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Patagonia Link: Chile-Argentina

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 13 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 10 people
Destination(s): Chile  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   National Parks  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2610 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3160 US Dollar (USD)

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Our guide will meet you at the Punta Arenas airport. Transfer to Puerto Natales, a three-hour drive through the Patagonian pampa. Lodging in Puerto Natales at local hostel or hotel Indigo, dinner and meeting to discuss the trip program.

Day 2: Torres del Paine National Park - Our two-hour journey travels across ranch country. Guanaco, a lama type animal, are frequently seen on the drive to the park. We will stop in Cerro Castillo, the principal site of wool and meat exportation to Europe during the 1960s. After we register at the park entrance, we will begin our trek to Refugio Chileno, 2 hours, lodging and dinner in this Refugio, situated along the river in the forested Ascencio Valley, after a short break we continue our way up to the Base of the Towers (6 hour round trip).

Day 3: Trek along Lake Nordenskjold and below the hanging glaciers of Mount Almirante Nieto, to the base of Los Cuernos (5 hours). Lodging and dinner at Refugio Los Cuernos.

Day 4: Trek to the French Valley (2 hours). This valley, the most beautiful in the park and one of the most unique in the world, is surrounded by hanging glaciers and an amphitheater of granite walls and spires(4-5 hour roundtrip). Afterward, we will trek to the extraordinary turquoise Lake Pehoe (2 hours). Lodging and dinner Refugio Pehoe.

Day 5: Trek along enchanting Lake Grey (3-4 hours) with magnificent views of Glacier Grey and floating icebergs. Visit the glacier lookout point and the lakeshore for close views of vibrant-blue icebergs (Paine is a Tehuelche Indian word for "blue"). At lunch time we will navigate in Grey II boat, 2 hours navigation in this magic lake sourrended by ice bergs. Transfer by van to Puerto Natales, lodging and dinner in local hostel or hotel Indigo.

Day 6: Travel by regular bus to Calafate (5 hours) to this cozy town, afternoon free, lodging and dinner in this town. Hostal EL Glaciar.(dinner not included).

Day 7: After breakfast we will begin our tour to Glacier Perito Moreno. One the most spectacular glaciers on the Southern Patagonian Ice field. Walking along the terraces you get a close view – great for photos, and you may even be lucky to catch a glimpse of ice calving into the lake! Lodging and dinner in Hostal del Glaciar.

Day 8: Travel to El Chalten - We continue by regular bus in Argentina and to the new town of El Chalten, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park. Afternoon free to wonder around this small town that has a stable population of 300 people. Accommodation & dinner at a local hostel in Chalten.

Day 9: Trekking to Cerro Torre. We start with a short uphill section until reaching the first viewpoint of the valley, from where the Cerro Torre group and valley is entirely visible. Then, we continue until we reach the Laguna Torre. Approximately 9 km away from town. The trail runs through a glacier originated valley. The lagoon features the Torre Glacier calving on the far side, and the Cerro Torre group and spires rising in the background. Trekking time 3-4 hours. At just 20 minutes from the lake, we will camp at our full camp Thorwood which offers the photographic view of Cerro Torre and the sounding rock spires. For those willing to walk further, our guide leads you to the Torre glacier, this hike is more technical and optional.

Day 10: Trekking to Fitzroy. We will leave our camp and heading East we will trek back towards the trail that leads us to the Laguna Madre y Hija. Here we continue to Rio Blanco (base camp for climbers) and to Laguna de los Tres which is the end of the trail and one of the highlights of the National Park. The panoramic sight of the spires and glaciers from here are breathtaking. It’s 2 hrs to Rio Blanco and 1 hour of steep climb to Laguna de los Tres. We will descend to Capri camp for the evening. Total Trekking Time: 6-7 hours.

Day 11: Rio Blanco and Glaciar Piedras Blancas. Today we will hike to the viewpoint of Piedras Blancas Glacier where we can appreciate how the glacier falls into the lagoon below and get a head on view whilst eating lunch. Afterwards we will continue trekking above Rio Blanco through the abundant lenga forest. We will arrive at Hosteria Pilar with time for a coffee whilst our transfer arrives to take us from Rio Electrico bridge, back to town. Trekking time is 4 hours. We will have an early dinner before we will take the bus at 6pm to get back to Calafate. Lodging at Hostal Glaciar.

Day 12: Regular bus back to Puerto Natales. Time off for Souvenir shopping or relaxing. Lodging at local hostel or hotel Indigo.

Day 13: Transfer to Punta Arenas airport.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.