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Duration14 Days

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Patagonia Solar Eclipse Tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Tour starts in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Our tour starts late morning in the Palermo district of the Argentinean capital. After a welcome light lunch on the hotel terrace, this afternoon has been set aside to enjoy a stroll through the Palermo neighbourhood. The largest of the city’s barrios, Palermo is a Bohemian mix of colonial-style architecture, street art, chic bars and fashionable cafes and restaurants that attract middle-class Argentines and foreign visitors alike. Dinner suggestions will be given for those whom jet-lag hasn’t yet defeated.

  • Casa Sur Palermo or similar
  • Lunch
Day 2: Buenos Aires – Esquel

A morning flight to Esquel takes us southwest, towards the “Land of Burrs”. Settled by Welsh immigrants in the middle years of the 1800s, Esquel lies amidst a circle of mountain peaks and on arrival we will be transferred on to the Nant y Falls Vineyard in time for a late lunch and wine-tasting, of course. Later we visit nearby Trevelin, which lays claim to being the most Welsh of the cordillera towns, to enjoy a Welsh high tea before returning to our hotel for an evening at leisure.

  • Cumbres Blancas or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3: Esquel

One of Esquel’s most distinctive highlights is La Trochita, a narrow-gauge steam railway that is said to be the southernmost railway in the world. Known affectionately as “The Old Patagonian Express” (after the book by Paul Theroux), the train takes us from Esquel to Nahuel Pan, where we will visit a local community before continuing on to the Patagonia Steppe and the Canyon of the Vultures and the stunning landscapes surrounding the massive Piedra Parada (standing rock). Here we’ll spend the afternoon with a hike and a picnic before returning to Esquel in time for dinner.

  • Cumbres Blancas or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4: Esquel - Futaleufu (Chile)

A morning’s drive brings us to the Chilean border today, and the small town of Futaleufu. Once we have crossed over into Chile we will check into our hotel before setting off for a short hike and lunch. This afternoon is then set aside for an exhilarating rafting trip down the Futaleufu River, an eight kilometre journey that takes us through an exciting network of grade III, IV and IV+ rapids. No We return back to the hotel early this evening. No previous rafting experience is necessary but as Futaleufu is fast becoming known as one of the top rafting meccas of the world, this is not an experience to be missed.

  • El Barranco or similar
  • Breakfast
Day 5: Futaleufu – Parque Pumalín

Departing Futaleufu after breakfast this morning we head next for the stunning landscapes of Parque Pumalín. One of the largest and most diverse conservation projects in South America and made possible by the donations of North Face founder, Douglas Tompkins, Pumalín stretches from the heart of the Andes to the Pacific fjords of the Chilean coast, providing a vast protective haven for the country’s primeval temperate rainforests. The journey will be broken up with some introductory walks in the park, before we arrive at our cabins in Caleta Gonzalo later today.

  • Cabañas Caleta Gonzalo or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Parque Pumalin

Covering some 715,000 acres, Pumalín is home to a number of endemic species of flora including some of the planet’s last remaining stands of millennia-old Alerce trees. Set against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks, the park provides us with some of the most breath-taking coastlines anywhere in the Americas and today we have a full day hiking amongst its rich, green forests.

  • Cabañas Caleta Gonzalo or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: Pumalin - Puerto Varas

Today’s drive takes us along the famed Carretera Austral, the 1,240 kilometre highway that meanders its way through Chilean Patagonia. Combining a fascinating road journey with a chance to ply the inlets and coves of the coast aboard a local ferry, this long but memorable drive gets us into Puerto Varas this evening, in time to enjoy a stroll out to one of the local restaurants for dinner.

  • Mero Gaucho or similar
  • Breakfast
Day 8: Puerto Varas

A chance to discover a little something of life in Chile’s spectacular Lake District, we spend today in the company of a local family, enjoying the hospitality of their ranch by the Maullín River. Surrounded by temperate rain-forest, the ranch is home to a wildlife rescue centre that rehabilitates an array of native species. These include pumas, wild cats and the endemic pudú (the world’s smallest deer). After enjoying a traditional Chilean barbecue lunch we return to our hotel later this afternoon to enjoy a free evening.

  • Mero Gaucho or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 9: Puerto Varas – Villa La Angostura (Argentina)

A day filled with exhilarating experiences begins early this morning, as we depart Puerto Varas to make our way back into Argentina. En route we’ll stop off at the Petrohue Falls with their stunning backdrop of Osorno volcano. After some short hikes in the nearby National Park we’ll cross the border at the Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass (1,314m) The crossing of the Andes takes us through towering mountain passes before finally depositing us at Villa La Angostura, on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi, which will be our base for the next two nights. Tonight we’ll enjoy a typical Argentinian Patagonia parrilla (grill).

  • Verde Morada or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10: Villa La Angostura

The azure jewel of the Nahuel Huapi National Park, the lake itself spans out across some 529 square kilometres of northern Patagonia and today we have the whole day to leisurely explore its shores and stunning landscapes by kayak. Nestling amongst the foothills of the Andes, the clear glacial waters are dotted with islands and coves and, despite being nowhere near the ocean, play host to kelp gulls and blue-eyed cormorants. After a picnic lunch and lots of opportunities for exploring on foot also, we’ll return to Villa La Angostura late this afternoon for a free evening.

  • Verde Morada or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: Villa La Angostura - La Ruta de los Siete Lagos - San Martin de los Andes:

Today we embark on one of the most spectacular drives to be found anywhere in the Lake District, as we explore the famous Ruta de los Siete Lagos or Seven Lakes Route. Travelling north on Ruta 40, towards San Martin de los Andes, we wind our way through some of the most picturesque landscapes in Argentine Patagonia today, stopping along the way to enjoy some scenic hikes and a picnic lunch. Arriving in San Martin this afternoon, the evening has been left free to enjoy at our own pace.

  • Le Chatelet or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12: San Martin de los Andes (Eclipse Day)

Eclipse day begins early, as we drive north out of San Martin towards the village of Junín, located close to the cone-shaped peak of the Lanin Volcano. Here we will prepare a picnic lunch and wait for the climatic conclusion to this spectacular adventure. Please note that in the event of cloud cover close to the mountains we will would plan to drive east into the desert for hopefully viewings of the eclipse. Later, if conditions permit, we will enjoy an afternoon hike, before returning to the hotel for a free evening.

  • Le Chatelet or similar
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13: San Martin de los Andes - Buenos Aires

A mid-morning transfer to San Martin de los Andes airport sees us flying back to Buenos Aires today, arriving in time to freshen up before an evening of tango and a farewell dinner back in the Argentinean capital.

  • Casa Sur Palermo or similar
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Tour ends in Buenos Aires

The tour ends after breakfast.

  • Breakfast

Accommodation

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this particular trip we will be in a combination of small hotels and lodges. All properties have private en-suite facilities although on Days 5 & 6 at Parque Pumalín, it may be necessary for two rooms to share one bathroom due to the limited number of rooms available and the remote location. Please note that the accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is intended as a guide only and is always subject to availability.

Transport

On this tour we will use an incredible variety of transport including domestic flights, minibuses, an historic steam-train, boats, ferries, rafts and kayaks!

Climate

This tour coincides with summer in Argentina & Chile, and as such you can expect sunny and hot days (approximately 30oC) in Buenos Aires. However as you get nearer to the Andes and Patagonia, the weather can be more unpredictable and it is not uncommon to experience the proverbial “four seasons in a day”. December is typically considered one of the most stable months for travel in the region but please come prepared for all conditions.

Is this trip for me?

It may sound obvious but Wild Frontiers tours are not always for everyone and it is important to us that the tour you choose is the most suitable. Please therefore take time to read the itinerary carefully. All our tours are graded to give an overall picture of the trip but these are only guidelines and you should check the daily itinerary. In certain instances we may ask you to complete a travel questionnaire before confirming your booking in order to ensure your suitability. Should you have any concerns about your ability to partake in any aspect of the tour then please contact the office. 

