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CAMINO ABIERTOTHE ADVENTURE OF PATAGONIA & ARGENTINA

PAT - Full Patagonia Adventure

15 Days - 14 Nights

Adventure Tours

October through March

Saturday

Group

Low

El Calafate

Ushuaia

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Day Itinerary
1 El Calafate airport – El Calafate
2 Bus to El Chaltén – Camp Poincenot
3 Cerro Fitz Roy - Laguna de los Tres
4 Cerro Torre – El Chalten
5 El Chalten – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
6 El Chalten – El Calafate
7 El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier
8 El Calafate - Torres del Paine National Park
9 Paine Towers – Ascensio River Valley
10 Lake Pehoe crossing – French Valley
11 Lake Grey and glacier
12 Puerto Natales – Río Grande
13 Río Grande – Ushuaia – Tierra del Fuego National Park
14 Ushuaia – Beagle Channel boat trip
15 Ushuaia – Ushuaia Airport
Lodging
x1 Bed in refuge
x8 Lodge
x5 Full Camp

The Full Patagonia Adventure tour starts at El Calafate and goes all the way down to Ushuaia, visiting Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, may be the two most emblematic mountains of Patagonia, Perito Moreno Glacier (only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process), Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and eventually across the Magellan Strait into Tierra del Fuego to end our tour in the “city of the end of the world”.

The tour offers the very best of Patagonia, which you will travel in an active way, enjoying the company of fellow travelers.

» Itinerary

(ID 6)

Day 1 El Calafate airport – El Calafate

We welcome you at El Calafate airport and transfer to town to check in at your accommodation. You get the rest of the day to enjoy the town and later you have your welcome dinner.

Lodging: Lodge

Provided meals: Dinner

(ID 7)

Day 2 Bus to El Chaltén – Camp Poincenot

After breakfast we take our bus for the 220 km long drive to El Chaltén, a small and picturesque village at the foot of Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre massif. We make a stop half way to enjoy local pastries and hot coffee. Once in El Chaltén, we start our trek. We carry in our packs only the necessary items for these 2 nights and 3 days in which we’ll overnight in our Full Camps inside the National Park. What we don’t need is left behind at our office and you will find it back at your accommodation when we arrive back to El Chaltén on day 4. We hike up a gentle slope on Fitz Roy trail to gain height over the River de las Vueltas valley up to the first viewpoints over Fitz Roy massif, which we will first spot after a couple of hours walking. From these first viewpoints, another 2 hours of gentle walking across bogs and forests take us to our camp, from where we will enjoy a spectacular view of all the Fitz Roy group spires rising from the surrounding glaciers.

Lodging: Full Camp

Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Full Camps are pitched up early in the season, so we find the camp ready upon arrival. It offers comfortable igloo type tents for 1 or 2 passengers, with insulation mat and sleeping bags. The camp also features a spacious dinning tent, a kitchen tent, tables, benches or chairs and a full set of table service and kitchenware. The sanitary services are latrine-type (rural area).

(ID 8)

Day 3 Cerro Fitz Roy - Laguna de los Tres

Early in the morning, before the first coffee, we can try to match up the morning light getting pink in Fitz Roy granite walls. You only need this to feel the trip is worthwhile. But of course the day offers much more.
After breakfast, carrying only day personal items such as our parka, gloves, our camera, water bottle and box lunch, we hike along Fitz Roy trail up to Rio Blanco, climbers basecamp to the east side of the mountain. From here a steep 1 hour trail leads us to one of the most spectaculars viewpoints of the National Park: Laguna de los Tres, with its zephyr blue color, lies at the foot of the massif, offering full close up views of Fitz Roy massif spires and glaciers. Each wall raises something from 600 to 1500 mts above the surrounding glaciers. Fitz Roy, with its 3405 mts above sea level, is considered the “King of Patagonia” and also considered one of the three most beautiful mountains on Earth (together with Alpamayo in Perú and K2 in the Karakoram). We hike back to our camp in the late afternoon. Walking time is 5 to 6 hs.

