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Patagonia Adventure

Wild adventure aplenty on this Patagonia expedition hiking Tierra del Fuego & Torres del Paine.

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14 Day / 13 Night - Patagonia Adventure
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Welocome to Argentina!

Welcome to Argentina! For most travelers, Buenos Aires is the entry point to Argentina… and what an entrance it is: this vibrant city feels almost European! Its cosmopolitan population of Italian, Spanish, French, and many other nationalities, combined with stunning architecture, cultural activities, and attractive neighborhoods with small shops, cafés, and international restaurants, make the atmosphere relaxed and welcoming.

Upon arrival, our local representative will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. After settling into your accommodation in the trendy neighborhood of Palermo, the rest of your afternoon and evening is free for you to spend at your leisure. We recommend exploring the area near your hotel where you’ll be able to soak up the atmosphere of this thrilling city stopping off at one of the nearby boutique cafés or lively wine bars. Having found somewhere for dinner and experienced one of South America’s top restaurant scenes, explore Buenos Aires’ nightlife at one of the local wine bars in Palermo, add an exclusive wine tasting to your itinerary or, take a leisurely stroll back to your hotel.

Tip: Porteños eat dinner late; usually restaurants will open their doors around 20:00.

Meals (x)

Arrival Buenos Aires Transfer to hotel
Location
Buenos Aires
Day
1 / 14

Highlights of Buenos Aires

After breakfast, you are collected from your hotel for your city tour of Buenos Aires, discovering the history and modern life of this world-renowned city.

The tour provides an in-depth introduction to its architecture, the culture of its people, its anecdotes and secrets. Put simply, Buenos Aires is exceptional, dynamic, sophisticated, and overwhelming. An exquisite combination of a European atmosphere and the charm of Latin American cities. You will begin at the famous Plaza de Mayo, before venturing out to the old tango districts of Buenos Aires: Monserrat, San Telmo, and La Boca. You will then move on to the busiest areas – Puerto Madero, Retiro, and Plaza San Martin – and then, districts with wonderful green spaces and old residences: Palermo and Recoleta.

In the evening, you will enjoy a completely unique dining experience that cleverly blends exquisite food and wine, local culture, and social integration. Individuals, couples, families, and groups from all over the world are mixed around two 14 person banquet tables, which are led and entertained by two guides, and our friendly international team. Empanada making, juicy fillet stakes, boutique wines, alfajor making, and sharing ‘mate’ between new friends. There is no better place to be!

Meals (B, D)

Evening Argentine Experience
Location
Buenos Aires
Day
2 / 14

Arrival in Ushuaia

Your day begins as you embark after breakfast, with a private transfer to the airport for your flight to Ushuaia. As the southernmost city in the world, flying to Ushuaia is an adventure in itself as you touch down in the Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire). It is right next to the legendary Beagle Channel which connects the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

After arriving and settling in at your accommodation, take a taxi to Ushuaia´s old airport, Aeroclub, for a great view of the whole city, bay, harbor, and mountains. Maybe stop off for a popular photo opportunity at the city’s famous welcome sign, proclaiming Ushuaia to be ‘at the End of the World’. We recommend taking time to visit the historical center of the city including the navy neighborhood, the cemetery, and the Saint Christopher shipwreck that can be seen beside the promenade. You will also pass by historical places such as the prison, school, and police station. After appreciating the Antarctic Explorers promenade, you can visit the End of the World Museum (visit and entrance not included – optional activity).

Stay in the city for dinner tonight as delicious king crab is the specialty here! With a full stomach, you can take a taxi back to your hotel and catch a good night’s sleep before tomorrow’s adventures.

Meals (B)

Flight to Ushuaia frosty mountains behind
Location
Buenos Aires to Ushuaia
Day
3 / 14

National Park Trekking and Canoeing

Set off on a full-day group adventure into Tierra del Fuego, including kayaking and trekking. Easily reached from Ushuaia and the southernmost national park in the world, it’s a brilliant way to discover some of Patagonia’s most beautiful scenery. Traveling with an expert local guide, you’ll get a real glimpse into the secrets of Tierra del Fuego, learning all about the maze of mountains, lakes, and rivers that make up this recovered paradise.

During the day, you’ll head into the forest on a three-hour hike and jump in a kayak to paddle across gorgeous Lapataia Bay towards the Beagle Channel. You’ll stop in the heart of the forest for a tasty lunch, soaking up the sights and sounds around you as enjoy your meal. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy after we transfer you back to your hotel.

Meals (B, L)

FD National Park Tour Trekking
Location
Ushuaia
Day
4 / 14

Lakes Off-Road Tour

The Lakes Off-Road tour is a fascinating and fun way to discover the hidden secrets of the Southern Andes. Far off the generic tourist trail, it will take you beyond the guidebooks, giving you a whole new perspective of Patagonia. It’s a relaxing day mixed with some serious off-road experiences, giving you the best of both worlds.

