BEST OF PATAGONIA

9 DAYS

INN / B&B  = USD1159 / PP

Valid until April 2017 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).

Patagonia Tours is the great choiche to explore Argentina and Chile’s most iconic destinations on Say Hueque’s Best of Patagonia 9-day adventure. Walk beside Perito Moreno Glacier and take a boat cruise along its 60m face. Hike or horse ride in the Patagonian Andes and take in the spectacular scenery of Fitz Roy and Chalten. Stunning mountain vistas, enormous glaciers and hiking trails abound in South America’s favourite region, Patagonia. An amazing Patagonia Adventure!

 

Day 1 – Travel to Patagonia: El Calafate

Welcome to Southern Patagonia! Let the Patagonia Adventure begin!

El Calafate is located in the Patagonian steppe, dry and dramatic.
It is on the border of Lago Argentino (Argentina’s biggest lake), considered capital of the Argentina glacier. It is the gate to visit world wide known Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers in the world that is still advancing.

Day 2 – El Calafate Tours: Perito Moreno Glacier

After an appropriate time you will leave on a full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier (shared service), in Los Glaciers National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to one of the most awe inspiring landscapes in Argentina, Perito Moreno Glacier is a site to behold.
During about 1 hour a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know, and things you might have never thought about.
On arrival you will have the chance to enjoy stunning views of the glacier from the nearby walking trail and viewing platforms.
But not just that, you will also enjoy the included Perito Moreno Glacier boat cruise that will take you close enough to fully appreciate the 80m high ice walls! In the early evening, you will return to you hotel in Calafate.

Day 3 – Patagonia trip in El Calafate

Day at leisure to enjoy any of the optional tours around El Calafate. We suggest a visit to Estancia Cristina a tradicional ranch near Calafate , a bike ride out to the lake, or a boat cruise to explore some of the more remote glaciers in the region.

Day 4 – Calafate to Chalten trip - the adventure continues!

In the morning you will take a comfortable public bus, where for during about 3 hours you will be able to enjoy the desert of Southern Patagonia on the famous Route 40. You will pass through La Leona river, that connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma.

By the river you will see La Leona Road House where once Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid after robbing a bank where hidden for almost a month.
Usually on arrival to El Chalten, the bus stops 15 minutes at the Park Ranger office to give you general explanations about the park, recommendations, etc. They are very informative and enthusiastic to share their love for the Park.
El Chalten is the top rated trekking destination, the Argentinean capital of trekking. Located at the foot of the Fitz Roy Mountain, surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forest, it is still a hidden gem of our south. The charming little village, that is also the start point for most paths, is a paradise for walkers and trekkers alike.
On arrival you can explore the surroundings, have a stroll around a little waterfall, or just relax in the local brewery.

Day 5 – Hiking in Chalten - Mountains and Lakes- Self Guided

Be prepared for an exciting day in the wild Nature. El Chalten offers a range of options for all kind of difficulty of trekking.
From the door of your hotel, you can go for a short 3 K walk, with views of the Rio de las Vueltas, lenga forest and the chance to see all kind of birds (great woodpecker spotting opportunity).
If you are looking for great mountain views, in one hour and a half you can be at the Cerro Torre view point.
For trekking fans, continue all the way to Torre base or go for the 8 hours trekking for the most impressive view of Fitz Roy and the whole massif by Laguna de los tres path (Highly recommended!!). This is a trek that becomes difficult in the last bit but totally worth the effort.

You can choose where and when to go, and at your own pace, since the paths are self-guided and very well marked and maintained.
We will provide you with complete trekking information of the park, so that you can decide the best plan to make the best of your day.

Day 6 – Time to return to El Calafate & continue your Patagonia Adventure Tour

This morning you can choose any other trek and Chalten activities from a great variety thatthis National Park offers. Bare in mind that in the afternoon you will board your bus back to El Calafate
The three hours driving back will be a good opportunity to rest enjoying
the views from your window.

Day 7 – Your Patagonia trip continues: El Calafate / Torres del Paine / Puerto Natales

Your Tour in Argentina & Chile continues and in the early morning you will be picked up for the full day excursion to visit Torres del Paine Chile (National Park). Along the road you might be able to see rheas, guanacos, Patagonian hare, and even condors.

Keep an eye out for wild guanacos as they roam the windy plains.
It is a long day, but we believe it deserves every hour. Some of the wonders of the world renowned park that you will visit will be Salto Grande, Laguna Amarga, Lago Pehoe, the Cuernos del Paine and of course, the famous Torres del Paine. We can assure you that you are visiting the best attractions in Patagonia!

In the late afternoon you will be dropped off at the Coffee Shop, El Ovejero, a cozy place to wait for the bus that will take you to Puerto Natales.

Once you arrive in Puerto Natales, you will have to go by your own to your hotel.

Puerto Natales is a small town, base to explore the world famous Torres del Paine. Most of hotels are a few blocks from bus station.

Walk along the shores of Last Hope Fiord, and enjoy the views of this place lost in the time looking, or just relax in one of the little cafés of town.

Day 8 – Patagonia Travel: day at leisure

Today you will have a day at leisure, to enjoy self guide hiking at Torres del Paine National Park.

 
Day 9 – Patagonia bus trip from Puerto Natales to El Calafate

At appropriate time, you will take the bus to El Calafate.

Today, you can choose to extent your travels purchasing any of our available offers in the rest of Patagonia, Santiago de Chile or Buenos Aires.

– Perito Moreno Glacier tour and cruise
– Torres del Paine day tour with lunch
– Chalten & Torres del Paine hiking maps
– All Transfers mentioned, including to and from airports.
– Daily breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary.
– Bilingual local guides (English / Spanish).
– 4 nights in El Calafate, 2 in El Chalten, 2 in Puerto Natales

National Park Entrance Fees
– Guides during your days at leisure in El Chalten (We are not including any guide-led trekking as the trails are well-marked. However, if you would like to be accompanied by a guide, please let us know at the time of booking and we will advise you of the additional cost.)
– Insurance (Say Hueque offers Travel insurance with special rates for this trip. Please just let us know if you are interested)

If you plan to visit other destinations in the region, local flights cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination).

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