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—during this journey of Argentina and Chile by land and sea.

Starting at: $7,769 * Includes airfare, taxes & all fees Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Smithsonian travelers in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile. Credit: Alex Maureira  Hiking in Patagonia. Credit: Stephanie Wise  Lake Pehoe at Torres del Paine National Park  Patagonian Fox  Guanaco in Torres del Paine National Park  Torres del Paine National Park with guanaco  Beagle Channel  Cormorants and seals along the Beagle Channel  Cormorants along the Beagle Channel  Magellanic penguins  Osorno Volcano with Petrohue Falls, Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, Chile  Travelers admire surreal ice formations. Credit: Peter Kibbee  Icebergs  Blazing fall colors of the Andes.  Credit: Diaz Luciano  Recoleta Cemetery  A couple dancing the tango

Patagonian Explorer

Argentina and Chile by Land and Sea

16-17 days from $7,769 | 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—during this journey of Argentina and Chile by land and sea.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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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.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Accommodations

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Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel (November 25 Departure)

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Loi Suites Recoleta Hotel sits in an ideal location in the heart of the distinguished Recoleta residential area.  The hotel sits just steps from La Recoleta Cemetery, one of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries, which contains the graves of several Argentinian presidents, Nobel Prize winners, and Eva Peron.  Recoleta boasts an abundance of Beaux-Arts architecture, and its tree- and sculpture-lined streets are perfect for exploring on foot.  The elegant hotel offers a restaurant, lounge/bar, English winter garden with afternoon tea service, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, spa, laundry and dry-cleaning service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet service.  Air-conditioned guestrooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Emperador Hotel - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Emperador Hotel Buenos Aires is located on the Avenida del Libertador in the heart of Buenos Aires, close to art galleries and museums, shopping, dining, and historic areas. The contemporary 265-room hotel has a terrace restaurant and bar, fitness center, spa with sauna and massage treatments, solarium, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, and indoor pool. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, safe deposit box, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Rio Serrano

Torres del Paine, Chile

Located at the entrance of Torres del Paine National Park with panoramic views of the Paine mountain range, this wood-and-stone lodging offers such amenities as restaurant and bar, gift shop, library, Internet access, three golf greens, free golf clubs and fishing gear rentals, and laundry and dry cleaning services. The 95 rustic-style guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, fan, mini-bar, complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas

Puerto Varas, Chile

Completed in 2009, the 98-room Radisson Hotel Puerto Varas is close to the center of Puerto Varas, with panoramic views of Llanquihue and the Andes Mountains. This modern hotel showcases the mixed cultural heritage of the region, blending native and German elements. Hotel amenities include a restaurant and bar; complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; and fitness center with gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna, and spa with massage treatments. Each air-conditioned guest room has private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-fridge, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Hotel Atton Vitacura

Santiago, Chile

Opened in 2012, this bright, modern 295-room hotel is located in one of Santiago’s most stylish neighborhoods. The hotel features a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, gym facilities, and Wi-Fi Internet access. Each air-conditioned guest room offers private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, TV, phone, and mini-bar.

Number of nights: 2

Tour Extension

Optional Pre-Program to Iguazu Falls — 2 Days, 2 Nights

Discover the magnificence of one of the world’s iconic landmarks and great natural wonders. Your tour extension price includes:

  • Round-trip air transportation Buenos Aires/Iguazu Falls inclusive of airline taxes and departure fees
  • 2 nights accommodations at Loi Suites Iguazu Hotel (Superior First Class)
  • 3 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Services of a professional tour representative
  • Private motorcoach/van transportation
  • Included sightseeing: Iguazu Falls National Park (Argentine side of the falls) with viewing opportunities
  • Gratuities for tour representative, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel
The Loi Suites Iguazú Hotel is located in the heart of the jungle on a promontory overlooking the Iguazú River, just a 15-minute drive from Iguazú Falls. The 162-room hotel features two restaurants, bar/lounge, fitness center and spa with massage treatments, outdoor swimming pools, sauna, and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access in public areas. Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-refrigerator, internet access (surcharge), TV, and phone.

Activity Level

Activity Level 3: Moderate / Active


Expectations: Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions, and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Some tours may have activities with higher intensity and more active choices/options. Excursions require standing and walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators, muddy/slippery walking/hiking trails), and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited. Specific itineraries may feature hiking, use of local transportation, extended overnight train travel, extensive use of Zodiac crafts or other smaller ship conveyances, or multiple internal plane rides. Some itineraries may require early morning departures and later evening returns. Travelers may be in remote and/or rugged regions, and may be touring at higher altitudes with steep ascents/descents. Leisure time may be limited (sometimes only in the later evenings). Certain tours feature more active excursions (such as moderate hiking, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, bicycling, rafting, or kayaking), though another choice may be offered for an alternate skill level. Walking/hiking tours may feature up to six-mile walks/hikes.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Ship

Stella Australis

Cabins have private bath with hairdryer, in-room safes, and panoramic windows. Shipboard facilities and amenities include open bar service (select wines and liquors), daily land excursions (weather permitting), boutique, on-board lectures, game room, panoramic lounge, library with audio and video equipment, wide promenade deck, and open bridge policy.


