Day 1-2: Arrive El Calafate The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held. Located on the southern shore of Lake Argentino. El Calafate is our base to visit the spectacular Perito Moreno glacier. With a height of around 60 metres and a front of five kilometres (three miles), covering some 250 square kilometres the glacier is an incredible sight and is one of the few glaciers in the world to be growing slightly, not decreasing in size as most glaciers do. Named after Argentine explorer Francisco Merino, the glacier is coloured in a variety of hues from blue to grey to white and continually creaks and cracks. Advancing at a speed of around two metres per day, it can put on a spectacular show when giant chunks of ice at the outermost edges crack under tremendous pressure, rupture and crash into the water – a process known as calving. You will have the chance to walk around some paths and terraces where you can get some great views of the glacier.
Day 3: Puerto Natales Tonight we spend the night in Puerto Natales and prepare for our time in Torres del Paine National Park. You can enjoy the quaint nature of this small town and shop for some last minute supplies.
Day 4-6: Torres del Paine National Park
We continue on to visit the majestic Torres del Paine National Park, named after three massive granite towers that rise out of the earth. Covering more than 180,000 hectares, the park boasts stunning scenery with snow covered mountain peaks, glaciers, beautiful lakes and valleys with a diverse variety of unusual flora and fauna. Some of the varied and amazing creatures you might spot include skunks, Andean condors, black-chested buzzard eagles, chilla foxes, culpeo foxes, guanacos (a relative of the llama), Chilean flamingos and rhea, a type of emu. Vividly-coloured flowers, various evergreen plants and orchids may also be seen. The best way to discover the national park is on foot and trekking here will take your breath away.
We stay in two different campsites on different sides of the national park, meaning you have the opportunity to trek through the park itself, appreciating the many diverse and beautiful landscapes of this pristine wilderness. Some of the walks are quite demanding, but there is a great variety of options for all grades of walkers. Options include a full day trek with incredible views of the famous ‘towers’ (this walk can be demanding with the final section walking in scree, however it is well worth it), as well as the Valle del Frances and Lago Grey treks. Together, these three treks make up the majority of the famous 'W' trek for which the national park is famous world-wide. We also take a catamaran trip across the beautiful Lago Pehoe for a full view of the Grey Glacier.
We sleep in tents, with all meals included. Mattresses are provided, however you will need to provide your own sleeping bags. These can be rented locally, however this depends on availability. Waking up to the remote unspoilt landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park will be an unforgettable experience that will stay with you forever.
Day 7-8: Punta Arenas
Punta Arenas is Patagonia’s most important commercial centre and this duty free port was an early frontier town. Before the opening of the Panama Canal, the only way around South America was via the extreme southern tip of Chile and therefore Punta Arenas was a necessary stopping point in the Pacific-Atlantic shipping route. In your free time in Punta Arenas, you may wish to visit Zona Franca, the duty free shopping district, where you can find some great bargains.
We also visit the nearby Magellanic penguin colony at Seno Otway (Otway Inlet), where around five thousand pairs of these strange, docile birds return annually to burrow, breed and raise their young, in their birthplace. You can watch the comic antics of these special penguins from special viewing platforms as they march back and forth between their burrows and the sea where they search for food. Each pair raises two chicks per season and takes turns looking after the young. Mating occurs in October and brooding over the eggs follows in November. From mid November to mid December the eggs hatch, then throughout January and February the newborns change their features and start to swim. From mid March to April the penguins head back to the southern coast of Brazil and the Atlantic Islands.
Day 9-10: Ushuaia
Ushuaia is the most southern city in the world with a setting that's hard to beat, dramatically located between towering mountains and icy sea. We visit the nearby Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire) National Park, where the Pan American Highway ends 17,848 kilometres from its starting point in Alaska. The national park, which has often been compared with Alaska’s panhandle, covers 63,000 hectares of mountains, lakes, deep valleys, glaciers and rivers. You can trek along various trails through the beautiful beech forests, spotting wildlife along the way, including guanacos, foxes, beavers, condors and oyster catchers. There are also some interesting museums in Ushuaia which reveal its interesting natural and colonial history, such as the Maritime Museum and Museum at the End of the World. At the Ushuaia tourist office you can have your passport stamped with an official End of the World stamp. Those interested in steam trains might like to go for a train ride on the Tren del Fin del Mundo or End of the World Train.
