Overland trip through the Patagonia Chile-Argentina
The Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia hides two of the most beautiful natural reserves of the planet: Torres del Paine (Chile), Los Glaciares and Fitz Roy (Argentina) National Parks. The granite towers, which change colors throughout the day, point to the sky, proud and inaccessible. These parks, a paradise for climbers and trekkers, are also an aesthetic wonder, where the abundant fauna is not afraid of posing for photographers. Guanacos, ñandus, hares, foxes, condors, etc., have found a shelter there and constantly surprise the passing visitors. Patagonia is a succession of waterfalls, glaciers fading away into unexpected colored lakes, icebergs floating like vessels adrift, and the wind blowing unceasingly. From Punta Arenas, we will discover the main features of the Chilean and Argentinean Patagonia.
 
(Itinerary is subject to changes depending on weather conditions which are highly variable in Patagonia)
DAY 1 PUNTA ARENAS - PUERTO NATALES
Reception at Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales, crossing the Pampa de Magallanes. Transfer to the hotel. (D)
DAY 2 PUERTO NATALES - TORRES DEL PAINE
After briefly visiting Puerto Natales, the trip continues to Torres del Paine National Park. On the way, we visit the Milodon Cave, where remains of a pre-historic animal were found. We enter the park and are welcomed by the sight of guanacos and other animals. Excursion to Chico and Grande Waterfalls. Transfer to the hotel. (B,L)
DAY 3 TORRES DEL PAINE (Grey Lake)
Full day excursion to Serrano River and Lake Grey sector. Short walk to the lakeside to enjoy the huge ice blocks falling from the glacier. Transfer back to the hotel. (B,L)
DAY 4 TORRES DEL PAINE (Azul Lake)
Full day excursion in the Paine River sector. We visit Lake Azul from where we have a general view of the Paine Towers, and then we go to Lake Amarga, Paine Waterfalls, etc... Optional trekking to the base of Paine Towers, recommendable for active people (8h). Back to the hotel. (B,L)
DAY 5 TORRES DEL PAINE - CALAFATE
We leave Chile and head to Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. We drive across the pampa before reaching Calafate. Hotel. (B,L)
DAY 6 CALAFATE-LOS GLACIARES - EL CHALTEN
Excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier. We will contemplate the deep blue ices of this millenary monument. In the afternoon, transfer to the El Chalten where we will spend the night with Mount Fitzroy (3406m) facing us. Hotel. (B, L)
DAY 7 EL CHALTEN
Hiking or rest day according to each preference. The hike would be to the base of the Fitzroy. Return to the hotel. (B, L)
DAY 8 EL CHALTEN - PTO NATALES
Long drive back to Puerto Natales. Transfer to the hotel. (B, L)
DAY 9 PTO NATALES - PUNTA ARENAS
Transfer to Punta Arenas. En route we visit the penguin colony of Otway. Transfer to Punta Arenas airport. (B,L)
 
Note: Depending on the nationality of the passengers multiple visas might be needed to come in and out of Chile and Argentina.
Season: September to May
2004-2005 COST PER PERSON
Min. 4 persons
US$ 1.750
Single supplement US$ 400
 
2004-2005 Regular Departures
September 4 & 18
October 2 & 16
November 6 & 20
December 4 & 18
January 8 & 22
February 5 & 19
March 4 & 18
April 1, 15 & 29
May 20
Note: This program is also available as private trip from min. 2 people for unscheduled departures at request.
 

INCLUDED :

  • All accommodations based on sharing roomAll meals as per indicated
  • All land transportation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Bilingual Guide.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Any kind of insurance
  • Tips and extra expenses out of program
  • Domestic Airfares or taxes Santiago-Punta Arenas-Santiago (can be requested to book and quote).
Overland trip, easy. Optional guided hikes, and return to the hotel for meals and the night. No special abilities are needed.

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