Amenities: restaurant, 3 lounges, Zodiac expedition boats, boutique, on-board lectures, open bridge, panoramic open deck. Built: 2010, Decks: 5, Cabins: 100 (all outside). Length: 293 ft.

Stella Australis

Cabins have private bath with hairdryer, in-room safes, and panoramic windows. Shipboard facilities and amenities include open bar service (select wines and liquors), daily land excursions (weather permitting), boutique, on-board lectures, game room, panoramic lounge, library with audio and video equipment, wide promenade deck, and open bridge policy.


Amenities: restaurant, 3 lounges, Zodiac expedition boats, boutique, on-board lectures, open bridge, panoramic open deck. Built: 2010, Decks: 5, Cabins: 100 (all outside). Length: 293 ft.

Testimonials

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.
Reading List
In Patagonia (Penguin Classics)
By: Bruce Chatwin
Gently used copy. No ncrease to sapine. Clean unmarked copy. mild shelf/edge wear from normal handling. Satisfaction guartanteed!
The Whispering Land
By: Gerald Durrell
Fans of Gerard Durrell's beloved classic My Family and Other Animals (the inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece PBS) and other accounts of his lifelong fascination with members of the animal kingdom will rejoice at The Whispering Land. The sequel to A Zoo in My Luggage, this is the story of how Durrell and his wife's zoo-building efforts at England's Jersey Zoo led them and a team of helpers on an eight-month safari in Argentina to look for South American specimens. Through windswept Patagonian shores and tropical forests in Argentina, from ocelots to penguins, fur seals to parrots, Durrell captures the landscape and its inhabitants with his signature charm and humor.
Patagonia: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination)
By: Chris Moss
Patagonia is the ultimate landscape of the mind. Like Siberia and the Sahara, it has become a metaphor for nothingness and extremity. Its frontiers have stretched beyond the political boundaries of Argentina and Chile to encompass an evocative idea of place. A vast triangle at the southern tip of the New World, this region of barren steppes, soaring peaks and fierce winds was populated by small tribes of hunter-gatherers and roaming nomads when Ferdinand Magellan made landfall in 1520. A fat...
Top 10 Buenos Aires (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
By: DK Eyewitness Travel
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Buenos Aires is your pocket guide to the very best of Buenos Aires.This cultured and sophisticated South American capital never bores. Buenos Aires boasts historic cafés, glamorous bars, a world-class opera house, elegant neighborhoods, a hospitable people eager to show visitors around, and so much more.Discover DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Buenos Aires.True to its name, this Top 10 guidebook covers all major sights and attractions in easy-to-use "top 10" lists that help you plan the vacation that's right for you:   • "Don't miss" destination highlights .    • Things to do and places to eat, drink, and shop by area.    • Free, color pull-out map (print edition), plus maps and photographs throughout.    • Walking tours and day-trip itineraries.    • Traveler tips and recommendations.    • Local drink and dining specialties to try.    • Museums, festivals, outdoor activities.    • Creative and quirky best-of lists and more. The perfect pocket-size travel companion: DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Top 10 Buenos Aires.Recommend: For an in-depth guidebook to Argentina, check out DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Argentina, which offers the most complete cultural coverage of the country; trip-planning itineraries by length of stay; 3-D cross-section illustrations of major sights and attractions; thousands of photographs, illustrations, and maps; and more.
Insight Guides Chile & Easter Island
By: Insight Guides
Squeezed between the Andes and the Pacific, Chile is known for its varied landscape and the wealth of outdoor activities it offers, from skiiing and white-water rafting to climbing volcanoes. Be inspired to visit by Insight Guide Chile and Easter Island, a comprehensive full-colour guide to this fascinating country.Inside Insight Guide Chile and Easter Island:Stunning, specially-commissioned new photography that brings this breathtaking country and its people to life. Highlights of the country's top attractions, from national parks to historic buildings and vineyards to hot springs in our Best of Chile and Easter Island.Descriptive region-by-region accounts cover the whole country from the the bustling capital of Santiago to the picturesque Lake District and Tierra del Fuego. A designated chapter covers Easter Island, one of the world's most intriguing islands. Detailed, high-quality maps throughout will help you get around and travel tips give you all the essential information for planning a memorable trip.About Insight Guides: Insight Guides has over 40 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps as well as picture-packed eBooks to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture together create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.'Insight Guides has spawned many imitators but is still the best of its type.' - Wanderlust Magazine
Patagonia & Tierra Del Fuego Travel Ref. Map 1:2M/1:750K
