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Argentina & Chile -Full Patagonia Adventure - Trekking

FROM $3870
Length15 Days / 14 Nights
StyleAdventure/Trek
Family
HighlightsAndes
El Calafate
El Chalten
Fitz Roy Mount
Hiking in Patagonia
Patagonia
Perito Moreno Glacier
Torres del Paine
Ushuaia
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Explorers, trekkers, and those who want to experience some of the world’s great natural wonders - Tierra del Fuego, Straights of Magellan, glaciers, ice caves, and the one of a kind Moreno Glacier – join us!

  • Day 1: Arrive El Calafate
  • Day 2: Bus to El Chaltén - Camp Poincenot
  • Day 3: Cerro Fitz Roy, Laguna de los Tres
  • Day 4: Cerro Torre- El Chalten
  • Day 5: El Chalten-Loma de Pliegue Tumbado
  • Day 6: El Chalten - El Calafate
  • Day 7: El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Day 8: El Calafate - Torres del Paine National Park
  • Day 9: Paine Towers - Ascensio River Valley
  • Day 10: Lake Pehoe Crossing - French Valley
  • Day 11: Lake Grey and Glacier
  • Day 12: Puerto Natales - Río Grande
  • Day 13: Río Grande - Ushuaia -Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • Day 14: Ushuaia - Beagle Channel Boat Trip
  • Day 15: Depart Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport
Day 1: Arrive El Calafate
After arrival in Calafate airport, you will be picked up and taken to check in at your hotel. You will have the rest of the day to enjoy the town and surrounding areas. Later you will have a welcome dinner.

Lodging is in a lodge or Hostel room with shared bathroom.
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).

Hike to Laguna Capri. 3.5 Miles
Altitude El Chalten: 404 meters above sea level
Altitude Laguna Capri: 700 meters above sea level
Elevation: 300 meters
Walking time: 3 hours
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

Hike Fitz Roy Trail to Laguna de Los Tres: 11 miles roundtrip
Altitude Laguna de Los Tres: 1170 Meters above sea level
Elevation: 1070 meters from Camp Poincenot
Walking time: 5 to 6 hours.
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

Hike Camp Poincenot – Laguna Torre – El Chalten: 13 miles roundtrip
Altitude Laguna Torre: 634 meters Above sea level
Elevation: 234 meters
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours.
Day 5: El Chalten-Loma de 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.

Accommodation: Lodge
Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Hike El Chalten – Loma del Pliegue Tumbado: 6 miles.
Altitude Loma del Pliegue: 1298 meters above sea level.
Elevation: 894 meters.
Walking time: 7 to 8 hours.
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

Optional excursion recommended: Viedma Ice Trek. (This excursion is not included in the program).
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. We will drive 80 km (1 and a half hour) to get to the glacier across the steppe, watching a wide variety of birds.

Accommodation: Lodge
Provided meals: Breakfast

Optional excursion recommended: Safari Nautico – Boat trip in The Tempanos channel. (This excursion is not included in the program). or MINITREK available upon request with addition cost.
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 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.

Accommodation: 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).

Altitude Las Torres Full Camp: 100 meters above sea level
Walking time: 1 to 2 hours.
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.

Accommodation: Full Camp
Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Hike to Refugio Chileno: 4 miles round trip (4 hours walking)
Hike to Las Torres: 11 miles round trip (8 hours walking)
Altitude Las Torres foot: 866 meters above sea level
Elevation: 766 meters from Camp Las Torres
Walking time: 7 to 8 hs.
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.

Accommodation: Full Camp
Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

Hike up French Valley: 11 miles round trip
Altitude Pehoe Refuge Full Camp: 100 Meters above sea level.
Altitude French Valley: 763 meters above sea level. (Intermediate viewpoints).
Elevation French Valley: 663 meters from Pehoe Refuge
Walking time: 5 to 6 hs.
Day 11: Lake Grey and Glacier
Today we say good bye 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.

Accommodation: Lodge
Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Walking time to Grey Lake Shore: 1 to 2 hs.
Walking time to Los Cuernos Viewpoint: 30 minutes.
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.

Accommodation: Bed in refuge
Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner
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.

Accommodation: Lodge
Provided meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch

Walking time: 2 to 3 hs
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.

Accommodation: Lodge
Provided meals: Breakfast

Optional excursion recommended: Estancia Harberton with Penguin colony. (This excursion is not included in the program).
Day 15: Depart 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.

