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From $7,947
total price from Miami
$6,995 air & land inclusive plus $952 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
14 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Pre-Tour Option

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Join us in Patagonia, the unspoiled wilderness at lands’ end, shared by Chile and Argentina. Here, the Torres del Paine massif presides over rugged plains, and ice-blue glaciers speckle the sea. As we visit two breathtaking national parks in this remote region, we experience nature at its purest, up close and unfettered. And a stay in Buenos Aires adds zest to our small group journey.

Tour Details

Patagonia Explorer

From $7,947

total price from Miami
$6,995 air & land inclusive plus $952 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
14 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Tour Days
14 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Physical Activity Level:

Overview

Join us in Patagonia, the unspoiled wilderness at lands’ end, shared by Chile and Argentina. Here, the Torres del Paine massif presides over rugged plains, and ice-blue glaciers speckle the sea. As we visit two breathtaking national parks in this remote region, we experience nature at its purest, up close and unfettered. And a stay in Buenos Aires adds zest to our small group journey.

Small Group Highlights

  • Day cruise to see Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island
  • Visit to working estancia for traditional barbecue lunch and sheep-shearing demonstration
  • Three-night stay in Torres del Paine National Park, with excursions
  • Day cruise in Los Glaciares National Park, with excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier
  • El Calafate’s Glaciarium Museum
  • Buenos Aires stay and touring

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart for Punta Arenas, Chile
Depart for Punta Arenas, Chile
2
Arrive Punta Arenas
Arrive Punta Arenas

We arrive today in Punta Arenas, capital of Chile’s southernmost Magallanes region. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

We arrive today in Punta Arenas, capital of Chile’s southernmost Magallanes region. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

3
Punta Arenas/Magdalena Island
B
D
B
D
Punta Arenas/Magdalena Island

On our day cruise through the storied Strait of Magellan today, we have the opportunity to see for ourselves an animal that most people have only seen in captivity: the Magellanic penguin, the two-foot-tall flightless bird that numbers among the millions along the southern tip of South America. We cruise to tiny Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 120,000 penguins that coexist peacefully with cormorants, sea lions, and other species. We return to Punta Arenas, where we enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Tonight we gather for a welcome dinner.

On our day cruise through the storied Strait of Magellan today, we have the opportunity to see for ourselves an animal that most people have only seen in captivity: the Magellanic penguin, the two-foot-tall flightless bird that numbers among the millions along the southern tip of South America. We cruise to tiny Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 120,000 penguins that coexist peacefully with cormorants, sea lions, and other species. We return to Punta Arenas, where we enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Tonight we gather for a welcome dinner.

4
Punta Arenas
B
L
B
L
Punta Arenas

We get a close-up view of Patagonian Chile today on our excursion to a working estancia (ranch). We visit with the local cowboys who work here and watch a sheepdog exercise to see how these amazing animals perform their important job of herding. We also see a sheep-shearing demonstration and learn how the wool is processed. Then we enjoy a traditional Patagonian asado (barbecue) lunch at the ranch before our return to Punta Arenas, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

We get a close-up view of Patagonian Chile today on our excursion to a working estancia (ranch). We visit with the local cowboys who work here and watch a sheepdog exercise to see how these amazing animals perform their important job of herding. We also see a sheep-shearing demonstration and learn how the wool is processed. Then we enjoy a traditional Patagonian asado (barbecue) lunch at the ranch before our return to Punta Arenas, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.

5
Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine
B
L
D
B
L
D
Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine

Today we set out by motorcoach for the six-hour journey north to Torres del Paine National Park, stopping for lunch en route. Sitting on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Sound, Torres del Paine comprises a 700-square-mile national park and UNESCO reserve. Upon arrival at our hotel this afternoon, we set out on a gentle hike to take in some of the spectacular surroundings. We dine together tonight at our hotel.

