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* Buenos Aires
* Mar Del Plata
* Punta Arenas
* Torres Del Paine
All local transportation, meals, lodging, and miscellaneous fees will be included in the price.
Note: Hub World Travel tour guides are full time staff members who are knowledgeable of the South America region. The guide will be able to share information and expand your knowledge of the cultural, political, and economic state of the area. We want to ensure you have a wonderful experience and return home with many stories to tell.
Day 1 thru 3
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Your tour guide will meet you at the Buenos Aires airport (EZE). The guide will check to ensure all necessary documents are obtained and baggage is gathered. You will then take go to the hotel and review your trip itinerary. Here you will experience a city that never sleeps. After dinner, take in a movie, sit at a bar or cafe until three, then head off for some dancing. For one of the hottest scene in town head to Plaza Serrano (in Palermo Viejo). You can enjoy time is sit in the middle of the square late at night and listen to the hum of the city as it comes to a rest. Your tour guide will be available for local tours sharing information on history, economy, government, and the culture of the local area. Also, your tour guide will be available to help with any questions and make recommendations to ensure you enjoy your experience.
Buenos Aires: The cobbled streets with faded architectural buildings offer a great atmosphere for shopping, talking world politics, and discussing fútbol (soccer). Buenos Aires has great tasting wine and cultural meals.
Dancing: Buenos Aires’ culture revolves around art heavily, more specifically, the art of dancing. Dancing is the one activity to master. Luckily the tango, flamenco, latin, salsa and folk dancing lessons are widely available (detail information will be made available for you). Tango classes are available just about everywhere—from youth hostels to dance academies to cultural centers to milongas (dance halls). Hub World Travel will also make available evening lessons at the hotel before you adventure out.
Exploring Buenos Aires: We want you to have time to explore this beautiful city. Your tour guide will be available to assist as needed with any directions or recommendations for places to adventure to. As you explore the grand facades of downtown admiring the wonderful old European buildings you will experience different aspects of life in Buenos Aires. Some of the cultural aspects you may come across are street vendors selling captivating art, the strong soccer followers, and historic representations of Buenos Aires in forms of architectural buildings.
Plaza Dorrego: This one of the oldest public spaces in the city, dating back to the 18th century. In 1930, coffee shops and bars surrounding the Plaza sprung up and it became an area for wine, song and dance, as it remains today. The market started in 1970, and it is still going strong with more than 270 stands offering antiques, photographs, clothes, jewelry, old books, craft items and other knickknacks. Argentine tango and folklore singers and dancers, and other performers, put on outdoor shows throughout the day. If you have no more than a casual interest in tango, then Plaza Dorrego is an excellent place to enjoy an introductory sampling of the dance.
Day 4 thru 7
Mar Del Plata, Argentina
We will travel north to Mar Del Plata. As we approach the city, we will have our first views of the spectacular ocean beaches. Here you will enjoy sightings of one of the best kept vacation secrets throughout the world. If there is one place Argentines choose to go on their summer vacations, Mar del Plata is here. Though many of the resorts once catered to the rich, Mar del Plata today rests firmly in the hands of the middle class.
Ocean Beaches: Arriving in Mar del Plata you will be welcomed by the magnificent Atlantic Ocean. Bird watching, horseback riding, walks and boat cruises encompasses a few popular activities to do here. Also, enjoy casinos and the nightlife. Remember that most discos and pubs don’t open until midnight or after to accommodate the late dinner hour
Old Houses: Towards 1900, Mar del Plata was the leisure spot chosen by the Argentinean society aristocratic families to spend the summer. It was the buildings raised in those days the ones that defined the city architectural style.
Local Theaters: Mar del Plata is also the site of country’s most important film festival, the Argentine version of Cannes.
Mar del Plata Aquarium: The local aquarium offers a wide range of marine attractions. Most popular attractions are the dolphin and seal shows. There are also penguins, tortoises, flamingos, many kinds of fish, and a cinema featuring 3D films.
Leisure & Fishing Cruises: From Mar del Plata’s port you can embark on both fishing and leisure cruises through the surrounding sea. Pleasure cruises travel along some of the region’s most dramatic coastline.
Ecology & Educational Farms: “La Piedra” and “La Pilarica” Laguna Sierra de los Padres Laguna Sierra is Mar del Plata’s premier ecological reserve. This ecological reserve encompasses over 200 hectares of marshland and is ideal for bird watching.
