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BEST OF PATAGONIA – 9 Days

Wild Torres del Paine

Enjoying Perito Moreno Glacier

Spectacular Chalten, Patagonia

FROM 1105 USD 9 Days/ 8 Nights
Highlights

Patagonia Adventure at Perito Moreno Glacier 
El Calafate Tours
Hiking in Chalten

Fitz Roy and Mt. Torre
Puerto Natales
Torres del Paine Tour

BEST OF PATAGONIA – 9 Days

Tour Perito Monero Glacier, Torres del Paine & El Chalten

Patagonia Tours is the great choiche to explore Argentina and Chile’s most iconic destinations on Say Hueque’s Best of Patagonia 9-day adventure. Walk beside Perito Moreno Glacier and take a boat cruise along its 60m face. Hike or horse ride in the Patagonian Andes and take in the spectacular scenery of Fitz Roy and Chalten. Stunning mountain vistas, enormous glaciers and hiking trails abound in South America’s favourite region, Patagonia. An amazing Patagonia Adventure!

Day 1 – Travel to Patagonia – El Chalten

Welcome to Southern Patagonia! Let the Patagonia Adventure begin!

 

Upon arrival in El Calafate Airport, you will meet your transportation (shared service), and start your trip to El Chalten. Where for during about 4 hours you will be able to enjoy the desert of Southern Patagonia on the famous Route 40.

 

You will pass through La Leona river, that connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma.

 

By the river you will see La Leona Road House where once Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid after robbing a bank where hidden for almost a month.

 

El Chalten is the top rated trekking destination, the Argentinean capital of trekking. Located at the foot of the Fitz Roy Mountain, surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forest, it is still a hidden gem of our south. The charming little village, that is also the start point for most paths, is a paradise for walkers and trekkers alike.

 

Arrival in El Chalten in the afternoon, you will have the rest of the day at leisure to relax or explore the areas around the town. You can explore the surroundings, have a stroll around a little waterfall, or just relax in the local brewery.

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Day 2 - Mountains and Lakes- Self Guided

Be prepared for an exciting day in the wild Nature. El Chalten offers a range of options for all kind of difficulty of trekking.

From the door of your hotel, you can go for a short 3 K walk, with views of the Rio de las Vueltas, lenga forest and the chance to see all kind of birds (great woodpecker spotting opportunity).

If you are looking for great mountain views, in one hour and a half you can be at the Cerro Torre view point.

For trekking fans, continue all the way to Torre base or go for the 8 hours trekking for the most impressive view of Fitz Roy and the whole massif by Laguna de los Tres path (Highly recommended!!). This is a trek that becomes difficult in the last bit but totally worth the effort.

You can choose where and when to go, and at your own pace, since the paths are self-guided and very well marked and maintained.

We will provide you with complete trekking information of the park, so that you can decide the best plan to make the best of your day.

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Day 3 – From El Chalten, return to El Calafate

This morning you can choose any other trek from a great variety that this National Park offers.

Bear in mind that in the afternoon you will board your bus back to El Calafate.

The three hours driving back will be a good opportunity to rest enjoying the views from your window.

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Day 4 - El Calafate Tours: Perito Moreno Glacier

After an appropriate time, you will leave on a full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier (shared service), in Los Glaciers National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in Argentina, Perito Moreno Glacier is a site to behold.

During about 1 hour a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know, and things you might have never thought about.

On arrival you will have the chance to enjoy stunning views of the glacier from the nearby walking trail and viewing platforms.

But not just that, you will also enjoy the included Perito Moreno Glacier boat cruise that will take you close enough to fully appreciate the 80m high ice walls! In the early evening, you will return to your hotel in Calafate.

Duration; 6 hours

  

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Day 5 - El Calafate/ Puerto Natales

In the morning you will arrive at the bus station for you trip to Puerto Natales.

 

Please, be at the bus station ½ hour before the bus departure time. Most of hotels are walking distance from the bus terminal, but if you prefer to take a taxi, roughly you might spend usd5/7.

 

Important! It is not allowed to take any fresh food, plants, seeds, etc. 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.

 

Upon arrival in the afternoon you will head to your hotel.

 

Puerto Natales is a small town, base to explore the world famous Torres del Paine. Most of hotels are a few blocks from bus station.

