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Patagonia Private

Patagonia Private

DURATION

12 DAYS

WHEN

Nov to Mar

DESTINATION

Argentina-Chile

TYPE

PRIVATE

Patagonia

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.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • 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.

If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.

– John Hemingway

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Itinerary in Brief

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 Ice eld, 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

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.

Check in at 1398 Costanera del Estrecho Ave. (Arturo Prat Port) in Punta Arenas between 13:00 and 17:00 (1-5 PM) on the day of your Australis cruise departure.

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. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as you enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Overnight: M/V Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar.

Day 3 

Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets

By dawn, the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. 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. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.

Leaving our Ainsworth Bay tour behind, you sail west along 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. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor.

Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar

Day 4

Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley

Overnight you sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel, and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, the Australis cruise tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. 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.

No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king.

Back on board the ship, you continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries — Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain, and France.

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). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

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 human history is just as compelling as the natural environment.  This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of di culty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these, you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.

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 a tour of the Estancia. If you desire you can birdwatch. After this, you will drive to Rio Grande City and check in at Grande Hotel.

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. This is a drive-on comfortable van, 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 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. Please check the accommodations sections of this booklet for more details.

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. 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 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 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 home.

B, L.

Lodgings

Explora Hotel

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 Ship: 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. 

Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Chaparri Ecolodge is located in the dry forests of northern Peru. It provides a tranquil escape in a spectacular landscape of the foothills of the Andes, with excellent wildlife viewing. It is a communal award-winning project. Even though basic, the sta is truly warm. The 6 Rooms available are clean, feature en suite bathrooms, solar hot water, and electricity. Food is served on a simple terrace. A stream pool and hammocks are available. No AC (One night stay).

When to go

The best ideal opportunity to visit Chilean Patagonia is November to early Walk (mid-year in the southern side of the equator). Despite the fact that you’ll contend with hefty groups during this pinnacle season, the climate is ideal for investigating Torres del Paine Public Park and Tierra del Fuego. September, October, and November (spring) welcome brilliant sprouts, while Walk, April, and May (fall) introduce pre-winter tints. The two seasons experience gentle temperatures and fewer groups. Try not to visit in June and August (winter), when most attractions close and Southern Chilean Patagonia purges out. Anyways, make sure to pack layers and a tough coat to protect yourself from Patagonia’s crisp all-year winds.

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DURATION

12 DAYS

PRICE

$ 10820.00

WHEN

MAR 19th, 2022

DESTINATION

Argentina-Chile

TYPE

SMALL GROUP 

Epic Patagonia Expedition

It all begins in Punta Arenas-Chile, where you will start a 5-night navigation through the Magellan Strait and the Darwin Mountain Range towards iconic Cape Horn. Then it is up through the Beagle Channel to Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the world.

You will then spend two days crossing Tierra del Fuego visiting Gaucho farms and the only colony of King Penguins in the continent before reaching Punta Arenas.

After a night of rest, you will drive to Torres del Paine National Park, the most beautiful on Earth. Your home for 5-nights is the award-winning Explora Hotel, the only one located right in the middle of the park and in front of the Paine Horns mountains. Birdwatching, hiking, trekking, climbing, horseback riding, spa, open bar, and superb meals will allow you to experience the extremes of Patagonia in total comfort. All activities adapt to your interests and activity level.

Extensions to Easter Island, the outstanding Colchagua Wine Valley of central Chile, and the Atacama Desert are available.

Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!

Departure: March 19th, 2022

Guides: Local Guides supplied by the Ship and Explora hotel. An NPE Master Guide will lead the cross of Tierra del Fuego.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • 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
  • Possibility to add extra nights at Visa VIK, the most upscale boutique wine hotel in South America.
  • 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.
  • Pre or Post extension to Easter Island.
  • Pre or Post extension to Atacama.
  • Post extension to Argentina to visit El Chalten, Perito Moreno Glacier, and return through Buenos Aires.

This must be our greatest travel experience. Setting foot in Cape Horn, enjoying the Darwin Fjords, crossing Tierra del Fuego, enjoying sunsets and sunrises in front of the most beautiful mountains. Fishing, horseback riding, hiking. We did it all!

