Antarctica Cruise Port Excursions and Extensions
(01/12/2011)Ideas for short and long extensions and trips on an Antarctica cruise to South America.
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1 Day: The Train at the End of the World
Make the most of your time in Ushuaia to explore the history of this town at the end of the world. In the 19th Century, a small train connected Ushuaia to the surrounding forests. Then it was used to transport prisoners, and now it is a lovely way to make the short trip to Tierra del Fuego National Park. Take a walk along coastal paths looking out for condors, Andean foxes and beavers.
Antarctica Cruise from Ushuaia
3 Days: El Calafate
Is enough time to fly to El Calafate; the jumping off point for some terrific glaciers. Perito Moreno is one of very few glaciers that are actually increasing in size. Go horseback riding at a traditional ranch (estancia) and take a 4 x4 off road journey to look out over the southern ice field.
From Punta Arenas
1 Day:Otway Penguin Colony
Of course, there are a lot of penguins in Antarctica, but Patagonia is the home of the little magellenic penguin. In this colony in the Otway Sound, hundreds of thousands of breeding pairs return every year. Walk amongst the curious little guys on an easy day trip from Punta Arenas.
Antarctica Cruise from Punta Arenas
3 Days: Torres del Paine
Did you know that Punta Arenas is the jumping off place for Chile''s most stunning and most visited national park: Torres del Paine? The spectacular scenery includes wide pampas, towering peaks and beautiful blue lakes.
El Calafate and Torres del Paine
From Buenos Aires
1 Day: Buenos Aires culture
Take a tour by car, on foot or by bike to the bohemian San Telmo district, or guided shopping in trendy Palermo. In the evening, take a class in the art of the Tango and then watch the experts in one of the best shows in the city.
3 Days: Iguazu Falls
Visit the world wonder that is the incredible falls of Iguazu. Set in tropical forest, Iguazu Falls are simply stunning and never fail to impress.
Iguazu Falls and Machu Picchu
3 Days: Uruguay
In December, the people of Buenos Aires leave the heat of the city and flock to the hip and happening beaches of Uruguay. Take the fast ferry over to Colonia to wander its cobbles streets before continuing to the extremely upscale Punta del Este, with miles of clean sandy beaches it is the preferred beach of the Latin American jet set.
1Day: Wine Tour
In one day it is possible to pack in a tour of the historic sites of the Chilean capital as well as an afternoon in the mountains outside. Around Santiago are some of the best wine growing areas in South America. Tour a winery and enjoy some local food before heading back to the city.
3 Day: Wine and Valpariso
With an extra day or two you could head further into the wine region and stay in one of hte beautiful wineries. Another day can take you to Valpariso; the town on the sea with rows of colourful houses climbing up the hills, all connected by cable cars.
Wine Regions of Chile