Antarctica: Fly/Cruise to the Land of Unspoiled Nature12 days & 11 nights, Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Santiago / Temuco / Huilo Huilo Reserve
Upon arrival in Santiago, fly to Temuco where you will be met and taken to the incredible Huilo Huilo Reserve. This afternoon, enjoy a guided walk along the Fuy River.Nothofagus Hotel - 2 Nights (D)
Day 2Huilo Huilo Reserve
Discover the unique culture and traditions of the local Mapuche people. Paddle the clear waters of the northern bank of Lake Pirehueico aboard a kayak. Ascend into the canopy for a thrilling zip-line adventure. Then cross the lake to indulge yourself in relaxing thermal waters.Nothofagus Hotel (B, L, D)
Day 3To Puerto Varas
Head south to Puerto Varas, stopping to explore a few small villages that are home to historic churches, beautiful gardens and a museum that highlights the history of the area's first settlers. Continue along the shores of Chile's largest lake until you reach Puerto Varas.Casa Molino - 2 Nights (B, D)
Day 4Lake District
Embark upon a boat trip to the island of Peulla in Todos los Santos Lake. If the weather is fair, admire the snow-capped Osorno volcano. Enjoy some time to soak up the atmosphere on the island before returning to Puerto Varas this afternoon.Casa Molino (B)
Day 5To Punta Arenas
This morning, head to Puerto Montt airport for your flight to Punta Arenas, located in Chile's far south on the Strait of Magellan. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and receive a briefing from expedition staff about the ship's protocols, the guidelines for travel in Antarctica and the best ways to embark and disembark the Zodiacs, which will take you on daily expeditions. This evening, savor a delicious traditional Patagonian dinner at a local restaurant.Hotel Cabo de Hornos - 1 Night (B, D)
Day 6To King George Island
Fly over the waters of the Drake Passage on your way to one of the most remote places on earth, the coldest, highest, windiest, driest, and most inhospitable continent - Antarctica. Upon arrival in the South Shetland Islands, explore the area where the Chilean and Russian naval bases are located. Then head to the beach at Fildes Bay to board a Zodiac for the journey to your expedition ship, which is anchored in the harbor.M/V Ocean Nova - 5 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 7 - 10Antarctica
While cruising between the South Shetland Islands and the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, sail along ice-filled fjords and between spectacular icebergs. Along the way, relish the company of sea birds, penguins, seals and whales. On your journey south, visit some of the most magnificent spots in the white continent, including Livingston Island with its stunning, icy landscapes; Port Lockroy, which provides a fascinating peek into the life on an Antarctic base in the 1950s; Petermann Island, a great spot for iceberg and whale spotting; Paradise Bay, which offers a rare opportunity for a mainland landing; Cuverville Island, home to the largest known colony of Gentoo penguins in the Antarctic Peninsula; and Deception Island, where you can visit an abandoned whaling station and a derelict British base. If conditions permit, sail through the iceberg-filled Lemaire Channel at 65° south. Enjoy several daily landings and Zodiac cruises, lectures by experts in Antarctica and delicious meals.M/V Ocean Nova (B, L, D)
Day 11To Punta Arenas
Return to King George Island for your flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, you will be escorted to your hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure.Hotel Cabo de Hornos (B)
Day 12Punta Arenas / Santiago / Departure
After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Santiago, where you can connect to your onward flight.(B)
Generally, road travel in Latin America is reasonably good, however conditions vary greatly between the modern capital cities and the more remote areas. When traveling off the beaten track, roads are frequently narrow, bumpy, pot-holed and have stretches which are not paved, or which are under reconstruction. In Costa Rica, northern Chile and Bolivia particularly, conditions are very dusty and / or bumpy, and the road journeys tend to be quite strenuous. Road conditions change throughout the year and heavy rain and extreme weather patterns can affect journey times. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour: on escorted groups, transport will usually be in the form of a European-style coach or, for smaller groups, may be by mini-bus. On individual journeys, transport will generally be by sedan car. In destinations where conditions require it, off road driving will be in 4 x 4 vehicles.
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Many countries within Latin America have their own air pass and, wherever possible, our tours will be constructed with the appropriate air pass, which will minimize the costs of the internal flight. Please note that the majority of air passes have restrictions; therefore if you require an itinerary with full flexibility, please contact your tour consultant who will advise the additional cost to provide you with a more flexible ticket. Please also note that in certain cases we may not be able to book internal flights under an airpass. In this event a supplement may be payable.
Because of increased air traffic, government restrictions and/or changing weather conditions, flight delays have become more commonplace. These delays can cause problems with your holiday arrangements, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. If this should occur, everything possible will be done to minimize the inconvenience. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Please also bear in mind that many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Flight Amendments: Flights on these tours are in general quoted separately and use special airfare. These have certain conditions, which normally restrict changes of date, route and airline. Any such change made after a ticket has been issued will normally necessitate the purchase of a new ticket at the passenger’s expense.
Airport Departure Taxes: Most cities in Latin America levy a departure tax for passengers departing on international flights, which have to be paid in local currency or the equivalent in US dollars. Other cities within a country may also levy a small charge for departures on domestic flights. Occasionally, taxes may be included on your ticket and we will advise you accordingly. Since there is no standard charge between countries, and taxes are subject to change, it is not possible to list the taxes in this brochure. We will advise you of the current charge with your final documents, and our local agents will confirm the amount payable on arrival. Please ensure you keep enough local currency or US dollars to cover these taxes.
During some itineraries, it may be necessary to depart for excursions or transfers to the airport very early in the morning, sometimes before dawn. This is normally either due to the flight schedules within Latin America, or in order for us to maximize the opportunities for sightseeing during your tour. A number of flights to Latin America arrive / depart early in the morning and, while we will endeavor to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Latin America. In the larger cities, the hotels we use are fully modernized and have excellent facilities, unless you choose to opt for the more colonial style property, where facilities may be limited. In some smaller cities and more remote areas, we try to offer the best hotels available. However, these may be quite simple - sometimes small colonial-style properties, in which rooms may vary in size - and often have relatively basic facilities. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake or falls view, deluxe or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 3:00 pm, but this does vary between hotels.
Jungle Lodges & Remote Areas: Accommodation in some wildlife lodges in the Amazon rainforest, are not comparable to the better properties found in parts of Africa and Asia. Accommodation is often reached via narrow and unpaved roads, or by boat, and can be a long way from other civilization. Even when you travel off the beaten track with Cox & Kings, you can be sure that your accommodation is the best available; however sometimes the best hotel may be the only hotel, which may be very modest. In these cases, we feel that the inconvenience of such accommodation is outweighed by the experience of staying in these more remote areas.
Currency: Chilean Peso (CPL)
Official Language(s): Spanish
Visa or Fees: No Visa required. A $140 reciprocity fee is due upon arrival. This fee is paid once and is valid for the life of the passport.
Beginning in the north at the Peruvian border, Chile stretches most of the length of South America all the way to Tierra del Fuego in the south. From the lunar desert landscapes of Atacama to the wilderness of Patagonia, Chile is a country of incredible contrasts. At its widest point Chile is less than 350 km so almost everywhere you are, the majestic Andes, provide a spectacular backdrop.
What To See
The scenery and landscapes of Chile are all so varied that there are so many things to see. The Atacama Desert has some incredible sights: watching the flamingos at the salt flat as the sun sets behind the mountains and star-gazing in some of the world’s clearest skies.
Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia, the far south of the country, is a walker’s and photographer’s natural paradise. It is a beautiful area of stunning mountains and crystal clear lakes. A five-hour drive from the nearest airport at Punta Arenas into Torres del Paine National Park, it is definitely remote.
Because of the length of the country, it is impossible to avoid taking domestic flights. This means it is inevitable that nights are needed in Santiago when flights don’t connect. For a capital city in South America, there isn’t a great deal to see or do, so excellent alternatives are the wine lands in the Casablanca Valley and the quirky port city of Valparaíso, both easily accessible from Santiago airport.
Easter Island, owned by Chile but lying almost half way across the Pacific Ocean and more Polynesian than Chilean, is another unique destination, shrouded in mystery and intrigue that few people ever experience. The history of the Moai is not known and no one really understands the origins of neither the stelae nor how they came to be on the islands.
When To Go
Traditionally Chile is considered best to visit from December to March, as this is the South American summer. However, the Atacama area can be visited all year round, as due to the high altitudes, days are warm and nights are always cold. Torres del Paine National Park is very busy from November to February as this is peak months for hikers. In the winter from June to August, there is often snow and the winds from Antarctica are much lower so although cold, it doesn’t feel as biting as perhaps during the other months. During these months, the park is much quieter but some areas are inaccessible due to snowfall. Easter Island can be visited all year but is quieter outside of the summer months.
Antarctica: Fly/cruise To The Land Of Unspoiled Nature
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