On arrival at Buenos Aires airport you will be transferred via (pre-paid) taxis to the domestic airport in time to catch our flight to Trelew in Patagonia. Once you arrive here you will be met by our local guides who will take you in our private 4×4 vehicles to Peninsula Valdes (3 hours). When you arrive in the coastal village of Puerto Piramides you will be shown your accommodation, level – 3* (Posada Piramides). You will enjoy a well deserved welcome to Argentina meal here whilst admiring the view over the Golfo Nuevo.
Today you will have an early morning boat trip in order to try and find some of the marine mammals which live around here as well as the orca on a morning patrol. There are no fewer than five species of dolphin to try and see not including the orca or their larger cousin the southern right whale. In addition there are southern sea lions, southern elephant seals, Magellanic penguins and southern giant petrels and many more birds. You will come back for some lunch and the rest of the afternoon you can spend tracking down some of the animals which live near the town such as hairy armadillos, various caracaras whilst keeping your eyes peeled for the long black dorsal fins of orca in the Golfo Nuevo. You can enjoy your evening meal in the accommodation, level – 3* (Posada Piramides) or a local restaurant.
This morning after breakfast you will head northwards towards the famous beach at Punta Norte. You will be staying in the same accommodation, level – private estancia (Argentine ranch) which the BBC film crew stayed in when they first filmed the now legendary shots of the orca beaching themselves to snatch the sea lion pups from the surf. As you drive through the barren Peninsula Valdes you will stop off when ever you see some of the curious animals around here such as guanacos, Megallanic penguins, Darwins rhea, hairy armadillos and more. You will met the estancia owners and as you settle into the private ranch you can explore the area and get your first glimpse of the beach and hopefully orcas patrolling. The estancia owners will show us where to stay to get the best chance of spotting an attack and if requested you can use hides directly on the beach itself. You will enjoy the rest of the day here either at the beach or exploring inland to find many other animals like guanaco, mara, elegant-crested tinamou as well as various species of raptor. You will have both lunch and dinner here.
Today will be spent on the ranch and what you decide to do will be completely up to you. You can spend the entire day on the beach watching the southern sea lions, southern fur seals, the occasional southern elephant seal as the orca cruise past and hopefully witness many attacks; you can also explore inland with the local guide to find the terrestrial mammals and birds or travel to Caleta Valdes which is an area of the coastline the orcas sometimes use to practise their hunting techniques early in the season. You will have all our meals in the accommodation, level – private estancia (Argentine ranch).
Today you will once again have the full day to stake out the orcas on their hunt and you also have the option of going out to see on the estancias private boat for up close views of the orca at sea. This is an amazing experience as the curious predators often come very close and allow for brilliant photographs. Once again your evening meals will be at the accommodation, level – private estancia (Argentine ranch).
Los Glaciares National Park
This morning after your breakfast you will leave Punta Notre and the Peninsula Valdes and travel back to Trelew for our flight further south to the Andes and in particular Calafate. Once you arrive here you will be transferred to your accommodation, level – 3-4* (Hosteria la Estepa). You will have the rest of the day at leisure here and just enjoy the stunning views. The hotel is perched high above the town of Calafate and provides amazing views of the glacial lake below.
Los Glaciares National Park
Today you will have an early breakfast as at around 07:00am you will be picked up for a catamaran trip around some of the most impressive glaciers in the world, including Upsala the largest in South America. Seeing the glaciers from the water is truly unforgettable and there is the chance of finding some interesting animals here such as Andean condors and other Patagonia specialities like Humboldt’s hog-nosed skunk, gray foxes, Andean ruddy duck, Magellanic woodpeckers and Austral parakeets to name a few. You will have the opportunity to walk through the pristine nothofagus forests to see the glaciers up close. You will have our evening meal back at your accommodation, level – 3-4* (Hosteria la Estepa).
los Glaciares National Park
Today you will spend the morning on a small nature reserve located in marshland. This area is home to Chilean flamingos, five species of raptor, numerous mammals such as puma if you are very lucky and many other bird species. After lunch you will leave the marshland and travel to some Patagonian bluffs where you will have a chance of spotting Andean condors on their roosting sites as well as visiting the famous Perito Moreno glacier. Your evening meal will be back at the accommodation.
After an early breakfast you will be transferred to the airport in time to catch your return flight to Buenos Aires in time for you connecting flight home.
Please note that the itinerary stated above is correct as our planned intentions for the tour. However adverse weather conditions and other local considerations can necessitate some modifications of the itinerary during the course of the tour; any changes will be made to make the best of the time and weather conditions available to us.
This tour is available on different date (subject to availability) please contact us for more details about running this tour on a date which suits you more.