 

Walk along the shores of Magallean strait, and enjoy the views of this place lost in the time looking, or just relax in one of the little cafés of town.

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Day 6 – Full Day Torres del Paine

The departure from your hotel in Puerto Natales will be eraly in the morning to make the first stop at Milodon Cave which is located 24 kilometers north of Puerto Natales. This natural monument is composed by three caverns and a rocky conglomerate called “Silla del Diablo”.

 

Before getting to the cave, we will pass by La Silla del Diablo (Devil´s chair), its name comes from the popular imagination that the rock has a chair shape.

The oldest men of Patagonia said that in this place the devil appeared to those who came to look for him on the dark nights.

Later on, we will continue our excursion to Torres del Paine National Park. On the way, we can see this stunning massif as well as Sofia Lagoon, Prat Range, Porteño Lake, Mesa Hill, Del Toro Lake, Del Toro and Ballena Hill. Here we can see the beautiful landscape that surrounds us from Grey Lake view point.

A couple of kilometers later, we will go over Serrano bridge to continue to Grey lake sector. In this area, we can walk along the shore of Grey lake. If the conditions are good, we can keep walking until Grey view point.

When we go back to the parking lot, we will continue our excursion until a restaurant to rest and have lunch (Lunch is not included in our service).

 

Once we are ready, we will begin the second part of our visit in Torres del Paine National Park, heading to Salto Grande sector. We will visit Nordenskjold lake view point and we will continue enjoying the spectacular views of this sinuous route which will approach us to Amarga Lagoon area. Before that, we will visit Paine waterfall which is a beautiful place where we can see the turquoise waters that come from Paine river.

 

After enjoying this pleasant show, we will return to Puerto Natales, but before we will stop at Sarmiento lake view point to take the last picture of Torres del Paine National Park.

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Day 7 – Puerto Natales

Today you will enjoy a day at leisure in Puerto Natales, where you can walk the shores of Last Hope Sound, take a tour to Torres del Paine or explore by foot the little and picturesque town.

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Day 8 - Puerto Natales / El Calafate

At appropriate time, you will take the bus to El Calafate (Taxis to the bus stations will cost roughly $6/8).

 

We highly recommend being ready ½ hour before the departure time at the bus terminal.

 

Upon arrival, you will make your own way to our local representative office (check the address below in ‘Important information’) in order to leave your luggage and have some free time to wander around the city before your next service.

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Day 9 - El Calafate

At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport (shared service).

 

Today, you can choose to extent your travels purchasing any of our available offers in the rest of Patagonia, Santiago de Chile or Buenos Aires.

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Included

– 2 nights in El Chalten, 4 nights in El Calafate and 2 nights in Puerto Natales.

– All Transfers mentioned, including to and from airports.

Round trip bus El Calafate / El Chalten / El Calafate

Round trip bus El Calafate / Puerto Natales / El Calafate.

– Perito Moreno Glacier tour and cruise
– Torres del Paine day tour with lunch
– Chalten & Torres del Paine hiking maps

– Daily breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary.
– Bilingual local guides (English / Spanish).

Not Included

National Park Entrance Fees
– Guides during your days at leisure in El Chalten (We are not including any guide-led trekking 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 – 9 Days


INN/ B&B

USD 1105

COMFORT

USD 1285

SUPERIOR

USD 1625

*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.



Flights needed for this itinerary

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

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

– 2 nights in El Chalten, 4 nights in El Calafate and 2 nights in Puerto Natales.

– All Transfers mentioned, including to and from airports.

Round trip bus El Calafate / El Chalten / El Calafate

Round trip bus El Calafate / Puerto Natales / El Calafate.

– Perito Moreno Glacier tour and cruise
– Torres del Paine day tour with lunch
– Chalten & Torres del Paine hiking maps

– Daily breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary.
– Bilingual local guides (English / Spanish).

Not Included

National Park Entrance Fees
– Guides during your days at leisure in El Chalten (We are not including any guide-led trekking 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 – 9 Days

Shannon McDonald

Shannon McDonald

(5 / 5)

Thank you so much for this unforgettable experience!

