(Buenos Aires, Ushuaia)
(Puerto Bories, Santiago)
Start off in Buenos Aires and indulge in the history, architecture and fine cuisine this incredible city has to offer. Move south all the way to the "end of the world" Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego where the Andes mountain range disappears into the oceans.
Board Cruceros Australis for an incredible journey through glaciers, islands, and the famous Beagle Channel. Cruceros Australis allows you to cruis in comfort through the natural splendour and beauty of this unique region of the world.
The cruise ends in Punta Arenas, Chile where you will disembark and then transfer to Puerto Bories, where in the middle of everything and removed from all the noise of daily city life, is the Singular Patagonia. Based out of a coveted location, enjoy a wide variety of activities set at different levels form easy to strenuous. Through horseback riding, hiking, kayaking and more, you will marvel at the beauty of fjords, lakes, mountains and the famous Torres del Paine National Park!
NOTE: Due to capacity constraints in Tierra del Fuego, there is a $300 non-refundable booking fee as part of the 30% per person deposit. This booking fee is paid to vessel owners to secure reservations.
A private transfer between the airport (International) and city of Buenos Aires with a professional driver and an English-speaking guide is provided.
The Argentine National Immigration Directorate (DNM) has launched an online method of payment to enable payment of the reciprocity fee via credit card. Travellers can now pay this fee through the Provincia Pagos payment system. US, Australian and Canadian citizens can pay the reciprocity fee before entering Argentina by accessing the following websites: www.provinciapagos.com.ar and www.migraciones.gov.ar.
How can I pay the Reciprocity Fee Online?
1.Register at www.provinciapagos.com.ar and obtain an entry code. 2.Complete the form including personal and credit card details . This information and the entry code will be sent electronically to the DNM. 3.After payment is processed, print the receipt. 4.Upon arrival in Argentina, go to the DNM Office and present the printed receipt. 5.The receipt will be scanned by DNM staff and the data will be validated to enable entry to Argentina.
Subject to change without notice.
Buenos Aires' Alvear Palace is recognized throughout the city for high standards of hospitality and care. Located in the elite Recoleta district, the 210 rooms are each decked in lush fabrics and colors. Rooms offer all the necessities of home as well as the little treats that add to a pampered stay. The hotel is home to 3 restaurants and bars catering to a variety of tastes. Relish beautifully presented baked goods and daytime buffets at L'Orangerie and dine elegantly over French and international cuisine at La Bourgogne. Take a stroll through the area and admire the architecture or spend time at the fitness center or relax at the hotel spa.
The recently discovered ancient tunnels of Buenos Aires are one of the city’s best kept secrets. Enjoy a private half day city tour including a visit of the ancient passages and get to know Buenos Aires from the ground up. After meeting your private guide (with driver and private vehicle) at the hotel, you’ll visit the Plaza de Mayo, the city’s founding site and genuine starting point of Buenos Aires’ urban development. Next is San Telmo, a former enclave for local aristocracy. This charming colonial district, with its cobbled streets, has many artists' studios and is one of the trendiest neighborhoods of the city. In San Telmo lies a recently unearthed treasure: the ancient subterranean tunnels. The construction of tunnels started in the colonial era, and continued well into the 19th century. From ancient times, many myths have been created around the tunnels: people said they witnessed secret encounters, disappearances, murders or even political conspiracies.Enjoy visiting one of these tunnels, a part of a 3,000 square meter labyrinth below the streets of San Telmo, made up of a long corridor with vaulted ceilings and display cabinets exhibiting many items and utensils recovered during the excavation. Other areas that are included in your tour include La Boca, (which was strongly shaped by the working class Italian immigrants, with its make shift houses made from scrap materials found in local shipyards), Puerto Madero - Buenos Aires’ latest and most sophisticated neighborhood, and La Recoleta, where a short stop is made at the gorgeous Plaza San Martín, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, (the city’s second oldest church), and the celebrated Recoleta Cemetery, an imposing labyrinth of ornate graves and mausoleums where some of the most important characters of Argentina’s political and cultural life (including Eva Peron) are buried. The last stop on the tour is at the area known as Palermo Woods. Next to the woods lie the splendid palaces built by the wealthy classes in the early 20th century to rival with Paris. After having gained deep insight in this culturally rich city, you will return to our hotel.
