Highlights of Patagonia

From Punta Arenas to Ushuaia OR From Ushuaia to Punta Arenas
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Patagonia
  • Expedition
  • Group
  • Walking
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Tour Description

Southern Patagonia’s rugged beauty takes your breath away.  This remote region with its icy landscapes and towering mountains hewn from granite, glacial lakes and endless views is one of nature’s true treasures.  We will explore the famous Torres Del Paine National Park, the huge Perito Moreno Glacier & the awe-inspiring Mount Fitzroy.  Hike among the rocky peaks, soak in majestic views, spot soaring condors, and search for elusive Puma before ending the trip in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world and the gateway to Antarctica! 

 

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Discover Torres Del Paine National Park on three stunning hiking trails,

Visit Estancia Nibepo Aike which retains the essence of the old Patagonian ranches.

Take a trip by catamaran along the Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Punta Arenas

Arrival in Punta Arenas, the historic capital of the Magallanes Region and of the Chilean Antarctic. The city has many treasures, including the statue of Magellan at the centre of the Plaza Armas and the iconic Palacio Sara Braun. The city's public cemetery is adorned with beautiful gardens, whilst the Mirador Cerro la Cruz is a lookout point that offers a spectacular panorama of the city's colourful houses.

Day 2
Punta Arenas Torres Del Paine National Park

Today we head towards Torres Del Paine, South America’s finest National Park and a trekker’s paradise. In this area are the colossal towers and horns of granite that have given the park worldwide fame. The park preserves numerous animals like guanacos, condors, ñandues (South American ostrich), foxes and the elusive puma.
We break the hike into three separate walks, hiking an average of 15km (9.5mi) to 20km (12mi) each day. The group is assisted by expert local trekking guides who guide us through the hiking trails.

Other than hiking there are activities available inside Torres Del Paine. Please ask about our Torres Light Add-On for lighter options.

Day 3
Torres Del Paine National Park

Las Torres Hike (Difficult)
Hiking to view the iconic Las Torres (the Towers) is a challenging yet immensely satisfying hike. The Towers are the three massive granite columns that encircle the smaller Torres Glacier. The Towers hike is by far the most strenuous of all the hikes. It takes in dirt paths, some steep in areas, through valleys with a great river underneath, within beautiful forests, river crossings and a final scramble over boulders to the base of the towers.
Full walk takes approximately 8 - 9 hours return. Please ask about our Torres Light Add-On for lighter options.

Day 4
Torres Del Paine National Park

French Valley Hike (Moderate – Difficult)
The French Valley is the most beautiful valley in the Torres del Paine National Park. It is a steep hike and offers incredible panoramic views of Los Cuernos del Paine, the French Glacier and Lakes Nordenskjold, Pehoé, Scottsburg and Toro. Finishing at the French Lookout with a 300m/1000ft elevation gain we can sit, watch and hear ice crack and maybe even see a mini avalanche. We stay overnight at the Paine Grande Refuge so we do not have to return across the lake to our hotel. Full walk takes approximately 8 - 9 hours return. Please ask about our Torres Light Add-On for lighter options.

Day 5
Torres Del Paine National Park Puerto Natales

Greys Glacier trek (Easy – moderate)
Grey Glacier is one of the principal tourist attractions located in Chile. The lake’s creamy blue colour dotted with floating icebergs and the Patagonia Icefield at the back is a breath taking sight. Hiking through a combination of valleys, inclines and forest we reach the remarkable lookout point, before hiking down to the Refugio Grey Glacier viewpoint which brings us a lot closer to this magnificent ice sheet. The full walk takes approximately 7 - 8 hours return. Please ask about our Torres Light Add-On for lighter options.

Day 6
Puerto Natales El Calafate

We cross into Argentina and continue through the Patagonian steppe, where it is common to see condors flying overhead. As beautiful Lake Argentino, the biggest freshwater lake in Argentina comes into view we know we are nearing El Calafate, our base to visit the impressive Perito Moreno glacier.

Day 7
El Calafate

This morning we will venture into Los Glaciares National Park to see the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. The glacier is more than 3 kilometers wide and averages 74m in height above Lake Argentino. It is one of the very few glaciers in the world that continues to advance and if we are lucky, we may see the glacier calving as large masses of ice break away from the glacier and collapse into the water. We take a short boat trip to the south wall of the glacier - a true highlight of Patagonia.

