Patagonia | The Wild South
Explore the very best of Chilean Patagonia
Dramatic Torres del Paine National Park and ancient glaciers of the Strait of Magellan
Welcome to Chilean Patagonia!
Explore pristine lakes, rugged mountains and rolling grasslands in pampered style. Then explore the fjords of Tierra del Fuego, along the Straits of Magellan and “Glacier Alley” to the Beagle Channel.
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Discover the natural beauty and wildlife of Patagonia with a myriad of daily activities
The crew meet with guests each morning to discuss the day’s opportunities. Yet there are no required activities. You may happily spend your entire trip curled up in the salon with a good book—or watch it all go by from a chair up on the skiff deck while sipping coffee or a chilled glass of wine.
Tierra Patagonia Lodge
Award-winning architecture, magnificent views, expert guides, endless activities
A maximum of 40 guest accommodations keeps the lodge intimate, yet the expansive property allows guests the opportunity to enjoy endless walks and opportunities to observe the majestic scenery. Herds of Guanaco frequently cross the property. If you keep a sharp eye out, you may also spot armadillo and rhea without ever leaving the lodge. But activity is why you come to Torres del Paine National Park and the activity managers will expertly match you and your abilities to the right activity to ensure maximum enjoyment. When not out enjoying the park, soak in the views from virtually every room in the lodge. Relax in the spa, enjoy early morning yoga, or sunsets with a complimentary cocktail.
Additional lodge options are also possible, based on availability.
STELLA AUSTRALIS and VENTUS AUSTRALIS
Sister expedition ships custom-designed for exploring the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel.
With space for up to 200 guests, sister ships Stella Australis and Ventus Australis provide spacious cabins, elegantly appointed public spaces and a range of daily activities for all abilities. You’ll have the opportunity to explore by zodiac, land ashore for walks or more energetic hikes, and assist the resident science team with data collection. More about the ships »
The Wild South operates during the Patagonian Spring, Summer and Fall (between October and March).
Day 1 | Arrive Santiago
Most international flights arrive Santiago early in the morning. You’ll be met and transferred to your hotel by an English-speaking guide. Your room is will be ready later this afternoon, so you’ll have an opportunity to shower and change in the hotel spa, and store your bags while you stretch your legs on on a guided three hour walking tour of the city.
If you would like to arrive a few days early and enjoy the culture and cuisine of the region, or explore of many attractions such as nearby wine country, coastal Valparaiso or the Lakes District, please see Chile extensions »
Day 2 | Onward to Patagonia
After breakfast, you’ll head back to the airport for your two and a half hour flight to Punta Natales, where you’ll be met and transferred up to your lodge.
Days 3 - 6 | Explore Torres del Paine National Park
You’ll explore all corners of the Park choosing from a wide range of daily activities, including simple walks, exhilarating hikes, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.
Day 7 | To Puerto Natales and Embarkation
Today you’ll head south to the city of Puerto Natales, where you’ll board your expedition vessel. After a welcome cocktail reception, the ship wil depart for one of the remotest parts of the planet. You’ll explore breathtaking wilderness, virgin forests and ancient glaciers.
Day 8 | Ainsworth Bay and Tucker Islets
At down you’ll enter Ainsworth Bay, a perfect spot from which to view Marinelli Glacier descending from the Darwin Mountain Range. You’ll have an opportunity to explore on foot the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. There’s a good chance of sighting Southern Elephant seals. After lunch, you’ll explore the Tuckers Islets by zodiac, for a closer look at a colony of Magellanic Penguins.
Day 9 | Pia Glacier and Glacier Alley
Navigate along the northwest arm of he Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. A short hike takes you to a panoramic viewpoints where you can enjoy spectacular views of Pia Glacier. You’ll continue along the spectacular Glacier Alley along the Beagle Channel
Day 10 | Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay
You’ll sale through Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, you go ashore. In the afternoon, you’ll go ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements, once visited by Charles Darwin. You’ll walk through Magellanic Forests to reach a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 11 | Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
You’ll disembark in Ushuaia this morning where you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. If you are returning directly home, a transfer between the domestic and international airports will be provided.
