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THE MAGIC OF PATAGONIA

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Walking in the awe-inspiring land of Patagonia, an area of uninterrupted lakes, dormant volcanoes and vast tracts of wilderness.
  • Product Code 46300
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays
  • Grade Grade 5
  • Holiday Duration 15 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - The Magic of Patagonia

Where the craggy peaks of the Patagonian Andes are too steep sided to hold snow, bare rocks pierce the sky. The famous Torres del Paine are perhaps the most well known example of this. Snowy mountains are common but here things are different. Gaze at rows of rocky peaks and suddenly notice an alpaca has strolled into view or an Andean condor draws your eye as it crosses the sun. These are not experiences to be had elsewhere. 

We begin our journey in Buenos Aires where we take in all the iconic sights and sounds including an unmissable tango night. Then on to El Chaten for some rewarding walking with views of Fitzroy and the surrounding peaks. One of our walks ends on the shores of Lago Torre, where there are great views of Cerro Torre and of the Grande Glacier. 

Water is everywhere in Patagonia. Streams fall from the mountains into rivers and lakes. A boat trip from El Calafate takes us past immense icebergs, floating gently by as we cruise alongside a vertical wall of ice. As we get closer the scale of the glacier becomes more apparent. The lucky few will be in for a treat when blocks of ice sometimes fall from the glacier face. But remember when you hear the noise, you have already missed the sight. 

From Torres del Paine the walking is superb, and in this treeless world the views are always expansive. We’ll explore valleys and hills always with the Andean peaks as a backdrop. Light and shadow change constantly as southern winds drive clouds across the sun; human impact on these mountains is minimal, the odd estancia (farm building) might catch your eye or perhaps a gaucho but this is nature at its wildest. 

We leave Torres del Paine and drive to Punta Arenas with time to look around before our flight to Santiago. We have a morning in Santiago. Our local guide will make sure we see all the highlights. Literary buffs might be attracted to sites associated with Pablo Neruda, Chile's Nobel prize winning poet.

 

Holiday Highlights

  • The view of Torres del Paine.
  • Mountain views, they get better as you walk closer.
  • Some of the few glaciers that still reach lakes, hopefully we will see them calving.
  • Guanacos, condors, rheas – spectacular wildlife.
  • Crossing over the Andean watershed.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Buenos Aires returning Santiago to Heathrow (British Airways)
      Internal flights (Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN Chile)
      Airport transfers
      B&B en suite accommodation
      Dinners taken at the hotels or local restaurants, lunches on some days
      Local guides to enhance your experience
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5

  1. Day 1

    Depart London Heathrow for the overnight flight to Buenos Aires.

  2. Day 2

    Morning arrival in Buenos Aires. Transfer to our hotel in the city where we spend two nights. Afternoon sightseeing in Buenos Aires.

  3. Day 3

    We spend the day looking around this most Latin of cities and hopefully travel out to see some of the country outside the city. We will enjoy a tango evening, a classic Buenos Aires tradition over our dinner this evening.

  4. Day 4

    We fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, and then travel by road (c. 3hrs) to El Chalten for four nights.

  5. Day 5

    Mount Fitzroy Base Camp. A linear walk rising through woodland onto open moorland with great views of Fitzroy and the surrounding peaks. Ascent/descent 300m; 15km (9 miles), 5½ hrs

  6. Day 6

    Cerro Torre. The walk follows the Fitz Roy valley as far as Lago Torre, crossing 4 moraines. After an initial ascent to a viewpoint and a short descent the path is relatively flat. The walk ends on the shores of Lago Torre, where there are great views of Cerro Torre and of the Grande Glacier. There may be icebergs in the lake. Ascent/descent 600m; 18km (11 miles), 5½ hrs.

  7. Day 7

    Pliegue Tumbado. This is an out and back walk. To reach the peak itself is at the very top of the grade involving an ascent over scree but weather permitting everybody can enjoy stunning views of the Fitzroy range and Lake Viedma. As we have a local guide and group leader some flexibility can be offered. Ascent/descent 500m -1100m; 20km (12.5 miles), 6 -6½ hrs.

  8. Day 8

    Returning south we drive back to El Calafate town where we stay two nights.

  9. Day 9

    We have a day trip by boat out to see the Perito Moreno Glacier and will hopefully see it calving into the lake. This would justify the holiday on its own.

  10. Day 10

    The drive from Calafate to Paine takes about 5 hrs. It is 2 hrs to Cancha Carrera, the Argentine border, across Patagonian steppe then another 15min to Cerro Castillo, the Chilean border. Border crossing shouldn’t be too time consuming but be prepared for a wait if there is a queue. From the border it is another 2½ hrs to Paine National Park with the alpine views improving all the way.

  11. Day 11

    Sendero Al Pingo, the Peninsula and Icebergs at Lago Grey, Torres del Paine. These are two walks that combine to offer great views, abundant birdlife, beautiful spring flowers and a close up experience with glaciers. Ascent/descent minimal; 15km (9 miles), 4 hrs

  12. Day 12

    Trekking to the Towers. This is the main highlight walk of the trip strenuous but well worth the effort. This is the only opportunity to see the three towers of the Torres del Paine and the Glacial Lake at close quarters. As we have a local guide and group leader some flexibility can be offered Ascent/descent 500m - 1100m; 20 km (12.5 miles) 6-8 hrs.

  13. Day 13

    French Valley. This provides a superb walk right in the heart of the mountains. It is a long day involving a return trip on a catamaran. Great views of the Cuernos del Paine, the Frances glacier and over the lakes to the south of the massif. Ascent/descent 360m; 18km (11 miles), 6 hrs

  14. Day 14

    We travel south to Punta Arenas on the shores of the Magellan Straits. Here we have lunch included and (depending on flight times) a chance to look around this distinctive town. We are out of the mountains here, the town is surrounded by flat barren plains and open water. Later we fly 3000km north to Santiago, as we arrive late dinner is not included in Santiago so you might like to purchase supplies to tide you over.

  15. Day 15

    We have a guided tour of Chile's capital city with our local guide before we return to the airport for our overnight flight back to London.

  16. Day 16

    Arrive back in the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Buenos Aires returning Santiago to Heathrow (British Airways)
  • Internal flights (Aerolineas Argentinas and LAN Chile)
  • Arrival transfer by road c.30mins
  • UK add-on flights and/or upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights Premium Economy, Business or First Class may be possible, please ask us for details and a competitive quote.

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Hotel Dazzler San Martin

In a modern tower in the neighbourhood of Retiro, the Hotel Dazzler San Martin is conveniently located a 4-minute walk away from General San Martín metro station and 2 km from Teatro Colón, the iconic opera house. Offering flat-screen TVs, the polished rooms have mini bars, air conditioning, heating, free Wi-Fi, safe and wood floors. Room service is available. A free breakfast buffet is provided. Other amenities include a sophisticated restaurant, a bar and a spa, which features an indoor heated pool, a gym, a sauna and massages.


Hotel Poincenot, El Chalten

Hotel Poincenot is positioned conveniently close to the starting point of the trails that lead into the mountains. It is within walking distance of the amenities of El Chalten itself, which has become known as the “Trekking Capital of Argentina”. Spacious rooms come with en-suite bathrooms, a safe, telephone and television and many have views onto the beautiful mountains. Free Wi-Fi is present but can be patchy. The hotel has a Bar and Coffee House that is open 24 hours a day, a lounge and common area where you can relax and a restaurant where you can enjoy a continental breakfast and dinners.


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