5th September: Departure
This will be a day you will have marked on your diaries, as you start your journey to what is rated as one of the most beautiful places in the world….PATAGONIA! According to our current flight schedule we are expected to depart Malta at 15.20hrs arriving in Rome at 16.50hrs. Our next flight departs at 22.30hrs, arriving in Buenos Aires the next day at 07.30hrs.
6th September: Buenos Aires
Get ready to discover one of the most beautiful, sophisticated and elegant cities in the world as we dive deep into Argentina’s rich culture of tango, good wines, art and Bohemia. Upon arrival, we will go through customs and then we will immediately start with our city tour.
Today will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city, San Telmo, with its cobblestone streets, La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever present, and the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us that Buenos Aires was once the Paris of the South. Accommodation for the next 2 nights: Libertador Hotel or similar.
7th September: Into the Local Life (B, D)
Today we will explore the Delta del Tigre, a hidden gem in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. We will drive through the northern area of San Isidro, with its historic centre, cobbled streets, and old one-story houses before heading towards Tigre, the gateway city to the beautiful region of the Paraná river delta. We will take a short boat ride that will give us the opportunity to appreciate the Tigre channels and the city from the river. Then we will spend some time browsing the “Port of Fruits,” before setting out on the return journey to Buenos Aires downtown.
We will then make our way to the hotel to check-in, shower and dress up, as we will meet again for the much awaited dinner and tango show with a group of local artists onstage immersed in an elegant and alluring place, the perfect activity to dive into this history and culture of Argentina. Dinner will be served first and then the show begins! Tango symbolizes the local’s origins and the sensuality of the Argentine people.
At the end of the night, we will go back to our hotel, completely in love with the bohemian spirit of our beloved Buenos Aires.
8th September: El Calafate, Discover Perito Moreno Glacier
Early in the morning we will leave Buenos Aires, take a flight and travel to southern Patagonia, starting with El Calafate, a starting point for adventure travellers who desire to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia. Upon arrival early in the afternoon, we will check-in our hotel and off we go to explore the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciers National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Argentina, a site to behold.
We will start by taking the walking trail to the viewing platform to enjoy stunning views of the glacier. But not just that!! We will also enjoy a boat cruise that will take us close enough to the glacier to fully appreciate the 80m high ice walls. We will then return to our hotel to freshen up, and after we settle in we invite you join us for some nice hot cocoa from the local chocolate gourmet shop, an exploration of Av del Libertador, the city’s main shopping area. Here you can find anything from outdoor clothing to local art and souvenirs. Later, get ready to experience Argentine music while sipping on some local wine in one of the city’s late night places. Accommodation for the next 2 nights: Hosteria Posta Sur Hotel or similar.
9th September: El Calafate Adventure (B, D)
Today we will live a unique experience as we will get to know the Perito Moreno glacier from a different perspective. We assure you, it will be something you will remember forever. The experience begins at the Perito Moreno Kayak Experience where we will be briefed about the activity. We will be given the necessary clothing and all the information related to safety. No previous kayaking experience is required. Once we are ready, we will go kayaking rowing towards the front of the glacier, approaching about 600 meters away.
We will stop to take unique images of this moment, while we learn more about this fascinating place as we paddle through these amazing glacial waters. Next up we will enjoy an excursion in a 4×4 vehicle along the shore of Argentino Lake as we embark on a native experience. We will take a journey through time about the passage of man in these lands, rediscovering the stories of the first expeditions and daring people who ventured into the unknown. Among cliffs and with a great view to the Andes, the activity is mainly focused on the first contact of the expeditionaries. On the shores of the lake are the caves where thousands of years ago that culture left its marks on the rock and which today lead us to its interpretation. Finally, the excursion culminates in another cave where dinner will be served, transporting us to those remote years.
10th September: Hello Chile! (B)
Following breakfast we will start our journey to Chile, more specifically to Puerto Natales, the charming little town where we will be spending our next 3 days. The drive will take around 4 hours but we will make stops along the way to stretch our legs. One thing to highlight is that the roads in Patagonia are well kept and of high standard. After we check-in in our hotel we will spend our afternoon exploring this charming town. We will first take a stroll to the sea shore frequented by seagulls and cormorants, and later, move on to the iconic burnt pier to watch the picture perfect sunset. Get your cameras ready! J Accommodation for the next 3 nights: Martin Gusinde Hotel or similar.