If you would like linger in Buenos Aires, a variety of tours and hotel packages are available, including extensions to Iguazu Falls. See Argentina extensions »
The Wild South - Dates & Prices
The Wild South operates from October to March. All prices are per person, double occupancy unless otherwise specified.
|Departures from October 2019 to March 2020|
|14 Oct 2019 - 24 Oct 2019||$8,595|
|25 Oct 2019 - 04 Nov 2019||$8,595|
|18 Nov 2019 - 28 Nov 2019||$10,195|
|22 Nov 2019 - 02 Dec 2019||$10,195|
|13 Jan 2020 - 23 Jan 2020||$10,195|
|17 Jan 2020 - 27 Jan 2020||$10,195|
|14 Feb 2020 - 24 Feb 2020||$10,195|
|17 Feb 2020 - 27 Feb 2020||$10,195|
|09 Mar 2020 - 19 Mar 2020||$10,195|
|13 Mar 2020 - 23 Mar 2020||$10,195|
|Departures from October 2020 to March 2021|
|08 Oct 2020 - 19 Oct 2020||$8,995|
|02 Nov 2019 - 12 Nov 2019||$8,995|
|06 Nov 2019 - 16 Nov 2019||$10,995|
|30 Nov 2019 - 10 Dec 2019||$10,995|
|01 Jan 2021 - 11 Jan 2021||$10,995|
|25 Jan 2021 - 04 Feb 2021||$10,995|
|14 Feb 2020 - 24 Feb 2020||$10,995|
|29 Jan 2021 - 08 Feb 2021||$10,995|
|17 Feb 2021 - 27 Feb 2021||$10,995|
|26 Feb 2021 - 08 Mar 2021||$10,995|
|26 Mar 2021 - 05 Apr 2021||$10,995|
* Starting prices include Deluxe double accommodations at Tierra Patagonia Lodge.
Upgrades to Awasi and Singular Patagonia Lodges are possible, subject to availability
Inclusions and exclusions
Meet on arrival and private transfer into Santiago by bilingual driver/guide
3-hour walking tour of Santiago
1 night accommodations (bed and breakfast) at Singular Santiago in Singular King Room
Return private transfer to Santiago Airpor
Meet on arrival in Puerto Natales and transfer to Tierra Patagonia Lodge
5 nights accommodations (all meals and beverages) at Tierra Patagonia Lodge in superior room
4 full days of guided activities
Transfer to Punta Arenas for embarkation
4 nights accommodations aboard AUSTRALIS ships with all meals, beverages and activities in AAA Staterooms (king bedded cabin, top deck)
Private transfer to Ushuaia Airport
Meet on arrival at domestic airport Aeroparque Jorge Newberry, private transfer to Ezeiza International Airport, Buenos Aires
International airfare to Santiago, and return from Buenos Aires
Domestic airfare (Santiago to Puerto Natales, Ushuaia to Buenos Aires)
Travel Insurance (MedEvac coverage is compulsory, cancellation/delay/baggage coverage is optional)
Laundry and items of a personal nature
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the best time to go?
Patagonia is best experienced from October through April. December & January being the most popular times due to the winter holidays and South American summer vacations.
What will I see?
Our itineraries start in either charming Santiago or ultra chic Buenos Aires before venturing into the stunning topography of Patagonia. With a variety of itineraries to choose from or create your own private customized adventure, this combines wildlife, glaciers, hiking and cruising with fine dining and luxurious accommodations.
Is this trip for me?
Patagonia can accommodate various levels of activity, from gentle walks & cruising to horseback riding and challenging hikes.
Do I need a visa?
Canadian citizens must pay a (US)$160 visa reciprocity fee prior to entering Argentina. This can be completed online here. US and Australian citizens are now exempt. Visas for Chile are not required at this time. For the latest information, it's best to consult your local Argentine and Chilean consulates.