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Hiking Patagonia

Specially designed to experience the natural wonders of Patagonia whilst hiking

Hiking Patagonia

US$4680 per person

Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine & El Chalten

This 16 day package has been specially designed to experience the natural wonders of Patagonia whilst hiking. After enjoying the Paris of South America – Buenos Aires, you will fly to Calafate where you will put on crampons  to ice-hike on the Perito Moreno Glacier. Then, we take you over the border to Torres del Paine National Park to undertake the unforgettable 5 day “W trekk”. Finish up in El Chalten, the “hiking capital of Patagonia” to enjoy numerous self-guided hikes under in the midst of Mount Fitzroy.

 

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Day 1: Departure

Departure: tba

Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires

Arrival: tab

Arrive to Buenos Aires and transfer to Hotel

Welcome to Buenos Aires

One of Argentina’s top attractions is the leviathan metropolis of Buenos Aires, the most fascinating of all South American capitals. It’s a riveting place just to wander about, people-watching, shopping or simply soaking up the unique atmosphere. Its many barrios (neighborhoods) are startlingly different – some are decadently old-fashioned, others daringly modern – but all of them ooze character. Buenos Aires has got everything: night-life, tango, culture, football, excellent beef and the best local wines.

Day 3: Buenos Aires (B,D)

Private City Tour

In the afternoon, an English speaking guide will take you on a historical & cultural tour of Buenos Aires that will allow you to discover its spirit, its mystique and its charm. You will visit the historic Virgin of Pilar Church in Recoleta and the adjacent graveyard, where Evitas tomb lies. Other historic areas that we will take you to visit is San Telmo, scene of the English invasions and La Boca, the colorful port area where the football club, Boca Juniors is based. You will also visit the famous landmarks of Buenos Aires City: ¨Plaza de Mayo¨ where the Government House (Pink House) is located, the Metropolitan Cathedral and Cabildo. The guide will provide you with a fascinating insight into the political history and cultural attributes of Argentina.

 

Argentine Dinner Party Experience

You will take part in the Argentina Dinner Experience this evening . This unique dinner party's concept is to teach you the fundamentals of what being an Argentine is all about, whilst simply having more fun than is available anywhere else. Learn how to close your own empanada using the 'repulge' technique, to order steak your way in Spanish, to prepare your own 'mate' drink.

During the experience you get to take part in the ritual of preparing an Argentina Asado with the best of Argentina beef whilst sampling the best of Argentine wines. This is a group experience and is a lot of fun and great way to meet fellow travellers.

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Tango Experience

We begin with a short journey from your hotel through the city while our staff points out historic tango sites.  Then, try your first tango steps in a class tailored just for you and a small group of like-minded visitors.  We will share not only the dance moves, but also an introduction to the rich history, music, and culture that makes this dance so unique.  Afterwards, we continue the night with dinner, consisting of typical Argentine fare.

The highlight of the night consists of visiting the milonga, where tango dancers do what they love most: dance!  We explain the social etiquette, the unwritten code of the milonga called ¨codigo.¨ Apart from the physical dance itself, with its close embrace and intertwining limbs, the tango dancers participate in a complicated social dance as they navigate in the environment of the milonga.  The culture, the lyrics, and the idiosyncrasies of the milongueros...all this adds to the stew which we wish to share with you. Milongas feature live tango music as well, and we make sure to include this in your tour.  To hear the bandoneon live and watch tango being danced for enjoyment in its purest form is the best way we can think of to introduce you to the real Buenos Aires.

Day 4: Calafate (B)

Transfer to airport to take flight to Calafate

Departure: 11.00

Arrival: 14.00

Upon arrival transfer to Hotel

In the heart of Patagonia, next to the Andes, is one of Argentina’s most scenic areas, commonly referred to as Lago Argentino and the Perito Moreno Glacier, declared “Universal Heritage” by the UNESCO. The most renown of all the glaciers is the Perito Moreno Glacier. Situated 80 km (50 miles) from El Calafate, it is the most easily reached among them. This is an imposing ice river that descends from the Southern Patagonian Ice Cap down to the lake, at ‘Canal de los Témpanos’ (Icebergs’ Channel). It is the only glacier in the area which is considered to be in equilibrium, that is: not receding. It has always been the most important attraction of the region thanks to its spectacular beauty, but especially because of its unusual behavior. The glacier slowly advances down the mountain slope towards the lake, producing, as it spills down, thunderous noises and ruptures.

