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Patagonia Dreaming
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For outdoor enthusiasts who have a bit more time to explore the region's stunning natural beauty, this comprehensive adventure takes in Chile and Argentina's Patagonia. Explore Bariloche and wind through the mountains to Chile's lake district, then head south and trek extensively through some of South Americas premier hiking destinations. With ample time in Torres del Paine, encounter the Perito Moreno Glacier and trek Glacier National Park before heading to the "end of the earth Ushuaia.

Latin America

Duration: 19 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Wildlife, Trekking Physical rating: 4 - Demanding
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126880
Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina Finishes: Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will visit
  • Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive in Buenos Aires at any time. Check into the hotel and enjoy the city as there are no planned activities.

After exploring, rest weary feet and enjoy a drink in one of the many sidewalk cafes and restaurants. Begin to understand the contemplative Argentine way of life. Buenos Aires will be the last chance to try the succulent bife and parrilladas, so dig in and enjoy!

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Buenos Aires/San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

Take a short flight to San Carlos de Bariloche, the entrance to northern Patagonia. Jump on a cable car in Cerro Otto for stunning views or simply relax in a cafe.

Sample a beefy parillada or a variety of fresh salmon or lake trout.

Transport:
Plane (2.25-3.00 hours)

03

Day 3: San Carlos de Bariloche (1B)

Choose how you want to spend your free day to explore the countryside. Optional activities include hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

04

Day 4: San Carlos de Bariloche/Puerto Varas (1B)

Journey aboard a comfortable bus across the Andes and through the marvelous mountain scenery of the Lake District. Spend 2 nights on the shores of Lake Llanquihue, enjoying the perfect views of Osorno Volcano.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Argentina - Chile)

Transport:
Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours)
Local bus (3.00-3.50 hours)

05

Day 5: Puerto Varas (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Puerto Varas. Optional activities include rafting, hiking, or exploring Chiloe Island.

06

Day 6: Puerto Varas/Punta Arenas (1B)

At the very end of the Chilean mainland, looking across the Straits of Magellan to Porvenir and Tierra del Fuego, Punta Arenas is a city of about 100,000 people.

One of the most interesting optional activities is only a short drive away from Punta Arenas. The Otway Sound penguin colony is the result of a successful protection program that has brought back the penguins' once endangered population to healthy numbers. These charming birds are here from October to April, with chicks hatching in early December. En route there and back to town look out for rheas, flamingos, and a variety of other birds. Foxes and skunks occasionally make an appearance as well.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Plane (2.25-2.50 hours)

07

Day 7: Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales (1B)

Puerto Natales is the entrance way to Torres del Paine National Park.

During the day, explore the town, eat a hearty meal for energy, and rest well for the 4-day hike ahead. Get any last-minute shopping done in Puerto Natales, and rent all equipment needed for the hike. Any extra gear not needed for the Paine hike will be stored.


Transport:
Local bus (3.00 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Puerto Natales/Torres del Paine National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Embark on a 4-day excursion within Torres del Paine National Park, hiking the famous 'W' circuit. See the Horns of Paine, the Towers, the French Valley, and Grey Glacier.

Included Activities:
'W' Circuit Hike (Day 1)

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Day 9: Torres del Paine National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue the hike of the W Circuit. The day's end point is Cuernos Refuge.


Included Activities:
'W' Circuit Hike (Day 2)

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Day 10: Torres del Paine National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Start on Day 3 of the W Circuit, and hike to Paine Grande.

Included Activities:
'W' Circuit Hike (Day 3)

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Day 11: Torres del Paine National Park/Puerto Natales (1B, 1L)

Finish up the W Circuit. Hike to Grey Viewpoint then return to Puerto Natales.

Included Activities:
'W' Circuit Hike (Day 4)

Transport:
Boat (0.75 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 12: Puerto Natales/El Calafate (1B)

Leave Chile and return to Argentina, travelling across the dusty, windy altiplano. The long road takes us through the arid southern pampas and across the border to the turquoise waters of Argentino Lake and the town of El Calafate. A spectacular drive west towards the mountains leads us to the dynamic Moreno glacier. Look for condors, rheas, eagles or flamingos en route, but the real star of the day is the stunning Moreno Glacier, at the southern terminus of Glacier National Park.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Chile - Argentina)

Transport:
Local bus (1.00-1.50 hours)
Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours)

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Day 13: El Calafate/El Chaltén (1B)

Visit Perito Moreno Glacer in the morning before continuing on to the town of El Chaltén located in the north end of the park.

Included Activities:
Perito Moreno Glacier Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)

14

Day 14: El Chaltén

Full-day guided hike in Glacier National Park to Laguna de los Tres.

Included Activities:
Glacier National Park Guided Hike

15

Day 15: El Chaltén/El Calafate

Free morning to enjoy optional activities like hiking Viedma glacier or Laguna Torre, horseback riding, and mountain biking. Drive back to El Calafate in the afternoon.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.00-3.50 hours)

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Day 16: El Calafate/Ushuaia (1B)

Take a short flight to the southern-most city in the world: Ushuaia, which is situated on the island of Tierra del Fuego.

Enjoy an optional cruise along the Beagle Channel (named after Darwin's expedition vessel) providing panoramic views of the scenery and the chance to spot marine animals and a variety of marine birds. Back on land there are various options, including bird watching, canning in Ushuaia rivers and lakes, 4x4 rides, day hikes in Tierra del Fuego National Park, horseback riding, and a visit to a penguin colony in Harberton Ranch.

Transport:
Plane (1.00-1.50 hours)

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Day 17: Ushuaia (1B)

Free time for optional activities.

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Day 18: Ushuaia/Buenos Aires (1B)

Enjoy a free morning in Ushuaia before the return flight to Buenos Aires and a final night out on the town.

Transport:
Plane (3.50-4.00 hours)

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Day 19: Buenos Aires

Depart at any time. We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Torres del Paine National Park excursion (3 nts camping)
    • "W Circuit" hike
    • Perito Moreno Glacier visit
    • Guided hike in Glacier National Park hike to Laguna de los Tres (full-day)
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (15 nts), camping (3 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 15 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Public bus, boat, plane
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist mountain guides in Torres del Paine, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Soak in the energy of Buenos Aires
  • Explore the Lake District
  • Trek the "W Circuit" in Torres del Paine
  • Marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Reach the "end of the earth" in Ushuaia.