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Around the Horn: Argentina, Chile and the “End of the World”

Program Number: 15589RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/27/2014 - 12/19/2014;
Duration: 22 nights
Location: Argentina/Chile/Brazil/Uruguay
Price starting at: $11,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 61; 20 Breakfasts, 21 Lunches, 20 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Make a voyage around Cape Horn to discover some of the world’s most remote, dramatic environments. Begin by exploring cosmopolitan Buenos Aires and majestic Iguazu Falls. Then board the ship for a journey that brings you to the mountains, fjords and plains of Patagonia. At villages, ranches and in the wild learn about the people, plants and animals that call this amazing land home.




Activity Particulars

Walk unassisted up to one hour. Mobility to embark/disembark smaller boats. Regrettably, wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1 night; Iguazu Falls, 2 nights; aboard Marina, 16 nights; Santiago (Chile), 1 night.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-4: Arrival Buenos Aires (Argentina) / flight to Iguazu Falls:

Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires is reminiscent of some of Europe’s great capitals. Visit the famed Teatro Colón opera house and enjoy a tasting of Argentine wines. Fly north to Iguazu Falls and experience this natural wonder with its 275 falls from several great vantage points. Lodging: Centrally located Buenos Aires hotel; stylish hotel with Iguazu River views.



Days 5-6: Flight to Buenos Aires / embark Marina:

Delve into the legacy of Eva Perón at the Evita Museum and learn about the tango in a presentation and performance.



Days 7-8: Punta del Este (Uruguay) / At Sea:

Take a field trip to the Ralli Museum, boasting one of the world’s most important collections of Latin American art.



Days 9-10: Puerto Madryn (Argentina) / At Sea:

Encounter a large colony of Magellanic penguins on the Punta Tombo peninsula.



Days 11-12: Stanley (Falkland Islands) / At Sea:

Encounter the flora and fauna of these remote islands at a wildlife reserve.



Day 13: Ushuaia (Argentina):

Explore the stunning environment of Tierra del Fuego (“Land of Fire”) on foot and by canoe or Zodiac boat on the Beagle Channel.



Days 14-17: Punta Arenas (Chile) / Chilean Fjords / Laguna San Rafael National Park:

At the Estancia Rio des los Ciervos ranch, meet the owners to learn how a Patagonian ranch works and share an asado (Chilean barbecue) lunch. As the ship navigates through the fjords of Chile, look for wildlife like penguins and cormorants. Get a close-up look at the San Valentin Glacier on a catamaran excursion.



Day 18: Puerto Chacabuco:

At the pristine Simpson River National Reserve admire hillsides blanketed in wildflowers, evergreen forests and cascading waterfalls. Visit the country home of a local family.



Days 19-20: Puerto Montt / At Sea:

Learn the story of German immigration to this area and spot some Bavarian-style architecture. Stop at a horse farm for a rodeo demonstration.



Days 21-23: Valparaiso / disembark / coach to Santiago / departure:

Explore the rich history of the port of Valparaiso. See European influences in culture and architecture in Santiago. Lodging: Four-star hotel.



Marina

The elegant 1,250-passenger ocean liner Marina debuted in 2011. Its designer touches include a Lalique grand staircase. Passengers can enjoy multiple dining venues, including six open-seating gourmet restaurants, at no extra charge. Cooking classes are offered at the Bon Appétit Culinary Center while artists-in-residence offer instruction in the Artists Loft.


Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Regente Palace
  Buenos Aires, Argentina 1 night
   Amerian Portal del Iguazu
  Iguazu Falls, Argentina 2 nights
   Marina - Oceania Cruises
  Buenos Aires, Argentina
Punta del Este, Uruguay
Day at Sea, Chile
Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Day at Sea, Chile
Pt.Stanley, Falkland Islands
Day at Sea, Chile
Ushuaia, Argentina
Punta Arenas, Chile
Day at Sea, Chile
Puerto Chacabuco, Chile
Puerto Montt, Chile
Day at Sea, Chile
16 nights
   Hotel Ritz Carlton - Santiago
  Santiago, Chile 2 nights
 Hotel Regente Palace
Type: Hotel
  Description: Modern hotel located in downtown Buenos Aires, just 2 blocks from Florida Street.
  Contact info: Suipacha 964
Buenos Aires,  00000 Argentina
phone: +54 -11-4328-6800
web: www.regente.com
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, direct dial telephone, hair dryer, and mini bar.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, snack bar, gym, meeting facilities, laundry services, and business center.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Please contact the program provider, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for more information on availability and prices.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: This attractive hotel is located approximately 9 miles from the famous Iguazu Waterfalls and a five-minute walk from Hito Tres Fronteras. The Hito Tres Fronteras is a viewpoint from where visitors can admire the confluence of the Parana and Iguazu Rivers where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay share borders.
  Contact info: Av. Tres Fronteras 780 y Av. Eduardo Arrabal
Puerto Iguazu, Missiones,   Argentina
phone: +54 -3757-498200
web: www.portaldeliguazu.com
  Room amenities: Free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable TV, mini bar, safety deposit box, and dressing gowns.
  Facility amenities: Business center with WI-Fi and reading room, outdoor pool and solarium, indoor heated pool, spa, gymnasium, restaurants, bars, meeting/event rooms, outdoor BBQ, tennis court, playroom, playground, and vegetable garden.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Marina - Oceania Cruises
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Marina is a mid-size cruise ship capable of accommodating up to 1,258 passengers in 625 comfortable cabins.
  Ship Information: Year Built: 2011 Year Entered Present Fleet: 2011 Country of Registry: Marshall Islands Tonnage (GRT): 66,084 Guests: 1,258 Passenger Decks: 11 Number of Crew: 800 Officers' Nationality: European Cruise/Hotel Staff Nationality: International
  Contact info: 8300 NW 33rd Street, Suite 308
Miami, FL 33122 USA
phone: 800-531-5619
web: http://oceaniacruisesale.com
  Room amenities: Cabin sizes and layout vary based on ship category. Room amenities include toiletries, hair dryer, minibar/refrigerator, nightly turndown service, private safe, television, and direct dial phone.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, café/coffee bar, card room, casino, classes and workshops, show lounge, beauty salon, business services, butler service, concierge desk, culinary arts center, dry cleaning/laundry, duty-free shops, elevators, infirmary/medical center, fitness center, fitness instruction and/or group fitness classes, full service spa, heated pool, jogging track, massage room, outdoor swiming pool(s), shuffleboard, yoga classes, and 24-hour room service. Wireless internet service is available throughout the ship for an additional cost. All suites include a wireless laptop for guests' convenience. Designated smoking areas are available on Deck 9, the forward starboard corner of the Pool Deck, and Deck 10, in the aft, port corner of Horizons. Smoking is expressly forbidden in all staterooms and suites, on verandas, or in any areas of the ship other than officially designated smoking areas.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes

 Hotel Ritz Carlton - Santiago
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Ritz-Carlton is a 5-star property located in Santiago's prestigious El Golf neighborhood. The hotel has 205 guest rooms and suites including 49 Club Level rooms, 3 Club Suites, and 12 Executive Suites.
  Contact info: Calle El Alcalde No. 15
Las Condes
Santiago,   Chile
phone: +56-2-2470 8500
web: http://www.ritzcarlton.com
  Room amenities: Rooms have private bathrooms, in-room safe, mini bar, clock radio, Internet access, plasma TV, and phones with voice mail.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, bars, 24-hour room service, health and fitness center overlooking the Andes Mountains and the city, conference rooms, indoor pool and Jacuzzi, spa services, business center, and complimentary newspapers and magazines for guests.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Subject to availability. Room types and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program provider, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance with additional hotel nights.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrivals to the international airport in Buenos Aires. Hotel check-in starts at 3 p.m. You will be staying at Hotel Regente Palace that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from the international airport in Santiago, Chile. Day room check-out by 6 p.m. on departure day. You will be staying at Hotel Ritz Carlton - Santiago the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. U.S. and Canadian citizens are required to pay a reciprocal entry fee into Argentina. The fee has to be paid by travelers PRIOR TO ARRIVAL in Argentina and it can only be paid online (with a credit card) at one of the following websites: www.provinciapagos.com.ar or at www.migraciones.gov.ar/accesible/. 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."
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  Buenos Aires
  Transportation to site: Taxi services are available at the Ministro Pistarini International Airport (aka Ezeiza International Airport). Municipal taxis for Buenos Aires are available outside both terminals at authorised taxi ranks (journey time: 45 minutes). Companies Transfer-Express and Manuel Tienda León operate a chauffeur service between the international airport and downtown Buenos Aires, departing from both terminals.
  From End of Program
  Location:  Santiago
  Transportation from site: Taxi services are available at the hotel. If you wish to make use of this service, please ask for assistance at the hotel 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: Depart from USA.
Overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

(Thursday, November 27)
   
 Depart From: Depart from the USA.

