Patagonia is perfect for those who love the outdoors, with plenty of camping in national parks of outstanding natural beauty, and the chance to trek, climb, bike, and horse ride through some breathtaking scenery.
We’ll visit the spectacular Lake District towns of Bariloche and Pucón and overland through the region, to explore the magnificent Los Glaciares National Park from both El Calafate and El Chaltén, to trek around the dramatic peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and a guided trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
We’ll also visit Torres del Paine National Park, where there will be plenty of time to trek and also cross the Strait of Magellan and head to the end of the earth - Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia.
Border information: if you are starting in Ushuaia, you will most likely enter Argentina at Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (IATA code: USH).
Welcome to the incredible port town of Ushuaia, the southernmost City in the world! There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - please look out at the hotel reception for a note from your leader with more details about this important meeting.
If you arrive early to Ushuaia, there are options such as a visit to the hauntingly beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park, boat trips to see the scenery and wildlife of the Beagle Channel, or heading out horse riding along the coast. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Ushuaia before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Ushuaia.
In Ushuaia we stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.
Border information: Exit Argentina at San Sebastian, enter Chile at San Sebastian.
We start our journey with a full day drive across to the Chilean side of the island of Tierra del Fuego, and a ferry crossing onto the mainland.
Tonight we will wild camp close to the Magellan Strait.
Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Today we will drive to the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. This is one of the most outstanding areas of natural beauty in the world and the main highlight of the trip for many of our passengers and leaders! We will stop en route in Puerto Natales to stock up on supplies and pick up our local guides and cook who will accompany us during our time in the National Park.
Tonight we will camp at Camping Pehoe, a stunning campsite inside the National Park with incredible views of Los Cuernos mountains, which we will refer to as our 'base campsite'.
Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Dragoman offers two options for your time in Torres Del Paine National Park:
- Base Package - Camping at Lago Pehoe, full board and a guided trek on our final day to the stunning three peaks viewpoint is included on all Dragoman Patagonia packages.
- Full W-Walk - Optional upgrade to embark on the 4-day W-Walk with a local guide. Places at the campsites are limited by the National Park, so it is important to pre-book this option with your sales agent at least 60 days before your trip as it is not possible to book on arrival.
Day 11 is a free day for our passengers on the base package.
W-Walk Group - We will transfer by truck to take the morning Catamaran across the lake to Paine Grande. We will then begin our first trek with our local guide along the edge of Lago Grey to an excellent viewpoint over the spectacular Grey Glacier. We will then trek back to Paine Grande where we will camp overnight. Approximate walking distance: 22 km, estimated duration: 8 hrs. (alternatively, you may turn around at an earlier view point, making the trek today 4hrs).
Base package group: Today is a free day on our Base Package. There are many short walks and other fantastic optional activities. Alternatively it's a great day to simply relax and enjoy the spectacular views from the campsite.
W-walk group: Today we will depart Camp Paine Grande and hike into the French Valley, in the afternoon we will continue onto Camp Cuernos. The hike is approximately 6 hours.
Base package group: Today is free for optional activities.
W-walk group: Today we will leave Camp Cuernos and hike along Lake Nordenskjold, around Almirante Nieto and stay just outside Valley Ascencio. We will hike for approximately 5 hours today
Today the base and W-Walk groups will come together and we will all trek to the breathtaking viewpoint of the famous three peaks, which give the National Park its name. After taking in the view, we will trek back to Las Torres camp site and transfer in the truck to Camping Pehoe.
Approximate walking distance: 24 km, estimated time: 8 hrs.
Border information: Exit Chile at Cerro Castillo, enter Argentina at Cerro Castillo.
Today we leave Torres del Paine behind us and head across the border to the town of El Calafate, the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
In El Calafate we stay in dorm beds in a lovely hostel.
Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.
Today we will head out on an included full day guided visit to view the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most spectacular sights in Patagonia.
Today we have a short drive across the Patagonian steppe to the tiny town of El Chaltén, situated in Los Glaciares National Park and famous for its incredible mountains, glaciers and world-class trekking opportunities.
In El Chaltén we stay in dorm beds in a hostel.
Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.
Enjoy the stunning Los Glaciares National Park and the incredible scenery of the nearby Mt. Fitz Roy. There are lots of trekking opportunities here, as well as boat trips, horse riding, and mountain biking.
Today we will have a full day drive north along the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40). Please note that the road from here all the way to Futaleufú is rough and mostly unpaved meaning that the going is slow.
Tonight we will wild camp somewhere near the town of Perito Moreno.
Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Border information: Exit Argentina at Ingeniero Pallavecini, enter Chile at Puerto Ingeniero Ibáñez.
Today we will drive across the border into the magnificent scenery of the Chilean Carretera Austral, probably one of the most stunning areas in South America. We will arrive in the beautiful mountains of the Cerro Castillo National Reserve.
In Cerro Castillo we will camp in a lovely family-run campsite with basic facilities.
Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.
Today we have a free day to hike to the stunning turquoise waters of Laguna Cerro Castillo or to go horse riding.
We camp in the same campsite.
Today we will drive through the Chilean fjords to Queluat National Park, where we can walk through the enchanted forest to see the spectacular Hanging Glacier.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
We will camp at a basic campsite.
Today we continue to the rafting mecca of Futaleufú.
In Futaleufú we stay in a local campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
Border information: Exit Chile at Rio Futaleufú, enter Argentina at Rio Futaleufú.
Today we continue our journey to the picturesque town of Bariloche in Argentina's Lake District.
In Bariloche we stay in dorm beds in a friendly family-run hostel outside of town.
Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
Today will be a free day to enjoy the beautiful mountain town of Bariloche and the stunning surrounding lakes, mountains and forests. We have the options to explore the area by foot, mountain bike, kayak or boat.
Border information: Exit Argentina at Mamuil Malal, enter Chile at Mamuil Malal.
Today we will drive through the scenic Ruta de los Siete Lagos (Seven Lakes Route) to the beautiful Lake District of Chile and the lakeside town of Pucón.
In Pucón we will stay in dorm beds in a friendly local hostel.
Estimated Drive Time - 10-11 hours.
Today we will have a free day in Pucón to enjoy a range of optional activities, including a sunrise expedition to climb the Villarica volcano which looms over Pucón, heading out horse riding through the surrounding forests, or an evening visit to the nearby natural hot springs.
Today we have a full day drive north along the Pan American Highway to the cosmopolitan Chilean capital of Santiago.
In Santiago we will stay in a centrally-located hostel.
Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.
Border information: if you are finishing in Santiago, you will most likely exit Chile at Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (IATA code: SCL).
Today is a free day to explore the cosmopolitan Chilean capital.
Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight, so please contact the Dragoman Sales Team if you would like to arrange some extra nights of accommodation here after your trip.
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Trip Name: Ushuaia to Santiago 2017
Duration: 23 Days
From Price: £1,184
Supplier Tour ID: ZSU2/158001
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