Charle L. – Boulder. CO

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4-NIGHT NAVIGATION TO CAPE HORN + CROSS TIERRA DEL FUEGO VISITING GAUCHOS AND KING PENGUINS + 4-NIGHTS AT TORRES DEL PAINE LODGGIN AT AWARD-WINNING EXPLORA LODGE. ALL FOR $10820. EXTENSIONS TO EASTER ISLAND, VINA VIK WINERY, AND ARGENTINA EL CHALTEN AND BUENOS AIRES ARE AVAILABLE

Itinerary in Brief

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 Ice eld, 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

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.

Check in at 1398 Costanera del Estrecho Ave. (Arturo Prat Port) in Punta Arenas between 13:00 and 17:00 (1-5 PM) on the day of your Australis cruise departure.

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. The twinkling lights of Punta Arenas gradually fade into the distance as you enter the Whiteside Canal between Darwin Island and Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego.

Overnight: M/V Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar.

Day 3 

Ainsworth Bay – Tuckers Islets

By dawn, the ship is sailing up Admiralty Sound (Seno Almirantazgo), a spectacular offshoot of the Strait of Magellan that stretches nearly halfway across Tierra del Fuego. 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. Two guided excursions are available: one is along the edge of a stream, peat bog and beaver habitat to a waterfall-and-moss-covered rock face tucked deep inside a pristine sub-polar forest; the other is a more strenuous hike along the crest of a glacial moraine. Both afford views of Marinelli Glacier and the Darwin Mountains.

Leaving our Ainsworth Bay tour behind, you sail west along 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. Many other bird species also frequent the area including king cormorants, oystercatchers, Chilean skuas, kelp geese, dolphin gulls, eagles and even the occasional Andean condor.

Overnight Stella Australis. B, L, D and Open Bar

Day 4

Pia Glacier – Glacier Alley

Overnight you sail around the western end of Tierra del Fuego via the very narrow Gabrial Channel, Magdalena Channel, and Cockburn Channel. After rounding the remote Brecknock Peninsula, the Australis cruise tacks eastward and enters the Beagle Channel again. 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.

No one knows for certain how the hulking mass of snow and ice got its feminine moniker, but one theory says it was named for Princess Maria Pia of Savoy (1847-1911), daughter of the Italian king.

Back on board the ship, you continue east along the Beagle Channel through an area called Glacier Alley. Living up to its name, the passage features a number of impressive tidewater glaciers flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet on the north shore. Most of them named after European countries — Holland, Italy, Germany, Spain, and France.

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). Discovered in 1616 by a Dutch maritime expedition — and named after the town of Hoorn in West Friesland — Cape Horn is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory overlooking the turbulent waters of the Drake Passage. For many years it was the only navigation route between the Pacific and Atlantic, and was often referred to as the “End of the Earth.” The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

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 human history is just as compelling as the natural environment.  This area is also renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. After a visit to the Australis-sponsored museum in the old radio station — which is especially strong on the Yámana people and European missionaries in the area — passengers have a choice of three hikes (of increasing degrees of di culty) that ascend the heavily wooden mountain behind the bay. On all of these, you will be strolling through an enchanted Magellan forest of lengas, coigües, canelos, ferns, and other endemic fauna to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.

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 a tour of the Estancia. If you desire you can birdwatch. After this, you will drive to Rio Grande City and check in at Grande Hotel.

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. This is a drive-on comfortable van, 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 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. Please check the accommodations sections of this booklet for more details.

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. 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 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 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 home.

B, L.

Lodgings

Explora Hotel

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 Ship: 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. 

Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Chaparri Ecolodge is located in the dry forests of northern Peru. It provides a tranquil escape in a spectacular landscape of the foothills of the Andes, with excellent wildlife viewing. It is a communal award-winning project. Even though basic, the sta is truly warm. The 6 Rooms available are clean, feature en suite bathrooms, solar hot water, and electricity. Food is served on a simple terrace. A stream pool and hammocks are available. No AC (One night stay).

