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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Chile / Torres del Paine National Park
Torres del Paine refugios
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Argentina / El Chalten and the Fitz Roy Massif
Argentina / Buenos Aires
What our clients say
Sunrise over the Galapagos from top deck on my first morning on the boat, utterly stunning!MG, Leyland
Everything was memorable, a part of the world we've wanted to travel to for a long time. Views of Torres del Paine from the flight between Santiago and Punta Arenas were unexpectedly fantastic as the weather was so good and the tour leader had managed to get us all seats of the right side of the plane so we could enjoy them. Simply travelling over these vast expanses of land was amazing.DD, St Albans
The Iguacu Falls were spectacular and most likely the most impressive Falls I will ever see. We were absolutely spellbound by the magnitude, scale and layout. Obviously, Machu Picchu takes your breath away. Nature and man-made wonders at their best!PK, Ashton-Under-Lyne
The trip surpassed our expectations and I have already recommended Journey Latin America to friends and even to people I talked to on a bus in Machu Picchu, one of whom was from the U.S.A.
Our most memorable moments were the views in Rio, the Iguassu Falls, the initial impressions of La Paz, Copacabana and Puno (especially the hotel in Puno with its views of the Lake), the Andean Explorer and Sacred Valley train journeys and the magnificence of the Andes and Macchu Picchu.MH, Sherborne
Every day was a pleasure. Scenery wonderful. Machu Picchu was jaw dropping.IT, Sutton Coldfield
Several stand out moments; sierra maestra; tobacco farm walk; cocoa farm visit; catamaran trip; sancti spiritu walk round; evening meals outside for two weeks; eco farm visit in vinales; visiting the school in santa domingo was interesting as was the brief stop at el cobre between santiago and bayamo.RE, St. Albans
Excellent tour which is a great way to see a lot of different parts of cuba in a short time.
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