Chile and Argentina: Patagonia with Australis

Chile and Argentina: Patagonia with Australis Chile and Argentina: Patagonia with Australis

Visit the lively cities of Santiago and Buenos Aires, the incredible scenery of Torres del Paine National Park and the alpine town of San Carlos de Bariloche. Enjoy the stunning landscape and varied wildlife of the Patagonian coastline on a 3-day cruise aboard the Stella Australis.

Begin in Chile's vibrant capital city, Santiago where you will stay at the Hotel Lastarria - a boutique hotel located in Santiago's most bohemian of boroughs. The hotel's interior design fuses the old and the new, and the rooms are stylish and comfortable. Explore the historic and modern sights of Santiago, from the main avenue Alameda Bernardo to the Metripolitan Cathedral of the famous Plaza de Armas.

Next you will fly to Punta Arenas in time for a transfer to the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park. The park is renowned for its truly awe-inspiring scenery. Sparkling turqoise lakes sit amidst tree-carpeted mountainsides. Patagonia Camp provides comfortable, stylish yurts which combine elements of comfort such as central heating and private bathrooms with all the pleasures of camping and being close to nature. The intoxicating wilderness of the park can be enjoyed in many ways. Take a kayak out onto the water, take a stroll to a nearby waterfall, or simply explore the wooden walkways through the Lenga forest.

A three-day cruise aboard the Stella Australis will take you from Puntas Arenas down to Ushuaia for an invigorating journey along the magical Strait of Magellan through Patagonian Channels and around Tierra del Fuego. At the first stop, Ainsworth Bay, you will see elephant seals, Magellanic Penguins, and the impressive Marinelli Glacier. Upon reaching the Pia Fjord you will disembark for a spectacular view of the Pia Glacier. You will continue through the majestic 'Glacier Alley' of the Beagle Channel. Your journey by boat will end with Cape Horn, also known as the 'End of the Earth', where you will experience the mesmerizing beauty of the landscape.

From Ushuaia you will fly to Calafate for two nights at the Hosterial Alta Vista, a property which is part of a 165,000 acre sheep ranch. From the hotel you can arrange horse-riding, trekking, mountain biking or fishing. Whilst in Calafate you will visit one of the undoubtable highlights of Patagonia, the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. Enchanting primeval forests of beech trees line the mountainsides of the park and the brilliant blue ice of the glaciers make for a truly majestic sight.

Next you will fly to Bariloche where three nights will be spent at the unique El Casco Art Hotel. The hotel showcases over 320 pieces of art and sculptures by prestigious local and international artists. Bariloche has a charmingly alpine feel owing to the influences of Swiss, German and Italian settlers. The town hosts an abundance of chocolate shops, fondue restaurants and Swiss-style chalets, and the area lends itself to many outdoor activities such as trekking, fishing, mountain biking and sailing.

Your journey will end in the vibrant Buenos Aires, a city which is home to world-class steak, the tango, and beautiful European architecture. You will stay at the Casa Sur which is located in the distinguished Recoleta zone where you will find fashionable boutiques, art galleries, green spaces and museums. You will enjoy two nights in the bustling Buenos Aires as a lively, cultured end to your journey.

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