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Patagonian Highlights - (12N/13D)

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13 days 12 nights

Description

Experience

Rugged, snow-capped mountains stand imposingly amid the wild south of Argentina and Chile, fringed by huge icy lakes and windswept grasslands. In the distance shy guanacos roam and a few hardy gauchos tend their many sheep. We discover the sheer-sided peak of Mount Fitzroy and the immense Perito Moreno Glacier, where chunks of ice are often seen cracking into the water. Our journey culminates in Ushuaia - the most southerly city in the world. Renowned for world class trekking and outdoor activities, the raw natural beauty of Patagonia never fails to astound.

Itineary

Day 1 
Start Buenos Aires; walking tour.Open or Close

Those on the group flight will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Buenos Aires. Those on land only arrangements should make their own way to the start hotel for mid-day (in order to join the rest of the group to go on the city tour). Our local leader will meet us today for a briefing and take us on a short walking tour of the city, discovering its wealth of history and culture. The evening is free for you to choose one of the many excellent restaurants, most serving the legendary Argentine steaks!

Day 2 
Fly to El Calafate; to El Chalten.

This morning we fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate and transfer to the small mountain town of El Chalten. The town enjoys a beautiful location in Los Glaciares National Park with breathtaking views of Mount Fitzroy and the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

Day 3 
Los Glaciares N.P.; daywalk to Cerro Fitzroy Base Camp

We set off amidst incredible mountains and valleys for a day walk. First we have a short 30 minute transfer to El Pilar, from where we hike to Cerro Fitzroy Base Camp with amazing views of the striking massif ahead. In the afternoon we continue to the picturesque Laguna de los Tres, a glacial lake whose still waters reflect the three main peaks of the range. This is a full day of walking over fairly rough terrain, but with impressive, rugged scenery along the way. We will have packed lunches to take on the walk.

Day 4 
Optional activities; to El Calafate.

Today has been left free to enjoy an additional trek or an optional boat trip to another highlight of this area: the Viedma Glacier. In the late afternoon we transfer to El Calafate and check into our hotel overlooking Lago Argentino.

Day 5 
Visit Perito Moreno Glacier; optional boat trip.

Today we visit the Perito Moreno Glacier. This immense jagged sheet of ice stretches over 3 miles across Lago Argentino and rises 200ft out if its cold waters. It is the fastest moving glacier on the planet and the eerie creaks and thunderous groans add a certain atmosphere of anticipation. Every so often an office block sized chunk of ice calves from its face into the water below before slowly floating down the lake as a giant iceberg. An optional boat trip gives an even greater appreciation of the immense scale of this wonder and a hike on the glistening surface is truly unforgettable.

Day 6 
Free day in El Calafate.

We will spend a second day here to allow exploration of the town's surroundings. It is possible to take a gentle walk along Lago Argentina to see birdlife (including flamingos), or you may wish to book an optional extra walk with a local guide for a slightly more demanding hike with some fantastic views stretching over the Patagonian Steppe and towards the mountainous border with Chile. Alternatively you can join an optional excursion to a local Estancia.

Day 7 
To Torres del Paine N.P.

A long drive across the border into Chile today before we arrive in one of the world's most beautiful national parks, Torres del Paine (please note that due to local regulations we must change buses at the border). We may have time after we check-in for a short walk next to Laguna Amarga or Laguna Azul, which offer great panoramic views of the Paine Massif and the striking granite Horns of Paine. Accommodation tonight is in shared dormitories in a mountain refugio.

Day 8 
Daywalk to the Torres del Paine.

Without a doubt, one of the biggest highlights of the park is to hike up to the base of the Towers of Paine. The walk itself is beautiful, trekking through forests and offering some fantastic views across the park. This is a reasonably difficult and long trek, and the last section is steep with rocky terrain, so you need a reasonably good level of fitness and confidence. The reward on reaching the small lake at the base of these sheer granite peaks however, makes the long walk well worthwhile. Note that adverse weather conditions can make this walk much harder - your group leader will give a briefing the night before and answer any questions you may have on the route. Accommodation tonight is in shared dormitories in a mountain refugio.

Day 9 
To Tierra del Fuego.

Today we will see some of the main highlights of the park as we drive towards the Park Administration buildings at Rio Serrano. The granite horns are the most recognisable feature of the park and can be seen from various viewpoints. Please note that weather conditions will affect the itinerary in the park. We will stop for lunch in the town of Puerto Natales. In the afternoon we have a fairly long transfer to Cerro Sombrero in a private vehicle. During this journey we'll have a short ferry trip across the Magellan Straits. We advise you to take plenty of water and snacks for the journey.

