Patagonia Explorer

Overview

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 it. On this 13-day exploration, you'll see where the Pacific and Atlantic oceans merge on a cruise through the fjords and inlets of Patagonia, take day hikes around Torres del Paine, and see the renowned Perito Moreno Glacier for the ultimate Patagonia experience!

  • Enjoy rare access to remote 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 the famed Perito Moreno Glacier

  • Arrive: Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Depart: Punta Arenas, Chile
  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Group Size: 6-14 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 14 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Punta Arenas

    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.

  • Day02

    Scenic Drive to Torres del Paine National Park

    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
    • Transportation: 5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Get a Close-up View of the Grey Glacier

    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 we'll 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 Lago Grey
    • Activity: 3 hours/5 miles with 300' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Explore Majestic Torres del Paine

    Your Torres del Paine hiking adventure continues. 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 Las Torres
    • Activity: 2 hours/3 miles with 100' elevation gain & 3 hours/4 miles with 100' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Last Day in Torres del Paine National Park

    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 an 8-10 hour 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
    • Activity: 9 hours/11.5 miles hiking with 2,500' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Travel to El Calafate, Argentina

    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.

  • Day07

    Marvel at the Perito Moreno Glacier

    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. Hiking options are available, depending on the weather: admire the amazing glacier from different viewpoints on a 2-mile footbridge walk.

    • Accommodation: Hotel Posada Los Alamos
    • Activity: 2-3 hours/2 miles walking
    • Transportation: 4-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Day08

    Fly to Ushuaia

    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 Andino
    • Activity: 2 hours/3 miles hiking with 100' elevation gain
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour flight transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day09

    Board the Ventus Australis

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

    • Accommodation: M/V Ventus Australis
    • Activity: 4 hours/5 miles with 100' elevation gain
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day10

    Cape Horn & Wulaia Bay

    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 Ventus Australis
    • Activity: Cruising and hiking options
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day11

    Pia Glacier & Garibaldi Glacier

    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 Ventus Australis
    • Activity: Cruising and hiking options
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day12

    Agostini Sound to Águila Glacier & Cóndor Glacier

    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 Ventus Australis
    • Activity: Cruising and hiking options
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day13

    Magdalena Island & Punta Arenas

    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. (In April and September when the penguins dwell elsewhere, substitute a Zodiac excursion to observe South American sea lions.) After a short sail south, disembark around 11:30am at Punta Arenas, where our trip ends.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek has crafted the ultimate itinerary to include the very best of Patagonia, including stops in both Chile and Argentina.

Reason #02

We'll take you on the only cruise ship allowed to sail where the Atlantic and Pacific meet.

Reason #03

Reap the benefits of our 40+ years of experience in Patagonia with top-notch, expert guides leading the way.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    A flexible hiking schedule that is tailored to the group's preferences and abilities, plus an amazing cruise through Patagonian waterways.

  • Lodging

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

  • Climate

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

FAQ

  • 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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$8,395.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $350.00 Internal Airfare
  • $2,700.00 Single Supplement
  • $1,350.00 Single Supplement (Willing to Share)
$8,695.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $300.00 Internal Airfare
  • $2,200.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival day airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Dinner on Days 6 and 7
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

Testimonials

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

    Henry G.

    MT Sobek Guest, Patagonia Explorer

  • "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, Patagonia Explorer

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