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Travel with Galapagos Best and take a journey of a lifetime and discover the natural beauty of Patagonia. We will be a small group about 14-16 with our private tour guide.

Travel with Galapagos Best and take a journey of a lifetime and discover the natural beauty of Patagonia. We will be a small group about 14-16 with our private tour guide.



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  • 1. Discover the Wonder of PATAGONIA October 21 – November 2, 2010
  • 2. Take a journey of a lifetime and discover the natural beauty of Patagonia. We will be a small group about 14 – 16. Taking a tour in this size group insures us the fullest experience of our adventure. Contact:
  • 3. We will experience the unique landscapes and wildlife of one of Earth’s wildest regions. Contact:
  • 4. We will walk along the fauna filled beaches. We will also board an open boat to observe the whales along the Peninsula Valdez. Contact:
  • 5. Through our journey we will see and learn about the flora and fauna from the Magellanic Penguins to the Andean Condors. Contact:
  • 6. Los Glaciers National Park We will hike and photography the most beautiful and unique landscapes of Patagonia. Contact:
  • 7. Truly a photographic opportunity awaits us. See the beauty and hear the life of the glacier as our tour boat takes us closer. Contact:
  • 8. From glaciers to waterfalls we will truly experience the wonder of Patagonia. Contact:
  • 9. We will have a journey that will change and enrich our life through the experience with the people of Patagonia, their culture and the extraordinary beauty this region has to offer. Contact:
  • 10. Leading us through our journey of South America will be Fausto Rodriguez, a naturalist and owner of GALAPAGOS BEST. This privately owned tour company in Ecuador caters to individuals and groups that desire a custom planned journey to: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR, PERU AND PATAGONIA Contact:
  • 11. Patagonia spans Argentina and Chile from the Andes to the Antarctica. Contact:
  • 12. Your journey of a lifetime starts October 21, 2010 Day 1 BUENOS AIRES Arrive to Buenos Aires Ezeiza airport where you will be personally greeted by Galapagos Best owner Fausto Rodriguez. Then we drive to the city and check into our Hotel. Lunch is on your own. This afternoon we visit La Boca where we walk famous Caminito Street, flanked with multi- colored tin houses and home of the famous Boca Juniors Soccer Stadium. Next pass by the Plaza de Mayo to see the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the Cathedral. We also get to see the renovated Puerto Madero area and the elegant and frequented Recoleta District. 4 *Hotel (such as Dolmen Hotel, 525 Nogaro, Regente Palace Hotel) D ( welcome dinner ) Day 2 PENINSULA VALDES This morning we transfer to the domestic airport for flight to Trelew Airport. Our naturalist guide will meet us at the airport. Later drive Puerto Piramides which is the only small town on the Peninsula Valdes. This Barren Peninsula, to the untrained eyes, is bursting with wild life. Here we will board an open boat to observe Right Whales ( apporx. 2 hour boat tour with guide ) Continue into Peninsula Valdes, we will arrive to Estancia La Ernestina (estancia means a working ranch), bought at public auction by Don Santiago Copello on April 10th, 1907. Almost 100 years later, the fourth generation decided to share the natural beauty and abundant wildlife within the property’s 30,000 acres. The estancia has private beaches where very few other tourists go. This afternoon we will be able to walk amongst thousands of Magellanic penguins that every year, between September and March, mate and nest on these beaches. Full board with drinks is offered at this lodge. Estancia La Ernestina B – D Contact:
  • 13. Day 3 PENINSULA VALDES We enjoy another morning at La Ernestina. Visit Punta Norte Nature Reserve, the most famous animal observation point of Peninsula, right in the middle of La Ernestina. Here we will observe a sea lion colony, also the graceful guanacos (a South American camelid), a big rodent locally named “mara”, the fast rheas and some elephant seals. We might alter these activities according to the tides, as it is better to go to Punta Norte with high tide. Estancia La Ernestina B – L – D Day 4 PUERTO MADRYN Today we drive to Caleta Valdes, a particular inlet that encloses the largest variety of sea fauna in Peninsula. This thin strip of land with a length of 22 miles is propitious for the development of a great population of sea mammals, sea and shore birds and some typical species from the Patagonian steppe. The beach, protected from the sea and the wind, is the ideal scenery for elephant seals. Early in August, the first adult males begin to arrive in order to seize an area of the beach and gather the females that will be part of their harem. Lunch is available at this place at your own expense. After that, we continue or drive to Puerto Piramide, the only small town on the Peninsula Valdes, on the way to Puerto Madryn, next destination. Along the way, we will have plenty opportunities to watch maras, guanacos, rheas and terrestrial birds. Check in at the Puerto Madryn waterfront. B (Lunch is on your own ) D Contact:
