Epic Patagonia & Easter Island Private Expedition
KING PENGUINS OF TIERRA DEL FUEGO + AUSTRALIS SHIP TO CAPE HORN + TORRES DEL PAINE FROM EXPLORA HOTEL + EASTER ISLAND
The greatest natural marvels and upscale services of Patagonia. Private departures at an unbeatable price. The itinerary may be customized.
Epic Patagonia & Easter Island Private Expedition
This is the ultimate Patagonia experience!
After 24 years taking explorers to Patagonia, we bring to you the ideal Southern Patagonia Itinerary: Using the most upscale services in the destination, you have the option to cross Tierra del Fuego to encounter King penguins in the wild and meet Gauchos before navigating to the legendary “end of the world” (Cape Horn) and continue through the Beagle Chanel, Darwin Mountain Range and the Straight of Magellan before disembarking to reach the UNESCO Biosphere reserve of Torres del Paine in Chile (superb wildlife and nature views). If you take the Easter Island Extension you will be traveling from the to the most isolated-inhabited place on earth – Easter Island, to the most remote landmark before Antarctica – Cape Horn. A true epic expedition.
We have combined the very best services in the area, some so upscale that you will not see them included in any other expedition packages. This is truly a unique, groundbreaking itinerary that will not only be outstanding for wildlife enthusiasts, but also for adventurers, soft and hardcore hikers, and photographers alike, all while doing it in upscale expedition style. Bird watching, hiking, horseback riding, superb meals, puma searches, open bar, rooms with the greatest vistas of the planet, the list of highlights is nearly limitless!
Spaces on the Australis cruise and at the Explora hotel are limited and fill up well in advance, so we highly recommend that you contact your Travel Agent or us soon to secure your spaces.
- Cross Tierra del Fuego to encounter King Penguins, birdwatch and spend quality time with Gauchos.
- Cruise the Magellan Straight, the Beagle Channel and the fjords of the Darwin Mountain Range to the enigmatic Cape Horn.
- Visit the biggest colony of Magellanic Penguins in the World
- Spend four nights and days at the award-winning Explora Hotel, right in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park (The best location by far)
- All excursions and activities are included. The itinerary is flexible and adapts to your interests.
- The best accommodations, transport and guidance in Patagonia, guaranteed.
- Explore Easter Island, the most Isolated inhabited place on Earth.
- Start in Santiago or Buenos Aires!
This expedition is served by certified and vastly experienced Local Guides.
All departures are guaranteed, and private for your party, being it of 2 or more participants.
Even though this itinerary has been crafted in detail and is the ideal Patagonia experience, NPE will be glad to customize it to your particular interests and needs.
The Main Expedition
Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia, Argentina – Board Australis
Fly from the Us to Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the World. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representatives and transferred to the Stella Australis ship. Depending on your arrival time, you will have the opportunity to explore Ushuaia, a charming town.
At 4 PM embark Stella Australis. Enjoy a welcome cocktail, briefing and gourmet dinner while you cruise towards Cape Horn.
NOTE: NPE will arrange any extra overnights you may need in Buenos Aires or Ushuaia, and extra activities if desired.
Day 2: Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay
You will be sailing through Murray Channel to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, you shall go ashore. Legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For years, it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the ‘End of the World.’ It was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.
In the afternoon, you will go ashore at Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. You will take an enchanted walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation.
Overnight: O/N Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar.
Day 3: Agostini Sound and Aguila Glacier
Today you will be sailing through Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena Channels to enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range. This is where you shall see glaciers sliding down the mountainside straight into the sea. During the journey, bird life will be prolific and diverse. In the afternoon, in well-equipped Zodiac boats, you will travel to the Águila Glacier where you will embark upon an easy walk to its base. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape.
Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.
Day 4: Magellan Penguins – Disembark-Torres del Paine Nat. Park – Explora Base
Early in the morning, you will go ashore on Magdalena Island, located in the middle of the Strait of Magellan. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellan penguins that you will be able to see during your walk to the lighthouse. Note: Numbers of penguins decrease during late March.
