Exploring Patagonia
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Prices are indicative. Based on twin share. The rate of exchange calculated is approximate and the final tour cost will be as on the final date of payment. Taxes are additional.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Get expert insights as you explore Patagonia by land and sea, gliding past pristine fjords and vast glaciers on a four-day cruise, then heading inland to explore granite spires, sapphire lakes, and hidden waterfalls.
  • Settle into the stunning Tierra Patagonia, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World overlooking the staggering peaks of Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Set out on an interpretive walk across Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 100,000 Magellanic penguins.
  • Enjoy a festive barbecue with local gauchos and get a glimpse into traditional Patagonian cowboy culture.
EXPERTS ON THIS TRIP

A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed here are some of the experts that will be joining departures on this trip.

Itinerary

Carved by fjords and capped by glistening glaciers, Patagonia is a natural wonderland. Cruise through a landscape of thick forests and icebergs to the tip of Cape Horn and the Strait of Magellan. Then continue overland to Patagonia's crown jewel—Torres del Paine National Park—and end our journey in Santiago, Chile's vibrant capital.

Day 1: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Arrive this morning in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Transfer to our hotel in the heart of the fashionable Recoleta neighborhood, and explore the nearby galleries, museums, and cafés. Enjoy a tango performance, followed by our welcome dinner tonight.

Day 2: BUENOS AIRES

Spend the day discovering Argentina’s cosmopolitan capital, known as the Paris of South America. On a city tour, see the remarkable Recoleta Cemetery, burial site of Eva Perón. Continue to the historic presidential palace, La Casa Rosada, and the cathedral in Plaza de Mayo. After lunch, explore the cobblestoned lanes of San Telmo, as well as the colorful artists’ quarter of La Boca.

Day 3: Ushuaia/Tierra del Fuego National Park

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. Embark our ship and sail toward the famed Beagle Channel.

Day 4: Cape Horn, Chile/Wulaia Bay

Weather permitting, take Zodiacs to legendary Cape Horn for a panoramic view from the southernmost tip of South America. Later, explore Wulaia Bay, where Charles Darwin landed during his voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle. Choose one of two walks to experience the spectacular beauty of the Magellanic forest.

Days 5-6: Magdalena Channel/Agostini Sound

As we navigate the Magdalena Channel, spot penguins, dolphins, albatrosses, and other seabirds. After entering the Pia Fjord, board Zodiacs and head out on a shore excursion on Pia Glacier. Continue along the Beagle Channel to the Garibaldi Glacier. Embark on a challenging hike through the Magellanic forest if you choose. The next day, cruise through majestic Agostini Sound, and disembark for a closer look at Águila Glacier. During an easy walk, take in spectacular views of the brilliant blue-and-white ice set off by black mountains, and learn about the geologic forces that shaped this dramatic land.

Day 7: Magdalena Island/Punta Arenas

Take a morning walk on Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 100,000 Magellanic penguins. Disembark in Punta Arenas and continue across the southern Pampas, looking for herds of guanacos as well as rheas, gray foxes, Patagonian hares, and black-necked swans. Settle into our spectacular hotel—Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection.

Days 8-10: Torres del Paine National Park

During the next three days, tailor your exploration to your interests, choosing among a variety of hiking and horseback-riding excursions in the park. Discover Lago de Grey and its incredibly blue sculpted ice; hike through beech forests along the shore of Laguna Azul; and marvel at rock paintings left by the indigenous Aonikenk people, some of the earliest inhabitants of the region. Photograph wildlife near the northern limits of the park; or relax at the hotel, taking advantage of its wonderful amenities. Enjoy evening lectures, and cap off your stay in the park with a festive barbecue in the company of local gauchos, getting a glimpse into traditional Patagonian cowboy culture.

Day 11: Punta Arenas/Santiago, Chile

Today, drive to the Punta Arenas airport for the flight to Santiago. Arrive in Santiago this evening and check in to our hotel.

Day 12: Santiago, Chile

Spend a full day exploring Santiago. On a walking tour of the city center, see the elegant Plaza de Armas, the Palacio de la Moneda, and the 18th-century Metropolitan Cathedral. View the impressive collection at Santiago’s Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art, and enjoy a farewell celebration at a Chilean winery. This evening, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

EXTENSIONS

Day 1: Santiago

After our farewell celebration in wine country, return to our hotel, located in one of Santiago's most exclusive neighborhoods, and enjoy an evening at leisure.

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Days 2-4: Easter Island

Transfer to the airport to catch a morning flight to Easter Island. Upon arrival, settle into our lodge. Over the next three days choose from a variety of excursions to experience the spectacular sites of Easter Island. Explore Rano Raraku statue quarry, where the outer and inner slopes of the mountain are covered with hundreds of moai statues in different stages of completion. Visit Anakena Beach, the legendary landing place of Hotu Matua—founder of Rapa Nui. Discover the restored site of Ahu Nau Nau to learn about the modern-day culture of Easter Island. During your stay, enjoy wonderful meals, amenities, and surroundings while staying in our lodge's refurbished local houses.

