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Patagonia United 8 Day Premium Tour tour

Patagonia United 8 Day Premium Tour

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Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
8 days
From: $ 4,986 $ 623 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the historic port city of Punta Arenas which is starting point for Patagonian adventure
  • Visit the Cueva de Milodon (Cave of the Milodon)
  • Opportunities to admire the views of Paine Grande and the iconic Los Cuernos peaks
  • Admire the view and take pictures, before getting back in the car near Lake Pehoe
  • Enjoy drive out of Torres del Paine to Argentine Patagonia
  • Enjoy hikes awaits today, this time along the beautiful Rio Blanc

Short Description

Torres del paine, los glaciares, perito moreno glacier. Conquer mountains and cross borders on Patagonia United for the ultimate outdoor adventure experience at the end of the world. Over the course of eight thrilling and invigorating days, you’ll experience the once-in-a-lifetime spectacles of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and Los Glaciares National Park and the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina on hikes, treks, and boat rides that showcase the highlights of these wonders of nature. Then, relax for nights of comfort and luxury in high-quality accommodations such as the award-winning domes of EcoCamp Patagonia.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Punta Arenas
End City Punta Arenas

Destinations

Argentina Chile

Age Requirement

16

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Trip Includes

  • Accommodation: 3 nights at EcoCamp’s Suite Domes, 3 nights at Hotel Los Cerros in standard room and 1 night at Hotel Kau Yatun in superior room.
  • All ground semi-private transport in Chile and private services in Argentina as indicated in the itinerary, always in comfortable minivans.
  • English speaking guide for all excursions. Guide ratio 1:12. Max group size: 16 people.
  • All national park fees and Cueva del Milodon ticket.
  • Boat crossing ticket over Grey Lake and/or Pehoe Lake.
  • Nautical Safari to Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • All meals starting from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on final day. Meals in Argentina do not include wine or other soft drinks.

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Itinerary

Day 1: The Patagonian Adventure Starts

Accommodation : EcoCamp Patagonia

Located on the blustery tip of the Magallanes region in Chilean Patagonia, the historic port city of Punta Arenas will be the starting point for our Patagonian adventure. After being fetched from your Punta Arenas hotel or the Punta Arenas airport (PUQ), kick back and relax for a drive with our private transfer service to EcoCamp Patagonia, located roughly 5 hours away in scenic Torres del Paine National Park. You can also start your trip in El Calafate on the Argentine side of the border (see our weekly transfer board for EcoCamp's pick up & drop off schedule).

During the drive to EcoCamp, we’ll pass through sprawling fields of native flora and fauna, perfect for watching from the car windows. We’ll make a quick stop in Puerto Natales, the town nearest to the park, which is located on the shores of “Last Hope Sound”. After setting off again, we’ll take a detour to visit the Cueva de Milodon (Cave of the Milodon). It was here that the remains of a giant ground sloth were first discovered in the 1890s, and the event and location has been immortalized in Bruce Chatwin’s famous travelogue “In Patagonia”.’ We’ll have the chance to walk around the massive cave, and get to see a made-to-scale model of the sloth, showing just how colossal the creature was in real life.

After entering Torres del Paine and getting your first glimpses of the famous Torres, we’ll arrive at EcoCamp Patagonia. Nestled on a hilltop in the heart of the park, here we’ll spend the night in a cozy Suite dome with a view of the Torres, able to relax and enjoy fine dining and possibly a drink in the Bar Dome before the first day of adventures.

Day 2: Trek to Base of the Torres

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia

After a filling breakfast in the Community Domes, we’ll set off toward Hosteria Las Torres down the road to take the uphill path to Ascencio Valley to start the climb to the base of the Torres, one of the most popular treks in the entire park.

The path climbs through beech forests and past small rivers and other scenic sights, stopping to rest when the group needs it. Before the final payoff of seeing the Torres, we’ll need to tackle a steep moraine of jumbled rocks and boulders. The going can be tough but the view is more the worth it. Standing at the edge of a glacial lake with the three massive granite spires towering overhead is both a humbling and exhilarating experience. After stopping for lunch and to savor the view (and take plenty of photos), the group will backtrack the way we came to return to EcoCamp for dinner.

Day 3: Western Lakes and Grey Glacier

Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia

After breakfast, the day starts with a drive across the park, offering great opportunities to admire the views of Paine Grande and the iconic Los Cuernos peaks with their horn-like spires of black granite. We’ll park to take a quick walk to the gushing majesty of the Salto Grande waterfalls in front of the Paine Massif, where the aquamarine waters of Lake Nordenskjold cascade down into Lake Pehoe. We’ll follow the trail a bit further to a perfect lookout spot to admire the view and take pictures, before getting back in the car near Lake Pehoe to drive to the shores of glacial Lake Grey. Here, after a filling box lunch, we’ll board the boat that will ferry us through the cold waters, past floating sculptures of deep-blue ice, all the way to the massive front wall of Grey Glacier. The boat will spend some time going along the front so we can see different viewpoints, before returning us to land and then back to EcoCamp via car.

