Active Patagonia: Classic treks in Argentina and Chile
(based on two people sharing & excluding flights)
Overview & Highlights
Low-altitude trekking through Patagonia's glaciated landscapes in Torres del Paine National Park (Chile) and the Fitz Roy massif in Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina) to discover the pinnacles of the region's natural scenery.
Patagonia is a vast and scarcely-populated wilderness of outstanding natural beauty which straddles the Andean border of southern Chile and Argentina. On this holiday you will savour stretches of the 2 most famous hikes, the W Trek in Chile and the M Trek in Argentina. The hikes are quite challenging: walk for several hours over tricky terrain, sometimes steep. Good weather can’t be guaranteed in a region of fast-changing climatic conditions, but in the southern summer – November to March – you have a good chance of catching some clear, sunny days.
In the Patagonia region of both countries there’s a well-developed and expanding infrastructure to cater for the domestic and international demand for outdoor adventures, especially trekking. It is a primeval land of towering granite peaks, frontier-bending expanses of windswept pampa pitted with sparkling glacial lakes, and a huge domed sky which can be egg-shell blue calm or torn apart by angry clouds.
- Short 'W' Trek: 3 days of guided walking in Torres del Paine National Park
- The 'M' Trek: 2 days of guided walking and camping in the Fitz Roy mountains
- Boat trip on Lago del Desierto
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Arrive in Santiago. Transfer to your hotel in the Providencia district.
Fly to Punta Arenas, transfer to Eco Camp in Torres del Paine National Park.
Trek along the Valle del Francés – part of W Trek.
Hike towards the Grey Glacier – part of W Trek.
Hike to the foot of the towers, the “Torres” del Paine.
By public coach to El Calafate, Argentina.
Guided excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier and boat trip.
Transfer to El Chaltén in Fitz Roy mountains.
Start the M Trek; hiking in the Rio Blanco valley, camp overnight.
Trek to the Laguna Torre, overnight in El Chaltén.
Boat on Lago del Desierto with walking options near Vespigani Glacier. Return to El Calafate.
Fly to Buenos Aires, transfer to city-centre hotel.
At leisure in Buenos Aires.
Transfer to the airport for international flight home.
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Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.
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A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.
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Lina's passion for the continent where she was born really took off when she moved to Córdoba (Argentina) to study, spending the holidays travelling between Argentina and her native Colombia.
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Kathryn backpacked across Argentina, Chile, Bolivia and Peru before joining us. She has a degree in Philosophy and French and is a keen netball player.
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After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and History and having been fascinated by Latin America since childhood by the book featuring photos of Nazca, Juliet first visited the region in 2003. Since then, Juliet has visited the majority of countries in Latin America but has particularly extensive experience with Peru, a country she loves for many reasons but not least, its incredible archaeological richness and delicious food!
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