Recommend to visit Laguna Nimez reserve, a short walk from the town center.

This ecological environment lodges an educational circuit with trails and signposts laid up along over 2,500 meters. The guides await visitors at the entrance gate to assist them with the interpretation of the natural environment. Likewise, a complete herbarium that helps visitors identify the local plants is located in the entrance area.

The reserve has good vantage points that enable visitors to watch how the flamingoes, geese, silvery grebes, black-necked swans, ibis, lapwings, ducks, coots, hawks and chimangos, among other 70 species, fed in the clump of rushes.

Day 5: Calafate (B)

Hiking Perito Moreno Glacier, 8am pickup – 10-11hrs

Hike El Perito Moreno Glacier on this full-day tour from El Cafate. This trip is a must-do for thrill-seekers and adventure travelers. This 11-hour expedition includes pickup and drop-off at your hotel in El Calafate, a boat ride from Bajo de las Sombras port as well as all the necessary glacier-hiking equipment like crampons and ice axes. A professional local guide ensures your safety and enjoyment.

After being met at your El Calafate hotel, you'll be transferred to Bajo de las Sombras (Under the Shadows) port for your 20-minute sail to the glacier. Once you arrive at Perito Moreno Glacier, your expert guides will instruct you on the proper use of special winter hiking equipment, including crampons and ice axes. Wear appropriate gear such as wool socks, trekking boots, and cold weather clothing. Once you're all geared up, make your way along Rico Arm towards the glacier itself. During the 90-minute trek across Perito Moreno, your local guide will tell your group about the history and formation of the glacier. Surrounded by an otherworldly, white-on-white landscape, listen to the sound of your crampons crunching ice and feel the steam of your own breath. Once you reach the end of the walk, you'll stop and eat the lunch that you've brought along with you. Head back across the Rico Arm and over a footbridge that allows you one last parting view of the hulking glacier you just conquered. After a brief forest trek, you'll be picked up by bus and deposited at the glacier's most spectacular overlook, where spend an hour of free time to relaxing, enjoying the scenery and snapping some photos before heading back to your El Calafate hotel.

Day 6: Calafate to Puerto Natales

Private transfer from your hotel in El Calafate to Puerto Natales to meet bus to Torres del Paine

Transportation from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park (Laguna Amarga Main Entrance), with a little stop in Cerro Castillo Village (located at 54 Km north from Puerto Natales on the way to the NP)

Presentation time at Bus Station: 14.15 PM
Departure: 14:30 PM / Arrival:      16:30 PM

At the moment you arrive to Laguna Amarga entrance you will have to acquire your entrance ticket to the National Park (US$40) and take the shuttle that will be waiting for you to take you to Las Torres sector where Las Torres Hotel is located.

Accommodation: Hiking Cabin

Day 7: Trekking to “BASE TORRES” (8 – 9 hours, 19 Km) (B;BL;D).

Hour to start: 9.00 AM.
The first hour and a half walking is steep with fantastic views of lake Nordenskjöld and Almirante Nieto Mn (2.670 m.s.n.m), with it’s hanging glacier until you reach Refugio El Chileno. Then carrying just a small back pack, you will continue the trail through a millenary Lenga forest (1 hour) until the base of “the moraine” which challenging ascent (45 min), will take you to one of the most impressive places in the park: the lookout of the “Base of Torres del Paine” where you will enjoy the view of Torre Sur (2,850 m.s.n.m.), Torre Central (2.800 m.s.n.m), Torre Norte (2.600 m.s.n.m) and Cerro Nido de Cóndor.

Accommodation: Hiking Cabin
Difficulty Level: High.

