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Nature journey exclusively designed for botanists, plant enthusiasts and flower photographers willing to discover the surprising diversity of flora and vegetation of the southernmost regions of Patagonia.

On this trip you will visit southern Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and the wind-swept steppes, sub-Antarctic forests and Andean moorlands of Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego, at the southern end of South America's mainland. We will explore a wide range of habitats, amidst stunning landscapes and pristine areas, and will enjoy of the great chances of seeing other remarkable and unique wildlife of this part of the world.

7-day trip from Punta Arenas, Chile. Ask for a 10% discount if you book before July 31, 2017!

Next departures • 2017: Dec 9-15 • 2018: Dec 8-14

 

Chilean Firebush (Embothrium coccineum) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Chilean Firebush, Embothrium coccineum, Fam. Proteaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Book this trip, reserve space now!

Join us this southern spring (from late October through early January) to see the fantastic blooming and diversity of wildflowers of the End of the Earth: Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego. 

On this trip we will visit the best spots, with the highest and more representative plant diversity of Patagonia, including habitats such as Deciduous and Evergreen Nothofagus sub-Antarctic forests, pre-Andean scrub communities aorund the impressive Andean peaks, with mesophytic and xerophytic characteristics, the vast and productive windswept Patagonian Steppes and the Andean Desert, which holds many floral surprises. On this programme, you will be amazed by finding endemic species of the genus Adesmia, Alstroemeria, Gavilea, Nassauvia, Primula or Senecio. We will visit the impressive and world-famous Biosphere Reserve of Torres del Paine and will extend our journey along the coast of the Straits of Magellan down to the vast Tierra del Fuego Island, searching for species with highly restricted distributional ranges. 

This botanical trip has been designed to allow plant enthusiasts to experience the Patagonian wilderness in an intimate way through its Flora.

 

OVERVIEW

Photographing ground orchids in Patagonia © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South ExpeditionsOverview

 

Itinerary in Brief (7 days / 6 nights)

Day 1 • Laguna Parrillar – San Juan Bay – Punta Arenas (1 night)

Day 2 • Pali Aike road – Puerto Natales (2 nights)

Day 3 • Puerto Natales surroundings

Day 4 • Torres del Paine (western sector) – Torres del Paine (2 nights)

Day 5 • Torres del Paine (eastern sector)

Day 6 • Torres del Paine – Drive to Punta Arenas – Punta Arenas (1 night)

Day 7 • End of the tour

 

Trip Highlights

• A wealth of Flora endemic to Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego.

• Orchid species with very restricted distribution ranges.

• The southernmost forests of South America, the Nothofagus or Southern Beech.

• A comprehensive visit to the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Torres del Paine National Park.

• Program designed and led by botanists.

 

ITINERARY

Detailed Itinerary and Activities

 

Starts/Ends: Punta Arenas, Chile. We suggest our guests arrive to Punta Arenas, Chile, on the day prior to the starting day of the tour.

 

Day 1 • Laguna Parrillar – San Juan Bay – Punta Arenas

After our arrival, we will explore some localities south of Punta Arenas and along the coast of the Straits of Magellan, a truly interesting experience as we will discover several species present in the wet shrubbery and deciduous forests. Visit to Laguna Parrillar Nature Reserve.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas. (Lunch)(Guide).

 

Porcelain Orchid (Chloraea magellanica) © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Porcelain Orchid, Chloraea magellanica, Fam. Orchidaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 2 • Pali Aike road – Puerto Natales

Exploration of peat bogs and deciduous and evergreen Nothofagus forests. We will go in search of truly botanical targets such as Sundew, Drosera uniflora, Geum parviflorum, Sea Cabbage, Senecio candidans and the endangered and local King’s Orchid, Gavilea kingii. We will appreciate this highly restricted assemblage of species, praised by truly “botanical” souls.

Overnight at Weskar Lodge or similar, Puerto Natales. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

 

Calceolaria uniflora, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Lady's Slipper, Calceolaria uniflora, Fam. Scrophulariaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 3 • Puerto Natales surroundings

After our arrival to Puerto Natales we will drive though the vast Patagonian steppes and look for a great array of plants endemic to this dry region of Patagonia as well as surrounding regions of southern Argentina and the Falkland Islands.

Overnight at Weskar Lodge or similar, Puerto Natales. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

 

Oxalis enneaphylla, Torres del Paine National Park, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Oxalis enneaphylla, Fam. Oxalidaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions


Day 4 • Torres del Paine National Park (western sector) – Lake Grey

Our first encounter with this stunning place will lead us to find striking species such as various Lady’s Slippers in genus Calceolaria including C. biflora and the striking C. uniflora. We will visit low-growing patches of Antarctic Beech, Nothofagus antarctica and arid sectors with the presence of the endemic shrub Paramela, Adesmia boronioides. We will find a very interesting array of species.