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Mar 19, 2022

PRICE

$10820

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$10820

STATUS

OPEN

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Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Services of English-speaking certified guides.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers).
  • Accommodations as noted, including three nights onboard the first-class Stella Australis and 4 nights at Explora hotel.
  • Open bar available at these properties.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water included meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.

Not Included:

  • International and domestic flights.
  • Passport and visa fees.
  • Excess baggage charges, departure fees, and airport taxes.
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, baggage loss, and medical insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

 

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We then fly to La Paz to experience all that the highest capital of the world offers before continuing to Tiwanaku, the impressive remains of the capital of the imperium that dominated these lands before the Incas, who are descendants of the Tiwanaku.

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On our last day, we will visit the enigmatic Sillustani Pre-Inca cemetery before flying back to Lima to connect with your flights back home.

You may want to consider adding the Colca Canyon and Arequipa extension, Cusco and Machu Picchu, or even Easter Island.

Please note that you may add a few days in Santiago de Chile to explore the nearby wine country and a few days in Lima-Peru to visit its museums and superb dining.

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP EXTRAORDINARY

  • Ideal acclimatization process.
  • Three countries in 13 days.
  • Boutique hotel in the middle of charming San Pedro de Atacama.
  • Atacama desert Moon Valley
  • Tatio Geysers
  • Cross the Uyuni Salt Lake using top quality 4×4 with window seats guaranteed.
  • Lodge at the best Salt Hotel that exists.
  • Multiple extensions available
  • Visit to Laguna Verde, located below Licancabur Volcano, one of the highest and most beautiful in the world
  • See rare James Flamingos in Laguna Colorada
  • Visit Potosí and the villages of Tika Tika and Chaquilla
  • Enjoy a half-day tour of Sucre
  • Complete tour of La Paz
  • Visit Tiwanaku Pre-Inca Remains
  • Titicaca Lake Navigation
  • Visit Taquile and Uros Islands

We took this expedition because of the Uyuni Salt Lake. Still, we were impressed by the richness of the destinations: Superb natural history, the complexity of the Pre-Inca, Inca, and Colonial history, the beauty of the multiple ecosystems explored. If you want remote, unique, impressive and seldom visited, you should put this one in your list.

NPE’s itinerary is complete, full of details that matter, and takes care of the much-needed acclimatization.

Clark M – Orange C. CA

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13 DAYS THROUGH CHILE, BOLIVIA, AND PERU INCLUDING THE NATURAL HISTORY, HISTORY, AND LOCAL CULTURE OF THE ATACAMA DESERT, THE UYUNI SALT LAKE, AND THE TITICACA LAKE FOR $8950. CONCIDES WITH NEW MOON NIGHTS WHILE AT UYUNI

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Itinerary in Brief

  • Day 8: Sucre (B, L, D)
  • Day 9: Fly to La Paz (B, L)
  • Day 10: La Paz full day (B, L, D)
  • Day 11: La Paz – Tiwanaku – Desaguadero – Puno (B, L, D)
  • Day 12: Uros and Taquile Island (B, L, D)
  • Day 13: Diablada demonstration. Visit Sillustani. Drive to Juliaca. Fly back home (B, Box lunch)
  • Day 1: Arrive in Calama (Meals Aloft)
  • Day 2: The Moon Valley (B, L)
  • Day 3: Full day Geiser El Tatio (B, L)
  • Day 4: Hito Cajón – Lagunas de Colores – Villamar (B, L, D)
  • Day 5: Villamar – Lagunas Vinto y Catal – Valle de las Rochas – Colchani (B, L, D)
  • Day 6: Colchani – Salar – Colchani (B, L, D)

Itinerary 

Day 1 

Arrival in Calama, Chile – Drive to San Pedro de Atacama

Fly to Calama in Chile via Santiago de Chile. Upon arrival, our representatives will pick you up and drive you to charming San Pedro de Atacama (1hr 50 min drive).

San Pedro de Atacama (8000 ft) is the entrance to some of the fascinating landscapes of the World. The majority of its attractions are part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve.

As soon as you arrive, you will check-in at Desertica Hotel, located in the middle of town. Use the rest of the day to recover from the flights.

Overnight at Desertica Hotel (No meals)

Day 2

The Moon Valley

San Pedro de Atacama is located in the Atacama desert, the dryest and most beautiful desert in the World.