Lodging: Full Camp

Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

(ID 22)

Day 4 Cerro Torre – El Chalten

Today we walk south along Lagoons Madre and Hija Valley and down to Fitz Roy river valley, where we meet Cerro Torre trail. The trail runs along beech forest, bogs and shrubland and leads to Laguna Torre, enclosed by moraines and with Glacier Grande calving in its west side. It is usual to see icebergs pushed by the wind in the coast of the lagoon. The thin and elegant 3128 mts of Cerro Torre group and the Adela range in the background complete this spectacular view. In the afternoon we hike back to El Chalten along Cerro Torre trail.

Lodging: Lodge

Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

(ID 9)

Day 5 El Chalten – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

This mountain, 1500 mts tall, is located immediately south of Cerro Torre valley and offers some of the best views over the different group of mountains, glaciers and lakes that features the area. From the lower terraces to the summit, you can get spectacular views of Fitz Roy, Torre and the spectacular glacier valley in between both. From the summit the bonus is the sight of Paso del Viento and some of the mountains that stick out from the Patagonian Icefield. According to the group capacity, we choose the lower terraces or try the summit, a long but gentle climb in scree. The lower part of the mountain is covered by shrubland and forest. We are back in Chalten by late afternoon.

Lodging: Lodge

Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

(ID 10)

Day 6 El Chalten – El Calafate

This day is at leisure to visit the town or to go on optional excursions around the area. In the late afternoon, we return to El Calafate.

Lodging: Lodge

Provided meals: Breakfast

(ID 11)

Day 7 El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier

We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Icefield, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favorable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience.

Lodging: Lodge

Provided meals: Breakfast

(ID 12)

Day 8 El Calafate - Torres del Paine National Park

Early start for a 6 hs drive to our camp in Paine. We drive across the patagonic steppe, still following by parts the legendary route 40, to get around Sierra de los Baguales, an impressive range in between Calafate and Paine. We cross the Argentinean Chilean border at Cancha Carrera/ Cerro Castillo. After the border crossing, we start our final sprint to Paine National Park, World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). Approaching the Park, we start to see the different mountains that feature the area: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto and the Towers. Once we entered the Park, we go for a short 1 to 2 hs walk to get familiar with the landscape, the wind and the rich wildlife: guanacos, lesser rheas, condors and all types of wetland and buzzard birds will be available for our eyes and cameras. Also lots of flowers. Back in the bus, we reach our camp at the foot of Paine massif.

Lodging: Full Camp

Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Full Camps are pitched up early in the season, so we find the camp ready upon arrival. It offers comfortable igloo type tents for 1 or 2 passengers, with insulation mat and sleeping bags. The camp also features a spacious dinning tent, a kitchen tent, tables, benches or chairs and a full set of table service and kitchenware (area with sanitary services).

(ID 13)

Day 9 Paine Towers – Ascensio River Valley

Early in the morning we start walking towards the bridge over the Ascensio river, headtrail for the world famous Paine towers. We "warm up" hiking a steep one hour slope, to get inside the valley itself, a narrow "V" shape alpine valley coming from inside the Paine massif. A gentle downhill leads us to Refugio Chileno, a cozy and comfortable mountain lodge, which can be a good turnaround point for those not willing to make a full day hike. We then walk in a gentle slope along the river side and inside beech forest. A final climb on moraine take us to the Towers viewpoint: a glacier origin lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 mts from the glacier. The lack of breath will be either because the climb and the sight!!!! We go back to our camp on the same way we came. Walking time: 7 to 8 hs.

Lodging: Full Camp

Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

(ID 14)

Day 10 Lake Pehoe crossing – French Valley

Early in the morning a 1 h drive takes us to Port Pudeto to board the catamaran that crosses lake Pehoe. Once at the far side of the lake, we set out to the French Valley trail. The trail skirts Paine Grande south slopes and lake Skottberg, to take us after 2 hs and a half of continuous ups and downs, to the hanging bridge upon the French River. This breathtaking location is at the foot of both the 2700 mts south east face of Paine Grande (to the west) and the Horns, with its characteristic black sedimentary topping, to the east. We continue walking 1 h further by Italian camp to reach breathtaking viewpoints over the area. After lunch and photos we retrace our steps back to the port, where we sail back and drive to camp. Walking time: 5 to 6 hs.