Overnight flight to Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Participants making their own flight arrangements should plan to meet the group at the Road Scholar hotel on Day Two for the program orientation.

Day 2: Arrive to Buenos Aires - Welcome and Program Orientation/Teatro Colon/ Wine Tasting.
(Friday, November 28)
   
 Arrive To: Morning arrival to Buenos Aires.

Upon arrival the Ministro Pistarini de Ezeiza International Airport travelers will be required to undergo Immigration and Customs procedures. Participants traveling on the Road Scholar flights will meet the local Road Scholar representative outside the secured international arrivals area after clearing Customs.

Transfer to the hotel. Please note that check –in starts at 3:00 pm and rooms might not be available upon arrival.

Due to the early arrival, hotel rooms might not be empty and ready for check-in. An early check-in can be guaranteed by booking and paying for an additional night at the hotel before your arrival; otherwise, early check-ins will be subject to the hotel's availability at that time. Participants are welcome to store luggage at the front desk and enjoy hotel amenities or explore hotel environs while rooms are being readied for check-in.

Free time before meeting in the hotel's restaurant for lunch.
 Lunch: At the hotel restaurant.
 Afternoon: Meet your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Lecture: Contemporary Argentina: a Social, Economic, and Political Overview.

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.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Regente Palace
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls -
Fly to Iguazu Falls/Nature Hike: Introduction to the Iryapu Jungle.

(Saturday, November 29)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport to board a flight to Iguazu Falls.
Arrive in Iguazu and transfer to the hotel, located between Puerto Iguazu and the Falls.

Note: Activities while at Iguazu will focus entirely on the Argentinean side of the falls. This program will not spend any time in Brazil; therefore, no special visas are necessary.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch enjoy a walk to a local lookout point and a site lecture. The scenic spot is located at the confluence of the Parana and Iguazu Rivers and offers views of three countries: Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay.

Return to the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: Lecture: Iguazu Falls, It's Geology and Economic Significance.
   
Accommodations: Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Iguazu Falls -
Full Day Exploring the Falls (Argentinean Side).

(Sunday, November 30)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: This day will be spent visiting the Argentinean side of the Iguazu Falls. Board a park train for a scenic ride through the jungle, along the edges of the mythical waterfalls.

This activity will take us along the upper and lower trails of the Iguazu National Park, allowing for a closer look at some of the 275 falls that drop from the Iguazu River. Enjoy the fantastic wildlife and jungle that surrounds it. At the end of the trail take a moment to appreciate, from a short distance, a view of the Devil's Throat Cataract.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch by the falls.
 Afternoon: After lunch, continue exploring the area around the falls.

Late afternoon return to the hotel.
 Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Amerian Portal del Iguazu
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Buenos Aires - Flight to Buenos Aires/City Orientation - La Boca/Embark Ship/Tango.
(Monday, December 1)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flight to Buenos Aires.
Fly from Iguazu to Buenos Aires.

 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Buenos Aires offers a wealth of culture for the visitor. Headed by an expert guide, the city orientation allows for a closer glimpse of intricate architecture and observation of the vivacious daily life. Street performers are colorful and impressive; many probably will be doing the tango. The Italian quarter, known as La Boca, will also be visited. Taking in Buenos Aires will be both a joy and a learning experience.

Transfer to the dock to board the boat and have time to freshen up.

Lecture: The Tango, So Much More than a Dance.

A way of life for the people of the city, the tango pulsates with the lifeblood of romantic Buenos Aires. The dance has its origins in the brothels and tenements of late 19th-century Buenos Aires and was a synthesis of Spanish and Italian music, Negro candombe and bawdy Gaucho verse. It was popularized by legendary performers like Carlos Gardel, and soon spread from the fringes to the middle class, and then to the elegant salons of Buenos Aires. The tango has enjoyed a modern resurgence, and as the country's most famous cultural export it is a staple of Buenos Aires nightlife. To this day, Gardel has thousands of followers.
 Dinner: Tango show and dinner at local restaurant.
Return to boat after the show.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Buenos Aires -
Flight to Buenos Aires/ City Orientation - La Boca/Embark Ship/Tango

(Tuesday, December 2)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Orientation to the city of Buenos Aires.

