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HIKING IN PATAGONIA – 16 Days

Exploring the Glaciers of El Calafate

Gorgeous Lago Grey

Enjoying the Views from El Chalten's Trails

FROM 3350 USD 16 Days / 15 Nights
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Patagonia Hiking
Trekking in El Chalten
Torres del Paine National Park
Patagonia Adventure
Travel to Ushuaia

HIKING IN PATAGONIA – 16 Days

Trek Torres del Paine & Fitz Roy, and visit glaciers, lakes and mountains

Our Hiking in Patagonia tour offers you the independence to discover Patagonia’s glaciers and mountain trails without the constraints of large groups. Take your time and explore Perito Moreno Glacier, the trekking village of El Chalten, Torres del Paine National Park and Ushuaia.
“I haven’t got any special religion this morning. My God is the God of Walkers. If you walk hard enough, you probably don’t need any other god.” The British novelist and travel writer Bruce Chatwin, fascinated by Patagonia, wrote in his book In Patagonia published in 1977 the previous quote, and it easily shows the essence of this tour.
Trek in Patagonia offers the chance to discover the beautiful region getting in closer contact with nature and the marvelous wonders of this land, hiking and trekking, with no needs of traveling in big group tours to avoid higher costs. We provide bus connections, accommodation and all the hiking information you might require.

Day 1 – Patagonia Trekking in El Chalten

Upon arrival in El Calafate, you will take a comfortable public bus, where for during about 3 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 where hidden for almost a month after robbing a bank.

 

On arrival to El Chalten, the bus usually stops 15 minutes at the Park Ranger office to give you general explanations about the park, recommendations, etc. They are very informative and enthusiastic to share their love for the Park.

 

El Chalten is a 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 starting point for most paths, is a paradise for walkers and trekkers alike.

 

On arrival 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 – Hiking in Chalten: self-guided paths

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

 

From the door of your hotel, you can go for a short 3km walk, with views of the Rio de las Vueltas, lenga forest, and the chance to see all kinds 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.

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Day 3 – El Chalten & your Patagonia Adventure

This morning you can choose any other trek from a great variety that this National Park offers, or optionally purchase a trekking over the glacier.

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Day 4 – Hiking in Chalten, a spectacular experience

Day at leisure to enjoy any of the self guided treks in the area. We recommend taking the path to Pliegue Tumbado from where you get impressive panoramic views of the Mounts Fitz Roy and Torre.

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Day 5 – From El Chalten to El Calafate

This morning you can choose any other trek from a great variety that this National Park offers. Bare 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 6 – El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

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. 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 you hotel in Calafate.

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Day 7 – El Calafate

Day at leisure to enjoy any of the optional tours around El Calafate. We suggest a visit to Estancia Cristina, a bike ride out to the lake, or a boat cruise to explore some of the more remote glaciers in the region.

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Day 8 – Torres del Paine Tour - Travel to Chile

In the early morning, you will be picked up for the full day excursion to Torres del Paine National Park (shared service). Along the road, you might be able to see rheas, guanacos, Patagonian hare, and even condors.

 

After crossing the Patagonian steppe from North to South, you will arrive at the border post “Cancha Carrera” after a 2,5 hs trip. There, you will start to travel through the beautiful South Chile until you arrive at the “Torres del Paine” National Park (“Blue Towers” in the Tehuelche language, due to the predominant color).

 

It is important to mark that today you are crossing the border to get into Chile. Please, make sure you have your passport.

 

It is a long day, but we believe it deserves every hour. Some of the wonders of the world renowned park that you will visit will be Salto Grande, Laguna Amarga, Lago Pehoe, the Cuernos del Paine and of course, the famous Torres del Paine. Keep an eye out for wild guanacos as they roam the windy plains!

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Day 9 – Base of the Torres del Paine

To take the most of your experience, today we recommend you to trek to the base of the magnificent Torres del Paine (by your own). You will get to the feet of the 900-meter granite Paine Horns which are a challenge for climbers all over the world.

This trek takes 8-10 hours for the round trip. The very first 2 hours are very tiring, since you are walking up, leaving the valley where the Hosteria and Refuge Torres del Paine are. But after this, and with views of Ascencio river, you will have a nice walk until you get to a refuge (Refugio El Chileno).

 

From here, you have one hour more through the lenga forest, until you finally get to the moraine. This is the last beat -and the hardest. But every effort will be compensated with breathtaking views of this massif granite mountains that grow next to a blue lake and up to the sky.

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Day 10 – French Valley Trek - Patagonia Adventure

Today you will be taken from your accommodation (private service) to Pudeto on a one hour ride, to continue trekking on the other side of the Park.