After a complete pre-departure briefing and geographic orientation, you will explore the Moon Valley, San Pedro’s most
famous destination.

After our complete excursion to the Moon Valley, you will have time to enjoy your hotel and wander around San Pedro de Atacama.

Overnight at Desertica Hotel. (B, L)

Day 3 

Tatio Geysers

Even though we start in San Pedro de Atacama, our expedition will take us to lands much higher than that.

The Geysers of Tatio, the third largest geyser field in the World and the largest in South America, offers some of the most breathtaking panoramas and superb wildlife encounters.

Today we will depart early and gently climb up to 14000 feet. Along the way, we will stop to observe wild vicunas, flamencos, incredible rock formations, sights of snow-capped mountains, and volcanoes that will take your breath away without a doubt.

We will then return to our upscale hotel in San Pedro to rest.

Overnight at Desertica Hotel (B, L)

Tatio Geysers

Day 4

To Bolivia – Hito Cajón – Lagunas de Colores – Villamar

After an early breakfast and already correctly acclimatized to the altitude, we will drive to Hito Cajón, leaving Chile behind and entering Bolivia.

Our first stop will be at the impressive Laguna Verde, located below Licancabur Volcano, one of the highest and most beautiful in the World.

Then, we continue to Laguna Colorada, usually packed with the rare James Flamingos and multiple other high altitude species. 

Our day’s ride is mainly in the National Reserve Los Flamencos and includes stops at the Valle de Dalí (Dali’s Valley), the Chalviri thermal waters, and the Geysers Sol de Mañana (Morning Sun).

By the end of the day, we will arrive at our simple but comfortable and warm hotel to enjoy dinner and a restful night.

Overnight at Jardines de Mallku Cueva Hotel. (B, L, D

Day 5

Villamar – Lagunas Vinto y Catal – Valle de las Rochas – Colchani

Today we continue our way by 4×4 to the Uyuni Salt Lake. Our drive includes stops at the cave paintings and ruins near Tomas Lajas, The Stone Valley, and the Catal and Vinto Lagoons. The villages of Alota, Culpina K and, the church of San Cristobal Church follow until reaching Uyuni town where we’ll visit the trains’ cemetery before continuing to the village of Colchani.

At Colchani, we will check-in at Palacio de Sal Hotel, the first and by far the most upscale hotel in the Uyuni Salt Flatlands area.

This lodging is entirely novel, one of the most distinctive inns on the planet. Investigate yourself and book your excursion to Salar de Uyuni with us, including a stay at Palacio de Sal lodging. Look at our Uyuni salt pads visits; we have a total and fluctuated offer (counting stargazing visits) to meet your desires and itinerary items.

Overnight at Palacio de Sal Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Colchani – Salar

After breakfast, we will visit Colchani to observe the traditional salt extraction methods and then continue to Incahuasi Island (also known as Fish Island).

Fish Island is an oasis in the middle of the Salt Flatlands. A former Island, it is now an isolated ecosystem mainly populated by giant cacti up to 10 meters high. Much of its flora and insects are endemic. A spectacular picnic lunch will be served in the middle of Salt Lake before continuing to visit the mummies of Pucara Ayque at the foothills of the Sacred Thunupa Volcano.

After enjoying a fantastic sunset – with sundowners, of course, we will return to our beautiful and unique salt hotel.

We have planned this expedition to have no moon tonight. If your energy allows, join your leader for a spectacular stargazing session after dinner.

Overnight at Palacio de Sal Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Potosí – Sucre

Today we leave the Uyuni salt lake behind and travel to Potosí, passing by the villages of Tika Tika and Chaquilla.

Potosi is of utmost historical importance. Once in Potosí, enjoy a walking tour of the city, admiring the colonial streets, visiting the most important historical and religious monuments.

After lunch, we will visit the local miners’ market to learn about the importance of using coca leaves, alcohol, and dynamite to continue with a visit to one of the current mining cooperatives.

The day will end with a drive to Sucre, where we will enjoy dinner at our excellent boutique hotel.

