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Sherrills Ford, NC

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Vancouver, WA

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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Day cruise to see Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island
  • Visit to working estancia for traditional barbecue lunch and sheep-shearing demonstration
  • Three-night stay in Torres del Paine National Park, with excursions
  • Day cruise in Los Glaciares National Park, with excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier
  • El Calafate’s Glaciarium Museum
  • Buenos Aires stay and touring
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart for Punta Arenas, Chile

Day 2: Arrive Punta Arenas We arrive today in Punta Arenas, capital of Chile’s southernmost Magallanes region. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

Day 3: Punta Arenas/Magdalena Island On our day cruise through the storied Strait of Magellan today, we have the opportunity to see for ourselves an animal that most people have only seen in captivity: the Magellanic penguin, the two-foot-tall flightless bird that numbers among the millions along the southern tip of South America. We 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. We return to Punta Arenas, where we enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before an afternoon at leisure. Tonight we gather for a welcome dinner. B,L,D

Day 4: Punta Arenas We get a close-up view of Patagonian Chile today on our excursion to a working estancia (ranch). We visit with the local cowboys who work here and watch a sheepdog exercise to see how these amazing animals perform their important job of herding. We also see a sheep-shearing demonstration and learn how the wool is processed. Then we enjoy a traditional Patagonian asado (barbecue) lunch at the ranch before our return to Punta Arenas, where the remainder of the day is at leisure. B,L

Day 5: Punta Arenas/Torres del Paine Today we set out by motorcoach for the six-hour journey north to Torres del Paine National Park, stopping for lunch en route. Sitting on the shores of Ultima Esperanza Sound, Torres del Paine comprises a 700-square-mile national park and UNESCO reserve. Upon arrival at our hotel this afternoon, we set out on a gentle hike to take in some of the spectacular surroundings. We dine together tonight at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 6: Torres del Paine National Park Today marks our first full day in Torres del Paine, one of the most unspoiled and beautiful nature preserves on Earth. We spend the day exploring this unparalleled landscape of jagged peaks, virgin forests, ice-blue glaciers, turquoise lakes, rushing rivers, and thunderous waterfalls. We 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 7: Torres del Paine National Park Our second day of exploration in the park features Laguna Amarga, Laguna Azul, and Cascade Rio Paine, along with resident wildlife. B,L,D

Day 8: Torres del Paine/El Calafate, Argentina We travel to Argentine Patagonia today, crossing the border at Cancha Carrera then continuing on to the southern shores of Lago Argentino and the town of El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Late afternoon we reach our hotel, where we dine tonight. B,D

Day 9: Los Glaciares National Park/Perito Moreno It’s a full day of jaw-dropping scenery, as we set out this morning on our boat trip to Perito Moreno Glacier, inside the national park. We first cruise to Lago Argentino, the country’s largest and most southerly lake. At Toro Bay, we disembark for a guided walk through the Andean Patagonian forest, where we see a variety of trees, including a 100-year-old cherry tree whose trunk is almost 10 feet in diameter. Back on board, we continue on to a spot where we can view two glaciers: Mayo Hill and Negro Hill “hanging” glacier that starts high on the valley wall and descends only part-way down. Then we disembark at Negro Hill for another guided walk. Returning to our boat, we enjoy a simple box lunch en route to the northern wall of Perito Moreno Glacier, the spectacular 97-square-mile mass of ice that counts as one of Argentina’s most popular attractions. Here we disembark at the floating pier, where we can get panoramic views of Perito Moreno from different heights and angles. B,L

Day 10: El Calafate This morning we put some of what we saw on Day 9 into perspective as we visit the Glaciarium Museum, a modern center devoted to the Patagonian Icefield and its glaciers through models, photographs, and interactive exhibits. A highlight: the Glaciobar Branca, where everything from the walls to the tables and chairs to the beverage glasses are made of ice. Then we return to our hotel for lunch on our own and an afternoon at leisure. B,D

Day 11: El Calafate/Buenos Aires We transfer to the El Calafate airport today for the flight to the lively Argentine capital of Buenos Aires. Dinner tonight is on our own in this city known especially for its asado – and for its late dining hours. B

Day 12: Buenos Aires Highlights of our full-day city tour include the elegant mansions and lovely parks and gardens of the leafy Palermo neighborhood; the colorful bohemian district of La Boca; picturesque San Telmo, the city’s oldest neighborhood; elegant Recoleta cemetery, with its elaborate mausoleums; and historic Government House. Tonight, we visit one of the city’s tango houses for dinner and a show. B,D

Day 13: Buenos Aires/Depart for U.S. This morning we tour Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires’ beloved opera house that ranks as one of the world’s most important, on par with Milan’s La Scala and the Vienna State Opera. Then we celebrate our Patagonian adventure over a farewell lunch. We return to our day rooms at our hotel; the remainder of the day is at leisure before this evening’s transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to the U.S. B,L

Day 14: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with our return flights home.