Overnight at Hotel Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

 

Anarthrophyllum desideratum, Torres del Paine National Park © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Anarthrophyllum desideratum, Fam. Fabaceae, Torres del Paine National Park © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 5 • Torres del Paine National Park (eastern sector) – Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul

Along this journey we will discover highly representative species of the Patagonian steppes. We will try to find, among several others, the tiny Patagonian Alstroemeria, Alstroemeria patagonica or the conspicuous Oxalis, Oxalis enneaphylla, both having a very restricted range. Along this hike we might also enjoy the abundance of wildlife including Andean Condor, camel-like Guanaco and Southern Grey Fox.

Overnight at Hotel Serrano or similar, Torres del Paine. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)(Guide).

 

Primula magellanica © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Primula magellanica, Fam. Primulaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 6 • Sierra Baguales – Drive to Punta Arenas

Today we will travel across vegetation formations with the highest plant diversity of the whole region of Magallanes, in southern Chile. This is the Pre-Andean Mesophytic Scrub. Extensive shrubby areas hold stunning species such as the Chilean Fire-Bush, Embothrium coccineum or the fragrant Escallonia, Escallonia rubra. Here we will be delighted in trying to find the most beautiful array of orchids of the region including Chloraea magellanica, Codonorchis lessonii and Gavilea littoralis.

The grandeur of the scenery around this vegetation community will make this day one of the most sublime of our whole expedition to this magnificent Biosphere Reserve.

Overnight at Hotel Diego de Almagro or similar, Punta Arenas. (Breakfast, Lunch)(Guide).

 

Alstroemeria patagonica, Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Alstroemeria patagonica, Fam. Alstroemeriaceae. Torres del Paine, Chile © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

Day 7 • End of the tour

End of the trip after breakfast. Connecting flight to Santiago de Chile for extensions or flight back home. (Breakfast).

 

Collomia biflora, Fam. Polemoniaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Collomia biflora, Fam. Polemoniaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

 

MAP

Trip Map

Birding  Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego | Trip Map

 

DATES & RATES

Dates and Rates

 

Scheduled Departures:

 

Patagonia Botanical Tour
Trip Code PAT04
Trip Length 8 days, 7 nights
2017 Dates December 9-15
2018 Dates December 8-14
Price per person (USD) $2,998

Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 4 participants. 

The above prices are per person in US Dollars ($), based in double accommodation.

 

Custom Private Departures: (you choose the date)

Available from mid-October through January.

 

Patagonia Botanical Tour
Trip Code PAT04
Trip Length 8 days, 7 nights
No. of guests 2-3 4+ Single Suppl.
Price per person (USD) $3,998 $2,998 $880

Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 participants.

The above prices are per person in US Dollars ($), based in double accommodation.

 

Do you want us to arrange your flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas?

Domestic flights Santiago (SCL) – Punta Arenas (PUQ) – Santiago (from US$ 350 per person).

Duration of the flight: 3-4 hours.

 

What the trip includes/excludes

Single supplement will be added if single accommodations are requested.

The trip price includes: All accommodations, meals and guide services as stated in the itinerary, private ground transportation during the tour, and park entrance fees.

 The trip price excludes: Domestic flights (Santiago – Punta Arenas – Santiago or other route), tipping, travel insurance, entrance tax to Chile, excess baggage charges, private excursions, à la carte dishes, snacks, drinks, laundry, telephone calls and anything else of a purely personal nature.

 

GALLERY

Photo Gallery


Check out our photo gallery with images from recent botanical trips in Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego.

 

Gavilea littoralis, Fam. Orchidaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

Gavilea littoralis, Fam. Orchidaceae © Claudio F. Vidal, Far South Expeditions

EXTENSIONS

Optional Extensions

 

Patagonia Botanical Tour can be combined with one of the following optional extensions:

• Araucaria Forests (5 days, 4 nights), exploring the Ancient monkey-puzzle forests of Araucania amidst impressive lakes and volcanoes.

 

BOOK NOW!

How to Book


Tour Registration

To book this tour, please complete our online registration form. We will process your booking form and will send you (within 24 hours) a note with space confirmation and a deposit invoice with payment instructions. The deposit amount is US$ 500 per person.

Full payment of the tour fee is due 90 days prior to tour departure.

NOTE: Inquires received on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays will be replied during the following working day.

 

Cancellation Policy

Notice of cancellation can only be accepted IN WRITING from the person who signed the booking form and takes effect on the day such noticed is received by us.

 

Refunds are made according to the following schedule:

If cancellation is made 120 days or more before departure date, the deposit less US$ 200 is refundable.

If cancellation is made between 120 and 60 days before departure, the deposit is not refundable, but any payments covering the balance of the fee will be refunded.

If cancellation is made fewer than 60 days before departure date, no refund is available.

This policy and fee schedule also applies to pre-trip and post trip extensions, as well as any transfers from one tour to another. We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance to protect yourself.

 

 
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