At 11:30 AM you will say goodbye to Stella Australis and disembark at Punta Arenas, Chile. You will then take first class vehicles, and travel to UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park. This is a 5-hour drive on comfortable vans, that will be broken up by lunch, and panoramic stops.
Torres del Paine is one of the world’s most spectacular national parks. It is an unrivaled landscape of jagged peaks, impossibly blue lakes, iceberg-loaded rivers, and pampas filled with guanacos. It has the highest density of Andean condors and South American pumas in the world. Its unique microclimate creates high temperatures up to 82 F, but part of its beauty is that one can experience the four seasons every day.
Once in the park, you will travel to its heart, where award-winning Explora hotel is located. Explora, our home for the next four nights, is recognized as one of the best expedition hotels in the world, by far the finest in the area, and a winner of so many awards it would be hard to mention them all here. Food is great and services are exceptional. Staying at Explora is a true highlight of the expedition. Weather permitting, you will arrive in time to enjoy, and photograph, one of the greatest sunsets you have ever seen.
Overnight Explora Patagonia. B, L, D and Open Bar
Days 5, 6 & 7: Torres del Paine – Explora Base
Torres del Paine is big, the activities are plenty, and its weather is unpredictable. That is why we suggest four nights and days in the park for a complete and memorable experience.
Also, and for the same reasons, we have selected Explora hotel, the only upscale property located in the middle of the park. With Explora we have secured the shortest drives to each destination, thus maximizing the time to explore and enjoy. Also, Explora is right in front of the Pehoe Lake and the Paine Horns. Sunsets and Sunrises are spectacular.
During your days at Explora Torres del Paine, you will have a varied menú of small-group activities to choose from (No more tan 6 participants), all guided by well trained Explora local guides: From birdwatching, soft walking, horseback riding (The horse operation is top class) hiking, and even demanding hiking (You may even choose to climb to the base of the Paine Towers). It doesn’t matter what your level of fitness is, you will find the right excursions to explore the highlights of the park, at your pace.
You have included, every day, two half day excursions or one full day. All activities are planned daily based on the weather conditions and the guests interests. The hotel also has an indoors pool (With incredible vistas), hot tubs, lecture rooms (Daily lectures are offered) and a great lounge with several fireplaces.
All meals are included, and you will be amazed at the quality of them. They are served paired with an assortment of Chilean wines (included), and you will also have access to the open bar. Your days at Torres del Paine using Explora as your base will remain in your memory as some of the most beautiful and rewarding of your life.
Overnight Explora Patagonia. B, L, D and Open Bar
Day 8: Drive to Punta Arenas and fly back to the US
After breakfast, enjoy a scenic drive from Torres del Paine back to Punta Arenas, and then fly to Santiago de Chile and connect with your flight back to home.
If you flight back to the US forces a long layover or an overnight at Santiago, we will arrange any day-use or overnights you may need at the conveniently located Santiago Airport Holiday Inn Hotel (4-Star)
If you take the Easter Island or Atacama extensions, the overnight tonight is included at the Santiago Holiday Inn Hotel (4-Star).
Meals included: B, L.
The Easter Island Post Extension
Days 9, 10 & 11: Explore Easter Island – Explora Base
After an included overnight at the Santiago Hilton Hotel with breakfast included, walk to the airport check-in counter and embark on a 5-hour flight to Easter Island, always assisted by our representatives. Once you reach the Island (arrival scheduled for 1:10 pm), transfer to your hotel and enjoy lunch.
Your home at Easter Island will be another Explora property, the Explora Rapa Nui, that will provide you with the same standards as in Torres del Paine: Small-group guided excursions, first-class guides, all fine meals paired with wines, open bar and great common areas to enjoy.
After some time to rest, you will start your detailed exploration of Easter Island by visiting Ahu Tahai and Ahu Akivi, the famous ceremonial site with 7 standing moais.
