: Ushuaia -
Fly to Ushuaia/Introduction to Tierra del Fuego/Typical Fuegian Dinner.

(Sunday, February 8)
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Ushuaia. The flight takes approximately 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Ushuaia is one of the southernmost cities in the world and the principal starting point for most expeditions to Antarctica. It is located on the main island in Tierra del Fuego, overlooking Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel. Anglican missionaries moved to the area in the 1870’s and were the first foreigners to permanently live in the archipelago. Until then, the lands had been inhabited by the Yamana people (also called Yahgan). Sadly, the indigenous population began to decrease as more and more European immigrants moved to the area in search of gold, sheep farming opportunities, or missionary work. Not much is left of the Yamana these days, save the name Ushuaia; their name for the area.
 Lunch: Snacks will be provided during the flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Ushuaia and transfer to the hotel.

Lecture: Historical Overview of Tierra del Fuego and its Nautical Past.
 Dinner: Typical Fuegian dinner at local restaurant.
Accommodations: Las Hayas Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ushuaia -
Tierra del Fuego National Park/Maritime Museum/Embarkation on MV Via Australis.

(Monday, February 9)
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: 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 Ushuaia's port to begin embarkation procedures on the MV Via Australis.
Enjoy a cocktail reception hosted by the MV Australis' captain and crew.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
 Evening: Ship departs from Ushuaia and sets sail.
Accommodations: MV Via Australis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay.
(Tuesday, February 10)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: This morning we will navigate through the Murray Channel and Nassay 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.

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

Day 7: Pia Glacier and Garibaldi Glacier.
(Wednesday, February 11)
 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.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Enter Garibaldi Fjord along the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego. Disembark and take part in an exhilarating excursion through Patagonian forests to reach a waterfall of glacial origins. Don't forget to bring your camera! The site offers spectacular views.

Participants who wish to skip the hike and remain on the ship will have an opportunity to view the Garibaldi Glacier from the outdoor decks.

Group leader lecture: Anecdotes from Darwin's Wanderings in Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: MV Via Australis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Piloto and Nena Glaciers/Agostini Sound and Aguila Glacier.
(Thursday, February 12)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Sail through Cockburn Channel and drop anchor at Chico Sound. Board Zodiac boats and navigate the icy waters of the Alakaluf Fjord to admire cascading waterfalls and the Piloto and Nena Glaciers as they make their way towards the ocean. Take special note of the deep blue color of Piloto Glacier; a natural phenomenom caused by the ice's absorption of red light and the reflection and scattering of blue light.

Naturalist lecture: Formation of Glaciers and the Geography of the Fuegian-Patagonian Channels.
 Lunch: On board the ship.
 Afternoon: Sail to Agostini Sound (a.k.a. Agostini Fjord) and its spectacularly beautiful scenery. From this vantage point it will be possible to view glaciers flowing down from the mountains. Head to Aguila Glacier and disembark at a local beach. Admire the local landscape and acquaint yourself with the region's vegetation during an easy walk along the shoreline, ending at a viewing spot in front of the Aguila Glacier. Learn about Patagonia's cold rainforest and the powerful natural forces that helped shape the lands in this remote region.
 Dinner: On board the ship.
Accommodations: MV Via Australis
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Strait of Magellan/Magdalena Island/Disembark at Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine National Park.
(Friday, February 13)
 Breakfast: On board the ship.
 Morning: Weather permitting, disembark at Magdalena Island located in the Strait of Magellan. A walk to the local lighthouse will take us past the island's large colony of Magellanic penguins. Magdalena Island was first declared a forest reserve in 1967, before being reclassified as a national park in 1983. The park is home to unique vegetation including fuinques, arrayáns, tiacas, female mañios, tineos, quilas, tepas, voquis, and coicopihues. Although resident Magellanic penguins tend to steal the show with their comical appearance and noisy antics, visitors should not overlook the island's other interesting inhabitants. Mammals found in the park include marine and river otters, guiñas, pudús, sealions, and fur seals. Bird lovers will not be disappointed-- Magdalena also has a rich avian population which includes petrels, cormorants, ducks, gulls, sandpipers, tyrant flycatchers, thrushes, and plovers.

Return to the ship and set sail for Punta Arenas.
Disembark at Punta Arenas around 11:30 a.m.

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.

Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park via Puerto Natales. Snacks will be provided on the bus to help tide us over until we stop for lunch at 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 before sitting down for a hearty lunch at a local restaurant, featuring local cuisine.
 Lunch: Late lunch at a local restaurant in Puerto Natales.
 Afternoon: 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 in Torres del Paine National Park and check-in.
 Dinner: At the camp dining room.
Accommodations: EcoCamp Patagonia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Torres del Paine - Western Lakes.
(Saturday, February 14)
 Breakfast: At the camp 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 dining room.
Accommodations: EcoCamp Patagonia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Northeastern Torres del Paine.
(Sunday, February 15)
 Breakfast: At the camp 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 dining room.
Accommodations: EcoCamp Patagonia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Transfer to Punta Arenas/Fly to Santiago.
(Monday, February 16)
 Breakfast: At the camp dining room.
 Morning: Say farewell to Torres del Paine and begin transfer to Punta Arenas. En route stop at Puerto Natales for coffee & snacks.
 Lunch: Late lunch at a local restaurant in Punta Arenas.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the airport to catch a late afternoon flight to Santiago.
 Dinner: Light meal served on the flight to Santiago.
 Evening: Arrive in Santiago and transfer to the hotel.
Accommodations: Hotel Torremayor - Lyon
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Santiago -
Plaza de Armas/Pre-Columbian Museum/San Cristobal Hill/Introduction to Local Cuisine.

(Tuesday, February 17)
 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 14: Winery Visit/Farewell Lunch/Departure Flights to U.S.
(Wednesday, February 18)
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: 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.
 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.
(Thursday, February 19)
 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 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
  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
  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
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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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