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Hike Patagonia In Depth

For those looking to explore a corner of the world that is well off the tourist track (in addition to some incredible highlights), this two weeks of hiking through some very remote areas of Patagonia is your opportunity to roam wild and free, my friend. With snow-capped mountains and blue skies as your backdrop, you'll hike through otherworldly Torres del Paine National Park, staggering El Chaltn, sobering Glacier National Park, and the highly celebrated "W" Trek. Get ready for the walk of your life.

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  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Demanding
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SAPI/166533
  • Starts: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Finishes: Buenos Aires, Argentina
You will Visit
  • Buenos Aires
  • Buenos Aires

Itinerary

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Day 1: Buenos Aires

Arrive at any time.
As there are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Opt to visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show.

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Day 2: Buenos Aires/El Chaltén

Fly to El Calafate and continue by bus to El Chaltén within Glacier National Park, marvel at the Andean mountains en route. Enjoy some free time in town or head out on a short hike.
Fly south to the province of Santa Cruz and the town of El Calafate before transferring overland to El Chaltén. Often referred to as the trekking capital of Argentina, El Chaltén is the gateway to Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torres, two of the most beautiful peaks in Patagonia.

Enjoy free time to warm up for the upcoming trek, opt to take a short hike to a nearby lookout or explore around town.

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Day 3: El Chaltén

Enjoy a full-day guided hike to Laguna de los Tres and if the weather cooperates, a clear view of the Fitz Roy peaks. En route, take in the gradual changes in terrain from tree covered trails to exposed alpine landscapes.
Laguna de los Tres is the most popular trek in El Chaltén and for good reason. On a clear day, the view of Cerro Fitz Roy and the sparking teal lake below are spectacular. The gradual start to the trek provides time to appreciate the stunning landscape and ease into the challenging trekking ahead. Although the 400m (1,312 ft) incline to reach the lake is taxing, the reward is well worth the effort.

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Day 4: El Chaltén

Explore one of El Chaltén's many trekking routes. Opt to explore the Laguna Torre trail to spot the dramatic Cerro Torre, hike to Laguna Capri or head up to the Condor Mirador to enjoy great views of the town.

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Day 5: El Chaltén/El Calafate

Jump into a raft and enjoy the ride through Glacier National Park. Watch the mountains fade into the distance and paddle down Class III rapids. Afterwards, head to the quaint little town of El Calafate, and opt for a hearty dinner to refuel.

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Day 6: El Calafate

Travel to Perito Moreno Glacier for an included guided tour. Opt to take a boat ride on the lake to get a different view of the stunning landscape and marvel at how large the glacier is up close.
Argentino Lake, discovered in 1873, is the southernmost of the four water sheets produced by the Pleistocene Glaciation. With its fjords and fingers it covers 1,505km² (935 mi²), and is considered one of the most breathtaking lakes in the world.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is an imposing river of ice, 2.7km (1.7 mi) wide by 55m (180 ft) high, which descends from the continental ice field to the Canal de los Tempanos.


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Day 7: El Calafate

Enjoy free time and opt to cruise on beautiful Lake Argentino, take a leisurely hike to Laguna Nimez or explore the souvenir shops and restaurants in town.
Home to the immense Perito Moreno Glacier, the quaint alpine town of El Calafate is the perfect base for exploring the nearby glaciers. Los Glaciares National Park, the most renowned in Argentina, was created in 1973 to preserve this vast glacial area encompassing the Upsala Glacier and the incredible Onelli Bay.

The main strip of this tiny town is lined with small wooden shops, browse for souvenirs, chocolates, or stop in one of the restaurants for a rest.

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Day 8: El Calafate/Puerto Natales

Continue on to Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Explore the town, eat a hearty meal, and rest well for the 4-day hike ahead.
Once a small fishing village, Puerto Natales is now a hub of adventure enthusiasts itching to explore unforgettable Torres del Paine NP.

Get any last-minute shopping done and rent all equipment needed for the hike. Extra gear not needed for the Paine hike can be stored at the hotel.

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Day 9: Puerto Natales/Laguna Amarga Camp

Embark on a 4-day excursion within Torres del Paine NP, hiking the famous W Trek. Start the 62km (38.5 mi) route by trekking to the base of Las Torres to see the dramatic three towers and turquoise lagoon below.

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Day 10: Laguna Amarga Camp/Cuernos Camp

Wake up surrounded by breathtaking landscapes and continue hiking along the W Trek, crossing Paine River and passing through grassy fields. Stop at Lake Nordenskjöld and snap a photo of the mountains reflecting in the lake before reaching the camp.

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Day 11: Cuernos Camp/Paine Grande Camp

Hike to the French Valley lookout and take in the awe-inspiring views of the mountain range spreading across the national park. Marvel at the dramatic, contrasting greens and greys of the landscape.

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Day 12: Paine Grande Camp/Puerto Natales

Enjoy the final day of the W Trek that leads to Grey Lake and the lookout point for Grey Glacier. Admire the scale of this immense glacier and continue trekking to Lake Pehoé. Finish by taking a picturesque ferry ride across the lake and enjoy the sense of accomplishment.

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Day 13: Puerto Natales/Buenos Aires

In the afternoon, fly to Buenos Aires. Enjoy a final night out with the group.

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Day 14: Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Laguna de los Tres full-day guided hike (El Chaltén)
    • Class III rafting
    • Perito Moreno Glacier guided tour (El Calafate)
    • Torres del Paine NP excursion with porters (3 nts)
    • W Trek
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (10 nts), camping (3 nts)
    • 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Boat, local bus, plane, private vehicle, hiking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, specialist mountain guides in Torres del Paine NP, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Catch a glimpse of Mount Fitz Roy
  • Marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Savour the scenery in Patagonia
  • Hike the spectacular W Trek
  • Snap a photo of the famous three peaks of Torres
  • Enjoy the vibrant city of Buenos Aires