By: ITMB Publishing
There is not a lot of change on this latest edition of our ITM map of Patagonia. Argentina is undergoing an economic slump and developments have slowed down. The all weather road network in southern Argentina experienced a significant growth rate under the previous administration, so it is much easier to get around than in the past, but further improvements will have to await improved fiscal resources within the country. Much of Hwy 40 is now paved, to the relief of bus drivers, and the highway between Calafete and Ushuaia is now paved. The airports at both cities now meet international standards. This map has a new ISBN, as we have used up all the numbers from our old prefix and want to retire those numbers as titles come up for renewal.
Moon Patagonia: Including the Falkland Islands (Moon Handbooks)
By: Wayne Bernhardson
Since its discovery, Patagonia has lured adventurers to the literal ends of the earth. Its staggering landscapes include igneous pinnacles, grinding rivers of glacial ice, and wildlands that are stilltruly wild. In this book, expert traveler Wayne Bernhardson tells you everything you need to know to make this trip possible.Suggested routes for road trips along the coast and through the Andes, with mileage, driving times, and recommendations on the best places to stopWhere to see wildlife, including penguins, whales, dolphins, and sea lionsHow to choose guides, tours, and means of transportation, including plane, car, bus, and boatHow to get there and how to get around, including information on stopping over in Buenos Aires and Santiago
Torres del Paine Waterproof Trekking Map (English/Spanish Edition)
By: Sergio Zagier
TORRES DEL PAINE WATERPROOF TEAR-RESISTANT TREKKING MAP Highly improved new 2016 edition! The biggest and more updated trekking map of the famous Park. Satellite relief, contour lines, timed trails, shelters, camping and inns. Recommended by the National Parks Administration and the National Tourist Service. Not available in Chile.El mas grande y actualizado mapa del Parque Nacional chileno que es estrella en el mundo del trekking. Relieve satelital, curvas de nivel, senderos con tiempo de marcha, refugios, campings y hosterias, etc. Respaldado por Conaf (Parques Nacionales) y el Servicio Nacional de Turismo de Chile.2016 edition printed on tear-resistant waterproof recicled plastic paper.
Buenos Aires: A Cultural History (Cultural Histories Series)
By: Jason Wilson
The most European of South American cities, Buenos Aires evokes exile and nostalgia. A nineteenth-century replica of Paris or Madrid set adrift in an alien continent, its identity is neither of the Old World nor the New. The Argentine capital's rootlessness has famously found expression in the melancholy of tango and, more recently, in a vogue for psychoanalysis even more widespread than New York's.Jason Wilson explores this contradictory and culturally rich city by tracing its development from remote ranching settlement to modern metropolis. Taking landmarks, both well-known and hidden, as starting points for a journey of discovery, he looks at the events, people and writing that have shaped modern Buenos Aires and its cultural life. The city of Borges and Cortazar: the European literary tradition, magical realism and fantasy, the construction of an Argentine voice, writers local and foreign. The city of tango: the music of longing and despair, a meeting-point of machismo and sensuality, lowlife culture of the port. The city of passions: the cult of Evita Peron, the life-and-death matter of soccer, the totalitarian political legacy.
Far Away and Long Ago: A Childhood in Argentina
By: W. H. Hudson
“Far Away and Long Ago” is the autobiography of naturalist William Hudson, who spent the first eighteen years of his life on the Argentinean pampas. Hudson is revered in Argentina, where they refer to him as Guillermo Enrique Hudson and name streets and towns after him. In simple and stately prose, he writes about his boyhood as one of several sons in an English family that ran an estancia on the Pampas. Despite several failed attempts to school him, he managed to pick up one of the best educations available: by using his eyes and ears to study nature. His skill in language, which is considerable, came from reading his father's books on his own. Whether writing about ombu trees, plovers, snakes, lightning storms, rheas (Argentinian ostriches), or his neighboring ranchers, Hudson brought a whole world to life with this book. Hudson published “Far Away and Long Ago” in 1917 while he was living in England. During W. H. Hudson’s time, the Argentine pampas was a land of freedom and excitement, which he describes well in this memoir. Descriptions of natural history and wildlife also abound, together with politics and interpersonal relationships of the times. You'd think Hudson’s book would give insights into Hudson's childhood and life - and it does - but more importantly it recreates the history, culture and geography of Argentina in a way few travel books accomplish. “Far Away and Long Ago” is perhaps one of the greatest autobiographies ever written, a book that will, without question, withstand several readings.
Voyaging: Southward from the Strait of Magellan
By: Rockwell Kent
