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AMERIKA VENTURE
Based in Canada
& Costa Rica
Inbound travel agency
& Tour operator
Across the Americas
Since 1996

Great Patagonia Tour : Argentina & Chile - 20 days #PAT

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From Buenos Aires, a magnificent urban fresco, to the mountains and fjords of the legendary Land of Fire, discover the glaciers of the Andean Cordillera, the Argentinean steppes and the high mountains of Chile...

Type: Eco-Adventure
Group:  4 to 16
Duration: 20 days

  • Hiking 2 to 7 hours per day (when hiking is planned on the day's program);
  • Program adaptable to any traveller in good physical condition;
  • The services of excellent naturalist guides, mountain guides and historian-guides;
  • Small groups of international travellers;
  • Lodging in charming Inns and 4* hotels;
  • Great international and typical local food, healthy meals;
  • Private transports and transfers in modern minibuses;
  • All domestic flights;
  • Professional and dedicated service from your pre-booking questions to your post-trip feedback and comments.
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We have traveled with Amerika Venture to several different countries. Our first trip was to Argentina where we enjoyed a number of different experiences. We stayed in luxurious hotels and slept in a tent and on a sailboat. We had the most wonderful time of our life. Our guide was charming, accessible, friendly and always willing to accommodate our wishes. We would enjoy a different adventure each day ...
We enjoyed our first trip so much, that when a friend suggested a second outing with Amerika Venture we said "yes" at once and looked forward to our trip to Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. Again each hour of the trip was an unforgettable adventure. Every phase of the trip was well planned and there was a great variety of accommodations. We always found some delightful surprise.
We are planning another long trip with Amerikaventure...

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 Marlies Schoenefeld, Canada

Day 1. Buenos Aires
Upon arrival at Buenos Aires International airport, you will be met by a professional driver and transferred to your comfortable hotel conveniently located in the historical centre.

Day 2. Los Claciares National Park
Early morning domestic flight towards Calafate, transfer in private vehicle (2.5hr-drive) to a charming ranch picturesquely nestled at the foot of the Andes on the southeast edge of the national park and overlooking beautiful Lago Argentino. Exploration of the surroundings, relaxation, evening meal at the ranch.

Day 3. Los Claciares - Horseback ride exploration
Guided by a local «gaucho», experience a breathtaking horseback expedition through the spectacular scenery of the region, genuine and splendid panoramas set between lakes and mountains. Return to the lodge and relaxation. Watch or assist the gauchos working on the ranch and learn about their everyday life.

Day 4. Los Glaciares - Boat cruise
Today we explore Los Glaciares National Park by cruising its waters among icebergs and glaciers. Enjoy amazing views of the impressive Glaciers Onelli and Upsala and learn about general glaciology of the region and the particular phenomenon happening in the Perito Moreno region where you can witness - with your eyes and ears - the rupture of icebergs from the glaciers front wall. Your guide will introduce you to the different ice formations and fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses and of course the glacier's fauna and flora. If climate allows it, we will have the opportunity to step on a glacier for a short walk. Back to the ranch left afternoon for a drink before dinner.

Days 5, 6, 7. Torres Del Paine National Park (Chile)
An excellent local naturalist guide will join us this morning and accompany us during our entire stay in this beautiful region. Transfer to the heart of the National Park with some stops on the way for first encounters with the wildlife of the area; observation of a variety of birds and herds of guanacos grazing the open steppes. Without a doubt, Torres del Paine is one of the most spectacular mountainous areas of the Americas, you will soon witness why... In the centre of the park is a granite massif from which rise the Torres (Towers) and the Cuernos (Horns) del Paine, oddly shaped peaks over 2 600 metres high (8 530 feet). A 3-hour hike will take us through these magnificent landscapes of mountains, valleys and beautiful lakes, formed by melted waters from the glaciers. There is an abundance of wildlife in the park due to a microclimate especially favourable to plants and wildlife, and our naturalist guide will introduce us to a large number of plants and animal species. On our second day we will be hiking through some of the most beautiful sceneries the park has to offer, towards the Torres del Paine massifs, tall and majestic towers overlooking the area. A memorable hiking experience during which you learn about geological formations and the special microclimate, home to a wide range of plants and wildlife. After our encounter, face to face with the giant towers, we will back track down to our cabins for the evening. The hike back is as pleasant as the hike up as the scenery changes a lot as we go down slowly to enjoy the panoramas and dramatic rock formations. Our last day in the park proposes adapted guided exploration on the trails of the park according to the options offered. Overnights in a charming 3* / 4* lodge inside the Torres Del Paine National Park.

Day 8. Punta Arenas, Ushuaia
International flight from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia in Argentina. The capital of Tierra del Fuego province has the distinction of being the southernmost city in the world (featuring among others excellent winter sport centres). Overnight in comfortable 3* / 4* hotel, free documented exploration in town.

Day 9. Ushuaia / Tierra Del Fuego National Park
Inside the park we explore with our naturalist guide some of the trails in this network of about 250 km (150miles) well-marked hiking trails (from easy 4 hour to strenuous 7-days hikes). Overnight in charming and rustic cabins.

