10 Days Patagonia Discovery Trek Chile to Argentina (Land)

$4,980.00Price

Our Patagonia Discovery Trek will take you to the wilderness of Chile and Argentina, home to world-famous national parks, pale blue glacial lakes, curious wildlife and mesmerising glaciers. In small groups of 4 to 14 travellers, and accompanied by our naturalist and expert guide, you will experience the best of Patagonia: eagles and condors will put on a show gliding above soaring ice-tipped peaks, native orchids and songbirds will complement your walks through pristine beech forests, you will get up-close with iceberg-calving glaciers and peaceful grazing guanacos will welcome you as you walk through the pampas. Welcome to Patagonia!

Departure Date

Day 1 Arrival Punta Arenas

On arrival into Punta Arenas, please make your own way to the group hotel (details will be provided in your final documents). This township, founded in 1500’s is the gateway to the Straits of Magellan, was originally established as a prison colony and later the biggest commercial and supplying center of all vessels travelling between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the town. You will have a briefing in the afternoon to meet your guide and learn about your upcoming adventure, before having the first dinner with your group.


Overnight Punta Arenas – Hotel Cabo de Hornos or similar (D)

 

Day 2 Drive to Puerto Natales

This morning after breakfast, we drive across the pampas to Puerto Natales. Set on the shores of Seno Última Esperanza, this city is the gateway to the famous Torres del Paine National Park. The afternoon is at leisure and this evening you may like to sample King Crab in one of the seafood restaurants.

 

Overnight Puerto Natales – Hotel Weskar or similar (B)

 

Day 3- 5 Day Walks in Torre del Paine

This morning we leave Puerto Natales and journey towards Torres del Paine National Park and its fabulous scenery. We board a boat and travel down the fjord, pausing at the Balmaceda Glacier en-route. We then change onto Zodiacs and continue along the Serrano River before reaching Torres del Paine.

Overnight Villa Serrano – Hotel del Paine or similar (B,L,D)

 

Days 4-5 Day walks in Torres del Paine

Over the next two days we plan to spend time trekking multiple trails to view some of the highlights of Torres del Paine National Park. Our small bus will transfer us between trails, and we'll keep an eye out for herds of guanacos, foxes, condors, falcons, and more along the way. Walking trails may include the Salto Grande Falls, Mirador Cuernos Lookout, Nordenskjöld Lake, AmargaLagoon, Pehoé Lake or Cóndor Viewpoint. We also plan to trek into the Ascencio Valley through a long and steep trail that will takes us to the base of the famous 'Towers of Paine'.

 

The next two nights are spent in Torres del Paine National Park – Hotel Las Torres or similar (B,L,D)

 

NOTE: The trekking level will depend on the group’s level of fitness, bearing in mind that many of the highlights of these parks require a 7-8 hour walk (round trip). There are other walks we can choose which are easier and provide excellent views of the parks, however as with any trek, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the day. The whole experience of trekking in Patagonia will spoil you!

 

KEY TREKKING HIGHLIGHTS

  • LAS TORRES BASE (Torres del Paine National Park)

Difficulty: Medium/High

Description: You will explore the Ascencio Valley, walking through a beautiful Lenga forest and getting up close to the astounding Torres del Paine viewpoint. Throughout the trek you will walk through bushes, streams and glacier moraines.

Duration: 7 hours Distance to cover: Approx 20 km (12.5 miles) Elevation gain: Approx 900 metres (2,953 feet) River before reaching Torres del Paine.

Overnight Villa Serrano – Hotel del Paine or similar (B,L,D)

 

Day 6 Drive across the pampas do El Chalten

Today we leave Torres del Paine and Chile as we cross the border into Argentina, driving across the pampas to El Chaltén. The village of El Chaltén is in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park and it is from here that we make our day trips.


Overnight El Chaltén – Hosteria El Puma or similar (B,D)

 

Days 7-8 Day walks in Los Glaciares National Park

Over the next two days we enjoy day walks to the base camp of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Mount Fitz Roy is found at the northern end of the park and is part of a range of bizarre peaks including the needle like rock pinnacle of Cerro Torre. For a climber it looks to be one of the most unclimbed peaks in the world – in fact it was only scaled for the first time in 1974. To the south runs a great chain of massive glaciers that basically follows the line of the Chile/Argentina border. The dramatic rock spires beckon and our days here will be a highlight of the trip. The beautiful valleys hold crystal clear streams and are home to a multitude of bird life. During the short summer the beech trees and the flowers bloom profusely and we are here at the best time to enjoy it.


Overnight El Chaltén – Hosteria El Puma or similar (B,L,D)


KEY TREKKING HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • FITZ ROY BASE CAMP / LAGUNA DE LOS TRES (Los Glaciares National Park)

Difficulty: Medium/High
Description: Short drive to Hostería El Pilar next to Río Blanco 18 kilometres (11 miles) north of El Chaltén. The trail follows Río Blanco, pass Piedras Blancas glacier and up to Río Blanco base camp. Piedras Blancas glacier is a hanging glacier that descends from the base of Fitz Roy. Lunch stop will be in the vicinity of Río Blanco or Poicenot base camp. To return to town the group will follow the trail and pass Laguna Capri to enjoy even more views of Mount Fitz Roy.
Duration: 8 hours Distance to cover: Approx 20 km (12.5 miles) Elevation gain: Approx 700 metres (2,297 feet)

 

  • CERRO TORRE LAGUN & GLACIER (Los Glaciares National Park)

Difficulty: Medium
Description: Hike along the Río Fitz Roy valley to reach the Laguna Torre at the end of the valley. Get as close as non-climbers can get to the mystical Cerro Torre. You will also visit the base camp where climbers wait for the good weather to attempt the climb.
Duration: 7 hours Distance to cover: Approx 22 km (13.7 miles) Elevation gain: Approx 250 metres (820 feet)

 

Day 9 Drive to El Calafate

This morning we depart El Chaltén for the drive across the Patagonia and the arid Argentine pampas to El Calafate, (approx 4 hours). The township, was founded in 1927, is best known as the ‘national capital of the glaciers’ and is the gateway to the Patagonia Los Glaciares National Park including the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. After a short stop in El Calafate, we will continue our journey entering the southern area of the National Park to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Back in El Calafate we will enjoy a farewell dinner!


Overnight El Calafate – Boutique Hotel La Cantera or similar (B,D)

 

Day 10 - El Calafate

Today your trek will end in El Calafate, where you can continue your adventure at your own arrangement. (B)

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