Rockwell Kent is one of America's most famous graphic artists. He was also an avid traveler. Kent was especially fascinated by remote Arctic lands and often stayed for extended periods of time to paint, write, and become acquainted with the local inhabitants. Between 1918 and 1935, he wrote and illustrated several popular books about his travels. Voyaging, originally published in 1924, is the engaging story of Kent's sailing voyage to Tierra del Fuego. Kent is a charming writer and keen observer of both the land and its people. The book is beautifully and generously illustrated with Kent's distinctive woodcuts.The first edition was published to great critical acclaim. New Republic wrote, "the land lives. A land where roses are as big as sun-flowers, where gales gnaw against bleak cliffs . . . At the end of the earth, there is the paradox of the dwarf and the giant." The Nation said, "Kent has caught the wild beauty of this ominous region -- iron crags ringed with the froth of blown surf, wind-tortured trees, distant peaks incrusted with dazzling snow; but out of the very heart of this bewildering beauty emanates a sense of unseen presences appallingly, implacably hostile to man."
Cloud Forest: A Chronicle of the South American Wilderness
By: Peter Matthiessen
A classic work of nature and humanity, by renowned writer Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014), author of the National Book Award-winning The Snow Leopard and the new novel In Paradise Peter Matthiessen crisscrossed 20,000 miles of the South American wilderness, from the Amazon rain forests to Machu Picchu, high in the Andes, down to Tierra del Fuego and back. He followed the trails of old explorers, encountered river bandits, wild tribesmen, and the evidence of ancient ruins, and discovered fossils in the depths of the Peruvian jungle. Filled with observations and descriptions of the people and the fading wildlife of this vast world to the south, The Cloud Forest is his incisive, wry report of his expedition into some of the last and most exotic wild terrains in the world.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
Rounding The Horn Publisher: Basic Books
By: Dallas Murphy
Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure, and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin's South America
By: Eric Simons
One snowy day in Ushuaia, Argentina, the self-proclaimed "southernmost city in the world," writer Eric Simons picked up a copy of Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. He had just hiked the mountains overlooking Beagle Channel, and found himself engrossed in Darwin's account. Like Simons, Darwin was in his mid-twenties when he traveled to South America. Simons followed Darwin further into the continent-to stand where Darwin had, and to explore the histories, legends and people that had fascinated the great scientist two centuries before. He trekked to as many of the locations Darwin wrote about as he could find, to see if he could view these places through Darwin's eyes, and to learn what South Americans know about Darwin. Innovative and amusing, Darwin Slept Here offers a new look at a familiar subject, by a fresh, compelling writer to watch.
Travels in a Thin Country: A Journey Through Chile (Modern Library (Paperback))
By: Sara Wheeler
Squeezed between a vast ocean and the longest mountain range on earth, Chile is 2,600 miles long and never more than 110 miles wide--not a country that lends itself to maps, as Sara Wheeler discovered when she traveled alone from the top to the bottom, from the driest desert in the world to the sepulchral wastes of Antarctica. Eloquent, astute, nimble with history and deftly amusing, Travels in a Thin Country established Sara Wheeler as one of the very best travel writers in the world.
By Isabel Allende - Ines of My Soul: A Novel (7/29/07)
By: Isabel Allende
Will be shipped from US. Used books may not include companion materials, may have some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include CDs or access codes. 100% money back guarantee.
The Secret in Their Eyes
By: Eduardo Sacheri
Now a Major Motion Picture starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel EijioforBenjamín Chaparro is a man haunted by his past—a retired detective, he remains obsessed with the decades-old case of the rape and murder of a young woman in her own bedroom. As he revisits the details of the investigation, he is reacquainted with his similarly long, unrequited love for Irene Hornos, then just an intern, now a respected judge. Absorbing and masterfully crafted, The Secret in Their Eyes is a meditation on the effects of the passage of time and unfulfilled desire.Eduardo Sacheri’s tale is imbued with the subdued terror that characterized the Dirty War of 1970s Argentina, and was made into the Academy Award winning film of the same name in 2009. Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman, and Chiwetel Eijiofor now star in the English language depiction of this gripping story, to be released in the Fall of 2015. 
Chile: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Traveler's Literary Companions)
By: Brand: Whereabouts Press