Key aspects to consider

While it’s possible to opt out of any or all of the activities on this trip, this itinerary has been designed with the more active and adventurous traveller in mind who loves the great outdoors. As such, you would do well to ensure you are in a good state of health and fitness to make the most of everything on offer. It is also worth mentioning that we cannot guarantee eclipse viewings as nature is unpredictable and visibility will always be subject to local weather conditions. However we will be as flexible as we can and will have a vehicle at our disposal if a nearby location purports to offers better viewing opportunities than the place we had originally envisaged for the eclipse viewing. Please also note that we have included less meals that we might typically on other trips due to the incredible variety available in both Argentina & Chile. Guidance and suggestions will always be given when meals have not been included.

Extensions

If you have more time available, why not arrive early to adjust to a new time zone or just to get a feel for the country before your tour starts? Or alternatively you might choose to allow a few extra days after the tour to relax or to undertake some further exploration.

The choice is completely yours and we can usually arrange anything from simply additional accommodation and transfers to full tailor-made itineraries.

Below is just a small sample of what you could do. Please contact the office for more details and to discuss your individual requirements. 

Buenos Aires (Argentina)

As this tour only offers the briefest of introductions to Buenos Aires, those with more time should definitely consider extending before or afterwards to enjoy a few extra days of incredible music, food and energy. The city was virtually re-created at the end of the 19th century when the beef boom of the 1880s brought immense wealth and the city's Hispanic colonial buildings were levelled and replaced in the image of Paris, hence the title "the Paris of South America".  What was once the cultural Mecca of the Americas soon went into decline and this sense of faded grandeur makes it a fascinating place to wander around.  It is a place to 'lose' oneself and soak up the ambience of a city that seems to exist in a world all of its own. Allow 2–4 days.

Neighbouring Countries

Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Peru have an incredibly variety of sights to offer and are easily accessible from Argentina. Allow approx. 1 – 6 weeks.

New Tours

Never complacent, here at Wild Frontiers we are continually on the look-out for new tour ideas. Each year we aim to put on a selection of new tours in order to continually provide our clients with a fresh and varied choice of some of the best journeys on the planet. Although a lot of fun, these tours will often involve a greater element of unpredictability than our better-established tours, so please come prepared.

Responsible travel

Responsible travel and sustainable tourism are fundamental ideas that Wild Frontiers has been committed to since our birth. It is our strong belief that these words should not be simply ‘tagged on’ to itineraries and websites but should be at the very core of each trip, and our adventures are therefore designed with the local people, culture and eco-system in mind. We believe that a successful trip not only delivers a unique and unsurpassable journey for our clients, but that it also benefits the peoples whose lands we are privileged to visit. 

Getting There

If you would like us to send you a quote for the suggested tour flights or on any alternative flight that may suit you better, please let us know, noting that for our US clients, we will most likely refer you to one of our preferred partners. For this trip our suggested flights from the UK (subject to change) are shown below.

If you wish to arrange your own flights you are completely free to do so and in this case we can arrange any transfers or supplementary accommodation that you may require. However please note that if you are planning on making your own flight arrangements, we recommend that you first check with us to see if the trip is guaranteed. We then suggest that you purchase flights that are flexible and ideally refundable as due to the nature of adventure travel, itineraries and destination accessibility can change at any time. For more information, please refer to our booking conditions.
 

Flight Code Departing Arriving
BA 245 London Heathrow (LHR)
22:10
Ezeiza, Buenos Aires Airport (EZE)
09:05
BA 244 Ezeiza, Buenos Aires Airport (EZE)
14:20
London Heathrow (LHR)
06:35

Visas

Visas are necessary for many of the destinations we travel to and while we aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information, requirements frequently change and as such for the latest advice we advise that you check with the relevant embassies or contact our recommended visa agency, Travcour www.travcour.com 

For this tour UK passport holders currently do not require visas for Argentina or Chile.

Non-UK passport holders or non-UK residents should contact the relevant embassies for individual requirements.

Please note that as of January 2016 US policy (subject to change) has stated that anyone wishing to travel to or via the USA must have a biometric passport. In addition, anyone who has travelled to several countries including Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen or Somalia since March 2011, is required to apply for a US visa (rather than just an ESTA). If you are affected by this, the process is fairly straightforward and you can read more about it here:-

www.wildfrontierstravel.com/us-visa

Further details will be sent out to you on booking, however ensuring that correct and valid visas are obtained remains the sole responsibility of the client.

 

Key information

Tour price

All our tours are priced on a land-only basis, giving you maximum flexibility when deciding how to get to and from your tour. For the latest prices, please refer to our website or contact the office.

Deposit

A £500 (or equivalent) deposit is required to confirm your booking. In addition, due to the particular nature of this trip, an interim deposit of £1000 (or equivalent) per person will be required within 30 days of booking a guaranteed departure, or subsequently within 30 days of receiving confirmation from us that the trip has been guaranteed.

Travelling Solo & single supplement

As a company approximately 70% of our clients are solo travellers, so it’s very unlikely you’ll be alone!

Our prices are typically based on twin-share accommodation, but single supplements are not compulsory for any Wild Frontiers tour. If you prefer not to pay a single supplement we’ll pair you with someone else of the same sex for you to share with throughout the trip.

On this trip, if you do opt to pay for a single supplement then please note that it will cover you for all nights of the tour apart for Days 5 & 6 in Parque Pumalin where it may be necessary to share a room (with a fellow traveller of the same sex).

Please note that paying a single supplement entitles you to lone occupancy of a single room. In many cases these rooms will be of the same size as a double/twin room, but in some cases they may be smaller.
 

Insurance

Insurance that provides cover for emergency repatriation in case of a medical emergency is compulsory for all tours. You should be aware that due to some of the geographical areas visited and some of the activities included on certain of our trips some standard insurance policies may not always provide adequate cover. As such we strongly recommend that you purchase a policy that adequately covers your trip. If you choose to purchase the Wild Frontiers bespoke policy through Travel & General (currently available to UK residents only) then please note for this trip the minimum required level of cover will be the Standard policy. Please see the Insurance section for more details.

What's Included

Transport

All transport as required for the tour

Guides

The full services of a Wild Frontiers Tour Leader with local guides where appropriate

Accomodation

All accommodation as outlined in the itinerary

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary

Meals

Meal plan as detailed in the itinerary with the majority of meals being taken in local restaurants where viable

Airport transfers

Complimentary airport transfers are included for anyone arriving/departing on the suggested group flights (see GETTING THERE for details)

Carbon contribution

A carbon-offsetting contribution to Eco Act (if booking international flights through us)

What's Not Included

Visas & Travel Insurance

Visas will always be tour/nationality dependent but travel insurance is mandatory

Tips

Always optional, but some guidance will be given in the pre-departure information pack you’ll receive after booking

International Flights

Please feel free to ask us for an obligation-free quote

Beverages & any costs of a personal nature

This will include items such as laundry and souvenirs

Additional information

Protection for your money

For further details please see our travelling with peace of mind page

Responsible Travel

For more information, please refer to our responsible travel page

British foreign & Commonwealth office

As advocates of the FCO's Travel Aware campaign, we highly recommend checking out their website for lots of useful information. Non-UK citizens should consult the travel advice of their respective government.

Wild Frontiers Community

If you’re still not sure if this trip is right or just want to see get some different perspectives, then why not have a look at the wide variety of resources we have on our website?

Browse our community section to read our blogs, watch videos and find out about our events.

Why Wild Frontiers?

We are frequently asked what makes Wild Frontiers different from other tour operators. Visit our why Wild Frontiers page to find out.

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