Southern Argentina November 2017

Southern Argentina November 2017

Explore the fabulous coastal wildlife of southern Argentina with biologist and nature photographer Alfredo Dosantos Santillan.

04  NOV – BUENOS AIRES.

Arrival in Buenos Aires. Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the hotel.

Accommodation. For early arrivals, an optional afternoon tour.

Hotel:  Pulitzer –Standard – http://www.hotelpulitzer.com.ar

05 NOV – BUENOS AIRES- TRELEW- PUERTO MADRYN

Private transfer to Aeroparque – domestic airport- with English speaking guide to catch a flight to Trelew.

Transfer to Puerto Madryn. On our way to Puerto Madryn, we will visit the Ecocentro This is a good place to start for general orientation, information of the native wildlife of the area and a general background to the Peninsula.

Then, we will visit El Doradillo. A beach close to Puerto Madryn, which is a natural protected area, and from where it is possible to see Southern Right whales.

Private transfer to hotel.

Hotel Del Nomade https://ecohosteria.com.ar/

Meals: Breakfast

06 NOV- PUERTO MADRYN

Full day tour of Peninsula Caleta & Piramides + Whale watching navigation is by semi-submersible: http://www.southernspirit.com.ar/en/services/vessels_and_their_safety#0

Exploring the wildlife of the Peninsula will aim to seek out guanacos, lesser rheas, Patagonian foxes, Hairy Armadillos and some of the most important rookeries of protected South American Sea Lion and Elephant Seal colonies. Also common in this region are Magellanic Penguins and a variety of seabirds. Every year between July and December the Eubalaena Australis, or Southern Right Whale, grace the calm waters of the Golfo Nuevo with their presence. Typically, this is the time of year in which the whales give birth to their calves. Pregnant females will arrive towards the end of the winter, with nursing calves then remaining close to their mothers for another ten months. This tour is a lovely way to experience the majesty of these ocean giants during an intimate time in their lives. We visit colonies of sea lions and finally Elephant Seals.elephant-seal

Hotel Del Nomade

Meals: Breakfast

07 NOV – PUERTO MADRYN

FD Peninsula Punta Norte & Pinguinera: This morning we drive north along the coast to Estancia San Lorenzo. Situated on the North-eastern corner of the Peninsula, on the shores of the San Matias Gulf, this estancia is dedicated to sheep breeding and maintaining the most important Magellanic Penguin Colony on the Peninsula (roughly 200,000 penguins). Estancia San Lorenzo’s circular trails allow for plenty of opportunities to observe the wildlife here, from the elaborate dances, discussions, disputes and nesting rituals of the Penguins, to the daily grind of Guanacos, Maras (Patagonia hares) and Elephant Seals. Orcas are usually observed offshore, feeding on sea lions.

Hotel  Tolosa – http://www.hoteltolosa.com.ar

Meals: Breakfast

08 NOV – PUERTO MADRYN – USHUAIA

Private transfer to Trelew airport to catch a flight to Ushuaia.

Meet & greet with local English speaking guide at the Ushuaia airport & transfer to hotel.

Hotel Alto Andino – http://www.altoandinohotel.com

Meals: Breakfast

09 NOV – USHUAIA

Full day visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Upon arrival in the park, we start a 7 km trek (about 3.5 hours walk) to a wonderful scenic point overlooking Lake Roca, Lagunas Verde and Negra, Rivers Ovando and Lapataia and Lapataia bay. Hiking through this beech forest we will be able to look for the Magellanic woodpecker, largest in South America, Austral parakeets, black-chested buzzard eagles and Andean Condors. Lunch in the camping area of Lake Roca.  Afternoon paddling in the National Park. After an instructive view in Lago Roca, kayak Ovando River, which flows, into the Green Lake, one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the Park.  During this easy- downstream ride, we will enjoy the crystal-clear, quiet waters of Ovando River. We will run into Laguna Verde, one of the most wonderful spots in this part of the Park. As we go on, we will be amazed by the beauty of the scenery.

Hotel  Alto Andino – http://www.altoandinohotel.com

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

pta-tombo-pinguinos-810 NOV– USHUAIA

Full day tour of Gable & Penguin Colony:  We start early in the morning from Ushuaia, driving along the J route, which offers interesting views of the flora and fauna until we reach the coast of the Lashifashaj River. We prepare our inflatable canoes and start paddling down the meandering river, a smooth and relaxing experience. Then continue on a motor boat to the penguin rookery at Isla Martillo and from there to Gable Island.

Hotel Alto Andino – http://www.altoandinohotel.com

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

11 NOV USHUAIA- BUENOS AIRES

Balance of the day at leisure until the transfer time to catch your flight to Buenos Aires.

Connecting transfer from Aeroparque to Buenos Aires International Airport (EZE) to catch your flight back home.

Meals: Breakfast

Cost $2800 per person

Single in room $500

Includes

All transfers by car, bus, boat and plane from Buenos Aires

Local guides

All excursions

All taxes and fees

Meals: breakfast and lunches on tours in Ushuaia (National Park and Gable Island)

SERVICES NOT INCLUDED

Airline tickets, airport taxes

Tips for baggage handling (suggested U$S 1.- p/ person , per transfer) and optional gratuities for guides & drivers

Meals: most lunches and dinners and beverages

Personal expenses and extras

Optional tour.

* reciprocity fee for Argentina has to be paid online before arriving for Australian and Canadian citizens

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