8 days
Days
1/5 – Leisurely
Difficulty

Grab your passport and prepare yourself for the spectacular mountains, immense glaciers, and rugged beauty that can only be found in Patagonia.

Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks are waiting for you! Come along for eight days of spectacular hikes, sublime views, and quality service on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the best of what Chilean and Argentine Patagonia have to offer.

This is a great itinerary for seeing a lot of Patagonia in a short space of time. Explore the best of the Chilean and Argentinian sides, undertaking spectacular day treks and excursions. Suitable for all this is an excellent way to see Patagonia!

Highlights

  • Best of Chilean & Argentine Patagonia
  • Explore Los Glaciares NP
  • Explore Torres del Paine NP
  • Boat trip to Grey Glacier
  • Visit Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Views of Mount FitzRoy

Objectives

  • Day treks to the main sites of southern Patagonia – incredible wildlife and geology!
  • Take in Torres del Paine, Mt. Fitz Roy, Perito Moreno Glacier, Laguna Torre and more!

 

At a Glance

DESTINATION  Chile & Argentina
TRIP START POINT Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or Calafate Airports – transfer to Torres del Paine NP
DURATION 8 days (5 day treks/active days)
TRIP TYPE  Day treks from hotels/lodges
SEASON  December to January is peak season. November and February are shoulder season. Late October and early March is low season.
CHALLENGE LEVEL  1/5 – Leisurely day trekking in spectacular environments
MAX ALTITUDE  n/a
INCLUDED
Airport pickup and all other transport as indicated in the itinerary Bilingual guide (Spanish/English) for all excursions
All national park fees & Cueva del Milodón ticket 3 nights at EcoCamp Std Dome/4 nights at 3* hotels in Argentina
Full board at EcoCamp / in Argentina: 4 breakfasts; 3 box- lunches; 1 lunch Boat crossing ticket over Grey Lake and/or Pehoé Lake
Nautical Safari to Perito Moreno Glacier As members of 1% for the planet, we donate 1% of the total trip cost to an environmental cause.
NOT INCLUDED
Personal trekking gear; sleeping bags, down jackets. 4 Dinners in Argentina
Tips for guides Travel insurance, visa and vaccination costs
International flights
FLIGHT COST £1000

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1

Travel from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or Calafate to Torres del Paine NP

Activities: Arrival and Transfer to NP
Meals: L, D
Overnight: Ecocamp Patagonia Standard Dome, Torres del Paine NP

The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively you can start your trip in Calafate. En route we make a couple of stops – First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of “Seno de Ultima Esperanza” and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia\’s Standard Domes, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there\’s plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.

2

Trek to Torres

 

    • Activities: Day trek

 

    • Meals: B, L, D

 

    • Overnight: Ecocamp Patagonia Standard Dome, Torres del Paine NP

We walk from Ecocamp towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower\’s eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world\’s most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.

3

Western Lakes and Grey Glacier

 

    • Activities: Day trek

 

    • Meals: B, L, D

 

    • Overnight: Ecocamp Patagonia Standard Dome, Torres del Paine NP

We drive across the Park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with their black, granite horn-like spires. Walking along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until we reach its spectacular lookout point. Later, back at Lake Pehoe, we are driven south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. Here we enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible sight of the glacier up close, we drive back to EcoCamp.

*During Shoulder Season (October and April) the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled 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.

4

Travel to Argentinan Patagonia

 

    • Activities: Travel to Argentina

 

    • Meals: B, L

 

    • Overnight: Hotel Los Senderos or similar 3*, El Chalten

After enjoying a delicious breakfast we head to Argentina on a regular bus, doing the international border crossing at Cerro Castillo. Once we complete the immigration process we enter Argentina and continue to Calafate, a small town set on the edge of Los Glaciares NP amid dramatic scenery and natural beauty. At the bus terminal we are met by a representative and taken to a local restaurant where we have lunch and then enjoy free time in the city before boarding a regular bus in the late afternoon which will take us on the 3 hour journey to El Chalten. The drive is on isolated roads across the pampas and along the northern end of Lago Viedma. Chalten is a tiny outpost beside the Glacier National Park at the foot of impressive Mount Fitz Roy. We arrive at our hotel in time to get some well-deserved rest.

5

Trek to Mount Fitz Roy

 

    • Activities: Day trek

 

    • Meals: B, L

 

    • Overnight: Hotel Los Senderos or similar 3*, El Chalten

Today’s hike is along Rio Blanco. We drive to El Pilar, 11 miles north of El Chalten, and follow the Rio Blanco Trail to Piedras Blances Glacier, a hanging glacier descending from the base of Mount Fitz Roy. We picnic here, marveling at the glacier, and then continue up Rio Blanco Trail until reaching one of the best views of Mont Fitz Roy – the landmark in Los Glaciares NP. We descend via another path heading past Laguna Capri, ending back in El Chalten.

