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BEST OF PATAGONIA – 9 Days

Wild Torres del Paine

Enjoying Perito Moreno Glacier

Spectacular Chalten, Patagonia

FROM 1090 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

Explore Argentina and Chile’s most iconic destinations on this Patagonia 9-day adventure. Walk beside Perito Moreno Glacier and take a boat cruise along its 60m (almost 200 feet) high face. Hike or horse ride in the Patagonian Andes and take in the spectacular scenery of the stunning Fitz Roy Mountain. Discover the enormous glaciers and hiking trails of South America’s favourite region!

 

Day 1 – Travel to Patagonia: El Chaltén

 

Upon arrival in El Calafate airport, you will meet your transportation and start your 4 hour-long trip to El Chaltén—Let the Patagonia Adventure begin.

 

 

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 where stands La Leona Road house, the place where the famous thieves, Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid hided for a while.

 

 

After discovering other rough gems of this particular landscape, you’ll reach El Chaltén, and your transportation will leave you at your hotel.

 

 

El Chaltén is the top rated hiking destination in Argentina .This charming little village, located at the foot of  Fitz Roy Mountain, surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forests, is  the starting point for most hiking trails. A paradise for sunny walkers and hikers alike.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Take a look to our favorite hikes in our Chaltén Travel Guide, and take note of our travel advices on how to visit the area.

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Day 2 - Mountains and Lakes (self guided)

 

Today be prepared for an exciting day into the wild. El Chaltén offers a wide range of f 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 miles) walk to Cerro Torre viewpoint—it will take you around 1 hour. Enjoy Rio de las Vueltas and lenga forest amazing views and be prepared to see all kinds of birds—This is great woodpecker spotting opportunity!

 

 

For truly hiking lovers, continue all the way to Base Torre or go for the 8 hour-long hike to the most impressive view of the Mount Fitz Roy and emerald waters of Laguna de los Tres. Though this hike  becomes difficult in the last bit, it’s totally worthy. This is one of the best day hikes in the world! Here’s a little secret for you: you can also reach Laguna Sucia from there, it’s only a 5 minute walk.

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tip

 

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. You can depart from El Chaltén town during the night or stay one night at Poincenot campsite, just 1 hour away the Laguna de los Tres.

 

 

Patagonia hiking is an amazing experience in Argentina

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Day 3 – From El Chaltén back to El Calafate

 

Enjoy an early walk around town or a short easy 3-hour hike during the morning: you can walk to El Chorrillo del Salto, 1 hour away from the village and get to a Little waterfall encircled by native trees and flora, like the Patagonian Orchid.

 

 

 

Bear in mind that in the afternoon you will board your bus back to El Calafate, so you need to be back in time.The 3 hour-long driving back will be a good opportunity to rest or just relax while enjoying the the passing landscape at your window.

 

 

Once you arrive to El Calafate, the bus will leave you at your hotel. You can take a brief walk to see downtown and enjoy a typical Patagonian appetizer in one of the local bars.

 

 

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Take a look at our Calafate Travel Guide to know our favorite restaurants in town. If you want to try the creamy Patagonian craft beer all you have to say is: “Una birra por favor”. ¡Salud! (Cheers!)

 

 

 

Patagonia craftbeer is a highlight of Patagonia

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Day 4 - El Calafate Tours: Perito Moreno Glacier

 

In the morning, we’ll take 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 approximately glaciers. 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 learn  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 ice of a glacier? Well, if your answer is no, why don’t you take a look the Mini Trekking tour…We’re sure you won’t regret it.                       

 

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Day 5 - From El Calafate to Puerto Natales

 

In the morning, you’ll make your way to the bus station to start your trip to Puerto Natales—Your Chilean journey is about to begin!

 

 

Things to take into account: it’s important to be there half an hour before the departure. Most hotels are walking distance from the bus terminal, but if you prefer to take a taxi, you might spend roughly usd 5/7. 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.

 

 

After this 5 hour-long trip, you will have crossed hundreds of kilometres of green landscapes dramatically situated between the mountains. Once you arrive to Puerto Natales the guardian Milodon -the last ground sloth that walked the Earth 5000 years ago- will wave its bronze hand at the entrance of this picturesque town. You’ll make your way to your hotel (most are few blocks away from the bus station) and you will have time to explore this small town, the base to visit the world famous Torres del Paine National Park.

