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Patagonia Highlights tour

Patagonia Highlights

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 1,025 $ 102 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Penguin excursion to Isla Magdelena
  • Torres Del Paine National Park Entrance & Guided Walks
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Tour (Entrance & Guided Walks)
  • Los Glaciares National Park Entrance & Guided Walks

Short Description

Patagonia is every nature lovers dream destination. Spread across two countries, the sheer size and wilderness of the rugged landscape will make you feel on top of the world. Starting your adventure in Punta Arenas, explore the highlights of this stunning region as you camp in and explore the depths of Torres del Paine National Park, visit Los Glaciares National Park and enjoy a Perito Moreno Glacier tour. Witness gushing waterfalls, hear giant shards of ice crash to the ground below and witness some of the most unspoiled views in the world. The raw beauty of Patagonia will be sure to leave you in awe.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Punta Arenas
End City El Chalten

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Argentina Chile

Cities & Attractions

Punta Arenas

Activities

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Trip Includes

  • 9 Breakfast(s), 4 Lunch(es), 3 Dinner(s)
  • Private Vehicle, Boat, Overland Truck, Foot

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Itinerary

Day 1 to 1 Arrive Punta Arenas

Begin your adventure in the quaint and colourful city of Punta Arenas, the urban capital of the Magallanes province and gateway to Patagonia. Today is free to arrive at your leisure and enjoy some free time exploring the city.

Highlights include visiting the Cerro de la Cruz which gives you a view of the city, the bay and the colourful houses as well as an old shipwreck just off the shore at the southern end of town, called Lord Lonsdale Shipwreck which has been around for 100 years.

Don't forget to go for a beer, a Cerveza Austral to be exact, as it's one of the most famous and best beers in Chile!

Please Note: There will be a pre departure meeting at 6pm tonight with your tour leader and group.

Day 2 to 2 Punta Arenas & Penguin Excursion

Today enjoy an included excursion to the small island of Magdalena. After a boat ride to the island you will come face-to-face with the largest penguin colonies that you can find south of Chile. The island remains largely untouched and holds an abundance of natural beauty, with barren landscapes and vast ocean views. Hundreds of penguins roam free and are unfazed when visitors walk through the island, perfect for some amazing photo opportunities!

Here you can also find the historic lighthouse, which houses interesting information about the island and local history.

Back on the mainland you can dine on the freshest seafood from crab to oysters in one of the many seafront restaurants.

Please Note: Availability of the included Penguin Excursion depends on local weather conditions, and can on occasion be cancelled without notice.

Day 3 to 3 Torres del Paine National Park

This morning we hop on-board the Tucan Travel overland truck and take to the great outdoors in the heart of Torres Del Paine National Park.

Complete with jaw-dropping landscapes and emerald forests, the area is an internationally recognised UNESCO World Heritage site. Located on the Chilean side of Patagonia, it measures an astonishing 181 000 hectares. The area is home to various animals including condors, South Andean deer, and the llamas closest cousin, the guanaco. Once endangered, around 3000 now call the vast park their home and you will be sure to see a few on your walks.

Upon arrival, we will settle into the campsite and you are free to start enjoying the various excursions on offer.

Please Note: We camp for three nights in Torres del Paine National Park. Solo travellers will share a tent with a group member of the same sex. Facilities are basic however there is a canteen, bar, small shop and (limited) hot water, as well as plug sockets in shared areas. If you don't have your own sleeping bag you can rent one from your Tour Leader for $40 USD, depending on availability. All meals are included while camping.

Approximate Travel Time: 6hrs on the Tucan Overland Truck.

Day 4 to 4 Torres del Paine National Park

Today enjoy a full day exploring the national park with many guided walks and other optional activities on offer. Perhaps take a glacier boat tour across Lago Pehoe where weather permitting you can see into the French Valley, Paine Grande and Los Cuernos. There are many guided walks on offer which showcase the best of the national park and where you can witness some amazing glacial views.

Some of the walks are quite demanding, and at a high altitude, but there are a good range of options for all grades of walkers. One such trek offers incredible views of the famous ‘towers’, the three distinctive granite peaks of the Paine mountain range. It’s quite challenging, with the whole route being 19km, however it is well worth it. For the longer treks such as the “towers” walk, a reasonable level of fitness is required and passengers must be prepared for all weather conditions. We recommend packing trekking boots, waterproof trousers and a positive outlook to all weather!

Come evening, relax in one of the most peaceful places on earth as you enjoy time with your group and fellow travellers in the camps. Play card games, share stories and learn more about Patagonia from the various guides on hand.