Accommodation: None
Provided meals: Breakfast

****END OF OUR SERVICES****
  • HOSTEL/FULL CAMP/LOW SEASON

    $ 3870

  • HOSTEL/FULL CAMP/HIGH SEASON

    $ 3999

  • INN B&B/FULL CAMP/LOW SEASON

    $ 4150

  • INN B&B/FULL CAMP/HIGH SEASON

    $ 4350

  • SOLO TRAVELER INN B&B/FULL CAMP/LOW SEASON

    $ 4900

  • SOLO TRAVELER INN B&B/FULL CAMP/HIGH SEASON

    $ 5200

Price per person, double basis/share hostel. Minimun 2 pax. Prices valid up to April 2021, subject to availability and changes without previous notice. Domestic flights suggested: Buenos Aires - Calafate + Ushuaia - Buenos Aires From u$s 495 per person, with all taxes and fees included. Fixed departure every SATURDAY from OCT o MAR Low Season departures Oct 3, Oct 10 and Oct 17th 2020. High Season from Oct 24th to Feb 27th 2021 included. Ask for special departure discounts even in h

We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made intinerary.

TESTIMONIALS

Judith Robitaille
Amazing 4 month trip to Argentina and Chile
We are a recently retired couple who just returned from a 4 month trip to Chile and Argentina. Sometimes we joined organized tours but we mostly did independent travelling. Eureka Travel offered us excellent advise with planning and kept us on budget. Everything ran seamlessly during these 120 days: the many flights, the transfers, the hotels and the excursions went off with absolutely no problems. Furthermore, they kept in touch with us at every leg of our journey. I truly believe that Analia\'s and Cecilia\'s personal touch made a very big difference to the success of our travel experience. I highly recommend them for any travel services to South America.

Judith traveled to Argentina & Chile in 2014
Sandy G. & family
We used Eureka travel to go to Easter Island and then to Chile over the holiday season to watch our son play soccer in an International tournament. Analia and her staff were absolutely unbelievable. We travel extensively and Eureka travel agency was perhaps the BEST we have ever experienced. Not only did she and her staff work hard to find us the best and cheapest flights (which they did), she helped find us reservations at a hotel that initially was booked. Given that we spent a lot of time at the soccer tournaments and we were unclear about our schedule, she was extremely flexible and never pressured us into planning side trips. In addition, we later learned that our college aged son was going to continue traveling on to Peru and she gladly found him flights and helped organize an itinerary. Our return flight was delayed and we knew we would miss our connection back to California. We quickly texted Analia to see if she could arrange for us to get on a new flight which she did on her own time, well after business hours. She continued to stay in touch to make sure we made our new flight and even to make sure we landed safely home! I would give Analia and her staff the absolute highest rating possible. They are attentive, extremely knowledgeable and completely honest. We plan on using their services again as soon as we plan another trip.

Sandy & her family traveled to Chile in Dec 2015
Lilian U.

Eureka Travel was a lifesaver!
From the moment I spoke to Analia on the phone, I knew that Eureka Travel would be a vital part of the planning process for our trip 14-day to Argentina. Analia and Cecilia made suggestions to ensure that we had an enjoyable and memorable vacation. They found great airfare rates and very comfortable accommodations, all within our budget. They also listened to what we wanted and never pushed anything that we did not want to do, creating a customized itinerary that included great activities as well as time to relax. Analia is originally from Argentina and has travelled throughout South America, visiting many of the places her clients want to visit. Cecilia has lived her life in Argentina and also loves to travel. Their personal experience complements their professional services and expertise. We had several transportation problems due to flight cancellations and delays beyond our control. Analia and Cecilia went ABOVE AND BEYOND our expectations and helped us through every road block we encountered. They rearranged our itinerary, found alternative modes of transportation and hotel accommodations, all within a short time after a phone call or email to them. They even provided us with a list of very helpful phrases when we unexpectedly found ourselves needing to take a taxi to the bus station and purchase tickets in a city where English is rarely spoken! I truly am thankful that Analia and Cecilia were so concerned for our well-being...just like your own sisters would be. Despite our travel issues, my husband and I had a WONDERFUL vacation. Every destination was worth the extra efforts to get there. Our vacation could have been a complete loss had it not been for Eureka Travel\'s individualized attention and support. They saved us a huge amount of time, absorbed a lot the stress and saved us a considerable amount of money. We have been recommending a visit to Argentina and using the travel experts at Eureka Travel to our friends. I can\'t recommend them any higher!