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Day 5: Easter Island

Transfer to the Mataveri airport for your return flight home.

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Day 1: Santiago

After our farewell celebration in wine country, return to our hotel, located in one of Santiago's most exclusive neighborhoods, for an evening at leisure.

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Days 2-4: Atacama

Transfer to the Santiago airport for an early morning flight to Calama. Upon arrival, transfer by coach to San Pedro de Atacama and check in to Tierra Atacama, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World and our home for the next three nights. During your time here, choose from a selection of Altiplano excursions, designed for all interests and fitness levels.

Explore by foot, bike, or on four-wheel drives as local guides introduce you to the jewels of the Atacama desert, including its great moonscapes and glistening salt flats, resident flamingos, natural hot springs, and spurting geysers. Or participate in guided visits to the cultural sites of San Pedro de Atacama—home to picturesque village, churches, ancient dwellings, and gorgeous ancient art—to discover the history of the area.

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Day 5: Atacama

Transfer to the Calama airport for your return flight home.

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what to expect

This expedition is rated as light; travelers should be in good health and comfortable sitting for extended periods of time. Excursions include safari drives in open vehicles on dusty, bumpy roads; nature walks on uneven terrain; and sometimes climbing stairs without handrails.

Throughout the expedition, we stay in ideally located hotels, lodges, and luxury tented camps.

A National Geographic expert and an expedition leader will accompany this trip, and local guides join us along the way.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Our accommodations are selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character. Below are several of the accommodations featured on this expedition.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Patagonia, Chile

Built into the curve of a bluff along the shores of Lake Sarmiento and offering spectacular views of the Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel was selected as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and is a model of sustainable tourism, while also providing an exceptional guest experience. Suites have a two-story loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows; Superior rooms feature a large full bathroom; and Standard rooms offer a smaller bathroom. The lodge features a restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, spacious lounge area with a fireplace, a bar, library, and state-of-the-art spa.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Patagonia, Chile

Built into the curve of a bluff along the shores of Lake Sarmiento and offering spectacular views of the Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel was selected as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and is a model of sustainable tourism, while also providing an exceptional guest experience. Suites have a two-story loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows; Superior rooms feature a large full bathroom; and Standard rooms offer a smaller bathroom. The lodge features a restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, spacious lounge area with a fireplace, a bar, library, and state-of-the-art spa.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Patagonia, Chile

Tierra Suite

Built into the curve of a bluff along the shores of Lake Sarmiento and offering spectacular views of the Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel was selected as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and is a model of sustainable tourism, while also providing an exceptional guest experience. Suites have a two-story loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows; Superior rooms feature a large full bathroom; and Standard rooms offer a smaller bathroom. The lodge features a restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, spacious lounge area with a fireplace, a bar, library, and state-of-the-art spa.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Patagonia, Chile

Tierra Suite

Built into the curve of a bluff along the shores of Lake Sarmiento and offering spectacular views of the Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel was selected as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and is a model of sustainable tourism, while also providing an exceptional guest experience. Suites have a two-story loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows; Superior rooms feature a large full bathroom; and Standard rooms offer a smaller bathroom. The lodge features a restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, spacious lounge area with a fireplace, a bar, library, and state-of-the-art spa.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Patagonia, Chile

Tierra Superior Room

Built into the curve of a bluff along the shores of Lake Sarmiento and offering spectacular views of the Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel was selected as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and is a model of sustainable tourism, while also providing an exceptional guest experience. Suites have a two-story loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows; Superior rooms feature a large full bathroom; and Standard rooms offer a smaller bathroom. The lodge features a restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, spacious lounge area with a fireplace, a bar, library, and state-of-the-art spa.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Patagonia, Chile

Tierra Superior Room

Built into the curve of a bluff along the shores of Lake Sarmiento and offering spectacular views of the Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel was selected as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and is a model of sustainable tourism, while also providing an exceptional guest experience. Suites have a two-story loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows; Superior rooms feature a large full bathroom; and Standard rooms offer a smaller bathroom. The lodge features a restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, spacious lounge area with a fireplace, a bar, library, and state-of-the-art spa.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Patagonia, Chile

Tierra Superior Room

Built into the curve of a bluff along the shores of Lake Sarmiento and offering spectacular views of the Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel was selected as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and is a model of sustainable tourism, while also providing an exceptional guest experience. Suites have a two-story loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows; Superior rooms feature a large full bathroom; and Standard rooms offer a smaller bathroom. The lodge features a restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, spacious lounge area with a fireplace, a bar, library, and state-of-the-art spa.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Patagonia, Chile

