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Patagonia Wilderness

From £2915 for 15 days
Trip Overview
Become an adventurer in the Patagonian wilderness – one of the most remote and beautiful environments in the world. Visit the best of nature's attractions in Argentina before heading to Chile to marvel at Patagonia. From the tango bars and heaving streets of Buenos Aires, head to the striking mountain scenery, vast open plains, dramatic ice fields and advancing glaciers of Patagonia. Trek to the spectacular Laguna Torre and iconic Torres del Paine, hike glaciers and visit the quirky towns at the end of the world. Experience a South American adventure through this spectacular region of Argentina and Chile.
Essential Info
Starts: Buenos Aires
Ends: Buenos Aires
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery, Walking
Trip Code: IGPTU
Countries visited: Argentina, Chile
What's Included

Meals

14 Breakfasts included
3 Lunches included
3 Dinners included

Transport

Plane,local bus,private vehicle,boat

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights),Camping [with basic facilities] (3 nights)

Trip Highlights
-Discover Buenos Aires, Argentina's sensational and sultry capital. Tour its best sights, then explore its many corners at your leisure, from the star-studded Recoleta cemetery to the tucked-away milongas (tango halls)
-Argentina's Perito Moreno Glacier must be seen to be believed. This mind-boggling natural wonder is one of Patagonia's true crown jewels
-Explore the Patagonian wilderness around El Chalten, with guided day-hikes along two of its best trails
-Adventure through the breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park on a three-day camping trip, with all your meals taken care of
-Visit the world's southernmost city and spot wildlife on a boat cruise across the legendary Beagle Channel
Dates & Availability
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End date
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Price GBP
Availability
23rd December 2016
6th January 2017
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
£3,105pp 
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Limited
1st January 2017
15th January 2017
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
£3,245pp 
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Limited
22nd January 2017
5th February 2017
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
£3,275pp 
G
 
Limited
12th February 2017
26th February 2017
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
£3,060pp 
G
 
Limited
19th February 2017
5th March 2017
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
£2,975pp 
G
 
Limited
26th February 2017
12th March 2017
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
£2,915pp 
G
 
Good
5th March 2017
19th March 2017
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
£2,915pp 
G
 
Good
12th March 2017
26th March 2017
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
£2,915pp 
G
 
Good
1st October 2017
15th October 2017
Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires
£2,915pp 
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Good
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Itinerary & Notes
 
Day 1 - Buenos Aires
Bienvenidos! Welcome to Argentina! Please make sure you arrive on day one by 3 pm, in time for the first group meeting. Please have lunch prior to the meeting as we'll head out on our first activity straight afterwards. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information. If you are intending to hire a sleeping bag for our nights in the Torres del Paine National Park please let your leader know at this meeting. In the afternoon your tour leader will take you for an approximately 2 hour orientation walk around some of Buenos Aires' main attractions. In the evening you have the option of going out for a group dinner. Buenos Aires must be the ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of their city which is comprised of distinct 'barrios' (neighbourhoods), each with their own style. Visit San Telmo for its weekend antiques market and artists' displays. La Boca was settled by waves of immigrants that built brightly painted buildings. It is also home to the world-class football team Boca Juniors and murals of famous footballers cover the district's walls. Recoleta is the place to browse museums with Buenos Aires' well-to-do. When you have finished exploring, settle down at one of the many streetside cafes and prepare yourself for a night of tango at one of the many milongas. If you arrive to Buenos Aires before day 1, there are plenty of galleries, museums and historic buildings to keep you entertained. On the east side of the Plaza de Mayo you will find the Casa Rosada, the pink presidential palace where Eva Peron appeared on the balcony in front of adoring fans in the 1940s. There is also a Museo Evita, dedicated to the life (and gowns) of this famed figure. MALBA is an incredible art gallery showcasing a private collection, including works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and great temporary exhibits.

Additional Activities

Buenos Aires - Guided walking tour
Included in Price
Buenos Aires - Tango show
1200 ARS
Gran Cafe Tortoni Show
270 ARS
Buenos Aires - Football game (ticket price depends on the game)
120 USD
Buenos Aires - Malbec Trail of Palermo Urban Adventure
100 USD
Buenos Aires - Gourmet Food Urban Adventure
77 USD
Day 2 - El Calafate / El Chalten
Today we fly south from Buenos Aires to El Calafate (approx. 3 hrs), then travel by van to the frontier town of El Chalten, north of Glacier National Park (approx 3.5 hrs). Hikers and climbers from all around the world congregate here and the atmosphere is laid back and very outdoors-oriented.
Day 3 - El Chalten / Glacier National Park
The next two days we'll take on at least two of the most popular day treks in the area: Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. Hikes are moderate to difficult. You can expect to walk from six to nine hours on clearly marked and well maintained paths. The terrain itself is not difficult. Wind and rain may be the main challenges you face on these walks.

Additional Activities

El Chalten - Day hike to Laguna Torre
Included in Price
Day 4 - El Chalten
Complete whichever trek you didn't tackle yesterday.

Additional Activities

El Chalten - Day hike to Laguna de los Tres
Included in Price
Day 5 - El Chalten / El Calafate
Enjoy your final morning in El Chalten before we transfer back to El Calafate
Day 6 - El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier
Today we visit Perito Moreno Glacier. This is one of the few advancing glaciers in the world and at 3km (1.8 miles) wide and 35km (21 miles) long is a spectacular sight. Watch and listen to the crack of the ice as it plunges into the waters below. We return to El Calafate for the night.

Additional Activities

Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
Included in Price
Perito Moreno Glacier visit
Included in Price
Moreno glacier cruise (45 mins)
1200 ARS
Perito Moreno - Mini-trek on the glacier including short cruise to glacier base (65 yrs old is the maximum age permitted)
1800 ARS
Day 7 - 9 - Torres del Paine National Park
Be ready for another long travel day. Early in the morning we jump on a local bus to Cerro Castillo in Chile (approx. 5 hrs). Here we stop for lunch (not included) while we wait for the connecting van to Torres del Paine (approx. 1.5 hrs). Please make sure you have water, snacks and warm clothing available for today bus journeys. Sitting at the end of the earth is the awe inspiring Chilean Patagonia. Few people have the opportunity to see this area and those who do find it difficult to forget. Once a sheep estancia, the park was established in 1959. This is magnificent trekking country where nandues, condors and pink flamingos abound. Upon arriving in the park you will most likely be greeted by a herd of guanacos, relatives of alpacas. These strange animals provide great photo opportunities but don't get too close; they're likely to spit at you. There's also some of the world's best trout and salmon fishing. The real star of the show, however, is the magnificent landscape. With sparkling lakes, gushing waterfalls, glaciers and striking mountains, much of our time trekking is spent slack-jawed in awe of our surrounds. The campsite will be our home for the next three nights and the base from where we'll take on our day hikes. The most popular trek in this area is locally known as "Base Las Torres" (The Tower's Base), your leader will recommend when to take this hike, depending on weather conditions. Another available hike is towards "Refugio Los Cuernos" (The Horns' Lodge). This trek is long, but it has excellent views of this particular section of the park also known as "Los Cuernos del Paine" (The Horns) The treks are moderate to difficult along clearly marked trails and we will usually hike between 5-8 hours per day. Weather in Patagonia is an important factor to consider - be prepared for cold, wet and windy weather. You and a fellow traveller will share a tent for the next three nights. Sleeping bags are not provided on this trip so please bring your own. Alternatively you can hire it locally for approximately US$30 for the 3 nights. Make sure you inform your leader on day 1 of the trip if you intend to hire it locally for him/her to make the necessary arrangements. A (thermarest/inflatable camping mattress is provided on this trip. 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners will be provided while camping. Dinners are simple (pastas, rice, chicken) and are served in a common dinning area. Lunches consist of sandwiches, fruit and sometimes a chocolate bar. Soft and alcoholic drinks are not provided and there is limited selection for you to buy from at the Camping's general store. If you particularly like certain snacks (almonds, nuts, raisins) or a drink (a bottle of wine, spirit) please make sure you bring it from Buenos Aires or Calafate. Bathroom facilities are available in the campsite with communal showers and bathroom separated by sex.

Additional Activities

3 nights camping in Torres del Paine NP
Included in Price
Day 10 - Puerto Natales
You will be taken on a full day guided tour around another part of Torres del Paine National park including a visit to grey lake before transferring to Puerto Natales (approximately 3 hours) where you will spend the night.  Once a modest fishing port and now a gateway to Torres, there won't be much time to explore Puerto Natales but hopefully you can venture out for dinner and trial some of boutique beer or wine around town.
Day 11 - Ushuaia
Today we hit the road for one last time - a 14-hour bus ride takes us back to Argentina and to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Needless to say you will need to arm yourself with your favourite book, your music player, drinks and snacks. Ushuaia is the gateway to Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Argentina's only coastal park.
Day 12 - Ushuaia
This morning we will take an included boat trip on the Beagle Channel. Observe the marine wildlife among the small islands and inlets along this waterway named after Charles Darwin's expedition ship.

Additional Activities

Beagle Channel cruise
Included in Price
Day 13 - Ushuaia
Day 13 are free for you to explore. We have some time to visit Ushuaia's museums before returning to Buenos Aires.

Additional Activities

Penguin tour
1700 ARS
Day 14 - Buenos Aires
Return to Buenos Aires by plane for a final night out. Please note that while we intend to return to Buenos Aires in the early hours of the afternoon, airline schedules in Argentina are known for changing without much notice, meaning that we can potentially arrive in Buenos Aires as late as 11pm on Day 14. We return to our centrally located hotel in Buenos Aires for our final night.
Day 15 - Buenos Aires
As there are no activities planned, you are free to depart at any time on Day 15.

Additional Activities

Malbec Trail of Palermo - Urban Adventures
111 USD
Gourmet Buenos Aires Food Adventure - Urban Adventures
120 USD
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