6

Hike to Laguna Torre

 

    • Activities: Day trek

 

    • Meals: B, L

 

    • Overnight: Hosteria los Hielos or similar, El Calafate.

Today we’ll do a full day hike along the Cerro Torre Trail to Laguna Torre, a stunning mountain lake with majestic Mount Torre in the background. After breakfast we walk eastwards, following the trail through beech forests until we reach Fitz Roy River. We continue and reach Camp Base de Agostini from where we do a short hike to Laguna Torre, with Cerro Torre and the Adela range on our West. Icebergs can be seen peacefully floating on Laguna Torre as the wind pushes them to the coast and we stop at different points to take in the magnificent view and enjoy a picnic. Back at the hotel we gather our luggage and begin the drive back to Calafate by a regular bus, following the same road filled with Argentinean pampas that welcomed us. We’ll arrive in Calafate after an approximate 3 hour drive and are driven to our hotel to check in.

7

Perito Moreno Glacier

 

    • Activities: Day trek, guided tour, boat trip

 

    • Meals: B, L

 

    • Overnight: Overnight Hosteria los Hielos or similar, El Calafate.

After breakfast we head off on our final excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most famous landmarks in Patagonia.
Unlike typical tours which go straight to the regular panoramic views, we go first to the glacier’s less-frequented north face to marvel at its splendor. We’ll observe, and hear, giant chunks of ice plummet into the waters of Lake Argentino. Our guide will answer questions about the glacier and the park. We’ll then continue to the footbridges and take a break, enjoying the surroundings at our own leisure. We’ll also have the opportunity to do a short nautical safari to observe this magnificent glacier from up close.
After the thrilling encounter with the Perito Moreno, we drive back to Calafate for our final night.
8

Departure

 

    • Activities: Transfer and departure

 

    • Meals: B

 

    • Overnight: Punta Arenas or plane

Today we finish this memorable trip, Adios Patagonia! After having breakfast, a transfer will take us to the airport where we continue our journey home via Buenos Aires.

Alternatively you may prefer to travel back to Punta Arenas and spend an additional night there, before flying home via Santiago.

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Other booking options

Alternative Dates

Want to join one of our open-group adventures, but don’t see any suitable dates that work for you? For most of our trips, you can request new dates and we will set up a new open adventure.

Private Bookings

Want to book this trip as a private departure? Select your own dates and travel in your own group.

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Trip Specifics

ACCOMMODATION

EcoCamp Patagonia (Nights 1-3)
Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with a unique view of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in geodesic domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants.

Hosteria Senderos, El Chalten, Argentina (Nights 4-5)
Inside Los Glaciares National Park, at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy, this classic Patagonian inn offers warm, professional service.

Hosteria los Hielos, El Calafate, Argentina (Nights 6-7)
Featuring views of Argentinian Lake, Hosteria Los Hielos offers accommodations in El Calafate. The common living room offers views of the Patagonian landscape and guests can enjoy a sauna room. All rooms in Hoteria los Hielos feature a private bathroom, a seating area, a cable TV and views of the lake. Guests are offered a daily breakfast with sweets and homemade pastries made with regional fruits.

FOOD

During your time in Chile all meals are included. Breakfast and dinner will be served at the EcoCamp communal dome test where you’ll be treated to delicious meals made from local ingredients. Each day you will receive a packed lunch to take with you on your day trek.

In Argentina the hotels are on a bed and breakfast basis – this allows you to choose from the many dining options in El Chalten and El Calafate. You will again receive a packed lunch for each day you are trekking and lunch at a restaurant on day 4 to break up your travel transfer.

GROUP & LEADER

A fully qualified, English speaking local leader will accompany all groups. On this trip you will be joined by walkers from the UK and other nationalities who have booked with other agencies.

WEATHER

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. In addition, the strong marine influence and the affect of the Southern Patagonia Ice field make the weather hard to predict. In spring or early summer fine weather may deteriorate 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 130 km/hr) and rainfall. The summer’s average temperature is 11ºC (24ºCmax, 2ºC min). However, just as quickly as the weather turns nasty, it can become lovely and sunny. So come prepared for all types of weather!

WHAT YOU'LL CARRY

This trip only involves day walks so you will only need to carry a light daypack. A 35l rucksack is a useful size to comfortably fit in essential items such as water bottle, camera, wet-weather gear and extra layers etc.

TIPPING

Tipping at meals and in hotels is normal practice. It is also customary to tip the local trekking staff and guides.

For this trip we suggest allowing around $50 for tips. Detailed tipping guidance will be sent in your pre-departure information

LANGUAGE & TIMEZONE

Language: Spanish is the official language in Chile and Argentina but it is quite different to the European version, using slightly different sounds and often spoken much faster. Your guide and many hoteliers and restaurant owners will also speak English.

To brush up on your Spanish before departing why not try the free duolingo app at: https://www.duolingo.com/.

Local Time: GMT-3 hours.