Day 8
El Calafate

Today we will visit Estancia Nibepo Aike which retains the essence of the old Patagonian ranches. It covers over 12,000 hectares at the foot of the Patagonian Andes and is dedicated to the production of cattle and sheep. It is an ideal place to dip into the life of an authentic Patagonian ranch through farm demonstrations and participating in ranch activities as well as optional hikes or horse riding. Before returning to El Calafate, we enjoy a typical Patagonian barbeque.

Day 9
El Calafate El Chalten

Today we will arrive in El Chalten, a small town nestled quietly under the imposing peak of Chalten (also known as Mount Fitzroy). In the afternoon we will take a trek to Laguna Capri over reasonable slopes and into the Del Salto stream valley, where we will notice more and more Antarctic beech trees. The trail takes in spectacular vistas before reaching beautiful Laguna Capri and then continuing in a loop back to El Chalten.

Day 10
El Chalten

On a guided hike we enter the Fitzroy River Valley and continue upstream – heading for its source. Our first viewpoint is at the gorge of the Fitzroy River called Cascada Margarita. On a clear day, this panorama displays Mt Fitzroy, Cerro Torre, Cerro Solo and the Adela range. We continue along an undulating trail until we reach the Cerro Torre viewpoint. Then down into a plateau section, through a southern beech tree forest to the glacier Lagune. Often, we will find icebergs here. (7-hour return trek).

Day 11
El Chalten Ushuaia

Today we head to the airport for our flight to Ushuaia.
Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world with a dramatic setting overlooking the Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains. It is a major port for Antarctic bound vessels and an interesting city to explore.

Day 12
Ushuaia

This morning we head to Tierra Del Fuego National Park, home to a wide range of flora and fauna, glaciers, waterfalls, mountains and stunning scenery. We will take a trip by catamaran along the Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel. We will see the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, and Sea Lion Island where we can view these stately sea mammals. We will be able to see many species of seabirds like southern giant petrels, black-browed albatross, skuas, southern American terns, gulls and kelp gulls.

Day 13
Tour ends

Depart Ushuaia with wonderful memories, and a new respect of our wonderful planet courtesy of Patagonia.

Day 1
Ushuaia

Arrival in Ushuaia. Ushuaia is the most southerly city in the world with a dramatic setting overlooking the Beagle Channel, surrounded by mountains. It is a major port for Antarctic bound vessels and an interesting city to explore.

Day 2
Ushuaia

This morning we head to Tierra Del Fuego National Park, home to a wide range of flora and fauna, glaciers, waterfalls, mountains and stunning scenery. We will take a trip by catamaran along the Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel. We will see the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, and Sea Lion Island where we can view these stately sea mammals. We will be able to see many species of seabirds like southern giant petrels, black-browed albatross, skuas, southern American terns, gulls and kelp gulls.

Day 3
Ushuaia El Chalten

Today we head to the airport for our flight to El Calafate and then drive to El Chalten. El Chalten is a small town nestled quietly under the imposing peak of Chalten (also known as Mount Fitzroy). In the afternoon we will take a trek to Laguna Capri over reasonable slopes and into the Del Salto stream valley, where we will notice more and more Antarctic beech trees. The reaches beautiful Laguna Capri and then continues in a loop back to El Chalten.

Day 4
El Chalten

On a guided hike we enter the Fitzroy River Valley and continue upstream – heading for its source. Our first viewpoint is at the gorge of the Fitzroy River called Cascada Margarita. On a clear day, this panorama displays Mt Fitzroy, Cerro Torre, Cerro Solo and the Adela range. We continue along an undulating trail until we reach the Cerro Torre viewpoint. Then down into a plateau section, through a southern beech tree forest to the glacier Lagoon. Often, we will find icebergs here. (7-hour return trek).

Day 5
El Chalten El Calafate

Today we will drive around the beautiful Lake Argentino, the biggest freshwater lake in Argentina, to El Calafate, our base to visit the impressive Perito Moreno glacier.

Day 6
El Calafate

This morning we will venture into Los Glaciares National Park to see the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. The glacier is more than 3 kilometres wide and averages 74m in height above Lake Argentino. It is one of the very few glaciers in the world that continues to advance and if we are lucky, we may see the glacier calving as large masses of ice break away from the glacier and collapse into the water. We take a short boat trip to the south wall of the glacier - a true highlight of Patagonia.

