Project Description

Antartica & Argentinian Patagonia itinerary – 22 days

“Back to basics, back to nature: an indescribable adventure! A trip through Patagonia is a journey of discovering the elusive endlessness and desolation. The classic expedition to Antartica was beyond imagination, like visiting another planet!”

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Overview

This itinerary is in cooperation with

Patiperra TravelsFitz Roy, Los Glaciaros, Patagonia, Argentina

A journey of discovery through beautiful Patagonia and the unique seventh continent. Argentinian Parc National Los Glaciares, much less travelled than Chilean Torres del Paine, is ideal for day hikes, whilst El Calafate hosts the impressive Perito Moreno glacier. The perfect start to a journey that goes from empty to emptier, from quiet to quieter, from people to nature. 100% nature in which you feel small and grateful. Explore the extreme south of Patagonia and the southernmost continent with Offbeat Islands and Patiperra Travels.

This Antartica & Argentinian Patagonia itinerary of 22 days starts in the beautiful capital Buenos Aires, called Paris of South America. The beautiful streets full of French architecture, the different neighborhoods with their own character, the rich cultural life and the cosmopolitan population make it a very pleasant city to spend a few days. A visit to the La Boca neighborhood is certainly worth it, as this is the birthplace of tango.

You fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, the gateway to Patagonia. This town is also the base of the world famous Perito Moreno glacier. This glacier is unique as it is stable, whilst almost all glaciers in the world are receding. The ice moves a few meters each day, causing enormous pressure and pushes the blue ice to the outside wall, and eventually big chunks fall regularly in the water. You notice the spectacular calving from close by while you hike around on the catwalks.

Parc National Los Glaciares with the impressive Fitz Roy range, is Argentinian’s equivalent of Torres del Paine in Chile. Whereas Torres de Paine is overcrowded and only suited to hike a multi-day circuit, whilst Los Glaciares is still less travelled and perfect for spectacular day hikes. You could hike to Lagos de los Tres (with a view on Cerro Fitz Roy) and Lago Torre.

The Antartica & Argentinian Patagonia itinerary continues with a transfer to Ushuaia, the world most southern city in Tierra del Fuego. Tierra del Fuego literally means Land of Fire and that name derives from Portuguese explorer Fernandez Magellán who saw smoke and fire when the ships approached the area. The region has been inhabited for around 12,000 years by different population groups such as the Yamana, Kaweskar and Ona.

Your expedition starts with a 2-day crossing of the well-known and notorious Drake Passage, the strait between two continents and it is here that hot and cold gulf flows meet. Sir Francis Drake was a British explorer who first toured the world in the 16th century. The passage could be rough and waves could measure up to 20 meters in bad weather. You are well-prepared though to avoid sea sickness, the crew is extremely professional and the expedition vessels are the best in the word to cope with these rough waters and ice. During the crossing you are entertained with all different kind of lectures by (guiding) scientists on topics such as  climate change, sea birds, and whales.

As soon as you reach the Antartican Peninsula, you realise that this is a very remote place on earth. During the stay here we disembark twice daily to go ashore with zodiacs. A good way to see wildlife and to get a bit closer to the huge icefalls on the continent. A continent of extremes where you are sometimes overwhelmed by the silence and or by falling ice. Or the penguins will keep you busy with their happy squeaks and fun bumbling. Depending on the weather conditions, stops are made at different places. A possible landing site on the seventh continent is Brown Bluff. The Gerlache Strait is a beautiful “strait” that offers lots of wildlife and truly stunning views. At the end of this street you will arrive at the Lemaire channel, also called the “Kodak gap” thanks to the unique view.

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Cultural

What is active

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What is active

  • up to 25% easy; only short hikes or other activities for a few days of the itinerary; no special fitness required
  • 25% – 50% basic; Activities up to 2 hours every other day; average fitness level expected
  • 50% – 75% medium; daily exercise between 2 and 4 hours; good fitness required
  • 75% – 100% challenging; daily activities between 4 and 6 hours, a few days full-day hikes in hard terrain; excellent fitness required

What is cultural

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What is cultural

  • up to 25% low; old remains at the destination are rare; low number of cultural activities and local exchange
  • 25% – 50% basic; some historical sites at the destination, average cultural activities and local exchange
  • 50% – 75% medium; adequate number of historical places, cultural activities and local exchange
  • 75% – 100% intense; abundant historical sites, cultural activities and local exchange
Antartica

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Infrastructure
Facilities

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What is the level of this itinerary

  • 0% – 25%; Tourism: hardly any tourists; Infrastructure: most roads are unpaved / bad roads. Facilities: very simple accommodation, no shower / bucket, latrine
  • 25% – 50%; Tourism: mainly local tourism; Infrastructure: majority of unpaved roads, but in fairly good condition; Facilities: simple accommodation, bucket shower, no flushing toilets
  • 50% – 75%; Tourism: tourism services available but not fully used; Infrastructure: good balance on paved and unpaved roads; Facilities: comfortable beds, toilet flushing and shower
  • 75% – 100%; Tourism: touristic, local life influenced; Infrastructure: most of the roads are paved. Facilities: additional facilities in accommodation such as swimming pool, terrace, bar

Pricing

Comfort

from € 8,299,-

What is comfort

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What is comfort

  • Accommodation is based on twin or double room in hotels or guesthouses with private bathroom. By default no kitchen facility.
  • Rental cars are compact size class with basic insurance.

Available dates

  • December 1 – December 22 2020

  • December 10 – December 31 2020

  • December 19 – January 9 2021

  • December 28 – January 18 2021

  • March 8 – March 29 2021

What is included

  • Accommodation for 19 nights including breakfast

  • Rental car for 6 days in Patagonia, with basic insurance

  • Flights from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, from El Calafate to Ushuaia and Ushuaia back to Buenos Aires

  • Transfers at arrival and departure in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia

  • Antartica expedition includes in addition:

    • Voyage aboard the indicated vessel as indicated in the itinerary
    • All meals throughout the voyage aboard the ship including snacks, coffee and tea.
    • All shore excursions and activities throughout the voyage by Zodiac.
    • Program of lectures by noted naturalists and leadership by experienced expedition staff.
    • Free use of rubber boots and snowshoes.
    • Luggage transfer from pick-up point to the vessel on the day of embarkation, in Ushuaia.
    • Pre-scheduled group transfer from the vessel to the airport in Ushuaia (directly after disembarkation).
    • All miscellaneous service taxes and port charges throughout the programme.
    • Comprehensive pre-departure material.
  • Map of Patagonia

What is not included

  • Flights to and out of Buenos Aires

  • The customary gratuity at the end of the expedition for stewards and other service personnel aboard (guidelines will be provided).

  • Meals, snacks and drinks (specifically stated when included)

  • All prices are based on 2 people minimum hence single supplement on accommodation & rental car

  • Entry tickets for (national) parks

  • Booking fee of EUR 30

  • Mandatory contribution of EUR 15 per booking to Guarantee Fund GGTO

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