A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Buenos Aires' hotels and domestic airport or vice versa)
Fly from Buenos Aires domestic airport to Ushuaia. Note flights are subject to changes based on availability. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hour.
A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Ushuaia hotel and airport or vice versa).
Located at one of the most exotic places in the world, at the shore of Beagle Channel and with a beautiful view of the snow-covered peaks of the magnificent Andes Mountain Range, Los Cauquenes matches his rustic architecture in lenga wood and stone, with an impressive natural surrounding to offer a unique experience in high standard hotels. Los Cauquenes Resort & Spa has direct access to the beaches on Beagle Channel, allowing the guests to be in contact with incredibly transparent waters and the blue deepness of the South Atlantic.
This morning you will be picked up from your hotel to enjoy this 4 hour tour around one of the most important and protected areas in the country. You will set off from your hotel, heading south west, traveling through coastal landscapes and, after watching the glacier valleys, we will stop at the Fuegian Southern Railway station, where you'll board the famous ‘End of the World Train’. The train ride, which used to be referred to as the "Prisoner's Train" offers a unique insight into the history of Ushuaia as well as eerie views through the "dead forest". Once the train has reached its final destination,you'll disembark and be met by your guide who will take you deeper into the national park. Through a leisurely hike at Bahía Ensenada, the ‘Concheros Antropogénicos’ (rests of mollusks and ashes today covered with vegetation), you'll see evidence of the native settlers, the Yamana people, in the area around 6500 years ago. We continue on to Roca Lake where you'll marvels at the views of ‘Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego’ After walking along the park, we will get some free time to rest and recover our strength, tasting some chocolate or coffee in “Casita Del Bosque” by the Lapataia River. From there, we will head the end of National Route Nº 3 (The Pan-american highway), in Lapataia Bay, for a great photo opportunity and then we'll return to your hotel in time for a late lunch (not included).
Please note: The journey onboard the train will be done on your own, your guide will provide you tickets and assist you with check-in and then meet you when the train reaches its final stop inside the park (duration about 30 minutes). The train is a shared service and the tour is private. Please note: If you are embarking on the Australis Cruise you will be dropped off at the Check-in office to proceed to check-in for your cruise and check your baggage.
14:00 Proceed to Cruceros Australis office to complete the check-in process. At this time you will be required to fill in customs and immigrations forms for entering Chile (during the cruise) as well as surrender your passport (you will be provided a photocopy) for the duration of the cruise. Your passport will be returned to you on the last day of the cruise before disembarkation. Also, this is the time you will check all of your baggage. There will be about a 2.5-3 hour window before you can board the ship, so please check all luggage you don't want to carry around with you until boarding. Upon completing the check-in process you will be provided your boarding pass and map to the terminal (just 1 block south of the office). This is a great time to explore Ushuaia and its shops and restuarants (lunch not included). Embarkation begins at 17:00 (subject to change so please check your boarding pass time). Dinner will be served onboard at 20:00.
Please note that the port tax of $30 USD per person has been prepaid for you.
The captain and crew give a welcome cocktail reception on board, and afterwards the ship departs for the journey through one of the most captivating wilderness regions in the world: Southern Patagonia, and Tierra del Fuego.
The Via Australis traverses the Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia, breezing through Punta Arenas and the Strait of Magellan. Observe the fantastic views of this region through your window, in one of the ship's 64 cabins. Each cabin is also equipped with heater and safety box. Meals may be taken in the dining room, where chefs experiment with local ingredients and international fusions. Later, spend time on the deck, sipping a cocktail and taking in the views. Also visit the bridge and do some souvenir shopping.
We sail through the Beagle and Murray channels to reach Cape Horn National Park, where we will disembark (weather permitting). Cape Horn is a sheer, 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory, and in the past it was the only entrance to the Pacific Ocean. This place is known as the “End of the Earth”, and it’s the last territory before Antarctica. The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in June 2005. In the afternoon, we go ashore in historic Wulaia Bay, once the site of one of the region’s largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here on January 23rd, 1833, during the voyage of the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography. We will walk through a Magellanic forest of Lengas, Coihues, Canelos, ferns, and other native vegetation to reach a look-out point.