Day 10 
To Ushuaia, the end of the world!

Tierra del Fuego (The Land of Fire) is named after the original inhabitants who used to light bonfires to ward off the winter chill. Crossing the island we'll have views of the most southerly part of the Andes before catching our first glimpses of Ushuaia at the end of the world! This is a long driving day but we use a private bus to make the journey more comfortable. We should arrive at our hotel mid-afternoon depending on weather conditions and traffic.

Day 11 
Walk in Tierra del Fuego N.P.; optional visit to penguin colony.

We'll spend this morning in the stark wilderness of Tierra del Fuego National Park, walking amongst the varied terrain, flora and fauna. In the afternoon there is an optional boat ride along the Beagle Channel to see marine wildlife including penguins, sea lions and many species of water bird including a flightless duck! We are also afforded fantastic views of Ushuaia and its backdrop of often snow-capped peaks as we head out on the boat. For those wanting more adventure or not wishing to trek, an optional full-day 4WD excursion will be on offer which will take us deep into the wilds of Tierra del Fuego where any more conventional transport would fail to reach, including the remote Lakes Fagnano and Escondido (please note it is not possible to see penguins on this tour).

Day 12 
Fly to Buenos Aires.

We have some free time this morning in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. There are great views from the hills leading up to the Martial Glacier and some small shops to pick up souvenirs. Ushuaia has just one museum, housed in the former prison, which is worth a visit. This afternoon we fly back to Buenos Aires and should arrive in time to visit one of the excellent tango shows in the old quarter of San Telmo (optional) and enjoy a last group meal together.

Day 13 
End Buenos Aires.

Depending on the time of your flight home you may have another chance to see more of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. After last night's tango show we might be tempted to learn a few steps, or watch it in the streets and plazas - particularly in the old quarter of San Telmo. A visit to the grave of Evita in the remarkable Recoleta Cemetery, said to be the most expensive real estate in the world, may be possible. Those on group flights will leave today for the flight back to London (arriving tomorrow).

Package Includes

Inclusions

  • Accommodation on twin share basis for number of nights in the itinerary 
  • Transport as mentioned on the itinerary
  • Meals as in the itinerary
  • Services of a group leader as described in the Trip Notes.

 

Package Excludes

Exclusions

  • Service Tax and / or any other taxes.
  • International or domestic flights, unless included
  • Meals other than those mentioned as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation
  • Visa, passport, travel insurance.
  • Optional tours that can be bought on a supplement.
  • Single room supplement
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)

Information

Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Price
09th JAN, 2017 21st JAN, 2017 GBP £ 2799.00
06th FEB, 2017 18th FEB, 2017 GBP £ 3099.00
20th FEB, 2017 04th MAR, 2017 GBP £ 2749.00
06th MAR, 2017 18th MAR, 2017 GBP £ 2749.00
20th MAR, 2017 01st APR, 2017 GBP £ 2749.00
02nd OCT, 2017 14th OCT, 2017 GBP £ 2849.00
23rd OCT, 2017 04th NOV, 2017 GBP £ 2849.00
06th NOV, 2017 18th NOV, 2017 GBP £ 3249.00
20th NOV, 2017 02nd DEC, 2017 GBP £ 2849.00
18th DEC, 2017 30th DEC, 2017 GBP £ 2899.00
08th JAN, 2018 20th JAN, 2018 GBP £ 2899.00
22nd JAN, 2018 03rd FEB, 2018 GBP £ 3249.00
05th FEB, 2018 17th FEB, 2018 GBP £ 2899.00
19th FEB, 2018 03rd MAR, 2018 GBP £ 3249.00
05th MAR, 2018 17th MAR, 2018 GBP £ 2899.00
19th MAR, 2018 31st MAR, 2018 GBP £ 2899.00
15th OCT, 2018 27th OCT, 2018 GBP £ 2999.00
29th OCT, 2018 10th NOV, 2018 GBP £ 3399.00
12th NOV, 2018 24th NOV, 2018 GBP £ 2999.00
26th NOV, 2018 08th DEC, 2018 GBP £ 3399.00
17th DEC, 2018 29th DEC, 2018 GBP £ 2999.00
 
  • Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • The cost exclude GST 5%

 

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