Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Spring Marine Nature Explorer 2012 (Sept - Nov)
A stackable itinerary for nature lovers from around the world featuring ...
- the world's largest population of Southern Right Whales
- Magallenic penguin colonies
- South American sea lions and elephant seals
- Wildnerness camp sea kayak expedition (suitable for beginners) in a truly remote and untouched location
- visit to a remote penguin colony with lesser rhea and guanaco, en route to
- a remote Estancia stay - a pristine coastal paradise for nature lovers that will take your breath away, with daily activities to observe diverse marine and Steppe fauna - penguins, giant petrols, sea lions, foxes, guanacos, rheas and armadillos amongst other species
- riding for the equestrian exploring Steppe and pristine beaches
- marine and land birdwatching
ITINERARY (Parts I and II)
PART I of stack - The Península Valdés, exploring a remarkable geographical accident and its extraordinary inhabitants
(for kayakers and non kayakers!)
Days 1 to 4
Day 1 - Reception for all in Trelew or Puerto Madryn and journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Península Valdes
- Kayak team will begin 3-day Wilderness Kayak Expedition kayaking in a remote gulf, with sea lions, penguins and Southern Right Whales, two nights wilderness camping under the stars of the Southern Hemisphere, suitable for beginners, arriving in Puerto Piramides for final group meal on Day 3. Accommodation - wildnerness camp x 2 nights and local eco-boutique hotel x 1 night
- Non kayak team will enjoy a sunset whale watching excursion and local trekking and/or riding on Day 1 and a private tour of the Peninsula Valdes on Day 2 with a local naturalist expert visiting a penguin breeding colony and elephant seal colony. Day 3 will be reserve day for windy weather and if seas are flat throughout you may like to add a snorkelling with sea lions excursion (all equipment including wetsuits provided). At the end of Day 3 the kayak team will return and a final group meal will take place in a local restaurant. Accommodation - local eco-boutique hotel x 3 nights
Day 4 - following breakfast we continue our journey south and say our goodbyes to those not continuing with us
PART II of stack - Remote Coastline Adventure, exploring a haven of pristine nature and wild expanses
(for riders and non riders!)
Days 4 to 9
Day 4 - following breakfast we continue our journey south and say our goodbyes to those not continuing with us in Puerto Madryn or Trelew (where we will also meet those only participating in Part II), before embarking on a long day's drive to reach a remote Estancia where we will spend five nights and four days exploring the nature and history of this extraordinarily pristine and breathtaking place; we will travel the coastal route which is rarely transited and visit a wild and remote penguin colony during the journey where we can stretch our legs; in the late afternoon we will arrive at the Estancia, and check in to comfortable beachfront rooms in the stunning evening light, with some time to relax before dinner or grab our cameras and tripods for the sunset!
Days 5 - 8 - after a good night's sleep following our travel day we will enjoy a hearty breakfast before we begin the chance to explore the pristine paradise we have the huge privilege to visit. Riding, trekking and mountain biking to hidden coves and pristine beaches along wild shorelines, rocky canyons and wild Steppe; boat excursions into a remote inlet to observe islands of sea lion colonies and marine birds, or a trek out to a penguin island only reachable at low tide; the chance to spot land mammals such as choique, guanaco, the grey fox and rare endemic birdlife for example the Steamer duck, skuas, cormorants, giant petrol, terns, the Olrog seagull and oyster catchers; riding in the sunset on the estancia's beautiful criollo horses, some of the finest animals we have yet to come across in Patagonia...
Day 9 - Following breakfast and some very sad farewells, transport will arrive to take us to Trelew and Puerto Madryn Airports for journeys to onward destinations. This the end of services!
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Your STACKING OPTIONS
- for the most active - Stack 1 (kayak) and Stack 2 (ride) - not including airfares, insurance, tips, drinks at remote estancia; including kayak expedition and 3 rides and stay at remote estancia + non-riding activities, full board and transport, park entrances
- for the more sedate - Stack 1 (non-kayak) and Stack 2 (non-ride) - not including airfares, insurance, tips, drinks at remote estancia, snorkelling with sea lions; including activities as detailed in itinerary days 1 and 2, stay at remote estancia + non-riding activities, full board, transport, park entrances
- less time? - Stack 1 only (kayak) not including airfares, insurance, tips; including kayak expedition with all meals, transport, park entrances
- less time? - Stack 1 only (non-kayak) not including airfares, insurance, tips; including non kayak activities as detailed in days 1 and 2, accommodation (B&B rate, other meals no), transport, park entrances
- less time? - Stack 2 only (ride) not including airfares, insurance, tips, drinks at remote estancia; including stay at remote estancia, non-riding activities + 3 rides, full board, transport, park entrances
- less time? - Stack 2 only (non-ride) not including airfares, insurance, tips, drinks at remote estancia; including stay at remote estancia, non-riding activities, full board, transport, park entrances
Our Environmental guidelines and ethics:
One of our principal objectives is the conservation of the environment. We aspire to give a strong message of awareness of the importance of applying actions and attitudes which minimise our impact in the protected areas we visit, essentially Leave No Trace ethics. Our aim is to give our guests a unique experience in Patagonia whilst generating a wider environmental awareness.