We will be navigating along the Northwest arm of the Beagle Channel to reach Pia Fjord, where disembarking is scheduled. We will take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from which we can appreciate the spectacular Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountain tops down to the sea. After this unforgettable experience, our sailing will continue along the Beagle Channel through the majestic “Glacier Alley”.
In the morning, we will be sailing through Cockburn Channel to anchor in Chico Sound. Traveling in well-equipped Zodiac boats, we will explore Alakaluf Fjord and enjoy the view of Piloto and Nena Glaciers from the sea. You will find yourself being drawn to the intense blue color of Piloto Glacier, which is due to its compression and age. We will learn about the formation of glaciers and their influence on the unexpected topography of the Fuegian-Patagonian channels.
In the afternoon, we will enter the spectacular De Agostini Sound, right in the heart of the Darwin Mountain Range – the perfect viewing point to appreciate glaciers that make their way down to the sea from the upper ice field. Later that afternoon, we will travel aboard Zodiacs to the Águila Glacier where we will embark upon an easy walk to its base. It’s the perfect opportunity to experience the beauty of Patagonia’s cold rainforest and to see how the power of nature has molded the spectacular landscape.
Early in the morning, we go ashore on Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, it was an essential source of supplies for navigators and explorers in the past. The island is inhabited by an immense colony of Magellanic Penguins which can be sighted during our walk to a lighthouse, which guides ships on their way through the strait. In September and April this excursion is replaced by a Zodiac boat ride at Marta Island to observe sea lions. After our visit, we sail to Punta Arenas, disembarking at 11:30 a.m.
NOTE: The excursions/day trips described in the itineraries can normally be, and are frequently, carried out. Without prejudice to the aforesaid,Transportes Marítimos Terra Australis S.A.,Transportes Marítimos Via Australis S.A.,and Transportes Marítimos Geo Australis S.A. reserve the right to reschedule shorten or alter all or part of itineraries and/or excursions without previous notice, in order to safeguard the well being and safety of passengers, preserve the environment or due to the extraordinary circumstances, acts of god or force majeure. For the same reasons, the hours of departure or arrival of the vessels may be subject to change.
Enjoy a private pier transfer with professional driver and English speaking guide.
Upon your arrival into Punta Arenas airport, you be met by a driver from The Singular Patagonia for your shared transfer to the hotel. This shared transer is offered as a complimentary service for guests of The Singular only.
The hotel is located in the converted “Frigorifico Puerto Bories”, a post-Victorian cold-storage plant built in 1915. This industrial complex was originally built by the “Sociedad Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego” to process and export frozen meat to Europe. The cattle came from all over the Patagonia, including across the Andes in Argentina. The factory was in operation for 70 years, generating work and contributing to the development of the region. After a long period of neglect, the building was restored to its former industrial grandeur and as a result of the meticulous conservation, was declared a National Monument in 1996.
Choose from a wide range of options during your stay at The Singular Patagonia.
Basic, Medium and Experts level activities are available at your disposal; from trekking to horseback riding, to kayaking, you are sure to have a fantastic day exploring this beautiful landscape! Following is a list of some of the expeditions available, for more details please ask you Sales Consultant:
Full Day: Trekking Sierra Baguales, Trekking and sailing – Isla Focus, Discovering Torres del Paine National Park
Half Day: Sailing to Punta Jamón, Visit to Shotel Aike Wetland – Cerro Castillo, Visit to Puerto Bories Industrial Museum, Puerto Natales, Land of Pioneers, Cycling around Puerto Natales
Full Day: Sailing around the Patagonia Fjords: Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers and Lago Azul, Horse riding to Puerto Bories
Half Day: Cycling around Laguna Sofía, Trekking Seno Ultima Esperanza or Last Hope Sound overlooking point, Trekking to the Mylodon Caves, Trekking and Watching Andean Condors, Horse Riding around Laguna Sofía – Las Cuevas, Horseback Riding to Mylodon Cave, Horse riding to Puerto Bories
Full Day: Trekking to the base of Torres del Paine and The Wonders of Torres del Paine National Park
A variety of expeditions await for you to explore the Patagonia today!
