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Deep Into Tierra del Fuego

Combining our top Tierra del Fuego day excursions, this privately guided tour has been crafted for those who want to leave the city behind. It includes two nights in a charming and remote lakeside hotel and there’s plenty of opportunity to really immerse yourself in the highlights and wonders of The Land of Fire, Tierra del Fuego.

Are you hoping to travel before January 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of January 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. Feb - April in particular has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type

Private

Trip length

5 Days

From

$1,458

Location

Tierra del Fuego

Deep Into Tierra del Fuego - 5 - $1,458

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer to Ushuaia; Visit National Park

Day 2: Depart Ushuaia; 4x4 trip through the Andes

Day 3: Drive to the Atlantic coast

Day 4: Crab fishing; Return to Ushuaia

Day 5: Half-day Beagle boat trip; Transfer from Ushuaia

Start from Ushuaia and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Deep Into Tierra del Fuego

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer to Ushuaia; Visit National Park

Today you will arrive at Ushuaia Airport from where you’ll take a private transfer to Hotel Alto Andino.

In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a guided trip to the Tierra del Fuego National Park before returning to the Hotel Alto Andino to spend your first night.

Accommodation: Hotel Alto Andino, or similar, in Ushuaia


Day 2: Depart Ushuaia; 4x4 trip through the Andes

Begin your travels early in the morning as you go off-road into the wild and immense landscapes of Tierra del Fuego; views which have brought travellers to this captivating and remote spot of the globe for centuries.

Head eastwards out of Ushuaia on the Panamerican Ruta 3 Highway before immersing yourself in the magical forest, via muddy trails that these tough vehicles love to tackle. Stopping at exposed mountain passes, and different scenic vantages your guide will explain what makes this area, at the end of the world so special. Keep your eye out for local birdlife, such as Andean condors, woodpeckers and the impressive caracara hawk.

After crossing the Andes during the morning, we then rest for lunch in our rustic, yet charming, refugio where your guide will cook and serve a traditional Argentine asado BBQ meal for you, with local wines to accompany.

In the afternoon, take to the water in Canadian-style canoes, for a short adventure on the nearby lake, weather conditions permitting. Or, if you prefer, stretch your legs through the forest in this isolated, beautiful part of the world.

Today’s final stretch is by road to the tiny frontier village of Tolhuin, in the heart of the island of Tierra del Fuego. Check into your home for the next two nights, a typical Patagonian inn, stunningly located by the shores of Lake Fagnano. Staff will cetrainly make you feel welcome and dinner at the hotel will be one of the locally sourced specialties.

Meals: Breakfast, BBQ lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Kaiken


Day 3: Drive to the Atlantic coast

After a typical breakfast, with locally-produced bread and jams in a beautiful setting, you’ll take to your 4x4 passing back through Tolhuin where there will be time to stop for photos.

The varied topography and history of the area are captivating and your guide will tell tales of explorers and pioneers as each turn in the road reveals a different perspective of South America’s largest island. Your stops today might be to observe the various species of local flora or the quirky guanaco (a relative of the llama) that has roamed these plains for thousands of years.

Arriving at the Cape of San Pablo you will be in awe of the vastness and beauty of this stunning location as you take a short panoramic walk. This wild and inaccessible part of the Atlantic coast has a famous sentinel: the atmospheric shipwreck of the Desdemona - a sailors’ nemesis and a photographers’ paradise.

Lunch today is with our hosts, in their small home located in front of the sea. The menu is unsurprisingly ‘catch-of-the-day’ and will depend on what our hosts have been able to harvest that morning from their artisanal fishing nets. The ambience is welcoming, rustic and 100% authentic as you get the chance to interact with these truly fascinating settlers at the end of the world. Don’t expect silver cutlery, but do expect food that simply tastes wonderful, and is served with a huge Patagonian smile. Please note: other meals can be prepared, but please let us know your requirements.

In the afternoon, we head back towards Tolhuin, and continue the true Patagonian experience. This time you will be in the company of a pioneering family, usually sustaining themselves through tourism and sheep farming. Dinner is held on the ranch and it's a chance to savour the most typical Patagonian dish: asado de cordero (BBQ lamb). This is not just a meal, but a whole ceremony and nobody will go hungry!

In the evening, return to your hosteria, to relax from an epic day’s exploring and prepare for what tomorrow will bring.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, BBQ dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Kaiken


Day 4: Crab fishing; Return to Ushuaia

After breakfast we depart the hosteria, saying goodbye to the mighty Lake Fagnano and start heading back towards Ushuaia, (approx 2hrs). Back across the mountains by the Ruta 3 highway before turning south, via a dirt track that takes us through the dense forest, until we reach the Beagle channel.

Arriving here mid-morning, we will see the characteristic arboles bandera, or flag trees. Their impossibly skewed growth is a testament to the incessant gales that strike these coasts. Shortly after, we reach a tiny fishing village where you’ll meet your friendly hosts, ready to show you their way of life. Here locals carve a living in this extreme location by fishing for centolla, or king crab. You can try your luck at fishing for your own lunch from their small boat as you take to the water for 30mins, weather conditions permitting.

This hands-on activity would not be complete unless you were to delight eating your own catch-of-the-day, so we accompany the locals in cooking this delicious regional dish in a rustic, authentic setting. Bon appetit! Another amazing experience resulting in, as the locals say 'panza llena, corazon contento' or 'a full belly means a happy heart'. You will have had the chance to gain insight into how some people forge an existence in the harsh conditions at the End of the World, something that few other Antarctic travellers experience.

This evening you’ll return to Ushuaia, having made friends with your guide and clocked up around 400km (250 miles) travel in four memorable days of exploring.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch (water and two alcoholic beverages included), dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Alto Andino, or similar, in Ushuaia


Day 5: Half-day Beagle boat trip; Transfer from Ushuaia

This morning your boat will be waiting for you and a small group of other travellers at the local port, ready to explore the Beagle Channel. Capacity is usually 18 passengers for this photogenic outing. You'll begin in the direction of Alice Island to see the colony of sea lions, continuing on to the Birds Island which the king and imperial cormorants inhabit. Observe the rock cormorants on the cliffs nearby, then see both sea lions and fur seals at the Sea Lions Island.

During the voyage, enjoy tea, hot chocolate, coffee, biscuits and, of course, typical Argentinian maté. Finally, you'll reach Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, which was established in 1919 and is an iconic sight of Ushuaia. Going back, you will disembark on Bridges Island for a short hike which promises discovery of abundant flora and the fauna. On this island you can also see archaeological remains of the Yamanas, the aborigines who lived here many years ago.

After the boat trip you'll be driven back to Hotel Alto Adino and in the afternoon you’ll take a private transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Your flight should depart no earlier than 5pm.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices for the 2022/23 season are:

6 people: USD $1,371 per person

5 people: USD $1,441 per person

4 people: USD $1,458 per person

3 people: USD $1,746 per person

2 people: USD $1,949 per person

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Please enquire about your preferred departure date.

Additional Notes

Excursions – Excursions are run on a private basis.
Itinerary – The Itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions.

Includes

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation: 2 nights at Hotel Alto Andino, 2 nights at Hotel Kaiken
  • English and Spanish speaking guide during excursions
  • Private transfer to/from Ushuaia Airport

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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