Patagonia Adventure | Christmas in Patagonia 2016 | Day by Day
Fly to Santiago, Chile
Depart from your closest gateway city for an overnight flight to Santiago, Chile.
On arrival, you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to relax and explore the city at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own today.
Hotel: Singular Santiago
To Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park
After an early breakfast, you will transfer back to the Santiago airport for your three-and-a-half-hour flight to Puerto Natales. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Tierra Patagonia, located just outside of Torres del Paine National Park. As you make your way to the hotel, you will be treated to stunning views of the beautiful Patagonian landscape. You will arrive at Tierra Patagonia Lodge in time to check-in and enjoy a late lunch.
Hotel: Tierra Patagonia Lodge, BLD
Torres del Paine National Park
Covering 935 square miles, Torres del Paine National Park is a “must-see” destination on any Patagonia itinerary. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978, the park offers stunning landscapes and breathtaking scenery and includes several different ecosystems with many endemic plant and animal species. More than 40 mammals are found in the park including guanaco, puma, and the Patagonian gray fox.
Your excursions are led by knowledgeable, skilled and experienced guides. They will take you on sublime treks, boat rides across glacial lakes, horseback rides across the Patagonian steppe and exhilarating mountain hikes. They will show you all corners of the National Park as well as areas less travelled, take you to world famous locations and to meet locals who live and work in this unique setting. You will experience the ever changing weather conditions and feel the embrace of the famous Patagonian winds.
Hotel: Tierra Patagonia Lodge, BLD
To Puerto Natales and home
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Puerto Natales for your flight back to Santiago and your onward connection home.
Optional New Years extension to Buenos Aires
To Buenos Aires
Depart Tierra Patagonia Lodge early this morning for a drive across the border into Argentina, and to the city of El Calafate, where you will board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival, your guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for the evening.
Hotel: Alvear Art Hotel , B
Buenos Aires - Four Balconies and a Tango
Your introduction to Buenos Aires this morning is a journey into the history of Argentina through four parks and plazas that collectively showcase the contrasts and contradictions of porteños. Discover Plaza de Mayo at the heart of the city, Parque Lezama and La Boca, one of the oldest and most colorful districts of the city, Plaza San Martin & Retiro, the 19th century look towards Europe, and finally Recoleta, the sophisticated and stylish face of modern Buenos Aires.
No visit to Buenos Aires is complete without a tango experience. This evening, enjoy an classic tango show and dinner.
Hotel: Alvear Art Hotel, BD
Buenos Aires - Empañadas and Icons
This morning, enjoy an empeñada cooking demonstration at El Federal Restaurant followed by lunch, enjoying the fruits of your labor.
In the afternoon, you'll enjoy a tour of two of Buenos Aires' most cherished icons. Your first stop is La Boca and Boca Juniors Stadium, home to the football greats of Argentina, including Maradonna, Riquelme and Batistuta, who collectively have become part of Argentine mythology. From the passion of football to the passion of politics, you continue to the Evita Museum. Lover her or hate her, you'll learn how a young girl rose from a rural working class village to First Lady of Argentina. Your tour ends with a visit to Teatro Colon, the citiy's magnificent opera house.
Hotel: Alvear Art Hotel, BL
Buenos Aires - Reveillon (New Years Eve)
Today is free to wander the city on your own. There will be an optional special Reveillon Dinner Celebration
Hotel: Alvear Art Hotel, B
Buenos AIres - New Years Day and the journey home
After breakfast, the remainder of the day is yours to wander the city on your own. Upon check-out from your hotel, your guide will transfer you back to Ezeiza Airport for your return flight.