Patagonia United 8 Day Premium Tour US$4,912

Highlights: 
  • EcoCamp Suite Domes in Torres del Paine NP
  • Highlights of Los Glaciares NP
  • Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Private transportation in Argentina
  • Quality Accommodation
  • Excellent Services
  • All Meals Included
  • Local Folklore Show

 

Brief Itinerary: 
Day 1, Travel from Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales or Calafate to Torres del Paine NP
Day 2, Tower Base Trek (sample activity)
Day 3, Navigation Glacier Grey (sample activity)
Day 4Travel to Los Glaciares NP
Day 5, Hike to Lago Torre
Day 6, Hike to Mount Fitz Roy
Day 7, Transfer to Calafate, Perito Moreno
Day 8, Depart Calafate
 
NB Excursions mentioned on days 2 and 3 could change depending on how your travel dates coincide with the weekly excursions menu organized by EcoCamp Patagonia. Excursions on days 5 and 6 could vary depending on group preference and guide criteria. Active and Easy excursions are available every day in Torres del Paine. 

 

Day 1, The Patagonian Adventure starts
Torres del Paine NP, Chile
 
The trip begins with you being picked up from your hotel in Punta Arenas or Punta Arenas airport in the morning and driven to EcoCamp Patagonia, located in the world-famous Torres del Paine National Park. Alternatively you can start your trip in Calafate (see our weekly transfer board for EcoCamp's pick up & drop off schedule). En route we make a couple of stops - First in Puerto Natales, a small, lively town on the shores of "Seno de Ultima Esperanza" and second at Cueva de Milodon, a massive prehistoric cave where the remains of a giant ground sloth were discovered in the 1890’s. The whole journey is very scenic, with plenty of wild birds and wonderful landscapes to be seen. 
 
The day ends with our arrival and overnight stay at EcoCamp Patagonia's Suite Domes, nestled in the heart of the park with a view of the Torres. During summer the sun sets around 11pm, so upon arrival there's plenty of light to admire the Patagonian steppe with its guanacos and snow-peaked mountain horizon.
  • Overnight EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Domes, Torres del Paine NP
 
Day 2, Trek Towers Base (sample activity)
Torres del Paine NP, Chile
 
We walk from Ecocamp towards Hostería Las Torres and join the uphill path to Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Dry mountain spots, beech forests and small rivers line the scenic walk towards the valley. Our big challenge comes as we climb the steep moraine, a mass of boulders leading us towards one of the world's most famous views overlooking the Towers. The famous Torres del Paine (2,900 m/ 9,400 ft) consist of three gigantic granite monoliths, the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice. After an uphill slog, the Towers eventually come into full view, rising majestically before us, with the glacial lake visible below. Is there any better place in the world to have lunch? After feasting on the view and our picnic, we backtrack along the same trail through Ascencio Valley and return to EcoCamp.
  • Overnight EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Domes, Torres del Paine NP
 
 
Day 3, Western Lakes and Grey Glacier* (sample activity)
Torres del Paine NP, Chile
 
We drive across the Park, admiring the view of Paine Grande and its snowy peaks, and Los Cuernos with their black, granite horn-like spires. Walking along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, we see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The walk continues over the gentle Nordenskjold trail until we reach its spectacular lookout point. Later, back at Lake Pehoe, we are driven south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. Here we enjoy a tasty box-lunch by the lake before embarking on a boat ride across the icy waters to the towering blue walls of Glacier Grey. After this incredible sight of the glacier up close, we drive back to EcoCamp.
 
*During Shoulder Season (October and April) the boat trip to Glacier Grey may be cancelled as the boat requires a minimum of 8 passengers to sail, which might not be reached in some cases. If this is the case we will plan an alternative excursion in the Park.
  • Overnight EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Domes, Torres del Paine NP
 
Day 4, Entering Argentinean Patagonia
Los Glaciares NP, Argentina
 
After enjoying breakfast we board the van and start driving to the Cerro Castillo international border crossing. Once we complete the immigration process we enter Argentina and continue to Calafate, a small town set on the edge of Los Glaciares NP, amid dramatic scenery and natural beauty. Our local coordinator will meet us at the restaurant where we’ll have lunch before heading to our next destination. When everyone is ready we board another van that’ll take us on a 3 hour drive to Chalten. The drive is on isolated roads across the pampas and along the northern end of Lago Viedma. Chalten is a tiny outpost beside the Glacier National Park at the foot of impressive Mount Fitz Roy. We arrive at our hotel in time to get some well-deserved rest.
  • Overnight Hotel Los Cerros 4*, El Chalten
 
