2022 Patagonia Explorer

Oct. 29 – Nov. 11, 202
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $7,197 (Airfare included)
Tour Length: 14 days
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Experience Patagonia, the unspoiled wilderness at lands’ end, at two breathtaking national parks, along with the zest of a stay in Buenos Aires, on this exhilarating 14-day journey.  Your small group limited to 24 travelers sets out from Punta Arenas on a day cruise through the storied Strait of Magellan to see Magdalena Island’s immense colony of Magellanic penguins.

Next, get a close-up view of Patagonian Chile at an estancia (ranch), meeting cowboys and watching the amazing sheepdogs at work, then enjoying a traditional asado (barbecue) lunch.  Heading north to Torres del Paine National Park for a three-night stay, explore this UNESCO reserve’s unparalleled landscape – jagged peaks, ice-blue glaciers, rushing rivers, and thunderous waterfalls – on two full-day excursions.

Travel on to Argentine Patagonia and El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, for three nights.  More jaw-dropping scenery awaits during a daylong park excursion with a boat cruise to spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier – one of Argentina’s top attractions – and guided walks through the pristine landscape.  In El Calafate’s Glaciarium, learn more about the Patagonian Icefield.  Exchanging natural for urban surroundings, spend two final nights in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s lively capital.  A full-day city tour includes Palermo’s elegant mansions and lovely parks and the colorful bohemian La Boca district, followed by dinner and a show at a tango house.  After touring the beloved Teatro Colón opera house, celebrate the Patagonian adventure over a farewell lunch.  Discover revered and remote Easter Island and its enigmatic moai statues with a 4-day/4-night pre-tour option. 

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Punta Arenas
  • Day 3 : Punta Arenas | Magdalena Island
  • Day 4 : Punta Arenas
  • Day 5 : Torres del Paine
  • Day 6 : Torres del Paine National Park
  • Day 7 : Torres del Paine National Park
  • Day 8 : El Calafate, Argentina
  • Day 9 : Los Glaciares National Park | Perito Moreno
  • Day 10 : El Calafate
  • Day 11 : Buenos Aires
  • Day 12 : Buenos Aires
  • Day 13 : Buenos Aires | Depart for U.S
  • Day 14 : Arrive U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2022 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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