Days 10. 4x4 exploration of Tierra Del Fuego
Off the beaten track exploration of this immense and wild territory, encounter red foxes, guanacos, beavers and condors on a journey that will bring us to the Fagnano and Escondido lakes.

Day 11. Punta Arenas
Cruise on the Beagle Channel on board a charming 20 passenger boat. Your hosts will guide you in your discovery of the geological and natural beauties of this spectacular territory. Among the rocks, shores and cliffs of the Beagle Channel discover abundant marine life; seals, penguins, cormorants and a wide diversity of birds, mussels, limpets, snails and crustaceans as the precious spider crab. Some land excursions are part of the program as well to allow an insight in the unique fauna and flora of this remote region and its islands. We finish our exploration in Ushuaia and transfer to our hotel.

Day 12. Options in Ushuaia
Today a few different options are proposed : Option 1 is a kayak expedition on the Beagle Channel to discover seals and cormorant colonies on our way to the Aberton Estancia which used to be the only ranch in Tierra del Fuego. From there we transfer by boat to 2 large islands where we hike a few hours to visit among others a penguin colony on Martillo Island. Transfer back to Ushuaia by road from the ranch.

- Days #13 to #16 -
Option A
Valdes Peninsula
Price: 150$US
Option B
Iguazu Falls (Argentina & Brazil)
Price: included
Day 13. Ushuaia - Puerto Madryn
Transfer to Ushuaia airport for a domestic flight to Trelew. Upon arrival, transfer to the charming and welcoming Inn you will be staying at in Puerto Madryn, close to the Valdes peninsula. Exploration of a typical Argentinian town and dinner in town.

Day 14. Puerto Madryn / Peninsula Valdes
Whales observation cruise and exploration of one of the most incredible natural reserves in the world: the Peninsula of Valdes home to dolphins, orcs, sea lions, sea elephants and a multitude of birds. It's also the reproduction site of the splendid right whale. From there we can see the two Gulfs: Golfo San Jose and Golfo Nuevo. From May to December, the whale observation tour starts here, the most important reproduction and education site of the giant mammal. We then continue towards the north of the peninsula, Caletas Valdes, to observe colonies of sea elephants.

Day 15. Puerto Madryn - Punta Tombo and Gaiman
Excursion to Punta Tombo, located 2 hours (180km / 110 miles) south of Puerto Madryn. This natural reserve shelters one of the largest colonies of sea birds in the world and the most important continental penguin colony after Antarctica, with more than 500 thousand birds from September to mid-April. Other wildlife to be observed around Punta Tombo reserve are pink flamingos, large herds of guanacos, foxes, armadillos and groups of ñandues, an ostrich specie typical to the Patagonian steppe. On the way back to Trelew we stop by at Gaiman, ancient Welsh colony and picturesque small village. An encounter with Welsh costumes, sharing historical memories over a good cup of the famous Welsh tea at one of the Tea Houses.

Day 16. Puerto Madryn - Buenos Aires
Exploration in Puerto Madryn or relaxation. At the end of day, transfer to the airport for our return flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to a very comfortable hotel centrally located, free time to relax.
Day 13. Flights to Iguazu - Brazilian side of the Iguazu Waterfalls.
National flight from Ushuaiaïa to Iguazu (via Buenos Aires). We meet you at the Iguazu Airport and transfer to your charming 4* hotel on the Argentinian side of the falls.

Day 14. Iguazu (Argentina & Brazil).
After breakfast transfer to the Iguazu National Park for a first visit. The Iguazu Falls lie within the protection of the Iguazu National Park on the border with Brazil and are one of the world's natural wonders. It has been estimated that the National Park's area alone hosts 2000 plant species, 450 bird species (which is almost half of Argentina's total bird species), more than 80 mammal species and a countless number of insects, many of them still unidentified. Ecologically conceived infrastructures and means of transport are installed for a proper visit of the heart of this paradise; catwalks, nature paths and Green Trains traverse the forest. Crossing over to Brazil, through the Tancredo Neves Bridge, we reach the visitor's center of the National Park where we are introduced to the natural surroundings, it's ecosystems and biodiversity. Learn about the cultural evolution of the region and the actions developed for environmental protection. Transfer by panoramic view bus through the forest to the Iguazu Falls. From here a guided hike (1.2km) on the jungle trails in the company of our naturalist guide leads to a beautiful look-out point offering the most spectacular views of the Argentinian side of the river and the San Martín Island, set in the heart of the Falls, offering the most spectacular scene of San Martín Fall and of "La Ventana", an enormous rock formation facing the falls. Continue to the Floriano waterfall on the Brazilian side. Return to Puerto Iguazu for supper. Overnight in a comfortable 4 star hotel.

