Discover one of the most beautiful parts of the world on this 13 day excursion. You’ll enjoy countless glaciers, world class trekking, and unbeatable scenery!
Tour Patagonia and visit breathtaking glaciers, majestic mountains, and the world renowned national parks of the area on this 13 day adventure through Chile and Argentina. Beginning in El Calafate and finishing in Ushuaia, this trip includes a guided tour and boat cruise to Perito Moreno Glacier, hiking in the Fitz Roy and Chalten mountain ranges, a visit to Torres del Paine National Park, guided canoeing in the Tierra del Fuego National Park, and a three night stay in the southern most city in the world, Ushuaia. This trip is a perfect package for those interested in experiencing the natural beauty, culture, and adventure of Patagonia.
Day 1 – Tour Patagonia: El Calafate
Welcome to Patagonia! Located in the southern part of Patagonia, El Calafate is on the Patagonian steppe, and is a very dry and dramatic climate. The city is on the border of Lago Argentino (Argentina’s biggest lake), and is considered to be the national capital of the glaciers. From the city, you can visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers in the world that is still growing.
Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel and will have the rest of the day to explore the area or, if possible, hike out to Laguna Nimez for an unbeatable Patagonian sunset.
Day 2 – Tour Patagonia: Perito Moreno Glacier
You will set forth on a full day adventure to Perito Moreno Glacier, in Los Glaciers National Park. The area has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and is home to one of the most stunning landscapes in all of Argentina, the Perito Moreno Glacier. You will take a tour with a bilingual guide who will provide you with all of the information you’ll need to know about the area. Upon arrival, you will have the chance to enjoy the stunning views of the glacier from the nearby walking trail and viewing platforms. Later on, you will enjoy the Perito Moreno Glacier boat cruise that will take you up close to the enormous 80m tall ice walls! You will then be transported back to your hotel in El Calafate early in the evening.
Day 3 – Tour Patagonia: El Calafate
This day is intended for relaxation and leisure. Here you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy any of the optional tours around El Calafate. We recommend a visit to Estancia Cristina, a bike ride out to the lake, or a boat cruise to discover some of the more remote glaciers this region has to offer.
Day 4 – Tour Patagonia: Hiking El Chalten
In the morning you will head out on a comfortable public bus ride, where for 3 hours you will be able to enjoy the Southern Patagonian desert along the famous Route 40. When you arrive to El Chalten, the bus will stop for 15 minutes at the Park Ranger station where you will receive general information about the park, recommendations, etc. El Chalten is a top rated trekking destination and is considered to be the Argentinean capital of trekking. Located at the base of the Fitz Roy Mountain, surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forest, it is truly the hidden gem of the south. This charming little village, that is also the starting point for most trails, is a paradise for walkers and trekkers alike. Upon arrival, you can explore the surrounding area, take a stroll around a waterfall, or just relax at the local brewery.
Day 5- Tour Patagonia: Trekking the Mountains & Lakes of El Chalten
Be prepared for an exciting day of rugged nature! El Chalten offers a wide range of options for all levels of trekking. From the door of the hotel, you can go for a short 3k walk, with views of the Rio de las Vueltas, lenga forest and spot all kind of birds (this is a great opportunity to spot woodpeckers). If you’re looking for great mountain views, take a short jaunt to the stunning Cerro Torre view point. For trekking fans, continue all the way up to Torre base or go on an 8 hour trek to the most unbeatable view of Fitz Roy by Laguna de los tres path (highly recommended!!) This trek is more difficult toward the last bit but is still definitely worth the effort.
You can choose where and when to go, as well as what pace you’d like to travel at, since all the paths are self-guided and very well marked and maintained. Upon arrival, you will be provided with all of the trekking information you’ll need to know for planning the perfect day.
Day 6 – Tour Patagonia: Return to El Calafate
In the morning, you can choose from a number of trekking and other Chalten activities that the National Park has to offer. In the afternoon, you will board the bus back to El Calafate. This three hour bus ride will be a good opportunity to rest and enjoy the views from your window.
