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End of the Earth Patagonia Adventure – 14 days, 13 nights

Experience one of the world’s most pristine wilderness setting in Argentina & Chile's Patagonia region
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration
Duration
14 days, 13 nights
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
16
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
12 years
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
High
Meals
Meals
Partially included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Buenos Aires

What's Included

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
  • 14-day tour to the "End of the Earth" in the Patagonia region of Argentine & Chile
  • 11 nights twin-share tourist-class accommodations, in venues that have local character
  • 2 nights camping with shared facilities, immersed in the Torres del Paine National Park (all equipment included)
  • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, & 2 dinners
  • A mix of transport throughout the tour, including public bus, private van, boat, & hiking
  • Internal flights from Buenos Aires to Calafate & Ushuaia to Buenos Aires
  • A full-day El Chaltén and Los Glaciares National Park hike
  • Perito Moreno Glacier guided tour
  • Torres del Paine National Park excursion including hikes with expert mountain guides
  • Services of a locally-based CEO Chief Experience Officers to guide you through this exciting adventure
  • Departs from the meeting point at Regente Palace Hotel, Suipacha 964, C1008 CABA, Buenos Aires, Argentina (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location)

What's Excluded

  • Some meals – allow USD465-605 for meals not included
  • Optional activities
  • Equipment available for rent
    • Walking poles (3000 CLP per day)
    • Windproof rain jacket (4000 CLP per day)
    • Windproof rain pants (2000 CLP per day)

What to Expect

Perfect for outdoorenthusiasts who want to experience one of the world's most pristine wilderness settings, this challenging two-week adventure packages the region's essential highlights into one incredible journey. Visit both Argentina and Chile, heading to the southernmost point on the South American continent, nicknamed The End of the Earth. 

 

With years of local experience, the operator employs the region's best guides to reveal the extraordinary, bringing you to campsites that provide stunning views of Patagonia. Prepare to be awed.

 

Itinerary

 

Trek in Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine National Parks, marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier, visit the "End of the Earth" in Ushuaia and savour the scenery in Patagonia and sophistication in Buenos Aires.

 

Day 1 – Buenos Aires

 

Arrive in the Argentine capital at any point today. As there are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, check into the hotel and enjoy the city. With any extra time, why not choose to visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo or catch a tango show.

 

In the evening you'll have the opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour.

 

Day 2 – Buenos Aires to El Chaltén

 

Board a plane for the flight to El Calafate before transferring overland by public bus to El Chaltén and Los Glaciares National Park. This mountain village is located in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina and is known as the National Capital of Trekking. En route, marvel at the towering Andean mountains. Then, enjoy some free time in the town or head out to warm up for the upcoming hike with short treks to nearby lookouts.

 

Day 3 – El Chaltén

 

Enjoy a full day of hiking in Los Glaciares National Park. See granite pinnacles spiralling upward from the third largest ice field on earth. Then, hike to Laguna de Los Tres to fully appreciate majestic Cerro Fitz Roy/Chaltén (3,441m/11,290 ft) – one of the mountain's most famous and popular viewpoints.

 

Day 4 – El Chaltén to El Calafate

 

This morning you'll have some free time to spend how you like before climbing on board a local bus to the quaint little town of El Calafate, near the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. 

 

Day 5 –  El Calafate

 

Get out there and explore the natural wonder that is the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world's few "advancing" glaciers. Head to the southern end of Los Glaciares National Park, where Moreno's 60m (197 ft) wall of ice sporadically chokes off the narrow "Canal de los Tempanos" (Iceberg Channel), creating a natural ice dam, which eventually explodes in a dynamic display of force.

 

You can also choose to add on the optional Perito Moreno Glacier Boat Tour. Embark in the floating dock in the south arm of Argentino Lake, and navigate along the Iceberg Channel towards the front wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier, where most of the ice calving takes place. This boat trip, which lasts approximately one hour, is one of the most popular excursions and is not to be missed.

 

Day 6 – El Calafate to Puerto Natales

 

Today, continue the journey south along an unpaved road to the border, crossing into Chile and getting another exciting stamp on your passport. You'll travel by bus into Puerto Natales to prepare for the upcoming days of included hikes with expert mountain guides.