Day 15. Iguazu (Argentina)
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer towards the visitor center and central station of Iguazu National Park, travelling on the picturesque route 12 winding through the park. The ecological Green Train takes us towards the Throat Station from where a 1.2km walk, partly on the hanging footbridge, reaches the balcony of the "Devil's Throat", an impressive waterfall of 84 meters surrounded by a permanent fog that forms a perfect rainbow. A Boat cruise down the Iguazu river from the San Martin Island to the inferior part of the river to Macuco Port allows a privileged close-up look on the river banks and its natural habitat. When reaching the land a guided and commented hiking tour on the Macuco jungle trail (6km) brings us back to the visitor center where vehicles are waiting to take us back to the hotel. Supper and overnight at the hotel.

Day 16. Flight towards Buenos Aires
Transfer to the airport for our return flight to Buenos Aires. Transfer to a very comfortable hotel centrally located, free time to relax.
NOTA (Option B): To enter Brazil you need a passport and you may need a visa (depending on your citizenship). Tourist visas are issued within two business days if applicant submits application in person. Visas are valid for multiple entries within 5 years for a period to be determined by the consular officer, for stays of up to 90 days renewable for the same length of stay by the Brazilian Federal Police. First entry into Brazil must be within 90 days of visa issuance. Visa requires 1 application form, 1 passport size photo, and proof of onward/return transportation. There is a processing fee of 100$US (or more) for a tourist visa. For information contact your Brazilian Embassy.

Day 17. Buenos Aires
Free morning to relax and/or explore the city on your own. Guided exploration of the city with an excellent historian guide in the afternoon. Overnight at the same charming hotel.

Day 18. Buenos Aires
Full day to explore the city on your own : shops, museums, sites and buildings... Your traveller's file provides all the information you need to find your way around and choose among the multiple options this great city offers...

Day 19. Buenos Aires & the Pampa
Today we leave Buenos Aires to regain the Pampa which surrounds the capital. The Eastern Pampa is an immense covered high grass meadow of graminaceous and wild leguminous plants. The other essential characteristic resides in the complete absence of trees, which yielded the place to the cereal and fodder cultures as well as the meadows. Discover how the gauchos, witnesses of the horse and leather ages which exploited the immense bovine herd of the Pampa, deeply marked the heart of the country... Excursion through the countryside and visit of the picturesque city of San Antonio de Areco and the museum of the Gauchos. In a traditional estancia you will take the typical Gaucho meal : the traditional asado of cordero (roasted lamb). Transfer back to B.A. for our last evening meal together.

Day 20. Airport transfer
Breakfast and transfer to the airport for your international flight home.

NOTE: The description of this program is provided as a general indication of the tour's day by day itinerary. Your program could be slightly different according to weather conditions, availabilities or changes in the accessibility of a site and/or service.
Accomodations during this tour are provided in charming & meticulously selected 3* inns, eco-lodges and hotels. We only use on our trips carefully selected small and medium sized genuine hotels and Inns offering friendliness and a homey touch along with the comfort and services expected from larger hotels. Inns are locally owned and managed - often family run - and provide a warm and cozy atmosphere to their visitors. Rooms are large and they include a private bathroom, a ceiling fan and/or air conditioning. * Unless otherwise indicated in the tour's day by day description.

Patagonia wildlife
Patagonia wildlife

Inclusions
Exclusions
  • All domestic flights ;
  • All the local taxes except airport taxes ;
  • All the transports and private transfers ;
  • Lodging in charming inns and 4* hotels;
  • All the breakfasts and lunches, excellent healthy meals ;
  • The evening meals in the El Calafate and Glaciers National Park region ;
  • The services of professional naturalist tour guides throughout the tour ;
  • All the entry fees and activities in the program ;
  • A very detailed tour file handed or sent to you before your departure, a professional and attentive pre-departure service.
  • International flights ;
  • Travel insurance ;
  • Some evening meals.




Comparing our tours and prices with others, consider...

  • The number of participants in the tour. The SIZE of the group has a major incidence on the quality of the services provided by the tour leader and the driver. Small groups remain personal unlike large groups.
  • What IS and what is NOT included in the tours & services you compare.
  • Our tours respect the principals of ecotourism. Our guides, staff members and providers are meticulously selected to meet our exacting requirements and standards and they are remunerated equitably and considered with great esteem as we much value their participation to our mission.
  • The quality standards of the services and accommodations we provide in our tours are high and our customer service is exceptional. We are committed to offering the very best to our travellers before, during and after their trip.
  • We provide our travellers with the contact information of their tour manager who is available 7 days a week before and during the tour to promptly assist them with any situation or simply answer questions or doubts before the tour starts.


Procedures and deadlines summary:

  1. Upon reception of your booking request we will send you a booking confirmation & invoice (or another offer if the requested services cannot be confirmed).
  2. Upon reception of your invoice, you must send us your initial deposit (30% of the tour price + 100% of flights and/or travel insurance, if these services are booked through us). We accept all major credit cards, checks, wire transfers and cash.
  3. Your final payment must be received 45 days prior to your tour departure.
  4. We send you your travel documents by FedEx courier 30 days prior to your tour departure (or before). We also send you (at the same time) an electronic version (PDF document sent by email) of your documents to keep as a backup copy in your files.
    All payments received are confirmed by our accounting dpt. the next day with an updated account statement sent by email.

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