The natural splendor of Patagonia will enchant you on this active exploration of the glaciers, mountaintops, rivers, and lakes at the southern edge of the South American continent. Strap the crampons onto your feet and hike along the surface of an enormous glacier, exploring the nooks and crannies carved into the ice over time. Trek across the undulating landscape of high altitude plains looming beneath the shadow of snowcapped Mount Fitz Roy. Kayak alongside enchanting blue icebergs in Grey Lake....
Punta Arenas – Building Excitement
The sunlight shimmers across the waters of the Strait of Magellan. Corrugated homes are painted vivacious colors and overlook the shoreline. Punta Arenas is situated at the southern end of Chile. The city has a relaxed ambiance filled with people eager to show their hospitality, shaped by the stunningly rugged landscape encompassing the city’s edges. Fishing boats wade through the cobalt hues of the strait. The central square of Plaza Munoz Gamero highlights the city’s opulent past.
Together with her husband and brother, Sara Braun amassed nearly 2.5 million acres of land around Magallanes. The Sara Braun house was erected in the 19th century. The house continues to showcase the radiant décor of the family’s lavish lifestyle. The European detail of the dining room has a chandelier dangling from the ceiling over an elegant table that seats 20 people. The large window adorning the wall opens to the city. The pleasures of historic high society are only the beginning of Patagonia’s wonders.
Puerto Natales – The Adventure Begins on Madgalena Island
Torres del Paine – The First Length of Torres del Paine
Torres del Paine – Continuing Natural Splendor
Torres del Paine – Thrills of the Valley
Torres del Paine – Seeing Grey
Torres del Paine – A Unique Point of View
El Calafate – Into Argentina
El Calafate – Noticing the Ice Wall
El Chalten – Adventure at the Village Doorstep
El Chalten – Waterways of the National Park
El Chalten – The Breeze on the Bicycle
El Chalten – Discovering a New Trail
El Calafate – A Time for Rest and Relaxation
- Trek along the incredible surface of Grey Glacier to explore the ice caves, gullies, and vibrant hues of natural wonder
- Visit the fascinating Magellanic penguin colony on Magdalena Island for an up close view of majestic wildlife
- Traverse the stunning and challenging pathways across the “W” trek in Torres del Paine National Park leading from Chile to Argentina
- Kayak around sensational blue icebergs on Grey Lake
- Hike along the base of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre for unparalleled views of the dramatic peaks
- Witness the splendor of Perito Moreno Glacier and its magnificent ice wall rising out of the channel
- Venture to numerous reflective lakes and exquisite waterfalls in Los Glaciares National Park
- Enjoy a scenic bike ride beginning at the edges of Huemul Glacier and taking you back to the town of El Calafate
Patagonia is an endless display of nature’s majesty and power. Your 14-day glacier ice walk tour of the countryside is filled with indelible adventure. Glaciers wrap around the rolling mountaintops. Glacial lakes shimmer with opulent colors. Condors glide in the air over marvelous waterfalls and river torrents. The grandeur of the landscape is unparalleled, certain to captivate you from the moment you arrive in Punta Arenas. Your guide meets you at Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport and escorts you to your comfortable accommodation in the heart of town. Your second day in Patagonia takes you sailing on the Strait of Magellan en route to Magdalena Island. Tour along the scenic shores to visit one of the largest penguin colonies in South America.
The following day, you begin your multi-day hike on the “W” trail. Your guide meets you at the hotel and leads you into Torres del Pain National Park. The mammoth granite peaks of Torres del Paine are ever-present along the trail. Venture deeper into the national park along the shores of Lake Nordenskjold and at the base of Los Cuernos peak. You continue along the “W” pathway, ascending the French Valley for a view of the stunning scenery underneath the Paine Massif, including the hanging French Glacier. Observe Grey Lake and kayak amongst the staggering icebergs that have calved from Grey Glacier.
Discover the crevasses, pools of glacial melt-water, and hidden tunnels underneath the surface of Grey Glacier. The next day, you cross over into Argentina and settle into the town of El Calafate. Then, trek into Los Glaciares National Park for a panoramic view of Perito Moreno Glacier. You travel to the village of El Chalten on the northern border of Los Glaciares National Park. An easy hike to Mirador Laguna Torre offers your first view of the peaks of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. Wake up and follow your guide on an incredible hike to Laguna de los Tres, which provides a panorama of the glacial lake in the foreground, and the massive peak of Mount Fitz Roy in the background.
The next morning takes you along the River de las Vueltas basin to Laguna del Desierto. The stunning water sits at the edge of Huemul Glacier. You return to El Chalten on a scenic bike ride. You follow the Loma del Pliegue Trail. Enjoy the beech forest and views of Torre Glacier. You return to El Calafate for the evening. On your final day in Patagonia, your private transfer meets you at your hotel in El Calafate. You make your way to the airport for your flight home.
$3,495 per person (excluding international flights)
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