11th September: Torres del Paine National Park (B)
Today we will spend a full day exploring Torres del Paine National Park. Transport will drop us off in different places and we will explore different areas on foot, including abundant presence of forest, glacial valleys, mountain ranges, and lakes along the route. We will go over Serrano Bridge and walk to Grey Lake viewpoint. Later in the afternoon we will head to Salto Grande, visit Nordenskjold lake view point, enjoy Paine waterfall with its turquoise waters, discover Amarga Lagoon and stop at Sarmiento Lake to take our last picture of Torres del Paine National Park. After enjoying this pleasant show of landscape we will be transferred back to our hotel.
Later, we’ll reach another highlight of the day, visiting the Milodón Cave Natural Monument. This protected area is the second most visited after Torres del Paine National Park in the Magallanes region. Our guide will provide all the information associated with this site of great historical relevance due to the constant archaeological and paleontological research conducted there. Upon concluding the visit, we’ll begin the return journey to Puerto Natales, ending the day with the satisfaction of having gained a unique experience in this corner of the world.
12th September: Trekking Base Torres (B, Packed L)
Today, we will go on a full day trek, worthy of its famous reputation and one you will continue talking about for the rest of your lives! We will start crossing the Ascencio river, hiking approximately 2.5km in a continuous ascent where we will enjoy a panoramic view of the pampa, the lakes to the south and the valley itself. From there the trail will descend to the El Chileno camp, an old growth forest of Lenga trees and finally to the base of Las Torres reaching a total of 3281 ft., overlooking a glacial lagoon. The impressive towers and the 3 granite giants will be standing right in front of us, a wonderful reward! Finally, we will return along the same path to the vehicle that will take us back to Puerto Natales.
13th September: Puerto Natales to El Calafate (B)
Wake up at ease, have a scrumptious breakfast, and walk by the shore with snow capped peaks of the Andes mountain range at the backdrop…when will you get another opportunity to do this if not today? We will have a free day starting in Puerto Natales and ending in El Calafate with a transfer included.
Whilst in Puerto Natales, you can stroll in colourful streets, wander in the pretty central square home to an antique steam locomotive, visit the parochial church, which has in its interior, a beautiful telar with drawings, and admire the murals that depict the history of the most important ethnic group of Patagonia, the Alacalufes. At an appropriate time we will start our journey back to Argentina, El Calafate, the small but vibrant town. We suggest that you walk to the beautiful nature reserve of Laguna Nimez. Here you can view over 100 different bird species including the pink flamingos. This evening, why not try one of the Patagonian hearty dishes and finish off our day with a locally brewed craft beer?! Accommodation for the next night: Hosterio Posta Sur hotel or similar.
14th September: Ushuaia
Travel to the End of the World! Ushuaia is located at the Southern most tip of South America, and this is where we will be spending our next 2 days. To reach this point we will take an early morning flight. Upon arrival we will experience the natural wonders of the famous Beagle Channel. We will embark on a boat cruise to reach the iconic ‘Les Eclaireurs’ lighthouse, having great views of Ushuaia Bay and passing by different islands with several colonies of extraordinary birds and marine fauna. We will sail southwest, arriving at Sea Lions Island where, from the boat, we will be able to spot sea lions in their permanent habitat. Continuing the navigation, the boat will head towards Birds Island, the habitat of Magellanic cormorants and Imperial cormorants, and a privileged sector to spot specimens of marine birds.
The return will be through the Paso Chico, seeing the Túnel and Fique Ranch, with a view of the imposing frame that Mount Martial and the glacier of the same name give the city. At the end of the navigation, we will disembark at the port and we will head back to our hotel. Ushuaia is a small town, really easy to get around on foot. The Yamanas, its first inhabitants, called it Ushuaia which means ‘protected bay’ in their language
If time permits, over the next 2 days we can explore the town and please, lets not forget the local gastronomy! Ushuaia is the best place to eat seafood. We suggest you try the finger-licking Blake Hake. Accommodation for the next 2 nights: Hotel Altos Ushuaia or similar.
