Tierra del Fuego is like New Zealand
Day 1: Flight to Buenos Aires
Scheduled flight to Buenos Aires in Argentina. You will be informed of the meeting point and departure time 6 to 8 weeks before the start of your journey.
Day 2: Buenos Aires - Ushuaia
Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. Depending on the flight time, free stay in Buenos Aires or Ushuaia.
Day 3: Ushuaia
We have a full day free stay in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, with the option of a boat trip on the Beagle Channel and a visit to a penguin colony. The former prison still bears witness to Ushuaia's past as a penal colony.
Day 4: Ushuaia
We take local buses or taxis to the nearby Lapataia National Park. During a hike (approx. 4 hours) along the Beagle Canal, we enjoy the flora and fauna of Tierra del Fuego. The forests with gnarled trees and lichens and the flowering meadows leave unforgettable impressions. On the other side of the canal, the Chilean islands with their snow-capped mountains appear again and again. After the lunch break, a short drive takes you to the “end of the world”. A short walk and free time round off the day.
Day 5: Ushuaia - San Sebastian
We leave Ushuaia and drive over the Garibaldi Pass, past the Escondido and Fagnano Lakes, through wild forests of Tierra del Fuego to Rio Grande. Even in summer, the climate here can be rough and stormy. Our path leads through flat pastureland, which is one of the huge sheep-raising estancies in Tierra del Fuego. We spend the night at an estancia near San Sebastian on the Chilean border.
Day 6: San Sebastian - Punta Arenas
With the ferry we cross the Strait of Magellan, which separates the island of Tierra del Fuego from the mainland. We have a stay at the San Gregoria Estancia. Its size and the shipwrecks lying on the Strait of Magellan impressively reflect the heyday of the sheep boom. Then the route leads to Punta Arenas. The very beautiful city is the starting port for many Antarctic expeditions. After visiting the Salesian Museum, you will have free time in the main square with the Magellan monument.
Day 7: Punta Arenas - Paine National Park
We drive through unimaginably lonely landscapes, where only the charred stalks bear witness to the former forests. They have been burned down for the “king” of this land, the sheep. In the Ultima Esperanza region, the land of the last hope, it goes via Puerto Natales to the Milodón caves, the place where the prehistoric giant sloth “Milodón” was found, and on to a wonderful route to the Chilean Paine National Park.
Day 8 and Day 9: Paine National Park
In 1978 the national park was declared a biosphere reserve and thus placed under the protection of the United Nations. The bizarre formations of the mountain range are well known. The grandiose landscape of deep blue lakes in front of a backdrop of vertical rock towers and ice-covered peaks make your stay a great experience. Along the way we come across the well-known guanacos again and again. A hike (approx. 2 hours) takes us to the Salto Grande, a waterfall at the foot of the Paine massif and to Lake Nordenskjöld with a view of the Torres del Paine. Another hike (approx. 1.5 hours) brings us to the condor lookout point. Here you really feel like a condor and enjoy a magnificent panoramic view.
Day 10: Paine National Park - Fitz Roy
In the morning we drive to the Cancha Carerra border post. Now back on Argentine territory, on the eastern Andean route No. 40 past the Argentino Lake, to El Chalten at the foot of the famous 3,375 m high Mount Fitz Roy.
Day 11: Fitz Roy
We have a full day stay in the Fitz Roy area. There is the possibility of various hikes from 2 to 8 hours. Goals include: the Caprila lagoon, the Fitz Roy Basecamp and the Los Tres lagoon.
Day 12: Fitz Roy - Calafate
After the drive to Calafate, the pretty little town on Lake Argentino, you have free time to stroll and relax.
Day 13: Calafate
During the full day free stay in Calafate there is the possibility of a full day boat trip into the enchanting ice landscape of the Lago Argentino. The boat trip goes past bizarre high icebergs to the 4 km long glacier wall of the Upsala Glacier and to the Spegazzini Glacier.
Day 14: Excursion to Los Glaciares National Park
The drive to the national park takes us into a unique glacier world. Fed by the mighty Patagonian ice field, the “Perito Moreno” glacier is one of the most impressive ice streams in the world. Large chunks break off from the over 60 m high ice wall and crash into Lake Argentino with an overwhelming roar. You have free time to hike in the beautiful southern beech forests by the lake and to enjoy an incredible silence, occasionally interrupted by the creaking of the advancing ice blocks and their slapping in the lake.
Day 15: Calafate - Buenos Aires
Flight from Calafate to Buenos Aires. Depending on the flight time, free stay in Calafate or Buenos Aires.
16th day and 17th day: Buenos Aires - return flight
We take a city tour of the main attractions of Buenos Aires. Then transfer to the airport and return flight.
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