Double Occupancy: $5,880 per person
Single Occupancy: $6,620 per person
Duration: 11 Days
Minimum No. of Travelers: 2
This tour includes moderate trekking performed at a slow pace with all the necessary halts to ensure every hiker can keep up. All treks also include a midway turnaround point.
We visit, hike and enjoy two of the most important National Parks of Patagonia: Los Glaciers National Park in Argentina and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile (both UNESCO World Heritage sites).
All the highlights are in this one trip: Cerro Torre, El Chalten, Perito Moreno Glaciers, and most anticipated, Torres del Paine. You navigate up the Balmaceda Glacier with the company of a local guide.
The tour offers a perfect balance of outdoors and comfort, placing a special emphasis on the natural history and discovery of Patagonia.
DAY 1: El Calafate
We welcome you at El Calafate airport and transfer you to town where you check in at the lodge. The rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy the town.Overnight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Welcome Dinner
DAY 2: El Chalten – Cerro Torre Trail
After breakfast, we take our bus towards the picturesque village of El Chaltén which lies at the foot of Fitz Roy. We drive across the steppe and around lakes Argentino and Viedma. Upon arrival, we start our hike along the Cerro Torre trail, reaching the first viewpoint of the valley. Here, Cerro Torre is entirely visible.
For those willing to walk further, your guide leads you to Laguna Torre, 9 km away from town. The trail goes through a glacier origin valley. The lagoon features the Torre Glacier calving on the far side, and Cerro Torre rising in the background. The total travel time is 3 hour round trip to the first viewpoint, 6 hour round trip to the lagoon.
DAY 3: Fitz Roy Trail – Laguna Capri
Fitz Roy Trail climbs gently up the slopes of Cerro Rosado along the “Chorrillo del Salto” valley, and you can see a mountain stream with rapids and waterfalls. Our destination is Laguna Capri, a beautiful lagoon in the forest with full views of the Fitz Roy spires and glaciers. For keen hikers, there is an option to continue to Rio Blanco (basecamp for climbers) and Laguna de los Tres, the end of the trail and one of the highlights of the park. The views from these spots are breathtaking. You hike back to Chaltén along the same trail. The total travel time for the day is 2 hours from town to Laguna Capri, 1 hour to Rio Blanco, and 1 hour of steep climbing to Laguna de los Tres.Overnight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4: Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
This 4900 ft. hill immediately south of Cerro Torre valley offers some of the best views over the different groups of mountains, glaciers and lakes that are featured in this area. From the lower terraces to the summit, you get spectacular views of Fitz Roy, Las Torres and the glacier valley in between. A bonus from the summit is the vision of Paso del Viento and some of the mountains that stick out from the Patagonian Icefield. Depending on the group capacity, we can choose either the lower terraces or try the summit, a long but gentle climb on scree. The lower part of the mountain is covered by scrubland and forest.Overnight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5: El Chalten– El Calafate
You have the morning at your leisure with the opportunity to have an optional excursion. You can venture out on a boat trip on the lake finishing with a walk on the Viedma Glacier or visit Lago del Desierto. In the afternoon you take your bus to El Calafate, which is 136 miles away and about a 4 hour long trip.Overnight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast
DAY 6: El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier – El Calafate
We dedicate today to the World’s Natural Wonders and an UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Moreno Glacier. This giant sheet of ice flows down from the Patagonian Icefield and measures 97 mi2! Because of the unusually favourable local conditions, this is the only glacier in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads you to the very front of the glacier, which will only be a few feet away from you. A short picturesque trail leads you from the shores of the lake to the upper viewpoints. The roar of the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes this a very special and unique experience. We then drive about 1 and a half hours to return back to your hotel across a steepe with the possibility of sighting a wide variety of birdsOvernight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast
DAY 7 El Calafate – Torres del Paine
We leave early in the morning from El Calafate to head to Torres del Paine National Park. The ride is along a typical Patagonian steep road. There are many chances to see rheas and flamingos during the trip.
In about 4 hours you enter Chile across the Cancha Carrera International Border Point. A couple of hours later, you enter Paine, which holds UNESCO World Heritage status. During the last portion of your drive, the Paine Massif will be visible if the weather permits. You then follow the spectacular interior road of the National Park all the way to your hosteria. We make all the necessary stops during the drive for pictures of the mountains and fauna of the park. You arrive to your hosteria by late afternoon.
DAY 8: Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales
Today you visit some of the most spectacular viewpoints of this National Park. In the morning, you visit Salto Grande, an impressive waterfall just where the Paine river enters Lake Pehoe. From there, a low difficultly trail leads you to the shores of lake Nordenskjöld. From the shores you can see the whole Paine massif to the south with the French Valley in the center, flanked by Paine Grande (3050 m above sea level). You can spot Paine Grande’s impressive hanging glaciers on one side, and the unique geological formation of the Paine Horns on the other.
In the afternoon, you visit the west end of the park featuring the Grey Lake. An easy and beautiful walk along the south shore leads you to a rocky promontory. Here, you can see the glacier calving down into the lake from the Ice Field on the far side of the lake. In the spring and summer the shore is covered by the icebergs pushed by the wind to this side of the lake. By late afternoon, we leave the park and travel to Puerto Natales (2 hours), a picturesque fishing town on the shores of the Last Hope Sound.
DAY 9: Balmaceda & Serrano Glaciers
This morning you get on the road by 8 AM for your boat trip along the Last Hope Sound. On your way to glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano, you enter one of the most remote and virgin areas of Southern Patagonia: the Bernardo O‘Higgins National Park.
During your trip, you visit Cerro Balmaceda (at the southern end of the Patagonian Ice Field) to appreciate the huge glaciers coming down towards the sea, and the wide variety of flowers in abundance around the area. You take a short walk to the far end of the Sound. You are back around 6 PM so you can have enough time to enjoy the city in the evening.
DAY 10: Puerto Natales – El Calafate
After breakfast, you start your journey back to El Calafate. The drive takes you back through the Pampas for 170 miles. You get to enjoy the Patagonian landscape, and stop again for any pictures you may have missed the first time. You arrive to El Calafate in the afternoon, and have the evening at your leisure to explore the town.Overnight in Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom Meals provided: Breakfast
DAY 11: El Calafate Airport
After breakfast at your hotel you transfer to El Calafate airport to head home or continue on to your next adventure! This is the end of our services.Meals provided: Breakfast
The meals we provide in the program are shown below:
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- Bilingual Guide (Spanish - English) throughout the trip
- All excursions as shown in the itinerary
- All transportation as shown in the itinerary including buses and regular ferries
- 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners as detailed below
- 10 nights in Hotels (double or single room with private bathroom)
- International Flights to and from El Calafate
- Medical and life insurance
- Drinks and beverages (all meals exclude alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks)
- Entrance Fees to National Parks
- Optional excursions
- Services not shown or detailed in the itinerary
- A 60 litre Duffel sac (18 lbs max weight)
- Small daypack
- Thermal underwear & socks
- Walking shoes or boots
- Trekking boots or poles
- Rain jacket & pants
- Gloves & wool hat
- Long sleeved shirts (cotton/breathable fabric, not too thin)
- Sun hat/Sunglasses/Sunscreen
- Mosquito repellent
- Personal items & medication
- Torch, binoculars
- Personal documents (Passport Mandatory to present at control gates)
Southbound Torres Del Paine
Trip Rating: Easy
Price: from $3,699
Fitz Roy & Perito Moreno Adventure
Trip Rating: Easy
Price: from $1,999