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Patagonia Wilderness

Become an adventurer in the Patagonian wilderness – one of the most remote and beautiful environments in the world. Visit the best of nature's attractions in Argentina before heading to Chile to marvel at Patagonia. From the tango bars and heaving streets of Buenos Aires, head to the striking mountain scenery, vast open plains, dramatic ice fields and advancing glaciers of Patagonia. Trek to the spectacular Laguna Torre and iconic Torres del Paine, hike glaciers and visit the quirky towns at the end of the world. Experience a South American adventure through this spectacular region of Argentina and Chile.

Duration

15 days, 14 nights

    • Hotel (11 nights), Camping [with basic facilities] (3 nights)
    • Plane , local bus , private vehicle , boat
    • Buenos Aires - Orientation walk
    • El Chalten - Day hike to Laguna Torre
    • El Chalten - Day hike to Laguna de los Tres
    • El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier visit
    • El Calafate - Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
    • Torres del Paine - 3 nights camping and hiking with experienced local guide
    • Torres del Paine - Full day visit of Torres del Paine National Park
    • Ushuaia - Beagle Channel cruise
  • To confirm a booking please make sure you have provided the following MANDATORY information to Intrepid:
    Salutation & Full name.
    - Date of birth.
    - Contact email/phone number.
    CH Recoleta Suites (Cyan Recoleta) Junín 1743 Recoleta Buenos Aires ARGENTINA Phone: +54 1152369095

    PASSPORT DETAILS REQUIRED Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase Entrance fees to certain sites. Additionally on certain trips it's needed to book bus, train or flight tickets. Delays to provide this information may result in booking fees or changes to your itinerary.

    PERITO MORENO GLACIER - MINI TREK Please note the maximum age limit for this activity is 65 years old.

    LATE BOOKINGS: Bookings within 45 days from departure may incur in late booking airline fees. If applicable, this will be informed at the time of booking.

    START TIME: This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 3pm of day 1.

    SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A Single Supplement is available on this trip.

    LONG TRAVEL DAYS: In order to make the most of our time in Patagonia, this trip includes three particularly long travel days (Days 4, 6 and 11). Please refer to the itinerary section for detailed travel times.

    CLIMATE & CLOTHING: The weather in Patagonia is unpredictable. While this trip only runs during the warmer months of the year, temperatures can fluctuate between 0 and 30 degrees celcius (32 to 86 fahrenheit) within a tour or even over the course of a day! Please make sure you have packed appropriate clothing that can be layered up to accommodate these temperatures and that your sleeping bag is an all seasons bag that will keep you warm in freezing night time temperatures.

    DOMESTIC FLIGHTS: This trip includes a domestic flight. Argentina is particularly strict on excess baggage and usually enforces a maximum allowance of 15Kg for check in luggage.
    read more in http://www.intrepidtravel.com/trips/GPTU/tripnotes

  • Day 1 : Day 1 in Buenos Aires
    Bienvenidos! Welcome to Argentina! Please make sure you arrive on day 1 by 3 pm, in time for the first group meeting. Please have lunch prior to the meeting as we'll head out on our first activity straight afterwards. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place. Please ask a member of reception for this information. If you are intending to hire a sleeping bag for our nights in the Torres del Paine National Park please let your leader know at this meeting. In the afternoon your tour leader will take you for an approximately 2 hour orientation walk around some of Buenos Aires' main attractions. In the evening you have the option of going out for a group dinner. Buenos Aires must be the ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of their city which is comprised of distinct 'barrios' (neighbourhoods), each with their own style. Visit San Telmo for its weekend antiques market and artists' displays. La Boca was settled by waves of immigrants that built brightly painted buildings. It is also home to the world-class football team Boca Juniors and murals of famous footballers cover the district's walls. Recoleta is the place to browse museums with Buenos Aires' well-to-do. When you have finished exploring, settle down at one of the many streetside cafes and prepare yourself for a night of tango at one of the many milongas. If you arrive to Buenos Aires before day 1, there are plenty of galleries, museums and historic buildings to keep you entertained. On the east side of the Plaza de Mayo you will find the Casa Rosada, the pink presidential palace where Eva Peron appeared on the balcony in front of adoring fans in the 1940s. There is also a Museo Evita, dedicated to the life (and gowns) of this famed figure. MALBA is an incredible art gallery showcasing a private collection, including works by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and great temporary exhibits.
    Meals :None

    Day 2 : Day 2 in El Chalten
    Today we fly south from Buenos Aires to El Calafate (approx. 3 hrs), then travel by van to the frontier town of El Chalten, north of Glacier National Park (approx 3.5 hrs). Hikers and climbers from all around the world congregate here and the atmosphere is laid back and very outdoors-oriented.
    Meals :Breakfast

    Day 3 : Day 3 in El Chalten
    The next two days we'll take on at least two of the most popular day treks in the area: Laguna de los Tres and Laguna Torre. Hikes are moderate to difficult. You can expect to walk from six to nine hours on clearly marked and well maintained paths. The terrain itself is not difficult. Wind and rain may be the main challenges you face on these walks. The hikes we trek and the order in which we trek them may change depending on weather conditions.
    Meals :Breakfast

    Day 4 : Day 4 in El Chalten
    Complete whichever trek you didn't tackle yesterday.
    Meals :Breakfast

    Day 5 : Day 5 in El Chalten / El Calafate
    Enjoy your final morning in El Chalten before we transfer back to El Calafate
    Meals :Breakfast

