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Itinerary - Patagonia: from the Land of Fire to Buenos Aires

day 1

Welcome to Buenos Aires!

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Check-in and welcome

Roundtrip flights are not included in the package, so you can choose from where and when you want to fly. Check-in to your hotel in Buenos Aires and then it is time for your welcome dinner. It will be the perfect opportunity to get to know each other a bit better and to taste some local delicacies: they say that Argentinian meat is cooked to such perfection that you can cut it with a spoon. So let’s see if that’s true and head to a restaurant in the city centre! For those of us who don’t really suffer from jet lag, we can continue the night in one of the city’s bars… vamos a bailar!

Included: Welcome dinner
day 2

Ushuaia

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The city at the end of the world

Rise and shine, today is the beginning of our adventure in Patagonia! We’ll catch a domestic flight to the end of the world, Ushuaia. In December, the sun never sets here. Like, ever! In Argentina, Ushuaia is often referred to as the land at the end of the world, even though the southernmost city is actually Puerto William, located a further 5km south. Let’s take a look around and breathe in the peaceful surroundings… it seems like we’ve literally landed on another planet, doesn’t it? Our hectic lifestyle is so far away from here, so enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this place. 

Included: Domestic flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
Not included: food and beverages
day 3

Ushuaia and its nature: from Beagle Channel to the penguins

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Martillo Island or trekking?

Today the entire day will be dedicated to exploring Ushuaia and the nature surrounding the city. As we’ve come this far it would be a real shame not to sail down Beagle Channel, so for those of you who fancy a boat trip, this is the perfect activity. You’ll be surrounded by the snowy peaks of Isla Grande, and on the other side, the coast of Chile. The Portuguese explorer Magellan sailed exactly the same waters in 1520, when he came searching for a passage to the Pacific Ocean. The animals inhabiting these lands are sea lions, cormorants and penguins, who build their nests at Martillo Island every year, from March to November. If we are particularly lucky, we might even spot some whales! For those of us who prefer the solid ground to water, we have something just as exciting planned: a few hours of trekking in the Tierra del Fuego National Park (tomorrow’s highlight). We can hike to the top of Cerro Guanaco, to enjoy a 360° view of the mountains around us,


Money Pot: admission fees
Not included: food and beverages
day 4

On the road to Punta Arenas

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Breathtaking landscapes

Today we have a long journey ahead of us to cross the Land of Fire, all the way to the Strait of Magellan and Punta Arenas, the capital of Chile’s Antarctica region. The view of the Strait is quite magical, considering its history; up until 1914, when the Panama Canal was opened to traffic, the strait was the most important natural passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans, and the only way to cross the Americas. As soon as we reach Punta Arenas, we’ll take some time to rest and recharge our batteries, after such a long journey. This is also the perfect place to try ‘centolla’ (king crab), which is one of the typical dishes of this region!

Included: bus and ferry to Punta Arenas
Money Pot: admission fees
Not included: food and beverages
days 5, 6

Torres del Paine National Park

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At one with nature

Torres del Paine National Park is one of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves; the park alone is worth the whole journey up here! When you think of Patagonia, one of the most iconic images that comes to mind is probably the view from Mirador Base: the three granite peaks rising behind the crystal clear waters of the lake. At this point, try to fight the urge to take pictures, just breathe in and enjoy the moment. The next two days in the park will be the perfect opportunity to hike and trek along some of the most spectacular trails you’ll ever see. Definitely a must are the viewpoints at Mirador Nordenskjöld, Lake Pehoé and the Grey Lake, dotted with icebergs. We’ll sleep in a tent for two nights, completely surrounded by nature. Don’t worry though, the local establishments are well equipped with basic facilities such as hot showers and even a bar. The best part of sleeping in a tent will be the night sky: unspoiled by city lights, we’ll be able to look up and literally see the milky way above us!

Included: rental car, certified local guide on day 6
Money Pot: petrol and admission fees
Not included: food and beverages
days 7, 8

El Calafate: the majestic glacier of Perito Moreno

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The land of glaciers

Goodbye Torres del Paine, next stop is El Calafate! The city is widely known as the national capital of glaciers, and the most famous one is Perito Moreno. Despite the fact that most of the glaciers worldwide are retreating, this one is one of the few that remains in a state of equilibrium through cycles of accumulation and ablation. The next two days will be entirely dedicated to exploring Perito Moreno! After arriving, it is time to head to one of the viewpoints above the glacier. From there, we’ll wait for a large block of blue and white ice to collapse into the glacial Lake Argentino below. Ice creaking, a roar and a thunderous splash: that will be the soundtrack to one of the most amazing natural phenomena to witness. We have a few excursions planned; a boat trip which will take you even closer to the glacier, or a kayak tour for the more adventurous WeRoaders. A must for those visiting the area is usually the trek on Perito Moreno. There will also be the opportunity to relax in one of the local Spas and to visit a typical hacienda.

Included: car rental and trekking on the glacier
Money Pot: petrol and admission fees
Not included: food and beverages
days 9, 10

El Chalten: between Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre

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Unbelievable landscapes and trekking

Our home for the next two days will be a small village, three hours drive from El Calafate, at the north end of the Los Glaciares National Park. El Chalten is the national capital of trekking in Argentina so be prepared for long hikes surrounded by the most amazing landscapes. This area includes the tallest peaks in the Region, as well as lakes, glaciers and forests. It can’t get any better than this! Some of the best treks will be on Mount Fitz Roy (11171 ft) and Cerro Torre (10262 ft). One option: a hike to Mount Fitz Roy, descending along the turquoise lakes, through the forest. We’ll hike past the Piedras Blancas Glacier and the Lagoons of Madre e Hija and De Los Tres, all the way back to El Chalten.

Included: car rental
Money Pot: petrol and admission fees
Not included: food and beverages
day 11

Buenos Aires

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Back to the capital

It’s unfortunately time to leave the unspoiled nature of these lands at the end of the world and catch a domestic flight back to Buenos Aires. After so many adventures in Patagonia, it’s time to relax with a stroll around the neighbourhood of Palermo, or with a bit of shopping in the cute little vintage shops.

Included: domestic flight to Buenos Aires
Money Pot: transport and admission fees
Not included: food and beverages
day 12

From Plaza de Mayo to La Boca

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Exploring the city

Today’s main focus will be exploring Buenos Aires and tasting delicious local food! We’ll start from Plaza de Mayo, right in the heart of the city, and walk along Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest avenue in the world. While we’re here, we simply must stop at Cafe Tortoni, the oldest coffee shop in the whole country. Worth a visit is also El Ateneo; the building opened as a theatre and it is now considered one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. We’ll continue our tour of the city to reach La Boca, walking past the colourful houses of Caminito. This is the neighbourhood’s most famous alley, where you often find tango dancers showcasing their talent for everyone to enjoy. The day will also be a true celebration of Argentine food: empanadas, locro, dulce de leche and of course mate, a traditional drink made by an infusion of dried leaves of yerba mate.

Included: farewell dinner
Money Pot: transport and admission fees
Not included: food and beverages where not specified
day 13

Bye bye

Check-out and farewell

Check-out and farewell. It is time to say goodbye until your next WeRoad adventure!

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The itinerary may undergo some variations that differ from what is stated above. These variations may not be foreseen or dependent on WeRoad’s control, i.e. climate conditions, national holidays, strikes, etc.
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