The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations.
Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.
A selection of optional activities are listed below to help you budget for your adventure. Whilst the basic tour price you pay before you travel includes a great selection of highlights, we have also built in free time to allow you the flexibility to choose from a carefully selected range of additional excursions and activities, or take time to relax, the choice is yours.
Argentina is undeniably an expensive destination to visit, and the costs of these optional excursions do show that. However, please remember that at certain destinations along the way there may be several options to choose from and it may not be possible to fit all the activities in.
Day 2 or Day 13: Buenos Aires - Tango Show/Dinner US$ 120, without dinner US$ 70;
Day 3: Ushuaia - Boat excursion on Beagle Channel US$ 76;
Day 3: Ushuaia - Beagle Channel Catamaran inc. Penguins viewing US$100;
Day 3: Ushuaia - Estancia Harberton and Isla Martillo US$152 + US$22 entrance fee (all boat trips have an additional 20 pesos harbour tax);
Day 3 or 4: Ushuaia - End of the World Museum US$15;
Day 8: Torres Del Paine - Boat trip to visit Serrano River and glacier US$ 140;
Day 8: Torres Del Paine - Base Torres trek US$220 divided by number of hikers;
Day 10: El Calafate - Boat trip to view Perito Moreno glacier US$28;
Day 10: El Calafate - Perito Moreno Ice Trek (ages 65 and under due to Glaciares National Park regulations) US$160 without transfers, US$210 inc. transfers;
Day 11: El Chalten - Viedma Glacier boat trip US$78;
Day 11: El Chalten - Huemul Reservation (includes Guide, transfers + Entrance Fee) - minimum 2 Pax US$D 160 per person;
Day 11: El Chalten - Lago Del Desierto and Vespignani Glacier Boat and Hike US$80;
Day 16: Trelew - Tombo Reserve - US$82 plus entrance fee US$20
Optional excursions need to be paid in USD cash (not dispensed by ATMs in Argentina or Chile), although some accept credit card
In Torres del Paine hotel they charge 19% interest on the use of Chilean Pesos.
A warm sweater or fleece, good waterproofs and a windproof jacket are all essential. We also recommend bringing waterproof trousers as weather conditions can change suddenly whilst walking. Laundry services are available throughout.
Luggage: On tour
One main piece of baggage and daypack.
Total allowance for your international flight: 44lb/20kg. Luggage limit for domestic flights is 15kg. You may leave excess luggage at the hotel in Buenos Aires.
Remember you are expected to carry your own luggage so don't overload yourself.
Binoculars, torch, water bottle, insect repellent, suncream (at least factor 15), good quality sunglasses and a lipsalve with sun protection and walking poles (if you use them).
At your discretion you might also consider tipping your Tour Leader in appreciation of the efficiency and service you receive.
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, the Tour Leaders may organise a group's tips kitty and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.
Accordingly you should allow approx. US$ 60 for gratuities for local staff.