 

Spend a relaxing evening in scenic Puerto Natales. Explore the town, eat a hearty meal for energy, and rest well for the hike ahead. Do any last-minute shopping here and rent all equipment required.

 

Day 7 – Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine

 

Start exploring Torres del Paine by trekking to the base of Las Torres to see the dramatic three towers and turquoise lagoon below. Cross the pampa Patagonia first on asphalt roads to Cerro Castillo, stopping for a quick break. Continue by dirt road with some photo stops – views here are beautiful! Start checking for wildlife – lots of guanacos and (likely) condors, geese, and other birds as well. Finally, you'll enter the national park and continue for another 30 mins to the start point of the trek.

 

Head with the group to the base of Las Torres campsite – a local guide will lead the way, and your CEO will act as sweep, keeping everyone together. Hike about 4-5 hrs in and 4-5 hrs back – it's oh-so-worth-it! Transfer to the campsite at the end of the day for some spectacular food and time to reflect on the day.

 

Day 8 – Torres del Paine 

 

Enjoy another full day of spectacular scenery and physical exertion. Cross Lake Pehoe by ferry and trek to the French Valley; from the lookout point, see the mountain range spread across the National Park. Take in the dramatic, contrasting greens and greys on the landscape.

 

Day 9 – Torres del Paine to Puerto Natales

 

Savour the last day in Torres del Paine National Park and hike to Grey Lake and the lookout point for Grey Glacier. Gaze off into the distance admiring the scale of this immense glacier.

 

In the afternoon, return to Puerto Natales.

 

Day 10 – Puerto Natales to Ushuaia

 

Today it's a big travel day as you make the journey south to Ushuaia, also known as 'The End of the Earth'.

 

You'll start with a local bus journey to the Magellan Strait before hopping on a ferry for 20-30 mins; re-board the bus on arrival to Tierra del Fuego. Stock up on snacks and settle in – it's a long journey. After a couple of hours, you'll cross the border, change to a van, and continue to Ushuaia.

 

Day 11 – Ushuaia

 

After a big day yesterday, there are no planned activities today, but plenty of optional ones you can join in. For example, you could visit The Maritime Museum and Prison at the End of the World Museum. Learn about two different histories of seafarers and prisoners who both arrived at "the end of the earth." 

 

Alternatively, you could take a Beagle Channel Cruise to Isla Martillo. Leave the local port and head to the famous Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. See rock cormorants and sea lions sharing a cliff-side resting spot. Next, visit Bird Island to see king and imperial cormorants and stop at Isla de Los Lobos to spot plenty of seals. Finally, reach Isla Martillo to spot Magellanic Penguins before returning to Ushuaia.

 

Other options include horseback riding or taking a scenic helicopter flight, admiring the landscape's natural beauty and gazing out at the towering mountains.

 

Day 12 – Ushuaia

 

Spend another day at your leisure. Join an activity you didn't get a chance to try yesterday, or if you've not had your fill of scenic beauty, why not visit the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Explore this stunning coastal national park extending 630 square kilometres. Visit scenic lookouts in the southern portion of the park, then pass Valle Rio Pipo on the way to Austral Fueguino train station. Opt to take the End of the World train (not included in price) before visiting Lago Roca and Bahía Lapataia. Keep an eye out for a variety of birdlife and spectacular colours in the fall.

 

Day 13 – Ushuaia to Buenos Aires

 

It's time again to take to the skies for the flight back to Buenos Aires and the last night of your adventure. Once you arrive, you'll have some free time to explore the city or participate in some optional activities. For example, the Teatro Colón Tour will let you explore the stunning opera house on a guided tour and find out why it is voted one of the best acoustic venues in the world. Meanwhile, the Buenos Aires Guided City Tour will introduce you to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo, where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. Also, see La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

 

Visit La Boca to soak in the vibrancy of the barrio's brightly coloured buildings and El Caminito (a cobblestone street lined with artist studios that are often used as an impromptu setting for tango performances). Or, if you're lucky, catch a match at fabled La Bombonera, the home stadium of the Boca Juniors' fútbol club (the crowd's excitement is electric!). The final option is a Buenos Aires Tango Experience. Let professional dancers enchant you with this passionate dance. Once banned for its sensuality, tango is now an icon of Buenos Aires and a must-see when visiting this vibrant city. Enjoy a delicious multi-course meal paired with Argentine wine while taking it all in.

