Patagonia & Chilean Fjords with Peru & Machu Picchu
This vacation through Patagonia, Incan ruins, Tierra del Fuego, and around Cape Horn is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Full of unearthly beauty, the wild spaces at the end of South America are some of the last of their kind. On this 18-day tour, you'll cruise through Chilean fjords and the Strait of Magellan, stand among the ruins of Machu Picchu, and experience some of South America's most exciting cities. With the expert advice of your professional Tour Director and Local Hosts, you'll enjoy your journey to the fullest.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Ride the Vistadome train to Machu Picchu
- 4-night cruise through the Straits of Magellan aboard the Stella Australis
- Hotel accommodations for 13 nights
- 27 meals
- Guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Private tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park
- Excursion to the Sacred Valley
- Buenos Aires, Santiago, Lima, and Cusco city tours
- Services of local hosts
Day 1 - Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Welcome to Buenos Aires, proud capital of the vast country that occupies most of the southern part of the continent. After arriving at your central hotel you will have time to become acquainted with the “Paris of South America” and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafés. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 2 - Buenos Aires
A private sightseeing tour this morning starts in the colorful La Boca district, site of the city's first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood, then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At the Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President's Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, which houses San Martin's Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching the Cemetery of the Recoleta, burial site of Eva Peron. This evening, perhaps savor the city's atmosphere on an optional dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a performance of Latin America's most sensuous dance—the Tango! (B)
Day 3 - Buenos Aires-Ushuaia
Fly to the “End of the World,” Ushuaia, situated on the island of Tierra del Fuego. Once a secluded outpost and penal colony, Ushuaia is now a growing community thriving on timber, fishing, and tourism. This afternoon, enjoy a private tour Tierra Del Fuego National Park to learn about its bountiful flora and fauna. With the Chilean Andes as the backdrop, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. (B)
Day 4 - Ushuaia (Embarkation)
Embark on your 4-night cruise aboard the Stella Australis. The voyage will take you through channels, bays, fjords, and past massive glaciers, snowcapped mountains, and unexplored areas of incomparable beauty. (B, D)
Day 5 - Cruising: Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
Disembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting) to see Cape Horn, a sheer, almost 1,394-foot-high rocky promontory where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans merge. In the afternoon, go ashore with your Naturalist in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region's largest aboriginal settlements. Here, walk through a Magellanic forest and keep an eye out for elephant seals! (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Cruising: Pia & Garibaldi Glacier
Overnight, continue around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial, Magdalena, and Cockburn Channels to Pia Fjord. Here, board the zodiacs for exploration of Pia Glacier. Take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea. In the afternoon, drop anchor near Garibaldi Glacier to see one of only three glaciers in Patagonia that is gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. Hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord. (B, L, D)
Day 7 - Cruising: Agostini Sound & Aguila Glaciers
Sail through the intricate channels of Tierra del Fuego to reach Cockburn Channel. At Agostini Sound, board Zodiac boats to explore Aguila Glacier, which hovers above a placid glacial lagoon surrounded by Patagonia's sub-Antarctic rainforest. Walk around the edge of the lagoon near the base of the glacier and keep an eye out for the condors that can sometimes be seen here. Learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the region's channels. (B, L, D)
Day 8 - Cruising: Magellan Strait-Magdalena Island-Punta Arenas, Chile (Disembarkation)
This morning, go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. Here, see the immense colony of Magellanic Penguins during a walk to the lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. (In September and April this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac boat ride at Isla Marta to observe sea lions.) After our visit, sail to Punta Arenas and disembark. (B)
Day 9 - Punta Arenas-Santiago
Fly to Santiago, Chile's capital. This country is more than 10-times longer than wide, with 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline. (B)
Day 10 - Santiago
Located in the center of the country and perched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, Santiago has evolved as the country's political, commercial, and cultural capital. Step back into the 16th century on your private city tour as your Local Guide traces the city's history and heritage. Start at La Moneda, the official Government Palace, and nearby San Cristobal Hill with its landmark statue of the Virgin Mary. Your tour ends at the Plaza de Armas, the main square, with a visit to the 18th-century Cathedral. (B)
Day 11 - Santiago-Lima, Peru
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, where you will be met by your Local Host. (B)
Day 12 - Lima
Your included city tour focuses on Lima's rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and San Francisco Monastery with its eerie burial crypts. (B)
Day 13 - Lima-Cusco
Fly to Cusco high in the Andes. Your guided tour visits the Santo Domingo Monastery, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of Sacayhuaman with its intricate stone walls, amphitheatre of Kenko, and the Red Fortress of Puca Pucara. (B)
Day 14 - Cusco-Sacred Valley
Today, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, brings you to Awankancha, where you will learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue, to the market town of Pisac. Handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry can be bought here at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley is Ollantaytambo. Here, some of the finest examples of Inca masonry can be seen. (B, L)
Day 15 - Sacred Valley-Machu Picchu
Board a train bound for Machu Picchu and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this “Lost City of the Incas,” discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided tour, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (B, L, D)
Day 16 - Machu Picchu-Sacred Valley-Cusco
A morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over Machu Picchu. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free time. Perhaps visit the Inca Museum or wander through the artisan district of San Blas. (B)
Day 17 - Cusco-Lima
Fly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 18 - Lima
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Dates & Prices
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|8th October 2019||$6,009||Book Now|
|24th October 2019||$6,009||Book Now|
|1st November 2019||$6,649||Book Now|
|17th November 2019||$6,649||Book Now|
|28th January 2020||$7,139||Book Now|
|13th February 2020||$7,139||Book Now|
|16th March 2020||$6,459||Book Now|
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: Departs 8th October 2019 ($6,009), 24th October 2019 ($6,009), 1st November 2019 ($6,649), 17th November 2019 ($6,649), 28th January 2020 ($7,139), 13th February 2020 ($7,139), 16th March 2020 ($6,459)
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