Pristine hiking in iconic parks of Chile and Argentina
On this "go at your own pace" adventure, you'll explore the breathtaking mountain environs of Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park, Chile, and Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina. Both parks showcase Patagonia's spectacular, unspoiled wilderness, whose inspiring beauty can set the heart afire: soaring pink and white granite towers, golden grasslands sprawled beneath a huge expanse of sky; forests of gnarled trees resembling oversized Bonsai; sparkling lakes of incredible hues; the largest continental ice field outside Antarctica; and glaciers forgotten by the last ice age. Exhilarating scenic hikes are complemented by sumptuous accommodations: in Paine you'll relax at the fabulous Explora Lodge on Lago Pehoe (with indoor heated pool, massage salon, and outdoor Jacuzzis); in Los Glaciares you'll stay at one of the best hotels in the town of El Chaltén, right at the foot of the mountains.
Easy to moderate optional activities include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking (optional strenuous hikes available)
- Flexible hiking options in Patagonia's Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks
- Spectacular vistas of the Torres del Paine, Cerro Torre, and the awesome Fitzroy massif
- Visit the cosmopolitan cities of Santiago and Buenos Aires
Duration: 11 days Start Location: Punta Arenas End Location: Buenos AiresDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive in Punta Arenas
Arrive in Punta Arenas on the northern shore of the Strait of Magellan.
Day 2 : Travel to Torres del Paine National Park
Morning transfer to Torres del Paine National Park. Your accommodation while in Paine National Park is at Explora Lodge, scenically situated on the shores of Lago Pehoe, with in-your-face views of the park's famous jagged cuernos (horns).
Days 3 - 5 : Torres del Paine National Park
While at Explora, you can join in various activities, including walks and hikes, horseback rides, boat excursions, photo safaris, and more. All-day hiking excursions may include a hike into the French Valley, or to the face of the Grey Glacier, where you can observe icebergs calving into Lago Grey. Other possibilities include visits to Salto Grande and Salto Chico (waterfalls) or to Las Torres, the famous "Towers of Paine."
Day 6 : Los Glaciares National Park
Drive into Argentina to the little town of El Chaltén within Los Glaciares National Park.
Days 7 - 9 : Los Glaciares National Park
You'll have these days to enjoy the tremendous vistas of Los Glaciares National Park. There are a variety of day hikes to suit all abilities, including hikes to Laguna Torre, Piedras Blancas, and Laguna Sucia.
Day 10 : Buenos Aires
Drive to the airport in Calafate and fly to Buenos Aires.
Day 11 : Buenos Aires
Morning free to Explore Buenos Aires.
DATES: Best time to go: January - April, October - December Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.
$6,995 per person (2 to 3 members)
Price doesn't include flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires.
Hotel Cabo de Hornos
Recently renovated modern European style hotel in the world's southernmost city, located on the main Plaza Munoz Gamero. High ceilings and beautiful artwork complement the stone floors in the entryways.
Loi Suites Recoleta
This five star hotel is located in the most elegant area of the city, at walking distance from museums, art galleries, shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks.
Hosteria Los CerrosEl Chaltén
Overlooking the young town of El Chaltén, Hosteria Los Cerros offers a cozy stay with unique décor that harmonizes with the natural environment. Expansive windows open onto dramatic views of the Río de las Vueltas and the surrounding landscape.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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