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Patagonia Wilderness

Trip type: 
Walking & Trekking
Trekking level: 
3. Moderate
Max group size: 
12
Avg user rating: 
5
Americas, Argentina, Chile | 17 days
Trip code: 
GPTU
What's included: 

Transport - Boat, Bus, Plane

 

Accommodation - Hotels (8nts), B&B (3nts), camping (3nts)

Meals - 12 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 3 dinners

Trip Highlights: 
Tierra del Fuego & Fitzroy
Torres Del Paine NP
Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers
Wild scenery of Patagonia
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Itinerary for Patagonia Wilderness

(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1-2 - Buenos Aires
  • Day 3-4 - El Calafate
  • Day 5-7 - Perito Moreno & El Chalten
  • Day 8-10 - Torres Del Paine
  • Day 11 - Punta Arenas
  • Day 12-14 - Ushuaia
  • Day 15 - Buenos Aires
  • Day 16-17 - Trip ends
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Day
1-2
Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Fly overnight to Buenos Aires. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Argentina!

At 3.00pm there will be your first group meeting. Please have lunch prior to the meeting as we'll head out on our first activity straight afterwards. If you are intending to hire a sleeping bag for our nights in the Torres del Paine National Park please let your leader know at this meeting.

In the afternoon your tour leader will take you for an approximately 2 hour orientation walk around some of Buenos Aires' main attractions. In the evening you have the option of going out for a group dinner.

Buenos Aires must be the ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of their city which is comprised of distinct 'barrios' (neighbourhoods), each with their own style. Visit San Telmo for its weekend antiques market and artists' displays. La Boca was settled by waves of immigrants that built brightly painted buildings. It is also home to the world-class football team Boca Juniors and murals of famous footballers cover the district's walls. Recoleta is the place to browse museums with Buenos Aires' well-to-do.

When you have finished exploring, settle down at one of the many streetside cafes and prepare yourself for a night of tango at one of the many milongas.

As we leave Buenos Aires early on day 3, please try to exchange USD 150 to Argentinian an pesos and USD 150 to Chilean pesos before day 2 of the trip (Sunday). This should be enough to cover your personal expenses for the following 5 days in Argentina and 3 days in Chile.

Included Activities

  • Buenos Aires - Leader led walking tour

Optional Activities

  • City bike tour - ARS90
  • Gran Cafe Tortoni Show - ARS80
  • Teatro Colon - USD5
  • Football game - ARS500
  • Tango show - ARS540

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
3-4
El Calafate

El Calafate

Today we fly (approx. 3 hrs) south from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, our gateway to the Glacier National Park. The rest of the day is free.

On day 4 we visit Perito Moreno Glaciar. This is one of the few advancing glaciers in the world and at 3km (1.8 miles) wide and 35km (21 miles) long is a spectacular sight. Watch and listen to the crack of the ice as it plunges into the waters below.

We return to El Calafate for the night.

Please be aware that there are no ATM's available in Perito Moreno Glaciar and El Chalten, Your group leader will give you an indication of the amount needed in each destination.

Included Activities

  • Day trip to Perito Moreno glacier

Optional Activities

  • Moreno glacier cruise (45 mins) - ARS90
  • Trekking on Moreno glacier - ARS540

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts)

 

Day
5-7
Perito Moreno & El Chalten

Perito Moreno & El Chalten

Travel 220 km (approx 3.5 hours) to the frontier town of El Chalten, north of Glacier National Park. Hikers and climbers from all around the world congregate here and the atmosphere is laid back and very outdoors-oriented.

The next two days we'll take on at least two of the most popular day treks in the area: Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Las Torres. Hikes are moderate to difficult. You can expect to walk from six to nine hours on clearly marked and well maintained paths. The terrain itself is not difficult. Wind and rain may be the main challenges you face on these walks.

The hikes we trek and the order in which we trek them may change depending on weather conditions.

Day 7 is a long day as we travel back to El Calafate at the end of a hiking day.

Included Activities

  • Day hikes

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nts)

 

Day
8-10
Torres Del Paine

Torres Del Paine

Be ready for another long travel day. Early in the morning we jump on a local bus to Cerro Castillo in Chile (approx. 5 hours). Here we stop for lunch (not included) while we wait for the connecting bus to Torres del Paine (approx. 1.5 hours).

Please make sure you have water, snacks and warm clothing available for today bus journeys.

Sitting at the end of the earth is the awe inspiring Chilean Patagonia. Few people have the opportunity to see this area and those who do find it difficult to forget. Once a sheep estancia, the park was established in 1959. This is magnificent trekking country where nandues, condors and pink flamingos abound. Upon arriving in the park you will most likely be greeted by a herd of guanacos, relatives of alpacas. These strange animals provide great photo opportunities but don't get too close; they're likely to spit at you. There's also some of the world's best trout and salmon fishing.

