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This is a comprehensive insight into the region’s stunning natural beauty that outdoor enthusiasts will be in awe of. Exploring Chile’s lake district, trekking through the hiking trails and spending plenty of time soaking up the atmosphere in Torres del Paine, you’ll reach the ‘end of the Earth’ in Ushuaia. The myriad wonders found along this route are truly unforgettable and make for an exciting trip that combines amazing scenery with unique culture.(GA)
- Spend time experiencing the exciting city of Buenos Aires
- Enjoy the outdoor playground of Bariloche
- Spend two nights on the shores of Lake Llanquihue
- Visit a penguin colony in Punta Arenas
- Go hiking in Paine National Park
- Admire the amazing scenery in Calafate
- Take part in hikes throughout the glacial scenery of Glacier National Park
- Visit the southern-most city in the world – Ushuaia
Arrive into Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day can be spent enjoying the city as there are no planned activities.
Fly to Bariloche – a year-round playground for outdoor enthusiasts with many skiing and hiking activities to enjoy. San Carlos de Bariloche is the urban centre of the lake district and resembles European alpine resorts. Food lovers will really enjoy visiting this area – food is taken seriously here and the result is a delectable array of dishes and tasty snacks.
Take a bus ride across the Andes, through amazing mountain scenery, to spend two nights on the shores of Lake Llanquihue which enjoys views of Osorno Volcano. Take an exciting hike up the icy volcano where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the Petrohue River valley below you.
Punta Arenas is a city of just 100,000 people, looking across the Straits of Magellan to Porvenir and Tierra del Fuego. This area has retained some of its traditional industry, such as with sheep estancas which are still a significant part of the culture and economy. There is an optional visit to the Otway Sound penguin colony, where you can enjoy seeing these beautiful creatures up close – en-route, keep a lookout for flamingos and other bird species.
Puerto Natales is the entrance to Torres del Paine National Park – you’ll have time to hike in this area and admire the local scenery, as well as enjoy some of the local seafood in the fishing town, before heading for the park.
Paine National Park 'W' Trek
The next four days will be spent in the park which is truly a magnificent sight, filled with vivid colours and amazing plains. The granite Towers of Paine make a dramatic appearance on the horizon for one of the most extraordinary sights within the park. You’ll spend four days hiking here, trekking the ‘W’ circuit. Along the way, you’ll witness the Horns of Paine, the French Valley and the Grey Glacier.
(Four breakfasts, three lunches and three dinners included)
Today you’ll return to Argentina, travelling across the altiplano. You’ll journey along the southern pampas and across the border towards the mountains and the Moreno Glacier. The southern continental ice field is the third largest on the planet – Moreno Glacier is very dynamic and one of the few advancing glaciers left in the world.
Perito Moreno Glacier / Glacier National Park/ El Chaltén
Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier in the morning before heading to the town of El Chalten which is situated in the northern end of the park. There’s a laid-back ambience here and a stunning scenic backdrop of mountains and beech forests. You’ll complete a full-day hike in Glacier National Park, where you’ll be provided with all the equipment you need to complete your journey through this challenging terrain. From here, hike to Laguna de Los Tres to really appreciate the mighty Cerro Fitzroy/El Chalten. Day 15 will be a free day so that you can enjoy the scenery at your own pace.
Take a short flight to the southern-most city in the world – Ushuaia. Enjoy an optional cruise along the Beagle Channel in order to admire the panoramic views of the scenery, as well as chance to see some marine life. If you’d rather stay on land, you can enjoy bird watching, hikes in the Tierra del Fuego National Park or horseback riding.
Enjoy a free morning upon arrival into Buenos Aires and a final night on the town to mark the end of your trip.
Depart from Buenos Aires today.
- International flights
- Internal travel: Public bus; boat; plane
- Hotels (15 nights); camping (3 nights)
- 14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners (Allow USD550-600 for meals not included)
- Bariloche stay; Punta Arenas stay; Torres del Paine National Park excursion (3 nights camping); 'W' circuit hike; Perito Moreno Glacier visit; Guided hike in Glacier National Park hike to Laguna de los Tres (full-day); Ushuaia stay
- Tour guide throughout; specialist mountain guides in Torres del Paine; local guides
- Small group experience; max 15, avg 12