South Patagonia: Chile & Argentina

USD 3.560
Prices per person in double room
15 days - Domestic ✈ and tours included.
Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales with Torres del Paine, El Calafate, El Chalten and Ushuaia.
South Patagonia: Chile & Argentina

Adventure in Patagonia with Torres del Paine and El Chaltén

Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales with Torres del Paine, El Calafate, El Chalten and Ushuaia.

Daily departures from two people.
Excursions included in all destinations.
24 hours assistance

Price valid to travel until December 30, 2020.


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HOTELS 3*

Isla Rey Jorge o Los Navegantes (Punta Arenas)
Charles Darwin o Florence Dixie (Puerto Natales)
Michelangelo o Cauquenes de Niñez ( El Calafate) 
Pudu Lodge (El chalten) 
Hostal Linares o The House ( Ushuaia)

Price per person in double room.
USD 3560

HOTELS 4*

Diego de Almagro (Punta Arenas)
Costa Australis o Indigo Patagonia (Pto Natales)
Alto calafate (El Calafate)
Pudu Lodge (El Chalten)
Canal Beagle (Ushuaia)

Price per person in double room.
USD 4.250

General Conditions

  • RATES All the rates are expressed in US dollars and are subject to change with no previous notice.
  • The rate of the tours and programs is per person upon a double occupation basis, unless different conditions are specified.
  • The rates expressed on the hotels lists are per room.

All the programs are carefully planned, however, due to operational reasons, it may be necessary to change the order of the different activities or the route specified in the itinerary. These changes are not usual to happen, nonetheless, the itinerary should be considered as a basic guide of the program.

Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago de Chile - Punta Arenas (Flight)

Day 1: Santiago de Chile - Punta Arenas (Flight)

Departure from Santiago de Chile and flight to Punta Arenas.  
After three and a half hours arrival to Punta Arenas and transfer to your Hotel.
Rest of the day free.

Day 2: Punta Arenas

Day 2: Punta Arenas

Breakfast. City Tour  and Seno Oatway. The tour begins along the mythical Strait of Magellan, one of the largest shipping lanes of traffic in the world, used by the bravest sailors in history as Drake, Sarmiento de Gamboa, Fitz-Roy and Charles Darwin among others. On the way you may observe different species of seabirds, on a lucky day, maybe dolphins. The route turns northwest direction to take a dirt road that goes through the Patagonian steppe, where you can see some species of native flora. The fauna consists of Ostriches, wild geese, condors, gulls, eagles, foxes, skunks, various species of ducks and foxes. Before approaching the Seno Oatway the road skirts a coal mine open pit, one of the main economic activities. At the end of the road is located a small colony of Magellanic penguins, which come every year to breed and feed. In that place is necessary a hike of a mile on a trail of wood and has three observation points. Duration: 4 hours
Afternoon Tour to Bulnes Fort.  Travelling to South Brunswick Peninsula and reach Fort Bulnes, the first settled in Patagonia by the government of Chile in 1843. The route borders the Strait of Magellan, where you can see great number of seabirds such as oystercatchers, geese, several species of ducks, cormorants and sea lions. The fort stands 60 kilometers south of the city of Punta Arenas and is now a reconstruction of the first Chilean garrison in southern lands. Making history, under President Manuel Bulnes, the issuance of the Goleta Ancud captained by John Williams founded Fuerte Bulnes on 30 October 1843. In 1848 the population moved to its current location in the city of Punta Arenas.  The tour also visits the monument showing the Geographic Center longitudinal Chile. Duration: 3 ½ hours.

Day 3: Punta Arenas

Day 3: Punta Arenas

Breakfast. Tour to Magdalena and Marta Islands. 
Two paradises for lovers of marine life. More than 120,000 Magellanic penguins, cormorants, sea lions, gulls and many Antarctic species are the possibilities offered by Magdalena and  Marta Islands, which constitute the natural monument “The Penguins”
There you can admire the grace of Magellan penguins in their natural habitat, the true protagonists of this tour.
In only 3.15 hours (round trip) of fun and safe navigation in large vessels Zodiac type with capacity between 19 and 33 passengers, tourists may sail from Cabo Negro (Cape Black) distant 25 Kms. north of Punta Arenas. Quickly Sailing by the Strait of Magallanic waters, and then navigate to the block and arrive at Isabel Marta Island, where we disembark (if conditions allow it) to visit this virgin colony of sea lions and cormorants.
After 30 minutes, it continues the trip to Magdalena Island to visit the largest colony of Magallanic penguins in the South. You can visit too, “The Lighthouse”, which showcases the environmental interpretive center Strait history and wildlife of the island.