Overnight at Mi Pueblo Samary Boutique Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Sucre

Enjoy a half-day tour of the “white city,” including the convent of Recoleta, the museum of textile art of ASUR, the main square, the famous Casa de la Libertad, and the Bolívar Park.

In the afternoon, we change gears entirely and visit the largest fossilized dinosaurs’ footprints deposit in the World. The site is called Cal Ork’ o, in the Quechua language, and is the largest cement quarry in Bolivia, located just 5 km away from Sucre. 

At night, and after time to freshen up at our hotel, we will enjoy dinner at Espacio Cultural Origenes. This restaurant has a large stage where they put on a colorful, high-energy dance show featuring traditional dances from Sucre and Bolivia.

Overnight at Mi Pueblo Samary Boutique Hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Fly to La Paz

After breakfast, we will drive to Sucre airport and fly to La Paz.

After our arrival, we will enjoy lunch at a fine local restaurant and later check-in at our La Paz hotel, the most upscale in the city.

We have left this afternoon free for you to relax, or if you prefer to explore the city and try one of its excellent restaurants.

Overnight at Hotel Casa Grande. (B, L)

Day 10

La Paz City Tour

Today enjoy a complete tour of La Paz.

The tour includes visits to the Gold, Murillo, and Costumbrista museums and a stop at “Mirador de Killi Killi” to enjoy magnificent views of the city.

Later we will explore various street markets, including a traditional one dedicated to the commerce of Andean agricultural products such as quinoa, tunta, chuño (dehydrated potato), and oca (sweet tuber).

At night, and after time to rest at your hotel, we will enjoy an 8-course dinner at Gustu Restaurant.

Overnight at Hotel Casa Grande. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Visit Tiwanaku Pre-Inca Remains – Drive to Puno

Today we will drive 1.5 hours towards Titicaca Lake to visit the remains of the Tiwanaku’s capital city to be awed by the Kalasasaya Temple, the Sun Gate, multiple monoliths the Akapana pyramid.

After this fascinating archeological experience, we will drive four hours to Puno, in Peru, a city located at the shores of Titicaca Lake. The drive is quite scenic and includes going through immigration and enjoying the sights of multiple colonial Andean towns.

Once we reach Puno, we will check-in at the Premium Casa Andina Hotel, right in front of the Titicaca Lake Puno bay.

Overnight at Casa Andina Premium Puno. (B, L)

Day 12

Uros and Taquile Island

After an early breakfast, we will board our private speedboat to navigate the Titicaca Lake waters to Taquile Island.

To provide you with a more intimate experience, we have selected a remote corner of the Island for our visit. By visiting this secluded section of the Island, we will avoid the tourist masses and strenuous uphill walks.

Once we reach the Island, we will visit the community of Huayllano, whose members will show you their uses and customs, crafts, farming activities, and traditions. After this time of sharing, you will enjoy a picnic lunch and then sail to the famous Uros Islands, a set of human-made reed islands in the middle of the Lake Titicaca National Reserve.

In the late afternoon, we will be back at our bayside hotel. 

Overnight at Casa Andina Premium Puno. (B, L)

Day 13

Diablada demonstration. Sillustani Tour. Drive to Juliaca. Fly back home.

This morning enjoy a demonstration of “Diablada,” a traditional dance named after the devil’s masks colorful costumes used by the performers.

After the unique experience, we will drive to Sillustani cemetery, one of the most enigmatic archeological sites in South America and the World. Located beside a gorgeous Lake, Sillustany is a cluster of Chullpas (Stone build tower-like burial vault tombs). 

Afterward, we will drive to Juliaca airport and fly to Lima, Peru, where you will connect with your flight back home.

(B, Box Lunch)

Lodgings

San Pedro de Atacama: Desertica Hotel

Located in San Pedro de Atacama, Hotel Desertica has free bikes and a garden, as well as free Wi-Fi. All guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a seating area.

Each room comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. It also includes a wardrobe. The daily breakfast offers à la carte and American options.

Hotel Desertica offers an outdoor pool.