Settled in 1536 and founded in 1580, Argentina's capital, Buenos Aires, lies on the banks of the Rio de la Plata River. Sometimes called the "Paris of South America," the bustling city is known for its sophisticated, cosmopolitan inhabitants and its non-Spanish European influences (Parisian architects designed many of the buildings). Stately mansions, broad boulevards, artists' quarters and lively sidewalk cafes bring to mind the grandeur of Europe. Excursion to Evita Museum.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Transfer to the ship and enjoy the amenities.

Participate in the ship's Safety Drill.
 Dinner: Welcome Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Punta del Este, Uruguay -
Orientation to Punta del Este/Playa Mansa and Playa Brava.

(Wednesday, December 3)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Disembark by tender.

Transfer to Punta del Este for an orientation to the attractive coastal resort town frequented by Latin America's rich and famous. Follow up with a visit to Playa Mansa and Playa Brava to view its beautiful seaside mansions, including a visit to the Ralli Museum, a private international organization dedicated to modern Latin American art and sculptures including Salvador Dali among others.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon visit Casa Pueblo, a cultural center founded by famous Uruguayan artist Carlos Paez Vilaro, located at Punta Ballena on the cliffs overlooking the sea.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Day at Sea -
Shipboard Activities/Overview of Patagonia.

(Thursday, December 4)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Lunch: Onboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Lecture: Patagonia, A Barren Land at the End of the World.

Opportunity for discussion with group leader and other participants.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Puerto Madryn, Argentina -
Gaiman's Welsh Roots/Punta Tombo Penguin Rookery.

(Friday, December 5)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Disembark at Puerto Madryn and transfer to Gaiman for a morning field trip.
Site Lecture: The Welsh Immigrant Story.

Gaiman is one of the last predominantly Welsh cultural outposts in Argentina. The cut stone buildings in the town are distinct, as are the numerous Welsh tea houses offering traditional tea with delicious cakes and pastries. Welsh immigrants settled here in 1874, followed later by Creoles, Germans, and Englishmen. These first settlers are responsible for the development of agriculture in the Chubut Valley. One of the main attractions is the Regional Historical Museum of Gaiman, with photographs and artifacts of the pioneers.

Enjoy a visit to the Regional Historic Museum and Church.
 Lunch: At a local farm.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Punta Tombo.

Fifty miles south of Trelew, Punta Tombo is the largest rookery for penguins in continental South America. Half a million Magellanic Penguins nest here. In the rookery, one can walk on trails among thousands of penguins, which can be observed whimsically flitting between their nests and the sea or fishing for their food. Many other species of seabirds and shorebirds populate this area, including Rock and King Cormorants, Kelp Gulls, Giant Petrels, Black Oystercatchers and Flightless Steamer Ducks.

Site Lecture: The Magellanic Penguin Within this Unique Ecosystem.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At Sea - Shipboard Activities.
(Saturday, December 6)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Time at leisure at enjoy shipboard activities.
 Lunch: Onboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Take advantage of your free afternoon to read about the flora and fauna of the continent's southernmost region. Learn about the resilient wildlife that exists in Tierra del Fuego's harsh climate including the guanaco, Andean fox, and the elusive southern river otter. Try to familiarize yourself with the close to 100 bird species found in this part of the world. Next time you do some bird watching from the ship's deck, try to see how many you can identify!
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Pt. Stanley, Falkland Islands –
City Orientation & Wildlife Reserve.

(Sunday, December 7)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Depart for Port Stanley, the Capital of the Falkland Islands.
Site lecture on the history of the Falkland Islands. Orientation excursion through the city with visits to the Christ Church cathedral and Whalebone arch, West store, the Governor's house and Brittania House museum.

Field trip to the Wildlife Reserve at Gypsy Cove to learn about the flora and fauna of the Falkland Islands.

Return to the ship.
 Lunch: At a local home.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we will examine the events that led up to the 1982 conflict culminating with the arrival of British forces to the Falkland Islands, Guerra de las Malvinas. We will investigate the battlefields and observe where British forces positioned themselves in the mountains surrounding Stanley. Encounter the wreckage sites of the Chinook and Puma helicopters and continue on to view Stanley and the surrounding five battle site mountains Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Day at Sea -
Shipboard Activities.

(Monday, December 8)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Enjoy a morning at your leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Lunch: Onboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Ushuaia, Argentina -
Hike and Canoe in Tierra del Fuego.

