Deserts & Glaciers Deserts & Glaciers

Deserts & Glaciers

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Experience the extremes of Patagonian Glaciers to the Atacama Desert on this tour through Argentina and Chile. Deserts and Glaciers was one of Latitude 33’s first cruise tours and became a staple tour each year; 2019 being the last one. We are excited to re-introduce this tour for 2023.

In April 2023, we invite you to see some of the wildest yet most beautiful regions of South America. Our tour begins in Buenos Aires with 3 nights.  This gives you plenty of time to explore the beautiful city dubbed the "Paris of South America", we have also included a city tour, dinner and tango show during your stay to get a true feel for the city.

After our time in Buenos Aires we fly to Ushuaia, the "city at the end of the world” staying 2 nights at the magnificent Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa. On the 9th of April we board the M/V Ventus Australis and follow in the footsteps of Magellan, Drake and Darwin through the Chilean Fjords. The vessel calls on fabled spots like Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay before cruising down the Beagle Channel. Continuing through the maze of islands, we’ll visit a number of glaciers; frozen giants that guard the southern flank of the Fuegian Archipelago before entering the legendary Strait of Magellan and onto Punta Arenas.

On disembarking in Punta Arenas, we will be met and transferred to the all-inclusive explora Patagonia, located within the heart of Torres del Paine National Park. Cut off from the world by the great natural barriers of mountains & ice fields. The area is a nature lovers paradise with numerous activities available such as hiking, horseback riding and tours by vehicle exploring the surrounding flora and fauna. Or you might just want to lose yourself for a day admiring the surrounds & sounds.

We continue our journey to Santiago exploring wonderful wineries and restaurants and then finally, San Pedro de Atacama where we will spend 5 nights at the all-inclusive explora de Atacama, a place so vast that time and direction seem to have no meaning. The oasis in the desert will surprise you with landscapes that seem to be taken from other worlds, offering endless exploration prospects.


"Our recent trip with Latitude 33 was truly one of our best holidays ever! Meticulous attention to detail, a unique itinerary, immersive experiences, luxurious accommodation and a great small group of like-minded travellers" - J. & B. Shaw

Destinations: Antarctica, Patagonia, South America

Commencing: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Duration: 23 nights

Departure Date: 04 Apr 2023

Pricing: from $20,495

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Highlights

  • Small group limited to only 20 guests
  • Hosted by a Latitude 33 Tour Host 

 

Buenos Aires & Ushuaia | Beauty of Argentina

  • Be seduced by the elegance and energy of Buenos Aires with a mesmerizing dance performance at the iconic Gala Tango! 
  • Explore the uttermost end of the earth, Ushuaia, with a half day tour of the National Park incl. entrance fee

 

Ventus Australis | Patagonia's Natural Treasures

  • Cruise aboard MV Ventus Australis from Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
  • Inclusive of all meals, drinks, daily shore excursions and onboard activities 
  • Tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America, Ventus Australis is designed to navigate narrow fjords and channels where no other cruise ships can venture 
  • Admire panoramic views of the Patagonian nature unfolding outside, from the comfort and safety of your cabin on board 
  • Inclusive of pre-paid gratuities on board 

 

explora Patagonia & explora Atacama | Experience Two Extremes 

  • 5 nights at explora Patagonia inclusive of all meals, drinks and all exploration activities with English-speaking guides
  • 5 nights at explora Atacama inclusive of all meals, drinks and all exploration activities with English-speaking guides 
  • Over 40 different explorations on offer at both lodges including hiking, horseback riding and explorations of the flora and fauna of the areas
  • Inclusive of pre-paid gratuities at explora Patagonia and Atacama

 

Santiago, Chile | Dynamic and Cosmopolitan

  • Experience the vineyards of Casablanca Valley on a full day tour including wine tastings and lunch
  • Discover Santiago on an included city tour
 

Full Itinerary

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    Day 01

    Tuesday 04 Apr 2023

    Australia | Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Welcome to Buenos Aires. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure. 

     

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    Day 02

    Wednesday 05 Apr 2023

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Squeeze all of Buenos Aires' most visited sights in with an optional morning city tour exploring the cobblestone streets or you may wish to explore the city at your own leisure. 

    This evening, enjoy a memorable night out and experience the passion of the Argentine tango! 

     

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    Day 03

    Thursday 06 Apr 2023

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Spend the day at leisure exploring this city steeped in culture and history.

     

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    Day 04

    Friday 07 Apr 2023

    Buenos Aires | Ushuaia, Argentina

    Upon hotel check out, we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia, nicknamed the "End of the World". The Arakur Resort & Spa extends along a spectacular natural balcony situated 800 feet above sea level, surrounded by panoramic views, native forests and natural terraces harmoniously integrated into the environment.

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    Day 05

    Saturday 08 Apr 2023

    Ushuaia, Argentina

    Discover Tierra del Fuego National Park and its spectacular scenery on a half-day excursion. The world's southernmost national park features glaciers, lakes, mountains and abundant wildlife. Alternatively, you may choose to spend the day at leisure. 

     

    Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa (B)

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    Day 06

    Sunday 09 Apr 2023

    Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

    Today we transfer to the port and embark M/V Ventus Australis. After a welcoming toast and introduction of captain and crew, the ship departs for one of the most remote corners of planet Earth. Watch the lights of Ushuaia disappear as we turn into the narrow Murray Channel between Navarino and Hoste islands. 

     

    M/V Ventus Australis (B/D)

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    Day 07

    Monday 10 Apr 2023

    Cape Horn/Wulaia Bay

    Follow in the footsteps of Magellan, Drake and Darwin as you hike secluded beaches, listen to groaning glaciers, explore the lush sub-polar forest, discover elephant seals, penguins and other native creatures, and glimpse what the earth must have been like before human beings. 

     

    M/V Ventus Australis (B/L/D)

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    Day 08

    Tuesday 11 Apr 2023

    Pía Glacier/Porter Glacier

    This morning we will be entering Pia Fjord and boarding the Zodiacs for a shore excursion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking we take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountaintops down to the sea or a longer much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine of the old Pia Glacier.

    In the afternoon and aboard our Zodiac boats, we will sail between high rocky walls until we reach Porter Glacier.

     

    M/V Ventus Australis (B/L/D)

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    Day 09

    Wednesday 12 Apr 2023

    Agostini Sound/Águila Glacier/Cóndor Glacier

    Early in the morning, we will sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound.  From there it is possible to see the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range -- some of them reaching the water. This morning, we will disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon, which was formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier.  We will reach a spot right in front of that glacier with stunning views.  In the afternoon, we will approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac -- and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

    M/V Ventus Australis (B/L/D)

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    Day 10

    Thursday 13 Apr 2023

    Marta Island/Punta Arenas | Disembark

    This morning we ride aboard Zodiacs to Marta Island to observe South American sea lions before docking at Punta Arenas. Upon disembarkation, we transfer to explora Patagonia for your extended stay (approx. 4.5hrs). There will be a stop for rest and light lunch along the way. 

     

    explora Patagonia (B/L/D)

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    Day 11

    Friday 14 Apr 2023

    Torres del Paine National Park

    Anchored like a white ship on the shores of turquoise Lake Pehoe, explora Patagonia is the only luxury lodge located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park. 

     

    explora Patagonia (B/L/D)

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    Day 12

    Saturday 15 Apr 2023

    Torres del Paine National Park

    There are many different exploration possibilities within the Park. Each itinerary is a unique experience and adventure, where every detail has its own charm. With over 40 explorations, explora cover all areas in the Park either on foot, horseback, or by van.

     

    explora Patagonia (B/L/D)

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    Day 13

    Sunday 16 Apr 2023

    Torres del Paine National Park

    Along with its pristine landscapes, Patagonia is home to the peculiar and legendary gaucho culture. 53 km from the hotel, at the 2 de Enero Ranch, you can share a mate with them; the driving of the livestock, horse breaking and other traditional activities on this 6,000-hectare ranch.

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    Day 14

    Monday 17 Apr 2023

    Torres del Paine National Park

    explora Patagonia is the only hotel in the area with its own horses, bred and trained especially for horse expeditions. There are 26 horses of different breeds and crosses, raised in the Ibáñez family estate in the central valley of Chile.

    explora Patagonia (B/L/D)

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    Day 15

    Tuesday 18 Apr 2023

    Punta Arenas | Santiago, Chile

    We bid farewell to Patagonia as we transfer to the airport for our onward flight to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. 

