Experience South America’s last great frontier on our new unique itinerary featuring Patagonia’s majestic landscapes and national parks. 

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 Moai on Easter Island  Osorno Volcano with Petrohue Falls, Chile  Puerto Varas in the Lake District of Chile  Torres del Paine National Park with guanaco  Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Chile’s Patagonian Frontier

With an Optional Extension to Easter Island

15 days from $6,897 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Experience South America’s last great frontier on our new unique itinerary featuring Patagonia’s majestic landscapes and national parks. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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• Feb. 13, 2017

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SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of 16 to 24 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.

Overview

Experience South America’s last great frontier on our new itinerary featuring Chile’s majestic landscapes and national parks. You’ll also travel to the exciting capital city of Santiago and have the option of a four-day extension to mysterious Easter Island!

Highlights Include

  • Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park: During a full-day excursion to this stunning park, set mostly in the Andes, see Petrohué Waterfalls and Osorno Volcano.
  • Punta Arenas: Experience life of a working estancia (ranch) as you visit with the cowboys who work there, watch sheepdog and sheep-shearing demonstrations, and enjoy a traditional asado (barbecue) lunch.
  • Cruising Patagonia: Witness the stunning Patagonian scenery of mountains and glaciers during a day cruise. Another day cruise takes you through the Strait of Magellan and stops at Magdalena Island, home to more than 120,000 Magellanic penguins.
  • Torres del Paine National Park: Spend two full days exploring the park’s glaciers, mountain peaks, turquoise lakes, and rushing rivers and waterfalls.
  • Santiago: Savor Chile’s capital during a city tour, winery tour and tasting, and visit to Bellavista, a colorful bohemian barrio. 

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Puerto Montt, Chile

Day 2 — Arrive Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas

Upon arrival in Chile’s Lake District, transfer to your hotel in Puerto Varas. The afternoon is at leisure; tonight meet for a briefing about the journey ahead, followed by a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 — Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park

Today set out on a full-day excursion through stunning Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, set almost en­tirely in the Andes and covering nearly 1,000 square miles. See the Petrohue Waterfalls, where surging whitewater plunges over black volcanic rock, and regal Osorno Volcano in the distance, a snowcapped cone that has been compared to Japan’s Mount Fuji. This afternoon travel to a ranch in the nearby town of Alerce to meet Chilean cowboys and watch as they demonstrate their rodeo skills. Tonight enjoy a traditional asado-style barbecue dinner at the ranch. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Puerto Varas and Calbuco

Travel this morning to the small lakeside town of Calbuco, situated on an island in one of southern Chile’s many fjords. See a mussel fishery then enjoy a small group highlight as you have lunch prepared by a local fisherman’s family. (B,L)

Day 5 — Puerto Varas and Punta Arenas

Transfer to the airport today for the two-hour flight to Punta Arenas, capital of Chile’s southernmost Magallanes Region. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel, where you dine tonight. (B,D)

Day 6 — Punta Arenas

Get a close-up view of Patagonian Chile today on an excursion to a working estancia (ranch). Visit with the huasos (cowboys) who work here and watch a sheepdog exercise to see how these amazing animals perform their important job of herding. You will also see a sheep-shearing demonstration and learn how the wool is processed. Then enjoy a traditional Patagonian asado lunch at the ranch before your return to Punta Arenas, where the remainder of day is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 7 — Magdalena Island and Puerto Natales

On your day cruise through the storied Strait of Magellan today, you have the opportunity to see for yourselves an animal that most people have only seen in captivity: the Magellanic penguin, the two-foot tall flightless birds that number among the millions along the southern tip of South America. Cruise to tiny Magdalena Island, home to a colony of more than 120,000 penguins that coexist peacefully with cormorants, sea lions, and other species. Return to Punta Arenas in time for lunch before continuing  the journey northward by coach to Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Paine National Park on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Sound. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers

Experience southern Chile’s glacier region on today’s excursion. A day cruise takes you through stunning Patagonian scenery, as you navigate between snowcapped mountains and walls of ice to reach the massive glaciers, where you enjoy fabulous views and photo opportunities. Watch as the ice seems to tumble down the mountainsides and into the bays below (and in fact often does, in a process called calving). For lunch today enjoy a light meal onboard; dinner tonight is on your own upon your return to Puerto Natales. (B,L)

Day 9 — Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine

This morning make the two-hour drive north into Torres del Paine, a breathtaking 700-square-mile national park and World Biosphere Reserve. After reaching your hotel and having lunch together, set out on a short hike; the rugged beauty of your surroundings gives a preview of what’s in store over the next two days. Tonight dine together at the hotel, as you will throughout your stay here. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Torres del Paine National Park

Today marks your first full day in Torres del Paine, one of the most unspoiled and beautiful nature preserves on Earth. Spend the day exploring this unparalleled landscape of jagged peaks, ice-blue glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing rivers, and thunderous waterfalls. Also visit magnificent Lago Grey, which is fed by the glacier of the same name in the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Torres del Paine National Park

Your second day of exploration in the park features Laguna Amarga, Laguna Azul, and Cascade Rio Paine, along with resident wildlife. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Torres del Paine and Santiago

Trade your natural surroundings for the bustling urban heart of Chile today, as you travel by coach to Punta Arenas then board a 3.5-hour flight to the Chilean capital of Santiago. Reach your hotel early this evening; dinner tonight is on your own in this cosmopolitan city with a lively culinary scene. (B,L)

Day 13 — Santiago

This morning get acquainted with Santiago on a panoramic city tour. Chile’s largest city and the capital since colonial times, Santiago boasts an impressive diversity of architecture, a view of the majestic Andes, and a vibrant cultural atmosphere. After time for lunch on your own, visit one of the many wineries that surround the city for a tour and tasting. Tonight celebrate your Patagonian sojourn over a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 14 — Santiago and depart for U.S.

After a morning at leisure, this afternoon visit Bellavista, Santiago’s colorful bohemian barrio where poet Pablo Neruda once lived. There’s time to explore on your own before transferring to the airport for your overnight flights to the U.S. (B)

Day 15 — Arrive in the U.S.

Arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with your return flights home.