Today we set out by motorcoach for the six-hour journey north to Torres del Paine National Park, stopping for lunch en route. Sitting on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Sound, Torres del Paine comprises a 700-square-mile national park and UNESCO reserve. Upon arrival at our hotel this afternoon, we set out on a gentle hike to take in some of the spectacular surroundings. We dine together tonight at our hotel.

6
Torres del Paine National Park
B
L
D
B
L
D
Torres del Paine National Park

Today marks our first full day in Torres del Paine, one of the most unspoiled and beautiful nature preserves on Earth. We spend the day exploring this unparalleled landscape of jagged peaks, virgin forests, ice-blue glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing rivers, and thunderous waterfalls. We also visit magnificent Lago Grey, which is fed by the glacier of the same name in the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.

Today marks our first full day in Torres del Paine, one of the most unspoiled and beautiful nature preserves on Earth. We spend the day exploring this unparalleled landscape of jagged peaks, virgin forests, ice-blue glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing rivers, and thunderous waterfalls. We also visit magnificent Lago Grey, which is fed by the glacier of the same name in the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.

7
Torres del Paine National Park
B
L
D
B
L
D
Torres del Paine National Park

Our second day of exploration in the park features Laguna Amarga, Laguna Azul, and Cascada Rio Paine, along with resident wildlife.

Our second day of exploration in the park features Laguna Amarga, Laguna Azul, and Cascada Rio Paine, along with resident wildlife.

8
Torres del Paine/El Calafate, Argentina
B
L
D
B
L
D
Torres del Paine/El Calafate, Argentina

We travel to Argentine Patagonia today, crossing the border at Cancha Carrera then continuing on to the southern shores of Lago Argentino and the town of El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Late afternoon we reach our hotel, where we dine tonight.

We travel to Argentine Patagonia today, crossing the border at Cancha Carrera then continuing on to the southern shores of Lago Argentino and the town of El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Late afternoon we reach our hotel, where we dine tonight.

9
Los Glaciares National Park/Perito Moreno
B
L
B
L
Los Glaciares National Park/Perito Moreno

It’s a full day of jaw-dropping scenery, as we set out this morning on our boat trip to Perito Moreno Glacier, inside the national park. We cruise on Lago Argentino, the country’s largest and most southerly lake. At Toro Bay, we disembark for a guided walk through the Andean Patagonian forest, where we see a variety of trees, including a 100- year-old cherry tree whose trunk is almost 10 feet in diameter. Back on board, we continue on to a spot where we can view two glaciers: Mayo Hill and Negro Hill “hanging” glacier that starts high on the valley wall and descends only partway down. Then we disembark at Negro Hill for another guided walk. Returning to our boat, we enjoy a simple box lunch en route to the northern wall of Perito Moreno Glacier, the spectacular 97-square-mile mass of ice that counts as one of Argentina’s most popular attractions. Here we disembark at the floating pier, where we can get panoramic views of Perito Moreno from different heights and angles.

It’s a full day of jaw-dropping scenery, as we set out this morning on our boat trip to Perito Moreno Glacier, inside the national park. We cruise on Lago Argentino, the country’s largest and most southerly lake. At Toro Bay, we disembark for a guided walk through the Andean Patagonian forest, where we see a variety of trees, including a 100- year-old cherry tree whose trunk is almost 10 feet in diameter. Back on board, we continue on to a spot where we can view two glaciers: Mayo Hill and Negro Hill “hanging” glacier that starts high on the valley wall and descends only partway down. Then we disembark at Negro Hill for another guided walk. Returning to our boat, we enjoy a simple box lunch en route to the northern wall of Perito Moreno Glacier, the spectacular 97-square-mile mass of ice that counts as one of Argentina’s most popular attractions. Here we disembark at the floating pier, where we can get panoramic views of Perito Moreno from different heights and angles.

10
El Calafate
B
D
B
D
El Calafate

This morning we put some of what we saw on Day 9 into perspective as we visit the Glaciarium, a modern interpretation center devoted to the Patagonian Icefield and its glaciers through models, photographs, and interactive exhibits. Built to blend in with the natural environment, the Glaciarium features a dramatic façade that evokes the face of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Following our experience here, we return to town for lunch on our own and an afternoon at leisure.

This morning we put some of what we saw on Day 9 into perspective as we visit the Glaciarium, a modern interpretation center devoted to the Patagonian Icefield and its glaciers through models, photographs, and interactive exhibits. Built to blend in with the natural environment, the Glaciarium features a dramatic façade that evokes the face of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Following our experience here, we return to town for lunch on our own and an afternoon at leisure.

11
El Calafate/Buenos Aires
B
B
El Calafate/Buenos Aires

We transfer to El Calafate airport today for our flight to the lively Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Dinner tonight is on our own in this city known especially for its asado – and for its late dining hours.

We transfer to El Calafate airport today for our flight to the lively Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Dinner tonight is on our own in this city known especially for its asado – and for its late dining hours.

12
Buenos Aires
B
D
B
D
Buenos Aires

Highlights of our full-day city tour include the elegant mansions and lovely parks and gardens of the leafy Palermo neighborhood; the colorful bohemian district of La Boca; picturesque San Telmo, the city’s oldest neighborhood; elegant Recoleta cemetery, with its elaborate mausoleums; and historic Government House. Tonight, we visit one of the city’s tango houses for dinner and a show.

Highlights of our full-day city tour include the elegant mansions and lovely parks and gardens of the leafy Palermo neighborhood; the colorful bohemian district of La Boca; picturesque San Telmo, the city’s oldest neighborhood; elegant Recoleta cemetery, with its elaborate mausoleums; and historic Government House. Tonight, we visit one of the city’s tango houses for dinner and a show.

13
Buenos Aires/Depart for U.S.
B
L
B
L
Buenos Aires/Depart for U.S.

This morning we tour Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires’ beloved opera house that ranks as one of the world’s most important, on par with Milan’s La Scala and the Vienna State Opera. Then we celebrate our Patagonian adventure over a farewell lunch. We return to our day rooms at our hotel; the remainder of the day is at leisure before this evening’s transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to the U.S.

This morning we tour Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires’ beloved opera house that ranks as one of the world’s most important, on par with Milan’s La Scala and the Vienna State Opera. Then we celebrate our Patagonian adventure over a farewell lunch. We return to our day rooms at our hotel; the remainder of the day is at leisure before this evening’s transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to the U.S.

14
Arrive U.S.
Arrive U.S.

We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our return flights home.

We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our return flights home.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 11 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and First Class hotels
  • 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Oct Nov Dec
Punta Arenas 58 57 54 50 54 56
Torres del Paine 58 55 55 51 54 57
Buenos Aires 86 84 80 73 78 83

Average Temperature (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Oct Nov Dec
Punta Arenas 58 57 54 50 54 56
Torres del Paine 58 55 55 51 54 57
Buenos Aires 86 84 80 73 78 83

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Pre-Tour Option

Easter Island

5 days, 5 nights
From
$3,495
+ from $995 Single Supplement

Easter Island

5 days, 5 nights
From
$3,495
+ from $995 Single Supplement

Discover revered and remote Easter Island, home of the Rapa Nui people and their enigmatic moai statues.

Pre-Tour Option Price Includes

  • Air transportation Easter Island/Punta Arenas
  • 5 nights’ accommodations: 3 nights at Nayara Hangaroa (Superior First Class); 2 nights in Santiago at Holiday Inn Santiago-Airport Terminal (First Class).
  • 8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including visits to multiple moai sites across the island; Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum; Puna Pau and Rano Kau craters, Orongo birdman cult ruins, Rano Raraku volcano, Anakena Beach
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Land only guests: $3,995 

An Easter Island Rapa Nui entry form is required for this pre-tour option. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about the entry form upon reservation.

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Ivan Bustamante

“Ivan was terrific. His sense of humor, knowledge, and attention to detail made the trip flawless.”

Ann & Ken Wilkinson
Alexandria VA

Gaston McKay

Gaston is an excellent tour director. His knowledge of the area and itinerary prepared us for what to expect from our tours… [He has a] wonderful, infectious, positive attitude.”

