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Patagonia Adventure

Ice-tipped granite spires rise from temperate rainforests, herds of Guanaco dot the pampas and glacier fronts thunder. Enjoy the best of Patagonia by day and a warm, dry bed at night. Argentina offers the Perito Moreno Glacier, towering Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy, while in Chile we cruise from Puerto Natales via the Balmaceda Glacier into Torres del Paine National Park.

The Patagonia Adventure Trek is an ideal introduction to the spectacular worldrenowned parks of Patagonia. From the Los Glaciares National Park, home to the famous 3,000 m spires of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy, we continue across the border to Chile and take a stunning cruise from Puerto Natales via the Balmaceda Glacier into Torres del Paine National Park.

 

Day 1-2 – El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 3-4 – El Chalten / Cerro Torre
Day 5-6 – Porte Natales / Torres del Paine
Day 7-8 – Torres del Paine
Day 9-10 – Punta Arenas

Days 1-2 – Arrive in El Calafate, gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Afternoon at leisure to explore the town or spot waterbirds along Lake Argentino, before meeting our guide for trip briefing. Next day, we depart early to visit the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier, and later drive to El Chalten in the heart of the park.

Days 3-4 – Crystal clear streams, beech forests in bloom, native orchids and birdsong guide you up to the climbers’ base camps of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Enjoy dramatic rock spires piercing the Patagonian icecap, while Andean condors and eagles soar  above.

Days 5-6 – Drive across the pampas to Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Última Esperanza, renowned for its king crab and gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Sleep well, then board a boat to the Balmaceda Glacier, switching to Zodiacs for a glorious trip along the Serrano River to Torres del Paine.

Days 7-8 – Iceberg-strewn, pale blue glacial lakes, breathtaking pale granite slabs and “Towers of Paine”. Our day walks are calibrated to the group’s fitness, with many of the park’s highlights requiring a 6-7 hour, round trip walk, well worth the effort.

Day 9-10 – We drive along the Patagonian steppes, with spectacular views of the Andes, to arrive at either Calafate or Punta Arenas in the afternoon. On our final day, carry on with your own travel arrangements or, for the ultimate adventure, join one of our Antarctic voyages.

Fitz Roy
Glacial lakes
Condors and eagles
Balmaceda Glacier
Native orchids
Torres del Paine NP
Calving glaciers
Guanacos
Cerro Torre
Flowering beech forest
Pampas

El Calafate – is a city in Patagonia, Argentina. It is situated in the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province.

Monte Fitz Roy – also known as Cerro Chaltén, Cerro Fitz Roy, or simply Mount Fitz Roy) is a mountain located near El Chaltén village, in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field in Patagonia, on the border between Argentina and Chile.

Puerto Natales – is a city in Chilean Patagonia. It is the capital of both the commune of Natales and the province of Última Esperanza, one of the four provinces that make up the Magallanes and Antartica Chilena Region in the southernmost part of Chile.

Torres del Paine National Park – is a national park encompassing mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia.

Punta Arenas – is a commune and the capital city of Chile’s southernmost region, Magallanes and Antartica Chilena. The city was officially renamed Magallanes in 1927, but in 1938 it was changed back to Punta Arenas.

2014

7 to 16 December 

2015

10 to 19 January 
9 to 18 February