The twenty stories in Chile: A Traveler's Literary Companion — most of which are available here for the first time in English — reveal that the nation that gave birth to two poets who won Nobel prizes in literature is also the home of many world-class prose writers. This collection evokes the diversity of the country's landscape and the complexity of its recent history. Contributors include Luis Alberto Acuña, Marjorie Agosín, Roberto Ampuero, Marta Brunet, Francisco Coloane, Adolfo Couve, José Donoso, Ariel Dorfman, Jorge Edwards, Beatriz García-Huidobro, Pedro Lemebel, Patricio Manns, Tito Matamala, Pablo Neruda, Darío Oses, Hernán Rivera Letelier, Patricio Riveros Olavarría, Osvaldo Rodríguez Musso, Enrique Valdés, and José Miguel Varas.
A Wildlife Guide to Chile: Continental Chile, Chilean Antarctica, Easter Island, Juan Fernández Archipelago
By: Sharon Chester
This is the first comprehensive English-language field guide to the wildlife of Chile and its territories--Chilean Antarctica, Easter Island, Juan Fernández, and San Félix y San Ambrosio. From bats to butterflies, lizards to llamas, and ferns to flamingos, A Wildlife Guide to Chile covers the country's common plants and animals. The color plates depict species in their natural environments with unmatched vividness and realism. The combination of detailed illustrations and engaging, succinct, and authoritative text make field identification quick, easy, and accurate. Maps, charts, and diagrams provide information about landforms, submarine topography, marine environment, climate, vegetation zones, and the best places to view wildlife. This is an essential guide to Chile's remarkable biodiversity. The only comprehensive English-language guide to Chile's common flora and fauna The first guide to cover Chile and its territories--Chilean Antarctica, Easter Island, Juan Fernández, and San Félix y San Ambrosio 120 full-color plates allow quick identification of more than 800 species Accompanying text describes species size, shape, color, habitat, and range Descriptions list size, distribution, and English, Spanish, and scientific names Information on the best spots to view wildlife, including major national parks Compact and lightweight--a perfect field guide
Birds of Chile (Princeton Field Guides)
By: Alvaro Jaramillo
This is the essential new field guide to the birds of Chile. Representing a great diversity of habitats, from the Andes in the north down to the tundra and sub-Antarctic rainforest of Tierra del Fuego in the far south, Chile is the breeding ground or temporary abode of 473 known species including 9 found nowhere else in the world. Birds of Chile covers them all, embracing not only the mainland but points offshore such as Easter Island as well as the Antarctic Peninsula and adjacent islands, plus the Falklands and South Georgia. In addition to being a friendly and fruitful birding destination in its own right, Chile is the starting point for many Antarctic cruises. Succinct, identification-focused text and distribution maps share a page opposite each of the 97 color plates to allow quick and easy reference. Between the boldfaced English name and the scientific name comes the Spanish name as used in Chile; this is important, for birders will find their quest far more enjoyable and effectual if they can explain to Chileans exactly what they are looking at, think they are looking at, or hope to be looking at. Since Chile's list of resident species is yet far from conclusive, vagrants and rarities are also included. Indeed, some birds once thought to be accidentals in Chile have since proved to be regulars, including the Westland Petrel, Least Sandpiper, Cliff Swallow, and Golden-billed Saltator. Compact, comprehensive, and easy to use, Birds of Chile is the essential field guide to the birds of this spectacular and tourist-friendly country. The essential new field guide to the birds of Chile 97 color plates with succinct text and maps on facing pages for quick reference and easy identification All 473 known species breeding in or visiting Chile, from the Andes in the north down to the tundra and sub-Antarctic rainforest of Tierra del Fuego in the south Also covers points offshore such as Easter Island as well as the Antarctic Peninsula and adjacent islands, plus the Falklands and South Georgia Compact, portable, and user-friendly
Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica.
By: Martin R. de la Peña, Maurice Rumboll
South America, though home to about one-third of the world's bird species and twice as many endemic families of birds as any other continent, has the world's sparsest population of birdwatchers. Birds of Southern South America and Antarctica illustrates and describes all the known species--more than 1,000 of them--in a vast swath of this underexplored birder's paradise, from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, southern Brazil, and Uruguay to parts of Antarctica. Just some of the birds it covers are teals, tinamous, chachalacas, conebills, cuckoos, macaws, parakeets, parrots, penguins, nightjars, hummingbirds, ovenbirds, tyrants, and tanagers. The habitats range from torrid rainforests and cloudforests to grasslands, the world's driest desert, second highest mountain range, and ice caps. The 97 color plates depict each species' male in breeding plumage, with the female and young often shown as well. On the facing page are concise textual descriptions of each species, highlighting not only salient physical features and behavioral patterns but the calls or songs of each. Casual birders and ornithologists contemplating a journey to the region, or simply interested in a one-volume overview of its bird life, will not want to miss this book.
Travel Insurance

