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Argentina & Chile -Full Patagonia Adventure - Trekking

FROM $3580
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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DESCRIPTION

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 - Laguna Capri
  • Day 3: Cerro Fitz Roy, Laguna de los Tres
  • Day 4: Cerro Torre
  • Day 5: Lagoon & Glacier Torre - El Chalten
  • 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: Glacier Grey Viewpoints
  • Day 12: Puerto Natales - Río Grande
  • Day 13: Río Grande - Tierra Mayor Valley
  • Day 14: Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego National Park- 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 Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Day 2: Bus to El Chaltén - Laguna Capri
After breakfast, you will take a bus for the 220km/136m long drive to El Chaltén, a small and picturesque village at the foot of Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre massif. You will make a stop half way to enjoy local pastries and hot coffee. Once in Chaltén, you will meet with fellow travelers coming from up north (Route 40) and start your trek. We recommend that you in your packs only the necessary items for this 3 nights and 4 days in which you will overnight in our Full Camps inside the National Park. You will 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. The hike to Laguna Capri will take no more than 2 1/2 hours, on a clear and easy trail. After arriving in your Laguna Capri Full Camp, you will leave your belongings in your tent and enjoy an afternoon walk to the sightseeing points around the lagoon. Full Camps are pitched up early in the season, so we find the camp ready upon arrival. It offers comfortable 3-person igloo type tents for each 2 passengers, with mattresses and sleeping bags. An inside cotton sheet is provided as inner clothing for the sleeping bag. The camp also features a spacious dining tent, a kitchen tent, tables, benches or chairs and a full set of table service and kitchenware.
Day 3: Cerro Fitz Roy, Laguna de los Tres
Early in the morning, before the first coffee, you can enjoy the morning light reflecting pink in Fitz Roy granite walls. After breakfast, carrying only day personal items such as your parka, gloves, camera, water bottle and box lunch, we hike along Fitz Roy trail up to Rio Blanco, a climbers base camp 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 striking blue color, lies at the foot of the mountain, offering full close up views of Fitz Roy massif spires and glaciers. Each wall rises from 600 to 1500 meters (1,968ft) above the surrounding glaciers. Fitz Roy, with its 3405 meters 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 Peru and K2 in the Karakoram). We hike back to Laguna Capri in the late afternoon. Walking time is 5 to 6 hours.
Day 4: Cerro Torre
Today we make it around Laguna Capri to get to the Lagoons Madre and Hija Valley and down to Fitz Roy river valley, where we meet Cerro Torre trail and we get to Cerro Torre Full Camp. The trail runs along beech forest, bogs and scrubland. From the camp, a short hike takes us to Laguna Torre, enclosed by moraines and with the 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 meters of Cerro Torre group and the Adela range in the background complete this spectacular view. Walking time 3 to 4 hours.
Lodging at Cerro Torre Full Camp in double or single tent (rural area) 
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.
Day 5: Lagoon & Glacier Torre - El Chalten
In the morning we visit Laguna Torre again to reach the old Maestri base camp, located in a high site up along the north moraine of the lagoon. For keen hikers, we offer an optional excursion, the so called Holiday on Ice: early start, crampons and harnesses, a Tyrolean (horizontal fixed rope attached to both sides of a river) to cross Fitz Roy river, and we visit Glacier Grande, where we will visit crevices, ice caves and we\'ll practice ice climbing with the proper advice of experienced mountain guides. 
Late in the afternoon we walk back to Chaltén along Fitz Roy river valley. Total estimated time of the standard day: 4 to 5 hours. If you go on the Holiday on Ice, it is 7 hours plus the trail back to Chalten which is 2 and a half hours more.

