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Full Patagonia Adventure Trip

15 Days 14 Nights

This program visits the best of the southernmost part of the continent. We first visit Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, taking advantage of our Full Camps in the heart of the National Park. We hike and visit here the 3 most important valleys of the area. We then drive south across the Magellan Strait into Tierra del Fuego. We visit a typical Patagonian ranch and eventually discover the secrets of the “city of the end of the world”. We take a boat trip in the Beagle Channel and hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park.

– Are you travelling alone? Our group tour in Patagonia will allow you to visit the most beautiful places in Patagonia in company of great people with your same interests.  

– Trekking lover? This is definitely your tour, prepare your eyes to see the most amazing landscape while trekking in El Chalten and Torres del Paine National Park 

– Camp in the national capital of trekking: El Chalten, Argentina and in Torres del Paine in Chile surrounded by nature to live a unique experience 

– Admire the views of two amazing national parks of South Patagonia 

– Visit one of the natural wonders of Patagonia Argentina: the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier and its rupture process.

Day 1 – Arrival El Calafate 

We welcome you at Calafate airport and transfer to your accommodation. You get the rest of the day to enjoy the town. At night we get together with the tour leader and fellow travelers to enjoy a welcome dinner.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Welcome Dinner 

Day 2 – El Calafate – El Chaltén

After breakfast we take our bus for the 220 km long drive to El Chaltén, a small and picturesque village at the foot of Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre massif. We make a stop half way to enjoy local pastries and hot coffee. Once in El Chaltén, we start our trek. We carry in our packs only the necessary items for these 2 nights and 3 days in which we’ll overnight in our Full Camps inside the National Park. What we don’t need is left behind at our office and you will find it back at your accommodation when we arrive back to El Chaltén on day 4. We hike up a gentle slope on Fitz Roy trail to gain height over the River de las Vueltas valley up to the first viewpoints over Fitz Roy massif, which we will first spot after a couple of hours walking. From these first viewpoints, another 2 hours of gentle walking across bogs and forests take us to our camp, from where we will enjoy a spectacular view of all the Fitz Roy group spires rising from the surrounding glaciers.

Full Camp in El Chalten – Double or Single Tent
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner 

Day 3 –  Fitz Roy Mount, Laguna de los Tres 

Early in the morning, before the first coffee, we can try to match up the morning light getting pink in Fitz Roy granite walls. You only need this to feel the trip is worthwhile. But of course the day offers much more.
After breakfast, carrying only day personal items such as our parka, gloves, our camera, water bottle and box lunch, we hike along Fitz Roy trail up to Rio Blanco, climbers basecamp to the east side of the mountain. From here a steep 1 hour trail leads us to one of the most spectaculars viewpoints of the National Park: Laguna de los Tres, with its zephyr blue color, lies at the foot of the massif, offering full close up views of Fitz Roy massif spires and glaciers. Each wall raises something from 600 to 1500 mts above the surrounding glaciers. Fitz Roy, with its 3405 mts above sea level, is considered the “King of Patagonia” and also considered one of the three most beautiful mountains on Earth (together with Alpamayo in Perú and K2 in the Karakoram). We hike back to our camp in the late afternoon. Walking time is 5 to 6 hs.

Full Camp in El Chalten – Double or Single Tent
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner 

Day 4 –  Cerro Torre – El Chalten

Today we walk south along Lagoons Madre and Hija Valley and down to Fitz Roy river valley, where we meet Cerro Torre trail. The trail runs along beech forest, bogs and shrubland and leads to Laguna Torre, enclosed by moraines and with Glacier Grande calving in its west side. It is usual to see icebergs pushed by the wind in the coast of the lagoon. The thin and elegant 3128 mts of Cerro Torre group and the Adela range in the background complete this spectacular view. In the afternoon we hike back to El Chalten along Cerro Torre trail.

Accommodation in El Chalten – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 

Day 5 – El Chaltén – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

This mountain, 1500 mts tall, is located immediately south of Cerro Torre valley and offers some of the best views over the different group of mountains, glaciers and lakes that features the area. From the lower terraces to the summit, you can get spectacular views of Fitz Roy, Torre and the spectacular glacier valley in between both. From the summit the bonus is the sight of Paso del Viento and some of the mountains that stick out from the Patagonian Ice field. According to the group capacity, we choose the lower terraces or try the summit, a long but gentle climb in scree. The lower part of the mountain is covered by shrubland and forest. We are back in Chaltén by late afternoon.

Accommodation in El Chalten – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 

Day 6 – El Chaltén – El Calafate

After breakfast we take our bus to El Calafate. Upon arrival we have the entire day to explore the city or to do an optional excursion.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast 

Day 7 – Perito Moreno Glacier 

We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Icefield, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favorable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience. Then we go back to our accommodation in El Calafate.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 – El Calafate – Torres del Paine National Park 

Early start for a 6 hs drive to our camp in Paine. We drive across the patagonic steppe, still following by parts the legendary route 40, to get around Sierra de los Baguales, an impressive range in between Calafate and Paine. We cross the Argentinean Chilean border at Cancha Carrera/ Cerro Castillo. After the border crossing, we start our final sprint to Paine National Park, World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). Approaching the Park, we start to see the different mountains that feature the area: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto and the Towers. Once we entered the Park, we go for a short 1 to 2 hs walk to get familiar with the landscape, the wind and the rich wildlife: guanacos, lesser rheas, condors and all types of wetland and buzzard birds will be available for our eyes and cameras. Also lots of flowers. Back in the bus, we reach our camp at the foot of Paine massif.

