Epic Patagonia Expedition
KING PENGUINS OF TIERRA DEL FUEGO + AUSTRALIS SHIP TO CAPE HORN + TORRES DEL PAINE FROM EXPLORA HOTEL
The greatest natural marvels and upscale services of Patagonia.
Departure: March 19, 2021
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.
The Main Expedition
Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas
Arrive in Punta Arenas today. 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 international flights.
Overnight: Hotel Cabo de Hornos. No Meals.
Day 2: Free morning in Punta Arenas – Board Australis
After breakfast, you will have some free time to explore Punta Arenas before boarding your first-class ship, the M/V Stella Australis. Board the vessel at 6 PM. After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the remotest corners of planet Earth. During the night you cross the Strait of Magellan and enter the labyrinth of channels that define the southern extreme of Patagonian.
Overnight: M/V Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.
Day 3: Ainsworth Bay – Tucker Islets
You go ashore at Ainsworth Bay, which harbors copious bird life and a colony of southern elephant seals which can sometimes be spotted from the Zodiacs. Leaving our Ainsworth Bay tour behind, you sail west along with the sound to the Tucker Islets. After lunch, you board the Zodiacs again for a close-up view of the Magellan penguins that inhabit the tiny islands. More than 4,000 penguins use Tucker as a place to nest, give birth, and nurture their chicks.
Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar
Day 4: Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley
By morning you are entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a Pia Glacier tour. After disembarking you take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier. Back on board the ship, you continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley.
Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.
Day 5: To UNESCO Cape Horn, the legendary “end of the world”, and Wulaia Bay
During the morning you cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Weather and sea conditions permitting, you shall go ashore on the windswept island that harbors legendary Cape Horn (Cabo de Hornos).
In the afternoon you navigate the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands and drop anchor at historic Wulaia Bay, one of the few places in the archipelago where the human history is just as compelling as the natural environment. Before leaving Wulaia Bay, drop something into the wooden mail barrel inside the museum – letters or postcards meant to be hand-delivered by future travelers – an ancient mariner tradition revived by Australis.
Overnight: O/N Stella Australis. B, L, D, and Open Bar.
Day 6: Disembark – Tour The Estancia-Rio Grande City
Early in the morning, you will say goodbye to Stella Australis and disembark at Ushuaia, Argentina. Meet your Argentinian Guide and drive to Estancia Las Hijas. Enjoy a delicious lunch and the tour in the Estancia. If you desire you can birdwatch. After this, you will drive to Rio Grande City and check-in at the Grande Hotel. (3 Star. Please do not expect luxury. It is just Ok. Services are slow. This is a remote town. It is fine for one night).
Overnight: Grande Hotel. B, L.
Day 7: King Penguin Park – Tierra del Fuego
After breakfast, you will drive to the Chilean Border, then you will arrive at the King Penguin Park, a private reserve wherein 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 enjoy lunch at Porvenir. Check-in in your hotel.
Overnight Hotel Cabo de Hornos. B, L.
Day 8: Torres del Paine National Park – Explora
You will be picked up and travel to UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Torres del Paine National Park. Once in the park, you will travel to its heart, where the 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. 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
Day 9, 10 & 11: Torres del Paine – Explora Base
Torres del Paine is big, the activities are plenty, and its weather is unpredictable. 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. 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 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.
Overnight Explora Patagonia. B, L, D and Open Bar
Day 12: 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.
The Easter Island Extension
Days 12, 11 & 13: 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 14: 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.
- Santiago overnight and tour
- Buenos Aires Overnight and tour
- Chile Wine Country
- The upscale Atacama Desert
- Northern Patagonia with Valdivia and Bariloche, starting or ending in Buenos Aires.
- El Chalten (Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre hiking)
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, flight 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, especially 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.
This expedition can depart on the day of your preference.
Please contact us for details at 888 832 7280 or request your quote.
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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