During the next two days, you will continue exploring the enigmatic Island’s main sites. You will have two half-day or one full-day excursion that includes Rano Raraku (the Moai Quarry), Ahu Tongariki, Vinapu and Puna Pau (ceremonial sites), and Orongo (the Stone Village). You will also have time to visit the beautiful Anakena Beach.
Overnight: Explora Rapa Nui. B, L, D.
Day 12: Explore Easter Island – Fly to Santiago – Fly US
During the morning, you will visit Hanga Roa, the main town of Easter Island. You will have the opportunity to shop, interact with locals, get a free stamp on your passport, visit the local church (Interesting for everyone, mass is celebrated in the local language and the songs are to be heard) Then you will transfer to the airport and fly back to Santiago de Chile and connect with your flight back home.
Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch.
The King Penguins & Gauchos of Tierra del Fuego Pre-Extension
This magnificent Pre-Extension will add, in just 3 days, superb wildlife and cultural encounters. It will also allow you to start and finish your expedition in Punta Arenas Chile, which may reduce the costs of international flights.
The international flight tickets are not included in your expedition package. If you take this extension, your flight from the US will fly you to Santiago de Chile where you will need to connect with a flight to Punta Arenas. We recommend departing your home city for Punta Arenas-Chile, 1 or 2 days before the start of your expedition, depending on whether you fly direct to Santiago de Chile, or with layovers. We can take care of arranging your international flights, add hotel overnights in Santiago de Chile, or one of the several extensions. Please download the complete details or call your Travel Agent or us at 888 832 7280.
Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas
Arrive in Punta Arenas today. The flight from Santiago is simply beautiful: You will fly right over the Southern Patagonian Icefield, the 3rd largest freshwater reserve on the planet composed of 220 miles of ice (17,000 cubic miles), forming one of the most dramatic landscapes on earth. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the Cabo de Hornos hotel, located in Punta Arenas Main Square. The rest of the day is yours to recover from the international flights. You can visit the interesting museums (great for learning the history of the now extinct Patagonia Natives), and enjoy walks along the streets of this, the southernmost former city on the planet.
Overnight: Hotel Cabo de Hornos. No Meals.
Day 2: Magellan Strait – King Penguins – Tierra del Fuego
Early in the morning, take a ferry across the legendary Magellan Strait towards Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire – 2.5 hours). The ferry ride itself is superb and will allow sightings of multiple bird species, including black-browed albatrosses, four species of petrels (including the southern giant petrel), skuas, dolphin gulls, and South American terns, among many others.
Upon arrival in Tierra del Fuego, you will drive across this iconic island along Inutil Bay with excellent chances to spot guanacos, flamingos, and upland geese among other species. You will enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by superb vistas, before arriving at King Penguin Park, a private reserve where in 2011, a king penguin colony established itself; this is the only one found outside of South Georgia and Antarctica. You will enjoy close sightings of this species, arguably the most beautiful penguin on earth.
You will then continue driving through Tierra del Fuego and will cross the border into Argentina. Once you arrive at your hotel, a simple but comfortable property, you will enjoy dinner.
Overnight: Grande Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 3: Tierra del Fuego – Gaucho Experience – Ushuaia – Board Australis (Same as day 1 of the main expedition)
After breakfast, you will continue driving through beautiful Tierra del Fuego and soon will arrive at a traditional gaucho farm. Here, you will spend time with the local gauchos, learn their uses and customs, see how they use dogs to manage their lambs, and enjoy a traditional “mate” before a delicious lunch, prepared gaucho style, with great Argentinian wines. A little birding and botanizing is also included.
After your gaucho experience, you will continue towards Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. You will have some free time in town before boarding your first class ship, the M/V Stella Australis.
- Santiago overnight and tour
- Buenos Aires Overnight and tour
- Chile Wine Country
- Upscale Atacama Desert
- Northern Patagonia with Valdivia and Bariloche, starting or ending in Buenos Aires.
