Deserts and Glaciers Deserts and Glaciers

Deserts and Glaciers


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A unique journey to the end of the world; experience the extremes of Patagonian Glaciers and the Atacama Desert.

In October 2019, we invite you to see some of the wildest yet most beautiful regions of South America. Tango in Buenos Aires then follow the footsteps of Magellan, Drake and Darwin through the Chilean Fjords. Spend 5 nights at explora Patagonia within the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, cut off from the world by the great natural barriers of mountains, ice fields and seas.

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

Destinations: South America

Commencing: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Duration: 22 nights

Departure Date: 26 Oct 2019

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


Beauty of Argentina | Buenos Aires & Ushuaia

  • Be seduced by the elegance and energy 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


Patagonia's Natural Treasures | With Ventus Australis 

  • 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 


Experience Two Extremes | explora Patagonia & explora Atacama 

  • explora Patagonia’s unique location sets travelers literally in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park
  • 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 to fill your days 
  • Inclusive of pre-paid gratuities at explora Patagonia and Atacama


Santiago, Chile

  • Immerse in the city of Santiago with a winery tour in Casablanca Valley 
  • Private tour of Villard Wines, one of Casablanca Valley's premium boutique wineries 
  • Discover Santiago City Tour 

Full Itinerary

click through the days of your journey

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    Day 01

    Saturday 26 Oct 2019

    Australia | Buenos Aires, Argentina

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

    Alvear Art Hotel 

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    Day 02

    Sunday 27 Oct 2019

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Squeeze all of Buenos Aires' most visited sights over an optional morning city tour exploring the cobblestone streets or you may explore the city at your own leisure. Tonight meet your fellow travellers over a welcome dinner. 

    Alvear Art Hotel (B-D) 

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    Day 03

    Monday 28 Oct 2019

    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Spend the day at leisure. This evening, enjoy a memorable night out and experience the passion of the Argentine tango! Enjoy learning a few tango steps with professional dancers before dinner. 

    Alvear Art Hotel (B-D)

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    Day 04

    Tuesday 29 Oct 2019

    Buenos Aires | Ushuaia, Argentina

    Upon hotel check out, transfer to the airport for your 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. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. 

    Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa (B-D) 

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    Day 05

    Wednesday 30 Oct 2019

    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. Dinner at the hotel restaurant. 

    Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa (B-D)


    Day 06

    Thursday 31 Oct 2019

    Ushuaia, Argentina | Embark

    Today we transfer to 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) 


    Day 07

    Friday 01 Nov 2019


    Follow 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

    Saturday 02 Nov 2019


    Continuing through the maze of islands, visit a number of glaciers, frozen giants that guard the southern flank of the Fuegian Archipelago, before entering the legendary Strait of Magellan. 

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

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    Day 09

    Sunday 03 Nov 2019


    Early in the morning, we will sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound. 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

    Monday 04 Nov 2019

    Punta Arenas, Chile | Disembark

    Last stop is the Isla Magdalena and its boisterous penguin colony 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

    Tuesday 05 Nov 2019

    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

    Wednesday 06 Nov 2019

    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

    Thursday 07 Nov 2019

    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.

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    Day 14

    Friday 08 Nov 2019

    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 15

    Saturday 09 Nov 2019

    Punta Arenas | Santiago, Chile

    We bid farewell to Patagonia as we transfer to the airport for your onward flight to Santiago. On arrival in Santiago, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. 

    Cumbres Lastarria (B) 

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    Day 16

    Sunday 10 Nov 2019

    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 visits to four vineyards. 

    Cumbres Lastarria (B-L)

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    Day 17

    Monday 11 Nov 2019

    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

    Tuesday 12 Nov 2019

    Santiago | San Pedro de Atacama

    At scheduled time, we transfer to airport for your 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

    Wednesday 13 Nov 2019

    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.

    explora Atacama (B-L-D)

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    Day 20

    Thursday 14 Nov 2019

    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

    Friday 15 Nov 2019

    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.

    explora Atacama (B-L-D)

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    Day 22

    Saturday 16 Nov 2019

    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

    Sunday 17 Nov 2019

    Calama, Chile | Australia

    At schedule time, we transfer back to Calama airport for your onward flight home. Or you may choose to extend your stay in South America further with an extension to Pucon to wind down at Hotel Vira Vira, or to explore wildlife in the Galapagos. 

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  • Return airport transfers in Australia*
  • Return International Economy Class airfares from Australia 
  • All transfers and baggage handling on tour 
  • See flight upgrade options below, subject to availability 
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  • 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 
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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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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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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. 

from $21,850.00 per person

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