Lodging: Full Camp

Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

(ID 15)

Day 11 Lake Grey and glacier

Today we say goodbye to this iconic National Park. We drive towards the southwest side of it, to visit Lake Grey shores and to see Paine Grande western slopes and peaks. The drive takes around 2 hs stopping by for short walks and pictures, before arriving to the lake. Once there we spend 1 to 2 hs walking its southern shore which is one of the most beautiful spots in the area. Early in the afternoon we start our drive down south to our accommodation in Puerto Natales, a picturesque fishermen town located in the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fiord.

Lodging: Lodge

Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

(ID 16)

Day 12 Puerto Natales – Río Grande

Long drive today, though quite worthwhile. We continue south to reach the legendary Magellan Strait, which we will keep on sight up to Primera Angostura, where we board the Ferry in which we will cross the Strait. This Pass, discovered by Hernando de Magallanes in 1520, was the natural and logical way to all vessels until de Panama Channel was open at the beginning of the XXth century. You will find yourselves wondering how those brave men dare to sail those waters in such fragile caravels!!!
Once in Tierra del Fuego (literally, Land of Fire, due to the fires seen by the first white sailors in the coast, done by the local Indians to cook and heat) we enter back Argentina through Paso San Sebastián. A couple more of hours to reach Estancia Las Hijas, where a lamb cooked in the classical Patagonian barbecue style will be waiting for us. A dinning saloon, toilettes and showers are available tonight.

Lodging: Bed in refuge

Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

(ID 17)

Day 13 Río Grande – Ushuaia – Tierra del Fuego National Park

After breakfast we visit the estancia and by mid morning we continue south to visit lake Fagnano in the middle of Andes Mountains, to continue to our last destination: Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the World. In the afternoon we continue to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This National Park is in the south west corner of the argentinean side of the Island, thus in the border with Chile. The main attraction of the Park and the whole Island actually are the mountains coming down to the sea.

Lodging: Lodge

Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

(ID 18)

Day 14 Ushuaia – Beagle Channel boat trip

After breakfast we walk to the touristic pier and get on board to our boat trip in the legendary Beagle Channel. We visit Alicia Island where we will watch a colony of Sea Lions, the Island of Birds where we can see Cormorants and the Light House Les Eclaireurs built by 1919. We get back to the port while we watch the Darwin range to the West and the Andes above Ushuaia. The afternoon is at leisure.

Lodging: Lodge

Provided meals: Breakfast

Optional excursion recommended: Estancia Harberton with Penguin colony. (This excursion is not included in the program).

(ID 19)

Day 15 Ushuaia – Ushuaia Airport

Morning at your own to visit the town, which is located in the north coast of the Beagle channel. The town features interesting museums and its typical architecture. In the afternoon we are transferred to Ushuaia airport to take our flight to Buenos Aires. Our services end at the airport.

Lodging: None

Provided meals: Breakfast

» Services

Lodging
x1 Bed in refuge
x8 Lodge
x5 Full Camp
Provided meals
x14 Breakfast
x10 Box Lunch
x9 Dinner
Transfers
x 9
Excursions
x 5
Days including Tour Leader
x 15
Days including Guides
x 9

» Services detail

Included services

• Receptive service upon arrival.
• Bilingual tour leader during all the activities
• Mountain guides while on trek
• Moreno Glacier excursion
• Lake Pehoe boat trips (in and out)
• Beagle channel boat trip
• All transfers El Calafate airport – El Calafate - El Chalten – El Calafate – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales - Río Grande – Ushuaia – Ushuaia Airport.
• During the trip we combine private and regular buses.

Services not included

• Entrance fees to National Parks
• Medical and life insurance
• Tips
• Drinks and beverages (all foods are without alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks)
• Flights or airport taxes
• Port tax at Ushuaia.
• Optional excursions. (The recommended optional activities match the timetable of our program)
• Services not shown or detailed in the program.

Recommended gear

Backpack, 50 lts or so
Thermal underwear
Trekking shoes or boots
Trekking pants
Fleece
Softshell jacket
Parka and overpants
Gaiters
Gloves
Termal socks
The necessary spare cloth
Wool hat
Sun hat
Sun glasses
Sun screen (UV is very strong during the southern spring, from september thru december)
Personal items
Lamp
Trekking poles (recommended, if you are use to them)
Personal medication
Personal documents to cross the border between Argentina and Chile.

Notes

The travel agency holds the right of changing the itinerary or cancel any of the activities when any natural cause (or any other cause of any type) justifies it in order to look after the group safety.