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BEST OF PATAGONIA – 13 Days

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El Calafate Tours
Hiking in Chalten
Torres del Paine National Park
Visit Puerto Natales & Punta Arenas
Travel to Ushuaia

BEST OF PATAGONIA – 13 Days

Tour Perito Monero Glacier, Torres del Paine, Fitz Roy & Ushuaia

Visit stunning glaciers, majestic mountains and pristine national parks in Patagonia on this 13-day adventure tour in Argentina and Chile. Starting in El Calafate and finishing in Ushuaia, you’ll take a boat trip  to Perito Moreno Glacier, hike in Chalten mountain ranges nearby Mount Fitz Roy, visit Torres del Paine National Park and make a road trip through Patagonian steppe to get to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. An ideal trip for those interested on experiencing the cultural heritage and adventurous natural beauty of Patagonia.

 

Day 1 – Travel to Patagonia: El Calafate

 

Today, Southern Patagonia welcomes you with open arms. El Calafate is a starting point for adventure travelers who desire to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia, like the Perito Moreno Glacier.

 

 

The Perito Moreno glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that’s still advancing. Though it’s not the only glacier in the area, it’s the one that made the city of El Calafate famous worldwide. For many years now, El Calafate has been considered capital of the glaciers. Located at the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) it’s also home of the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s glacier) It’s discovery was the biggest glacier to sit at the mouth of Lake Argentino.  

 

 

Is El Calafate all about the glaciers? Well, yes and no…glaciers are main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride but you have a lot more to discover about Argentine rural culture. From Calafate, you can also visit a typical Patagonian finca (ranch) and learn all about the gaucho (cowboy) culture and enjoy a great asado (barbecue). You’ll soon realize that Calafate offers more than just being the gateway to the Perito Moreno glacier.  

 

 

Upon arrival, you will be taken to the hotel,where you will have the rest of the day to relax or explore the surroundings.

 

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Take a look at our Calafate Travel Guide to find more practical information about the city. Our advice: if you feel like exploring a bit on your own, you can visit The Glaciarium Museum and learn about the history of glaciers and its first explorers. To get to the museum there is a transfer you can take at the Tourist Office.

 

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Day 2 – El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

 

In the morning, we’ll drive you to Glaciers National Park to take the 6 hour long Perito Moreno Glacier tour. Get prepared to play with the giants!

 

Glaciers National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to 200 glaciers approximately . Half of this park is occupied by the campo de hielo patagónico (Patagonian ice field), the largest ice field after Antarctica. You will travel 40 km (about 25 miles) from El Calafate to the park, enjoying the views of the Patagonian steppe. Once inside the park you will take the walkways to explore the different viewpoints, and you’ll feel really close to the Perito Moreno Glacier. If you’re lucky, you may get to see a piece of ice break off and fall from the glacier wall to sink forever into the lake.

 

During about one hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know, you will also learn about things you might have never thought about! After this visit you will take a boat ride that will take you close enough to fully appreciate the 80 meter (262 feet) high ice walls of Perito Moreno! You’ll never feel closer to this gigantic and impressive natural masterpiece.   

 

 

Say Hueque tips

 

Have you ever imagined walking over the the back of a glacier? Well, if your answer is no, why don’t you take a look to the Mini Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier…We’re sure you won’t regret it.    

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Day 3 – Your free day at El Calafate

 

El Calafate is much more than magnificent glaciers…Today is your perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the rural culture of Patagonia.

 

Inside Glaciers National Park, at the end of NR 15, after a 1h 30 drive over a rubble road, sits one of the oldest and traditional Patagonian ranches of the area. It’s the only ranch that maintains sheep and Hereford cattle breeding as its main occupation.

 

You can take a day trip to visit its 12 000 hectares, learn about its history and  witness a shearing demonstration. At the end of the day, a grilled lambed  awaits, sizzling in its Patagonian traditional cross stake.

 

 

 

Say Hueque tips

 

Looking for things to do in El Calafate, we found a wide variety of activities and day trips to share with you. We wrote it all in our blog, “Travel Tales of Argentina”.

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Day 4 – From El Calafate to El Chalten: Patagonia hiking

 

During the morning you will take a public bus to start your 3 hour-long trip to El Chaltén. You’ll travel along the famous Route 40, surrounded by the Patagonian steppe, pass through La Leona River, which connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma and  La Leona Road house, where famous thieves Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid hid out for a month.