Day 11: Depart Ushuaia
Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.
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Travel the whole length of spectacular Patagonia on this enthralling trip seeing the windswept plains, forests, mountains, wildlife and glaciers that make up this truly fascinating region. Camp and trek in Torres del Paine National Park and cross Lake Pahoe by catamaran to get up close to the stunning scenery of this remote and beautiful corner of the world.
What to Know
- This trip includes camping outdoors. Please ask about proper attire and gear.
- Tipping is a part of the life in South America, but you should not feel obliged or pressured to tip if you have not received good service. A gratuity of 10% of the total bill is recommended in restaurants. Gratuities are usually expected for local guides on included and optional excursions.
About the Destination
In Chile, adventure is what happens on the way to having an adventure. Pedal the chunky gravel of the Carretera Austral and end up sharing ferries with SUVs and oxcarts, taking a wrong turn and finding heaven in an anonymous orchard. Serendipity takes over. Plans may be made, but try being just as open to experience. Locals never rush, so maybe you shouldn’t either. 'Those who hurry waste their time,' is the Patagonian saying that would serve well as a traveler's mantra.
Preposterously thin and unreasonably long, Chile stretches from the belly of South America to its foot, reaching from the driest desert on earth to vast southern glacial fields. Diverse landscapes unfurl over a 4300km stretch: parched dunes, fertile valleys, volcanoes, ancient forests, massive glaciers and fjords. There's wonder in every detail and nature on a symphonic scale. For the traveler, it's boggling how so much has stayed intact for so long. The very human quest for development could imperil these treasures sooner than we think. Yet for now, Chile guards some of the most pristine parts of our planet, and they shouldn't be missed.
On South America’s southern frontier, nature grows wild, barren and beautiful. Spaces are large, as are the silences that fill them. For the newly arrived, such emptiness can be as impressive as the sight of Patagonia’s jagged peaks, pristine rivers and dusty backwater oases. In its enormous scale, Patagonia offers an innumerable wealth of potential experiences and landscapes.
Though no longer a dirt road, lonely RN40 remains the iconic highway that stirred affection in personalities as disparate as Butch Cassidy and Bruce Chatwin. On the eastern seaboard, paved RN3 shoots south, connecting oil boomtowns with ancient petrified forests, Welsh settlements and the incredible Península Valdés. Then there is the other, trendy Patagonia where faux-fur hoodies outnumber the guanacos. Don’t miss the spectacular sights of El Calafate and El Chaltén, but remember that they’re a world apart from the solitude of the steppe.
Things to Do
In El Calafate:
- Boat trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier
- Regional Museum of El Calafate
- Boat trip on Lago Argentino
- Reserva Municipal Laguna Nimez, bird sanctuary
In Torres del Paine
- Torres horse riding
- Grey Glacier Boat
- Catamaran in Torres
In Punta Arenas
- See The replica of Magallanes Noa Victoria
- Museum at the End of the World
- Maritime Museum & Ushuaia Prison
- Scenic flight
- End of the world train
- Beagle Channel Cruise
How to get there
We recommend flying into the Comandante Armando Tola International Airport in El Calafate.
- 10 Sleeps
What is Included
- Guided Tour of Perito Moreno Glacier
- Entry to Seno Otway Penguin Colony
- 7 night(s) in hotels, 3 night(s) camping
- Travel by Public Bus, Private Vehicle, Ferry
- Camping in Torres del Paine National Park
- Entry to Tierra Del Fuego National Park
- 10 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
- Tour leader, English-speaking local guide(s) on included excursions
Rates Do Not Include:
- Sleeping bag & towels
- International flights and departure taxes
- Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.
- Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
- Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
- Optional excursions
- This tour doesn't have fixed departure dates. Instead, the departure dates can be customized. The final departure dates will depend on the client's preferences and availability of accommodations and/or other components of this tour.
- The rates of this tour can be changed without prior notice
- This tour is offered by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay
- All information about this tour is provided and updated by the Tour Operator, not by aSuiteStay.
Argentina tourist visa is not required for citizens of United Kingdom or France for a stay up to 90 days. United States citizens require a visa.
Chile tourist visa is not required for citizens of United States, United Kingdom or France for a stay up to 90 days.
Rate of $2,350 USD is subject to change.
Rates are based on availability and season. All rates are quoted in USD. Some packages are customizable. Final pricing depends on add-ons.
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