From high in the Andes, you’ll get a great view of Lago Escondido (Hidden Lake), a little gem tucked away in the bottom of a valley, before exploring the vast Lake Fagnano, a real highlight of the trip. Traveling in a hardy Land Rover Defender that can handle all terrains and weather conditions, you’ll drive through forests, across rivers, and alongside lake shores with gorgeous views. At lunchtime, you’ll stop for a tasty BBQ and a glass of Argentine Malbec, getting to know the fellow travelers in your group. Open to everyone, it’s a brilliant tour that will help you break free from the beaten path for one full and magical day.

Meals (B, L)

FD Lakes by Road Ushuaia
Location
Ushuaia
Day
5 / 14

Travel to El Calafate

It’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination, El Calafate, where you can explore the beauty and diversity of Argentina even further. Your private transfer will take you to the airport for your onward flight after breakfast.

If you are lucky enough to land in El Calafate on a clear, sunny day, you will have unforgettable views of the mountains and lakes from the plane before you land. We will take you from the tiny airport to your hotel in town. El Calafate is a nice little town in an otherwise desolate area, with one main street. Most of the restaurants and shops are centered here, and a few streets lead off of it. Get your bearings by strolling around town, perhaps picking out one of the local restaurants for lunch or dinner. It is often cold and windy here, so the lamb racks in the windows of restaurants, the lit fireplaces, and the view of other travelers sipping from their wine glasses will be sure to tempt you inside. If you have a full afternoon available and feel like some fresh air and a walk, then head down to the bottom end of town to the Laguna Nimez Nature Reserve. You have to pay a small entrance fee but there is a beautiful circuit taking you through shrublands and wetlands and down to the lake’s edge. You’ll see all sorts of unusual birdlife down there, and if you aren’t a seasoned bird watcher, you can always borrow a bird guidebook from the nature reserve office to help spot the different species of bird. In the evening take your time to just relax, enjoy dinner and get a good night’s sleep as tomorrow you’ll be visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier!

Meals (B)

Calafate Glaciers
Location
Ushuaia to Calafate
Day
6 / 14

Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier

This full-day private tour, taking you mini-trekking across the jaw-dropping Perito Moreno Glacier, is a trip to remember. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the glacier at your own pace and soak up the breathtaking surroundings. First, you’ll travel from El Calafate to the eastern side of the Magellan Peninsula, scattered with gorgeous viewpoints of Perito Moreno. You’ll then follow the scenic walking tracks skirting the glacier, stopping for photos, and watching huge ice blocks crash into the lake, creating a thunderous sound and huge waves. Next, you’ll hop on a boat to cross the Rico Branch, sailing past the huge glacier for a twenty-minute ride.

When you reach the other side, you’ll take a walk through the deep green forest on the opposite shore, right along the edge of the Perito Moreno. Along the way, you’ll find caves at the base of the glacier, complete with small internal deep lagoons. Next comes the real highlight – a 2-hour trek on top of the glacier with an expert guide. It’s the experience of a lifetime.

Afterward, you’ll return through the forest and stop for lunch (not included) before heading back towards El Calafate.

Meals (B)

MiniTrekking Perito Moreno Glacier
Location
Calafate
Day
7 / 14

Road-trip into Chile

Today is a very early start as your transfer and guide pick you up around 5.30 am to begin your journey from El Calafate into southern Chile, to the Torres del Paine National Park. The park consists of mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers and was proclaimed a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. Many travelers have dubbed it South America’s most beautiful National Park, and it is the most popular hiking destination on the continent. The trip from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park takes about 5 hours. Even though it’s early, try and stay awake as your group transfer takes you through the desolate Patagonian steppe, until you arrive at the border post. All passengers have to go through immigration control so please remember to bring your passport!

After stretching off your legs, you’ll continue through beautiful southern Chile where you’ll be treated to mind-blowing views around every bend. Arriving at the Torres del Paine (meaning Blue Towers in the local Tehuelche language), you’ll soon experience a few hikes along scenic trails to magnificent viewpoints. In the early afternoon, you will arrive at your accommodation where you can relax for the rest of the day, or take a jump start on one of the excursions included in your program! Ask your guide about excursions available.

Tip: It is advisable to bring some US dollars as there is no way to get Chilean pesos between the border and the park. Weather conditions can be harsh but also beautiful; make sure to take appropriate clothing for either.