We cannot thank you and everyone at Say Hueque enough for the fantastic experience we had in Argentina. We will (and already have) recommended you to any of our friends looking to travel to Argentina, and Patagonia in particular. All we had to do was pack and show up! It was so easy, and so much fun. The one thing that maybe would have been helpful was if the prices for taxis/park entrances/food allowances etc. were listed in the itinerary in the local currency instead of USD, but this wasn't a big problem. There was something we loved about every hotel that we stayed at, but I think my favourite was the Cauquenes de Nimez in El Calafate... The afternoon tea, the wonderful staff, and the proximity to the wildlife reserve were the icing on the cake for this already charming and cozy place.

Attached is a picture of us at the Laguna de Los Tres... We were so lucky to have such fantastic conditions!

Again, thank you so much for this unforgettable experience... we absolutely cannot wait to visit again.

Cheers,

Shannon & Supreeti


12.12.17

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Catherine

Catherine

(4 / 5)

Thanks again to Say Hueque and especially to you & Lucia and all the other people who helped me have a wonderful holiday.

Hello Marcela
How are you ? I hope you are fine. Apologies for the long delay in responding. I had to go back to work the day after getting home from South America and then two friends from London arrived to stay with me for two weeks so I've been busy looking after them.

I heard about Say Hueque, from searching the internet for local travel agents in South America.
I like to use local businesses when i travel. That way i know i'm contributing to the economy and the locals like to present their country the best way possible.

My favourite destination was El Calafate. I loved the little town. My hotel was upgraded and the excursions to Perito Moreno and Torres Del Paine day trips were excellent.

My favourite hotel was Mirador Del Lago in El Calafate & Don Tomas in Atacama were both very good and hard to choose which one was better out of the two. Very good service at both hotels. The meals in the restaurants were delicious. The facilities and location was also very good and suited my needs

About the excrsion, it is hard to choose between Perito Moreno & Iguasu day trips. Both were excellent. But the organisation in El Calafate was probably the better out of the two.

Guides, They were all pretty good.

I think the full day trip to Argentine side of Iguasu is a bit too much if people are not doing the boat rides. There should be an option to do a half day trip without the boat ride. Because only 2 people in the group did the boat ride and the rest of us just sat around. People can spend the time to look at other waterfalls in the area but after a whole day of walking around it's very tiring for some people.

Thanks again to Say Hueque and especially to you & Lucia and all the other people who helped me have a wonderful holiday.
Regards
Catherine


14.11.17

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Peter Finch

Peter Finch

(5 / 5)

I really enjoyed the hiking at El Chalten and the one day that I hiked to Mt Fitz Roy was the highlight for me!

Hi Marcela,

I will certainly go into Trip Advisor and post a positive review of my experience on my trip.

I identified Say Hueque from an internet search for Patagonia Tours. I then read some of the positive ratings from other travelers. I decided to book through Say Hueque because of a) positive reviews from other travellers; b) the itinerary that you offered suited what I wanted; and c) I liked the idea of being reasonably independent and not having too much organised or being part of a week long tour.

There were probably a number of highlights. In terms of the actual arrangements, the ease of having most of my travel and hotel bookings completed without having to concern myself with them was a highlight. In terms of the actual trip, I really enjoyed the hiking at El Chalten and the one day that I hiked to Mt Fitz Roy was the highlight for me.
The hotel in El Calafate (Kau Yatun) was the best one of the trip. Very comfortable, good service, good restaurant and nice location.

As mentioned above, it was not an excursion, but the hiking in El Chalten was my favourite. However, at El Calafate, I booked an additional excursion to Estancia Christina on my one free day, and that excursion was great.The guides were all good. I think the guide from El Calafate who did the Perito Moreno glacier tour - I think her name was Danielle - was great, very friendly, helpful and professional.

Maybe the only thing that I could suggest as a possible improvement is offering an option to do a trip without the visit to Puerto Natales in Chile. It's a long trip there and back, and the one day I had in the Torres del Paine national park wasn't really enough and the weather was bad. I would either like to have had a few days to do some hiking there, or spent a little longer at each of El Calafate and El Chalten and skipped Puerto Natales.

Kind regards
Peter


05.11.17

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BEST OF PATAGONIA – 9 Days
Testimonials

Shannon McDonald

Thank you so much for this unforgettable experience!

Catherine

Thanks again to Say Hueque and especially to you & Lucia and all the other people who helped me have a wonderful holiday.

Peter Finch

I really enjoyed the hiking at El Chalten and the one day that I hiked to Mt Fitz Roy was the highlight for me!

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