Built into the curve of a bluff along the shores of Lake Sarmiento and offering spectacular views of the Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel was selected as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and is a model of sustainable tourism, while also providing an exceptional guest experience. Suites have a two-story loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows; Superior rooms feature a large full bathroom; and Standard rooms offer a smaller bathroom. The lodge features a restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, spacious lounge area with a fireplace, a bar, library, and state-of-the-art spa.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Patagonia, Chile

Tierra Standard Room

Built into the curve of a bluff along the shores of Lake Sarmiento and offering spectacular views of the Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel was selected as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and is a model of sustainable tourism, while also providing an exceptional guest experience. Suites have a two-story loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows; Superior rooms feature a large full bathroom; and Standard rooms offer a smaller bathroom. The lodge features a restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, spacious lounge area with a fireplace, a bar, library, and state-of-the-art spa.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Patagonia, Chile

Tierra Standard Room

Built into the curve of a bluff along the shores of Lake Sarmiento and offering spectacular views of the Torres del Paine, Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa is a celebration of its stunning natural surroundings. The hotel was selected as a charter member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World collection and is a model of sustainable tourism, while also providing an exceptional guest experience. Suites have a two-story loft design with floor-to-ceiling windows; Superior rooms feature a large full bathroom; and Standard rooms offer a smaller bathroom. The lodge features a restaurant serving locally sourced cuisine, spacious lounge area with a fireplace, a bar, library, and state-of-the-art spa.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Nov 10-21, 2019
  • double occupancy ₹8,36,300 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹10,69,800 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2019/11/21 - 2019/11/25

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

Post-trip Extension: 2019/11/21 - 2019/11/25

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

  • date Nov 22-Dec 3, 2019
  • double occupancy ₹8,36,300 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹10,69,800 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2019/12/03 - 2019/12/07

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

Post-trip Extension: 2019/12/03 - 2019/12/07

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

  • date Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 8, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹8,36,300 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹10,69,800 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/01/08 - 2020/01/12

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

Post-trip Extension: 2020/01/08 - 2020/01/12

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

  • date Jan 13-24, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹8,36,300 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹10,69,800 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/01/24 - 2020/01/28

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

Post-trip Extension: 2020/01/24 - 2020/01/28

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

  • date Jan 25-Feb 5, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹8,36,300 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹10,69,800 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/02/05 - 2020/02/09

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

Post-trip Extension: 2020/02/05 - 2020/02/09

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

  • date Feb 6-17, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹8,36,300 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹10,69,800 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/02/17 - 2020/02/21

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

Post-trip Extension: 2020/02/17 - 2020/02/21

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

  • date Feb 22-Mar 4, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹8,36,300 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹10,69,800 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/03/04 - 2020/03/08

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

Post-trip Extension: 2020/03/04 - 2020/03/08

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

  • date Mar 5-16, 2020
  • double occupancy ₹8,36,300 Per Person
  • single occupancy ₹10,69,800 Per Person
  • extensions yes

EXTENSIONS

Post-trip Extension: 2020/03/16 - 2020/03/20

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

Post-trip Extension: 2020/03/16 - 2020/03/20

Double Occupancy from $11995per person

Single Occupancy from $15345 per person

Prices are per person based on double or single occupancy (unless otherwise noted) and do not include international airfare to/from your destination or internal flights during the expedition. Internal flights are $450 per person between the months of December and March, and $775 per person between the months of June and October. Internal flights for the optional extension to Rwanda are $1100 per person, and $1500 for the Ruaha extension. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • All gratuities
  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
Eduardo Shaw
Naturalist
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Eduardo Shaw grew up on the pampas of Argentina and has lived with his family in northwestern Patagonia for more than 20 years. A former teacher and now a naturalist and lecturer, he is deeply involved in local foundations and community projects that promote sustainable development. Eduardo has led National Geographic Expeditions to Antarctica as well as numerous trips to Patagonia. He looks forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for the region.

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  • Nov 10-21, 2019 - M.V. Stella Australis and M.V. Ventus Australis
  • Jan 13-24, 2020 - M.V. Stella Australis and M.V. Ventus Australis
  • Jan 25-Feb 5, 2020 - M.V. Ventus Australis
David Silverberg
Geographer Geologist Conservationist
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David Scott Silverberg is a geographer working on conservation projects spanning six continents. His mix of exploration, research, and digital photo-video storytelling has been popular with National Geographic travelers for many years. A fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Asia Society, David was the executive science director at Earthwatch Institute, set up and managed Boston University environmental field research programs in British Columbia and eastern Africa, and was a founding White House staff member for AmeriCorps. David has worked in more than 100 countries, manages the Environmental Learning Institute, and teaches at several international universities.

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  • Nov 22-Dec 3, 2019 - M.V. Ventus Australis
  • Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 8, 2020 - M.V. Stella Australis and M.V. Ventus Australis