Lilian and her husband traveled to Argentina in NOV 2013
Patricia & Brian
We have never used a travel agency to book vacations in the past. After this trip, we will never book on our own again! Everything was wonderfully organized and planned out for us (including tours, transfers, flights), so we never had to worry about a thing. Analia and the travel company were fabulous in finding lovely accommodations for us that we would never have found on our own and absolutely went above and beyond in answering all our questions (we had a lot!) and provided us 24/7 support when our originating flight was delayed (they even made sure all our travel documents were forwarded on to our next destination and helped us with documentation for our travel insurance claim).

Hiking to the top of Huyana Pichu (suggested by Analia)...a once in a lifetime experience.
Navigating the back walking trails of Easter Island on our own...it reminded us that there are still some unspoiled places in the world (with no cell service!).

We would love to have been able to stay in Peru longer and visited some other areas, there is so much to do! We are definately planning another trip back in the future.
Would also book more flights on South and Central American airlines versus United or other US airlines. Flights on LAN and Taca were comfortable and had nice, friendly service...reminded us of what flying used to be like!

Patricia & Brian traveled to PERU & CHILE in SEPTEMBER 2012

SERVICE DETAILS

Price per person, shared basis in Hostel and camps or B&B INN. DEPARTURE EVERY SATURDAY from Oct to April. Low Season departures Oct 3, Oct 10 and Oct 17th 2020. Hight Season from Oct 24th to Feb 27th 2021 included. Ask for special departure discounts.

INCLUDED

  • 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.
  • Lodging: 8 nights at Hostel; 5 nights at Full Camp + 1 night at Estancia in shared rooms.
  • 14 breakfasts, 11 boxed lunches and 10 dinners as detailed

NOT INCLUDED

  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Medical & Life Insurance
  • Tips
  • Drinks and Beverages (all meals are offered without alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks)
  • Domestic & International flights or airport taxes
  • Optional Excursions
  • Port /airport tax in Ushuaia or Calafate
  • Services NOT shown or detailed in the program.

NOTES

1-PASSPORTS, VISAS & RECIPROCITY FEES
Passengers are responsible for having a valid passport (valid at least 6months after travel) and any visas required. For visa information/requirements, please visit http://www.voyage.gc.ca/countries_pays/menu-eng.asp (Canadian citizens) or http://travel.state.gov (US citizens).
Some other nationalities need VISAS to visit SOUTH AMERICA. Peru may require visa for some nationalities. Please check with your local consulate.
This information is subject to government changes without any notice. Please check each of your countries destinations base on your citizenship for your specific personal documents.

2-FLIGHTS
EUREKA TRAVEL RECOMMENDS CONFIRMING ALL YOUR FLIGHTS (domestic and international) 24 hours prior departure time. If possible make your web check in to confirm your seats numbers and confirm departure time. Eureka Travel is NOT responsible for any airlines re-schedule of flights.

3- GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT FEE/CONSULTATION FEE
The first quote for any detailed itinerary is done as a courtesy to our clients. However in order to keep working on your customized itinerary as well as to avoid non-serious and speculative inquires, Eureka travel will ask you for a GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT FEE of U$D 150 per person for 2 or more travelers or $200 per reservation if traveling solo. This GOOD FAITH DEPOSIT fee will apply as a credit toward your trip invoice if you book it with us within 45 days. If you choose not to book the trip or decide on a completely different itinerary, the fee will become non-refundable.

4-Prices LAND SERVICES & FLIGHT FARES:
Prices are per person based in a double room accommodation and are subject to change without any notice.
Please note that the ticket prices & taxes may change. The rate is not guaranteed until the actual time of ticketing of full payment.
Note that all Airfares payments are immediate, and completely separate from any deposits that apply to your land tour. Once ticketed, the Airline fare rules apply to any changes or cancellations.

5- TRAVEL INSURANCE
Eureka Travel strongly recommends travel insurance for your trips. You can quote it at
http://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/EURE7284CA If you decide NOT to purchase travel insurance EUREKA TRAVEL will required a TRAVEL INSURANCE WAIVER signed before we send all your travel documents and vouchers.

6- HOTELS
Please be advise that hotel category rating in South America frequently does not correspond to the star rating in the US especially when it comes to 3* & 4* hotels. Eureka Travel is not responsible for such discrepancy.

7- BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE -Domestic or international flights
**Baggage allowance and fees unknown**
Please check directly with your airline regarding your baggage allowance. International and domestic flights have different weight permitted. Some airlines charge for all the baggage checked. Eureka Travel is not responsible for this additional fees and are not included in your flight fares. **Please contact your carrier**

PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL STATE DEPARTMENT FOR MORE INFORMATION.
EUREKA TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY VISAS, ENTRANCE FEES OR ANY LEGAL DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED TO ENTER/VISITING ANY SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY