Blossoming cherry trees, tulips and daffodils up north mean that the leaves of the beech trees in Torres del Paine and Los Glacieres National Park have all turned red and gold, sure signs that winter in the Southern hemisphere is not far off. But it isn’t too early to start planning your trip for next season to...
For the first time in years, the cost of travel to Patagonia has decreased! Chile has eliminated the $160 Reciprocity Fee US citizens were formerly charged upon arrival into Santiago, a considerable savings for families. If you have some flexibility with your dates and aren’t set on traveling over the peak months of December, January and February, you can stretch your travel dollars further by booking one of the discounted shoulder season departures with savings of up to $1000 per person. (See below for a complete listing of discounted departure dates.) I had such a wonderful time in Peru on my March Inca Trail Trek that I was inspired to write about why traveling during off-peak times can be quite primo and in some cases, even a better choice depending on the type of experience you hope to cultivate on your trip.
Speaking of the Inca Trail, we’ve already had many people enjoy their ‘shoulder season’ trekking adventures in Peru since the season started on March 1. Just read the recent feedback from traveler Steve Fors who had a ‘magical mountain moment’ on his March Machu Picchu Mountain Lodges Trek. It’s true that most trekkers consider May-September to be the best season for travel in the Andes and while we don’t completely disagree with this, we want everyone to know that trekking in Peru can be awesome nearly any time of the year! To help drive this message home,
Early-season discounts are available for Antarctica too. Book the October 31-November 23, 2014 Falkland Islands, South Georgia & Antarctica Expedition by April 30th & receive a $750 per person discount! November 2014 marks the start of the Shackleton centenary celebrations so South Georgia (and maybe a glimpse of Elephant Island!) will be a highlight! November is spring in Antarctica, but many photographers prefer this time for the pristine snow conditions and seemingly untouched nature of the landscapes as they emerge from winter.
Kirsten Gardner- South America Specialist
Special Discounts on the following departures:
-September 28-October 10; October 5-17, 2014: Save $600 per person.
-October 12-24, October 26-November 7, 2014 and April 5-17, 2015: Save $500 per person
-November 9-21, 2014: Save $400 per person.
Best of Patagonia
Discount rates are available on all departures from September 1-October 30, 2014 and March 1-April 30, 2015.
In the Wake of Magellan: Patagonia by Land & Sea
Low season departures Sept-Oct, 2nd half of March-April: Save nearly $1000 per person on low season travel.
Torres del Paine Base Camp Trek
Discounts on all trips in October 2014 and April 2015.
Unexplored Chile: Raft, Hike and Ride Patagonia
$200 per person discount for October and April travel.
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