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THE MAGIC OF PATAGONIA

Travelling through Chile and Argentina 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 (farm building) might catch your eye or perhaps a gaucho but this is nature at its wildest.

During our stay in Buenos Aires we take in all the iconic sights and sounds including an unmissable tango night. 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 allowing for a brief taste of a second iconic capital city. Our local guide will make sure we see the highlights. Literary buffs might be attracted to sites associated with Pablo Neruda, Chile's Nobel prize winning poet.




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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    The Magic of Patagonia (Grade 5)
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    24 Jan 2018
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    15

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    London (Heathrow)
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    The Magic of Patagonia (Grade 5)
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    07 Nov 2018
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    15
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  • Accommodation

    Comfortable tourist class hotels/lodges throughout.

    Sole Occupancy Supplement £699

    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 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.

  • 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.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • 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
    • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights; Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote

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