Discover Argentina’s rare wildlife, colossal ice fields, and its most-enchanting capital city. From Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world, expert local guides lead you on nature-based hikes. Relish a rare and precious opportunity to walk with penguins, go whale watching, and explore the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier from the ever-shifting ice field. This 10-day itinerary is complemented by comfortable nights in upscale, well-located accommodations. All of the featured excursions, activities, and accommodations can be tailored in accordance with your personal wishes.
Your Patagonia Wildlife Safari is an adventure that begins in Argentina’s vibrant capital, Buenos Aires, a city that combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion. Be sure to head down 9 de Julio Avenue, the widest avenue in the world, passing the majestic ‘Teatro Colón’ opera house, the magnificent ‘Obelisco’, and ‘Casa Rosada’, the pink-colored government mansion with the iconic balcony from which Eva Perón famously addressed the throngs of impassioned supporters packed into Plaza de Mayo.
Visit local barrios such as La Boca, the graceful neighborhood of Palermo; and the Recoleta district. In the evening, enjoy a unique dining experience that cleverly blends exquisite food and wine, local culture, and social integration.
Walk With the Penguins
Arrive at Punta Tombo Provincial Reserve and walk among the Magellan penguins – you’ll have an up-close view of their habits and learn about these loveable creatures from your knowledgeable guide. These little guys share their habitat with other birds, such as king and rock cormorants, giant petrels, flightless steamer ducks, and black oystercatchers.
The city of Puerto Madryn is best known as the gateway to Peninsula Valdes, where the Southern Right Whale uses the waters for breeding and giving birth. Embark on a whale-watching boat trip in a zodiac, from which you’ll have an up-close and personal view of these enormous but friendly creatures. Keep an eye out for sea lions, cormorants, dolphins and killer whales, sea elephants, orcas, guanacos, rheas, foxes, maras, armadillos, and a diverse variety of birds.
Tucked within the Beagle Strait, Ushuaia is one of the most southerly cities on Earth, known as the ‘End of the World’. Take a taxi to the old airport, Aeroclub, for a great view of the city, bay, harbor, and mountains. Visit the museum, the naval neighborhood and the cemetery. See the exile prison and the Saint Christopher shipwreck beside the promenade.
Tierra del Fuego National Park
Head to Tierra del Fuego National Park, which is the only park in Argentina that combines sea, mountains, rivers, forests, and peat bogs. Follow the hiking trails that wind through gorgeous coastal and fjord scenery with excellent opportunities to spot rare wildlife; visit Lago Roca – a seven-mile-long glacial lake surrounded by mountain peaks; or board the End of the World Railway for a scenic and emblematic journey through history.
Later, cruise into the center of the Beagle Channel, passing the famous Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, before continuing to Seal Island. Observe at least 10 different species of seabird at Isla de Los Pajaros, and set off on a mini-trek at the Bridge Islands with breathtaking views of the Beagle Channel at every bend of the trail. Admire a large colony of Magellan Penguins waddling about their daily business.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Arrive at the town of El Calafate, and visit Los Glaciares National Park, the largest national park in Argentina. Marvel at the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier and watch huge chunks of ice calve off the nearly 200-foot-tall glacier and collapse into the waters of the lake below. Keep your eyes peeled for Andean condors and buff-necked ibises. Optionally, you can go on a mini-trekking hike on the glacier’s surface for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.