Day 4: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Day 4: Punta Arenas - Puerto Natales

Breakfast and travel by road on a regular bus about 200 kilometres north to the town of Puerto Natales.
Arrival and transfer to your Hotel. Accomodation in Puerto Natales: two nights with breakfast.

Day 5: Puerto Natales

Day 5: Puerto Natales

Breakfast. Full day tour to Torres del Paine National Park.  Visiting Patagonia without running Torres del Paine is almost a sin. From 7:30 am the tour take the course from your accommodation in Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park. The first stop will be the millenary Milodon Cave, a huge natural accident of immense anthropological value, which is thought primitive man lived in Patagonia and the Milodon, an extinct herbivore. Continuing the journey visitors can see the most spectacular World Biosphere Reserve at the end of the world: Torres del Paine National Park, covering an area of 242,242 ha, lavishly hosting a fertile combination of lakes, ponds, waterfalls, glaciers, mountains and peaks, where you can see different ways of life in its natural state. Within the area, the road passes dozens of lakes covered with grass and waterfowl, contrasting with small hills where herds of guanacos (lama) graze. You will also enjoy the Nordenskjold lake with its colorful bathing emerald bases, and Salto Grande and lake Pehoe.  You also have the opportunity to walk along the river for an hour. There is a bridge that heads to Grey´s Lake where you will  appreciate icebergs stranded on the shores and the imposing Grey Glacier, which forms a unsurpassed landscape surrounded by hills, forests and peaks of the Central Paine ridge. The trip back to Puerto Natales arriving concludes around 19:00.

Day 6: Puerto Natales

Day 6: Puerto Natales

Breakfast. Navegation To Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers.  Early departure from Puerto Natales to take the ship and to sail the Ultima Esperanza Strait. During the tour is possible to observe an environment surrounded by hills and forests, where you will see sea lions crawling on the rocks and the area called “Cormorant Colony” located on the cliffs and where we can see hundreds of birds of this species  Formed by ancient ice and part of Campos de Hielo Sur ( Southern Ice Fields),  and placed in the Bernardo O “Higgins Park, the glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano give us a taste of what was the period of glaciation.
After 2 hours sailing the Ultima Esperanza Strait, we will get to the park where we will walk over an hour to see the glacier.
The boat approaches the Balmaceda Glacier and then stops in the border, where we will disembark for doing a trek through the woods to the shore of the lagoon with floating icebergs. It is common to see huge ice floes falling in steady decline to the waters of the fjord.
Then the ship is back to Perales Stay for having lunch and then we will visit the facilities. Return to Puerto Natales.

Day 7: Puerto Natales - El Calafate

Day 7: Puerto Natales - El Calafate

Breakfast. Transfer to Bus Terminal and travel by road about two hours, after crossing the Argentinian Border, you will arrive in El Calafate. Transfer to your hotel and rest of the day free.

Day 8: El Calafate

Day 8: El Calafate

Breakfast. Full day tour to Perito Moreno Glacier and Minitrekking on the Ice.  The tour begins at the port labeled "Under the Shadow" (7 km. before the glacier viewpoint). There we embark to cross Lake Rico, reaching the opposite shore after 20 minutes of navigation with view to the south wall of the Perito Moreno glacier.  After landing you access to the shelter where the guides give details of the trip. And so began a walk along the lakeshore about 20 minutes to the glacier. At the edge of the ice the guides fit crampons to participants, who receive instruction on the basics of glacier hiking. The groups consist of up to 20 people each. The tour on the glacier, is done in just under 2 hours and during the course thereof may see a variety of formations typical of glaciers such as: cracks, seracs, drains, small ponds, deep blues and unique sense of visit one of the most stunning natural beauties of the world.  The hike is moderate. The ice surface on which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe. The guides provide information on the flora, fauna and general glaciology region as well as the unique characteristics of the glacier Perito Moreno. At the end of the walk, we return to the shelter through the lush Andean forest.  All services are performed daily and has continued attention by bilingual mountain guide in Glacier. In one-way shipping the boat back considerably close to the glacier wall to get another perspective.  Season starts in mid-August and ends in late May.
Important.  Age: This tour, due to the degree of effort and difficulty is only acceptable for people between 10- 65 years. People who are overweight or serious health problems. We do not accept pregnant women. If in doubt look forward to your visit. Shoes: Any kind of sports shoes (if possible with laces) eg. Hiking boots, slippers. Wear thick socks, preferably wool or cotton. Not allowed rubber boots, apres ski or high heels for women.  Clothing: Sports (long trousers for both sexs). It is convenient to take diving, shirt, sweater, fleece, etc. and windbreaker jacket and / or waterproof. Sunglasses, sunscreen and gloves (very important). Also hat for sun or warm to cold case.  Lunch: Takes the passenger.

