WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
Under the Stars of Patagonia
Day 1 | Welcome to Argentina
Your private guide will be at Ezeiza International Airport ready to give you a kind welcome to Buenos Aires, helping you to familiarize with Argentina and answering any question you might have about your trip plan.
After a private ride of one hour approximately, you will be arriving at the selected hotel.
Check in and have the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own.
Overnight: Park Hyatt Buenos Aires Hotel
Day 2 | El Chalten
Pick up at the hotel and private transfer to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate.
Upon arrival, reception at the airport and private transfer to El Chalten Camp.
El Chaltén is a tiny mountain village in the South Patagonian travel circuit of Argentina. It was founded in 1985 and quickly became a popular base camp for alpinists who tried to conquer the summit of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
There is no need to be a skilled hiker to enjoy Patagonia’s unmarred beauty: primeval forests packed with southern beech trees, snowmelt lagoons, rushing rivers, and jagged zeniths topped with outsized glaciers and floating condors.
From beginner to moderate, there are several scenic trails to enjoy the area and the UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park.
The lay-out of the camp has been carefully designed to maximize the privacy of guests. The white circles in the map represent a 25 and 50 meters’ radius.
This ensures that all the domes have privacy and can enjoy the views of the forest and the Fitz Roy. All the Domes are joined by natural trails.
Nearby the main dome, there is a fire pit, the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and stories under the clear southern sky. Meters away, conveniently located under the beech trees, two picnic tables await to offer great views and the ideal place to have lunch in a calm shiny day. There are also several hammocks around the camp to enjoy a nap, a book or just the landscape.
FULL BOARD RATES INCLUDES
- Breakfast: Orange juice, yogurt, toasts, puddings, fruits, cereals, scrambled eggs, milk, coffee, tea)
- Box lunch: Homemade alfajor, fruit, water, nuts, sandwich/rolls and candies)
- Dinner: Three courses with a soft drink included. Menu is proposed on traditional argentine recipes, adjusting to diet restrictions.
- Experiences around the Camp. One full day excursions or two half day. Activities are open to groups and organized according to weather conditions
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
- In/out transfers from El Calafate/Airport or El Chaltén town
- Alcoholic drinks
- Experiences around El Chaltén
- Note that because of the nature of the property we don’t have an on-site laundry
- Domes are constructed on pilots to minimize the ecosystem impact.
- We used recycled oils to replace paints in order to treat exterior woods.
- We installed a single bio-digester per dome, reaching great efficiency to treat sewage wastes.
- We installed ecofriendly toilets, using half of the water each time it flushes.
- We used eco-friendly lumber boards to construct the Domes: Eucalyptus and Kiri.
- The camp uses off-the-grid energy, mixing solar and self-generated energy to insurance always service.
Overnight: El Chalten Camp
Day 3 | Hiking to Laguna de los Tres
An array of trials and breathtaking panoramic views create a perfect day in National Park Los Glaciares.
An easy 30-minute walk from the camp takes us to the trailhead that begins at the end of Avenida San Martín.
During the first hour of trekking the path ascends steeply up to a natural viewpoint of the valley.
As the ñires become more numerous along the way, approximately an hour and a half later we reach a well-marked natural rocky viewpoint with a sign that allows you to interpret the whole unforgettable landscape.
The path follows toward Laguna Madre e Hija, to finally arrive to Poincenot Base Camp.
From here, and after crossing the Río Blanco and its homonymous campsite, the path ascends steeply for approximately 400 meters until arriving to Laguna de los Tres, which will require more than an hour of effort.
The trail finishes at the ridge of the old frontal moraine of Glaciar De Los Tres with an extraordinary view to the granite wall of Mount Fitz Roy and the surrounding peaks. Going down the moraine, and skirting the lagoon to its natural draining point, find a path heading towards another breathtaking viewpoint: the desolate Laguna Sucia and its hanging glaciers.
Self-guided or guided with extra cost
Duration: 9/10 hs | Level: Medium +
Round trip distance: 18 miles| Elevation: 2300 feet
Season: Oct to April.
Overnight: El Chalten Camp
Day 4 | Hike in the Morning, Bike in the Afternoon
The bending bed of the Río de las Vueltas is considered to be one of the best hiking spots of the surrounding area.
This is because the camp’s convenient location gives direct access to these trails where you’ll probably not come across any other people.
While walking, enjoy a wide range of panoramic views and learn all about the geography: how and when these magnificent structures were formed.
At midday, find a protected spot in the woods and enjoy lunch surrounded by pristine nature.
Fare: Included in full board rate
Activity duration: 3,5 hs.
Service: Open to group
Enjoy a bike afternoon experience!
This activity can be self-guided or professionally guided.
The bending trails that run by the river are easy to ride, offering a 5 km circuit with great views and unspoiled nature.
In addition, we have crafted the experience by using bamboo bikes, a great way to minimize environmental impact.
We have 5 bikes at the camp and more are available if requested in advance.
Fare: Included in full board rate.
Activity duration: 2,5 hs.
Level: Easy Service:
Open to group Season: October to April
Overnight: El Chalten Camp
Season: October to April
Day 5 | El Calafate
Pick up at the hotel and shuttle transfer to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate.
Upon arrival, a driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel.
Rest of day at leisure to enjoy this nice city, capital of the Patagonian Glaciers.
