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June 27, 2008

Grand Tour of Patagonia Argentina with FriendsTravel.com

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Grand Tour of Patagonia

Day 1: From Buenos Aires, fly to Trelew, the capital of the Welsh colony in the 1860’s. From there, a private vehicle will transport you 44-miles to Puerto Madryn, the landing place of the Welsh pioneers. This will be the departing point to visit the abundant wildlife of the Valdez Peninsula.

Day 2: Full-day excursion to Punta Delgada, Caleta Valdes and Puerto Piramide to view the amazing communities of marine mammals and birds. During the months of October and November optional whale watching excursions can be arranged.

Day 3: After breakfast, depart Puerto Madryn for Punta Tombo (71 miles away) to admire the magnificent colony of Magellanic penguins. There are approximately 60 penguin colonies in the continental coast of Patagonia. Punta Tombo is the largest, with an estimated one million birds. Their nesting may be seen between September and April of each year. Other species, such as the imperial cormorant, migrate to the coast of Patagonia at the same time.

In the afternoon, you will transfer to the airport for a flight to Ushuaia—the southernmost city in the world. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your selected hotel (we can recommend several hotels in Ushuaia). Depending upon flight times, you may have time to visit the Museum of the End of the World.

Day 4: After breakfast, enjoy an unforgettable ride on the “Train to the End of the World”. The trip takes you through magnificent forests, over rivers, and through lush Andean canyons. You will also see a re-creation of a native Yamanas and Shelknam village, demonstrating the lives of those who populated this region at the time of Magellan’s arrival.

Day 5: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, our bilingual guide will escort you to your selected hotel. The remainder of this day will be at leisure, permitting you to enjoy the small town of El Calafate, gateway to the land of glaciers.

Day 6: Following breakfast, enjoy a full-day excursion to Upsala Glacier and Onelli Bay, cruising among hundreds of ice floes on the glacial waters of the lake.

Day 7: Today’s adventure will take you on an overland trip (52 miles) to the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the wonders of the world. This glacier is the world’s largest active continental glacier, and UNESCO has declared it a universal heritage of mankind.

Day 8: Transfer to the airport for flight to your next destination.

Note: The best seasons to visit Patagonia are: spring, between September and November; summer, between December and March; and fall until the middle of April. Our favorite accommodation is Hosteria Los Notros, just in front of the Perito Moreno glacier. Other charming hotels are available in the town of El Calafate. Temperatures range between 32 degrees Fahrenheit during the fall season and 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer.


“Behind the fantasy of Patagonia lies the myth of disappearance, of drowning in the desolation of the end of the world. Of course, this is just a metaphor. I can imagine that traveling to Patagonia is like reaching the limit of a concept, like getting to the end of things.” – Jean Baudrillard

JESS Kalinowsky will make your First Class, Business Class or Coach air travel reservations from your hometown to Argentina, South America, and your pre and post tour or cruise hotel arrangments.

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