Welcome to Patagonia
Welcome to Patagonia; land of legend and mystery and home to Argentina’s most visited attraction, the Perito Moreno Glacier. Upon arrival, a private transfer will take you to your hotel in town or, for a more authentic Patagonian experience to a lodge outside of the city. Your afternoon is free to enjoy activities at your lodge or, if in the city, to explore the town, especially the recently opened Glaciarium Ice Museum.
Today you’ll visit one of the only advancing glaciers in the world; the Perito Moreno glacier – an immense sheet of ice which flows from the largest ice sheet outside of Antarctica. Bundle up and board a boat which sails in front of the immense face of the glacier. For the more adventurous, take a guided walk on the glacier (crampons provided) and get an up-close look at the deep blue ice caverns and gullies. Afterward, get a great view of the glacier and ice sheet beyond from a viewing platform in front of the glacier.
No visit to Patagonia is complete without visiting one of the many “estancias” (ranches) found throughout. Visit a local estancia for an“asado” of traditional Argentine beef while enjoying a demonstration of gaucho horsemanship or take a boat on Lago Argentino to a remote estancia and get a glimpse of early settler’s life in the area followed by a jeep excursion for spectacular views of glaciers and Andean peaks.
Today you’ll head deeper into Patagonia with a visit to Ushuaia, the southernmost permanently inhabited city in the world. A short flight (in season) from El Calafate brings you to the stupendously rugged Tierra del Fuego. Upon arrival in Ushuaia, a private transfer will take you to your hotel in town. Spend the afternoon exploring the small city of Ushuaia, a great place for seafood and especially crab. be missed is the Devil’s Throat, an impressive and thundering waterfall over 100 feet taller than Niagara.
Aboard a boat for a cruise through the Beagle Channel with stunning views abound and get a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this area home: fur seals; cormorants and even penguins (in season).
Today we head inland to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Along the way, you’ll appreciate the rugged landscape, dotted with a few estancias and numerous beaver dams. Explore the National Park on foot via one of the many hiking trails, by canoe and/or by the local steam railway.
It’s time to leave the land of “fire and ice” and head to the airport for your departure flight from Ushuaia. Whether you are continuing your travels or returning home, you’re sure to have been inspired, maybe even humbled by Patagonia.
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