Two amazing National Parks (Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares) are the focus of this wilderness adventure which, like greater Patagonia itself, join together to straddle the frontier between Chile and Argentina.
Small Group Trek
Ideal length: 9 days
Price from: USD $7,000 pp
- Fantastic, privately guided, small group adventure using specially equipped vehicles
- Extensive, tailor-made, exploration of both Chilean and Argentine Patagonia
- See famous Torres del Paine massif and Mt Fitz Roy plus glacial lakes, forest and pampas.
- Access some of the planet’s most pristine landscapes along with its flora and fauna.
- Get off the beaten trail, on foot or by horseback, to better identify its remarkable features.
- Discover a little of the history and cultural identity of this far-off land.
Days 1 - 4 | Torres del Paine National Park, Chile
Met on arrival in Punta Arenas for the scenic drive to your fully inclusive lodge, explora Patagonia, located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park.
Each day you can choose from a variety of different explorations. On foot or by horseback, gentle or more physically demanding, there is a wide selection of options available to explore this spectacular region of striking granite spires, glacial blue lakes and diverse wildlife. At the end of your days adventures your hotel is waiting. Relax in one of the open air jazzuzis with views of Lago Pehoe and the Macizo del Paine peaks or in the bar, with some spectacular Chilean wine for company .
Hotel: explora Patagonia
explora Lodge Patagonia / Paine Massif and Salto Chico waterfall
Day 5 | Crossing to Argentina
Today's drive, across the border into Argentina, is one of South America's most spectacular passing from the craggy peaks of Torres del Paine to the characteristic plains of the Patagonian prairie. The adventure continues passing lakes and rivers until we find find ourselves in front of the ice floes of Lake Viedma. At dusk we arrive El Chaltén, a small town located in Los Glaciares National Park amidst the dramatic Fitz Roy ranges.
Hotel: Premier Inn in El Chaltén
Perhaps opt for some horse riding with the Gauchos, Torres del Paine National Park
Days 6- 9 | El Chaltén / Mt Fitz Roy
3 days to explore El Chaltén and its stunning environs, a walkers and photographers paradise. Time enough to get to know the geology, the flora and fauna of the area. During our daily explorations on foot we cross the ranges of Fitz Roy and Torre, formed 12 million years ago; we traverse mature beech forests and valleys reminiscent of the Argentine prairie; and we skirt glaciers, rivers, waterfalls and lakes. From the numerous viewpoints of the Park we can observe Condors and Eagles in flight, as well as appreciate panoramic views of El Chaltén and the mountain massifs. In the evening we eat in characteristic local restaurants enjoying their wines, meats, and local flavors.
Hotel: Premier Inn in El Chaltén
Escape the crowds for spectacular panoramas
Accommodation and food
4 nights are spent at explora Patagonia located in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. The lodge has 49 rooms along with stunning views of the Paine Massif and Salto Chico waterfall. Tastefully furnished suites and standard rooms all have wonderful views.
4 nights are spent at a local inn (or Posada) in El Chalten on the Argentina side of the border.
Meals of high quality are served throughout. Enjoy local foods and flavours and of course the delightful wines of both countries.
- 8 nights hotel or local inn accommodation as described.
- Small, personalised groups, 6 persons maximum.
- All meals and bar
- Transport by road in specially equipped vehicles with satellite phone, maps and first aid kit
- Services of expert guides, a cook and support staff
- Exploration activities
- Airport transfers
- National Park fees
- Wifi in public area at explora Patagonia
FITNESS and ESSENTIALS
This is a journey in a remote area. Good health and fitness is a pre-requisite along with a spirit of adventure, humour and flexibility.
HUNGRY FOR MORE?
Fly on to the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, home of the famous tango. A fantastic city of opulent architecture, chic boutiques, artisan cheeses and possibly the best steak you will ever eat !
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