15th September: Trekking & Canoeing in the National Park (B, L)
Experience Tierra del Fuego National Park, home to beautiful natural landscapes, during this full day activity. A short drive will take us to our starting point. Here, we will hike a 6km undulating coastal path. As we continue walking down this path we will be in constant contact with nature and will be able to admire beautiful views from the lakes, sea and surrounding mountains. We will then enjoy a comforting hot lunch with a great panoramic view from inside a heated dome near the banks of Lapataia river. Next, we will be equipped with rubber boots, cover pants and lifejackets. The activity will continue from Lake Acigami down the freshwater of Lapataia river aboard inflatable canoes (duckies) until reaching the sea in Lapataia Bay.
16th September: Puerto Madryn
From South to North, Puerto Madryn is next. This is where we witnessed the best whale watching, saw the largest seal in the world at sea and on land, and came into contact with the biggest colony of penguins we’ve ever experienced! To get to here we will take a connecting flight to Buenos Aires and then to Puerto Madryn. It will be a full day of traveling, but you cannot travel to Patagonia and not visit Puerto Madryn! Upon arrival we will drop our luggage at the hotel and start exploring this spectacular part of the world. Puerto Madryn is Patagonia’s star destination for marine wildlife watching. For those interested, you can walk along the path which extends for kms. For the most enthusiastic ones, we suggest that you take a taxi to El Doradillo Protected Reserve Las Canteras and get ready to feast your eyes. This is where Southern Right whales gather during this time of the year. Accommodation for the next 3 nights: Hotel Piren or similar.
17th September: Full day Valdes Peninsula Sea Elephants, Penguins, Whale Watching (B, L)
After breakfast we will be led on a full day tour of Valdes Peninsula. This day stands out for variety and quality of the travel experience. The first stop is Estancia San Lorenzo. Our naturalist guide will lead a trek through the penguin rookery where over tens of thousands of Magellanic penguins live at the height of the breeding season! After a tasty BBQ lunch served at the ranch premises, we will visit Punta Norte Reserve, the best place for killer whale sightings from land. According to the time of year southern elephant seals gather on its beaches.
After admiring the sea elephants we will continue along the road as it drops suddenly down into a crescent of golden cliffs overlooking a bright blue bay and the small village of Puerto Piramides. September is one of the best months to visit as it is during this time that the southern right whales visit this place. Get ready for a show up close J We will take a boat trip and watch these immense creatures gliding past. This will remain the best whale watching trip we’ve ever experienced, as they come so close that it will feel too surreal. The guides will give us details with dedication and proficiency, making this experience simply memorable.
18th September: El Pedral + Guided walk with Penguins (B, L)
We will leave Puerto Madryn and travel about 70 km until we reach the southern end of the mouth of Golfo Nuevo where the Punta Ninfas lighthouse is located. Here, we will be able to see the breeding colonies of sea lions. We will continue on our way to El Pedral, an authentic Patagonian ranch house built at the beginning of the 20th century. Then we will go to the much awaited Magellan penguin colony established on the coast of El Pedral, a short distance from the house. A guided tour among their nests will allow us to get to know these curious animals better. Get ready to waddle! We will meet in the quincho to enjoy a delicious Patagonian lunch accompanied by dessert and house wine. In the afternoon we can enjoy a game of
pool, as well as taking walks around the ranch or having a warm drink and Welsh cake, before we head back to Puerto Madryn.
19th September: Buenos Aires
Early in the morning we will be picked up from our hotel and we will take a transfer to the airport for our flight to Buenos Aires!!! September is spring time in Buenos Aires so we will experience a totally different climate. This is when the city is in bloom, covered in flowering trees that accent the city streets beautifully, and the weather is sunny. BA is a hotbed of cultural activity…architecture, literature, food, dancing, neighbourhoods, nightlife, locals, wine, parks…it is a massive sprawling city which surely has something for everyone. So lace up a pair of comfortable walking shoes and get ready to experience Latin America!!!
Even though the day is free for you to explore, you are welcome to join us for what we have planned 😉 We will explore labyrinth alleyways and passageways, take a stroll down luxurious Alvear Avenue, admire the Obelisk from Plaza de Mayo, and unwind in the heart of downtown at Florida Street. Accommodation for the next night: Libertador Hotel or similar.
20th September: Home (B)
As our experience comes to an end, we hope that you will always look back and cherish the many memories we have shared. After breakfast, we will head to the airport for our flight back home! According to our current flight schedule we are expected to transit in Rome for 6 hours, arriving in Malta on the 21st September in the afternoon.