Empty and untamed, the massive southern portion of South America known as Patagonia is a land of endless steppe-like plains, jagged pinnacles and blue-white glaciers that stretches all the way to Cape Horn, the southernmost point in the Americas. The few human residents work on sheep estancicas (ranches); the true residents are wild guanacos and condors, Tierra del Fuego's sea lions, elephant seals and whales, and the tens of thousands of penguins that rook near Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. From the awesome sight of a glacier calving huge ice walls into a milky white lake, through the barren pampas to fairy-tale Bariloche, nestled in the Andes, Patagonia is stark and stunning, a place to come to feel insignificant in the face of Nature.
Southern Discovery (SSB)
From the wineries of the Maipo Valley to the pristine beauty of Patagonia and the cosmopolitan flair of Buenos Aires, experience the riches of South America. Enjoy a taste of wilderness with hiking opportunities in Chile's Lake District and Argentine Patagonia before cleansing your palate for a wine tasting at a vineyard. Travel days are well paced and include short flights, allowing you the time to really experience the region’s highlights—in comfort and style. As an introduction to Chile and Argentina, this trip offers the perfect combination of guided excursions and free time to explore at your own pace.
Highlights: Sample the best Chilean wines in the Maipo Valley, soak in the stunning natural beauty of the Lake District's volcanoes and waterways, savour a local meal slow-cooked under hot rocks in the ground, experience the sophistication of Buenos Aires.
Glacier National Park—El Chaltén (TSAGNN)
Hike through some of the most dramatic scenery in the world on this active foray into Argentine Patagonia. Be awed by the towering, snowy peaks and breathtakingly beautiful glacial lakes. Watch behemoth ice chunks calving off Perito Moreno and wander Glacier National Park. You'll work up a sweat and get ready to be truly impressed by Mother Nature on this active and scenic 6-day tour.
Highlights: Explore the wonders of Glacier National Park, hike the scenic trails of Patagonia