 

 

How to enjoy your first afternoon at Puerto Natales? You can walk along the shores of Magellan Strait, or just relax in one of the little cafés of town while admiring its patchworked facade of colorful houses.

 

 

At Torres del Paine National Park there are no shops, so Puerto Natales will be your last chance to buy provisions for the next day. Shops don’t provide plastic bags so if you buy something you’ll have to bring your own ecological bag or make some space in your hiking one.  

 

 

Torres del Paine is a National Park in Chile

 

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Day 6 – Discovering Torres del Paine National Park

 

Today we’ll pick you up really early at your hotel to take you to the first stop of this 10 hour-long adventurous trip: Milodon Cave. This natural monument, located 24 kilometers (14.9 miles) north of town, is composed by three caverns and a rocky conglomerate called Silla del Diablo (Devil’s chair), due its chairlike shape.

 

 

Before getting to the cave, we will pass by La Silla del Diablo and learn about its mysterious legend…a story told by the oldest man in Patagonia who believed that the Devil appeared to those who came to look for him on the dark nights.

 

 

We’ll keep on travelling to Torres del Paine National Park, and on the way you’ll get to see Sofia Lagoon, Prat Range, Porteño Lake, and the stunning Grey Lake viewpoint. You’ll go over Serrano Bridge to continue to Grey Lake sector, where you’ll have time to walk along the shore. Once you go back to the parking lot, we’ll take you to a restaurant to rest and have lunch (not included in our service).

 

 

After lunch, we’ll head to Salto Grande sector. You’ll visit Nordenskjold Lake view point before continuing by a sinuous route to Amarga Lagoon area. We’ll also make a stop at Paine turquoise waterfall whose waters come directly from Paine River.

 

 

Heading back to Puerto Natales, we’ll stop at Sarmiento Lake viewpoint to take the last picture of the stunning Torres del Paine.

 

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

                       

This is an incredible National Park! We made this awesome Torres del Paine Travel Guide for you not to lose any detail of this adventure.

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Day 7 – Free day at Puerto Natales

 

This is your opportunity to discover other natural monuments of Puerto Natales. Take a walk on the shores of Last Hope Sound and explore by foot the little and picturesque town by your own.

 

 

Our favorite recommendation for this day is Balmaceda and Serrano Navigation (not included), where you’ll sail the fjords like the first pioneers of Patagonia and discover the natural wonders of the Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. This is a full day trip to be in contact with nature and one of the most awe-inspiring landscapes of Chilean Patagonia.

 

The little Argentine vessel

 

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Day 8 - From Puerto Natales to El Calafate

 

Today get prepared to take your bus back to El Calafate. To get to the bus station a taxis will cost you roughly 6/8 dollars. We highly recommend being ready half an hour before the departure time at the bus terminal.

 

 

Once you arrive to the bus station at El Calafate you will make your way to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the evening taking a local brew at downtown accompanied by a delicious Patagonian lamb stew. Calafate ice-cream or a golden-caramel flan con dulce de leche will be your best choice for dessert.    

 

 

Patagonia ice-cream is a delicious Argentine dessert                                                                                      

 

 

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Day 9 - “Farewell El Calafate”

 

Today we’ll take you to the airport to take your flight. Your Patagonian trip is about to end…or maybe not? If you want you can extend your trip to keep on exploring Patagonia. Check out our tailored made trips in Patagonia and the rest of Argentina, we’ll be glad to help you design your next travel adventure.

 

 

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Included

 2 night accommodation in a hotel (El Chalten), 3 night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate) and 3 night accommodation in a hotel (Puerto Natales)

 Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

 Round trip bus El Calafate / El Chaltén / El Calafate

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

 Daily breakfast

 Bilingual local guide (English / Spanish)

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 – 9 Days


INN/ B&B

USD 1090

COMFORT

USD 1315

SUPERIOR

USD 1585

*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2020 (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 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 night accommodation in a hotel (El Chalten), 3 night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate) and 3 night accommodation in a hotel (Puerto Natales)

 Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

 Round trip bus El Calafate / El Chaltén / El Calafate

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

 Daily breakfast

 Bilingual local guide (English / Spanish)

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 – 9 Days

Gerard Drewes

Gerard Drewes

(4 / 5)

We loved Argentina!