For the convenience of our travelers, Smithsonian Journeys includes an on-tour Provided Insurance Plan through Travel Guard with the price of your tour. This travel insurance plan includes On-tour medical evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), emergency medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. Residents only, not including U.S. Territories). Travel must be more than 100 miles from the Insured’s primary residence.

In addition, you may want to consider purchasing travel insurance to protect your investment from unforeseen events, such as missed flight connections, lost luggage, and cancelled plans. There are many plans you can consider. For your convenience, you may visit www.TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys or call Travel Guard at 1.800.208.6142 to learn more.

Terms and conditions

Mission

Smithsonian Journeys engage travelers in the mission of the Smithsonian – “the increase and diffusion of knowledge.” Like the Institution, our tours enrich our guests’ lives and satisfy their curiosity about the world. Your participation benefits the work of Smithsonian’s 19 museums, National Zoo, and nine research centers, helping to preserve our national treasures and shape the future through science, research, and exhibitions.

What Is Included in the Tour Cost

  • Expertise of a Smithsonian Journeys expert, tour director and local guides throughout the tour
  • All gratuities for the expert, tour director, on-tour guides and drivers
  • On-tour medical evacuation insurance (up to $100,000), emergency medical expense coverage (up to $25,000), dental expense coverage (up to $500), travel medical assistance and worldwide travel assistance (U.S. residents only)
  • Pre-tour information, including a reading list
  • Transfers and luggage handling abroad (for air inclusive guests)
  • All on-tour transportation including flights within the itinerary, unless otherwise noted
  • All accommodations for the duration of the tour
  • Meals, as noted in the itinerary (B-breakfast; L-lunch; D-dinner)
  • All sightseeing and visits as noted in each itinerary
  • Airfare to/from your departure city, airline taxes, surcharges, and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made (for air inclusive guests only)

What Is Not Included in the Tour Cost

  • Passport and all visa fees and photos; immunization(s); and any other travel documentation fees as required
  • Optional travel insurance, including cancellation/delay/lost baggage insurance (learn more at TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys)
  • Personal items, unless otherwise stated, such as wine, liquors, a-la-carte orders
  • Expenses incurred by our tour operator in making any individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour
  • Airline baggage and other airline fees and associated taxes, unless noted in Tour description
  • Transfers and baggage handling abroad when purchasing “land only” package
  • Communication Charges (e.g.: phone, internet, etc.)
  • Other items noted as optional or not specifically mentioned as included
  • Airfare from your hometown to your departure city (for air inclusive guests only).

Registration

To submit a reservation request, please use our secure online system at SmithsonianJourneys.org or contact a Cultural Travel Specialist, at 1-855-330-1542 Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time). Submitting an online request does not guarantee space on a tour.  You will be notified by a Reservation Specialist of your status once your request has been received and processed.  Please note: No new registrations can be accepted within 30 days of most tours. Some tours are more restrictive; please see individual tour pages for these exceptions.

To complete your reservation, the following information is required.
In accordance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Secure Flight program, for all international tours, passport information is required, including the following:   Full name as it appears on your passport, Date of birth, and Gender (for further information, please visit www.tsa.gov).

For tours that include round-trip international airfare: If you provide incorrect information to the ticketing agent, or if you use a different passport than originally cited, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue.

Payments

A deposit of $500 per person for a land tour reservation, unless otherwise noted, is required to reserve a space on a tour.  All payments may be made by credit card or check to the tour operator.  Deposits are applied to final payment of the tour price.

Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure, unless otherwise noted.  Balance is due upon invoicing.  If full payment is not received by the final payment due date, your place cannot be guaranteed on the tour.

Late Registration

Any registration received within 95 days (180 for Alaska) of departure is considered “on-request” and is subject to specific confirmation. Some tours are more restrictive. Payment in full must be made immediately by credit card, or by check sent by overnight mail to the tour operator, before confirmation is possible.

Once confirmed, cancellation penalties apply as set forth below. If confirmation is not possible, all payments made will be refunded in full. Late registration confirmation procedures apply to any participant who is transferred from the wait list to the tour within the designated late registration period for that tour.

For additional information, please contact a Cultural Travel Specialist, at 1-855-330-1542 Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time), or SJReservations@si.edu and SmithsonianJourneys.org.

A Note about Costs

All prices are based on two persons sharing a room/cabin. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars. Tour costs are based upon current airfares, tariffs, currency values, and on the basis of a presumptive minimum number of participants. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed prices, they are subject to change.   Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour fee (e.g. internal flights, cruises, etc.).  Details and costs will be advised prior to departure.

