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Although the Patagonian region takes up nearly a third of the land area in Argentina and Chile, it’s home to less than 5 percent of either country’s population! The aboriginal ethnic group, the Mapuches, are the inhabitants of this region. Their main economic activity is sheep and goat raising in the Andean region. For all the meat lovers, the Cordero Al Palo or the Spit road lamb is the region's most popular dish - it is traditionally cooked on an open log fire for hours until the outside is crisp enough. A caffeine-infused drink that is not to be missed is Yerba Mate, and it is generally consumed in a social setting. The average Argentinian consumes five kilos of yerba mate a year! One must also indulge in the Chilean National Drink, the Pisco Sour while traveling in this region. This South American classic is truly one of its kind!
The Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park grows by 2 meters every day!
It is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, untrodden by the masses and with stunning vistas at every turn.
Day 1: Arrival in Santiago, Chile
Day 2: Local sightseeing in Santiago and a breather after a long flight
DAY 3: Santiago to Punta Arenas. Afternoon boat cruise to Isla Magdalena to experience the Magellanic Penguin colony resident. Overnight in Arenas.
DAY 4: Early A.M drive to Puerto Natales, gateway to the Torres del Paine park.
DAY 5: Explore Torres del Paine Park – an outdoor mecca for trekking, horseback riding, kayaking or just taking in breathtaking views.
DAY 6: Continue the adventures in Torres del Paine Park
DAY 7: AM transfer to El Calafate, Argentina (5hrs)
DAY 8: Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glacieres National Park. Take a boat trip on Lago Argentina.
DAY 9: Day trip hiking in El Chalten and Mt. Fitz Roy region
DAY 10: Visit La Leona Petrified forest and Cerro Frias on horseback. Alternatively, take a full day trip to Estancia Cristina.
DAY 11: Short AM flight to Ushuaia, the “End of The World”. Visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and cruise or kayak around on the Beagle Channel
DAY 12: Trekking in Tierra del Fuego or early AM photography walks around Laguna Esmeralda
DAY 13: Flight to Mendoza wine country and transfer to Valle de Uco
DAY 14:Tours of iconic wineries like Andaluna, Fournier, Catena Zapata and Ferer. Take in the bucolic surroundings and enjoy the delicious food
DAY 15: Flight back home through Buenos Aires.
Day 1: Arrive in Havana and discover the vintage city through the eyes of an award-winning photographer! Walk through the streets as you discover majestic architecture and experience local gastronomy. You will also get a chance to cruise in classic convertible cars!
Day 2: Continue imbibing the charming Cuban capital as you stroll around neighbourhoods, bike along the Malecon, and be regaled by a private music concert.
Day 3: Embark on a catamaran fishing excursion, enjoy an authentic rum and cigar tasting event, capped by a Latin salsa dance session.
Day 4: Community service at a Spanish nunnery housing destitute and aged Cubans – a humanitarian excursion.
Day 5: Departure
You could also add an additional 2 days to include an outdoors hiking excursion into the mountain region of Vinales.
A US regulation compliant itinerary and documentation of your trip is essential. Interacting with locals, support of individuals and small independent business is a must do component. .