Day 7 – Tour Patagonia: Travel to Puerto Natales
In the morning, you’ll arrive at the bus station to begin your journey to the Chilean town of Puerto Natales. Please be at the bus station at least 30 minutes before the bus departure time. Once you arrive in Puerto Natales, you will head to your hotel through your own form of transportation. Puerto Natales is a quaint town at the base of the famous Torres del Paine. Most hotels are just a few short blocks from the bus station. We recommend walking along the shores of the Last Hope Fiord or relaxing in one of the many cozy cafés or bars in the town.
Important: You are not allowed to take any fresh food, plants, seeds, etc. from Argentina to Chile. These laws very strict, and fines are high. If you aren’t sure if something is allowed, please declare it (they will provide you with a form) and you will be told wether or not you can take it with you.
Day 8 – Torres Del Paine Tour
In the early morning you will be picked up for a full day excursion to the Torres del Paine National Park. During the drive it’s very possible that you’ll see rheas, guanacos, Patagonian hare, or even condors. You will visit famous spots such as Salto Grande, Laguna Amarga, Lago Pehoe, the Cuernos del Paine and of course, the famous Torres del Paine. These are definitely some of the best attractions in Patagonia! In the evening, you will be driven back to your hotel.
Day 9 – Punta Arenas
Get ready to head to the city of Punta Arenas. Please be at the bus station 30 minutes before the bus departure time. After 3-4 hours you will arrive to Chile’s most southern city. Punta Arenas was once a wealthy, aristocratic, and European destination. Before the Panama Canal, this was the most important stop before or after crossing the Magallean straight. You can see the city’s history by visiting the local cemetery or examining the architecture of the older buildings. Walk around and view the old mansions and get a feel for the character of a place that is now more populated by sheep than people. From the bus station, you will go to your hotel on your own. (Taxis are available for around $5-7USD).
Day 10 – Travel to Ushuaia
In the early morning, you will take a taxi to the bus station to begin a full day trip to the Argentinian city of Ushuaia. This bus ride will pass through some of Patagonia’s most beautiful scenery. Crossing the mystical Strait of Magellan before arriving at the stunning Tierra del Fuego Island. After crossing the border between Argentina and Chile, the bus will continue south, until reaching Ushuaia, known as the “City of the End of the World.” This southern city lies surrounded by mountains and faces the Beagle Chanel. Upon arriving in Ushuaia, you will make your way to your hotel. (Taxis to and from the bus station cost around $8USD).
Day 11 – Trekking & Canoeing in the Patagonia National Park
You will be picked up from your hotel and driven towards the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Once you arrive at Ensenada Bay, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the view over the Beagle Channel before trekking along the coast. This wild trail gives you the opportunity to see the native flora and fauna of the channel, as well as discover old native remains left by the ancient dwellers, the Yamanas. Once you reach Roca Lake you will enjoy a nice lunch. After your homemade picnic you will start canoeing along Lapataia River. This will take you to Lapataia Bay on the Beagle Channel, the place where the Panamerican Highway and number 3 National Route ends. Later in the evening you will return back to Ushuaia.
Day 12 – Beagle Channel Cruise
Once you have made your way to the tourist pier, you will embark on a boat excursion along the famous Beagle Channel. Here you will see panoramas of Ushuaia Bay and discover the diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants and fur seals, on De los Lobos and De los Pajaros Islands. On one of the Bridges Isles, you’ll be able to explore the island for concheros, or giant shells, and absorb the incredible views of Chile and Argentina. During the tour, you can enjoy snacks as well as the famous Argentine drink, mate.
Note: There is a local port tax of $4USD
Day 13 – Ushuaia
You will be driven to the airport or bus station. If you wish, you can continue your trip towards to the northern area of the country, Salta region, or maybe visit the wine area in Mendoza. Argentina has much more to offer!
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