Wait List

If the tour of your choice is fully subscribed, you may choose to be placed on a waitlist by contacting a Reservation Specialist at 1-855-330-1542 Mon-Fri 9 am - 7 pm; Sat 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Time), or SJReservations@si.edu. Individuals on the wait list will be contacted if space becomes available and can inquire about tour status by contacting a Reservation Specialist. If you choose to withdraw from a wait list, please notify us.  

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Following enrollment, a participant’s withdrawal from the tour for any reason, including, but not limited to, illness, injury, family engagements, work-related issues, or geopolitical concerns, etc., will be deemed a cancellation. Please understand that there will be no exceptions to our cancellation policy.

Per person cancellation fees are based on date of written notice to Smithsonian Journeys. Tour operator will refund on the following basis:

  • Cancellations within 7 days of booking:  Full Refund (unless it is within final payment date, 95 days before departure)
  • Cancellations after 7 days of booking:  Full Deposit Retained
  • Cancellations made within final payment date, 95 days before departure:  No Refund
  • Cancellation by Smithsonian Journeys:  Full Refund or Credit

Please understand that there will be no exceptions to our cancellation policy.

Smithsonian Journeys recommends that all participants purchase travel insurance.

If your flights are delayed or if for any reason you are prevented from joining the tour on the scheduled departure date and time, or if you choose to leave the tour early, we cannot provide a full or partial refund or credit toward a future tour.

Smithsonian Journeys reserves the right to cancel any tour due to low enrollment and when a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning is issued for the destination.

Air Service

For tours that include round-trip international airfare, rates are based on economy class from designated departure cities as shown.  Airfares from other cities are available upon request.  Airline upgrades at additional cost may be available on request for the international portion of your flight.  If an air schedule requires an overnight stay in a gateway city, the cost of the overnight will be at your expense.  For tours that include round-trip international airfare, the tour operator  will be happy to help with arrangements. Please note that seat assignments for your international flights is usually done at airport check-in. The tour operator is unable to guarantee any seat assignments.

When planning our tours that include international round-trip airfare, the tour operator contracts with those airlines that they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates that enable us to offer you the best possible travel value. Please note that frequent flyer mileage credits are issued at the discretion of the airline(s) and may not be available for the flights on your tour. If you prefer to make your own airline reservations, “land only” pricing is available on most of our tours.

Air Service/Tickets Purchased Independently of the Tour

International and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time. Tours can also be canceled due to low enrollments. If you make your own airline reservations, we recommend that you do not purchase nonrefundable tickets or tickets with high penalties for changes. 

We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator accepts liability for cancellation penalties related to domestic or international airline tickets purchased independently in conjunction with a tour.

Travel Insurance- Cancellation/Delay/Lost Baggage

Smithsonian Journeys recommends that all participants purchase travel insurance.  Learn more at TravelGuard.com/SmithsonianJourneys.

Travel Documents and Information

Participants are responsible for obtaining any documents required for their participation in the tour such as a valid passport, all visas, vaccination certificates, and any other documents. If your tour requires a visa or other entry documents, we will send you the appropriate information after you make a reservation.  Failure to obtain documents does not negate the terms and conditions, and any extra costs incurred for rerouting or delay due to travel without the necessary documents will be the participant’s responsibility. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please contact your embassy or consulate to ensure you obtain the proper documentation.

For all international departures, a passport valid for at least six months after the completion of your tour, and with at least six blank visa pages, is required for U.S. citizens on all tours. The U.S. Department of State will no longer add visa pages into U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. The decision to discontinue this service was made to enhance the security of the passport and to abide by international passport standards. Beginning January 1, 2016, applicants in need of additional pages in their valid passports must obtain a new passport. For more information on how or where to apply, please visit Travel.State.Gov/ApplyEarly or call the National Passport Information Center toll-free at 1-877-487-2778/1-888-874-7793 (TTY/TTD).

For more information about traveling to destinations abroad, we recommend the “Learn about your destination” section on the U.S. Department of State travel website www.travel.state.gov.  For medical information, we recommend contacting the Centers for Disease Control at (877) FYI-TRIP or www.cdc.gov/travel

Physical and Medical Considerations

To enjoy the travel experience, participants should be in good physical and mental health. All tours require an element of walking (up to two miles per day over uneven terrain) and of climbing stairs, often without handrails. Participants should have sufficient stamina to keep pace with an active group of participants on long days of touring. If you have any questions about your ability to participate in a tour, please call us at 855-330-1542. Any physical condition, diet, or special request for accommodation must be identified in writing on the Personal Information Form when the reservation is made. Some tours have additional information regarding physical and medical considerations, which may be discussed with the Reservation Specialist at 855-330-1542.