We loved Argentina! We choose you for the good recommendation on Trip Advisor and lack of time to do our own planning ;) The booking process was very easy and interactive. Regarding hotels, we loved: Melia Iguacu and Kau Yatun and we wound OK: Hosteria Puma and Ilum Experience. Our favorite excursion were BA walking tour and BA bike tour, they were both great! Both Iguacu days with Diego were nice but would say that Iguacu does not really require a guide as one goes with the crowds. Still useful for the trip to Brazil. Our Favourite memories were biking BA, hiking Laguna de Los Tres in nice weather and staying in the Melia with early morning visits to the falls and having cocktails with Falls view in the evening.
If we need to mention a guide, Agostina from SayHueque and Martin from Biking BA were both really great
We need to mention that we did not like the Southern Spirit Trek in El Calafate. Almost all the time was spent in transit on the bus and inside the boat or waiting. We had only 45 minutes at Perito Moreno which is a bit of a joke given the tour lasted for 9 hours. Also, we enjoyed La Ventura tango show but felt it was a bit too touristic, so we wondered if more authentic ways exist to experience tango (maybe not)


15.11.19

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Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, Patagonia

Susan Wolfelt

Susan Wolfelt

(5 / 5)

Say Hueque was great to work with and created a perfect trip for us!

I am happy to give feedback about our travels in Argentina! We had a great time!

1. I chose Say Hueque based on several things including great reviews, comprehensive custom tour offerings at good prices and personal service.

2. Agustin was very efficient and helpful in all aspects of the booking process. He created a perfect combination of tours in the selected destinations including all transfers. Payments were simple and easy via PayPal and it worked great that all three of us could pay individually. He was also very patient will all of my questions via email and wrote back promptly with advice and suggestions. He also communicated with me while we were in Argentina about concerns with a possible pilot’s strike by Aerolineas Argentina and helped resolve the changes that we needed to do both before and after the strike was resolved. Kudos to your emergency crew as well who were aware of everything that was going on with us and were right on top of things. I had to call them several times with issues related to the threatened strike and also a transfer at the end of our trip. Great job all round!

3. My favorite hotel was probably Dazzler Palermo though I would have liked a hotel that was a little closer to Recoleto or San Telmo areas as it turned out. Most of the other hotels had large rooms and friendly staff. Koi Aiken in El Calafate was also pretty far outside the center of town but we liked the hotel otherwise. The one place that we didn’t care for was De Los Andes in Ushuaia. The triple room we had was very small, barely room for three beds and we had to squeeze by one of the beds to get to the bathroom. The hotel seemed very old and needs some updating. The location was very nice though. I wouldn’t recommend this hotel.

5. We really liked all of our excursions in Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego hike and canoe, Trek to Esmerelda Lagoon and Beagle Channel cruise) but also the Peninsula Valdes tour to Punta Norte from Puerto Madryn because of all the animals that we saw that day.

6. Our two favorite guides were:
Tina for our walking tour in Buenos Aires. She took us to the southern part of the city to San Telmo and La Boca and was very easy to talk with and very informative.
Daniel in Ushuaia for our Tierra del Fuego hike and canoe and also the trek to Esmerelda Lagoon. He gave us two very good days of activity and is very knowledgeable about the area.

7. I think the only thing that we were disappointed in was the hotel in Ushuaia, otherwise we absolutely loved the entire trip! We all agreed that Say Hueque was great to work with and created a perfect trip for us! Thanks so much!


I will also plan to write a TripAdvisor review too in the next few days.

Susan Wolfelt


20.10.19

Kalpana Merchant

Kalpana Merchant

(4 / 5)

We enjoyed the trip very much; wish we had more time

Pudu Hotel in El Chalten was our most favorite hotel since the location was perfect, the staff was very knowledgeable and friendly and helpful. We loved the town of El Chalten. The other favorite was the Las Torres in Torres Del Paine. It is a beautiful lodge, though expensive. The least favorite Design Suites in El Calafate. It was quite far from the town. The food was of medium quality.

The most favorite activities were treks in El Chalten (Cerro Torre), Base of the Towers (Torres Del Paine) and Perito Morino (El Calafate). All because of their natural beauty and the fun of trekking. The only suggestion I have for Perito Morino is I would have preferred a trek upto the glacier rather than only the boat excursion.


11.04.19

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BEST OF PATAGONIA – 9 Days
Testimonials

Gerard Drewes

We loved Argentina!

Susan Wolfelt

Say Hueque was great to work with and created a perfect trip for us!

Kalpana Merchant

We enjoyed the trip very much; wish we had more time

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