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Patagonia Complete

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,251

Hike through the heart of Patagonia. Witness the splendour of the Torres del Paine in Chile, hike the Rio Blanco Trail up to Piedras Blances Glacier and watch icebergs float down the waters of Lake Argentino in Argentina.


This 8-day tour takes you to the highlights of Patagonia in Chile and Argentina.

Patagonia is a vast region at the southern tip of South America. While its landscape shifts between the peaks of the South Andes, deserts and grasslands, its unifying attribute is its sparseness. Patagonia is incredibly empty. It is also cool, dry and one of the best hiking regions in the world.

Your journey through Patagonia begins in Punta Arenas near the southern tip of Chile, which acts as the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. On your way to the park, stop at the prehistoric cave, Cueva de Milodon, where you can see the remains of a giant ground sloth that inhabited the region over 10,000 years ago. Torres del Paine National Park is defined by the Towers, three monoliths that rise almost 2,900 metres high and adorn most photographs of the region. Hike to their base and witness a natural majesty that even great photographs cannot capture. As you make that trek, you’ll pass through the beech forests and cross the small rivers of the Ascencio Valley.

Head west to see the lakes and glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park. Watch the waters of Lake Nordenskjol spill over the Salto Grande Waterfall into Lake Pehoe. Travel up to the base of Glacier Grey to see the beginning of the South Patagonian Ice Field. Throughout your time in the park, keep your eyes peeled for its natural residents, including Patagonian foxes, caracaras, South Andean deer and the llama-like guanacos.

After enjoying the natural wonders of Torres del Paine, cross over into Argentina and head to El Chalten, a small outpost near Los Glaciers National Park and Mount Fitz Roy. Hike the Rio Blanco Trail up to Piedras Blances Glacier and witness a spectacular view of Mount Fitz Roy. Head up to Laguna Torre to see icebergs float down to the coast, propelled by the wind. Summit the north face of Glacier Perito Moreno to view the stunning glacier from a unique vantage point. Take a nautical safari across Lake Argentino and watch ice chunks calve off the glaciers and into the water.

This tour takes nature lovers through the heart of one of the most beautiful landscapes on the planet.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,251

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Day 1

Arrive Chile

The trip begins pick up at hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively start the trip in Calafate. En route there will be a couple of stops - First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza" and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia

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    EcoCamp Patagonia



    In this world of vanishing wilderness, we invite you to explore our remote Patagonia with the least ecological impact possible; to trek in virgin beech forests; to admire colossal calving glaciers; to think and wonder about humankind while standing at the foot of the towering ...

    In this world of vanishing wilderness, we invite you to explore our remote Patagonia with the least ecological impact possible; to trek in virgin beech forests; to admire colossal calving glaciers; to think and wonder about humankind while standing at the foot of the towering granite peaks of the Torres del Paine; to sit in total silence under the Southern Cross; and to share a glass of wine with new friends.

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    • Horseback Riding
    • Horseback Riding

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Day 2

Trek Towers Base

Walk from Ecocamp towards Hosteris Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. The big challenge comes as you climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before you, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After lunch, backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Western Lakes and Grey Glacier

Drive across the Park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with their black, granite horn-like spires. Walking along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until you reach its spectacular lookout point. Later, back at Lake Pehoe, you will be driven south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. Here, enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible sight of the glacier up close, drive back to EcoCamp.

In the case that the boat trip to Glacier Grey is cancelled (weather and passenger dependant), you will enjoy an alternative excursion in the Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Entering Argentinean Patagonia

After enjoying a delicious breakfast, head to Argentina on a regular bus, doing the international border crossing at Cerro Castillo. Once you complete the immigration process, enter Argentina and continue to Calafate, a small town set on the edge of Los Glaciares NP amid dramatic scenery and natural beauty. At the bus terminal, you will be met by a local representative and taken to a restaurant to enjoy lunch and then some leisure time in the city before boarding a regular bus in the late afternoon which will take you on the 3 hour journey to El Chalten. The drive is on isolated roads across the pampas and along the northern end of Lago Viedma. Chalten is a tiny outpost beside the Glacier National Park at the foot of impressive Mount Fitz Roy. Arrive at your hotel in the evening in time to get some well-deserved rest.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Senderos Hosteria

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    Senderos Hosteria



    At the very doors of El Chalten, within Los Glaciares National Park, at the foot of the Fitz Roy Hill, Senderos Hosteria is waiting for you. Of typical Patagonian architecture, inspired in antique farms from 1920 and with all the modern hotel comfort, Senderos Hosteria ...