 

Day 14 – Buenos Aires

 

You're welcome to depart at any time today. 

 

Where we Visit:

  • Buenos Aires
  • El Chaltén
  • Los Glaciares National Park
  • Laguna de los Tres 
  • Fitz Roy Peak
  • El Calafate
  • Perito Moreno Glacier 
  • Puerto Natales
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Ushuaia "The End of the Earth"

Frequently Asked Questions

Available for Rent:

  • Walking poles (3000 CLP per day)
  • Windproof rain jacket (4000 CLP per day)
  • Windproof rain pants (2000 CLP per day)

Cold Weather:

  • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater
  • Scarf
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm hat
  • Warm layers

Documents:

  • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border)
  • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies)
  • Passport (required) (With photocopies)
  • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies)
  • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required)

Essentials:

  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries)
  • Cash, credit and debit cards
  • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights)
  • Ear plugs
  • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)
  • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal)
  • Fleece top/sweater
  • Footwear
  • Hat
  • Locks for bags
  • Long pants/jeans
  • Moneybelt
  • Outlet adapter
  • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.)
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Shirts/t-shirts
  • Sleepwear
  • Small travel towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable)
  • Watch and alarm clock
  • Waterproof backpack cover
  • Windproof rain jacket

Health & Safety:

  • Face masks (required)
  • Hand sanitizer (required)
  • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.)
  • Rubber gloves

Patagonia Trekking:

  • Day pack (30 litres is a good size)
  • Pack liners to waterproof bags
  • Sleeping bag liner/sleep sheet (sleeping bag and sleeping mat are provided on the trip)
  • Windproof rain gear

Trekking:

  • Gloves
  • Hat
  • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
  • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended)
  • Snacks (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies, energy sweets.)
  • Socks (Trekking socks (woollen or synthetic, not cotton).)
  • Thermal base layer (Woollen or synthetic, not cotton.)
  • Walking poles (Highly recommended.)

Warm Weather:

  • Sandals/flip-flops
  • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended)
  • Sun hat/bandana
  • Swimwear

Note: All other camping equipment for the Torres del Paine trek is provided and included in the cost of your trip. You will be required to carry only what you need for the day in your day pack. Any luggage not required for the hike will be left at the hotel in Puerto Natales.

Note: The best clothing for trekking is either wool or synthetic materials in layers, as this is quick-drying and can keep heat in better. We suggest a base-layer, then a mid-layer such as a light fleece jacket or similar, then a windproof and waterproof layer.

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It is customary in Latin America to tip service providers such as waiters, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is an expected - though not compulsory - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are several times during the trip where there is an opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $5-10 USD per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture.

 

Also at the end of each trip, if you felt your CEO did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $20-25 USD per person, per week can be used.

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Terms & Conditions:

  • The minimum age is 12 years, & an adult over the age of 18 years must accompany each child under the age of 18 years
  • While it is The Operator's intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary, and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations
  • Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate in this trip. You will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance has been sighted by your CEO, who will take note of your insurance details
  • All guests must complete & sign a waiver of liability
  • Aerolineas Argentinas allows 1 piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kg on internal flights. If your luggage is overweight, the airline charges 650 ARS at check-in (approx. 35 USD).

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel your booking by notifying the Tour Operator. Cancellation fees, if any, will be determined with reference to the date on which notice of cancellation is received by the Tour Operator and are expressed as a percentage of the total price paid for the cancelled Tour, product or service (excluding any insurance products).
Cancellation of a Tour:

  • Cancellation received 60 days or more before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled product will be refunded
  • Cancellation received 30-59 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, an amount equal to 50% of the remainder of the payments made to the Tour Operator in respect of the cancelled Tour will be refunded
  • Cancellation less than 30 days before departure of first product or service in relevant booking: Lifetime Deposit will be held by the Tour Operator in accordance with these Terms, and no further refund will be payable

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