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Patagonia Encompassed

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 22 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 12 people
Destination(s): Argentina   Chile  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   National Parks  
Season: November - March
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 3985 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 4685 US Dollar (USD)

This adventure tour takes in the best that Buenos Aires, and Patagonia has to offer – Tango that will spark your passion for Latin music, a glimpse of the spectacular coast of Chile, the magic of the Moreno Glacier, mountain peaks and valleys so beautiful you’ll feel like you’re in a dream, and the Beagle Channel luring you to explore further. This is an active itinerary designed for the traveler who has 3 weeks to do and see as much as possible.

The trekking is moderate, but can be a little challenging at times due to the strong winds, so you need to be in reasonably good shape. Except for the Refugio Grey to Pehoe hike of 3 to 4hrs, all the others are day hikes of 5 to 8hrs return to base camp. So how much you want to achieve on any given day is up to you. After all, its all about you, so you can do it how you please. Typically each day on the trail involves a minimum of 6-8 hours of hiking over altitudes of up to 1600m.

Accommodation is generally simple but comfortable. There may be some multi-share nights, with shared bathrooms, though typically the hotels have private facilities.

Tour Highlights:
- Feel the passion of a Tango show in Buenos Aires
- Cross the Andes on the Chilean Lakes crossing to Puerto Varas
- Watch house sized blocks of ice fall from the Moreno Glacier
- Explore the truly breathtaking Glacier National Park
- 5 Day excursion to Torres Del Paine National Park
- Ride a zodiac ride into the Park and hike on an immense glacier
- Excursion to Punta Tomba, the largest Penguin Colony in Argentina
- Follow in Darwin's footsteps and cruise the Beagle Channel
- Cruise on Grey Lake, viewing the glacier and icebergs from below
- Meet many of our local friends and exchange stories
- Hike the coastal trail of Tierra Del Fuego National Park.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Buenos Aires, arrival day. You are free to arrive and check in at any time. There will be a briefing that night and a chance for you to meet your traveling companions and ask questions. The information will be awaiting you at the reception regarding that nights briefing. If arriving late in the evening, don't worry! You will be briefed in the morning and meet the group.

Days 2-3: Bariloche. A morning flight takes us to the urban centre of San Carlos de Bariloche. As famous for it’s chocolate and resemblance to a European alpine resort, as it is for it’s beautiful location. Sample a sumptuous beef parillada, or a variety of fresh salmon or lake trout, and don’t forget the supermarket dedicated entirely to Chocolate! We have nearly 2 days to explore the surrounding area, choose from optional day trip around Circuito Chico that offers stunning views of the area, mountain biking or hiking up Cerro Otto.

Days 4-5: Chilean Lakes crossing, Puesrto Varas. There are few areas in the world, which can match the Chilean Lake District for scenic grandeur. On today's lakes crossing from Bariloche to Puerto Varas, you'll find everything from snow-capped mountains to deep blue and emerald lakes, smoking volcanoes, forests and glaciers. It’s a day you will never forget as we cross the Andes to the western coast of South America and Puerto Varas, a charming lakeside village of German style houses.

Days 6-7: Puerto Natales. A stunning flight this morning, takes us along the Andes and Southern Patagonian ice field to the historic port of Punta Arenas, former hub of the wool boom in the area. We then jump on a bus to the quaint town of Puerto Natales on Seno de Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound), we’ll get a briefing and a slide show on the days ahead in Torres del Paine National Park. Don’t forget dinner to sample that fresh seafood and salmon Chile is so famous for. We also have time for an optional hike up Cerro Dorothea, with stunning views over Last Hope Sound and a visit with a local farming family.

Days 8-12: Torres del Paine National Park. We make sure you will remember the journey into the park too as travel boat and zodiac for the ride of your life! The following day we hike to French Valley, which is one of the most spectacular views as you walk around the base of the Horns of Paine and up the valley watching ice falling from hanging glaciers on the surrounding mountains.

The next morning we walk along Grey lake the 15km to our Camp on the lake shore, time to relax, maybe hike to a lookout point or just watch icebergs floating by. After breakfast the next day you will be coached in the technical aspects of ice hiking, then it’s off to our adventure on the blue, before boarding the boat Grey II for our 2hr voyage on Grey lake along the face of the Glacier and to the other end of the lake. Along the way we’ll pass icebergs of brilliant blue and bizarre wind eroded shapes. We drive from the East to the West side of the park, staying at the Torres Camp for our last night in this magical area.

The final day’s trek is to the namesake of the park, the Torres of Paine. It’s about a 7hr round trip stopping for a picnic lunch along the way before the last scramble up the boulder field to a view of the towers that you will never forget. You will be back in Puerto Natales by late evening for a for a well deserved rest (and night out). Includes: (4B, 5L, 4D)

Days 13-14: Calafate/Chalten. A local bus ride will take us to El Calafate on the shore of Lago Argentino and the next morning a breathtaking visit to the Moreno Glacier. A deep blue relic of the ice age and one of the few advancing glaciers in the world. Once you have torn yourself away from watching the ice plunging into the lake below, we jump on a bus out to the remote village of Chalten (population 500).

Days 15-16: Chalten and The Fitzroy Range. Feel like a pioneer as spend the next two days hiking among the lakes and moraines of the Fitzroy range at the northern end of Glacier National Park. These granite pinnacles are famous the world over to climbers and hikers. We have time for two day hikes and, if you wish and optional excursion to Laguna del Desierto or horse riding. The hikes are to the base of Mount Fitzroy, Lago de Los Tres, and the other to Cerro Torre, both of which offer spectacular views of these jagged pinnacles, before returning by late afternoon bus to Calafate.

Days 17-18: Ushuaia. Time to explore the world’s southern most city, overlooking the Beagle Channel. In the morning we head out to visit the national park and hike the spectacular coastal trail, with it’s beautiful flora and fauna. We have the next day free to hike, go horse riding, visit the Haberton Estancia, or just relax in a café and take in the atmosphere. Our last day in Ushuaia takes us out onto the Beagle Channel for a half day cruise before catching and evening flight to Trelew.

Days 19-20: Puerto Madryn. We spend the next two days in wildlife heaven. Visiting Argentina's largest colony of Magellenic Penguins, though we also hav the option of another day trip to the Valdez Peninsula to spot whales and elephant seals.

Day 21: Buenos Aires. Our journey returns us on a morning flight to Buenos Aires and what better way to celebrate the end of a magical tour than a Tango Show! We will spend our last night as a group of friends who have shared in the special adventure of Patagonia.

Day 22: Departure. Hasta luego amigos, gracias y nos vemos pronto.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Includes:
- Tango show with full dinner
- Wine and non alcoholic drinks
- One day guided tour to Moreno Glacier
- Day hikes in Glacier National Park
- 5 Day guided excursion to Torres Del Paine National Park with bilingual guides
- Ice hiking with optional ice climbing on Grey Glacier
- All meals while in Torres del Paine
- Half day guided Beagle Channel Cruise
- Flight from Buenos Aires to Bariloche, Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas, Calafate to Ushuaia and Ushuaia to Trelew and Buenos Aires
- All land transport during the itinerary
- The cost of entry for all included excursions
- All hotel accommodations* (on a twin and multi share basis including 11 continental breakfasts).

Price Excludes: Departure taxes and a local payment of US$450 on day one of the tour.

Note: Additional accommodations can be arranged at the clients’ request.

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