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THE MAGIC OF PATAGONIA

Travelling to the end of the world.

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. In this treeless world the views are always expansive in this land of unimaginable vastness.

Water is everywhere in Patagonia. Streams fall from the mountains into rivers and lakes. A boat trip takes us past icebergs the size of your house floating gently by as we cruise towards a vertical wall of ice. As we get closer the scale of the glacier becomes more apparent until we are so close you can break off some ice for your G&T. 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.

And the walking. 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. Keep looking at the constantly changing views. Human impact on these mountains is minimal, the odd estancia might catch your eye or perhaps a gaucho but this is nature at its wildest.

For more manmade pleasures we have time in Buenos Aires, including all the sights and a tango night.



WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding.



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    25 Jan 2017
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  • Itinerary & Map
    25 Jan 2017 - 09 Feb 2017

    Day 1 - In flight
    Depart London Heathrow for the overnight flight to Buenos Aires.

    Day 2 - Buenos Aires
    Morning arrival in Buenos Aires. Transfer to our hotel in the city where we spend one night. Afternoon sightseeing in Buenos Aires.

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

    Day 4 - El Chalten
    We will have three spectacular full day walks from the mountain village of Chalten with the chance - weather permitting - to see Fitzroy and Cerro Torre, two of the world’s most breathtaking rock peaks.

    Day 7 - El Calafate
    Returning south we drive back to El Calafate town where we stay two nights.

    Day 8 - El Calafate
    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.

    Day 9 - Torres del Paine
    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.

    Day 10 - Torres del Paine
    Three days walking in the spectacular scenery of the Torres del Paine National Park- an impressive mountain, forest, lake and glacial preserve. Some of the walks can be at the top end of the holiday grade – but the views should justify the effort!

    Day 13 - Buenos Aires
    We travel back across the Andes to El Calafate and fly to Buenos Aires where we stay for two nights.

    Day 14 - Buenos Aires
    We spend the day looking around this most Latin of cities and hopefully travel out to see some of the country outside the city.

    Day 15 - In flight
    Later in the day we return to the airport for our overnight flight back to London.

    Day 16 -
    Arrive back in the UK.


  • Accommodation
    Hosteria Tyndall

    The Hosteria Lago Tyndall sits near the Torres del Paine entrance, and offers fabulous views of the impressive country. There is an outdoor terrace specifically for this, where you can look over to Macizo Paine Hill.

    The restaurant serves international dishes as well as Chilean cuisine and in the mornings a buffet or continental breakfast will be waiting for you. You can also enjoy a drink in the evenings at the bar.

    Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas.

     

    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.

     

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and transfers.
    • B&B en-suite accommodation.
    • Services of a dedicated leader.
    • Dinners taken at the hotels or local restaurants, lunches on some days.
    • Local guides to enhance your experience.

  • 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, a great journey. 

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c30mins).
    • Flights Heathrow–Buenos Aires (c13hrs 30mins), British Airways.
    • Provisional times Outward depart/ return arrival 2210/0625
    • Internal flights Buenos Aires–El Calafate (c3hrs) and return, Lan Airlines or Aerolines Argentinas.
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class available at discounted rates. Supplements vary so please contact us for a quote.

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    Planning a holiday for a group? For a quote or to simply enquire about the possibility of booking this holiday for your Walking Group please fill out the enquiry form below and our dedicated Private Group Department will get in touch with you shortly to discuss your options.

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