 *During shoulder season (October and April) the boat trip to Grey Glacier may be canceled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the Park.

Day 4: Crossing the Border to Argentine Patagonia

After breakfast, it’s time to bid farewell to EcoCamp and start the drive out of Torres del Paine to Argentine Patagonia. At the Cerro Castillo border crossing, we’ll pass through immigration and then continue on for lunch in the small, quaint town of El Calafate surrounded by the dramatic landscapes of Argentine Patagonia. We then head onward to Chalten, yet another tiny outpost located close to the mighty Mount Fitz Roy, where we’ll spend the night in a four star hotel before the next day’s outing.

Accommodation : Los Cerros Hotel

Day 5: Laguna Torre

Accommodation: Los Cerros Hotel

Get ready for a thrilling full-day trek along the Cerro Torre trail to the stunning Laguna Torre, with the iconic outline of Mount Fitz Roy at the far end.

Setting out after breakfast, the path will take us east through virgin beech forests. At the gushing torrents of the Fitzroy River, we continue on to Base Camp de Agostini. From there, it’s not far through increasingly more spectacular mountainous scenery until we reach our goal: Laguna Torre. The scene is captivating: Mount Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, and the Adela mountain range frame the lake which is dotted with icebergs of all shapes, sizes, and shades of blue. We’ll follow along the shore of the lake to different viewpoints to soak up as much of the view as possible, take pictures, and eat lunch. Then we backtrack to Chalten for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day 6: Mount Fitz Roy

Accommodation: Los Cerros Hotel

Another hikes awaits today, this time along the beautiful Rio Blanco. The trip starts with the drive to the head of the trail, located roughly eleven miles north of Chalten, where we’ll follow the trail to the Piedras Blancas Glacier, a hanging glacier descending from the base of Mount Fitz Roy.

Here, we’ll take a chance to enjoy the view during lunch, and then forge onward to a viewpoint that offers incomparable vistas of the majestic Mount Fitz Roy and its surroundings. Then we follow the trail past Laguna Capri and end up back in Chalten for dinner and sleep.

Day 7: Perito Moreno Glacier

Accommodation: Kau Yatun Hotel

Today is the day for one of the greatest highlights of the trip: the epic Perito Moreno Glacier! If Mount Fitz Roy is the king of Argentine Patagonia, then the Perito Moreno is its queen, and today we get the honor of gazing upon her magnificence. Finishing up after breakfast, we drive back to Calafate through the rolling pampas, arriving around noon to leave our luggage at the hotel and head out to the glacier.

First, we’ll go the lesser-known north face, away from the crowds, to take in its grandeur in peace and quiet. The gigantic glacier, with its gradients of blue and jagged edges, is one of the best places to see calving, so hopefully we’ll get the chance to see some chunks fall off the front wall into the glacial Lake Argentino below. Next, we take a short walk to the footbridges, admiring the scenery along the way, before embarking on a short boat ride up close to the front of the glacier. After this day of icy thrills, we return to Calafate for a final night of delicious food at the local folklore show to learn more about the culture of the region.

Day 8: Adios Argentina!

Sadly, it’s time for this trip full of invigorating exercise and unforgettable sights to draw to a close so we can return to reality.  After breakfast, relax in the private transfer to the local airport for your departure flight.

(Please note: if you are taking the optional extension to finish the trip in Punta Arenas, then a early private transfer will take you to Puerto Natales where you will have the chance to have lunch (not included) and continue onwards to Punta Arenas, where you’ll spend the night in a hotel. The next day, after breakfast, a private transfer will take you to the airport for your flight.)

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

What is the weather like?

The vast unbroken stretch of ocean to the west and south of the South American continent leaves the Patagonian Andes very exposed to winds that circle the Antarctic landmass. Also, the strong marine influence and the effect of the Southern Patagonian Ice field make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer, fine weather may change almost without warning, bringing rain and even snow. Even in summer (December to March), you should come prepared to find strong cold winds (up to 80mph) and rainfall. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC/52ºF.

How fit do I need to be for this trip?

This trip demands a moderate level of physical activity. We take as many stops as necessary depending on the rhythm of the group. Travellers doing the active excursions will find them sufficiently energetic. To enjoy these more active treks it is essential to be in shape before arriving. All trails visited in the programs are under 1,000 m / 3,000 ft high so passengers don’t need to worry about altitude.

What do I need to pack?

A complete packing list will be provided upon booking your trip.

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Trip Excludes

  • Flight tickets.
  • Insurance. (It is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip.)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff.
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with meals at EcoCamp.
  • Items of personal nature.

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