Day 8: Trekking from Las Torres Hotel to Cabins Los Cuernos (4 – 5 hours, 11 Km) (B;BL;D).

Hour to start: 9.00 AM.
The trail goes through the Base of Almirante Nieto Mn. – part of the Paine Massif-, with great views to Nordenskjöld Lake; from December the flora presents different colours specially the “Ciruelillo” or “Fire Bush” which takes its name from the red colour of its flowers. After about 4 – 5 hours you will get to the Base of Los Cuernos where Cabins Los Cuernos are located, considered by many, one of the most charming sites in the whole park, a perfect spot to rest and recover energies for the next day challenging trek: “The French Valley”.

Accommodation: Hiking Cabin
Difficulty Level: Medium.

Day 9: Trekking to French Valley (10 – 12 hours, 25.3 Km) (B;BL;D).

Hour to start: 8.00 AM.
The first 2 hours are with some ascents and descents and views to Nordenskjöld Lake, until “CampamentoItaliano”, at this point we recommend you to contact CONAF staff so you can leave your big backpack with them and start the next part of the trek with a small day backpack. The ascent goes for about 1 hour and a half until French Glacier lookout, where you’ll be able to observe its hanging glacier and opportunities to observe small avalanches. After that, the trail continues until “CampamentoBritánico” and after about 20 minutes you will reach the lookout point considered by many as one of the most overwhelming spots in the Circuit: “Mirador Britanico”, where you will admire: “Paine Grande”, “Cerro Hoja”, “Cerro Máscara”, “Cerro Catedral”, “Cerro Aleta de Tiburón”, “Cuerno Norte”, etc.
The return is the same way back to “CampamentoItaliano”, and then to Pehoé sector.

Accommodation: Hiking Cabin
Difficulty Level: High.

Day 10: Trekking to Grey Glacier (8 – 9 hours, 22 Km) (B,B,L).

Hour to start: 9.00 AM.
Trek to Grey Glacier lookout (roundtrip). The trail goes through the western side of the Paine Massif with views to Grey Lake and Mountains. After 1 hour and a half you will reach the first lookout point, where you may observe Grey Glacier in the distance, then and after 1 hour and a half / two hours you will get to the Main lookout, in front of the glacier. The return is the same way back until Pehoé Lake to take the Catamaran that crosses the Lake at 6.30 PM to Pudeto sector, where your bus will be waiting for you to take you back to Puerto Natales(arrival time to Bus Station in Puerto Natales: around 10.00 PM).

Difficultylevel: Medium.

Catamaran Itinerary
Departure at 18.30 PM / presentation time at Pier: 18.00 PM / arrival time to Bus Station in Puerto Natales: around 22.00 PM

Transfer toHotel for overnight

Day 11: El Chalten (B)

Transfer to El Chalten

Upon arrival take checkin to hotel

Day 12: El Chalten (B)

Self Guided Hiking in El Chalten

Go to for list & explanation of hikes available:

http://www.elchalten.com/eng/actividades/caminatas.php

Recommend hike Laguna Torre

One of the classic treks of El Chaltén that will take you to the Torre lagoon, at the foot of the amazing Adela range, Torre and Grande glaciers and the incredible Cerro Torre. Ten minutes before arriving to the lagoon, you will find the DeAgostini base camp. Just getting to the Cerro Torre viewpoint, halfway and just two hours from El Chalten- allows you to witness one of the most capricious mountain landscapes in the world and one of the mythical mountains of Patagonia: Cerro Torre.

Jurisdiction: Los Glaciares National Park.
Duration: 4 hours (one way).
Total approximate time: 9 hours (return).
Difficulty: moderate.
Elevation: 200 meters from El Chaltén.

Itinerary: From El Chaltén, there are two head-trails to Laguna Torre, both paths join together after 5 minutes walk. The trail enters the Fitz Roy river valley and continues following the river upstream to its source. At only 15 minutes walk you will access the first viewpoint located at the gorge of the Fitz Roy river -called Cascada Margarita- which offers a panoramic view of the Cerro Solo, Adela range, Cerro Torre and the Fitz Roy mount. Across the river lies the Margarita waterfall.

