The Best of Argentine Patagonia
Argentina’s Patagonia begins is a vast expanse of wildlife and nature. Come face to face with the sheer beauty and wilderness of this spectacular region from whale watching and walking with penguins in Puerto Madryn to trekking on vast glaciers in El Calafate and, exploring the ‘End of the World’ in Ushuaia!
Puerto Madryn & Peninsula Valdez
- 2 nights in Puerto Madryn: the gateway to wildlife on Peninsula Valdes.
- If in season (June-Dec) enjoy an unforgettable whale watching tour!
- Waddle alongside the penguins at Punta Tombo Penguin Colony.
Situated on Argentina’s Atlantic Coast, Peninsula Valdes is one of the country’s top wildlife destinations. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the largest marine animals in their natural habitat. Staying in Puerto Madryn famed for its seafood as well as being able to spot whales and dolphins breaching the water from its shoreline. You’ll be near to all the action especially if you’re traveling between June and December when the Southern Right Whales are in town as well. If in season you’ll have an unforgettable zodiac whale watching tour that will have you floating alongside huge whales as you watch them jump out the water alongside dolphins. You’ll also have a unique experience as you walk alongside thousands of waddling penguins at the Punta Tombo Penguin Colony.
End of the World at Ushuaia
- 2 nights in Ushuaia, the ‘City at the End of the World’.
- Explore Tierra del Fuego Nat’l Park and a gentle hike to Condor Hill.
- Sail through Beagle Channel, the southernmost tip of South America.
There’s something exciting and yet ominous about saying you’re traveling to the ‘City at the End of the World’ and the ‘Land of Fire’. Ushuaia gives travelers a certain amount of bragging rights for visiting the southernmost city in the world and, with such incredible landscapes you’ll have plenty of photos to prove you’ve visited this fascinating destination. The Tierra del Fuego (‘Land of Fire’) National Park was formed in 1960 and is a hiking hotspot in one of the most remote corners of the world. Known for its unique climate, wildlife and of course scenery, the rugged beauty of the Tierra del Fuego is matched by few destinations in the world and an unforgettable place to explore from Ushuaia.
Calafate & Glaciares National Park
- 2 nights in El Calafate, gateway to Argentina’s Glacier National Park.
- Admire up close Perito Moreno Glacier, optional minitrekking.
- Hike to the Laguna Nimez Reserve for some wildlife and birdwatching.
The town of El Calafate is a charming place to stay and acting as the gateway to the Patagonia Glacier National Park you’re in the perfect place to start exploring these huge masses of ice. Visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier is simply breathtaking as you come face to face with its massive wall of ice and listen as large chunks of ice fall off into the icy waters below and as the glacier itself eerily creaks. The dramatic surrounding landscape and beautiful wooden walkways that take you through the Glacier National Park only add to this unforgettable experience. If you have time, we highly recommend adding the mini-trekking hike on the glacier’s surface to your itinerary. During your stay in El Calafate you can also make the short hike from the town to the Laguna Nimez Reserve to enjoy spotting some of the 70 species that reside in the reserve as well as admiring the glistening waters of Lago Argentino, Argentina’s biggest freshwater lake.
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