Please be aware that health care standards, facilities, and services abroad may be different or even inadequate for treating certain health conditions.  It is essential that you inform us in writing (on the provided Personal Information Form) of any existing condition for which you may require medical attention or accommodation during the tour. We will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the needs of our participants; however, services of a personal nature cannot be expected or guaranteed. By forwarding the deposit for pre-registration or registration in full, you affirm that you do not have any physical or other limitations that would create a hazard for yourself or other participants or would require adjustments to the tour for other participants.

Itinerary or Tour Modifications

Smithsonian Journeys strives to improve tour itineraries and their features. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, at our sole discretion, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute elements of the tour.  These elements include, but are not limited to:  hotels, staff, speakers, experts, and services for any stated in the itinerary.

Every effort will be made to carry out the tour as planned but alterations may still occur after the final itinerary has been sent to you. Please note that weather and other conditions may force changes to the advertised sailing schedule on cruise tours. The ship’s captain has the authority to change the ship’s schedule.

Hotel Accommodations

Smithsonian Journeys chooses hotels based on a combination of location, service, atmosphere, and price. On adventure tours and tours in out-of-the-way places, best-available hotels are used.  Tour prices are based on two persons sharing a room with a bath.

Singles and Roommates

Hotel rooms are always reserved for single participants, however, the number of single rooms available on a tour may be limited. Therefore we recommend that you register early. Please note that a single supplement will most likely apply for a single room.  If you are traveling alone and wish to share a room/cabin, we will do our best to find someone of the same gender and smoking preference to share with you. If you are matched with a non-smoking roommate, it is mutually agreed that you cannot smoke in your hotel room/cabin. When a roommate cannot be found, a single supplement will be charged. Please note that the single rooms in many foreign hotels may be smaller than those to which you are accustomed.

Children

All tours except family journeys, are designed for adults. Some may be suitable for children 16 and older. Regardless of age, children must pay full price unless otherwise noted, moreover, a parent or guardian must accompany those under 18.

Special Travel Arrangements

Participants may wish to extend their stay in the group hotel after the tour. Our tour operators will work with you on these arrangements, dependent upon space availability.  . For participants using air, only post tour extensions are offered. Tour operator may be able to assist land only participants with pre-tour arrangements.

Should you decide not to participate in certain parts of the tour or use certain goods included in the tour, no refunds will be made for those unused parts of the tour or goods.

Dispute Resolution

If a complaint arises, the participant should first inform a member of the on-tour staff, so that the staff can attempt to rectify the matter. If the issue remains unresolved, the individual should submit the complaint in writing to Smithsonian Journeys within 30 days of the completion of the tour.

The Smithsonian Journeys staff will make a good faith effort to resolve any dispute.  In the event that the parties are unable to resolve the dispute, the parties may agree to use a method of non-binding Alternative Dispute Resolution to resolve the dispute.  In the event that the parties are unable to agree on the method of Alternative Dispute Resolution to use, or in the event that either party is dissatisfied with the outcome of that alternative dispute resolution method, such efforts shall not constitute a waiver by either party of the right to file suit.

Photography and Video

Participants on tour may be photographed or recorded (audio and video) for the educational and promotional purposes of the Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian authorized third parties.  This content may be used in marketing publications and posted on websites to promote Smithsonian Journeys without compensation to the participant. Participants who prefer that their name, voice and/or image not be used must notify us in writing prior to the beginning of the tour.

Smoking Policy

 For the comfort of all participants, we ask that there be no smoking during all group activities, including excursions and meals. On certain cruises, there is no smoking aboard the ship. Your pre-tour bulletins will provide further information.

READ CAREFULLY: RESPONSIBILITY STATEMENT AND LIABILITY DISCLAIMER

Smithsonian Journeys tours are organized and administered by professional tour operators hired as independent contractors. The use of designated tour operators allows the Smithsonian to offer participants a wide array of educational travel opportunities. The tour operator acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the Smithsonian Institution nor the tour operator shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. The Smithsonian Institution and the tour operator reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.

The Smithsonian Institution and its designated tour operator also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time (including, but not limited for inappropriate, or offensive behavior) when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant.

Dates, schedules, tour details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication on the website, in the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.

AS A CONDITION OF ACCEPTANCE OF ANY APPLICATION, EACH APPLICANT MUST AGREE TO THE STATEMENT SET FORTH BELOW:

The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour materials, and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour materials. The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release the Smithsonian Institution, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and the tour operator and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour. By registering for a Smithsonian Journey, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein.