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Chile & Argentina Patagonia to the Sea Hiking & Cruise Tour

Best of Patagonia from Torres del Paine to Cape Horn


Nature really outdoes herself in this corner of the world: golden pampas beneath a boundless sky, forests of gnarled trees, towering fjords and glaciers forgotten by the last ice age. Patagonia's beauty is staggering, and we've crafted the perfect itinerary to show you the very best of both land and sea. On this 13-day exploration, you'll see where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans merge on a cruise through remote fjords and inlets, trek through Torres del Paine, and see the renowned Perito Moreno Glacier for the ultimate Patagonia experience. All in one MT Sobek exclusive adventure!

13 Days

From: $11,495

Nature really outdoes herself in this corner of the world: golden pampas beneath a boundless sky, forests of gnarled trees, towering fjords and glaciers forgotten by the last ice age. Patagonia's beauty is staggering, and we've crafted the perfect itinerary to show you the very best of both land and sea. On this 13-day exploration, you'll see where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans merge on a cruise through remote fjords and inlets, trek through Torres del Paine, and see the renowned Perito Moreno Glacier for the ultimate Patagonia experience. All in one MT Sobek exclusive adventure!

Highlights


  • Cruise the remote--and otherwise inaccessible--Chilean fjords and mythical Cape Horn

  • Hike in stunning Torres del Paine National Park, with its sky-piercing rock spires

  • Witness blocks of ice calving from Perito Moreno Glacier and hike in Tierra del Fuego

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Chile & Argentina Patagonia to the Sea Hiking & Cruise

Start: Punta Arenas, Chile  End: Punta Arenas, Chile

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Itinerary


  • Arrive in Punta Arenas

    Day 1

    Arrive at the airport in Punta Arenas, Chile, and meet your group leader to transfer to the hotel. In the early evening, gather with the group for a briefing on the adventure ahead.

    Accommodation: Hotel Cabo de Hornos-Punta Arenas

    Meals: Dinner

  • Scenic Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

    Day 2

    After breakfast, travel across the Patagonian plains to the quiet fishing town of Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Stretch your legs and have lunch before continuing on to Torres del Paine National Park and glimpsing your first spectacular views of the Paine Massif (weather permitting). After settling in, observe the ever-changing massif from your hotel window.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lago Grey-Torres del Paine National ParkAccommodation: Rio Serrano Hotel & Spa

    Transportation: 5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Majestic Torres del Paine

    Day 3

    Over the next few days, hike among the ice-clad peaks and granite needles of the Torres del Paine (10,000') and see 3,000 feet of near-vertical granite rising from rolling grasslands and beautiful lakes. Today set out on an adventure that might include a short walk to see the Salto Grande waterfall, beautifully located in front of the Horns (Los Cuernos) of Paine; and a hike on a nature trail to watch llama-like guanacos and view cave paintings drawn by the original inhabitants.

    Accommodation: Hotel Lago Grey-Torres del Paine National ParkAccommodation: Rio Serrano Hotel & Spa

    Activity: 5 hours/7 miles with 200' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Get a Close-up View of the Grey Glacier

    Day 4

    Your Torres del Paine hiking adventure continues. Explore the western side of the park on a trail that follows the Pingo River. We'll look for the rare Andean Deer, and take a boat to get up close to the impressive Grey Glacier with its fantastic blue ice-spires in all kinds of different shapes.

    Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National ParkAccommodation: Hotel Lago Grey-Torres del Paine National Park

    Activity: 3 hours/5 miles with 300' elevation gain

    Transportation: 2 hours 45 minute catamaran cruise

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Last Day in Torres del Paine National Park

    Day 5

    Take advantage of your final day in the park with another spectacular hike. National Geographic named Torres del Paine one of the most beautiful places in the world, and by day three you'll have gotten to enjoy some of the best scenery in the park. There will be the option to enjoy a strenuous hike to the base of Las Torres, the famous towers of Paine, or a more leisurely stroll near the Laguna Azul.

    Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National ParkAccommodation: Hotel Lago Grey-Torres del Paine National Park

    Activity: 9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain and loss OR 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 700' elevation gain and loss near Laguna Azul

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Travel to El Calafate, Argentina

    Day 6

    Say goodbye to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park and drive across the border into Argentina. Proceed over the flat grassland steppes to the town of El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Dinner is on your own tonight; enjoy some downtime or make plans with other members of your group.

    Accommodation: Hotel Posada Los Alamos-El Calafate

    Transportation: 7-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier

    Day 7

    Enjoy a full-day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park to see the renowned Perito Moreno Glacier. At this very active glacier, a 200'-high headwall continually calves massive blocks of ice into the lake with a thunderous roar - an awesome spectacle of nature's power at work. Admire the amazing glacier from different viewpoints on a 2-mile footbridge walk.

    Accommodation: Hotel Posada Los Alamos-El Calafate

    Activity: 2-3 hours/2 miles walking

    Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Fly to Ushuaia

    Day 8

    Board a plane to Ushuaia, Argentina, a small but bustling town dramatically located at the base of snowcapped mountains. After checking in to your hotel, hike in nearby Tierra del Fuego National Park. The park is known for its rich plant species and abundant birdlife, including cormorants, grebes, steamer ducks, and kelp geese. You might even spot one of the less-common Andean condors or black-browed albatross.

    Accommodation: Hotel Alto AndinoAccommodation: Fueguino Hotel Patagonico

    Activity: 2 hours/3 miles hiking with 100' elevation gain

    Transportation: 1.5-hour flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Board the Stella Australis

    Day 9

    Take a morning hike in Tierra del Fuego before transferring to the port to board your boat, the 210-passenger Stella Australis. After enjoying a welcome cocktail, begin the cruise portion of your trip as you depart for the Strait of Magellan.

    Accommodation: M/V Stella Australis

    Activity: 4 hours/5 miles with 100' elevation gain

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

    Day 10

    Cruise across Nassau Bay into the remote archipelago that includes Cape Horn National Park. Go ashore (conditions permitting) and discover the windswept island overlooked by the rocky promontory. Sail back across to the fabled Wulaia Bay, an area renowned for its mesmerizing beauty and dramatic geography. Visit a museum in the old radio station, and stroll through an enchanted Magellan forest to reach a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay.

    Accommodation: M/V Stella Australis

    Activity: Cruising and hiking options

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Pia Glacier & Garibaldi Glacier

    Day 11

    Sail to the Avenue of the Glaciers in Alberto de Agostini National Park. Enter a narrow fjord then board a Zodiac for Pia Glacier. Take a short hike for a panoramic view, or a longer, much more difficult walk up a lateral moraine. Later, take another shore excursion at Garibaldi Glacier, where you'll hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall and get a spectacular, birds-eye view of the glacier and fjord below. The walk is demanding and not for everyone; those who choose to stay onboard can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks.

    Accommodation: M/V Stella Australis

    Activity: Cruising and hiking options

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Agostini Sound to Águila Glacier & Cóndor Glacier

    Day 12

    Early in the morning, sail through the Cockburn Channel and enter Agostini Sound, taking in the glaciers that descend from the middle of the Darwin Mountain Range. Disembark and go for an easy walk around a lagoon to a prime viewing area right in front of the glacier and take in the stunning views. In the afternoon, approach the Condor Glacier via Zodiac and look for some of the abundant Andean Condors in the area.

    Accommodation: M/V Stella Australis

    Activity: Cruising and hiking options

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Magdalena Island & Punta Arenas

    Day 13

    After an overnight cruise, go ashore at Magdalena Island at the break of dawn (weather permitting) and see an immense colony of Magellanic penguins that makes their home there. Hike a path that leads through thousands of penguins to a small museum lodged inside a vintage 1902 lighthouse. After a short sail south, disembark around 11:30am at Punta Arenas, where our trip ends.

    Meals: Breakfast

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Dates & Prices


  • 2023
  • Go Private
  • Go Custom
  • Inclusions

2023

Scheduled Dates


The earlier you book, the more choice of available dates you’ll have and once you book, your price is guaranteed.

