PUNTA ARENAS: With port and sheep-breeding history, the gateway into Antarctica will captivate you with its clean air and sophisticated European architecture. Go back in time on tour around Punta Arenas’ cemetery. Its beautiful gardens bring elegance to the tombs of historical characters of the area. Walk around the Main Square and take in its traditions. The Statue of the Indian is waiting for you to kiss or touch its feet, which people say means you’ll be back.
Sail through the Straits of Magellan and discover places full of history and adventure. Visit Magdalena Island, part of Los Pingüinos Natural Monument and be greeted by thousands of sea birds that live there. you’ll be surprised by the penguins as they welcome you to Magdalena Island
If you like shopping, the duty free area is the ideal location to get souvenirs from your trip.
DAY 1- WED. Dec. 1: SANTIAGO/ PUNTA ARENAS
Upon arrival at Santiago airport connect with flight to Punta Arenas. Punta Arenas is a city near the tip of Chile’s southernmost Patagonia region. Located on the Strait of Magellan, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, it’s the base for excursions to the surrounding wilderness and Antarctica. Meeting assistance on arrival and transfer to Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. This evening meet fellow tour members for a tour briefing, followed by welcome dinner. REYDONFELIPE HOTEL– D
DAY 2- THU. Dec. 2: PUNTA ARENAS
After Breakfast, we will be picked up and whisked away to explore the cultural and natural wonders of this southern city. An attractive tour of the Plaza de Armas surrounded by historic buildings, next to the monument to Hernando de Magallanes. Depending on the chosen option you can visit one of its very complete museums such as the Braun Menéndez Palace to learn about the lifestyle at the beginning of the 20th century or the Salesian Museum with exhibitions of culture, history, religion, art, flora and fauna. We will visit the municipal cemetery of beautiful gardens and mausoleums. Then the traditional monument to the Ovejero. You will cross the coast of the Strait. We will finish at the Cerro de la Cruz Viewpoint with a beautiful panoramic view of the city center, the Strait of Magellan and Tierra del Fuego Island. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant and rest of the afternoon is free. REYDONFELIPE HOTEL – BL
DAY 3- FRI. Dec. 3: MAGDALENA & MARTA ISLANDS
The trip starts early in the morning as you are transferred out of Punta Arenas to the small Laredo Dock where our zodiac boat awaits. After we board the zodiac, the captain briefs us on safety procedures, the weather, and the itinerary. We start our bi-oceanic adventure heading north towards Magdalena Island. We’ll start to see different types of marine life hopefully including austral dolphins and whales swimming on the surface. We’ll also have a great view of Tierra del Fuego, Contramaestre island, and Isabel island. Arriving at the Isla Magdalena we witness the incredible scene of more than 150,000 penguins on this small island. We’re free to wander around and observe the penguins in their natural habit. Board the zodiac again and continue our journey to Marta Island. The ecological environment of this island is so fragile that we don’t disembark but get close enough to its shores to see a beautiful colony of sea lions and other species. We circle the island admiring the marine fauna, then head south back to Punta Arenas past the same stunning scenery which welcomed us en route. Once we arrive at Laredo dock we’re driven back to our hotel in Punta Arenas. This evening join for a pre-eclipse dinner & briefing on flight and eclipse viewing by our Astronomy expert. REYDONFELIPE HOTEL – BD
DAY 4- SAT. Dec. 4: ECLIPSE FLIGHT OPTION
Early wake up call and transfer to airport to board a specially chartered Eclipse flight departing well before dawn from Punta Arenas in southern Chile. We’ll fly eastbound to a location near the at-altitude sunrise point on centerline over the ocean. More details will be advised as they become available. This evening join fellow tour members for a celebratory Dinner & a report by our Eclipse experts. REYDONFELIPE HOTEL – BD
Note: Eclipse briefing and related functions are only included for participants taking Eclipse flight.
DAY 5- SUN. Dec. 5: PUNTA ARENAS / SANTIAGO/ DEPART
Breakfast at Hotel and time free until transfer to airport for your flight homewards connecting via Santiago. -B
LAND TOUR PRICE:
$1,620.00 per person sharing
Single room- $ 1,890.00
PLEASE NOTE: Group air rates from major US cities will be negotiated with the airlines and offered to participants (usually 11 months prior to departure). Airlines may require purchase of International air to receive low domestic travel (internal Argentina) rates or rates may be combined for both International and Domestic Chile travel.
First arrival transfer and final departure transfers are included for participants arriving on group travel flights or at same time as group travel airline. Those making own International & Internal Chile flight arrangements can either join at Hotel on own or purchase a private transfer. Additional costs apply.