(Tuesday, December 9)

Note: Approximately 3.5 hours of light walking on park paths along the Beagle Channel while looking for local flora and fauna. Canoeing (1.5 hours) in rivers and lagoons to Lapataia Bay. Participants who do not wish to paddle can opt to take part in a Zodiac boat ride.



   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Disembark and drive for 30 minutes down the Pan American Highway to its very end, at Tierra del Fuego National Park. Enjoy a full day of hiking and canoeing in the park.

Park trails wind through forests of stunted beech trees along the edge of the Beagle Channel. Across the channel, it is possible to see the mountains on Chile's easternmost islands--Hoste and Navarino.
 Lunch: Boxed lunch.
 Afternoon: Continue with hiking and canoeing activities in Tierra del Fuego National Park.

Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Punta Arenas, Chile -
Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum/Estancia Rio de los Ciervos.

(Wednesday, December 10)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Disembark ship.
Visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Salesian Museum for a look at the region's indigenous peoples and the unique flora and fauna or the area.

The Maggiorino Borgatello Selesian Museum was constructed in 1883 by Salesian missionaries. The museum provides an overview of the region's history, its flora and fauna, and its indigenous populations.

After the museum visit, travel to Estancia Rio de los Cievos to learn about the history and tradition of the settlers of Punta Arenas. Site lecture: The Zaldivar family, (owners of the Estancia) and the workings of an estancia.
 Lunch: Traditional Chilean asado lunch at the estancia.
 Afternoon: Return to Punta Arenas to board ship.
Time at leisure.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Day at Sea -
Navigating the Chilean Fjords.

(Thursday, December 11)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Time at leisure at enjoy shipboard activities.
 Lunch: Onboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy free time opportunities.
Visit one of the ship's outside decks to enjoy passing views of the region's breathtaking fjords. Glaciers calve noisily into the sea, leaving neon-blue sculptures in their wake.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
 Evening: Join in a game of cards, spend an evening chatting with friends in one of the lounges, or perhaps take the opportunity to study the stars before turning in for the night.
If you plan to do a little stargazing from an outside deck, remember to dress warmly.
As the planet's last frontiers become inhabited, it is increasingly hard to find places unaffected by light pollution, Untouched by light glare, the dark Patagonian skies reveal a starscape that is breathtaking.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Day at Sea -
Navigating the Chilean Fjords.

(Friday, December 12)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: After breakfast, grab a pair of binoculars and take advantage of the free time to try and spot local birds and marine life from an outside deck.

The diverse range of habitats in this region attract all nature of birds. Keep your eyes open for shorebirds such as oystercatchers, plovers, sandpipers, gulls, cormorants, and yellow legs along the shoreline in channels and fjords. Seabirds such as petrels, shearwaters, skuas, and albatross are also known to frequent the region. Magellanic penguins, sometimes called Patagonian penguins, are a local favorite. Their tuxedo-like plumage, comical waddle, and donkey-like braying are a source of endless entertainment.
 Lunch: Onboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Laguna San Rafael –
Glacier Exploration by Catamaran

(Saturday, December 13)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Board a catamaran for excursion to view the San Valentin Glacier. This glacier has the distinction of being the world's closest glacier to the equator.

Relax in the warm and cozy interior, or spend time in the clear and invigorating air out on the deck.

Return to the ship.
 Lunch: Onboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Return to the ship.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Puerto Chacabuco, Chile -
Exploring Rio Simpson National Reserve/Life in Northern Patagonia.

(Sunday, December 14)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Anchor in Chacabuco Bay. Disembark via tenders to the Puerto Chacabuco pier (the ride takes approximately 15 minutes).

This small port lies in northern Patagonia-- a land of breathtaking fjords and unspoiled, windswept landscapes.

This morning enjoy a scenic drive through the Simpson River Valley on the way to the Simpson River National Reserve. The Simpson courses westward through the reserve and has a repuation for being one of the country's best fly-fishing rivers. Admire hillsides blanketed in wildflowers, lush farmlands, evergreen forests, and cascading waterfalls. Learn about the region, its history, and the people who live here. If we are lucky, we might get to spot an Andean highlight--the majestic condor! Enjoy views of the Cascada Gemelas, Cascada de la Virgen, and Salta de Leon.
 Lunch: Patagonian lunch and local entertainment at Pangal.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a visit to a country home in Pangal. Meet the local family to gain insight into the culture, traditions, and lifestyle of people living in this remote area of South America.

Tender to the ship.

Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure to review all the incredible photographs you took during today's field trip, make use of the ship's amenities, or perhaps get some rest and freshen-up before rejoining your group for dinner.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19: Puerto Montt, Chile -
Angelmo Fish and Craft Market/A Look at German Influences in Puerto Varas/Frutillar/Chilean Huasos.

(Monday, December 15)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Disembark ship.
Orientation to Puerto Montt followed by a visit to the bustling Angelmo Fish and Craft Market.

Puerto Montt was founded by German settlers in the mid-19th century and still retains a distinct European flavor with Nordic and Alpine architecture. The city is best known as a gateway to the southern lakes of Chile, Chiloé Island, and Chilean Patagonia. Located nearby is the fishing and ferry port of Angelmo.

Head north to Puerto Varas, nestled between the towering peaks of the Andes and the shores of Lake Llanquihue. Visit the German Museum and enjoy a site-based lecture: German Immigration. Follow-up with a short walk through the small German town of Frutillar. Like other towns in the region, Puerto Varas was settled by German immigrants. It was founded in 1854 and quickly became the lake's most important port during the 19th century.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Return to Puerto Montt. En route, stop at an equestrian farm for a rodeo demonstration by local huasos (Chilean cowboys). Site lecture: Training a Show Horse, A Labor of Patience and Love.

Return to the ship in the late afternoon.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20: Day at Sea -
Shipboard Activities

(Tuesday, December 16)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Time at leisure to enjoy shipboard activities.
Lecture: Chile: the Sleeping Giant of South America
 Lunch: Onboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Free time. Work off some of your lunch by taking a stroll around the ship's outer decks. After enjoying the mild exercise alfresco, remain on deck to admire the changing landscape along the Chilean coast.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Marina - Oceania Cruises
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21: Valparaiso to Santiago -
End of Cruise/Transfer to Santiago/Wine Tasting at Local Chilean Vineyard.

(Wednesday, December 17)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard the ship.
 Morning: Disembark and transfer to Santiago Chile.
Begin with a panoramic orientation to Valparaiso.

Valparaiso is the country’s most important seaport and is said to be the cultural capital of Chile. The port was built along the area's steep hillsides that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Valparaíso was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its rich architectural and cultural legacy.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue onward to Santiago, passing through the vineyards, orchards, and olive plantations of Curacavi and Casablanca Valleys along the way.

Visit the Indomita Winery for a wine tasting session. Arrive at the hotel and check-in.
 Dinner: Onboard the ship.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ritz Carlton - Santiago
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 22: Santiago, Chile. Depart for USA.
(Thursday, December 18)

Note: A dayroom will be provided until 6:00 pm



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Orientation to Santiago with visits to the historic Old Town and the Museo Historico National. Enjoy panoramic views of the city from San Cristobal Hill.

Santiago's residents have traditionally looked to Europe as a model for architecture and culture. The influence is apparent in its stately palaces, plazas, parks, and churches. Green avenues and elegant shopping centers mark the residential suburbs, populated by a large middle class, outside the city center.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant located in the central market.
 Afternoon: Time at leisure.
(Day room accommodations at Santiago hotel).

Transfer to the international airport for overnight flight to United States.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Ritz Carlton - Santiago
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 23: Arrive to the U.S.
(Friday, December 19)
   
 Arrive To: Arrive to U.S.
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Suggested Reading List


South American Birds: A Photographic Aid to Identification


Author: John Stewart Dunning


Description: This comprehensive South American bird guide has over 1400 color photos and more than 2700 species described with habitat and identification information. A very helpful range map is included for each bird.



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 are interested in exploring colonial Santiago, the vineyards of middle Chile or the enigmatic monuments of Easter Island, this guide will enhance your travels.



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.



Lonely Planet Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay


Author: Lonely Planet


Description: Written in the great tradition of Lonely Planet guidebooks, this publication provides a good overview of the history and cultures of Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay. It also has useful travel advice, maps, and suggestions on interesting places to explore.



Moon Handbook Patagonia


Author: Moon Handbooks


Description: This practical guide covers where to go and what to do in southern South America from Puerto Montt and the Lake District to Perito Moreno, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. With chapters on Santiago and Buenos Aires.



South American Explorer Chilean Fjords Map


Author: Ocean Explorer Maps


Description: A handsome map of southern South America (1:4,800,000) with a detailed map of the Chilean Fjords (1:2,200,000) on the reverse. Includes Santiago and Buenos Aires.





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