Halfway you will reach Cerro Torre viewpoint with incomparable views of the Adela range, Cerro Torre and other granite needles. Finally the path crosses the DeAgostini base camp where you can stay overnight in your tent. Fifteen minutes along the way from the camp you will reach Laguna Torre. At the shore of this lagoon, it is often possible to find a number of icebergs from the Grande glacier.

Day 13: El Chalten (B)

Recommended Hike: Laguna de Los Tres

Description: This is the most sought trek and viewpoint, with spectacular sights of the Fitz Roy massif. This natural viewpoint is undoubtedly the most famous of all walks closer to the imposing walls of Fitz Roy mount and its surrounding granite peaks.

Jurisdiction: Los Glaciares National Park.
Duration: 5 hours (one-way).
Difficulty: medium.
Elevation: 700 meters from El Chaltén.
Season: normally from October to May.

Itinerary: The headtrail begins at the end of Avenida San Martín, where El Chaltén town ends. There you can park your vehicle in a designated parking area.

The slope is quite steep during the first hour until you reach Del Salto stream valley towards the Mt. Fitz Roy. You will notice that the Antarctic Beech become more and more numerous along the path and approximately after an hour and a half further down the way you will reach a well marked natural viewpoint. There you will find a sign that interprets the whole landscape right in front of you. The trail continues up along the Del Salto stream until reaching the drainage of the Lagunas Madre e Hija.

Four hours ahead from the starting point you will arrive to Poincenot base camp (big free campsite) and after crossing the Río Blanco you will arrive to Río Blanco base camp (only for climbers). From there the path continues in ascent approximately 400m. until you reach Laguna de los Tres.

The trail finishes at the old moraine ridge with an extraordinary view of the lagoon and De los Tres Glacier.

This is the closest view to the granite wall of Mt. Fitz Roy and the peaks around.

Going down the moraine, you can take a trail that surrounds the lagoon until its outfall where it is possible to appreciate the emerald waters of the Laguna Sucia and its hanging glaciers.

Note: Although the access to this viewpoint is possible during the months listed above, the access to this trek can vary depending on the accumulation of snow, especially in its last stretch. We always recommend to check the condition of the trail at the Visitors' Centre of Los Glaciares National Park located just before the entrance to El Chalten

Day 14: El Chalten (B)

Recommended Hike: Laguna Capri

Description: A beautiful hike from El Chaltén to a blue water lagoon surrounded by native forest that is reached in less than two hours. From there you can appreciate a fantastic view of the Fitz Roy massif.

Jurisdiction: Los Glaciares National Park.
Duration: 2 hours (one way).
Difficulty: easy.
Elevation: 200 meters.

Itinerary: The head of the trail begins at the north end of town, at the end of San Martín Ave. During the first hour, the trail is a steep slope until entering the valley of Del Salto river, towards Mount Fitz Roy. After 30 min. walk from El Chaltén you'll have access to a natural viewpoint with panoramic views of the valley of De las Vueltas river. Further down the trail the ñires will begin to be more and more numerous around you. After 60-90 min. walk -depending on your pace- you will find a sign that shows a bifurcation to Laguna Capri (left) or to the Fitz Roy (right). From the lagoon you will have a unique view of Fitz Roy and its surrounding peaks.

NOTE: If you have a little more time, or if this is the only hike that you are going to do, it is worth an additional walk of 15 minutes from the bifurcation mentioned above towards the Fitz Roy, to access a rocky signposted viewpoint which allows you to interpret the landscape presented in front of you, as well as the Piedras Blancas glacier. That is the Fitz Roy viewpoint.

Day 15: Buenos Aires (B)

Transfer to airport in Calafate to take flight to Buenos Aires

Departure: 13.05

Arrival: 16.00

Upon arrival, transfer to hotel to spend last night in Argentina

Day 16: Departure (B)

Transfer to airport to take flight home

Departure: 13.05