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Over 13 unforgettable days, you will witness the dramatic landscapes of rugged, snow-capped mountains that stand imposingly amid the wild south of Argentina and Chile. In the distance, observe the shy guanacos roam while the Guachos tend to their herd of sheep. Marvel at the sight of Mount Fitzroy and the immense Perito Moreno Glacier, where chunks of ice are often seen cracking into the water. You journey will be complete with a final stop in the most southerly city in the world - Ushuaia. Discover the raw beauty of Patagonia today!
Duration: 13 Days
Welcome to Buenos Aires! Upon arrival, you are free to make your own way to the hotel this afternoon. Your local leader will meet you today for a briefing and take you on a short walking tour of the city, discovering its wealth of history and culture. The rest of the evening is spent at your leisure.
After breakfast, you will fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate and transfer to the small mountain town of El Chaltén. The town enjoys a beautiful location in Los Glaciares National Park with breathtaking views of Mount Fitzroy and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.
You will set off amidst incredible mountains and valleys for a day walk. You will begin to hike to Cerro Fitzroy Base Camp with amazing views of the striking massif ahead.
In the afternoon, you will continue to the picturesque Laguna de los Tres, a glacial lake whose still waters reflect the three main peaks of the range. This is a full day of walking over fairly rough terrain, but with impressive, rugged scenery along the way.
Breakfast and Lunch included.
Today has been left free to enjoy an additional trek or an optional boat trip to another highlight of this area: the Viedma Glacier. In the late afternoon, you will take the public bus to El Calafate.
Today, begin with a visit the Perito Moreno Glacier. This immense jagged sheet of ice stretches over 3 miles across Lago Argentino and rises 200ft out if its cold waters. It is the fastest moving glacier on the planet and the eerie creaks and thunderous groans add a certain atmosphere of anticipation. Every so often an office block sized chunk of ice calves from its face into the water below before slowly floating down the lake as a giant iceberg. An optional boat trip gives an even greater appreciation of the immense scale of this wonder.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
You will spend a second day here to allow exploration of the town's surroundings. It is possible to take a gentle walk along Lago Argentina to see birdlife (including flamingos), or a slightly more demanding hike for some fantastic views stretching over the Patagonian Steppe and towards the mountainous border with Chile. Alternatively, you can join an optional excursion to a local Estancia or to Todo Glaciares - this navigation includes Upsala Glacier, Bahia Onelli (where pieces of glacier are floating in the water) and the Spegazzinni Glacier.
Depart on a long drive across the border into Chile today before arriving to one of the world's most beautiful National Parks, Torres del Paine (The group will be changing buses at the border due to local regulations). After checking in to your hotel, go on a short walk next to Laguna Amarga or Laguna Azul, which offers great panoramic views of the Paine Massifc and the striking granite Horns of Paine.
Breakfast and Dinner included.
Without a doubt, one of the biggest highlights of the park is to hike up to the base of the Towers of Paine. The walk itself is beautiful, trekking through forests and offering some fantastic views across the park. This is a reasonably difficult and long trek, and the last section is steep with rocky terrain, so you need a reasonably good level of fitness and confidence. The reward on reaching the small lake at the base of these sheer granite peaks however, makes the long walk well worthwhile. Note that adverse weather conditions can make this walk much harder - your group leader will give a briefing the night before and answer any questions you may have on the route.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included.
Today you will see the main highlights of the park as you drive towards the Park Administration buildings at Rio Serrano. The granite horns are the most recognisable feature of the park and can be seen from various viewpoints. You will also stop close to Lake Nordenskjold and Lake Pehoe, as well as at the two waterfalls of Salto Grande and Salto Chico. (Please note that weather conditions will affect the itinerary in the park).
In the afternoon, you will be transferred to Cerro Sombrero, and passing through some dramatic scenery on the way. This journey will involve a short ferry crossing over the Magellan Straits. It is advised to bring plenty of water and snacks for the journey. Return to the hotel in the evening and enjoy a memorable dinner with the team.
Tierra del Fuego (The Land of Fire) is named after the original inhabitants who used to light bonfires to ward off the winter chill. Crossing the island will offer views of the most southerly part of the Andes before catching your first glimpses of Ushuaia at the end of the world! Although this drive may be long, you will be transferred in a private bus to make the journey more comfortable. You should arrive at the hotel by mid-afternoon.
Today you will spend the morning in the stark wilderness of Tierra del Fuego National Park, walking amongst the varied terrain, flora and fauna. In the afternoon, there is an optional boat ride along the Beagle Channel to see marine wildlife including penguins, sea lions and many species of water bird including a flightless duck! Admire the fantastic views of Ushuaia and its backdrop of often snow-capped peaks as you head out on the boat.
For those wanting more adventure or not wishing to trek, an optional full-day 4WD excursion will be on offer which will take us deep into the wilds of Tierra del Fuego where any more conventional transport would fail to reach, including the remote Lakes Fagnano and Escondido (please note it is not possible to see penguins on this tour).
Depending upon the flight time, you may have some free time this morning in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. There are great views from the hills leading up to the Martial Glacier and some small shops to pick up souvenirs. Ushuaia has just one museum, housed in the former prison, which is worth a visit. You will fly back to Buenos Aires and usually arrive in time to visit one of the excellent tango shows in the old quarter of San Telmo (optional) and enjoy a last group meal together.
After breakfast, you are free to depart at any time onward to your next adventure!
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|Buenos Aires||Own Recoleta|
|El Chalten||Hosteria Los Nires|
|El Calafate||Cyan Hotel El Calafate|
|Torres Del Paine||Hosteria Pehoe|
|Torres Del Paine||Hotel Baquedano|
|Cerro Sombrero||Hosteria Tunkelen|
|Ushuaia||Hosteria Residencia Linares|
This tour operates with a minimum of 6 passengers and a maximum of 18 passengers. The minimum age is 18.
Hotels are subject to change due to availability.