Explore the natural beauty and embrace the thrilling adventures of both Chile and Argentina on a hand crafted itinerary! Guided through the eyes of local experts, you will have the chance to admire the famous city highlights and uncover hidden treasures off the beaten path. From exploring the wonders of Torres del Paine national park in In Chile to Ice Trekking and seeing the massive Fitz Roy Mountain in Argentina, you will have an adventure of a lifetime, in the heart of Patagonia.
Welcome to Chile! Upon arrival at the airport in Santiago, you will be greeted by your driver, holding a sign with your name on it. They transfer you directly to your hotel, for a smooth and comfortable start to your adventure. Get settled into your room and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure to relax and explore. (This service is on a private basis.)
A city, which for many years has played second fiddle to Buenos Aires and Rio, Santiago is used to being the underdog metropolis in South America. However, since it's 200-year anniversary, public work projects have aimed to rejuvenate a once stale region, into a desirable destination in itself. The result is that now, more than ever, Santiago is turning into a city worth visiting. New and trendy restaurants, modern hotels, excited locals and bustling shops combine for the perfect gateway to Chile.
After breakfast, a private transfer will drive you to Santiago airport where you will catch your domestic flight to Punta Arenas. Upon arrival to Punta Arenas, a shared Eco Camp transfer will be waiting for you to drive you to your hotel located in the Torres Del Paine National Park.
So much of Chile feels like a final frontier that has not yet been fully explored, and Patagonia leads that charge. This fascinating region is well known as the dream destination of outdoor adventurers and intrepid backpackers, but year after year, it is getting easier to travel to this destination. New lodge and hotel properties open often, offering more access to this majestic gem. However, don't you worry, Patagonia will never loose its charm of feeling remote and un-plundered...it is simply now able to offer its natural beauty to more explorers.
You will have three full days to enjoy Torres Del Paine National Park and the incredible all-inclusive excursions provided by Eco Camp. EcoCamp is situated in the very heart of Torres del Paine National Park and provides the region’s first fully sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology. You enjoy guided treks and wildlife excursions by day and share evening meals with new friends, before falling asleep gazing up at the star-filled sky through your dome ceiling. Wake up in the middle of the Patagonian wilderness in a cozy geodesic dome, with a panoramic view of the majestic Torres Del Paine, ready to pick up the hiking trail! Each day offers different activities which will be posted in the lodge on arrival.
After breakfast, a shared transfer provided by Eco Camp will take you to Calafate. Welcome to Argentina! On arrival in El Calafate, you will check into your accommodations and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.
The small town of El Calafate is located on the southern border of Lake Argentino, in Patagonia, Argentina. This quiet little town is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and the Cerro Torre. The Perito Moreno Glacier is the largest advancing glacier in the world. With its ideal location in Patagonia, there are many great outdoor activities to enjoy, from hiking and trekking to exploring the fast ice fields.
Embark on a full day mini trekking expedition to the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier today! First, you will be transferred to the Los Glaciares National Park in the sub-Antarctic Continental Ice-cape, known as the "Third Pole". This extends over 23,000 sq. miles and gives birth to several major glaciers along the Patagonian Andes, leaving it's mark both near and far. You will board a boat here, to cross Argentino Lake in front of towering ice walls of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Glide along the waters and navigate around the ice blocks, which are constantly calving from it.
The boat will dock at an uninhabited beach, where guides will welcome you and lead you to a small shelter. After checking the last details, you will be broken up into groups of 20, to follow your guide along the lake’s shore and towards the edge of the glacier. You will receive crampons (a metal plate with spikes to put on your boots) for this journey and your guide will explain how to use them in assisting you to walk along the ice. Please be assured that neither additional equipment nor previous experience is needed for this trek. The two hour route that follows you from here, introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers. Take it all in, as you pass by the streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues.
This trekking excursion is only moderate. The ice surface over which you will walk is irregular, but firm and safe. A one hour visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier catwalks are included in your tour as well, before returning to the shelter where the boat dropped you off. From there, you will transfer to the pier and continue onward back to your hotel. (This service is on a group basis.)
Today you will be picked up at your accommodations in El Calafate and transfer to the charming village of El Chalten located at the base of the famous Fitz Roy ridge. On arrival, check in and enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
El Chalten is located in the heart of the Southern Patagonian Andes on the base of the famous and stunning Fitz Roy Mountains. This is an adventure lover's paradise with close proximity to the Los Glacieres National Park in the north. The region offers everything from short walks to reach beautiful lookout points to expedition style trekking and even mountaineering. Other activities include camping, climbing, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching or visiting the legendary estancias in Santa Cruz.
