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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 during this 9-day Patagonia adventure. Walk beside Perito Moreno Glacier and take a boat cruise along its 200-foot-high face. Hike or horseback ride in the Patagonian Andes and take in the spectacular scenery of stunning Mount Fitz Roy. Discover the enormous glaciers and world-class hiking trails of South America’s favorite region!

 

Day 1 – Travel to Patagonia: El Chaltén

 

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

 

You’ll travel along the famous Route 40, surrounded by the Patagonian steppe, and pass through La Leona River, which connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma, and where you’ll get to see La Leona Road house, where the famous thieves Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid for a while. After discovering some other gems along your journey, you’ll reach El Chaltén and we’ll drop you off at your hotel.

 

El Chaltén is the top-rated hiking destination in Argentina. This charming little village sits at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy and it’s surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forests. It’s also the jumping-off point for most hiking trails in the area. A paradise for sunny walkers and trekkers alike.

 

Enjoy your first afternoon of leisure in Patagonia by relaxing in the local brewery or strolling around a little waterfall…

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Take a look at some of our favorite hikes in the Chaltén Travel Guide, and take note of our travel advice on how to make the most of your time here.

 

 

 

Patagonia hiking is an amazing experience in Argentina

                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Day 2 - Hike Through Mountains and Lakes (Self-Guided)

 

Today, be prepared for an exciting journey into the wild. El Chaltén offers a wide range of hiking paths with varied difficulties. You can choose where and when to go, since paths are self-guided and very well marked and maintained.

 

From the main door of your hotel, you can go for an easy 2-mile walk to Cerro Torre viewpoint — it will only take you around 1 hour. Enjoy the sounds of Rio de las Vueltas, take in some amazing views of the lenga forest, and be prepared to see all kinds of birds—this is a great woodpecker-spotting opportunity!

 

For truly hiking lovers, our next hiking favorite is Laguna de los Tres and the base of Mount Fitz Roy. Go for a medium-difficulty, 9-hour hike to the most impressive views of Rio de Las Vueltas valley. You’ll cross Del Salto Stream, with its icy waters cradled by orange-tinted rocks which frame the breathtaking views of Mount Fitz Roy. And here’s a little secret: you can also reach Laguna Sucia from Laguna de los Tres… it’s only a 5- minute walk away. Though this hike increases in intensity during the last bit, it’s totally worth it. This is one of the best day-hikes in the world!  

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tip

 

Seize the day, wake up early and watch the sunrise at the Laguna de los Tres  (see Mount Fitz Roy’s peaks turning red) — A true once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can depart from the town of El Chaltén during the night or stay one night at Poincenot campsite, just 1 hour away from Laguna de los Tres.

 

 

Torres del Paine is a National Park in Chile

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Day 3 – From El Chaltén back to El Calafate

 

Enjoy an early walk around town or a quick hike this morning. We recommend that you walk to El Chorrillo del Salto, 1 hour away from the village, and reach its 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 drive back will be a good opportunity to relax while enjoying the passing landscapes out your window.

 

Once you arrive in El Calafate, the bus will drop you off at your hotel. Now is your chance to try some tender Patagonian Lamb, or maybe a heavenly Calafate ice-cream. In Calafate, food options are varied and plentiful; from veggie delicacies to the best demonstration of national steaks, there really is something for everyone. You can choose a fancy restaurant for dinner, or a more traditional local tavern to spend an unforgettable night.

 

 

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Take a look at our Calafate Travel Guide to find our favorite restaurants in town. If you want to try some 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 bring you to Glaciers National Park to take the 6-hour Perito Moreno Glacier Tour. Get prepared to get up-close and personal with these icy giants!

 

Glaciers National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, and is home to approximately 200 glaciers. Half of this park is occupied by the Campo de Hielo Patagónico (Patagonian ice field), the largest ice field in the world, outside of Antarctica.

 

You will travel about 25 miles from El Calafate to the park, enjoying the views of the Patagonian steppe along the way. Once inside the park, you will follow the walkways to explore the different viewpoints, and you’ll feel incredibly close to the famous 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.

 

Over the course of an hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know… you will learn things about this unique Patagonian environment that you may have never thought about. After this visit, you will take a boat that will bring you close enough to fully appreciate the 262-foot-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, why don’t you take a look at the Mini Trekking Tour, where you would have the unique opportunity of crossing the surface of the Perito Moreno Glacier… we’re sure you won’t regret it.   

 

 

Perito Moreno Glacier, the gem of Patagonia    

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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: Most hotels are walking distance from the bus terminal, but if you prefer to take a taxi, you might spend roughly $5/7 USD. It is not allowed to take any fresh food, plants, seeds, etc. from Argentina to Chile. 