Judith Ferrara
Wilmington, DE

Max Meza

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Silvana Cohen

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Christian von Johnn

"Christian was amazing and expertly directed [our] group … [He was] very attentive … professional, knowledgeable, always available, fun, and shared his passion for Patagonia."

Caroline Rinker
Hopkins, MN

Nick Tozer

“Nick was extremely intelligent, articulate, informative, and always had our best interests in mind. He was fun, playful, insightful, and patient, and was always willing to help…”

Joan & Rick Naymark
Edina, MN

Maria Elena Bartsch

“Maria Elena went above and beyond in assisting with free time. She always helped find excellent local restaurants – and local shops, etc – in the nicest way. Always, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.”

Anne Middlemiss
Orlando, FL

Daniel Paredes

“He was simply great! Great amount of knowledge and enthusiasm and passion to introduce to us his favorite place… He is the best.”

Terumi Gale
Washington, D.C.

Lucelia Scarpelli

“[Lucelia] is a wonderful person and first-rate tour guide. What an asset for Odysseys!”

David & Lois Gueck
Chehalis, WA

Tour Directors

Lucelia Scarpelli

“[Lucelia] is a wonderful person and first-rate tour guide. What an asset for Odysseys!”

David & Lois Gueck
Chehalis, WA

Maria Elena Bartsch

“Maria Elena went above and beyond in assisting with free time. She always helped find excellent local restaurants – and local shops, etc – in the nicest way. Always, friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful.”

Anne Middlemiss
Orlando, FL

Daniel Paredes

“He was simply great! Great amount of knowledge and enthusiasm and passion to introduce to us his favorite place… He is the best.”

Terumi Gale
Washington, D.C.

Max Meza

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Silvana Cohen

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Gaston McKay

Gaston is an excellent tour director. His knowledge of the area and itinerary prepared us for what to expect from our tours… [He has a] wonderful, infectious, positive attitude.”

Judith Ferrara
Wilmington, DE

Ivan Bustamante

“Ivan was terrific. His sense of humor, knowledge, and attention to detail made the trip flawless.”

Ann & Ken Wilkinson
Alexandria VA

Nick Tozer

“Nick was extremely intelligent, articulate, informative, and always had our best interests in mind. He was fun, playful, insightful, and patient, and was always willing to help…”

Joan & Rick Naymark
Edina, MN

Christian von Johnn

"Christian was amazing and expertly directed [our] group … [He was] very attentive … professional, knowledgeable, always available, fun, and shared his passion for Patagonia."

Caroline Rinker
Hopkins, MN

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

I really enjoyed everything – the highlights being seeing the penguins on Magdalena Island, hiking in Torres del Paine, and visiting the glaciers in Calafate. Thank you for a life-changing experience! I can't wait for my next Odysseys adventure!
Shelley Levine
Washington, D.C.
Our [tour director] had an incredible breadth of knowledge of history, culture, and geology. She made everything run smoothly and was a lovely person to get to know. The scenery was astounding.
Carrie Montague
Sparks Glencoe, MD
The sites we visited in Patagonia were breathtaking; our tour guide was outstanding – informative, humorous when it was appropriate, and incredibly hard working.
Diane & William Marimow
Philadelphia, PA
I really enjoyed everything – the highlights being seeing the penguins on Magdalena Island, hiking in Torres del Paine, and visiting the glaciers in Calafate. Thank you for a life-changing experience! I can't wait for my next Odysseys adventure!
Shelley Levine
Washington, D.C.
Our [tour director] had an incredible breadth of knowledge of history, culture, and geology. She made everything run smoothly and was a lovely person to get to know. The scenery was astounding.
Carrie Montague
Sparks Glencoe, MD
The sites we visited in Patagonia were breathtaking; our tour guide was outstanding – informative, humorous when it was appropriate, and incredibly hard working.
Diane & William Marimow
Philadelphia, PA
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