 

 

After discovering other rough gems of this particular landscape, you’ll reach El Chaltén, the top rated hiking destination in Argentina. This charming little village sits at the foot of Fitz Roy Mountain,  it’s surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forests. It’s also the starting point for most hiking trails. A paradise to take leisurely strolls amidst the sun.

 

 

Enjoy your first afternoon of leisure in Patagonia by relaxing in the local brewery or explore the surrounding areas—Maybe take a stroll around a little waterfall…

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Take a look at our favorite hikes in our Chaltén Travel Guide, here we offer the best advice on how to vist the area.

 

 

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Day 5- Trekking in El Chalten: mountains and lakes (self guided)

 

Prepare yourself  for an exciting day into the wild. El Chaltén offers a wide range of  hiking paths with varied difficulty. You can choose where and when to go, paths are self-guided and very well marked and maintained.

 

 

From the main door of your hotel, you can go for a short 3 kilometres (1.8 mile) walk to Cerro Torre viewpoint—it will take you around 1 hour. Enjoy Rio de las Vueltas and lenga forest with its amazing views, be prepared to see all kind of birds—This is great woodpecker spotting opportunity!

 

 

For true hiking lovers, continue all the way to Base Torre or go for a  8 hour-long hike to see the most impressive view of the  Fitz Roy Mountain and emerald waters of Laguna de los Tres. Although this hike becomes difficult in the last bit, it’s totally worthy. Seize the day, wake up early and watch the sunrise at the Laguna de los Tres  (see Fitz Roy peaks turning red)—A true once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

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Day 6 – Patagonia hiking: from El Chalten back to El Calafate

 

Enjoy an early walk around town or a short hike during the morning: you can walk to El Chorrillo del Salto, 3-4 hours away from the village, to visit some nice viewpoints, specially the one called Condors Viewpoint.

 

 

Bear in mind that in the afternoon you will board your bus back to El Calafate, (you need to be back in time).The 3 hour long drive will be a good opportunity to rest, relax and enjoy the passing landscapes at your window.

 

 

Once you arrive at El Calafate, the bus will leave you at your hotel. This is  your last evening in town, your last chance to try the tender and exquisite Patagonian Lamb or a heavenly tasting Calafate ice-cream. In Calafate, food options are varied: from veggie delicacies, to the best demonstration of international cuisine. You can choose between a fancy restaurant, or a traditional local tavern to spend an unforgettable time.

 

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Day 7 – Travel to Chile: Torres Del Paine tour

 

Early in the morning, we’ll pick you up to start your trip to Chile and your full day visit to Torres del Paine National Park. It’s going to be a long day, but oh boy, is it worth every minute.

 

 

First, we’ll drive through the Patagonian steppe in an overland which takes about 2.30 hours (you might be able to see rheas, guanacos, Patagonian hare, and even condors!). We will travel until we reach the border to Chile at Cancha Carrera, where we’ll go through customs.

 

 

We’ll keep on traveling amist isolated and windy landscapes, occasionally greeted by guanacos and native green-orange tinted bushes: here you’ll truly feel the significant isolation which characterizes Patagonia.

 

 

The park won’t amaze you at first sight. Like a shide lover, it will unveil its enthralling natural beauties little by little. Through winding roads, we’ll make different stops to have a close up view of Cascada Paine (Paine Waterfall), Paine Range at Lake Sarmiento and of Paine Horns at Lake Nordenskjold. Depending on the weather, we’ll perform an hour long walk to reach the lake and get closer to the striking horns. At midday, and after having stopped by the Lago Pehoé Viewpoint to gaze at the vastness of the  French Valley, we’ll have our box lunch at this mountainous backdrop. At the end of this fabled excursion, we’ll take you to your hotel in Puerto Natales where you’ll overnight. 

 

 

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

This is an incredible National Park! We made this awesome Torres del Paine Travel Guide for you to not loose any details of this adventure. Things to take into account: It is not allowed to take any fresh food, plants, seeds, from Argentina to Chile. They are very strict, and fines can be high. If you are not sure if something is allowed or not, please declare it (they will provide you with a form) and they will inform you if you can carry it or not.

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Day 8 – Hiking to Base las Torres in Torres del Paine

 

Today we’ll pick you up really early in the morning (at 7 am!) to drive you to the sector Las Torres and take you to Cerro Paine Ranch, the jumping-off point of our hike, where you’ll have an informative talk about this high difficulty and amazing outing.