ALTITUDE & FITNESS

Altitude – Does not travel to high altitude

One joy about trekking here is you get the experience of being among big mountains, but without the altitude. The highest you go to is less than 1,000 metres, where you will not experience any affects of altitude – other than perhaps the cold!

Fitness – Moderate Day trekking

This itinerary involves day trekking where you will be returning to the same point each day. Previous walking experience is not essential but will help you get the most out of this trip. If opting for the more active excursions you will need a reasonable level of fitness, however there are usually easier options to choose on this itinerary if you are worried about fitness, that will still give you a great sense of the ‘Patagonian Experience’.

HEALTH

Country specific information and advice is published by Fit For Travel, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices.

The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets. This is also a good opportunity to discuss important travel health issues including safe food and wateraccidentssun exposure and insect bites. Many of the problems experienced by travellers cannot be prevented by vaccinations and other preventive measures need to be taken.

We recommend taking your trip itinerary with you to this appointment and highlighting remoteness of trek and level and type of activity, as this may affect the recommendations. e.g. Rabies risk is higher in remote areas where access to appropriate treatment may be delayed, so it is strongly recommended to discuss rabies vaccination with your medical practitioner for all of our trips.

 

Patagonia Specifics

Fit for travel Chile

Notes:

ZIKA – There have been cases of ZIKA virus reported in Chile and Argentina. ZIKA is most commonly spread by mosquitoes, so strict mosquito bite avoidance measures are recommended (more information provided in your pre-departure information).

  • Pregnant women are advised to postpone non-essential travel to countries or areas with High risk of ZIKV transmission.
  • Pregnant women are advised to consider postponing non-essential travel to countries or areas with Moderate risk of ZIKV transmission.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

Chile

If you are a British passport holder visiting Chile for less than 90 days, you do not need a visa. If you wish to stay longer, you should consult the nearest Chilean Embassy.  On arrival in Chile the immigration authorities will issue you with a ‘Tarjeta de Turismo – Tourist Card’, an A5 sized white form. You must retain this document and present it to immigration when you leave.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

For more information please see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/chile/entry-requirements.

Customers of different nationalities need to check with their own embassy.

Argentina

You don’t need a visa to enter Argentina as a tourist unless you’re travelling on an Emergency Travel Document. On presentation of a valid British passport you will normally be granted a 90-day stay in the country.

Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

For more information please see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/argentina/entry-requirements.

Customers of different nationalities need to check with their own embassy.

Nationalities including but not limited to Canada and Australia are required to pay a reciprocity fee when entering. Argentina. For nationalities affected and up to date fees please consult the Argentinian national immigration office.

 

CURRENCY

The currency in Chile is the Chilean Peso (CLP) and in Argentina the Peso (ARS). The US Dollar (USD) is also widely accepted in both countries. ATM’s are only available at the airport and in the main towns. We suggest you bring USD cash with you, ensuring you have some small denomination notes.

FLIGHTS & ARRIVAL

The starting point of this itinerary is either Punta Arenas domestic airport (PUT) OR El Calafate domestic airport (FTE), from which a transfer will take you to the National Park. International flights will usually connect via Santiago and Buenos Aires respectively. If flying via Buenos Aires you will usually need to transfer between the international and domestic airports.

International flights from North America and Europe will most likely arrive / depart Santiago or Buenos Aires in the early morning or late evening. The safest and most comfortable connection is a morning flight to Punta Arenas the day after arriving in Chile, and evening departure to your home country leaving the day after your return flight from Punta Arenas.

If you book a LAND ONLY package you will need to get to either airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

If you book a FLIGHT INCLUSIVE package we will book your flights for you. We will contact you to confirm the best departure airport, timings and final price of your flight. Please note flight prices are dependent on availability and any price listed on our website is an estimate of the flight cost from London. You will be advised of the final flight cost before committing to pay for it. Most flights are non-refundable and need to be paid for upfront before they can be booked (due to the flight terms of the airlines).

Please do not make any non-refundable travel arrangements or flight bookings until your booking has been confirmed (by email from us) and your trip is guaranteed to run. Note: the automated booking response does not constitute these confirmations.

IT FOR ME?

This itinerary is a great way to see the main highlights of Patagonia in a short space of time. If you are only going to go to Patagonia once this could be the best trip for you.

It’s a long way to travel to get to Patagonia but it has some incredible and unique landscapes that won’t leave you disappointed!

This itinerary has a series of day treks, so fitness is less of an issue than on the multi-day options we have in Torres del Paine, but we still recommend you get some walking in in preparation so you can get the most out of your trip.

Got a little more time? Why not complete your exploration of Patagonia by extending your experience with a trip to Tierra del Fuego? Contact us for more details.

Want it all? If you want to do one of the Torres del Paine treks ( ‘W’ or “Circuit’) you may also be able to combine it with a trip to the Argentinian side of Patagonia, as with this itinerary.

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