Upon checking out, you'll be met by a driver for your shared transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas. The transfer takes approximately 4 hours.
Fly from Punta Arenas to Santiago. The flight duration is approximately 3.5 hours.Please note: Direct flight is subject to availability at time of booking. Flight rates and availability are subject to change until booking. This flight may operate with a stop in Puerto Montt.
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
Experience The Ritz-Carlton, Santiago – an unforgettable five-star hotel well situated in an upscale neighbourhood of Santiago . With all the frills and dazzling decor that make hotels a treat to visit, the acclaimed Ritz Carlton is all this and more. Stay in one of its 205 rooms, which are noted for marble fixtures, and high quality bedding and linen. All rooms feature classic decor and panoramic views of the city. Feast on gourmet culinary accomplishments, from Mediterranean preparations to buffet-style pastries and a chocolate temptation buffet. Later, spend time lounging by the indoor pool with a book. Absorb views of the Andes and the city. Otherwise, sit down at the bar and try one of the 100 martini varieties.
Today is a day when you will experience life as a true local, otherwise known as a “Santiaguino”. Your guide will pick you up at your hotel and together you will walk towards the nearest Metro station to board one of the most efficient and clean subways in the world, Santiago’s Metro (Metro ticket is included). In it, you will reach the classic and most important subway station in the city, Universidad de Chile where gigantic murals of local artists are displayed showing a piece of Chile’s rich urban culture. Upon exiting the station you will be in the middle of Santiago’s busy downtown. You will walk about the Stock Exchange and the classic streets, having a Santiago traditional coffee experience, in one of the many cafés called “Café con piernas” translated as coffee with legs…you will see firsthand where the name originates from. After enjoying coffee (not included) we will walk through the Paseo Ahumada, viewing the different shops and shoe shine stands and all sorts of local characters. We will arrive to the main square or Plaza de Armas which is a meeting point for several immigrants from neighboring countries. We will visit the Cathedral. We will continue walking through Puente Street which is characterized by the large amount of shoe stores where locals shop. We will reach the Mercado Central (local fish Market) where we will see the different types of fish and shellfish that the Pacific Ocean has to offer. In this market we will have lunch at one of the many restaurants enjoyed by locals and generally unknown to tourists. Your guide will be with you at all times explaining local culture and helping you to translate and interact with shop vendors, waiters and anyone you want to meet.
After lunch at Restaurant El Galeon, walk across the Mapocho river to visit the Vega Central (local food market) here you will see the different fruits and vegetables that the fertile lands of Chile offer. After the visit walk through the Bellavista district, also known as the bohemian district where you will enter a local bar to try out a refreshing local drink called “The Terremoto” which translates to the Earthquake (drink is not included). After this stop we continue to San Cristobal Hill. On the way we try out some of Chile’s classic and refreshing snacks such as Mote de Huesillos or any snack that you feel like.
At San Cristobal Hill we will reach the top in the traditional funicular. From the top enjoy a panoramic view of Santiago from which, with your guide, you can track the places visited during the day. Here, your vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel after a day of exploring Santiago and being a true “Santiaguino”.
After being met by your guide and private vehicle at your accommodation, you'll be brought towards Vitacura neighborhood to visit Alonso de Cordova Avenue boutiques, an elegant neighborhood where you will be able to visit the best shops in town and where you'll find “ Lapiz Lazuli “(semi-precious stone found only in Chile and some places in Afghanistan) jewellery shop. Continue on to Parque Arauco Shopping Centre, the largest shopping mall in the country. After getting your fill of shopping, relax on the drive to "Handicraft Los Dominicos town " where you'll find a plethora of traditional Chilean handicraft.
Please note that the airfare quoted in your itinerary is being quoted based on LANTAM South American Pass rates. These rates are only offered when international airfare is booked on one of the following airlines:
LANTAM Airlines (LA/4M/4C/LP/XL/JJ)
American Airlines (AA)
United Airlines (UA)
Air Canada (AC)
Iberia Air (IB)
You will need to provide your international ticket numbers in order for us to issue the domestic flights at the special rates. Without international ticket numbers on above mentioned airlines, special rates do not apply.
