Discover the breadth of Patagonia’s wildness on a land-and-sea expedition
Optimize your Chilean Patagonia experience with a land and sea expedition. Spend three days at an outstanding lodge to savor the grandeur of Torres del Paine’s sunrises and sunsets, its iconic landscapes, and profusion of wildlife. Then explore the fjords, glaciers, and panoramic vistas of Patagonia’s coast and waterways that are only accessible by expedition ship. Venturing out on Zodiac forays, kayaking pristine fjords, or hiking virgin trails, you’ll breathe the rarified air of a near-mythic region. Enjoy special access to Argentina’s Isla de Los Estados (Staten Island)—a seldom-seen island covered in wind-sculpted flora, with wildlife that includes South American fur seals and Magellanic penguins. Discover the vast parklands of Karukinka, and check viewing legendary Cape Horn off your life list as well.
Our 16-day Best of Patagonia itinerary includes a 3-day stay in an outstanding lodge
Explora Patagonia Voted Chile’s Leading Boutique Hotel for three consecutive years, Explora Patagonia is our 2019 base for exploring. A superb lodge situated in the heart of iconic Torres del Paine National Park, it offers sumptuous views of the Paine Massif, Paine River, and Salto Chico Falls. During your stay, enjoy opportunities to walk or hike in some of the most astonishing landscapes anywhere, from lenga tree forests to prairies; horseback ride in the shadow of towering mountains; or treat yourself at the spa.
Tierra Patagonia A National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, the lodge’s innovative design was inspired by traditional Chilean estancias and the building style of the indigenous Tehuelche people. Perched on a bluff over Chile’s Lake Sarmiento and surrounded by views of the colossal Torres del Paine peaks, it’s our 2020 base for exploring. The open architecture and wood-clad interior create a space that’s in harmony with the natural surroundings and invite the dramatic Patagonian landscape in. Enjoy options to explore, hike, swim, or opt for a massage, or enjoy a glass of Chilean wine as you admire extraordinary vistas.
Discover Argentina's seldom-visited Isla de los Estados
By special permission, National Geographic Orion will call at Isla de los Estados, a wild island largely untouched by humans in decades. Its only human residents are the four guardians at a small naval outpost. Walk its wild beech forests, look for penguins, see the replica of the 1884 San Juan de Salvamento “lighthouse at the end of the world,” which inspired Jules Verne’s novel by the same name, plus explore the ruins of a penal colony.
Experience iconic landscapes & see rare wildlife
From saw-toothed peaks to bright blue glaciers, you’ll discover a near-mythic wildness that is inaccessible without an expedition ship. This vast area of snowcapped mountains, gigantic glaciers; thousands of islands covered with vegetation, lakes, soaring granite walls, and waterfalls provide days of spectacular adventure. See the wildlife of the Patagonian steppes, including Andean condors soaring overhead. Look for Magellanic penguins, Austral parakeets, albatrosses, grebes, woodpeckers, fulmars, shearwaters, and more.
Take advantage of superb photo ops
You’ll have a National Geographic photographer as your traveling companion, to inspire you and provide tips in the field. And the services of a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor, as well—to help you turn your point-and-shoot camera into an aim & create. You’ll find no end of subjects, and the help you need to return home with your best photos ever.
Travel in excellent company
Explore Torres del Paine under the expert guidance of veteran Lindblad naturalists relying on their expertise to maximize wildlife sightings. And aboard National Geographic Orion, go with expedition leader, an assistant expedition leader, veteran naturalists, a National Geographic photographer plus a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, an undersea specialist, a wellness specialist and a video chronicler. Their knowledge and passion for Patagonia are key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
NOTE: This itinerary runs in "reverse" on some departures.
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