Day 5, Laguna Torre
Los Glaciares NP, Argentina
 
Today we do a full day hike along Cerro Torre Trail to Laguna Torre, a stunning mountain lake with majestic Mount Torre in the background. After breakfast we walk eastwards following the trail through beech forests until we reach Fitz Roy River. We continue and reach Base Camp de Agostini from where we do a short hike to Laguna Torre, with Cerro Torre and the Adela range to the West. Icebergs can be seen peacefully floating on Laguna Torre as the wind pushes them to the coast. We stop at different points to take in the magnificent view and enjoy a picnic lunch. Later we return to Chalten following the same trail and we stay overnight in Hosteria Los Cerros.
  • Overnight Hotel Los Cerros 4*, El Chalten
 
Day 6, Mount Fitz Roy
Los Glaciares NP, Argentina
 
Today’s hike is along Rio Blanco. We drive to El Pilar, 11 miles north of El Chalten, and follow the Rio Blanco Trail to Piedras Blances Glacier, a hanging glacier descending from the base of Mount Fitz Roy. We picnic here, marveling at the glacier, and then continue up Rio Blanco Trail  to reach one of the best views of Mount Fitz Roy - the landmark in Los Glaciares NP. We descend via another path heading past Laguna Capri, ending back in El Chalten. We enjoy a delicious dinner and spend our final night at Hosteria Los Cerros.
  • Overnight Hotel Los Cerros 4*, El Chalten
 
Day 7, Glacier Perito Moreno
Los Glaciares NP, Argentina
 
After breakfast we gather our luggage and begin the drive back to Calafate, following the same road filled with Argentinean pampas. We arrive in Calafate around noon with enough time to check in at our hotel, leave our luggage and prepare for our excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier - one of the most famous landmarks in Patagonia. Unlike typical tours which go straight to the regular panoramic views, we go first to the glacier’s less-frequented north face to marvel at its splendor. We observe and hear giant chunks of ice plummet into the waters of Lake Argentino. Our guide will answer questions about the glacier and the park. We’ll then continue to the footbridges, enjoying the surroundings at our own leisure. We also have the opportunity to do a short nautical safari to observe this magnificent glacier from up close.
 
After the thrilling encounter with Perito Moreno we drive back to Calafate. This is our final night and we enjoy a tasty farewell dinner with an excellent local folklore show.
  • Overnight Hotel Kau Yatun 4*, El Calafate
     
Day 8, Adios Argentina!
Calafate, Argentina
Today we finish this memorable trip, Adios Patagonia! After having breakfast, a transfer will take us to the airport and we’re free to continue travelling on our own or to take another extension with Cascada.
 

If you are taking the optional extension to finish in Punta Arenas then an early transfer takes you to the Calafate bus terminal where you board the public bus going to Puerto Natales, arriving in this town around midday. A Cascada representative will wait for you and will take you to a nice restaurant in town. Then you board a bus going to Punta Arenas city where another Cascada representative will be waiting to take you to your hotel.


Accommodation

EcoCamp Patagonia (Nights 1-3)
Ecocamp Patagonia is located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, with a unique view of the majestic granite towers. The region’s first fully sustainable accommodation south of the Amazon and the first of its kind in the Patagonian wilderness, EcoCamp offers upscale camping in geodesic domes inspired by the region’s ancient nomadic inhabitants.

 

EcoCamp Patagonia Suite Dome(Heating & Private bathroom, 28m²/300ft²)
Suite domes were designed for sleeping in the highest level of comfort allowed by sustainable development in a natural untarnished environment. The domes have comfortable double or twin beds, a modern low-emission wood stove and a private bathroom with a state of the art composting toilet. Guests can gaze at the stars through the ceiling windows while falling asleep each night, after enjoying a spectacular sunset from their private terrace.

 

Los Cerros Hotel (Nights 4-6)
Located at the feet of the most imposing mountains of Patagonia, this hotel in El Chalten offers lodging, services and cuisine at international level.

Kau Yatun Hotel (Night 7)
Located in El Calafate, surrounded by aspens, pines and willows, the hotel preserves the hospitality of the region's first settlers and the style of the Austral south.

Included
  • Accommodation: 3 nights at EcoCamp’s Suite Domes, 3 nights at Hotel Los Cerros in standard room and 1 night at Hotel Kau Yatun in superior room.
  • All ground semi-private transport in Chile and private services in Argentina as indicated in the itinerary, always in comfortable minivans.
  • English speaking guide for all excursions. Guide ratio 1:12. Max group size: 16 people.
  • All national park fees and Cueva del Milodon ticket.
  • Boat crossing ticket over Grey Lake and/or Pehoe Lake.
  • Nautical Safari to Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • All meals starting from lunch on day 1 to breakfast on final day. Meals in Argentina do not include wine or other soft drinks.
 
Excluded
  • Flight tickets
  • Insurance (it is mandatory you purchase appropriate insurance for this trip)
  • Voluntary tipping of guides and staff
  • Soft drinks or snacks not served with meals at EcoCamp
  • Items of personal nature

 


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