 

Take with you a day pack with your values and the things you might need for today and tomorrow.

 

From Pudeto you will take a 45-minutes navigation to the opposite shore of Lago Pehoe. Arrive and go by your own (just a few meters) to Paine Grande Refuge, where you will spend one night.

 

From here you can enjoy the Trekking to the French Valley. Walking through woods and hanging glaciers, this beautiful valley takes you to a natural lookout point from where you will be able to make out several walls of the Paine Range: Cuernos, Espada, Máscara, Hoja, Aleta de Tiburón, Catedral, Paine Grande. You will get back to the camp site skirting Lake Skottberg.

 

For your convenience, our local representant can keep your luggage until tomorrow. In this way, you won’t need to carry it with you.

 

In case you want your luggage to be kept by our local representant, please let us know so that we let them know in advance. We recommend you to leave it properly closed with a lock and don’t leave goods such as jewellry or money.

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Day 11 – Glaciar Grey Navigation - continue to Puerto Natales

In the early morning, and after enjoying a delicious breakfast, you will hike approximately 4 hours from Refugio Paine Grande to the Grey Mountain Hut. This is a lovely trekking during which you will see lakes, mountains, forest, waterfalls and rivers, to finally get to the impressive Grey Glacier.

 

You will have a boat scheduled -as from here you will take the cruise in front of Grey Glacier that will drop you off at Hosteria Grey- where a private transfer will be waiting for you and will take you to Puerto Natales (3-4 hours), where you will stay for the night.

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Day 12 – From Puerto Natales, continue the Patagonia adventure to Punta Arenas

Today you will depart by bus to Punta Arenas. We recommend being at the bus station ½ hour before the bus departure.

 

After 3-4 hours you will arrive to Punta Arenas, the Chilean southernmost city, that was once a wealthy, aristocratic and European style place. Before the Panama Canal opened, this was the most important stop before or after crossing the Magallean straight. You can see the remains of that in the local cemetery, with its impressive mausoleums, and in the architecture of the oldest areas. Stroll around to discover the old mansions and a character filled place in the extreme south Patagonia -where now more sheep than people live.

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Day 13 – Travel to Ushuaia & the end of the world

In the early morning, you will have to take a taxi to the bus station to embark on a full day bus trip to Ushuaia, passing through some of Patagonia’s most stunning scenery. Cross the mystical Strait of Magellan before arriving at Tierra del Fuego Island. After crossing the border between Argentina & Chile, the bus will keep on driving south, until it finally arrives to Ushuaia, known as the City of the End of the World. This beautiful city is surrounded by mountains and facing the Beagle Chanel.

 

Upon arrival in Ushuaia you will make your way to your hotel on your own (taxis to and from the bus station should cost less than 8 USD).

 

This bus trip allows you to see the landscape and the other lesser known parts of Chile, having a much more complete view of the area. However, it is long journey (Punta Arenas-Ushuaia is a 12 hour trip in a public bus, ferry crossing and dusty roads) and it can be a tiring day. For an additional cost you can choose a less adventurous option: from Torres del Paine, you can drive back to El Calafate and fly to Ushuaia.

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Day 14 – Ushuaia: Trekking & Canoeing in the National Park

You will be picked up from your hotel (shared service) and drive towards Tierra del Fuego National Park. Once at Ensenada Bay, you will have time to enjoy the view over the Beagle Channel before starting the trekking along the coast.

 

The six kilometers of wild trail will give you the possibility to watch the native flora and wild fauna of the channel as well as the opportunity to discover old native remains left by the ancient dwellers of the area, the Yamanas. In 3 hours you will reach Roca Lake, where lunch will be ready. After a complete homemade picnic you will start canoeing along Lapataia River, which will take you to Lapataia Bay on the Beagle Channel, precisely where the Panamerican Highway and number 3 National Route end. Return to Ushuaia.

 

Total duration: 8/10 hours.
Trekking: 3 hours
Canoeing: 1 ½ hours.

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Day 15 – Ushuaia: Beagle Channel Cruise

After making your way to the tourist pier, embark on a boat excursion along the famous Beagle Channel. You will gain panoramas of Ushuaia Bay and see 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 can explore the island for concheros or giant shells, and enjoy the views of Chile and Argentina. Not to mention, passing the Les Eclaireurs lighthouse. During the excursion, you can enjoy snacks and the favorite Argentine drink, mate.

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Day 16 – Ushuaia & your Adventure in Argentina comes to an end!