Museums: There are two important public museums that reside in Mar del Plata: the Museo Municipal de Arte Juan Carlos Castagnino, and the Museo Archivo Historico Municipal. The art museum contains paintings, drawings, engravings, sculptures and photographs by Mar de Plata artists and various masters of Argentine painting. There are also photographs of Castagnino.
We will depart Mar Del Plata after breakfast and travel to Punta Arenas. There we plan to spend the night at Los Navegantes Hotel and enjoy some great wine and dinner. For those who want a little more adventure hiking or running, this will be available as an option during the day.
Fort Bulnes: This fort represents the first Chilean settlement in the southern part of the country and includes a jail, water well, post office and stables.
Punta Arenas: The city center of Punta Arenas is called Muñoz Gamero Square, dominated by the Monumento a Hernando de Magellan’s a beautiful statue erected in tribute to the discoverer of the strait.
Muñoz Gamero Square: Plaza Munoz Gamero (or Plaza de Armas) is the central square in Punta Arenas. It is surrounded by a couple of old impressive mansions, dating from the 19th century, which can be visited. On one side is the Cathedral of the city, the first brick building dating from 1892.
Punta Arenas & Torres Del Paine
We will drive north through the Patagonian region. While in route stop for a break and lunch at the quaint town of Puerto Natales, situated on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza. Afterwards, we will continue our drive to Torres del Paine National Park. On the way you will see large herds of sheep and baqueanos (cowboys). As you approach the park along Laguna Amarga, we will have our first views of the spectacular granite Towers of Paine. It is likely we will also enjoy sightings of condors, flocks of pink flamingos, foxes, geese, ñandus (wild ostriches) and other wildlife. After entering the park, you will have a chance to get settled at refugio Torres. Upon arrival a short hike is available for those wishing too.
Day 10 thru 14
Torres Del Paine
We will begin our day with breakfast, and then you will have the option for a short hike, relaxation or a longer hike along the Ascencia Valley. We cross the river and continue uphill along a lenga and cypress trail. As we pass by campamento Chileno and the foot of Mt. Almirante Nieto, the trail follows a southern beech forest, finally reaching a moraine that takes us to the cirque below the famous Towers of Paine. This is considered a very difficult hike. People doing this hike must be physically fit for strenuous hiking. This hike allows for fast and slower hikers to enjoy equally. Upon returning to the hotel we will enjoy wine and other related treats.
The next morning we will explore our surroundings and hike along the northern shore of Lago Nordenskjold. The hike will take about 5-6 hours and lunch will be available. For those interested in the running option it is always available. I suggest a small pack because we will be staying overnight at the Refugio Cuenos.
We will hike west of Lago Scottsberg and follow a trail along rolling foothills arriving at the Italian camp. This hike will take about 4-5 hours in duration. You will have enjoyed some incredible view on the east and the glaciated Cerro Paine Grande on the west, as well as Lago Nordenskjold and Lago.
We will hike toward Lago Grey and Glacier Grey – a 4 mile wide glacier originating in the Continental Ice Cap. This hike will take 7 to 8 hours. As we hike along Lago Grey, we will see turquoise-colored icebergs blown to the opposite side of the lake by the strong winds. We will hike to Grey Glacier and enjoy the rest of the day back at the Paine Grande Mountain Lodge – Refugio in Pehoé.
We will take a catamaran across Lago Pehoé and arrive at Refugio Pudeto where our vehicle is waiting for us. As we drive to the park entrance, we will enjoy the best views of Lago Pehoé, Lago Nordenskjold and Lago Sarmiento as well as the Horns and Towers.
Home: With many stories of adventures to tell!
You’ll enjoy a morning breakfast before being transported to airport for your flight home. Remember to book your next vacation before boarding! People who book then will receive 10% off their next trip.
For those who are interested in continuing their adventure, please contact us in order to make further arrangements.
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A good bill of health is required for cycling, hiking, and running. We hope you join in the activities and display team spirit. Dry weather conditions prevail at the time of the tour. There are always exceptions and we suggest you bring a light jacket. The days can be pleasantly warm around 70 to 85 degrees, with cooler evenings. Tour participants should keep this in mind and bring suitable clothing. Additional information will be provided for recommended clothing prior to travel.
* Qualified English-speaking tour guide; Special arrangements can be made for interpreters if requested.
* Accommodations in double rooms do not always include private restroom. Special arrangements made upon request.
* All meals and entrance fees to parks
* All transportation during tour
* Flights to Buenos Aires
* Departures from Punta Arenas (and to Santiago)
* If requested we can make travel arrangements as well
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