Day 9: El Calafate

Day 9: El Calafate

Breakfast.  Full day tour to Estancia Cristina on Lake Argentino and Upsala Glaciar view Point. This tour combines the navigation to the Upsala glacier area with a picnic day in Estancia Cristina, located on the right bank of the glacier. The tour departs, after picking you up at your hotel in El Calafate at 7:00 Am, from Port De La Cruz, which is located in Punta Bandera. You will sail in the North arm of Lake Argentino to the Upsala channel and reach the western front of the Upsala glacier where you will appreciate it from the boat. Enjoy browsing icebergs and stunning landscapes. Then, you will head by boat towards the Cristina channel and then to the Estancia
As you get there, you will have a guided tour to the Costumbrista Museum (former shearing shed) and experience a 4×4 adventure journey, admiring panoramic views from the Upsala Glacier´s Balcony.
Then, you will get to the shelter of Hielos Continentales and undertake a 30 minutes walk on ground of glacial erosion. There, you will have a privilege view of the Eastern Front of the Upsala Glacier, Lake William, Southern Ice Cape and Cordillera de los Andes.
Finally, you will go back to the estancia and to the boat, arriving at Port on 19:00  and then on to El Calafate. In case the maximum number of passengers is exceeded, visitors will be divided in turns by the tour coordinator of the estancia.
Departure time: 07:00 Am. Arrival time: 20:00 Pm.

Day 10: El Calafate - El Chalten

Day 10: El Calafate - El Chalten

Breakfast and travel by overland bus to El Chalten arrival in El Chalten and after a short explanation by our guides of the place and surroundings,  and also a visit to a Small Waterfall next to the town, we will drop you at the Lodge , where you have accommodation for one night.  Rest of the day free to do a free trekking up to Fitz Roy panoramic point. We suggest walk up to Capri Lagoon. It takes around 4 hours in total.
Laguna Capri trail: Itinerary:  The head of the trail begins at the north end of town, at the end of San Martín Ave. During the first hour, the trail is a steep slope until entering the valley of Del Salto river, towards Mount Fitz Roy. After 30 min. walk from El Chaltén you'll have access to a natural viewpoint with panoramic views of the Valley of De las Vueltas river. Further down the trail the ñires will begin to be more and more numerous around you. After 60-90 min. walk -depending on your pace- you will find a sign that shows a bifurcation to Laguna Capri (left) or to the Fitz Roy (right). From the lagoon you will have a unique view of Fitz Roy and its surrounding peaks.
Note: If you have a little more time, or if this is the only hike that you are going to do, it is worth an additional walk of 15 minutes from the bifurcation mentioned above towards the Fitz Roy, to access a rocky signposted viewpoint which allows you to interpret the landscape presented in front of you, as well as the Piedras Blancas glacier. That is the Fitz Roy viewpoint.

Day 11: El Chalten - El Calafate

Day 11: El Chalten - El Calafate

Breakfast. Free day in El Chalten where we recomend another trail to a different view of the Fitz Roy like Piedras Blancas Glacier.
Description: From the bridge over the Río Blanco (National Route Nº 41) take the trail that goes up along the Rio Blanco and approximately after two hours of walking you will arrive to a lookout point from where you will be able to appreciate the Piedras Blancas Glacier (at this point it is not possible to cross the river). So you can continue the path to Poincenot base camp and from there either go back to the village or stay overnight.
Another alternative –demands five hours- is to take the path from El Chaltén to Laguna De los Tres until crossing the Río Blanco. After passing over the bridge you should take the deviation to the right that descends next to the river. Continue along this trail until you arrive at Piedras Blancas stream descending in direction West-East, reached at less than an hour walk from Poincenot base camp.  Looking at the glacier turn 90º West to continue the trail that goes up along the stream on the right bank and cross the river a little before its source. Already in the other bank of the river, you are able to carry on until you reach the lagoon from where you will appreciate an excellent view of the glacier and its ice sliding down. In the horizon, the East-Northeast side of the Fitz Roy and its glacier. To get to the bridge over the Rio Blanco you can hire a transfer service from El Chaltén.
Around 6 pm our transport will take you back to El Calafate and transport you to a one last night in El Calafate hotel.