 

After this 5-hour trip, you will have crossed hundreds of miles of green landscapes that are dramatically situated between the mountains. Once you arrive to Puerto Natales, the guardian Milodon – the last giant 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 just a few blocks away from the bus station) and you will have time to explore this small town, the base for visiting the world famous Torres del Paine National Park.

 

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

 

Once you are inside Torres del Paine National Park there will be 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 pack.  

 

 

 

 

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Day 6 – Discovering Torres del Paine National Park

 

Today we’ll pick you up at your hotel early in the morning to take you to the first stop of this 10 hour-long adventure-trip: Milodon Cave. This natural monument, located 15 miles north of town, is composed by three caverns and a rocky conglomerate called Silla del Diablo (Devil’s chair), due to its chairlike shape.

 

Before getting to the caves, 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 looking for him on 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 and 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 the price of our service).

 

After lunch, we’ll head to Salto Grande sector. You’ll visit Nordenskjold Lake viewpoint before continuing on a sinuous route to Amarga Lagoon area. We’ll also make a stop at Paine’s 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 (and enormous) National Park! We made this awesome Torres del Paine Travel Guide so you won’t lose a single detail of this adventure.

 

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Day 7 – Free day at Puerto Natales

 

This is your opportunity to discover some of the other natural wonders in Puerto Natales. Take a walk on the shores of Last Hope Sound and explore the little, picturesque town on foot. 

 

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

 

 

 

The little Argentine vessel

 

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Day 8 - From Puerto Natales to El Calafate

 

Today get prepared to take the bus back to El Calafate. To get to the bus station a taxi 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 at the bus station in El Calafate, you will make your way to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the evening downtown, sipping on a local craft beer 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 for your flight. Your Patagonia journey is about to end… or maybe not? If you want, you can extend your trip and keep on exploring Argentina. Check out some of our other tailor-made trips in Patagonia and the rest of Argentina, and 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

Bob MacKenzie and Lorraine Chiappetta

Bob MacKenzie and Lorraine Chiappetta

(5 / 5)

Thank you again for a truly memorable experience,

Lorraine and I want to thank you for having put together such a marvelous vacation for us. We were amazed that so many connections and pick-ups were perfectly organized so that everything went so smoothly including all 5 internal flights. We enjoyed all the activities and all the hotels. We trekked to the base of Fitzroy and to the base of the Torres in Torres del Paine. We thoroughly enjoyed all the guides and all the towns and cities we visited. We saw some of the most beautiful landscapes we have ever seen and felt that everyday was an adventure. We are home now and already miss Argentina and Chile.
Thank you again for a truly memorable experience,
Bob MacKenzie and Lorraine Chiappetta


12.12.19

Cheryl & Tom Harmon

Cheryl & Tom Harmon

(5 / 5)

The trip exceeded my expectations!

We did a lot of online research and found your Agency had good reviews (Trip Advisor); we liked the flexibility you offered, small groups and opportunity to personalize our experience with more activity (walks, hikes, etc.)

Diane was very responsive. My only complaint was that sometimes the information went only to my traveling companion, Joan Donhauser, and not to me too (and she didn’t realize that I didn’t get it too). When there are several couples traveling together, each couple should receive any notices.

The hotels were all good. We did become frustrated with Quixote over time because they didn’t provide us with queen beds (gave us twins) and the Donhausers on our last night in Calafarte had a terrible room. Since we made our reservations so far in advance, I don’t think that should have happened. We did like this hotels location; we could walk to everything. The Bariloche hotel (5 star) was terrific; great location and services.

We really enjoyed Bariloche – such a beautiful place! And our guide (Lorena?) was excellent; we had a great day with her (and only one other couple from Puerto Rico), even though we couldn’t hike in the forests due to the wind, she showed many beautiful places. The brewery visit with snacks and tastings was very fun.

We also loved El Chartan – such a unique place and we enjoyed hiking locally – there were lots of opportunities for short hikes too. Our adorable B & B was terrific; the hostess was so accommodating, the breakfasts were delicious, and it was a great location too.

Regarding guides, as I said Lorena was great. We also loved our tour of Buenos Aires with Tina; Buenos Aires is such a beautiful and large city with so many parks and memorable places (the mausoleum, La Boca, Teatro Colon, etc). I appreciated that the tour buses were always on time (or early) and the drivers were accommodating. Thanks also for getting us to the departing airport on time and sharing with us your perspective on all things Argentinian.

The trip exceeded my expectations!

Thank you!

Cheryl & Tom Harmon


12.12.19

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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BEST OF PATAGONIA – 9 Days
Testimonials

Bob MacKenzie and Lorraine Chiappetta

Thank you again for a truly memorable experience,

Cheryl & Tom Harmon

The trip exceeded my expectations!

Gerard Drewes

We loved Argentina!

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