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Patagonia Trekking

9 Nights from €3,569 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Discover South America’s magnificent Patagonia on this 9-night escorted trekking tour, starting in Santiago and ending in the vibrant capital of Buenos Aires. A fascinating region located in the far south of Chile and Argentina, Patagonia is rich in scenic natural beauty and dramatic landscapes, framed by cosmopolitan cities oozing with passion and culture.

We think this rewarding tour is perfect for those with a sense of adventure, and who have an appreciation for nature and diversity. You’ll experience the serene Patagonian wilderness as you trek past breath-taking mountains, forests, lakes and waterfalls in Torres Del Paine National Park, where you will camp for four nights; and discover the incredible blue-hued natural wonder of Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier. On the other hand, Chile’s soulful Santiago and Argentina’s sensational and sultry Buenos Aires offer endless opportunities to indulge in delicious cuisine, explore gorgeous architecture and immerse in the vibrant and passionate culture that South America is renowned for (INT).

* This tour involves multiple treks, some of which are challenging and require a good level of fitness.

* Weather in Patagonia can be wild, so it's important to prepare for all elements. Rain, wind and extreme cold are all part of the adventure.

Highlights

  • Discover two very different sides of Chile – the soulful and vibrant city of Santiago, and the adventure-fuelled yet tranquil atmosphere of lakeside Puerto Natales
  • Witness the expansive natural wonder of Perito Moreno Glacier, one of Patagonia’s unbelievable gems
  • Camp near the ends of the earth and trek past magnificent mountains, sparkling lakes and cascading waterfalls in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Finish your adventure in the sensational capital of Argentina, Buenos Aires, where you can delight in succulent, world-famous steaks and enjoy a city tour through its colourful and beautiful architectural sights

Details

Day 1

Santiago

Welcome to Chile! You can arrive at any time today, as there are no activities scheduled until an important welcome meeting at 6pm – afterwards, there’s the option to join the group for dinner to become acquainted with everyone before your adventure begins.

If you arrive early, you may wish to spend some time exploring Santiago; the city centre is very easy to navigate around, where you can visit Plaza de Armas (the main square), and its cathedral, ‘Palacio La Moneda’. Alternatively, head out to the serene Paris Quarter, named Bella Vista, and take a cable car up to Cerro San Cristobal for phenomenal views across the city.

Optional Activities

Santiago Nightlife Adventure (Urban Adventures), A Bite of Santiago Half-Day City Tour (Urban Adventures)

Day 2

Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales

You’ll be travelling to Puerto Natales today, known as the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Leave early in the morning to take a flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas (3-5 hours depending on the flight connection), and from there, take a local bus to Puerto Natales (3 hours, toilets on-board). Upon arrival, catch up with fellow hikers for a pre or post-trek meal in one of the many quaint local restaurants.

Breakfast included.

Day 3

Torres Del Paine National Park – Grey Glacier

You’ll be heading deep into the mountains today, leaving the hotel at 7:15am to take a taxi to the bus station, where you’ll board a local 2-hour bus to Torres Del Paine National Park’s main entrance (Laguna Amarga). Make a quick stop to register into the national park, and continue driving for another 40 minutes to the shores of Pehoe Lake. Here, you will board a catamaran to cross the lake, taking around 30 minutes before reaching Paine Grande, your campsite for the next two nights.

As you enter the realm of Chilean Patagonia, you will most likely be greeted by a herd of guanacos, providing fantastic photo opportunities. The park is also home to an abundance of other impressive species, including Pumas, Huemul (local deer), rare birds, the red and grey fox, and Chilean pink flamingos. The real highlight of the park, however, is the breath-taking landscapes, consisting of majestic glaciers and mountains, lush forests, glistening lakes and cascading waterfalls.

After setting up camp in Paine Grande and enjoying lunch, you will hike to the first lookout point: Grey Glacier (approximately 4-5 hours, 12km and a 290-metre elevation).

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 4

Torres del Paine National Park – French Valley

Today consists of a full-day trek out to the stunning French Valley (approximately 8-9 hours, 24km and a 420-metre elevation).

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 5

Torres del Paine National Park – Las Torres

Travel from the west side of the national park all the way across to the east today, and then board a catamaran to cross the Peohe Lake for the second time. Continue by local bus to Laguna Amarga, from where you’ll take a minibus to the next campsite. Afterwards, there will be an optional hike to Los Cuernos Lookout trail (approximately 4 hours, 9.5km).

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 6

Torres del Paine National Park – Mirador las Torres

It’s another long trekking today, as you head to one of the parks most spectacular lookout points, Mirador las Torres (approximately 8-9 hours, 18km and a 750-metre elevation).

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 7

El Calafate

After breakfast, you’ll board a private vehicle for a full day of travel. Cross the international border from Chile to Argentina, and head to El Calafate city (310km, 5-6 hours); this is your gateway to the Glaciers National Park.

A major hub for adventurers headed for Perito Moreno, the city had undergone a lot of development in recent years, but still retains its characterful charm. Located on the shores of the Argentino Lake, surrounded by the majestic Andes and stunning scenery, this is a wonderful spot to spend the next two nights. In the evening, perhaps take the opportunity to try some world-famous Argentinian Steak partnered with fine local wines.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Day 8

El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier

Aboard a private minivan, you’ll cross spectacular mountain scenery as you head to Glaciers National Park (2.5-hour journey). On arrival, take some time to encounter the magnificence of Perito Moreno Glacier from unique perspectives as you explore the various walking trails. 3km wide and 35km long, it’s an incredibly expansive landscape, and this is one of the few glaciers in the world which isn’t melting away. In the evening, return to El Calafate for some time at leisure.

Breakfast included.

Optional Activities

Mini Trek on the Perito Moreno Glacier, including a short cruise to the glacier base (Please Note: the maximum age limit for this activity is 65 years).

Day 9

Buenos Aires

Fly to Buenos Aires today, and depending on arrival time, enjoy exploring this wonderful city, and delight in a final night out to celebrate your Patagonian adventure. Your hotel is situated very close to the city’s main square, Plaza de Mayo, so you’ll be in the perfect area to discover Buenos Aires’ highlights and beautiful architecture.

If everything goes to plan, you’ll arrive in the early afternoon, with plenty of time to enjoy an included Orientation Walk. However, airline schedules in Argentina are known to change without much notice, meaning that you could arrive in Buenos Aires as late as 10pm tonight.

Breakfast included.

Optional Activities

Buenos Aires Football Game

Day 10

Buenos Aires

Your adventure comes to an end after breakfast this morning. There are no further activities planned, so you are free to depart at any time.

Breakfast included.

Optional Activities

Buenos Aires Malbec Trail of Palermo (Urban Adventures), Buenos Aires Gourmet Food (Urban Adventures)

  • International flights
  • 5 nights of hotel accommodation, 4 nights of camping accommodation (with basic facilities)
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Plane, local bus, private vehicle and boat transfers / transportation
  • All activities included as per itinerary

What’s Not Included

  • Any optional activities, tours, entrance fees and transport costs
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Personal expenses, room upgrades, tips and gratuities

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