Enjoy the opportunity today to head out on one of the most classic treks of El Chaltén. This guided adventure will take you to the Torre lagoon, at the foot of the amazing Adela range, Torre and Grande glaciers and the incredible Cerro Torre. Ten minutes before arriving to the lagoon, you will reach the DeAgostini base camp. Just getting to the Cerro Torre viewpoint, halfway and just two hours from El Chalten, allows you to witness one of the most majestic mountain landscapes in the world and one of the mythical mountains of Patagonia: Cerro Torre!
With a difficulty level of moderate, this trek will be roughly four hours in each direction, with an elevation of 200 meters from El Chalten. The best season to embark on this hike is typically from October, until May.
From El Chaltén, there are two head-trails to Laguna Torre, though both paths join together after 5 minutes walk. The trail enters the Fitz Roy river valley and continues following the river upstream, to its source. At only 15 minutes walk you will access the first viewpoint, which is located at the gorge of the Fitz Roy river, called Cascada Margarita. Here, you can marvel at panoramic views of the Cerro Solo, Adela range, Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy. Across the river, lies the Margarita waterfall. Halfway there, you will reach the Cerro Torre viewpoint with unforgettable views of the Adela range, Cerro Torre and other granite needles. Finally, the path crosses the DeAgostini base camp, where only fifteen minutes along the way from the camp, you will reach Laguna Torre. You did it! At the shore of this lagoon, it is often possible to find a number of icebergs from the Grande glacier.
Note: Although the access to Laguna Torre is possible during select months of the year, it always depends on the accumulation of snow, especially in the last stretch of the trail. We recommend you always check the condition of the trails at the Visitors' Center of Los Glaciares National Park, located just before the entrance to the tourist village. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be met by your trekking guide for a full day small group excursion up Mount Fitz Roy. First climbed in 1952 by French alpinists Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone, Mount Fitz Roy remains among the most technically challenging mountains on Earth for mountaineers. Of course, you won't be trekking all the way to the top, but your full day adventure in the area will provide amazing views of the mountain and the iconic skyline, which has become the impetus for the Patagonia brand logo. (This service is on a group basis.)
Sadly, your journey must come to an end today. However, you will be leaving with unforgettable memories and the experience of a lifetime! After checking out of your hotel, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport in good time to board your international departure flight home.
We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward! (This service is on a private basis.)
Following a meticulous two year full renovation of a 1929 mansion in Santiago’s historic downtown, you will now find the world class Hotel Magnolia lying in the heart of the city center. This 42 room property is the first of its kind in the city’s “El Centro” neighborhood. This area features a seamless fusion of the city’s past and its future, offering historic beauty that blends together with the luxurious accommodations, gourmet restaurant, and a perfect location at the foot of the Cerro Santa Lucia hilltop park. Sit back and relax on the lovely rooftop outdoor terrace, to soak up the true essence of Santiago and make the most of your stay.
EcoCamp Patagonia is an innovative leader in adventure trekking, with expert guides taking travellers through the wild Patagonian plains past glacial lakes, snow-capped mountains, fierce waterfalls and exquisite wildlife. After a day's trek guests head back to EcoCamp to dine and relax in Community Domes and later sleep in their cozy Suite, Standard or Superior Dome. All domes are immersed in nature, resistant to the Patagonian elements and have ceiling windows to look up at the starry night sky. EcoCamp prioritises sustainable design and upkeep and is an internationally recognised environmental best practice. If unique eco-friendly accommodation with delicious cuisine and a friendly atmosphere in the middle of the wilderness sounds like your type of adventure, EcoCamp is ideal for you!
Outstanding Argentine artists have recreated ancestral designs of the Tehuelches to achieve a unique hotel, where every detail tells the history of Patagonia. Kosten Aike Hotel offers an unsurpassed location in El Calafate, at only 2 blocks from downtown and just a few minutes away from the International Airport.Located 200 m from downtown and a few minutes away from the Airport, buffet breakfast included in your fee, free parking, free wifi throughout the hotel and really spacious rooms.
Within the epic Los Glaciares National Park, a the door of the magnificent El Chaltén, Hosteria Senderos awaits you! The 21 rooms and other spaces have been designed to offer guests warmth, privacy and peace of mind during your stay. Designed in the traditional Patagonian style, with inspiration drawn from the old farms of the past - yet all the modern comforts - Senderos offers a warm and personalized refuge in this most stunning of regions.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.