Experience South America's last great frontier, from Patagonia's majestic fjords to dramatic Torres del Paine, renowned for its mountain peaks, glaciers, and thunderous waterfalls.

Starting at: $7,195 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
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Patagonian Explorer

Argentina and Chile by Land and Sea

17 days from $7,195 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Experience South America's last great frontier, from Patagonia's majestic fjords to dramatic Torres del Paine, renowned for its mountain peaks, glaciers, and thunderous waterfalls.

or Call 855-330-1542

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

Patagonia was life-changing; unlike any other place on earth. 

- Jane V.

The Patagonian Explorer was all that we had envisioned and more! Amazing natural beauty, extremely well educated, enlightening lectures. We will travel with Smithsonian Journeys again. 

- Lynn and Tim P.

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Feb 11 - 27, 2017 Departure
Patrick Abbott

Patrick Abbott

Patrick Abbott has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a long-time Professor of Geology at San Diego State University. Pat’'s research on reconstructing ancient continental positions has focused on the region stretching from coastal Mexico to coastal Alaska. His college textbook, Natural Disasters, published by McGraw-Hill, is in its ninth edition, and discusses in detail the plate tectonics, earthquakes, climate change, and volcanic history of the Pacific region. He appeared in the TV series The Real Gilligan’s Island on TBS and contributed to a History Channel program in spring 2012 on geological and meteorological phenomena. Pat will lecture on the plate tectonics and volcanic activity and why these regional phenomena are significant on a global scale.

Feb 25 - Mar 13, 2017 Departure; Feb 10 - 26, 2018 Departure
Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney

Wayne Ranney is a veteran of expedition travel, and has lectured on and journeyed to all seven of the Earth’'s continents. With a lifelong interest in the natural and earth sciences, Wayne specializes in making the fascinating story of our planet come alive for fellow travelers. His travels have taken him to all areas of South America including Patagonia; the Polar regions from Antarctica to Iceland, the desert lands of Africa and the American Southwest, and most of Earth’'s outstanding landscapes. He was elected to the Explorers Club and has visited more than 80 countries. Wayne is a retired professor of geology but still teaches an occasional honors course at Northern Arizona University in his hometown of Flagstaff, Arizona. He is passionate about sharing his vast knowledge of earth history with others in an easy and informal style, and is a well-respected author of numerous award-winning books and articles. He enjoys studying languages, hiking, river running, photography, conversation, and anything else that allows him to get out with others to see the varied and interesting landscapes of this beautiful world.

Mar 18 - Apr 3, 2017 Departure; Oct 21 - Nov 6, 2017 Departure
Jeffrey A. Cole

Jeffrey A. Cole

Jeffrey A. Cole is a Latin American historian. His interest in the region was kindled at the University of Connecticut, where he completed a B.A. and M.A. in history, including a semester at the Universidad de las Américas in Puebla, México. At the doctoral level, Jeff focused on civil-military relations in Argentina and Chile, the archaeology of the Americas, modern Chinese history, and - primarily -- colonial South American history. He won a Fulbright grant to complete his dissertation research in Perú, Bolivia, and Argentina. Upon receipt of his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, he taught at Tulane, SUNY, Cornell, the University of Massachusetts, and Smith College. Jeff also served as Associate Director of the UMass exchange program with Argentina from 1985 to 1991, during which time he taught at the Universidad de Buenos Aires as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer. His last full-time job was as Director of International Programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia. For the last twenty years, Jeff has served as an expert for Smithsonian Journeys (more than sixty tours in all) and as a lecturer on other academic excursions to Latin America.

Oct 7 - 23, 2017 Departure
Madalena Patacho

Madalena Patacho

Madalena Patacho is a naturalist with special expertise in marine biology and ecotourism. She earned her Master’s in Management of Natural Resources at Instituto Superior de Agronomia and Universidade de Évora. Madalena lived on Príncipe Island, off the west coast of Africa, working with local communities on a responsible tourism project, creating and implementing a sustainable plan for tourism development. She is inspired by the principles of ecotourism and is always looking for great ways to contribute and leave a positive footprint everywhere she travels.

A passionate traveler, with an insatiable curiosity about nature, geography and biodiversity, Madalena traveled around the world from North to South America, Europe, Africa, the Arctic and most recently Asia. From ancient ruins to marine reserves, hiking volcanoes and connecting with local and indigenous communities, Madalena is always looking for unique and authentic cultural experiences. When not traveling or lecturing around the world, Madalena conducts tours and lectures at Oceanário de Lisboa working with a variety of audiences on raising awareness on ocean conservation and biodiversity.

Jan 13 - 29, 2018 Departure
Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon

Howard Topoff and Carol Simon are biologists specializing in the fields of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology. After receiving their Ph.D. degrees, they spent their scientific careers as professors at The City University of New York, and as Research Associates at The American Museum of Natural History. Their field research on animal behavior is conducted in Central and South America, Africa, and the southwestern corner of the United States. As study leaders on Natural History tours for over 35 years, they have developed an extensive series of educational and entertaining multimedia presentations, which they offer to vacationing guests who enjoy location-specific enrichment programs.

Feb 25 - Mar 13, 2018 Departure
Dennis Wille Sáenz

Dennis Wille Sáenz

Dennis became enamored of wildlife as a youngster in his native Costa Rica. Living in Central America, it is not difficult to see how biology could become the favorite science for any nature enthusiast, as there are several thousand species in the region. He has a passion for bird sounds and has a collection of them — recently he worked on the creation of a DVD that mixes the piano with the sounds of the birds.

His experience and knowledge has taken him to lead groups in other countries in Central America, South America, Africa, New Zealand, South East Asia, Australia, Russia, Alaska, the Arctic, the Antarctic, and the Caribbean. When he is not lecturing, Dennis travels to remote areas in Central America explaining to young students how fragile the ecosystems are where they live. He also works on several projects to monitor endangered species in order to improve conservation efforts.

Mar 10 - 26, 2018 Departure
Francisco Dallmeier

Francisco Dallmeier

Francisco is a senior conservation biologist and the Director of the Smithsonian Center for Conservation and Sustainability. He is passionate for natural history, multi-cultural experiences, art, architecture and photography.  He has traveled and worked professionally in nearly 100 countries from the Alaskan tundra to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia. His research and conservation programs have included critical and endangered species and ecosystems, forest vital signs monitoring programs, climate change, impact mitigation of large development projects, and design and implementation of sustainable mega-infrastructure projects.  He has numerous scientific and technical publications.  Francisco has extensive experience developing partnerships among academia, NGOs, and the private and public sectors to deliver conservation solutions to complex sustainable development challenges worldwide.  He is a certified coach and advisor to corporate leadership and provides technical expertise and policy advice on projects on the ground. Francisco received his undergraduate degree in Biology at the Central University of Venezuela, in his birth country, and his Master and PhD in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University.  He also completed the Executive Leadership Program with the Federal Executive Institute and the Smithsonian Leadership Development Program.  In addition, he is an adjunct professor at George Mason University in conservation and sustainability.