SILVERING SOUTH 2016

Argentina- Chile 15 days/14 nights

  • Day 01  Buenos Aires
  • Day 02   Buenos Aires- Puerto Madryn
  • Day 03   Puerto Madryn-Punta Delgada
  • Day 04   Punta Delgada-Ushuaia
  • Day 05   Ushuaia
  • Day 06   Ushuaia-El Calafate
  • Day 07   El Calafate
  • Day 08   El Calafate-Torres del Paine
  • Day 09   Puerto Natales
  • Day 10   Puerto Natales-Puerto Varas
  • Day 11   Puerto Varas
  • Day 12   Puerto Varas- Santiago
  • Day 13   Valparaiso
  • Day 14   Santiago-Home

DAY 1

BUENOS AIRES - / - / -

This morning you arriva in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon City Tour. This sightseeing tour allows you to discover the magic of this vibrant cosmopolitan city. The tour includes the beautiful parks and gardens of the Recoleta and Palermo neighbourhoods, the Colon Theatre (one of the world's five most important opera theatres), Plaza de Mayo, the cathedral, traditional Mayo Avenue, Congress Square and many other buildings and palaces of architectural, historical and cultural interest. Your tour then continues with a visit of San Telmo, the residence of aristocracy until the end of the 19th century. Afterwards you have the opportunity to explore Caminito Street in La Boca, a colourful neighbourhood of Italian immigrants. You visit the recently revitalized area of Puerto Madero and on Sundays the tour includes a stop at the vibrant San Telmo Flea Market.

At night Optional Tour: Tango Show + Dinner

Buenos Aires provides its visitors with all kinds of entertainment possibilities. This evening you will attend an unforgettable tango show with performances by some of the best dancers and singers in the country, whilst enjoying a delicious meal. This is the perfect way to live the vibrant nightlife of Buenos Aires - the city of tango.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 2

BUENOS AIRES - PUERTO MADRYN B / - / D

The morning is at leisure.

In the afternoon transfer from your hotel to airport in Buenos Aires (AEP) for flight to Trelew (REL). Arrival in Trelew and transfer to the hotel in Puerto Madryn.

Dinner in a local restaurant.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 3

PUERTO MADRYN - PUNTA DELGADA B / - / D

Full day tour to Peninsula Valdes, the most important natural reserve of marine fauna in the entire Patagonia region. Start the morning with a picturesque drive out to Punta Norte, a promontory perched high above the ocean and a great place for spotting Orcas and sea lions. Afterwards drive to Estancia San Lorenzo, home to a colony of over 120,000 Magellanic penguins, before continuing the journey along the coastline to Caleta Valdes and Punta Delgada where have lodgings for the night at the Hosteria Punta Delgada.

Optional Whale-watching Tour (Jul - Dec): There is an optional boat excursion that can be done in Puerto Pirámide to get closer to the Whales. With good weather board the boat and with bad weather you have to have patience. We use Jorge Schmid's Punta Ballenas fleet. From May to December tours exist From May to December tours exist to see the whales and from December to March to see the seals, 'cormorants' and perhaps dark dolphins.

Note: The best time of the year to take a whale watching trip is around September / October when there is the greatest concentration of animals which also coincides with the birth of the new baby whales. Whales first appear in the area around end of May and by the end of December they have all returned to deep ocean waters. To watch sea-lions, it is best to consider October as this is the time of procreation and there are as many males as females. By December / January most males are gone and it is common to see the younger ones changing their skins. When it comes to penguins, the best time of the year for a visit is around November when there is a great quantity of newborns. Penguins first arrive to the peninsula by the end of August, beginning of September. During October, penguins are busy nesting and by end of March they migrate to more tropical waters to southern Brazil.

Dinner and overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 4

PUNTA DELGADA / TRELEW / USHUAIA B / - / -

The morning will be spent visiting an Elephant seal's colony on a local beach with a guide.

In the afternoon return to Trelew airport, with time to visit the Paleontology museum (if time permits) on route, for your flight to Ushuaia (USH). Arrival in Ushuaia. Transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 5

USHUAIA B / - / -

In the morning you have a half day visit to National Park Tierra del Fuego National Park. Only 12km west of Ushuaia is the entrance to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Within 63,000 hectares of park you can find many species of trees - Patagonian birches, sour cherries, calafates and notros, which all live together with flowers such as orchids and violets. Get fantastic panoramic views of the Beagle Channel surrounded by mountains and woodland. Pass between peat bogs and beaver dams to arrive to Lapataia River and Verde Lake. Storks, amongst other birds, come here every summer. A walk along the Beaver's path takes you to Negra Lagoon. You are also able to see concheros, incredible archaeological beds left by ancient inhabitants of the area. Before returning to Ushuaia, a stop is made at Lake Roca, where the colours change depending on the weather.

In the afternoon take a boat tour through the Beagle Channel to see the Sea Lions. Navigating the Bay of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel you can spot numerous species of birds. This memorable boat ride goes as far as the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse (used to indicate the way to mariners entering the harbour), passing by a colony of sea lions and a colony of Cormorants (Isla de Lobos and birds).

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 6

USHUAIA - EL CALAFATE B / - / -

In the morning visit of Lago Escondido with a short walk and visit to husky farm (paid by tour guide).

In the afternoon transfer from your hotel to the airport of Ushuaia (USH) for your flight to El Calafate (FTE). Arrival in El Calafate and transfer to the hotel.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 7

EL CALAFATE B / - / -

Full day visit of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Leave El Calafate, heading towards “Los Glaciares National Park”. It's an 80km long ride, making stops along the way to take pictures. All the way our guide explains the general features of the glacier, its particular formation and gives specific details of the surrounding flora & fauna, the history and mysticism of this unique area. After entering the Andean Patagonian forest, make a stop at “Curva de los Suspiros” (Curve of Sighs), where you get your first sight of the impressive Glacier Perito Moreno, it makes a big impact on your senses. Visitors stay about 3 hours on the Glacier balconies, walking along pathways and admiring it from different viewpoints. Return approximately at 4.00pm, arriving at El Calafate al 5.30pm.

Optional Tour: Minitrekking on the Glaciar

Those that wish to do the minitrekking, make their way down to the port and the pier 'Bajo las Sombras', where they board a boat for a 20 minute ride across the waters to the south wall of the glacier. Disembark and meet some mountain guides at a refuge who give you a brief chat and coordinate the trekking excursion. Then set off hiking, first through a small beech forest and then alongside the lake towards the edge of the glacier. It is at this point you put the crampons on and receive precise instructions for walking on ice. You undertake the walk, discovering and exploring this incredible expanse of white ice, with countless cracks, drains, small lagoons and fragmented ice blocks called crevasses. At the end of the hike on the glacier, return to the shelter to take a break before returning by boat to the mainland.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 8

EL CALAFATE / TORRES DEL PAINE B / - / -

In the morning transfer by bus to Cerro Castillo where you meet your connecting transfer crossing the Argentinean border to the Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 9

TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK B / - / -

Full day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park. Your tour guide picks you up from your hotel in the early morning, for you departure to the famous Torres del Paine National Park. A tour through the park provides wonderful views onto the Torres Massif and its jagged peaks, as well as of Lake Grey and the Grey Glacier.

Several short hikes enable visitors to reach the most beautiful viewing points in the park and to become acquainted with the wealth of flora and fauna found in the area. The return drive to Puerto Natales is in the late afternoon.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 10

PUNTA ARENAS B / - / -

Transfer from Puerto Natales to the airport in Punta Arenas. Arrival and short City Tour in Punta Arenas, which is the capital of the Magellan region and has 150,000 inhabitants. Due to its advantageous location on the Magellan Strait, the city continues to be used by merchant ships. It is the reason – along with the development of sheep farming in the 19th century – that Punta Arenas once enjoyed tremendous economic success.

Your guided city tour through Punta Arenas will begin with a drive to the elevated viewpoint of the Cerro La Cruz, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the city and the Magellan Strait. The city tour continues on the main square, the Plaza de Armas, lined by the 19th century mansions of wealthy sheep-farming families. The magnificent homes of the great estate owners, such as the Braun-Menéndez family or Nogueira family, recall the fabulous wealth the city once enjoyed. A statue honoring Magellan in the middle of the town square welcomes seafarers. To round off, there is time for a short stroll around the handicraft market.

Flight from Punta Arenas to Puerto Montt. Arrival and transfer from the airport in Puerto Montt to the hotel in Puerto Varas.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 11

PUERTO VARAS-PETROHUE-VOLCANO OSORNO B / - / -

Full day excursion to the Petrohue waterfalls and the Osorno volcano. Departure for this full day tour into the wonderful region surrounding Puerto Varas is after breakfast, and wonderful views towards the Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes can already be enjoyed during the drive along Lake Llanquihue. First stop of the day is by the wild ‘Saltos de Petrohue’, a collection of rapids and waterfalls that dance over the impressive formations of lava rocks from the surrounding volcanoes. It is the waters of the Petrohue River itself that have eroded and shaped these rocks over a period of thousands of years.

The journey continues with a drive up the Osorno volcano (2,660m/8,727ft). The road ends at an elevation of 1,300m/4,265ft, by a mountain cabin, where the unforgettable views range from the mighty towering heights of the Osorno volcano and the neighbouring volcanoes of Calbuco, Antillanca, Tronador, to the profoundly blue Llanquihue Lake. A hike across the volcano’s immense lava fields is made and the panoramic views improve with every foot of elevation gained. The return journey to Puerto Varas is in the afternoon.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 12

SANTIAGO B / - / -

In the morning transfer to the airport of Puerto Montt and flight to Santiago.

Upon arrival transfer to the hotel and afterwards half day city tour of Santiago.

In Santiago de Chile, the best features of a vibrant, modern metropolis are paired with the old-world charm of a former colonial capital, and this private tour introduces you to both sides of the city. You begin with a visit to the presidential palace, named La Moneda because the splendid building once housed the national mint. Many other sites in the historic centre are clustered around the always-bustling Plaza de Armas: the impressive cathedral; the beautiful old post office; the Palacio de la Real Audiencia, now home to the National History Museum; and the Casa Colonial, once the Spanish governor’s residence. Leaving the centre, you travel west toward the soaring Andes, past the Cerro San Cristóbal, an outpost of the mountains which towers over the city with a great white statue of the Virgin Mary crowning its summit. Your tour concludes with a visit to the fashionable business districts of Providencia and Las Condes, with their broad boulevards lined with modern high-rises and shady side-streets flanked by fine restaurants and trendy boutiques. This half-day excursion forms the perfect initiation to the charms of one of South America’s most exciting cities.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 13

SANTIAGO-VALPARAÍSO-SANTIAGO B / - / -

Full day excursion to Valparaíso. You meet your English-speaking guide in the morning, who accompanies you during this full day excursion to Valparaíso. The historic city of Valparaíso is Chile’s oldest port. It is also home to the senate and Chilean Congress, which was moved here from the capital after 1989, when democracy and therefore a national Congress were re-established. The city’s many hills are a multi-coloured panorama of painted houses crowding every nook and cranny that provide a spectacular backdrop and also ensure Valparaíso’s unique flair. There is a good reason why the historic city centre of Valparaíso, with its fine 19th century architecture, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. The upper and lower sections of the city are connected by 15 funicular elevators that were built at the turn of the 19th century and still provide good service to this day.

You will also visit the parliamentary building and Plaza Sotomayor’s memorial to the heroes of the War of the Pacific.

Overnight at the selected hotel

 

DAY 14

SANTIAGO B / - / -

Transfer from the hotel in Santiago to the airport Santiago for your flight.

 
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