  • 14. Day 5 EL CALAFATE Today we transfer to Trelew Airport to fly to El Calafate. This town is situated on the shores of Lago Argentino and is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park . We check in to a small Hosteria ( Inn ) on the shores of the lake, where many birds congregate to feed in this round Bay. Upon arrival, we will look for birds around El Calafate surroundings, such as Laguna Nimes to search for the Magellanic Plover, Andean Ruddy Duck, Cinerious Harrier, Upland Geese, Black- faced Ibis, and coots. Hosteria Los Hielos. B DAY 6, EL CALAFATE - LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK We have a full day excursion at Perito Moreno Glacier. We will departure from the pier Bajo de Las Sombras to enjoy the Nautical Safari. This excursion takes us on a cruise across Brazo Rico, passing beside icebergs, which have calved off the south front of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Reaching the Icebergs Channel, our boat will stop at a safe distance from the glacier, continuing to sail down its entire front, allowing spectacular view of the high wall of ice. The excursion lasts approximately one hour and provides a totally different perspective of the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the best known glaciers of all for its impressive 90 ft tall wall and the closeness to the main land, with almost constant falling walls of ice from its front. This stable glacier is named after the creator of Argentina ’s National Parks, who maped this area in the 19th century It’s a unique opportunity for photographers and nature lovers alike. Hosteria Los Hielos. B - BL Contact:
  • 15. Day 7 TORRES DEL PAINE Today we drive across the Andes, through low valleys towards Torres del Paine most of the drive is along the flat windy Patagonian steppe we will have great panoramic views. On the drive we will be looking out for birds such as Tawny-throated Dotterel, Chocolate-vented Tyrant, Least Seed-snipes and Black-chested Buzzard Eagle. Darwin Rheas, Crested Cara-Caras and foxes are usually spotted on this route. We clear Argentine customs, then Chilean customs at Cerro Castillo to head North towards Cerro Guido Ranch at the foothills of the Sierra Baguales. We spend the afternoon looking for rare birds found in this area such as Yellow-bridled Finch, Ochre-napped and Cinnamon-bellied Ground Tyrant, Greater Yellow Finch, Grey-bellied Seed- snipe and the mighty Andean Condors. We will stay over night at Cerro Guido Lodge which is situated at the foot of the Sierras Baguales which has the best panoramic views. Cerro Guido Lodge B - D Day 8 TORRES DEL PAINE Today we drive into Torres del Paine National Park, passing by Laguna Amarga where we view the best views of the Paine Towers. In this area many guanacos will have small “chulengos” (as their young are called), we search the Paine River for Torrent Ducks until we reach the beautiful waterfall Azul where if it is not windy we can enjoy a picnic lunch. We next head South West passing by Lake Nordensjold, visit the Salto Grande and continue on to Lago Grey where we check in to the Hosteria Lago Grey for the next 2 nights. We will be looking for Austral Blackbird, Silvery Grebe, maybe a Shrike tyrant or Canastero or 2, and the beautiful Spectacled Duck. Along the drive the French Valley and the Paine Grande complete the scenery, so have your cameras ready. Hosteria Lago Grey. B – L - DA Contact:
  • 16. Day 9 TORRES DEL PAINE Today we stay in the area of Lago Grey, where we walk across the Pingo River where we again search for Torrent Ducks, once in the Lenga woods we look out for Austral Parakeets, Thorn-tailed Rayadito, Dark-faced Ground Tyrant, Patagonian Sierra Finches and with much luck an Austral Pygmy Owl. After a half mile trail in the woods we reach the shores of the Grey Lake where many icebergs have been drifting with the wind and they hit the frontal moraine. There are huge icebergs that have calved off the Grey Glacier. In the afternoon we may take another short hike along the Pingo River or go to the Administration of the Park area to look for water birds such as Flying Steamer Duck, White-tufted Grebe, Plumbeous Rail and keep your eyes open for snipes hiding in the grasses. Over night at Hosteria Lago Grey. B – L - D Day 10 BUENOS AIRES Today we transfer to El Calafate airport to fly back to Buenos Aires . We arrive at Buenos Aires and transfer to the centrally located 4* Hotel Tonight we will experience a Farewell Dinner Tango Show with the best quality singers and dancers. B–D Day 11 BUENOS AIRES This day is for our last opportunity to shop for gifts for friends and family and tour the city on our own before we transfer to the airport for our flight home which will leave tonight at 9:00 pm. B ( lunch and dinner is on your own ) Contact:
  • 17. Itinerary Outline: Oct. 21 – Nov. 2 Oct. 21. Travel Day Fly out from your local city to DFW Airport in Dallas Texas to catch American Airline flight # 997 which leaves for Buenos Aires at 7:35 pm. (overnight flight arrives in Buenos Aires at 7:55 am on Oct. 22.) Oct. 22 Day One BUENOS AIRES Arrive in Buenos Aires at 7:55 am Check into 4 * hotel, City Tour Oct. 23 Day Two PENNINSULA VALES Flight to Trelew Airport then drive to Puerto Piramides to board an open boat to observe whales (2 hour boat tour) Stay at Estancia La Ernestina B-D Oct. 24 Day Three PENINSULA VALDES Visit Punta Norte Nature Reserve Second night at Estancia La Ernestina B-L-D Oct. 25 Day Four PUERTO MADRYN Drive to Caleta Valdes and then continue the drive on to Puerto Madryn Check in at Puerto Madryn waterfront B Oct. 26 Day Five EL CALAFATE Transfer to Trelew Airport to fly to El Calafate Hosteria Los Hielos B Oct. 27 Day Six EL CALAFATE – LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK Boat cruise across Brazo Rico – 1 hour Hosteria Los Hielos B-BL Contact:
  • 18. Oct. 28 Day 7 TORRES DEL PAINE Drive across the Andes Check into Cerro Guido Lodge B-D Oct. 29 Day Eight TORRES DEL PAINE Drive into Torres del Paine National Park Check into Hosteria Lago Grey B-L-D Oct. 30 Day Nine TORRES DEL PAINE Tour Lago Grey area Second night at Hosteria Lago B-L-D Oct. 30 Day Ten BUENOS AIRES Transfer to El Calafate Airport to fly back to Buenos Aires Check into 4* Hotel Farewell Diner with Tango Dance Show Nov. 1 Day Eleven BUENOS AIRES Return flight home at 9:00 pm On flight # 996 Lan Airlines ( American Airlines ) Arrive in the US @ DFW on Nov. 2 at 6:00 am. Catch flight from DFW to Local City Tour Cost - $ 4,435.00 per person ( double occupancy ) Plus domestic airfare $ 665.00 Does not include International Flight from USA We will book the flight for you or you can book your flight. Please contact us for International flight scheduling and cost. Elizabeth Janecka 575-829-4367 Contact: