The adventure of a lifetime awaits in one of earth’s last unspoiled frontiers this holiday season. There are no chaotic shopping malls in Patagonia. Just wild lands of windswept steppes, jaw-dropping mountains, cascading waterfalls, azure lakes and ancient glaciers.
The only Christmas crowds you’ll see are made up of guanacos (a wild cousin of the llama) and flocks of fantastic birds, such as flamingos and the ostrich-like rhea. Traffic jams consist of icebergs, not cars. And the search for an elusive parking spot is replaced by a search for things slightly more spectacular—pumas, Andean condors, foxes and huemuls, an endangered species of deer.
When not out exploring this spellbinding land of dazzling flora and fauna, travelers will enjoy the cozy comforts of the Tierra Patagonia Hotel and Spa, a luxurious hotel with incredible spa treatments and breathtaking views of the iconic Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
Each day, travelers can take your pick of adventure. Hike around the serene scenery of Torres Del Paine. Spot wildlife on a stroll around Lake Sarmiento, just outside the hotel. Take a horseback ride with real gauchos. Or perhaps indulge in some well-earned relaxation at Tierra Patagonia’s peaceful spa and pool.
Christmas in Patagonia and New Year’s in Buenos Aires
December 21, 2014 – January 1, 2015
$7,195 per person
International Nature & Culture Adventures, www.inca1.com