Day 12: El Calafate - Usuhaia (Flight)

Day 12: El Calafate - Usuhaia (Flight)

Breakfast. Transfer to El Calafate Airport and flight to Ushuaia, after one hour flight you will arrive at the southernmost city of the World, Ushuaia around 13hs. Transfer to your hotel and accommodation for two nights with breakfast. 
Afternoon sailing to Sea Lions Island.  Departure from Touristic Wharf at 3 pm.  We begin sailing out of Puerto Tourist our city, towards the Beagle Channel, enjoying as we move away from the panoramic view of the coast of Ushuaia. We sail to the southwest, approaching the Island of Los Lobos, where, from the boat, we enjoy the view of specimens of sea lions, watching their permanent habitat, in a wonderful setting. Then the Island of Birds, habitat of Cormorants, Imperial Cormorants and privileged sector to spot examples of marine birds.  Continue to the Lighthouse Eclaireurs in the archipelago of the same name, where sank the ship Monte Cervantes in 1930. The return will be through Paso Chico, overlooking the tunnel stays and Fique, we return to Ushuaia, with a stunning view of the frame that gives the city and Mount Martial Glacier.

Day 13: Usuhaia

Day 13: Usuhaia

Breakfast. Tierra del Fuego Nacional Park Hikking and Canoeing Tour.  One of the most visited.  Ushuaia is very close. We propose to discover the true secret of Tierra del Fuego National Park. With our guides (and out of range) is possible to know in detail the Paradise Regained, where the mountains are accessible from near the sea, and freshwater rivers and lakes live with the sea coast. On this tour you walk through the woods and lakes and rivers rowing or sailing in a motor boat.  Fun & Nature !!  We propose a walk in the National Park on the hand of ornithology, geology, ecology, hiking, boating and photography. Our experience, our service and interest in the detail so that you come to terms with this special place.   Not far from Ushuaia and getting there is easy, do not miss the opportunity to see the Park as it can only do with us. Itinerary: 8:00 / 8:40 Pick up by hotels 9:15 Arrive at National Park 9:30 Walk the Path to Pampa High ½ -2 hours, or Coastal Path -3 hours. 12:15 Arrival at Lago Roca and lunch. 13:30 Technical talk and preparing to board the canoes -one and a half hour- 15:00 Lapataia Bay. 15:30 Return to Ushuaia. 16:00 Arrival to Ushuaia. Duration: 8 Hours Meals: Snacks + Picnic (Chopped Creole Sausage barbecue, chicken Brochetes). Drinks included: mineral water, wines and soft drinks. Vegetarians: advance notice.

Day 14: Usuhaia

Day 14: Usuhaia

Breakfast and tour to Lake Escondido and Fagnano.  Begins in the morning. We travel along National Route 3 north and cross several mountain ranges of the Andes Mountains where they discover peat bogs, glaciers, waterfalls in the middle of the Patagonian forest. In Rancho Hunger begins to climb the Paso Garbaldi following the winding path of the route arriving at point where there are spectacular views of the Lakes Escondido and Fagnano. Then we made a short stop at Lake Escondido, where we see the emerald green waters surrounded by an Andean Patagonian forest in a landscape of breathtaking beauty. We continue the trip through a local sawmill to end at Lake Fagnano, located 100 km north of Ushuaia and one of the largest in South America.

Day 15: Usuhaia - Buenos Aires (Flight)

Day 15: Usuhaia - Buenos Aires (Flight)

Breakfast. Morningh free to visit the City, we recommend a visit to the Penitenciary Museum located at the Marithime Museum.
After lunch transfer to Ushuaia airport and flight to Buenos Aires, after three and a half hours flight, arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel or the Buenos Aires international airport for your international flight back home.

Included

  • Flights Santiago/Punta Arenas on Sky Airlines
  • Flights El Calafate / Ushuaia /Buenos Aires on AerolineasArgentinas
  • 03 nights in Punta Arenas, 03 nights in Puerto Natales, 03 nights in El Calafate, 01 night in El Chalten and 03 Nights in Ushuaia with breakfast.
  • All day excursions mentioned in this itinerary
  • All airport and transfers included.

Not Included

  • Tips.
    • Meals not mentioned in this itinerary.