Day 6: El Chalten - El Calafate
The morning will be at your leisure to visit the picturesque village or to make optional excursions such as Lago del Desierto (in spite of its name, its a beautiful, beech forest surrounded lake, with hanging glaciers in its west side), or to learn very interesting information at the National Park Visitor Center. By 5 pm we take our bus to our next destination, El Calafate, gateway for the glaciers area of the Park. Arrival time is scheduled for 9 pm. driving distance: 220 km lodging in your selected hotel.
Day 7: El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier
Breakfast. We dedicate this day to one of the World. this ice field type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Ice field, 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 of 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. A beautiful, short trail, will lead us from the shores of the lake to the upper viewpoints. 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 this day a very special and unique experience. We will drive 80 km (1 and a half hours) to come back from the glacier across the steppe, watching a wide variety of birds along the way.
Day 8: El Calafate - Torres del Paine National Park
We will start early for a 6 hours drive to our camp in Paine. We drive across the steppe, still following some of 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, declared a 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. We enter the Park by Porteria Sarmiento. A rich wildlife: guanacos, lesser rheas, condors and all types of wetland and buzzard birds will be available for our eyes and cameras. We
Day 9: Paine Towers - Ascensio River Valley
We drive to get to Estancia Cerro Paine, head trail for the world famous Paine towers, then warm up hiking a steep one hour slope, to get inside the Ascensio river valley, 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 wishing 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 (glacier rubble) takes us to the Towers viewpoint: a glacier origin lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 meters from the glacier. If you aren’t left breathless by the climb, the sight will do it! We return to camp by the same route. Walking time: 7 to 8 hours. Lodging at Camping Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Day 10: Lake Pehoe Crossing - French Valley
Early in the morning a short drive takes us to Port Pudeto to board the catamaran that cross lake Pehoe twice a day. We carry only the necessary belongings to be 2 days and 1 night away from our Camping Pehoe Full Camp, where the rest of our luggage will stay. Once on the far side of the lake, we leave unnecessary items in our tents and we set out to the French Valley trail. The trail skirts Paine Grande south slopes and Lake Skottberg, to take us after 2 hours 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 meters southeast facing of Paine Grande (to the west) and the Horns, with its characteristic black sedimentary topping, to the east. Keen hikers can go on and reach the upper viewpoints of the valley, from where you see the whole group of spires that feature the high valley: Hoja (Blade), Mascara (Mask), Espada (Sword), Catedral (Cathedral), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark Fin) and the magnificent Fortaleza (The Fortress).Walking time for those who reach the upper viewpoints: 8 to 9 hours. For those reaching the lower viewpoints: 5 to 6 hours. We retrace our steps back to Refugio Pehoe Full Camp. Lodging at Refugio Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Day 11: Glacier Grey Viewpoints
Lake Grey trail leads from Pehoe Valley across ridges to reach Grey valley. This magnificent valley flows down about 60 km from the Patagonian Ice field, featuring the huge glacier calving down in the grey colored lake. Our trail skirts the lake, going up and down the westerns slopes of Paine Grande, offering some of the most impressive sights in the Park. From the high sections of the trail, many different viewpoints allow us to see the south end of the lake where the blue icebergs gather, the mountains rising far in the distance above glaciers Grey and Tyndall, and of course the lake and glacier Grey. The trail reaches a close up point to the front of the glacier. We come back along the same trail, crossing bogs, scrublands, and forest. In the evening we take the boat to cross Lake Pehoe back and then we go to our accommodation in Puerto Natales, a picturesque fishermen town located in the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fiord. Time to walk 8 hours. To the half way viewpoints, round way from our camp, 4 to 5 hours. Lodging in a selected accommodation.
Day 12: Puerto Natales - Río Grande
Long drive today, though quite worthwhile. We continue south to reach the legendary Magellan Strait, and on 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 for all vessels until the Panama Canal was opened at the beginning of the 20th century. You will find yourselves wondering how those brave men dared to sail those waters in such fragile crafts. Once in Tierra del Fuego (literally, Land of Fire, due to the fires seen by the first white sailors at the coast, (ignited by the local Indians for cooking and heating) we re-enter Argentina through Paso San Sebastian. A couple more of hours to reach Estancia Las Hijas, where our Full Camp will be waiting for us, as well as a lamb cooked in the classical Patagonian barbecue style. A dining saloon, toilettes and showers are available tonight. Lodging at Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Day 13: Río Grande - Tierra Mayor Valley
In the morning we learn about the ranch activities and how dogs deal with the sheep. By mid morning we continue south to Solar del Bosque, a small and cozy mountain refuge located in the Tierra Mayor valley, where we
Day 14: Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego National Park- Beagle Channel Boat Trip
We leave behind the valley and a half an hour drive leads us to Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the World. We leave our luggage in our hostel or hotel (we will not check in, as it is still early in the morning) and continue to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This National Park is in the south west corner of the Argentinean side of the Island, thus on the border with Chile. The main attraction of the Park and the whole Island are the mountains coming down to the sea. We make a short hike in this area. In the afternoon, a boat trip in the Beagle channel allows us to see the different species of sea birds and mammals that live in this corner of Earth. Lodging in selected accommodation.
Day 15: Depart Ushuaia - Ushuaia Airport
Morning is at your leisure to visit the town, which is located in the north coast of the Beagle channel. The town features interesting museums and typical architecture. In the afternoon we are transferred to Ushuaia airport to take our flight to Buenos Aires.
  • HOSTEL SHARED ROOMS / FULL CAMP

    $ 3580

Price per person, double basis. Minimun 2 pax. Prices valid up to April 2018, 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.

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

TESTIMONIALS

Marie F. Traveled to Peru in November 2016
We stumbled upon Eureka doing a google search, and so glad we did! I'm normally a DIY traveler, but with the complexity of logistics for a trip to Peru/Machu Picchu, we didn't want to have to worry about our itinerary. The Eureka team was very helpful in putting together a thorough itinerary, and everything on our trip was perfect.
Carol L and family.
We asked Eureka Travel to help us plan a trip to Chile for our daughter. We adopted her at 4 months and thought she would enjoy getting in touch with her culture. The trip was everything we wanted. We loved the activities and the people of Chile.

Travel to Chile -Dec 2016
Paul & Renee
Analia and Eureka Travel were excellent! Analia had great ideas and was extremely responsive in helping us plan the trip. She returned emails and phone calls quickly and was on target with her ideas. We had almost zero problems on the trip with all transitions occurring very smoothly. Once or twice when we had a concern, we called and she helped solve the problem.

Analia recommended the homestay in Lago de Titicaca and that was memorable. A real high point!

I would have loved to have added a few days, if only we had the time. It would have been great to trek into Canyon de Colca but we didn't have time.
I also would have loved to have seen Valparaiso and more of Chiloe… maybe next time.

Paul & Renee from NYC traveled to Peru, Amazon area, Cuzco, Titicaca, Arequipa & Colca, and in Chile to Puerto Varas & Chiloe, Atacama desert and Santiago.
Daniel Gup
We had excellent travel advice in a timely manner. Analia from the travel company was very helpful and on top of the details of our trip which involved several flights, car rentals, hotels etc.

Patagonia was amazing. Salta and the northwest was also wonderful. We also really enjoyed Cordoba especially since our daughter had studied there.

Dan & his family traveled to ARGENTINA in August 2012

SERVICE DETAILS

Price per person, shared basis in Hostel and camps. Upgrade to Inn Option (with private room & bathroom) available upon request. Extra cost will apply. Season from October to April. Prices valid up to April 2018. Minimun 2 pax. Single supplement on request.

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
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4-Prices LAND SERVICES & FLIGHT FARES:
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6- HOTELS
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