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, Chile. A Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside the baggage area at the airport. He or she will answer questions, and escort you to your hotel. Evening is free to relax. Dinner on your own.
Day 2 : Travel to Torres del Paine National Park
You will be picked up and transferred to Torres del Paine National Park. En route you'll pass through Puerto Natales, situated on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Closer to the park, you'll begin to see some guanacos and rheas and the mountains of the huge Paine massif. 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). The 50-room lodge is a wonderful base for explorations: though its exterior is simple and unassuming, inside you'll find it all warmth, style, and luxury, with plenty of large windows framing the stupendous views. Amenities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, massage rooms, and open-air Jacuzzis, while a large dining room features excellent cuisine and fine wines.
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. These include outings as short as two to three hours (so you can do a couple of different jaunts each day) or all-day hikes ranging from medium to difficult in nature. All-day hiking excursions may include a hike into the French Valley, one of the most spectacular cirques in the Paine Range, or to the face of the Grey Glacier, where you can observe icebergs calving into Lago Grey—a truly spectacular experience. Other possibilities include visits to Salto Grande and Salto Chico (waterfalls) or to Las Torres, the famous "Towers of Paine." On all activites you'll be accompanied by a knowledgeable guide.
Day 6 : Los Glaciares National Park
Drive across the border into Argentina and proceed over the steppe to the little town of El Chaltén within Los Glaciares National Park. (There may be some delays while border formalities are attended to.) Picnic lunch en route. This is a long drive, but as we approach the park the views of stunning mountains and glaciers just get better and better. Your accommodation is at one of the finest hotels in town.
Days 7 - 9 : Los Glaciares National Park
You'll have these days to enjoy the tremendous vistas of the spectacular peaks of Fitzroy (11,072') and Cerro Torre (10,280'), the masterpieces of Los Glaciares National Park. There are a variety of day hikes to suit all abilities, including Laguna Torre, the base camp of Cerro Torre climbs, situated on a beautiful glacial lake with the stunning monolith framed behind the lake; Laguna Capri and Laguna de los Tres, directly in front of Fitzroy; Piedras Blancas and Laguna Sucia, which boast large glaciers calving into beautiful alpine lakes with Fitzroy as a backdrop; Piedras del Friale, looking towards the north face of Fitzroy and the east entrance to the famous Patagonia Ice Cap.
Day 10 : Buenos Aires
Drive about five hours across the pampas and along the northern end of Lago Viedma to the airport in Calafate. Afternoon flight to Buenos Aires (air not included), where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel for overnight. Dinner on your own (you might want to take in one of Buenos Aires renowned tango shows this evening!).
Day 11 : Buenos Aires
Free day for shopping and sighteeing. You may wish to visit the Recoleta district in the northwest sector of the city, famously mainly for its nightlife but also well worth a visit by day. Close by are the National Cementery with the tombs of many famous people (among them Eva Peron) and the Museum of Fine Arts. The downtown district, especially along Calle Florida, contains many galerias (huge enclosed shoping malls) with dozens of stores and colorful stands. Evening transfer to airport for homeward-bound flights (your international flight can depart at any time on this day). We highly recommend you stay a few extra days in 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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