Meals (B, D)

Driving to Torres Del Paine
Location
Calafate to Torres del Paine
Day
8 / 14

Full Day Paine Overview

(You have an excursion menu available at your eco-lodge. Ask your local guide about the daily options available). We suggest exploring the Torres del Paine with the overview excursion.

This excursion truly lives up to its name by giving guests the fullest introduction to Torres del Paine National Park in the shortest amount of time. This road trip into the heart of the park features stops at scenic overlooks, short hikes to natural landmarks, and a wonderful lake cruise to Grey Glacier. Stops along the way include Puente Negro (Black Bridge), Nordenskjöld Lookout, Sarmiento Lookout, Lake Pehoé, and Salto Grande waterfall.

After enjoying an alfresco gourmet lunch, guests have a choice of a hike along the southern shore of Lago Grey to a point where you can gaze down at icebergs or a narrated boat trip across the length of the lake to imposing Grey Glacier, which tumbles down from the massive Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Optionally you can book navigation on the Grey lake and visit the Glacier (this takes around 3 hours).

Tip for the day: Set off well equipped for rain or shine. The weather changes quickly in the mountains so you’ll want to be prepared.

Meals (B, L, D)

Excursion Hiking Torres Del Paine
Location
Torres del Paine
Day
9 / 14

Hike to Las Torres Base Lookout Point

(You have an excursion menu available at your eco-lodge. Ask your local guide about the daily options available). We suggest exploring the Torres del Paine with the overview excursion.

Today you will depart early to one of the landmarks of the park, the Las Torres Base Lookout Point. During the first stretch, you will walk through the pampa, cross the Ascencio River, and then climb 3 km up to Los Vientos Mountain Pass, where you will enjoy amazing views of the valley and lakes. Continuing your journey to the Chileno Mountain Refuge, you will go deep into a lenga beech forest up to La Morena, where the hardest part of the hike begins, following a rocky trail to the spectacular Las Torres Base Lookout Point. Later, you will begin the descent to the Central Sector to have dinner.

Tip: Set off well equipped for rain or shine. The weather changes quickly in the mountains so you’ll want to be prepared.

Meals (B, L, D)

Torres Del Paine Lake Vista with Reflection
Location
Torres del Paine
Day
10 / 14

Departing Torres del Paine

After breakfast, you’ll be able to enjoy a last stroll in Chile before being picked up for your return group transfer back across the border, into Argentina, and on to El Calafate. Passing through immigration and heading back across the steppe, into Argentina’s region of Patagonia, you’ll arrive in the town of El Calafate in the afternoon.

The rest of the day is free to spend at leisure and relax. You’ll have enough time to wander into town and check out some of the souvenir shops in search of a wool hat, gloves, or scarf. Tonight you can sit down to enjoy one more delicious dinner of Patagonian lamb and a few drinks (dinner and drinks not included) before going back to your comfortable accommodation for a good night’s sleep.

Meals (B)

Returning to Calafate
Location
Torres del Paine to Calafate
Day
11 / 14

Leaving Patagonia behind

At the scheduled time we will pick you up at your hotel, and transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, we will wait for you to take you to your accommodation. You have the rest of the day to make the most of your time as you enjoy the city on your own!

Meals (B)

Overnight in Buenos Aires
Location
Calafate to Buenos Aires
Day
12 / 14

Biking around Tigre

You will be picked up from your hotel and taken to the meeting point at Plaza San Martin, from where we will board the train to Tigre. The visit to Tigre includes landmarks such as Paseo Victorica, Tigre Museum, La Marina Rowing Club, Reconquest Square, and a 30-minute stop at the artisan market called “Mercado de Frutos”. Here you will have the chance to learn about this traditional port, its historical market, current functioning, and the products that are still manufactured at Tigre. Afterward, you will embark on your private bike tour.

Ending the day of exploration, we will connect you with the train back to Buenos Aires, and end your day’s adventure back at your hotel.

Meals (B)

Tigre River FD Bike Tour and Canoeing
Location
Buenos Aires
Day
13 / 14

Return Home

Enjoy your final breakfast at the hotel in Buenos Aires, because it’s time to hit the road again as you make your way to your next destination, or return home.

Buenos Aires has 2 airports: Ezeiza and Jorge Newbery-Aeroparque. Many of the domestic flights leave from Jorge Newbery-Aeroparque airport which is located within the city. Travel safely to your next destination as you leave with unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Meals (B)

Return Home from Buenos Aires
Location
Buenos Aires
Day
14 / 14
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Accommodations

Hotel Options

4 Star

Own Grand Palermo Soho

Buenos Aires
4 Star

Tierra de Leyendas

Ushuaia
4 Star

Design Suites

Calafate
5 Star

Legado Mitico

Buenos Aires
5 Star

Los Cauquenes

Ushuaia
4 Star

Imago

Calafate