Overnight: Kosten Aike Hotel
Day 6 | Perito Moreno Glacier Minitrek
After breakfast, transfer to Puerto Banderas inside Los Glaciares National Park, where you will have one of the most amazing experiences in Argentina: Trek on the Perito Moreno Glacier.
The excursion begins in the embarking pier located in “Bajo de las Sombras” port, about 6 km before the glacier balconies – where you embark for a 20-minute navigation across the Brazo Rico, enjoying breathtaking views of the Perito Moreno glacier’s front wall.
You disembark on the opposite shore, where specialized bilingual mountain guides welcome you and lead you to a small shelter. After checking the last details, groups of not more than 20, follow their guides along the lake’s shore towards the edge of the glacier. Once on the ice the guides give each participant a pair of crampons, and explain how to use them.
The two-hour circuit that follows introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues. The ice surface over which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe.
You will receive explanations about flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region and also about the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier and eventually produces its rupture.
After the walk, a stroll through the forest brings you back to the shelter.
- Full day tour.
- Group excursion available from August to May.
- National Park entrance fee included.
- Difficulty: High
- Age range: 10 to 65 years old.
VERY IMPORTANT: Due to the level of effort and difficulty present in this activity, is not suitable for persons with the following conditions: Overweight. Pregnancy. Physical or mental disability that affects attention, march or coordination. Peripheral or Central Cardiovascular diseases, use of stent, by-pass, pace-maker or other prosthesis. Use of anticoagulants or varicose veins degree III (tick and multiples). Respiratory diseases (COPD, asthma, emphysema).
WHAT TO BRING: Comfortable and warm clothing. Raincoat jacket, waterproof long pants, waterproof hiking boots, sunglasses, backpack (40lts), sunglasses, sunscreen, gloves, hat.
FOOD: Water bottle and food for the day is NOT included. You can bring your own lunch box or we can add it in the excursion with an extra cost. Please advise us at the moment of booking.
Overnight: Kosten Aike Hotel
Day 7 | Crossing Paine
Early in the morning we will take a transfer to El Calafate to make the transfer and thus cross the border to arrive in the afternoon at Ecocamp located in Torres del Paine, where we will enjoy the next few days.
Get ready for Patagonia’s quick-changing temperatures and extreme weather!
Here in Torres del Paine, you can easily experience all four seasons in one day.
We tell our travelers to prepare for anything.
Fjords, rivers, mountains and more — Patagonia truly has some of the best landscapes on the planet.
Experience the wonder of Torres del Paine, by exploring its magnificent landscapes and geologic formations.
Through our active activities in the park, we encourage our travelers to immerse themselves in these outdoor settings and experience the park at its purest state.
A diverse range of native flora is abundant in Torres del Paine.
Through our programs, we showcase Patagonia’s unique plants and animals, while respecting them in their natural environment.
Plant life consists of beautiful species, like the lenga tree or calafate berry.
Home to a diverse array of wildlife, such as 26 species of mammals and over 100 species of birds.
In the park, it’s possible to spot all sorts of critters, including the elusive puma hiding in the grass or the mighty condor soaring up above.
Spacious, comfortable, and equipped with private bathrooms, the Domes are the best choice for trekkers wanting that bit more space and comfort at the end of a long day’s walk.
Each Dome has comfortable queen-size or twin beds, a propane heater and a private bathroom with a sophisticated composting toilet.
Electricity is very limited inside the domes, meaning hairdryers are not permitted, but laptops and cameras can be charged.
Overnight: EcoCamp Patagonia
Days 8 & 9 | Wildlife Exploration and Observation
We start off each day early, observing the sunrise from distinct locations while enjoying hot coffee and breakfast on the go.
Our puma/cougar tracking team, already hard at work, will be in radio contact to let us know how they’re doing.
Throughout the trip, they will be letting us know the location of the park’s most elusive animals including the Andean puma (mountain lion) so that we can head to the sites where they are as soon as they’re spotted.
For photography buffs, the wildlife and landscapes we’ll see over the next few days offer prime targets for taking pictures.
We will usually begin our wildlife exploration close to EcoCamp, in the park’s eastern sector, making the most of the beautiful morning light and animal activity.
We enjoy around six hours of wildlife observation, studying and taking pictures of the park’s native flora & fauna, before heading back to EcoCamp for lunch and relaxation time.
In the afternoons, after the peak sun hours with little animal movement, we head out again, this time to the park’s western sector where we enjoy all the beautiful landscapes and flora & fauna. We visit landmark places such as Grey Glacier and other striking natural monuments. Our guide takes us through the different habitats and ecosystems in the area, introducing us to the unique and colorful wildlife of Torres del Paine and teaching us the methodology for responsible wildlife observation. After enjoying the iconic Patagonian sunset over the Paine massif we return to EcoCamp for dinner and well-earned rest.
Overnight: EcoCamp Patagonia
Day 10 | Back to the City
At the indicated time we will take the transfer to the Punta Arenas Airport leaving nature behind and returning to the City
Arrival in Santiago de Chile and transfer to your selected hotel.
Overnight: Le Reve Boutique Hotel
Day 11 | Departure
At indicated time, pick up at your hotel and private transfer to Santiago International Airport to take you flight back.
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SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
- Domestic & international flights.
- Buenos Aires City Accommodation Tax: USD 1.50 per person, per night – to be paid at the hotel.
- Travel Insurance.
- Restaurant, guides or driver’s tips.
- Extras not mentioned in this itinerary.