Please note that rates are always subject to change until purchased.
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and wanted to tell you we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing.
I can't tell you what was our favorite. The boys enjoyed exploring the mountains in El Chalten (they called it Mountain running) while Mohan and I relaxed in the beautiful hotel. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! We had great weather for each activity (I know there is a bit of luck involved with that one).
Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out.
I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Thank you again,
Laura, Mohan, Ryan, and Nathan
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
Happy New Year!
GREAT trip! The brochure you sent to us the week before we set off was marvelous -- the pages are marked and worn with us referring to it so often! We were very pleased with every aspect that you set up for us including the airport pick-up and drop off and the tour of Quito and environs on Friday. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. The transfer to the Eclipse team was super easy and the flight to Guayaquil and trip to the boat went off without a hitch.
We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took, but I promise to send a few to you in the next week or so. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands. Gave them a 10 on their feedback form and would recommend Eclipse very highly.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
Scott Parks ,
November 05, 2013
Sandy and I are back from Peru and had a wonderful time. Kensington seems to have the best contacts in each country and Peru was no exception. I wanted to take the time to give you some specific feedback on each segment of out trip.
The “Hotel B” in Lima is fantastic. It’s an old house that has been turned into a small Hotel. The people are great and the location in Barranco is just what we like.
The Inkaterra Amazonica is probably the best place place to stay in the Amazon region. The rooms give a real feel of the sounds of the rain forest.
The hotels in both Cusco and Aquas Calientes were perfect with great locations. We added an additional day in Aquas Calientes which gave us three days in Machu Picchu. For us, this was well worth it and gave us the time we wanted to see all aspects of Machu Picchu. Pictures did not do justice to the site, although we got some great pictures.
The trip to see the Nasca Lines was, also, worth the time. Our guide added some side trips including lunch at a local winery which we really enjoyed. The Hotel Paracas was an unexpectedly high quality resort and a great way to end our trip.
Thanks for your help we look forward to next year
June Murray ,
August 20, 2013
"Buenas Noches Brandi-
I filled out the survey but I wanted to send you a note to say thank you. Our trip was the stuff lifelong memories are made of and I mean every part of it. From our time spent in Quito, to the Safari Camp and Isla Isabela. I cannot say enough about the professionalism of the staff at our accommodations and the expertise of all our guides (most especially Tanya Helmig at the Safari Camp). We hope to go back for an extended stay.
I have attached 2 photos for you of Bart and I. I think the joy is clearly evident- thank you for making it possible.
Barbara Mackey ,
July 22, 2013
"We just completed a family trip to Costa Rica, with three families traveling from different locations. All the coordination efforts were made easily and efficiently by our Kensington representative, Brandi Merchant, who was wonderful; an absolute delight to work with. All the accommodations were first class and the guides knowledgeable and very punctual. We will be using Kensington again!
Cindy Thoene ,
July 22, 2013
What an AMAZING trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously…the trip of a lifetime!
We returned late on Thursday and had out of town visitors through the weekend and we are just now unpacking and getting back to non-vacation reality.
I will share my feedback and get pictures sent to you soon.
Thanks for everything….truly a perfect trip!
July 24, 2013
Our trip was wonderful, we had a great time, wish we could have spent more time. In fact, I now know I would have spent more time in Cuzco and the Machu Picchu area.
Machu Picchu was fabulous.
Margot, our guide, and the driver, were absolutely wonderful, low key, very personable, very accommodating, really good. We didn't end up with enough time on the last morning in Cusco to finish the tour, but got a feel- of Sacsayhuman, Qengo, Koricancha. We saw Ollayantatambo, and went to Moray and Maras, and Wayra ranch which was also outstanding, on the next day, but did not do Pisac and the market. We got tired and ran out of time so cut a couple things. Louis the coordinator was good as well.
Would love to go back and learn more some time.
The coordinator in Lima was extremely nice too, and very helpful.
In fact, we loved the food, the people and everything. The Libertador Palacio , the Tambo del Inka and the Sanctuary were indeed outstanding hotels. LAN was all on time, great service.
Thank you again for all your help.
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