Patagonia Discovered

Discover the best of Patagonia with 12 spectacular days of travel and adventure.

Total price for this tour as described in this itinerary is £3,535.00 per person based on two people in a double room. International flights not included

Tour Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive to Buenos Aires

On your arrival into Buenos Aires you will be met for your private transfer to the NH CRILLON (1 hour). Your guide will hand you all travel vouchers and answer any questions you may have at this point. You can discuss with the guide what to do in Buenos Aires during your day in the city and book any local tours (Local payment to guide). The rest of the day is free in this vibrant city. Meals N/A

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Day 2: transfer to airport, flight to Trelew 06:05 – 08:05

Today you are met for the transfer to the airport for your flight to Trelew. On arrival you are met for your private transfer to Porth Madryn on the shores of the Bahía Nueva, a 1 hour drive, and taken to the seafront Bahia Nueva Hotel. In the afternoon you will be taken to Amgueddfa’r Glaniad (Disembarkation Museum) on the shores of the bay in front of where the first Welsh settlers disembarked from the clipper “Mimosa”. This historical centre interprets the early days of the Welsh colonists and has many interesting items to see, including the original caves that were used for temporary shelter. (B)

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Day 3: Free day to explore

There are a few options to book locally and of the tours to be taken, as the Whale watching is out of season you may wish to book another marine tour or just further explore this important destination in Welsh history. (B)

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Day 4: Puerto Madryn- Punta Tombo- Gaiman

At 10 am approx, you will be met by your English speaking guide for your private tour starting with the drive to Punta Tombo -188km from Puerto Madryn, a Magellan Penguin Rookery. Punta Tombo hosts the largest Magellan penguin colony in the world. The excursion presents a unique opportunity to become part of a community of over 1 million Magellan penguins. Walk amongst these small likeable birds, observe their activities, their funny walks and the way they tend to their nests and care for their chicks amidst the shrub. From Punta Tombo you will be transferred to Gaiman and taken to the Hotel Posada Los Mimbres -144km from Punta Tombo. It should be noted this fine hotel is set outside of the main town in a beautiful location, as only breakfast is offered you will need to take a local taxi into town to enjoy dinner at a restaurant. (B)

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Day 5: In the morning you will be taken on a gentle stroll about Gaiman

Today you discover the first house built by Dafydd Robert (1873), and other places of interest. Gaiman was founded by the Welsh in 1874 and its municipal government was formed in 1885 with authority over the whole valley, the first in the territory of Chubut. For a number of years formal documents were produced in both Welsh and Spanish. The principal attraction of the town today is its Welshness and the characters that live there and there will be plenty of opportunities to have a chat with descendants of the original Welsh colonisers – Welsh or Spanish of course! In the afternoon we will visit Moriah chapel located on the outskirts of Trelew next to the river Chubut. The chapel, the third in the colony, was built in 1880 and the Reverend Abraham Matthews was its first minister. Unique amongst the Welsh chapels in Chubut, Moriah is the only chapel that has an adjacent graveyard. The chapel has been registered as a Provincial Historical Monument by the government of Chubut. During the journey to Moriah through the river valley, travelling though the areas of Bryn Gwyn, Drofa Dulog and Pont Hendre, you will see how the farmers prepare and irrigate their land to ensure a secure and measured flow of water depending on the use that is made of the land. We will return to Gaiman to visit the historical museum. After perusing the historical items at the museum you will then be taken to one of Gaiman’s famous tea houses for a late afternoon traditional tea. Evening meals will again be at your own arrangements. (B)

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Day 6: early afternoon private tour to Welsh farmhouse + Welsh tea

Excursion (3 hours): In the afternoon you will be taken to Bod Iwan, a Welsh farm in Bryn Gwyn near Gaiman. Bod Iwan has a traditional and original colonial clay brick farmhouse with mud-plastered walls. The farmhouse was built in 1910 for the family of Llwyd ap Iwan following the tragedy of his death. Llwyd ap Iwan, Michael D Jones’ son, was killed by two North American bandits in Nant y Pysgod, the Andes, in 1909. In Bod Iwan, you will be guided by members of the present residents, the Williams family, and will learn about the family history and the importance of irrigation and the canal system towards the success of the colony. The farmhouse has been preserved in its original form and furnished with items of the period. A typical Welsh tea will be served in the farmhouse. (B)