 

 

We’ll take the road heading to the Valley and after 10 minutes walking, we’ll get to an old pendant bridge which crosses the river Ascencio. You’ll see a fork 150 meters ahead- take a left at the fork to get to the Base Towers!

 

 

Following a winding and green slope, and after an hour you’ll pass by Chilean Campsite on the opposite bank of the river. We’ll continue walking for 45 minutes until reaching Almirante Nieto Hill. Your next stop: the mirador (viewpoint) and the foothill of the moraine!

 

 

We’ll continue hiking for an hour and the path will become steeper and steeper as you approach the most amazing view of the three towers: Central, Monzino and Dagostini. Prepare to see some condor nests and the great Peineta Hill!

 

 

Time to rest and eat (box lunch included): this is the victory for courageous hikers! You’ll have a moment to enjoy your box lunch with this amazing backdrop before returning via the same road to the starting fork where your driver will be waiting to take you back to Puerto Natales.

 

 

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Day 9 – From Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas

 

Today you’ll make your way to the bus station of Puerto Natales to depart to Punta Arenas. Being there 30 minutes before the departure is the best way to avoid any last minutes inconvenience. This is a 3-4 hour long trip through the steppe, crisscrossed by mountains and fjords waters. At your arrival to the bus station at Punta Arenas you’ll make your way to your hotel—you can walk or take a taxi for around 5-7 dollars.

 

 

Punta Arenas is the Chilean southernmost city, sited at the Magellanic Strait, and the leading port for Antarctic cruises and scientific research. Before the construction of the Panama Canal, Punta Arenas was the most important maritime crossroad between the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean, thus, the city grew as a commercial center surrounded by European-type buildings— Today it’s colourful houses standing  from a backdrop of snow-capped mountains are a vision for sore eyes.

 

 

What to do in Punta Arenas? You can enjoy the evening by taking a 3 hour long city tour to visit the Mirador Hill and get the most gorgeous views of Magellan Strait, and to visit the Maggiorino Borgatello Museum to see the craft master pieces made by the Onas, Yaganes and other natives of the area.

 

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Day 10 – From Punta Arenas travel to Ushuaia

 

In the early morning, you will make your way to the bus station to embark on a full day bus trip to Ushuaia. Take into account (as in day 7) that you’ll be crossing borders so keep our previous advice in mind.

 

 

This is a 12 hour long trip, crossing the Patagonian steppe: yellow and green grasslands, Chilean gauchos riding into the wild, grazing unworried sheep will rolle on the square landscape of your window, until you reach the ferry crossing. It will take around 45 minutes to cross the mythical Strait of Magellan before hitting the road again to cross the border and finally entering to Tierra del Fuego Island in Argentine lands.

 

 

As the end-of-the world famous city approaches, grazing sheep will turn into wild guanacos and horses, snow capped mountains and evergreen woods will arise at the vicinity of Ushuaia. Once you get the “Southernmost City in the World” passport stamp, you’ll realize this intrepid journey through Patagonian remote roads was absolutely worth it.

 

 

Upon arrival in Ushuaia, you will make your way to your hotel (taxis to and from the bus station should cost less than 10 dollars). Ushuaia is a small town, really easy to get around on foot. The Yamanas, its first inhabitants, called it Ushuaia which means “protected bay” in their language. Ushuaia was officially incorporated into the Republic of Argentina in 1884, and it soon became a penal colony, in order to establish a permanent Argentine settlement.

 

 

Take the afternoon to explore the town, learn of the region’s history at the Prisoner’s Museum or visit the Galleria of Fueguian History (its restaurant is also very nice!). Please, don’t forget the local gastronomy! Ushuaia is the perfect place to try the best seafood in Argentina.

 

 

 

Say Hueque tips

 

You’ve got farther than ever in the globe…there two words you shouldn’t forget: Blake Hake and King Crab. Our Ushuaia Travel Guide will unveil the mystery.

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Day 11 – Ushuaia: Trekking & Canoeing in the National Park, Patagonia

 

Today we’ll pick you up to make a 8-10 hour long visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park, just 12 km (7.4 miles) away from the city and lying on the shore of the famous Channel sailed by Charles Darwin.

 

 

Once at Ensenada Bay, you will have time to enjoy the view over the Beagle Channel before starting your hike along the coast. Six kilometers (3.7 miles) of wild trail await, where you’ll discover native flora and wild fauna. Discover the remains left by the Yamanas, the native inhabitants of the área. After this 3 hour hike, you will reach Lake Roca, where lunch will be served.