     

    Cumbres Lastarria (B)

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    Day 16

    Wednesday 19 Apr 2023

    Santiago, Chile

    Pleasure your palate with the robust flavors of Chilean wines on a full-day wine-tasting tour of the Casablanca Valley from Santiago. Famed for its agricultural perfection, the splendid scenery and smooth wines of the Casablanca Valley are sure to impress during our visit.

     

    Cumbres Lastarria (B/L)

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    Day 17

    Thursday 20 Apr 2023

    Santiago, Chile

    There's an opportunity to join a guide city tour, or you may wish to explore the city at your leisure. Tonight, we get together for dinner at one of Santiago's local restaurants. 

    Cumbres Lastarria (B/D)

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    Day 18

    Friday 21 Apr 2023

    Santiago | San Pedro de Atacama

    At the scheduled time, we transfer to airport for our onward flight to Calama where just an hour's drive away lies explora Atacama. The oasis, the highlands and the desert will surprise you with landscapes that seem to be taken from other worlds, offering endless exploration prospects. 

     

    explora Atacama  (B/D)

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    Day 19

    Saturday 22 Apr 2023

    San Pedro de Atacama

    The Oasis of San Pedro de Atacama is located 2,500 meters above sea level in Chile’s Atacama Desert, which rises from the Pacific Ocean up to the Altiplano, the foothills of the Andes. Atacama is known as the driest place on Earth.

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    Day 20

    Sunday 23 Apr 2023

    San Pedro de Atacama

    The diversity of the landscape is one of the most popular attractions. The altitude of explorations ranges between 2,800 and over 5,000 meters above sea level; consequently, some activities need prior acclimatization. 

     

    explora Atacama  (B/L/D)

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    Day 21

    Monday 24 Apr 2023

    San Pedro de Atacama

    Ride horses through the red land plains and huge sand dunes, visit turquoise lagoons that are located over 4,000 meters above sea level in the highlands, walk through geysers, and follow green riverbeds in an area where water is a limited resource.

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    Day 22

    Tuesday 25 Apr 2023

    San Pedro de Atacama

    After each exploration day you will want to extend your stay to explore more of this wonderful place, hence why we have included five nights at this wonderful destination. 

    explora Atacama  (B/L/D)

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    Day 23

    Wednesday 26 Apr 2023

    Calama, Chile | Santiago, Chile

    At schedule time, we transfer back to Calama airport for our onward flight to Santiago. On arrival we will transfer to our accommodation in Santiago.

     

    Cumbres Lastarria (B)

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    Day 24

    Thursday 27 Apr 2023

    Santiago, Chile | Australia

    Today at the scheduled time transfer to the airport for your onward flight home. Alternatively you may choose to extend your stay in South America further with an extension to Easter Island.

     

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Inclusions

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01 | FLIGHTS & TRANSFERS

 

  • Return airport transfers in Australia*
  • Return International Economy Class airfares from Australia 
  • All transfers and baggage handling on tour 
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02 | ACCOMMODATION

 

  • Alvear Art Hotel, Buenos Aires | 3 nights
  • Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa | 2 nights 
  • MV Ventus Australis | 4 nights 
  • explora Lodge, Patagonia | 5 nights  
  • Cumbres Lastarria, Santiago | 3 nights
  • explora Lodge, Atacama | 5 nights 
  • Cumbres Lastarria, Santiago | 1 night
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03 | VENTUS AUSTRALIS

 

Ventus Australis, launched early 2018 is tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America. All aspects of the 210-passenger ship - including size, length, draft and engine power - are designed to give Ventus Australis the extreme maneuverability necessary to navigate narrow fjords and channels where no other cruise ships can venture. 

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04 | EXPLORA PATAGONIA

 

Located at the center of the Torres del Paine National Park, explora Patagonia’s unique location and explorations are the ultimate Patagonian experience. The rooms are designed to take full advantage of the silence, privacy, and spaciousness of the surrounding landscape, ensuring deep rest after a long day of exploration in Torres del Paine National Park.

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05 | EXPLORA ATACAMA

 

In harmony with the surroundings and local traditions, explora Atacama offers the discovery of the essence of nature and a philosophy of travelling that seeks to satisfy the desire of adventure in an intact universe. Your stay includes transportation, meals and drinks until midnight, expeditions and access to resting areas so you can focus on enjoying the experience. 

 
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