The real star of the show, however, is the magnificent landscape. With sparkling lakes, gushing waterfalls, glaciers and striking mountains, much of our time trekking is spent slack-jawed in awe of our surrounds.

The campsite will be our home for the next three nights and the base from where we'll take on our day hikes.

The most popular trek in this area is locally known as "Base Las Torres" (The Tower's base), your leader will recommend when to take this hike, depending on weather conditions.

Another available hike is towards "Refugio Los Cuernos" (The Horns' Lodge). This trek is long, but it has excellent views of this particular section of the park also known as "Los Cuernos del Paine" (The Horns)

Alternatively, you can opt for an optional vehicle based tour of the park. This activity gives you a wider understanding of the park and its three main areas: Glaciar Grey, Los Cuernos del Paine and Torres del Paine (Grey Glaciar, The Horns and The Towers). The price listed under Optional Activities is the total cost of it. The per person price will be reduced depending on how many travellers wish to take this option.

The treks are moderate to difficult along clearly marked trails and we will usually hike between 5-8 hours per day. Weather in Patagonia is an important factor to consider - be prepared for cold, wet and windy weather.

You and a fellow traveller will share a tent for the next three nights. Sleeping bags are not provided on this trip so please bring your own. Alternatively you can hire it locally for approximately US$30 for the 3 nights. Make sure you inform your leader on day 1 of the trip if you intend to hire it locally for him/her to make the necessary arrangements. A (thermarest/inflatable camping mattress is provided on this trip.

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners will be provided while camping. Dinners are simple (pastas, rice, chicken) and are served in a common dinning area. Lunches consist of sandwiches, fruit and sometimes a chocolate bar. Soft and alcoholic drinks are not provided and there is limited selection for you to buy from at the Camping's general store. If you particularly like certain snacks (almonds, nuts, raisins) or a drink (a bottle of wine, spirit) please make sure you bring it from Buenos Aires or Calafate.

Bathroom facilities are available in the campsite with communal showers and bathroom separated by sex.

While we hike, all your belongings will be left at the campsite, inside your tent. We can not be made responsible for anything that may go missing from your tent, however the campsite dedicates one person to look after the site and our belongings and we have not had anything missing from our tents so far.

Included Activities

  • 3 nights camping/2 days hiking excursion

Optional Activities

  • Vehicle base tour of Torres del Paine National Park - CLP80000

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (3 nts)

 

Day
11
Punta Arenas

Punta Arenas

On day 11 we're on the move again as we travel by local bus bus to Puerto Natales, before continuing to Punta Arenas.

Set among windswept plains and looking across the Straits of Magellan to Porvenir and Tierra del Fuego, Punta Arenas feels close to the end of the world. In reality it's not that far away. This is Chile's southernmost city and it has plenty of interesting history. Over the years it has attracted explorers, ranchers and even fortune-seekers, as it was was once an important stop along the Californian gold rush route. In recent years it has become a base for the Chilean Navy and with oil and gas discovered offshore and the growth in adventure tourism, the city is going from strength to strength.

Tonight don't miss the chance to sample seafood, some of the finest in the country.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
12-14
Ushuaia

Ushuaia

Did we mention we have some long travel days on this trip? On day 12 we hit the road for one last time - a whopping 12-hour bus ride takes us back to Argentina and to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Needless to say you will need to arm yourself with your favourite book, your music player, drinks and snacks.

This is the gateway to Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Argentina's only coastal park. We cruise the Beagle Channel (named after Charles Darwin's expedition ship) and observe marine wildlife along the park's small islands and inlets. We have some time to visit Ushuaia's museums before returning to Buenos Aires.

On day 12 you will take an included boat morning trip on the Beagle Channel.

The afternoon of day 13 and day 14 are free for you to explore Ushuaia.

In Ushuaia you will stay in B&Bs (Bed and Breakfast). This kind of accommodation offers a unique local charm and interaction that are difficult to experience in a regular hotel. However, due to their limited capacity, your group may be split into 2 or more different properties.

Included Activities

  • Beagle Channel cruise

Optional Activities

  • Martial Glacier hike - ARS65
  • Penguin tour - ARS510

Accommodation

Bed and breakfast (3 nts)

 

Day
15
Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

On day 15 you return to Buenos Aires for a final night out. Please note that while we intend to return to Buenos Aires in the early hours of the afternoon, airline schedules in Argentina are known for changing without much notice, meaning that we can potentially arrive in Buenos Aires as late as 11pm on day 15.

We return to our centrally located hotel in Buenos Aires for our final night.

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt)

 

Day
16-17

Trip ends

Your trip ends today. You will be transferred to the airport for your overnight flight home.