  • Jan 15 - 27, 2023
    $11,495 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$3,700 single supplement
    WaitlistConfirmed
  • Mar 04 - 16, 2023
    $11,845 price per person dbl occ
    +$400 internal airfare+$3,700 single supplement
    Check for AvailabilityConfirmed

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When to start planning? Earlier is always better when designing a custom trip. More time allows for better availability of preferred accommodations, guides and your desired activities. Ideally, start the conversation with us at least 6 months before you want to travel. If you are looking for a custom trip that departs within three months, chances are greatly diminished in securing requested accommodations and the best guides.

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Inclusions

Price Includes


  • Expertise and services of our experienced adventure guides while on land, and shipboard naturalist guides for the cruise portion
  • All accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • All breakfasts, almost all lunches and dinners as noted in the itinerary
  • Snacks and water between meals
  • Additional regional guides and experts on many trips
  • Comprehensive Trip Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at historic sites, museums, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the itinerary
  • Special events and other select attractions as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Equipment and experienced guides for activities as described in the itinerary
  • Park and other entry fees (unless otherwise noted)
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the itinerary
  • Select transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Price Does Not Include


  • International airfare, airport taxes, and excess baggage fees
  • Alcoholic beverages (MT Sobek provides wine at select events)
  • Gratuities for MT Sobek guides, guide-drivers, and shipboard crew
  • Travel Protection Program
  • Personal expenses

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Your Guides


The best people to immerse you in a destination are the ones who live there, which is why we feature local Adventure Guides on our trips. Here are a few that you might meet on this adventure.

Andre Labarca

Andre Labarca

André fell in love with Patagonia at first sight and has made it his home for the last 10 years. He has participated in more than ten mountain expeditions in the region, accomplishing many first ascents, including the summits of the North and South Towers of the Torres del Paine. André has a great interest in the development of sustainable tourism and is always looking for other regions to explore within Patagonia. André's love for nature and respect for the mountains is infectious to all who travel with him.

Rodrigo Bahamondez

Rodrigo Bahamondez

"Ro" was born in the Last Hope Province of Chile and grew up in Patagonia, where he developed a deep love for the outdoors. He has guided in Patagonia and Canada for more than 15 years, and is an accomplished hiker, kayaker, mountaineer, and photographer-with a keen eye for capturing the natural beauty of Patagonia. He is a certified Mountain guide and kayak instructor and has completed Wilderness Emergency Responder & Medical; (WFR NOLS-EASPA). Ro speaks English, Spanish, and conversational French.

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Activity Level


This trip is rated activity level 3. Short hikes on relatively easy terrain, carrying only a daypack. Optional strenuous hike included according to group abilities. Perfect combination of activity, transport and comfortable hotels. First leg in Torres del Paine is more active than the second leg and cruise.
Learn more about activity levels here.

Activity Snapshot

Day 3

5 hours/7 miles with 200' elevation gain

Day 4

3 hours/5 miles with 300' elevation gain

Day 5

9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain and loss OR 3-4 hours/6 miles hiking with 700' elevation gain and loss near Laguna Azul

Day 7

2-3 hours/2 miles walking

Day 8

2 hours/3 miles hiking with 100' elevation gain

Day 9

4 hours/5 miles with 100' elevation gain

Day 10

Cruising and hiking options

Day 11

Cruising and hiking options

Day 12

Cruising and hiking options

Accommodations


Stay in both simple, remote lodging and upscale hotels, as well as four nights aboard the Stella Australis.

Hotel Cabo de Hornos-Punta Arenas
Hotel Cabo de Hornos-Punta Arenas

Recently renovated in modern European style, this large hotel offers comfortable, spacious rooms - some with sea views. Modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and room service are provided. There is a restaurant on-site, but the flavors of Punta Arenas await just outside your door, as do museums and other attractions.

M/V Stella Australis
M/V Stella Australis


The Stella Australis is a 210-passenger expedition vessel, tailor-made for exploring the remote southern tip of South America. All aspects of the ship are designed for the extreme maneuverability needed to navigate narrow fjords and channels where no other cruise ships can venture. Like her sister ship, Ventus Australis, she features gourmet dining with an all-inclusive bar, three lounges, an open top deck, and spacious light-filled cabins.

Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National Park
Hotel Las Torres-Torres del Paine National Park

The simple, comfortable rooms come equipped with all the essentials, and have windows showcasing the awe-inspiring surroundings. Because of its remote location, the hotel has a small shop that provides some trekking equipment, snacks and toiletries. The on-site restaurant serves food that is authentic to the Patagonia region, featuring organic produce and beer from their own microbrewery.

Hotel Lago Grey-Torres del Paine National Park
Hotel Lago Grey-Torres del Paine National Park

Surrounded by the majestic beauty of this unique landscape, Hotel Lago Grey is the perfect base for discovering Torres del Paine National Park. The hotel has 60 spacious rooms, including 36 Superior rooms that have lake, mountain and glacier views. All rooms are warm and comfortable, with Wi-Fi (in common areas), safe, and a phone.

Hotel Posada Los Alamos-El Calafate
Hotel Posada Los Alamos-El Calafate

Posada Los Alamos is a grand red-bricked hotel, surrounded by soaring poplar trees, in the heart of El Calafate. It's 144 comfortable rooms, with either garden or mountain views, are pleasantly furnished and come with modern amenities. Choose to unwind with a game of golf or a treatment at the hotel's Humus Spa, and enjoy dinner at La Posta restaurant.

Hotel Alto Andino
Hotel Alto Andino

The boutique-style Alto Andino is perfectly located between the imposing peaks of the Andes and the open waters of the Beagle Channel. Its 18 comfortable rooms are stylishly decorated and are well-appointed with modern amenities, including TV, Wi-Fi and more. The hotel's Bar Mirador has a panoramic terrace with incredible 360-degree views of the city.

Rio Serrano Hotel & Spa
Rio Serrano Hotel & Spa

The Rio Serrano Hotel + Spa is located in the heart of Patagonia on the banks of the Serrano River, just on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. From its elegant lobby to its 95 well-appointed rooms, the hotel exudes comfort and charm - and is a perfect choice for adventurers seeking pure relaxation. The hotel's spa includes a pool, sauna, gym and massage room, and has magnificent views of the Paine Massif.

Fueguino Hotel Patagonico
Fueguino Hotel Patagonico

The new, modern Fuiguino Hotel Patagonico is perfectly located in the city center of Ushuaia, between the imposing peaks of the Andes and the open waters of the Beagle Channel. Its 53 comfortable rooms have modern decor with custom furniture and original art and are well-appointed with amenities, including TV, Wi-Fi, safe, minibar, and more. There is a fitness center with a gym and a sauna, and a restaurant serving a fusion of Mediterranean and Argentinean cuisine.

Weather


Expect extreme weather conditions that can change from one moment to the other. Be prepared for everything, especially strong winds and sun.

 
Jan
Mar
El Calafate 
High
Low
High
Low
El Calafate
67
48
62
43
Torres Del Paine National Park 
High
Low
High
Low
Torres Del Paine National Park
68
55
62
42
Ushuaia 
High
Low
High
Low
Ushuaia
57
42
54
40

FAQs


Are there hair dryers at the hotels and on the cruise?

Yes, you will be provided with a hair dryer.

Will we set foot on Cape Horn?

The captain will do all in his power to let your dream come true, but the weather conditions may prevent safe landing.

Will we have internet throughout the trip?

You will have Wi-Fi in the hotels in Torres del Paine, but not on trails or on board the cruise.

What will I have to carry in my daypack?

On a typical day out you will have to carry your own layers, camera, sunblock, glasses, water and a packed lunch.

Will I get bored on the cruise ship?

There are several activities planned for the trip, but weather may prevent scheduled landings. There will be inspirational movies and lectures throughout the trip, and amazing scenery to watch, but bring a good book just in case.

Are penguins seen throughout the season?

Penguins are normally seen from early October through early April before they migrate to the north.

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Guest Reviews


"Fantastic trip! Third one with MT Sobek and hoping for several more!"

Henry G.
MT Sobek Guest, Chile & Argentina Patagonia to the Sea Hiking & Cruise

"This is a superb trip and a great introduction to Patagonia. Our guides were among the best we have had in many adventure travels."

Jack H.
MT Sobek Guest, Chile & Argentina Patagonia to the Sea Hiking & Cruise