Day 7
El Calafate

Today we will visit Estancia Nibepo Aike which retains the essence of the old Patagonian ranches. It covers over 12,000 hectares at the foot of the Patagonian Andes and is dedicated to the production of cattle and sheep. It is an ideal place to dip into the life of an authentic Patagonian ranch through farm demonstrations and participating in ranch activities as well as optional hikes or horse riding. Before returning to El Calafate, we enjoy a typical Patagonian barbeque.

Day 8
El Calafate Torres Del Paine National Park

Today we head towards Torres Del Paine, South America’s finest National Park and a trekker’s paradise. In this area are the colossal towers and horns of granite that have given the park worldwide fame. The park preserves numerous animals like guanacos, condors, ñandues (South American ostrich), foxes and the elusive puma.
We break the hike into three separate walks, hiking an average of 15km (9.5mi) to 20km (12mi) each day. The group is assisted by expert local trekking guides who guide us through the hiking trails.

Other than hiking there are activities available inside Torres Del Paine. Please ask about our Torres Light Add-On.

Day 9
Torres Del Paine National Park

Las Torres Hike (Difficult)
Hiking to view the iconic Las Torres (the Towers) is a challenging yet immensely satisfying hike. The Towers are the three massive granite columns that encircle the smaller Torres Glacier. The Towers hike is by far the most strenuous of all the hikes. It takes in dirt paths, some steep in areas, through valleys with a great river underneath, within beautiful forests, river crossings and a final scramble over boulders to the base of the towers.
Full walk takes approximately 8 - 9 hours return. Please ask about our Torres Light Add-On for lighter options.

Day 10
Torres Del Paine National Park

French Valley Hike (Moderate – Difficult)
The French Valley is the most beautiful valley in the Torres del Paine National Park. It is a steep hike and offers incredible panoramic views of Los Cuernos del Paine, the French Glacier and Lakes Nordenskjold, Pehoé, Scottsburg and Toro. Finishing at the French Lookout with a 300m/1000ft elevation gain we can sit, watch and hear ice crack and maybe even see a mini avalanche. We stay overnight at the Paine Grande Refuge so we do not have to return across the lake to our hotel. Full walk takes approximately 8 - 9 hours return. Please ask about our Torres Light Add-On for lighter options.

Day 11
Torres Del Paine National Park Puerto Natales

Greys Glacier trek (Easy – moderate)
Grey Glacier is one of the principal tourist attractions located in Chile. The lake’s creamy blue colour dotted with floating icebergs and the Patagonia Icefield at the back is a breath taking sight. Hiking through a combination of valleys, inclines and forest we reach the remarkable lookout point, before hiking down to the Refugio Grey Glacier viewpoint which brings us a lot closer to this magnificent ice sheet. The full walk takes approximately 7 - 8 hours return. Please ask about our Torres Light Add-On for lighter options.

Day 12
Puerto Natales Punta Arenas

Today we will drive north to Punta Arenas, the historic capital of the Magallanes Region and of the Chilean Antarctic. The city has many treasures, including the statue of Magellan at the centre of the Plaza Armas and the iconic Palacio Sara Braun. The city's public cemetery is adorned with beautiful gardens, whilst the Mirador Cerro la Cruz is a lookout point that offers a spectacular panorama of the city's colourful houses.

Day 13
Tour ends

Depart Punta Arenas with wonderful memories, and a new respect of our wonderful planet courtesy of Patagonia.

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 11 nights accommodation in standard-superior hotels
  • Included Copy 20 1 night in a hiking lodge with shared bunk beds
Food
  • Included Copy 20 12 breakfasts
  • Included Copy 20 6 lunches
  • Included Copy 20 5 dinners
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 Experienced tour leader as well as local guides
  • Included Copy 20 All National Park Entrance fees
  • Included Copy 20 Fully escorted in South America
Transportation
Land, Air, Ship, Train ...

Activities

  • Included Torres Del Paine National Park
  • Included Las Torres Hike
  • Included French Valley Hike
  • Included Grey Glacier Trek
  • Included Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Included Estancia Nibepo Aike
  • Included Laguna Carpi
  • Included Catamaran trip along the Ushuaia Bay and the Beagle Channel
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Duration

13 days

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$5,325 USD

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