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Argentina Tours & Holidays

Patagonia Wilderness

From €3480pp
Depart From
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Departure Date
Multiple departure dates throughout the year
Duration
15 Days
Destination
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Price
From €3480pp
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Adventure through the breathtaking wilderness of Patagonia.

Become an adventurer in the Patagonian wilderness- one of the most remote and beautiful environments in the world.

Visit the best of nature's attractions in Argentina before heading to Chile to marvel at Patagonia.

From the tango bars and heaving streets of Buenos Aires, head to the striking mountain scenery, vast open plains, dramatic ice fields and advancing glaciers of Patagonia.

Trek to the spectacular Laguna Torre and iconic Torres del Paine, hike glaciers and visit the quirky towns at the end of the world. Experience a South American adventure through this spectacular region of Argentina and Chile.

Included activities

  • Buenos Aires - Orientation walk
  • El Chalten - Day hike to Laguna de los Tres
  • El Chalten - Day hike to Laguna Torre
  • El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier visit
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
  • Torres del Paine - 3 nights camping and hiking with experienced local guide
  • Ushuaia - Beagle Channel cruise

Is this trip right for you?

  • There are a few long days of travel, the journey to Ushuaia on Day 11 being the longest. Remember to stock up on snacks and keep your warm clothes handy. The reward for your patience comes in the form of jaw-dropping glacial scenery.
  • Weather in Patagonia is an important factor to consider. Be prepared for all elements – rain, wind and extreme cold.
  • The fitter you are, the more you'll get out of this trip. There are multiple treks involved, and they can be quite challenging.
  • A three-day camping adventure in Torre del Paine is unforgettable, but remember that facilities will be more basic on this part of the trip than others.

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Argentina!

Please make sure you arrive on day 1 by 3 pm, in time for the first group meeting. Please have lunch prior to the meeting as we'll head out on our first activity straight afterwards. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information. If you are intending to hire a sleeping bag for our nights in the Torres del Paine National Park please let your leader know at this meeting. 

In the afternoon your tour leader will take you for an approximately 2 hour orientation walk around some of Buenos Aires' main attractions. In the evening you have the option of going out for a group dinner.

Buenos Aires must be the ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of their city which is comprised of distinct 'barrios' (neighbourhoods), each with their own style. Visit San Telmo for its weekend antiques market and artists' displays. La Boca was settled by waves of immigrants that built brightly painted buildings. It is also home to the world-class football team Boca Juniors and murals of famous footballers cover the district's walls. Recoleta is the place to browse museums with Buenos Aires' well-to-do. 

When you have finished exploring, settle down at one of the many streetside cafes and prepare yourself for a night of tango at one of the many milongas.

If you arrive to Buenos Aires before day 1, there are plenty of galleries, museums and historic buildings to keep you entertained. On the east side of the Plaza de Mayo you will find the Casa Rosada, the pink presidential palace where Eva Peron appeared on the balcony in front of adoring fans in the 1940s. There is also a Museo Evita, dedicated to the life (and gowns) of this famed figure. MALBA is an incredible art gallery showcasing a private collection, including works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and great temporary exhibits.

Included Activities:

  • Buenos Aires - Orientation walk

Optional Activities:

  • Buenos Aires - Tango show - ARS1200
  • Gran Cafe Tortoni Show - ARS270
  • Buenos Aires - Football game (ticket price depends on the game) - USD120
  • Buenos Aires - Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure - USD111
  • Buenos Aires - Gourmet Food Urban Adventure - USD120

As there is limited access to ATMs in Patagonia and we leave Buenos Aires early on Day 2, we recommend you withdraw around ARS 3000 in Argentinian pesos (approx USD 250) to cover the cost of meals and other personal expenses, on Day 1 of the trip (Sunday). If you wish to join any optional activities while on tour, please refer to the costs listed in these trip notes and budget accordingly.

Day 2: El Calafate / El Chalten

Today we fly south from Buenos Aires to El Calafate (approx. 3 hrs), then travel by van to the frontier town of El Chalten, north of Glacier National Park (approx 3.5 hrs). Hikers and climbers from all around the world congregate here and the atmosphere is laid back and very outdoors-oriented.

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

Special Information:

Please be aware that there are no ATMs available in Perito Moreno Glacier and El Chalten, Your group leader will give you an indication of the amount needed in each destination.

Day 3: El Chalten

The next two days we'll take on at least two of the most popular day treks in the area: Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. Hikes are moderate to difficult. You can expect to walk from six to nine hours on clearly marked and well maintained paths. The terrain itself is not difficult. Wind and rain may be the main challenges you face on these walks.

The hikes we trek and the order in which we trek them may change depending on weather conditions.

Included Activities:

  • El Chalten - Day hike to Laguna de los Tres

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

Day 4: El Chalten

Complete whichever trek you didn't tackle yesterday.

Included Activities:

  • El Chalten - Day hike to Laguna Torre

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

Day 5: El Chalten / El Calafate

Enjoy your final morning in El Chalten before we transfer back to El Calafate.

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

Day 6: El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier

Today we visit Perito Moreno Glacier. This is one of the few advancing glaciers in the world and at 3km (1.8 miles) wide and 35km (21 miles) long is a spectacular sight. Watch and listen to the crack of the ice as it plunges into the waters below.
We return to El Calafate for the night.