    At the very doors of El Chalten, within Los Glaciares National Park, at the foot of the Fitz Roy Hill, Senderos Hosteria is waiting for you. Of typical Patagonian architecture, inspired in antique farms from 1920 and with all the modern hotel comfort, Senderos Hosteria offers guests the unique experience to feel and live this outstanding spirit reflected in decoration and mainly shown by the warm and personalized service of its professional staff. The 21 rooms and other spaces in Senderos Hosteria have been designed to offer guests warmth, privacy and peace of mind during their stay.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Horseback Riding
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)

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Day 5

Mount Fitz Roy

Today's hike is along Rio Blanco. Drive to El Pilar, 11 miles north of El Chalten, and follow the Rio Blanco Trail to Piedras Blances Glacier, a hanging glacier descending from the base of Mount Fitz Roy. Picnic here, marveling at the glacier, and then continue up Rio Blanco Trail until you reach one of the best views of Mont Fitz Roy - the landmark in Los Glaciares NP. Afterwards, descend via another path heading past Laguna Capri, ending back in El Chalten.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Hike to Laguna Torre

Today you will do a full day hike along the Cerro Torre Trail to Laguna Torre, a stunning mountain lake with majestic Mount Torre in the background. After breakfast, walk eastwards, following the trail through beech forests until you reach Fitz Roy River. Continue and reach Camp Base de Agostini from where you do a short hike to Laguna Torre, with Cerro Torre and the Adela range to your West. Icebergs can be seen peacefully floating on Laguna Torre as the wind pushes them to the coast. Stop along the way at different points to take in the magnificent view and enjoy a picnic. Later, return to your hotel to gather your luggage and begin the drive back to Calafate by a regular bus, following the same road filled with Argentinean pampas that first welcomed you. You will arrive in Calafate after an approximate 3 hour drive and are driven to your hotel to check in.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hosteria Los Hielos

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    Hosteria Los Hielos



    Featuring views of Argentinian Lake, Hosteria Los Hielos offers accommodations in El Calafate.

    Featuring views of Argentinian Lake, Hosteria Los Hielos offers accommodations in El Calafate.

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Day 7

Glacier Perito Moreno

After breakfast, head off on your final excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most famous landmarks in Patagonia. Unlike typical tours which go straight to the regular panoramic views, head first to the glacier's less-frequented north face to marvel at its splendor. You will observe and hear giant chunks of ice plummet into the waters of Lake Argentino. Your guide will answer questions about the glacier and the park. Continue to the footbridges and take a break, enjoying the surroundings at your own leisure. You will also have the opportunity to do a short nautical safari to observe this magnificent glacier from up close. After the thrilling encounter with the Perito Moreno, drive back to Calafate for your final night.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 8

Depart Argentina

Today marks the conclusion of this memorable trip, Adios Patagonia! After having breakfast, a transfer will take you to the airport to continue your onward journey.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation: 3 nights at EcoCamp’s Suite Domes
  • 3 nights at Hotel Los Cerros in standard room and 1 night at Hotel Kau Yatun in superior room
  • All ground semi-private transport in Chile and private services in Argentina as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide for all excursions. Guide ratio 1:12. Max group size: 16 people.
  • All national park fees and Cueva del Milodon ticket.
  • Boat crossing ticket over Grey Lake and/or Pehoe Lake.
  • Nautical Safari to Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • All meals starting from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on final day.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International and domestic flights and airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Transfers on days before or after official start / end days
  • Tours listed as optional
  • Drinks and items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

Meals in Argentina do not include wine or other soft drinks.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from", per person, based Twin share. Other accommodation options available on request and subject to availability. 

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