Patagonia Trip

Patagonia Trip

January 2019

 

 Llama-fiord-Andes

 Led by

Robert S. McElvaine

Ultima Esperanza fjord-2

Join us for an excursion in the Southern Hemisphere summer, almost to the southernmost place on land in the world apart from Antarctica.

Patagonia is a rugged, sparsely populated region with spectacular mountains (the southernmost Andes), glaciers, icebergs, and fiords.

Dates:

Depart U.S. on January 4, 2019 to arrive Puerto Natales on January 5. Departure from Puerto Natales on January 10, with arrival in the U.S. on January 11, 2019.

 

 

 

Itinerary

 

DAY 1, Jan 5             PUERTO NATALES (D)

Puerto Natales

sheep

 

 DAY 2, Jan 6     BALMACEDA & SERRANO GLACIER  (B,L)

 

Ultima Esperanza fjord

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day excursion to the Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers with lunch included. Early in the morning sail from Puerto Natales visiting the beautiful Ultima Esperanza (Final Hope) Fjord and after a 3-hour navigation arrival to the thousand-year-old glacier of Mount Balmaceda, habitat of cormorants and sea lions. At the end of the fjord disembark and walk approximately 1 kilometer (3/4 mile) on a path through the middle of a wonderful native forest to the foot of the Glacier Serrano and from there, admire this huge natural wonder. Lunch is included during the tour.

In the late afternoon, return to Puerto Natales and overnight.

Barccara Glacier

 

serrano glacier

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Torres del Paine NP

DAY 3, Jan 7      TORRES DEL PAINE  (B,L)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Full day excursion with lunch included, visiting Torres del Paine National Park. Departure from Puerto Natales, the first place to visit is the Milodon Cave. The journey continues through steppes and Patagonia scrub, full of abundant wildlife and herds of sheep, up to Torres del Paine National Park. In the park, a large variety of native fauna

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especially large herds of guanacos (similar to llamas) can be observed. Visit the Salto Grande of the Pehoe River, with the impressive mountain massif of Torres del Paine in the background. Then visit to Lake Pehoe. Return to Puerto Natales in the evening and overnight.

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DAY 4, Jan 8            GREY GLACIER (B,L)

Grey-gletscher

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure in the morning for a visit at the National Park with more than 242,242 ha (598,593 ac), this nature wonderland was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978. A drive along the park will reveal the impressive Andean massif, with its horned peaks that impact all visitors alike. The area is surrounded by glaciers (Grey), waterfalls, lagoons and lakes that together with the wide-ranging flora and fauna turn this park into one of the wonders of the world for its beauty and natural scenery. Continue to Grey sector to start our navigation. Begin this adventure in which the east and west face of the Gray Glacier will be reached.  We will navigate between floating icebergs (many of them blue) due to the glacial ice landslides and we will appreciate this imposing natural wonder in all its magnitude. After an exquisite toast with millenary ice, we return to hotel. Lunch is included at Hosteria Pehoe.

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boat on lake

DAY 5, Jan 9      TREKKIING TO LAS TORRES  (B,BLD)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure in the morning from Puerto Natales. Drive for almost 2 hours until Porteria Laguna Amarga from where we will start our trekking. Its name, Laguna Amarga, is due to the bitter taste of its waters, because they have a high content of salts, which are concentrated by evaporation, leaving a white and soft layer on the shore, which contrasts with the color of the waters and with the flamingo colonies, who live in it during the summer.

Flamingos

The first section is a simple and perfectly marked trail that takes height moderately.

Nature surprises with the overwhelming landscape, unique and incredible area together with the diversity of fauna that can be seen, condors, woodpeckers etc. Arrival at the Chilean refuge.

Our return is in the afternoon to Porteria Laguna Amarga where our vehicle will be waiting for us. Box lunch is included during our tour.

Arrival at Puerto Natales.

Dinner and Overnight at hotel.

 

DAY 6, Jan 10           TORRES DEL PAINE – CANCHA CARRERA BORDER (ARGENTINEAN SIDE)  (B)

Breakfast at the hotel.

Departure transfer from hotel in Puerto Natales to Cancha Carrera border (2 Hrs. Approx.)

PRICE:

 

Torres del Paine-sunset

(Not including airfare)

City View Room                $2900 per person double/twin accommodation 

Sea View Room                $2975 per person double/twin accommodation

 Supplement for single room:  City View Room: + $600

Sea View Room: + $675

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TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE ON THIS TOUR, CONTACT ME RIGHT AWAY AT:

mcelvrs@millsaps.edu.