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain in a natural environment. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 11 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and First Class hotels
  • 25 meals: 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2019/2020 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

2019Oct 25

2020Mar 20
2020Mar 6
Mar 13
2020Jan 17
Feb 7
Feb 14
Orlando, Tampa$6,797$6,997$7,297
Atlanta, Balt, Boston,
Charlotte, Chicago,
Cinc, Cleve, Dallas,
Houston, Los Ang,
Minn, New York, Phil,
San Fran, Wash, DC
Den, Detroit, Phoenix,
Portland (OR), Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $802, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $1,795. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2019/2020 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Business Class upgrade (subject to availability) on round-trip international flight: $3,195 per person

A visa is not required for this tour.

    Hotel Cabo de Hornos, Punta Arenas / Days 2-4 / First Class

    The stylish Hotel Cabo de Hornos is located in the center of Punta Arenas, only a few blocks from the Strait of Magellan.  The hotel’s amenities include a restaurant, bar, and lounge; library; fitness center; laundry service; and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Each of the hotel’s 110 guest rooms are decorated with local woods and plush carpets, and feature private bath with separate tub, writing desk, TV, and phone.

    Hotel Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine / Days 5-7 / First Class

    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.

    Hotel Kosten Aike, El Calafate / Days 8-10 / First Class

    Additional information to come.

    Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires / Days 11-12 / Deluxe

    Additional information to come.

    Hotel Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa, Easter Island / Extension / Superior First Class

    Strung along a rocky headland on the southwest coast of Easter Island, the eco-friendly Hotel Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa enjoys stunning sunset views over the Pacific.  Furnished with comfortable, island-themed décor, the hotel boasts a host of amenities including two restaurants; a bar; outdoor swimming pool with rock gardens; spa with hot tub, sauna, and massage room; and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (in public areas).  Air-conditioned guest rooms feature art from local Chilean artists and include private bath with hair dryer, minibar, TV, and phone.

    Holiday Inn Santiago - Airport Terminal, Santiago / Extension / First Class

    Additional information to come.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Pre-Tour Option

Easter Island

3 days/3 nights for $1,895 total price
Single Supplement: $495

Discover revered and remote Easter Island, home of the Rapa Nui people and their enigmatic moai statues.

Your Tour Price Includes
  • Air transportation Easter Island/Punta Arenas
  • 3 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights at Hotel Hangaroa Eco Village & Spa (Superior First Class); 1 night in Santiago at Holiday Inn Santiago-Airport Terminal (First Class)
  • 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing, including visits to multiple moai sites across the island; Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum; Puna Pau and Rano Kau craters, Orongo birdman cult ruins, Rano Raraku volcano, Anakena Beach
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited representative
  • Private transportation
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

Land only guests: $1,995 total price

Please see the Accommodations tab for hotel information.

Tour Directors for this Journey
Ivan Bustamante

“Ivan was terrific. His sense of humor, knowledge, and attention to detail made the trip flawless.”
Ann and Ken Wilkinson
Alexandria VA

Nadia Gibson

“Nadia provided excellent services. She molded 20+ people into a family.”
David Ross
Ann Arbor, MI

Valerie Martin

“Valerie was the best tour guide we have ever had. Excellent!”
Dan & Joan Russie
Clawson, MI

Alejandro Maureira

“Cannot say enough good things about Alex! He was exemplary as a tour director.”
Jack & Linda Hawxhurst
Keswick, VA

Gaston McKay

Gaston is an excellent tour director. His knowledge of the area and itinerary prepared us for what to expect from our tours. He is very personable and has a wonderful, infectious, positive attitude.”
Judith Ferrara
Wilmington, DE

Max Meza

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Lucelia Scarpelli

“[Lucelia] is a wonderful person and first-rate tour guide. What an asset for Odysseys!”
David and Lois Gueck
Chehalis, WA

Nick Tozer

“Nick was extremely intelligent, articulate, informative, and always had our best interests in mind. He was fun, playful, insightful, and patient, and was always willing to help, no matter what the request.”
Joan & Rick Naymark
Edina, MN

Destination Insight

Suggested Reading

Bruce Chatwin
In Patagonia
A masterpiece of travel, history and adventure, this awardwinning book captures the spirit of the land, history, wildlife and people of Patagonia. There’s no travel writer as engaging, insightful and just plain wonderful as Bruce Chatwin.