At the appropriate time you will have a transfer (shared service) to the airport or bus station. You can continue your trip towards to the North area of our country, Salta region, or maybe visit the wine area in Mendoza. Argentina still has a lot to offer!

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Included

– All Transfers mentioned, including to and from airports.
– 14 nights hotel accommodation + 1 night at a mountain refuge.
– Breakfast.
– Described tours.
– 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

– International or Domestic flights
National Park Entrance Fees
– Please note- while in El Chalten, trekking / hiking the mountain trails is a very popular activity. Most trails are clearly marked and well-maintained; however, if you would prefer to be accompanied by a local mountain guide, just let us know and we will be happy to arrange it (cost to be confirmed at the time of booking).
– Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Accommodation & Prices

HIKING IN PATAGONIA – 16 Days


INN/ B&B

USD 3350

COMFORT

USD 3630

SUPERIOR

USD 4035

*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid for High Season – from October 2018 until March 2019.

NOTE:
Visiting Chalten is subject to weather conditions during May, June, July, August and September.
(Several transfers & cruises on this trip depend on weather conditions; that’s why the trip runs from November to March).
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 flights needed for this trip. Trip starts in El Calafate and finishes in Ushuaia.

Flights in South America cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination). We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

– All Transfers mentioned, including to and from airports.
– 14 nights hotel accommodation + 1 night at a mountain refuge.
– Breakfast.
– Described tours.
– 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

– International or Domestic flights
National Park Entrance Fees
– Please note- while in El Chalten, trekking / hiking the mountain trails is a very popular activity. Most trails are clearly marked and well-maintained; however, if you would prefer to be accompanied by a local mountain guide, just let us know and we will be happy to arrange it (cost to be confirmed at the time of booking).
– Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

Trip Reviews

HIKING IN PATAGONIA – 16 Days

Amad Doratotaj

Amad Doratotaj

(4 / 5)

Every day was fun and loaded with new experiences.

Hi there Patricia... I did enjoy my trip and happily will provide recommendations.

I think I first heard about your company through Trip Advisor.
The more I interacted with Silvia, during my research and fact-finding, the more I became comfortable with your company. She was excellent support during those early days of planning. I'm sorry to hear she is no longer with your company - I hope it was a mutually agreed separation.

Every day was fun and loaded with new experiences.

Of the hotels I enjoyed Los Cuernos most because the environment and staff were very casual, relaxed and fun to be with.
The excursions were all good and different. But, I love mountains most.

There were definitely some disconnect and miscommunication for our last day departing the Paine Lodge. We were told to expect to see people waiting for us at the other end of the lake (boat ride) -- no one was there and after hours of waiting around and asking from every bus driver and passenger and restaurant workers, TOTALLY concern that we had no way of getting out of there, we finally had our bus and three other bus exchanges before arriving at El Calafate. And we also were given vouchers by your partner at Puerto Natales to go from there back to Puerto Natales, which was not correct and at the time we did not know and we had to guess which instruction to follow. That all ended up being hours of stress and concern al MANY levels.


21.12.17

Nila Bhaumik

Nila Bhaumik

(5 / 5)

The trip was fabulous!

Dear Marcela,

Thank you for the email. I have already reviewed Say Hueque on trip advisor on the general site, will add comments to the forum too.

I first learned about Say Hueque from the Internet - reviews and trip advisor.

I decided to travel with you because of your promptness in response, ease of working, good customer service and a good price. Seamless experience - everything was flawless and we did not have to worry.

My favorite hotel is Don Los Cerros at El Chalten - very nice hotel, luxurious, superb location and views, spa - hot tub, good service.

The best excursion was to Laguna De los tres - amazing trek up - difficult but exhilarating - worth the effort once we reached the top.

The trip was fabulous!


02.12.17

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Donny Francis

Donny Francis

(5 / 5)

Patricio was an excellent Travel Agent !

Dear Sol,

I Chose say hueque because I was unable to make reservation via fantastico sur directly. I also got Feedback during the Tour that People who booked with fantastico sur were very upset as some reservations were Not made appropiately.
Overall I was happy to have made it via say hueque (just found it with Google)
Best refugio was Torre Central. Los cuernos was small and bar had very Limited options. Paine grande we just had a tent and showers were just ok.

Food was Vetter than I expected.
Patricio was an excellent Travel Agent who was always very fast to answer any Question I had.

Best regards
Donny


29.11.17

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HIKING IN PATAGONIA – 16 Days
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Amad Doratotaj

Every day was fun and loaded with new experiences.

Nila Bhaumik

The trip was fabulous!

Donny Francis

Patricio was an excellent Travel Agent !

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