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Day 7: Transfer/Excursion (full day 630km): to Trevelin over the Patagonian steppe

Travelling over the steppe is normally a highpoint and an opportunity to marvel in amazement at the astonishing and striking scenery, set in an ambience of silence and tranquillity, while gazing at infinite horizons. The steppe abounds in history – in the history and place names of the old Welsh colonisers that ventured into and pioneered the steppe. Feel the thrill of finding ruts and grooves worn down by the old wagons, or a piece of chunky coloured glass, shards of old pottery, a horseshoe or a rusty piece of metal once belonging to an old bridle. En route you will visit sites of special Welsh interest including Rhyd y Beddau in Dyffryn y Merthyron, Rocky Trip in Dyffryn yr Allorau, and Nant y Pysgod in Dyffryn Teca. On arrival in Trevelin you will be taken to the hotel Cabañas La Estancia. (B)

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Day 8: afternoon Cwm Hyfryd visit

An opportunity to wander about Trevelin and enjoy the views of Gorsedd y Cwmwl Mountain and the Andean range before taking lunch in a restaurant.in the afternoon you will take a historical tour of Cwm Hyfryd. Welsh pioneers first arrived in Cwm Hyfryd in 1885 during an expedition to explore the whole of newly funded Territory of Chubut. By 1888, the first colonisers arrived to settle on the banks of the Río Percy which flows through Trevelin. By 1918, a company headed by J. D. Evans built a flourmill and the village of Trevelin flourished around it. You will visit the historical museum, which is located in the old mill. Another historical museum that you will visit is at the old Escuela 18 at Pentre Sydyn in the Aber Gyrraints valley, which records the events of the 1902 plebiscite that helped to solve the territorial claims of Argentina and Chile over the region. Another museum, Cartref Taid, records the life of J. D. Evans and his faithful horse Malacara. (B, L)

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Day 9: Excursion (full day): private tour to the Los Alerces National Park (70Km).

The Park is one of the largest in Argentina and has a land area of 263,000 hectares (650,000 acres – about the same size as the county of Gwynedd in North Wales). The park’s characteristic feature is the Alerces forests. There are very few traces of human activity and the park is bursting with magnificent landscapes, lakes, rivers and numerous waterfalls, all surrounded by the Andes mountains swathed in thick forests. The Alerce tree is a Patagonian cypress and some examples in the park approach 3,000 years of age and 70 metres (230 feet) in height. You will embark on a shared service lake cruise, where you will be able to take pleasure in the spectacle of the Torrecillas glacier as you navigate the numerous inlets of these beautiful lakes. On the distant shore of Lago Futalaufquen is a footpath that you will be guided along to see examples of the Alerce tree. (B)

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Day 10: the La Trochita steam train

One of the characteristics of the railway that the Trochita train runs along is the narrowness of its gauge of only 75 centimetres (29.5 inches). This railway has changed little since 1922 and a there are a number of unique steam engines. The train will run to and from Nahuel Pan, some 200 metres (650 feet) higher up through a ravine where you will see magnificent views of the steppe, baked from the activity of ancient volcanoes, and of Nahuel Pan Mountain (Mynydd Llwyd). The train stopped running in 1993 however it was kept alive by a handful of volunteers until 2006 when again the sound of steam was reborn, today it offers a step back in time and a unique rail experience.  (B)

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Day 11: Transfer/Excursion (330km): to Bariloche Airport. 20:25 – 22:31

This is a 4-5 hour drive northwards through the Andes region and its spectacular scenery. En route it may be possible to visit the Indigenous Museum at Leleque and also stop at El Bolsón, a beautiful village set in incredible surroundings. Your flight (approximately 2 hours) will take you to Buenos Aires where you will be met by one of our representatives and taken to the hotel NH CRILLONl. (B)

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Day 12: free day transfer to the airport for international flight D17506 departing at 20:55

Take a stroll along the pedestrianised areas or through the riverside parks. Ask our representative for information. At the appropriate time you will be transferred to Ezeiza International Airport and our representative will accompany until you until you arrive at passport control. (B)

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