Sharon Chester
A Wildlife Guide to Chile
Sharon Chester, a talented lecturer and guide, hauled out expedition logs and field notes, consulted dozens of colleagues and spent many, many hours on hundreds of illustrations in this comprehensive guide to Chilean wildlife. From bats to butterflies, lizards to llamas, and frogs to flamingos this full-color, compact guide covers it all in detail.

Insight Guides
Insight Guide Chile
This glossy guide is a full-color introduction to the land, people and history of Chile, written by a team of experts. Brief background essays highlight important topics, and there is some practical travel information interspersed throughout. With many local and regional maps.

Berndtson & Berndtson
Chile Map
A handy laminated road map of Chile in full color at a scale of
1:2,000,000, with supplementary maps. A wickedly funny, wide-ranging tale.

Zagier & Urruty Maps
Torres del Paine Map
This detailed walking map (1:80,000) includes trekking routes, refuges and color topography.

Christabelle Dilks
Footprint Patagonia
This compact, practical guide in the popular British series includes an overview of the history, nature and culture of the region.

Rachael Moloney
Wallpaper City Guide Santiago
A stylish, thin (it fits in your back pocket) city guide compiled by the design magazine Wallpaper’s local reporters. Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations.

Chris Moss
Patagonia, A Cultural History
A journalist with the Buenos Aires Herald, Moss follows a colorful cast of characters — from Magellan and Darwin to mad kings, gauchos, and Nazi fugitives — in this vivid overview of the culture and history of Patagonia.

Dallas Murphy
Rounding the Horn
A sailor at heart, Dallas Murphy gets himself down to Ushuaia, embarks a sturdy vessel and heads out to experience the wind and weather of Tierra del Fuego. In his informative account, Dallas interweaves plenty of history, a little rather naive politics and the story of his own adventures.

Daniel Joelson
Tasting Chile: A Celebration of Authentic Chilean Foods and Wines
With recipes from restaurants and home chefs across Chile, this compilation is a great introduction to Chilean cuisine, and an excellent resource for anyone interested in trying out traditional Chilean dishes at home. Includes information on pairing wines with dishes, and a basic overview of wine producers and varieties in Chile.

Rockwell Kent
Voyaging, Southward from the Strait of Magellan
An illustrated account of Rockwell’s foolhardy voyage with a madman through magnificent Tierra del Fuego in a jury-rigged lifeboat. Both the text and striking woodcut illustrations convey this dangerous landscape’s dynamic character.

Eric Simons
Darwin Slept Here: Discovery, Adventure and Swimming Iguanas in Charles Darwin’s South America
Simons captures the exuberance and wide-eyed wonder of
Darwin’s adventures in South America in this refreshingly irreverent account.

Gerald Durrell
The Whispering Land
A sparkling account of an eight-month jaunt on the trail of fur seals, guanaco, parrots and other Patagonian marvels. Excellent family reading.

Sara Wheeler
Travels in a Thin Country, A Journey through Chile
British author Sara Wheeler deploys her wit, intelligence and powerful investigative skills on the Republic of Chile in this insightful travelogue.

Katherine Silver (Editor)
Chile, A Traveler’s Literary Companion
These choice stories introduce both the country and a host of contemporary writers.

Pablo Neruda, Alastair Reid (Translator), Mary Heebner (Illustrator)
On the Blue Shore of Silence, Poems of the Sea
A beautifully produced, bilingual anthology, published in celebration of the centennial of Neruda’s birth. The book features well-chosen poems on the theme of the sea and stunning accompanying paintings.

Charles Darwin
Voyage of the Beagle
The wide-eyed tale of a young man on a five-year voyage that changed his life — and our way of thinking about the world.
First published in 1839, it’s still a marvelous introduction to the wildlife, nature and allure of South America.

Alvaro Jaramillo
Birds of Chile
This compact, comprehensive guide with superb color plates also includes Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands.

Mark Carwardine
Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises
In Eyewitness’s trademark graphic style, this sturdy guidebook colorfully describes the world’s cetaceans with numerous illustrations, range maps, fluke drawings and a few paragraphs on each species.


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