Day 5 to 5 Torres del Paine National Park

Enjoy another full day in this majestic landscape. Your tour leader and local guides will be on hand to assist with recommendations depending on the weather. Explore more hiking trails or go ice trekking for some of the best glacier views.

If you feel you need to give your legs a rest, go horse riding through the valleys for some of the most picturesque views from horseback.

Day 6 to 6 El Calafate

Next up is the enchanting city of El Calafate, full of Patagonian charm and surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Resting on the Argentinian side of Patagonia, the town was founded in 1927 and originally used to shelter the local wool traders. Over time, with the popularity of the nearby National Parks growing, the town has flourished and welcomes many visitors each year.

Named after the local berry calafate, it is rumoured that those who eat the berry will at some point always return to Patagonia.

Tomorrow is a packed day visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier, so make the most of the local artisans market, the little cafes, excellent ice-cream shops and if you like your meat, the lamb found in El Calafate is particularly delicious.

Approximate Travel Time: 6hrs to 7hrs on the Tucan Overland Truck.

Day 7 to 7 El Calafate & Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

Today we experience the jaw dropping Perito Moreno Glacier and surrounding park. The spectacular ice formation is around 30 kilometres in length and fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the third largest reserve of freshwater in the world. While many glaciers worldwide are currently decreasing in size, the Perito Moreno glacier is baffling geologists by slightly advancing in size over time.

Named after Argentine explorer Francisco Merino, the glacier is coloured in a variety of hues from blue to grey to white and continually creaks and cracks. Advancing at a speed of around two metres per day, it can put on a spectacular show when giant chunks of ice at the outermost edges crack under tremendous pressure, rupture and crash into the water – a process known as calving. You will have the chance to walk around some paths and terraces where you can get some great views of the glacier.

Day 8 to 8 El Chalten

Today we will travel to El Chalten, a village located within Los Glaciares National Park and the starting point of many beautiful walking trails. While on the truck enjoy some of the best views as you journey through the wilderness, stopping at Mount Fitz Roy for some spectacular photo opportunities. This grand mountain stands on the border between Chile and Argentina, with a large part close to the summit remaining undefined as to which country it belongs to.

Arriving in El Chalten, you will feel immersed in the unspoiled nature that surrounds you. Founded in 1985, the small town has fantastic views of the mountains that shadow over it, and was even named Argentina’s Trekking Capital.

Spend the rest of the evening enjoying the town and dine in one of the many quaint restaurants. For such a small place there is a surprising amount on offer from local delicacies to other foods from all over Argentina.

Approximate Travel Time: 3hrs to 4hrs on the Tucan Overland Truck.

Day 9 to 9 El Chalten & Los Glaciares National Park

Hop on private transportation today to make the journey into the natural beauty of Los Glacieres National Park. Our local expert guide for the day will meet us at our hotel and get us ready for today’s hike, an alternative to the traditional hike to the Fitz Roy viewpoint. Our exploration of the natural beauty of Los Glaciares National Park starts with a 40-minute transfer to El Pilar, heading north out of El Chalten, via the road leading to Lago del Desierto (Desert Lake).

Form here we start trekking along the Rio Blanco gently ascending from 500m to 800m altitude until we arrive at the Poincenot camp. On the way we will pass the Piedras Blancas Glacier viewpoint and the Piedras Blancas Lagoon as well as the Valley del Marconi and the entrance to the southern ice field. With our legs warmed up nicely, we start a steep 1km climb of rocky steps with little vegetation around to protect us from the Patagonian wind. While physically demanding, the views that receive us at the top are some of the most impressive in Patagonia. From here, on a clear day, we can see the entire Fitz Roy Massif, the Laguna de los Tres, Glacier de los Tres as well as both Laguna Sucia and Glacier Sucio, a spectacular sight. After a quick lunch, weather permitting, we begin the hour descent to Rio Blanco again before joining the traditional route straight down to El Chalten.

Day 10 to 10 Depart El Chalten

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

El Chalten is located around 200 km from El Calafate airport, with a journey time of around 3.5 hours. There are regular buses between the two towns, please ask your tour leader for information. If you are booking a flight from El Calafate airport on the departure day we recommend allowing enough time to travel.

The Tucan Travel truck will be travelling to El Calafate airport with the group who are continuing to Buenos Aires. It is possible to remain on the truck for this journey if your flight time allows it. Please ask your Adventure Specialist for information as departure time can vary.

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

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4 night(s) in hotels, 3 night(s) camping, 2 night(s) in hostels

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9 Breakfast(s), 4 Lunch(es), 3 Dinner(s)
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