- El Chalten (Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre hiking)
Call your Travel Agent or us for details. TOLL FREE 888 832 7280
Using decades of experience and with the help of our local partners, we have crafted this itinerary in detail and have created a program that maximizes the opportunities for exploring sites, for deep cultural interaction, and to facilitates wildlife encounters, while using the best accommodations available. However, unpredictable circumstances such as weather, f!ight delays or cancellations, labor strikes, road conditions, traffic, hotel overbookings and other factors may force adjusting the program on site. These events or realities are out of our control and an inherent risk when traveling, specially on expeditions to this kind of remote destinations. Your Expedition Leader might also decide to alter the program in case opportunities to improve the cultural or wildlife experiences are found. Please note that the expedition leader and hotels could change without notice due to force majeure reasons. No refunds will be given for program changes beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.
M/V STELLA AUSTRALIS
Built in 2010, the M.V. Stella Australis has 100 outside-facing cabins and was made specifically to cruise the spectacular Patagonian waterways. All cabins are the same size and feature a large window, an ensuite bathroom, and individual temperature controls. Cabins are available on three levels: Category A on the second level, Category AA on the third level, and Category AAA on the fourth level. Facilities aboard include an open deck, three lounges, a library, a game room, an exercise room, a single seating dining room, and an infirmary. We have secured A cabins for all expedition participants (A cabins are on main deck and are ideal. Upgrading to AA and AAA cabins is possible for an additional charge).
Meals are buffet-style for breakfast and lunch and are served to the table for dinner. All beverages, including wine, are served at no extra charge with meals. The complete bar is free of charge, although some imported upscale brands could require an extra charge.
All excursions are included and are done using well-maintained zodiacs. The expedition guiding team is one of the best of the world. Superb wildlife and panoramic views are guaranteed.
Electricity is 220V in the cabins, but 110V are available in all bathrooms. Hairdryers are available. No laundry.
On the shores of Lake Pehoe and beside the Salto Chico waterfall, right in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, it has breathtaking views of the Paine ridge and the granite towers. Its construction is based around essential luxuries, allowing the traveler to inhabit the remote location in its essence without distractions. Explora Patagonia has won several architecture and tourism awards since 1996.
The 3000-sqf rooms are designed to take full advantage of the superb views and ensure a deep rest after a day of exploration. We have secured rooms with Paine mountains views.
The massage room and pool area are located 300 feet away from the main building, connected by a sloped wood path. It is equipped with a heated pool, sauna, and four open-air Jacuzzis with views of the Pehoe Lake and Paine Massif.
All meals are exceptional and accompanied by Chilean wines. The bar is a great place where to gather after a day of exploration. Open bar is included (Certain brands will require extra payments).
All Guides are top rated and have WFR certification. The vans are in good conditions and driven by a certified driver. The perfect team to explore Torres del Paine natural marvels.
Explora has its own horse stable, directed by renowned French horse expert Gaella Hourcq and managed by local Gauchos. Each of the horses has been rigorously prepared for riders of different levels of expertise. At least one horseback-riding excursion is included, and you will be able to spend time with the local gauchos.
Electricity is 110V and 220V. Laundry is available for an extra charge.
2016-2017 Departures and Prices
* All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
**Other upgrades available. Please contact us for details at 888 832 7280.
Easter Island Post-Extension:
P/p $ 3500.00 / Single Supplement $ 990.00
King Penguins & Gauchos of Tierra del Fuego Pre-Extension:
P/p $ 2598.00 ($ 700.00 p/p discount if you book 4 or more at the same time)
Included in the Land Cost:
- Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
- 24/7 services of a Senior Expedition Leader/Lecturer during the expedition.
- Services of English-speaking local guides
- All ground transportation (including airport transfers) in 1 to 3-year-old vehicles with professional drivers.
- Accommodations as noted (The best available in each destination).
- All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
- Group photography fees.
- Meals as noted.
- Bottled water at included meals, transfers and tours.
- Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
- Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants and restaurant staff.
- Excess baggage charges.
- Gratuity for Local Head Guide, Driver and Expedition Leader.
- Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
- Trip cancelation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
- Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.
Deposits and final payments:
- US$ 1500.00 at the time of booking.
- The remaining balance is due 90 days before the expedition.
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