2018: Patagonia & Chilean Fjords with Bariloche, Peru & Machu Picchu (ISOK)

20 days from Buenos Aires to Lima

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Tour Operator
Monograms
Offer
Offer valid through 12/31/2017
Duration
20 Days
Escorted
Escorted - No
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1Buenos AiresWelcome to Buenos Aires, proud capital of the vast country that occupies most of the southern part of the continent. After arriving at your central hotel you will have time to become acquainted with the 'Paris of South America' and its wide boulevards and outdoor cafes. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Day 2Buenos AiresIncluded private sightseeing starts in the colorful La Boca district, site of the city's first port. Take a short walking tour of this unique neighborhood, then on to San Telmo, famous for its late-colonial buildings and a popular gathering spot for artists. At the Plaza de Mayo, see La Casa Rosada (the President's Pink House) and the Metropolitan Cathedral, which houses San Martin's Mausoleum. Drive past the ornate Colon Opera House before reaching the CEMETERY of the Recoleta, burial site of Eva Peron. This evening, perhaps savor the city's atmosphere on an optional dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a performance of Latin America's most sensuous dance-the Tango! (B)
Day 3BarilocheTransfer to the airport for your flight to Bariloche. Arrive in Bariloche in Patagonia on the shores of fjord-like Lago Nahuel Huapi in the heart of Argentina's Lake District, where you will be met by your Local Host. (B)
Day 4BarilocheThis chic alpine resort boasts some of the most glorious scenery in the country. On your guided TOUR, be sure to have your camera ready for today's CHAIRLIFT ride to a lookout point at Cerro Campanario. You'll definitely want to capture the indescribable vistas of surrounding lakes and the Andes Mountain peaks. The tour continues with a leisurely drive around the Llao Llao Peninsula, Lago Moreno, and Lopez Bay. The remainder of your day is free, with time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the picturesque town center. See city hall, the clock tower in Municipality Square, and the famous chocolate factories. (B)
Day 5Buenos AiresTransfer to the airport for your return flight to Buenos Aires. (B)
Day 6UshuaiaFly to Ushuaia, the 'End of the World,' situated on the island of Tierra del Fuego. Once a secluded outpost and penal colony, Ushuaia is now a growing community thriving on timber, fishing, and tourism. This afternoon, enjoy a private tour TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK to learn about its bountiful flora and fauna. With the Chilean Andes as the backdrop, the scenery is nothing short of spectacular. (B)
Day 7UshuaiaEmbark on your 3-night CRUISE aboard the Stella Australis. The voyage will take you through channels, bays, fjords, and past massive glaciers, snowcapped mountains, and unexplored areas of incomparable beauty. (B,D)
Day 8Cruising: Cape Horn & Wulaia BayDisembark in Cape Horn National Park (weather permitting) to see Cape Horn, a sheer, almost 1,394-foot-high rocky promontory where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans merge. In the afternoon, go ashore with your Naturalist in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region's largest aboriginal settlements. Here, walk through a Magellanic forest and keep an eye out for elephant seals! (B,L,D)
Day 9Cruising: Agostini Sound & Aguila GlacierSail through the intricate channels of Tierra del Fuego to reach Cockburn Channel. At Agostini Sound, board Zodiac boats to explore Aguila Glacier, which hovers above a placid glacial lagoon surrounded by Patagonia's sub-Antarctic rainforest. Walk around the edge of the lagoon near the base of the glacier and keep an eye out for the condors that can sometimes be seen here. Learn from your Naturalist about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the abrupt geography of the region's channels. (B,L,D)
Day 10Punta ArenasThis morning, go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. Here, see the immense colony of Magellanic Penguins during a walk to the lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac boat ride at Isla Marta to observe sea lions. After our visit, sail to Punta Arenas and disembark. (B)
Day 11SantiagoFly to Santiago, Chile's capital. This country is more than 10-times longer than wide, with 2,650 miles of beautiful Pacific coastline. (B)
Day 12SantiagoLocated in the center of the country and perched between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes, Santiago has evolved as the country's political, commercial, and cultural capital. Step back into the 16th century on your PRIVATE CITY TOUR as your Local Guide traces the city's history and heritage. Start at La Moneda, the official Government Palace, and nearby San Cristobal Hill with its landmark statue of the Virgin Mary. Your tour ends at the Plaza de Armas, the main square, with a visit to the 18th-century CATHEDRAL. (B)
Day 13LimaTransfer to the airport for your flight to Lima, where you will be met by your Local Host. (B)
Day 14LimaYour included city TOUR focuses on Lima's rich colonial history as well as the modern city. Lima was the bastion of Spanish South America from its founding in 1535 until the independence of the South American republics in the early 19th century. See the Cathedral, where the remains of Francisco Pizarro are sealed in a wooden coffin and San Francisco MONASTERY with its eerie burial crypts. (B)
Day 15CuscoFly to Cusco, high in the Andes. Your guided TOUR visits the Santo Domingo MONASTERY, previously the Koricancha Temple, one of the most important temples devoted to worship of the sun. It is said it was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden representations of nature. In the Plaza de Armas, see the Cathedral before taking a short drive outside the city to the ruins of SACSAYHUAMAN with its intricate stone walls, amphitheater of KENKO, and the Red Fortress of PUCA PUCARA. (B)
Day 16Sacred ValleyToday, a short drive into the Urubamba Valley, the Sacred Valley of the Incas, brings you to AWANAKANCHA to learn about the importance of the alpaca (llama) for Inca cultures, as well as the ancient weaving techniques still in use today. Continue, to the market town of PISAC, wher eyou can buy handmade rugs, alpaca sweaters, and jewelry at bargain prices. At the other end of the valley is OLLANTAYTAMBO to see some of the finest examples of Inca masonry. (B,L)
Day 17Machu PicchuBoard a TRAIN bound for MACHU PICCHU and cut a path through the Sacred Valley to this 'Lost City of the Incas,' discovered by American explorer Hiram Bingham in 1911. On a guided TOUR, explore this intact fortress with its temple remains, holy houses, and mile-long aqueduct. For hikers, a brisk one-hour walk leads to the Sun Gate, the ancient entrance used by the Incas. (B,L,D)
Day 18CuscoA morning at leisure allows you to wake up early to see the sunrise over MACHU PICCHU with your second included entrance to the ruins. Return to Cusco, where your Local Host will recommend options for your free. (B)
Day 19LimaFly to Lima, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B)
Day 20LimaYour vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Disclaimer
US$ Price Details

Cruise line government taxes and fees of $50 are included in price.

Cruise pricing is based on B category cabins on the Stella Australis. Upgrades are available.

2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.
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