    Day 6 : Day 6 in El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier
    Today we visit Perito Moreno Glacier. This is one of the few balanced glaciers in the world and at 3km (1.8 miles) wide and 35km (21 miles) long is a spectacular sight. Watch and listen to the crack of the ice as it plunges into the waters below. We return to El Calafate for the night. IMPORTANT NOTE: PERITO MORENO GLACIER - MIN TREK Please note the maximum age limit for this activity is 65. The operator that runs this will not make any exceptions, even with a doctors certificate. Those 65 and older will instead be able to walk along the platforms and balconies surrounding the glacier & take in this magnificent site from a number of angles. Weather depending, your guide may also be able to organise some free time at the north face beach (viewpoint) of the site.
    Meals :Breakfast

    Day 7 : Day 7-9 in Torres del Paine National Park
    Be ready for another long travel day. Early in the morning, jump on a local bus to Cerro Castillo in Chile (approximately 5 hours). Here, stop and get yourself some lunch while waiting for the connecting van to Torres del Paine National Park (approximately 1.5 hours). Please make sure you have water, snacks and warm clothing available for today bus journeys. Sitting at the end of the earth is the awe inspiring Chilean Patagonia. Few people have the opportunity to see this area and those who do find it difficult to forget. Once a sheep estancia, the park was established in 1959. This is magnificent trekking country where nandues, condors and pink flamingos abound. Upon arriving in the park you will most likely be greeted by a herd of guanacos, relatives of alpacas. These strange animals provide great photo opportunities but don't get too close; they're likely to spit at you. There's also some of the world's best trout and salmon fishing. The real star of the show, however, is the magnificent landscape. With sparkling lakes, gushing waterfalls, glaciers and striking mountains, much of our time trekking is spent slack-jawed in awe of our surrounds. The campsite will be our home for the next three nights and the base from where we'll take on our day hikes. We also have an included activity of a private tour of the park taking in Lake Grey.  The most popular trek in this area is locally known as "Base Las Torres" (The Tower's Base), your leader will recommend when to take this hike, depending on weather conditions. Another available hike is towards "Refugio Los Cuernos" (The Horns' Lodge). This trek is long, but it has excellent views of this particular section of the park also known as "Los Cuernos del Paine" (The Horns) The treks are moderate to difficult along clearly marked trails and we will usually hike between 5-8 hours per day. Weather in Patagonia is an important factor to consider - be prepared for cold, wet and windy weather. You and a fellow traveller will share a tent for the next three nights. Sleeping bags are not provided on this trip so please bring your own. Alternatively you can hire it locally for approximately CLP9000 / US$15 for the 3 nights. Make sure you inform your leader on day 1 of the trip if you intend to hire it locally for him/her to make the necessary arrangements. A (thermarest/inflatable camping mattress is provided on this trip. 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners will be provided while camping. Dinners are simple (pastas, rice, chicken) and are served in a common dinning area. Lunches consist of sandwiches, fruit and sometimes a chocolate bar. Soft and alcoholic drinks are not provided and there is limited selection for you to buy from at the Camping's general store. If you particularly like certain snacks (almonds, nuts, raisins) or a drink (a bottle of wine, spirit) please make sure you bring it from Buenos Aires or Calafate. Bathroom facilities are available in the campsite with communal showers and bathroom separated by sex.
    Meals :None

    Day 8 : Day 10 in Puerto Natales
    You will be taken on a full day guided tour around another part of Torres del Paine National park including a visit to grey lake before transferring to Puerto Natales (approximately 3 hours) where you will spend the night.  Once a modest fishing port and now a gateway to Torres, there won't be much time to explore Puerto Natales but hopefully you can venture out for dinner and trial some of boutique beer or wine around town.
    Meals :Breakfast, Lunch

    Day 9 : Day 11 in Ushuaia
    Today we hit the road for one last time - a 14-hour bus ride takes us back to Argentina and to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Needless to say you will need to arm yourself with your favourite book, your music player, drinks and snacks. Ushuaia is the gateway to Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Argentina's only coastal park.
    Meals :Breakfast

    Day 10 : Day 12 in Ushuaia
    This morning we will take an included boat trip on the Beagle Channel. Observe the marine wildlife among the small islands and inlets along this waterway named after Charles Darwin's expedition ship.
    Meals :Breakfast

    Day 11 : Day 13 in Ushuaia
    Today is a free day for you to explore Ushuaia before returning to Buenos Aires tomorrow. 
    Meals :Breakfast

    Day 12 : Day 14 in Buenos Aires
    Return to Buenos Aires by plane for a final night out. Please note that while we intend to return to Buenos Aires in the early hours of the afternoon, airline schedules in Argentina are known for changing without much notice, meaning that we can potentially arrive in Buenos Aires as late as 11pm on Day 14. We return to our centrally located hotel in Buenos Aires for our final night.
    Meals :Breakfast

    Day 13 : Day 15 in Buenos Aires
    As there are no activities planned, you are free to depart at any time on Day 15.
    Meals :Breakfast

  • Welcome Meeting: 3pm Day 1 @ CH Recoleta Suites (Cyan Recoleta) Junín 1743 Recoleta Buenos Aires ARGENTINA Phone: +54 1152369095

  • None

    Tipping at own discretion

Language

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Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

16

Organised by Intrepid Travel

Activity ID: W-41764

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