Welcome Route 40
15 Days/ 13 nights
A voyage across the legendary and sorceress Route 40. The one that crosses the vertebral column of America: the Andes. Only in Argentina this route takes 4.900 km from the Quiaca up to the Cape Virgin
1ºday: EUROPE-BUENOS AIRES. Flight with final destination Buenos Aires city. Night on board
2ºday: BUENOS AIRES Arrival at Ezeiza International Airport, reception and transfer to Buenos Aires city. Overnight at selected hotel (brakfast and local vat included). In the afternoon city tour visiting “Plaza de Mayo” – May Square – Government House and the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Congress, the neighborhood of San Telmo, La Boca, Palermo lakes and La Recoleta..smart and busy. Accommodation with breakfast and local vat
3ºday: BUENOS AIRES-COMODORO RIVADAVIA. Transfer to local airport to board flight to Comodoro Rivadavia. Arrival and transfer to selected hotel. Accommodation. In the evening City Tour, visiting the central hull, Ducos Ave., the wonderful viewing-point of the Hill Chenque, the coastal one and the new port, point of item of the future corridor bioceánico that will join the Argentine and Chilean coasts. One will deliver illustrative material and maps. Entry to Casino of the City.
4ºday: SARMIENTO PETRIFIED FOREST. To get to the petrified forest we should go to the town of Sarmiento, 165 kilometers west of Comodoro Rivadavia, along Provincial Route 26. From there, to south, must pass through 25 kilometers of marked trails and rangers services. it is one of the most important fossil reserves in the world: Jose Ormachea Petrified Forest, the largest of its kind in the world where you can find logs, leaves, branches, fruits and seeds petrified. The petrification means that something organic has turned to stone. The death of any animal or plant should be covered by earth, ashes, sand or mud, which forms a protective layer, but permeable to water. Lunch at Farm House, Patagonic Barbecue. In the afternoon, transfer to Río Mayo, to keep going towards the famous 40 National Route, directly to the south. Accommodation at Ranch.
5º day: CUEVA DE LAS MANOS PINTADAS/ CAVE OF THE HANDS. Departure towards 40 National Route again, arriving to meet The Cueva de las Manos, Río Pinturas, which contains an exceptional assemblage of cave art, with many painted rock shelters, including a cave, with magnificent pictographies surrounded by an outstanding landscape, with the river running through a deep canyon, which were executed between 9,300 and 1,300 years ago.
It takes its name (Cave of the Hands) from the stencilled outlines of human hands in the cave, but there are also many depictions of animals, such as guanacos (Lama guanicoe ), still commonly found in the region, as well as hunting scenes that depict animals and human figures interacting in a dynamic and naturalistic manner. The entrance to the Cueva is screened by a rock wall covered by many hand stencils. Within the rock shelter itself there are five concentrations of rock art, later figures and motifs often superimposed upon those from earlier periods. The paintings were executed with natural mineral pigments – iron oxides (red and purple), kaolin (white), and natrojarosite (yellow), manganese oxide (black) – ground and mixed with some form of binder. Declared Word Heritage by UNESCO. Accommodation at Patagonic Farm House.
6º day: CHALTÉN. Arrival to Chaltén. Activities and trekkings in the area, Cerros Torre and Fitz Roy Mountain. Forest, lakes, river and Mountains with nice farms on the Viedma Lake. Accommodation with breakfast and local vat.
7º day: CHALTÉN. Day free for optional trekkings or Viedma Pro Activities.
8º day: CHALTEN/CALAFATE. Transfer to Calafate. Arrival and accommodation at selected hotel.
9º day: CALAFATE. Early morning breakfast and pick up in the hotel for a full day experience exploring glacier streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses and plenty of ice formations on this one of a kind South American experience. Also will be able to enjoy a 1-hour boat ride learning about the different flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region as well as a particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Perito Moreno Glacier is an impressive natural wonder and due to its extension and height, it has become world famous for its easy access, continuous advance and the loud loosening of huge icebergs. The Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Glaciers National Park) area is home to other important glaciers such as Upsalla, Onelli and Spegazzini
Once inside Los Glaciares National Park, you’ll follow the route around Lago Argentino where 50 miles (80km) from El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier lies imposing with its 200 foot (60 meter) high ice walls. Follow the paths that lead you to face the glacier and get different impressive views, all while continuous detachments and constant ice breaking noises echoes in your surrounds!Then, sail between floating ice and marvel at ice walls and unforgettable sights. Time at leisure and return to the hotel in Calafate.
10º day: CALAFATE. Day free for optional activities. Accommodation.
11º day CALAFATE/USHUAIA In time to reconfirm transfer to local airport to board flight to Ushuaia. Arrival, reception and transfer to selected hotel. Accommodation (breakfast and local vat included)
12º day: USHUAIA Leaving Ushuaia city Southwest, we will travel through national route number 3, towards Tierra del Fuego’s National Park. Along the eleven kilometers that separate the entrance of the Park and the city of Ushuaia, we will make a stop near the Centro Hípico (Riding Club), where we will enjoy som excellent panoramic views of the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia`s Peninsula and Bridges`, Willie’s and Les Eclauriers’ Islands.
After crossing River Pipo’s bridge, next to Ushuaia’s Golf Club, we will arrive at the End of the World Station. Those passengers that would like to board the End of the World train will be able to take that optional tour. The rest of the group will await them at the end of the train trip. We continue our drive for 2 more kilometers and enter the National Park, an area reserved to protect the Subantartic Forest and its native flora and fauna. From this spot we will be able to take a glimpse of both Redonda and Estorbo Islands.
In the afternoon, navigation towards the Beagle Channel, enjoying as we move away from the coast, a panoramic view of Ushuaia`s coast, sightseeing the most important buildings and mounts. We sail Southwest, approaching the Sea lions` Island, where, from the ship, we will be able to enjoy the sight of sea lions specimens, watching them interact with their permanent environment in a wonderful scenery. We continue the navigation towards the Bird Island, habitat of the Magaellanic Cormorants and Imperial Cormorants, and also a privileged area to spot specimens of the marine fauna. Then we sail towards the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, in the archipelago with the same name, where the Mount Cervantes vessel wrecked on the year 1930. The return will be through Paso Chico, sighting Estancias Tunnel and Fique (Farmhouses), heading back to Ushuaia while enjoying the view of the imposing frame that Mount Martial its glacier give to the city.
13ºday USHUAIA-BUENOS AIRES In time to reconfirm transfer to local airport, to board flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival and accommodation at hotel.
14ºday BUENOS AIRES/EUROPE In time to reconfirm transfer to international airport to board flight coming back home. Night on board.
15ºday EUROPE Arrival to final destination and end of our services.
-13 nights with breakfast and local vat included.
-All the tours and transfers detailed.
-English or Bilingual speaking guide.
-Entrance fee to National Parks.
Program does not include:
-Tips to porterages
-Meals and extras.
-Flights (domestic or international)