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CHILE & ARGENTINA: HEART OF PATAGONIA

USD$ 5,860 / 14 days

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Arrival in Santiago – City Tour
Day 2: Santiago to Punta Arenas
Day 3: Penguin Watching and Torres del Paine
Day 4: Torres del Paine – Base of Towers Lookout Hike
Day 5: Torres del Paine – French Valley Hike
Day 6: Torres del Paine – Hike to Grey Glacier
Day 7: Torres del Paine to El Calafate
Day 8: El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 9: El Calafate to El Chalten
Day 10: Fitz Roy – Laguna Los Tres Hike
Day 11: El Chalten – Laguna Torre Hike
Day 12: El Chalten to Buenos Aires
Day 13: Buenos Aires – City Tour
Day 14: Buenos Aires

Overview

Wild, rugged, remote: the region of Patagonia in southern Chile and Argentina is a vast, unspoiled territory of breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife, and world-class hiking trails. This 14-day tour takes you to the heart of this spectacular wilderness, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the unparalleled nature and unique culture at the bottom of the world.


Itinerary Details

DAY 1
SANTIAGO DE CHILE

Private Transfer

We’ll meet you at the Santiago International Airport to welcome you upon arrival. During the drive to your hotel, our representative will tell you more about your upcoming itinerary, as well as answer any questions you may have.

Private Half Day Tour: A Bite of Santiago

During the afternoon, you’ll head out on a tour of the city where you’ll learn about Chilean history and culture by visiting the city center and other important monuments, as well as get a taste for the local cuisine by visiting food markets and stalls to try traditional dishes, learn about their preparation, and meet locals.

Overnight: Eco Boutique Bidasoa Hotel

Meals: Food samples

 

 

DAY 2
SANTIAGO DE CHILE - PUNTA ARENAS

Private Transfer

At a pre-arranged time, we’ll pick you up from your hotel in Santiago to take you to the airport for your flight to Patagonia. This LATAM flight will take around 3.5 hrs to arrive in Punta Arenas, one of the southernmost cities in the world. Once you arrive, a representative will be waiting to welcome you and will drive you approx. 45 minutes to your hotel in town for the night. Dinner is at your leisure and we have plenty of great recommendations!

Overnight: La Yegua Loca Boutique Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3
PUNTA ARENAS - TORRES DEL PAINE

Shared Half Day Tour: Magdalena Island (Penguin Colony)

In the morning, you’ll get to experience one of the most exciting parts of living in Patagonia: the amazing wildlife. You’ll hop on a boat tour that will head to Magdalena Island, a protected nature reserve that is home to thousands of Magellanic penguins!

After arriving back in Punta Arenas, you’ll swing by the hotel to pick up your things and will then be transferred to Torres del Paine National Park. It’s about a four and a half hour drive, and along the way, you’ll pass beautiful landscapes and see some local wildlife. When we arrive in Torres del Paine, you’ll be taken to your hotel for dinner and a relaxing evening before tomorrow’s big hike.

Overnight: Patagonia Camp Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 4:
TORRES DEL PAINE

Shared Full Day Tour: Base Torres Hike

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll head out early to take on Torres del Paine’s most iconic hike: the Base de Torres Hike! The trail ascends upwards from the outside of the massif of mountains toward the Ascencio Valley; along the way, be sure to pause and look around to take in the spectacular scenery. Watch the famous view of the dramatic Tres Torres: the trio of granite spires for which the park is named, rising above a blue glacial lake. We’ll pause here a while to rest, enjoy lunch, and soak up the view before retracing our steps back to the trailhead. From there, we’ll drive back to the hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Overnight: Patagonia Camp Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5
TORRES DEL PAINE

Shared Full Day Tour: French Valley Hike

The French Valley is one of the three main highlights of  the “W” Trek — the famous circuit that navigates the mountains of Torres del Paine in a w-shaped path — and it is one of the most striking places along the route.

The day begins at Pudeto Dock on the far side of the vibrant Lake Pehoe, where we will take a catamaran across the lake to the Paine Grande ranger station. We’ll hike upwards into the mountains to the entry point of the French Valley called the French Lookout, where you’ll be treated to amazing views of the surrounding mountains, lakes, and a hanging glacier that regularly calves icebergs down the mountain walls.

After a pause for lunch and to soak up the scenery, we’ll retrace our steps back to the catamaran, recross the lake, and return to the hotel for the evening.

Overnight: Patagonia Camp Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6
TORRES DEL PAINE

Shared Full Day Tour: Grey Glacier Lookout

The final highlight of the W Trek, besides the Torres and the French Valley, is the Grey Glacier on the western end of the trek, and this hike takes us to one of the best viewpoints of this marvel of nature.

Same as the day before, we’ll take the catamaran across Pehoe Lake to Paine Grande before starting the hike, this time heading in the opposite direction. The path starts heading up along the slopes, crossing gently undulating ravines and providing sweeping landscape views before reaching the Grey Glacier Lookout, which has an incredible panoramic view of Grey Lake and its glacier.

After a break here, we’ll return the way we came and head back to the hotel.

Overnight: Patagonia Camp Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7
TORRES DEL PAINE - EL CALAFATE

Small-Group Shared Transfer

We’ll leave our hotel in Torres del Paine to head across the border to Argentina for the second half of our Patagonian adventure. After a three-hour drive, we’ll arrive in El Calafate, where you’ll have time to get settled at the hotel and can then spend the evening relaxing, exploring the town, and enjoying dinner.

Overnight: Kosten Aike Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8
EL CALAFATE

Private Excursion with Shared Navigation: Perito Moreno Glacier

Today you’ll get to see one of the most amazing natural spectacles on Earth: the Perito Moreno Glacier. Leaving El Calafate in a transfer, we’ll first head along the side of Lake Argentino, taking in the panoramic views of the glacier in the distance and seeing local flora and fauna up-close.

Then, we’ll arrive at Los Glaciares National Park before the crowds that come later in the day. With less people around, we’ll be able to appreciate the glacier’s beauty even more. We’ll walk along the foot bridges to the viewpoint. We’ll drive to the Port to hop on the boat for the Nautical Safari that will navigate in front of the glacier and provide a thrilling, up-close experience. Returning to the dock, we’ll then head to the Los Notros viewpoint, where we’ll enjoy a refreshing “Calafate” liquor drink before heading back to El Calafate and the hotel.

Overnight: Kosten Aike Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch

DAY 9
EL CALAFATE - EL CHALTEN

Private Transfer 

Today, we’ll head north to reach El Chalten, a charming mountain town that provides the best access to the trails we’ll be hiking over the next few days. After arriving and checking into the hotel, you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore or relax.

Overnight: Destino Sur Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10
EL CHALTEN

Private Full Day Tour: Fitz Roy and Laguna Los Tres

We’ll be transferred from town to the trailhead. We’ll start the hike, which begins easy and then gradually ascends. Heading further upwards into the mountains, we’ll pass by Laguna de los Tres, a Technicolor-blue lake cradled between the peaks. Continuing on, we’ll reach the highest point on the route, which offers breathtaking views of Mount Fitz Roy, the Los Tres Glacier, and its glacial lagoon.

We’ll eat lunch and admire the views before returning back the way we came, making a small detour to visit Laguna Capri which has one of the best views of Fitz Roy. Returning back to El Chalten, you’ll have the evening to unwind and relax; we recommend treating yourself to a craft beer and a hearty meal!

Overnight: Destino Sur Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch

DAY 11
EL CHALTEN

Private Full Day Tour: Laguna Torre Hike

Departing directly from El Chaltén, we head up the Laguna Torre trail, quickly entering a forest. The path starts ascending uphill, following the Fitz Roy River. It’s about an hour onward until we arrive at the Cerro Torre viewpoint, which offers an incredible view of the spires of Cerro Torre and the surrounding landscapes.

Pressing onward, we head through lenga forests, glacial moraines, and plains until we reach our goal: the beautiful Laguna Torre, a vast lagoon often dotted with huge icebergs that have fallen off the Torre Glacier. In the distance, we can see Cerro Torre.

After lunch, we’ll start the hike back to El Chaltén for a well-earned, relaxing evening.

Overnight: Destino Sur Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Box Lunch

DAY 12
EL CHALTEN – EL CALAFATE – BUENOS AIRES

Private Transfer

We’ll leave El Chalten in the morning to return to El Calafate for the flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arriving in the Argentine capital, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and will have the rest of the day at your leisure to explore or relax.

Overnight: Dazzler Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13
BUENOS AIRES

Private Half Day Tour: City Tour

Today, we’ll discover the magic of Buenos Aires on a four-hour city tour, visiting many highlights including the Capitol Building (also known as the Casa Rosada or Pink House), the Metropolitan Cathedral, Plaza de Mayo, the Recoleta and Palermo neighborhoods, Teatro Colon, the San Telmo market, and the colorful, vibrant Boca District. The tour will end in Puerto Madero, the old site of the Buenos Aires port that has undergone an urban renewal to become a bustling city walk.

For the rest of the day, you’ll have free time to explore other sites and enjoy the city.

Overnight: Dazzler Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14
BUENOS AIRES

Private Transfer

On the final day, you’ll be transferred from your hotel to the Buenos Airport for your departure flight. If you have a later flight, one final activity may be arranged earlier in the day depending on time. Safe travels!

Meals: Breakfast


Land Portion Pricing

High Season (November to March):

Price per person >> USD 7,100

Shoulder Season (September/October and April/May):

Price per person >> USD 5,860

(Rates based on double occupancy)

* Please note that international and domestic flights are not included in this price.

** The catamaran boat trip costs an additional $50 USD per person approx. This excursion is subject to the itinerary of the Lake Pehoe boat crossing. Available from November 1st to March 31st.

*** If you travel during shoulder season the excursions “French Valley” and “Grey Trek” at the Patagonia Camp are not operated as a group tour. There are however several great excursion alternatives available and in case you would still like to do those specific excursions, there is a possibility of doing them as a private tour.


Why is this trip sustainable?

  • The food provided is locally prepared with regional products.
  • You will travel Plastic-Free throughout your trip! We use reusable or glass bottles, and recyclable containers.
  • Our top recommended hotels include sustainability policies as part of their mission and operations.
  • We work in collaboration with local suppliers and communities in each location
  • We make sure our tour groups are small, both to improve the experience for you and to reduce the impact on the places we visit.
  • We respect and value the lifestyles, beliefs, and traditions of the local communities we visit.

Our Health and Safety Promise

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that travelers, while eager to get back out there and explore the world, also want to be careful and only travel where and when it’s safe to do so. Just as you take your health and safety seriously, as well as the health and safety of the overall group and the communities we visit, so do we. That’s why, in compliance with national and international health and safety regulations and recommendations, we’ve optimized our operations and tour itineraries to provide you with the safest itinerary possible in a post-pandemic world.

This tour was specifically designed with social distancing in mind, avoiding overly crowded places without sacrificing the experience of discovering the destination. We only partner with hotels and tour operators that are similarly committed to putting their clients’ health first, with the use of cleaning and sanitizing services and only offering tours and excursions when it’s fully safe to do so. All this and more are just some of the ways we’re innovating travel itineraries for the healthier future.

CHILE & ARGENTINA: HEART OF PATAGONIA

Duration: 14 days

Price: USD$ 5,860 / person

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