 

 

After a full homemade picnic you will start the second part of this adventure. Grab your oar and plunge into this 1 h 30 canoeing trip along Lapataia river (only available for children over 5 years old). Make it all the way till Lapataia Bay,  where the Panamerican Highway and  National Route 3 end at an awe-inspiring landscape. After discovering the unique vastness of this forbidding setting, we’ll take you back to your hotel so you can rest and enjoy another Patagonian evening.

 


 

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Day 12 – Patagonia Tours: Beagle Channel Cruise

 

In 1833 Charles Darwin sailed the Beagle Channel and discover something great. Today is your turn: become another explorer of this channel, primitively named Onashaga Channel since the Onas where its first sailers. You’ll make your way to the tourist pier (at downtown) to embark on a 3 hour long  boat trip  along the famous Channel (there’s a port tax of around 1-2 dollars you’ll have to pay).

 

You will gain panoramas of Ushuaia Bay, where the city lies proudly crowned by the Martial Glacier. Unearth the diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants (flying birds, closely related to penguins) and fur seals which frolic its time away on Alicia Island. Argentina standing at your left and Chili at your right, you’ll sail this natural border till reach the iconic end-of-the-world lighthouse, the ancient guard of the bay.

 

On your way back, you’ll stop at Bridges Island to walk a wildlife interpretative path, lear about Yaman’s history (the native inhabitants) and see the largest shelly deposits of the region. During the trip, you can enjoy a delicious hot chocolate with cookies or try the mate (strong green tea), the favorite Argentine drink. Once we get back to the port, you can make your way back to your hotel or stop by a local café or brewery to try the amber cream craft beer with a traditional Patagonian appetizer.

 

 

Say Hueque tips

 

Have you ever walk among penguins? If not, Ushuaia is your chance to fulfil that wanderlust dream…you can switch the Beagle Navigation to take the Magellanic Penguin Rookery tour on Martillo Island (from October to April at an additional cost) or add one day in Ushuaia to make both. At Martillo Island you will also see a very rare type of penguin only found in Antarctica: the yellow-crested penguin.

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Day 13 – Ushuaia: end of this Argentina & Chile adventure

 

Today we’ll take you to the airport where this travel adventure will come to this end. Don’t be discouraged! You can return whenever you want (we’ll welcome you with open arms) or…you can continue your trip towards the North area of Argentina, to the beautiful Salta region or the wine area in Mendoza. We still have a lot to offer!—check out our travelers’ favorite itineraries throughout Argentina and Chile.

 

 

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Included

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

Daily breakfast

Meals according to itinerary: lunch (day 11)

4 night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate), 2 night accommodation in a hotel (El Chaltén), 2 night accommodation in a hotel (Puerto Natales, Chile), 1 night accommodation in a hotel (Punta Arenas, Chile), 3 night accommodation in a hotel (Ushuaia).

Bilingual guide (English / Spanish).

Round trip bus El Calafate / El Chalten / El Calafate

One way bus Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas

One way bus Punta Arenas / Ushuaia

Not Included

National Park Entrance Fees

International or domestic flights

Guides during your days in El Chaltén are not included  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.

Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Accommodation & Prices

BEST OF PATAGONIA – 13 Days


INN/ B&B

USD 1760

CONFORT

USD 2155

SUPERIOR

USD 2590

* Please note that the Patagonia Sale apply only on INN/B&B Category.


*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2019 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).

*The Perito Moreno Glacier mini-trekking tour is available from September – April.


*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.

*Please note that this tour is also available in Luxury Category. Ask your Travel Advisor for the details and quotation on this category.



Flights needed for this itinerary

No local flights are needed for this itinerary. Tour begins in El Calafate and ends in Ushuaia.

Estimated cost for the flights in South America: If you plan to visit other destinations in the region, local flights cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination).
We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

Daily breakfast

Meals according to itinerary: lunch (day 11)

4 night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate), 2 night accommodation in a hotel (El Chaltén), 2 night accommodation in a hotel (Puerto Natales, Chile), 1 night accommodation in a hotel (Punta Arenas, Chile), 3 night accommodation in a hotel (Ushuaia).

Bilingual guide (English / Spanish).

Round trip bus El Calafate / El Chalten / El Calafate

One way bus Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas

One way bus Punta Arenas / Ushuaia

Not Included

National Park Entrance Fees

International or domestic flights

Guides during your days in El Chaltén are not included  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.

Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Trip Reviews

BEST OF PATAGONIA – 13 Days

Elaine Sidgwick

Elaine Sidgwick

(5 / 5)

Would like to say ‘thank you’ for making our trip so pleasurable

We had a fantastic trip, thank you!

We chose to travel with Say Hueque because you provided a bespoke itinerary in line with where we wanted to go, we were looking with a company with local knowledge. We saw your website and you offered what we were looking for.

2The booking process was very good. All changes were to itinerary were made / advice given speedily. The only issue was not paying by pay pal - although we did this by credit card in the end the process was more complicated.

Our favourite hotel was the Kaulem Hosteria in El Chalten - an intimate and cosy place with only 4 rooms, delicious breakfast, cakes and coffee - brilliantly located and the staff were really friendly. Out least favourite hotel was Hosteria Koi Aiken in El Calafate. This is mainly due to the location due to a 40 minute power walk to the outskirts of town and tthe rooms were a bit tired looking, although the breakfast was very good.

It's difficult to say which was our favourite excursion as they were all fantastic. The trip to Perito Merino glacier was amazing, simply because the scenery was so breathtaking and the glacier hike really interesting with informative and friendly guides. The paddle trip into the national park at Ushuaia was also great fun - again the guide spoke excellent English and made the trip enjoyable with his knowledge of the park and flora and fauna. And the excursion to the Iguazu falls was also great as the guide knew all the tricks to make sure we spent the least time queueing as possible - and again he was very informative and knowledgeable. Its really difficult to pick out a favourite memory as we loved all of the places we stayed. We hiked to the see Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre - this was also amazing. My memory will be the the diverse and stunning scenery - glaciers, mountains, waterfalls and wildlife (beagle channel cruise) the friendliness of all the people we met and the knowledge of the guides. oh and the great steak and huge portions of food!

Rene - the Iguazu falls guide - he saved us so much time queueing and was really knowledgeable about the birds and plants. But all our guides made the experience memorable.

I was a bit disappointed with the location of the Koi Aiken hosteria as we spent a lot of time walking to and from town - and I did expect that arrangements would have been made for our bags to be transferred between the Rebelde hotel. We asked and the lady at the Rebelled sorted this out for us, but an agent from Say Hueque did email to say this was our responsibility.

I would definitely recommend your company to any friends who are travelling to Argentina and would like to say ‘thank you’ for making our trip so pleasurable.


15.01.19

Stephanie Morillo

Stephanie Morillo

(4 / 5)

We hope to be back in Argentina in the future and will definitely book throughout Say Hueque

We wanted the help of a reputable agency to plan our trip. It was a rather large trip and since we were unfamiliar with the country, needed help coordinating everything. We also were overwhelmed with all of the possible places to go and Say Hueque made it easy with their trips. Working with Daiana was fantastic. She even took care of booking flights which was SO important for us.

Favorite hotel was Dazzler Polo and least favorite was Aeroparque Inn and Suites. The best excursions were in Ushuaia, followed by Iguazú. I really loved the hiking and paddling trip especially.

The team from Antartur were amazing and René from Ecoturismo Iguazú was phenomenal. He used all of his connections to get us around which were key because the amount of tourists in Iguazú was substantial.

The El Calafate trip could have been improved. We were scheduled to have a day of excursions, a day off, and a half day there before flying back. Because of the Christmas holiday, however, it meant that we couldn’t book the excursion we wanted for the free day (Estancia Cristina) but we did a glacier boat ride. And the following day we were in El Calafate until almost 5PM. In the future, it will help for the team to ensure travelers have something to do during the Christmas holiday and to have that booked far in advance (and an earlier flight out would’ve been great). It affected scheduling for Iguazú and we were on a flight every day for three days which wasn’t so fun!

We hope to be back in Argentina in the future and will definitely book throughout Say Hueque :).


08.01.19

Diane Thein

Diane Thein

(5 / 5)

It was a fabulous trip!

It was a fabulous trip! We might even write a little blog for those traveling and not camping. We have friends with Patagonia on their list and we will definitely highly recommend you.


02.01.19

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Testimonials

Elaine Sidgwick

Would like to say ‘thank you’ for making our trip so pleasurable

Stephanie Morillo

We hope to be back in Argentina in the future and will definitely book throughout Say Hueque

Diane Thein

It was a fabulous trip!

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