Hito Cajón: Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva

Hotel Jardines de Mallku Cueva is a simple and rustic yet comfortable Andean hotel. The unique architecture – the hotel is built into a rock – is inspired by the wondrous desert surroundings and stones of all shapes and sizes. All twelve rooms have electricity and heating, plus private bathrooms with hot water. The amenities are basic but the rooms are one-of-a-kind for the region, with exposed stone and natural colors that blend well with the environment. The restaurant and bar area includes a cozy fireplace to warm up during cold nights.

Colchani: Palacio de Sal Hotel

Built out of salt bricks and also featuring salt furniture, Palacio de Sal offers guests accommodations with free WiFi and a complimentary buffet breakfast in Potosí.

Rooms at Palacio de Sal feature private bathrooms and the restaurant offers a regional menu with a wide variety of salty dishes like llama meat, lamb, and chicken.

Guests can enjoy the game room or request luggage storage services.

Sucre: Mi Pueblo Samary Hotel Boutique

In a colonial mansion with pieces of local artwork, the hotel offers rooms with private balconies and views of the charming interior patios and Spanish galleries.

Rooms at Mi Pueblo Samary, Hotel Boutique are styled with sculpted wood details, decorated bedsteads, and colorful tapestries. All rooms have flat-screen cable TVs, mini-bars, and private bathrooms with toiletries. A Continental breakfast with cereals, eggs, cheese, and fruits can be enjoyed daily. A traditional breakfast including Api, purple cornbread baked in the oven is also available.

La Paz: Casa Grande Hotel

Casa Grande Hotel offers accommodation in La Paz, in a great location. This modern hotel features designer décor, 2 bars, and spa and fitness facilities. The hotel has elegant rooms with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, and a private balcony. Some have a private balcony with city views and a bathroom with a bathtub with a shower.

The hotel also houses a restaurant serving local and international cuisine. At guests’ disposal there is a huge indoor swimming pool.

Puno: Casa Andina Premium

This 4-star hotel features a restaurant that has an expansive glass wall with stunning views of the lake and garden. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The rooms at Casa Andina Premium Puno have panoramic views of the lake or mountains.

Offering a blend of historic décor and stylish furnishings, each room is fitted with a satellite TV. The restaurant, Alma, serves delicious local specialties and seafood dishes, made fresh with fish from Lake Titicaca.

Expedition Leader

Jorge Salas

Jorge Salas-Guevara has 30 years leading expeditions on all continents. He designed and pioneered this Atacama-Uyuni-Titicaca route over 20 years ago in response to the altitude problems that guests previously suffered. Since then, Jorge has led over 40 Atacama-Uyuni-Titicaca Expeditions. He guarantees access to the very best that the destinations offer.

Jorge is also an author and photographer published by Smithsonian, WWF, Nature Conservancy, among many others.

Jorge is the Founder and President of NPE and proud father of Josefina.

Jorge Salas-Guevara Senior Expedition Leader New Paths Expeditions

Angel Cardenas

Angel was born and raised in the high Andes. Since his early years, he developed a passion for the complex natural history, history, and culture of his homeland.

For two decades, he guided and led English-speaking travelers through the Andes and the Amazon, becoming one of the most recognized guides of the region. For the last ten years, he has been a key member of the team formed by the founders of NPE, leading expeditions all around South America.

His charisma, organization skills, and attention to the individual needs of our Guests guarantee the delivery of unparalleled travel experiences.

Angel is a dedicated birdwatcher and photographer and father to two beautiful daughters.

Angel Cardenas New Paths Expeditions Senior Expedition Leader

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

27 May, 2022

PRICE

$8950

Single Supplement

$1684

Domestic Air

$234

MORE INFO
RESERVATION

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airline.
**The expedition and extension need 4 guests to depart.

Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team.
  • Complete Pre-Departure documents.
  • 24/7 services of an NPE Senior Expedition Leader 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 at each destination).
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Water during included meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistance, and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International Flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Head Guide, Driver, and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.
  • Charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of New Paths Expeditions.

Deposits and final payments:

  • To guarantee your space on this expedition a deposit of US$ 1500.00 is required at the time of booking. The remaining expedition cost will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
  • The expedition is limited to 14 participants. There are just a few spaces left and we highly recommend requesting your spaces well in advance. To do so call us now at 888 832 7280, or email us at contact@npexpeditions.com

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