Included Activities:

  • El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier visit
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park

Optional Activities:

  • Moreno glacier cruise (45 mins) - ARS1200
  • Perito Moreno - Mini-trek on the glacier including short cruise to glacier base (65 yrs old is the maximum age permitted) - ARS2400

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

Days 7-9: Torres del Paine National Park

Be ready for another long travel day. Early in the morning we jump on a local bus to Cerro Castillo in Chile (approx. 5 hrs). Here we stop for lunch (not included) while we wait for the connecting van to Torres del Paine (approx. 1.5 hrs).

Please make sure you have water, snacks and warm clothing available for today bus journeys. 

Sitting at the end of the earth is the awe inspiring Chilean Patagonia. Few people have the opportunity to see this area and those who do find it difficult to forget. Once a sheep estancia, the park was established in 1959. This is magnificent trekking country where nandues, condors and pink flamingos abound.

Upon arriving in the park you will most likely be greeted by a herd of guanacos, relatives of alpacas. These strange animals provide great photo opportunities but don't get too close; they're likely to spit at you. There's also some of the world's best trout and salmon fishing. 

The real star of the show, however, is the magnificent landscape. With sparkling lakes, gushing waterfalls, glaciers and striking mountains, much of our time trekking is spent slack-jawed in awe of our surrounds.

The campsite will be our home for the next three nights and the base from where we'll take on our day hikes.

The most popular trek in this area is locally known as "Base Las Torres" (The Tower's Base), your leader will recommend when to take this hike, depending on weather conditions.

Another available hike is towards "Refugio Los Cuernos" (The Horns' Lodge). This trek is long, but it has excellent views of this particular section of the park also known as "Los Cuernos del Paine" (The Horns)

The treks are moderate to difficult along clearly marked trails and we will usually hike between 5-8 hours per day. Weather in Patagonia is an important factor to consider - be prepared for cold, wet and windy weather.

You and a fellow traveller will share a tent for the next three nights. Sleeping bags are not provided on this trip so please bring your own. Alternatively you can hire it locally for approximately US$30 for the 3 nights. Make sure you inform your leader on day 1 of the trip if you intend to hire it locally for him/her to make the necessary arrangements. A (thermarest/inflatable camping mattress is provided on this trip.

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners will be provided while camping. Dinners are simple (pastas, rice, chicken) and are served in a common dinning area. Lunches consist of sandwiches, fruit and sometimes a chocolate bar. Soft and alcoholic drinks are not provided and there is limited selection for you to buy from at the Camping's general store. If you particularly like certain snacks (almonds, nuts, raisins) or a drink (a bottle of wine, spirit) please make sure you bring it from Buenos Aires or Calafate.

Bathroom facilities are available in the campsite with communal showers and bathroom separated by sex.

Included Activities:

  • 3 nights camping in Torres del Paine NP

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast (3)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Dinner (3)

Special Information:

While we hike, all your belongings will be left at the campsite, inside your tent. We can not be made responsible for anything that may go missing from your tent, however the campsite dedicates one person to look after the site and our belongings and we have not had anything missing from our tents so far.

Day 10: Puerto Natales

You will be taken on a full day guided tour around another part of Torres del Paine National park including a visit to grey lake before transferring to Puerto Natales (approximately 3 hours) where you will spend the night. 
Once a modest fishing port and now a gateway to Torres, there won't be much time to explore Puerto Natales but hopefully you can venture out for dinner and trial some of boutique beer or wine around town.

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Day 11: Ushuaia

Today we hit the road for one last time - a 14-hour bus ride takes us back to Argentina and to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Needless to say you will need to arm yourself with your favourite book, your music player, drinks and snacks.

Ushuaia is the gateway to Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Argentina's only coastal park.

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

Day 12: Ushuaia

This morning we will take an included boat trip on the Beagle Channel. Observe the marine wildlife among the small islands and inlets along this waterway named after Charles Darwin's expedition ship.

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

Day 13: Ushuaia

Today is free for you to explore. We have some time to visit Ushuaia's museums before returning to Buenos Aires.

Optional Activities:

  • Penguin tour - ARS2590
  • Martial Glacier hike (approx ARS140 taxi to the start of the trail) - Free

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

Day 14: Buenos Aires

Return to Buenos Aires by plane for a final night out. Please note that while we intend to return to Buenos Aires in the early hours of the afternoon, airline schedules in Argentina are known for changing without much notice, meaning that we can potentially arrive in Buenos Aires as late as 11pm on Day 14. 

We return to our centrally located hotel in Buenos Aires for our final night.

Meals Included:

  • Breakfast

Day 15: Buenos Aires

As there are no activities planned, you are free to depart at any time on Day 15.

Optional Activities:

  • Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure - Urban Adventures - USD120
  • Malbec Trail of Palermo - Urban Adventures - USD111

Meals Included:

Breakfast

Price is per adult sharing and includes:

  • Meals:
    • 14 breakfasts
    • 3 lunches
    • 3 dinners
  • Transport:
    • Plane
    • Local bus
    • Private vehicle
    • Boat
  • Accommodation:
    • Hotel (11 nights)
    • Camping [with basic facilities] (3 nights)
  • Included activities:
    • Buenos Aires - Orientation walk
    • El Chalten - Day hike to Laguna de los Tres
    • El Chalten - Day hike to Laguna Torre
    • El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier visit
    • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
    • 3 nights camping in Torres del Paine NP

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • International flights- we'll find the best rates for your chosen travel dates
  • Travel insurance
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