Full Camp in Torres del Paine – Double or Single Tent
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner 

Full Camps are pitched up early in the season, so we find the camp ready upon arrival. It offers comfortable igloo type tents for 1 or 2 passengers, with insulation mat and sleeping bags. The camp also features a spacious dinning tent, a kitchen tent, tables, benches or chairs and a full set of table service and kitchenware (area with sanitary services).

This day’s walk may vary for logistical reasons.

Day 9 – Paine Towers – Ascensio River Valley 

Early in the morning we start walking towards the bridge over the Ascensio river, headtrail for the world famous Paine towers. We “warm up” hiking a steep one hour slope, to get inside the valley itself, a narrow “V” shape alpine valley coming from inside the Paine massif. A gentle downhill leads us to Refugio Chileno, a cozy and comfortable mountain lodge, which can be a good turnaround point for those not willing to make a full day hike. We then walk in a gentle slope along the river side and inside beech forest. A final climb on moraine take us to the Towers viewpoint: a glacier origin lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 mts from the glacier. The lack of breath will be either because the climb and the sight!!!! We go back to our camp on the same way we came. Walking time: 7 to 8 hs.

Full Camp in Torres del Paine – Double or Single tent
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 – Lake Pehoe Crossing -French Valley

Early in the morning a 1 h drive takes us to Port Pudeto to board the catamarán that crosses lake Pehoe twice a day. Once at the far side of the lake, we leave unnecessary items in our tents and we set out to the French Valley trail. The trail skirts Paine Grande south slopes and lake Skottberg, to take us after 2 hs and a half of continuous ups and downs, to the hanging bridge upon the French River. This breathtaking location is at the foot of both the 2700 mts south east face of Paine Grande (to the west) and the Horns, with its characteristic black sedimentary topping, to the east. We continue walking 1 h further by Italian camp to reach breathtaking viewpoints over the area. After lunch and photos we retrace our steps back to Paine Grande Full Camp. Walking time: 5 to 6 hs.

Full Camp in Torres del Paine – Double or Single Tent
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 – Grey Valley – Puerto Natales 

Lake Grey trail leads from Pehoe valley across ridges to reach Grey valley. This magnificent valley flows down 60 km from the Patagonian Icefield, featuring the huge glacier calving down in the grey colour lake. Our trail skirts the lake, going up and down the westerns slopes of Paine Grande, offering some of the most impressive sights of the Park. From the trail we can see the south end of the lake where the blue icebergs gather, the mountains rising far in the distance above glaciers Grey and Tyndall. We come back along the same trail, crossing bogs, shrublands and forest. Once again at Paine Grande Refuge we take the boat to cross lake Pehoe back and then we go to our accommodation in Puerto Natales, a picturesque fishermen town located in the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fiord.

Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Day 12 – Puerto Natales – Ushuaia 

Long drive today, though quite worthwhile. After breakfast we continue south to reach the legendary Magellan Strait, which we will keep on sight up to Primera Angostura, where we board the Ferry in which we will cross the Strait. This Pass, discovered by Hernando de Magallanes in 1520, was the natural and logical way to all vessels until de Panama Channel was open at the beginning of the XXth century. You will find yourselves wondering how those brave men dare to sail those waters in such fragile caravels!!!
Once in Tierra del Fuego (literally, Land of Fire, due to the fires seen by the first white sailors in the coast, done by the local Indians to cook and heat) we enter back Argentina through Paso San Sebastián. Once we arrive in Ushuaia, a transfer will take us to our hotel.

Accommodation in Ushuaia – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast

Note: Groups of 10 people or more will spend the night at Estancia Las Hijas (Rio Grande) where a lamb cooked in the classical Patagonian barbecue style will be waiting for us.

Accommodation: Bed in refuge in a shared room. The ranch has a dining room, bathrooms and showers will be available on this day. Additional meal included: dinner

Day 13 – Ushuaia

You will enjoy this entire day by your own, to choose the optional activity that better fit your desires.

Accommodation in Ushuaia – Double or SIngle Base
Included Meals: Breakfast

Groups of 10 people or more who have slept at Estancia Las Hijas the previous night:
After breakfast we visit the estancia and by mid morning we continue south to visit lake Fagnano in the middle of Andes Mountains, to continue to our last destination: Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the World.
Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 14 – Beagle Channel and Penguin Rockery

After breakfast we walk to the Ushuaia Tourist Pier for a full day of activities: we will navigate the Beagle Channel to the iconic Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, we will see Los Lobos Island and Los Patos Island, we will visit the Acatushun Museum in the pioneering Estancia Harberton and we will have the unforgettable opportunity to walk among penguins on Isla Martillo.

Accommodation in Ushuaia in Double or Single Base Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 – Ushuaia – Ushuaia airport

After breakfast, at the indicated time, transfer to Ushuaia airport

Included Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED SERVICES

• Incoming Services
• Bilingual Tour Leader (Spanish – English) for a group of 6 passengers or more 
• 3 Nights Accommodation in El Calafate, Double or Single Base  
• 4 Nights Accommodation in El Chalten, Double or Single Base 
• 2 Nights Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or Single Base 
• 4 Nights Accommodation in Torres del Paine – Double or Single Tent 
• Mountain Trekking Guide during days 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12 y 13.
• Full Day Tour Perito Moreno Glacier with Safari Náutico Boat Trip
• Boat Trip Pehoe Lake
• All transfers mentioned in the itinerary  
• Durant the trip we combine regular and private transfers 
• 13 Breakfast, 9 Box Lunch, 4 Dinner 

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

• Entrances to National Parks
• Medical or Life Insurance 
• Tips
• Drinks and Bevegrages 
• International or Domestic Flights
• Optional Tours 
• Services non show in the itinerary

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