We tour the wilds of Patagonia for penguins in their millions, Condors over the Andean glaciers, Southern Right Whales and Elephant Seals on their breeding grounds, and some of the world's most awe-inspiring scenery. Along with an extension to the mighty, bird-rich Iguazu Falls, this must be one of the most varied tours we operate!
Patagonia is one of the world's wildest and most biologically fascinating areas. Forming the closest continental land mass to the Antarctic, connected to the supreme diversity of the South American tropics, and isolated from the rest of the world's temperate zones, it has a unique assemblage of wildlife, first described in any detail by Charles Darwin. Indeed it was his experiences in Patagonia as much as on the Galapagos that inspired "The Origin of Species".
It is a rugged, wild country. We begin our journey in the harsh, windswept deserts of the Valdes Peninsula where we immediately get a flavour of the astonishing contrasts as we watch colourful Burrowing Parrots, inspect some lovely flowering cacti, and watch offshore for Magellanic Penguins and Southern Right Whales!
Further south, we head up into the Andes, where Andean Condors vie for attention with some of the most stunning glacial scenery on Earth.
Finally an extension will take us, in startling contrast, right up into the tropical forests of Iguazú, for a feast of tropical birding, and what many describe as the most spectacular waterfalls in the world!
Accommodation will be in hotels and lodges with all rooms en suite.
Transport by minicoach with driver. Boat trips last about two hours at Valdes (small boat with shelter) and six hours in Los Glaciares NP (large very comfortable boat with picture windows and open decks)
Walking: Mostly easy walks (steps down with handrails at Iguazú Falls), all taken at a slow pace, no more than three miles in one day. A few trails can be rocky and uneven in places.
Principal Leaders: Luis Segura (Patagonia), Miguel Castelino (Iguazu)
Numbers: Max. 14 clients
The price includes scheduled return flights London/Buenos Aires*, airport taxes, internal flights as outlined above, ground and boat transportation as outlined above, accommodation on a full-board basis, admissions, incidental tips, local taxes, and the services of the leaders.
Main tour: £ 4,295
Single supp**.: £ 495
Deposit: £ 600 per person
Iguazú Extension: £ 1,195
Single supps**.: £ 255
Deposit: £ 300 per person
The price excludes holiday insurance, drinks, optional tips to the local guides and drivers, and other personal expenses.
*For an ex-international flight cost (Buenos Aires/Buenos Aires), please deduct £695 from the tour cost.
Please note that we can quote for tailor-made extensions for two persons or more to many places within Argentina and Chile - we have even run tailor-made extensions to Easter Island.
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Please note that the precise itinerary may change depending on flight schedules
|Day 1|| We take an evening flight from London Heathrow to Buenos Aires, arriving the next day.
|Day 2|| We arrive in Buenos Aires in the morning, with time for a visit to the excellent Costanera Sur reserve later.
Overnight Buenos Aires|
|Days 3-5||We fly to Trelew, and travel to the tip of the Valdes Peninsula at Punta Delgada, looking for Burrowing Parrots and other local specialities en route. We stay for three nights at a converted lighthouse in a superb setting, with its own Elephant Seals and Southern Sea-lions on the beach below. A boat trip will take us right out into one of the bays to get close to the Southern Right Whales for which the area is famous.
Three nights Valdes Peninsula
|Days 6-8||We drive back to Trelew, with a final chance of seeing Southern Right Whales before we catch a flight to Calafate.
We have two days to explore the spectacular National Park of Los Glaciares. Above the Southern Beech forest rise jagged peaks interspersed with awe-inspiring glaciers. We take a boat trip right up to two of these for a day in some of the world's most stunning mountain landscapes.
Next day we explore the spectacular National Park of Los Glaciares and drive to the awesome Perito Moreno Glacier.
Three nights Calafate
|Day 9||We catch a return flight back to Buenos Aires.
Overnight Buenos Aires |
|Day 10||We have a morning free in Buenos Aires before catching our return flight back to London, arriving on Day 11.
Days 10 - 12
A morning flight will take us north-east, to the Brazilian border. We are heading for the renowned Iguazú Falls, perhaps the most exciting in the world. The falls are surrounded by humid subtropical forest, a habitat more common in adjacent Brazil and offering some superb tropical birdwatching.
Three nights Iguazú Falls
We fly back to Buenos Aires to connect with the afternoon flight back to London, arriving on Day 14.