Santiago, Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine National Park, El Calafate, Buenos Aires, El Chalten
Dates are customizable for private departures.
Jagged mountain peaks, icy blue lakes, and captivating glaciers embody the natural splendor of the landscape of this 14-day Patagonia tour. Traverse rivers of ice, explore untouched fjords, and discover active wildlife. From impeccable views of Paine Massif to flamingos that bask in Lake Argentino and from kayaking on Grey Lake to hiking branches of the famous W Trail, this tour will provide you with an action-packed adventure of Patagonia.
Santiago – Day at Your Leisure
The capital of Chile represents the cultural heart of the country with an endless array of galleries, museums, cafes, and shopping districts. Your flight will arrive at Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport, where your private transfer will greet you at customs and escort you to your opulent accommodation. To begin your adventure, you can ascend to the top of Cerro San Cristobal, which is a hill that rises over 2,788 feet above sea level. You can take the funicular to the summit or enjoy a hike to Bellavista Park.
Punta Arenas – Settle into the Scenery
After breakfast this morning, your private driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas. The colorful city will act as your gateway to the stunning wilderness of Patagonia. Punta Arenas blends the untamed beauty of the Patagonian Steppe with the grandeur of 19th-century architecture. The Casa Braun-Menendez symbolizes the former esteem that was gained from the wool industry. You will visit the Museo Naval y Maritimo for insight into the seafaring history of the region.
Torres del Paine – Wildlife Cruise to Magdalena Island
In the morning, you will board a boat and head through the Strait of Magellan. Magdalena Island is uninhabited by people and home to one of the largest penguin colonies in the country. As you approach the shoreline, you will hear the penguins as they call one another. Your specialist guide will provide you with deeper insight into the biology and history of the penguins in the area before you venture to the distinctive lighthouse that towers above the shoreline. The lighthouse is the only structure on the island and provides a fantastic view of the Magellan Strait.
Torres del Paine – Trekking in Torres del Paine
You will venture into the wilderness of Torres del Paine National Park in the morning. When you are ready, you will follow your guide to the lookout of Los Cuernos. The stunning trail will take you approximately 10 miles. Your guide will highlight the natural beauty of the region throughout your hike. As the day shifts, the colors of the sunlight will glint against the mountain, causing the colors cast across the granite walls of the mountain to change.
Torres del Paine – Hiking the W Trail to the French Valley
After breakfast, you will set out with your guide to experience the majestic setting of the French Valley branch of the W Trail. As you traverse the trail, you can hear the cracking and thunderous echoes of ice as it breaks away from the French glacier. You will venture deeper into the valley and to find the surrounding mountain peaks. You can unwind at the center of the valley and enjoy the majestic views of the tranquil and remote destination before following the trail back to your lodge.
Torres del Paine – Hiking and Kayaking at Grey Lake
After an early breakfast, you will follow the trail to the shores of Grey Lake and the towering ice wall of Grey Glacier. The rewarding view of Grey Glacier and the lake will highlight the stunning size of the ice field that spans over 104 square miles. Upon arriving at the lakeshore, you will step into a kayak and cross the water of bobbing icebergs and shaved pieces of glacier. When kayaking across the lake, your guide will reach out to a passing collection of ice and hand it to you so that you can sample the ancient freshwater.
Torres del Paine – Scenic Cruise and Glacier Hike
After breakfast, you will board a boat, cross Grey Lake, and travel deeper into the valley that hosts the shimmering cold waters and a mass of ice. You will follow your specialist guide to the rocky ridge of Nunatak Island. Your guide will lead you safely onto the slick surface of Grey Glacier for a unique glacier walk. The lake was created by the glacial melt that dripped and flooded over millennia. From the sapphire channels that snake across the crust to the ice caves that glisten with blue and white ice, your guide will illuminate a majestic world that was forged by the surprising fluidity of the ice.
El Calafate – Beautiful Drive to El Calafate
Your adventure in Chile and Torres del Paine National Park will come to an end but will open the door to the thrills of Patagonia. Your private transfer will lead you on a scenic drive along the roads that wind through the wild region. You will have marvelous views of snow-capped peaks and sparkling lakes among the high-altitude plains. Upon reaching El Calafate, you will have the remainder of the day at your leisure. You can bask in the luxurious comforts of your accommodation or explore the beauty of the surrounding Patagonian Steppe.
El Calafate – Walking on a Glacier
The charms of El Calafate stem from the abundant beauty of the Patagonian wilderness and the charming ambiance of the town. After breakfast, your guide will lead you on an exploration of Los Glaciares National Park, which hosts 356 glaciers that are scattered across Mt. Fitz Roy. You will begin your discovery of the national park by walking along the platforms that offer spectacular views of Perito Moreno Glacier. The ice wall soars nearly 197 feet tall and captures the dramatic image of an advancing glacier.
El Chalten – Rafting on Las Vueltas River
You will set out on the water of Las Vueltas River in the morning for a guided rafting tour. After a demonstration and safety briefing, you will step into the raft and glide down the calm river. At first, the stable water will wind along the mountain slopes at an easy pace, allowing your guide to explain the geological history of the region beneath the visible peak of Mt. Fitz Roy. As the water increases speed, you will paddle and steer for an exciting series of rapids that spans nearly five miles. When the water eases, you will enjoy reward views of the frozen glaciers that decorate the skyline.
El Chalten – Visit Los Huemules Reserve
The village of El Chalten has a colorful allure at the northern edge of Los Glaciares National Park. After breakfast, your guide will lead you on a walk to Laguna del Desierto. Your view of the lake will sweep across the pristine water and capture the magnificent image of Mt. Fitz Roy in the background. You will continue your discovery of the wilderness with a hike to Los Huemules Reserve. Upon reaching Azul Lake, you can relax in the tranquil ambiance that is embodied by the rippling water, dramatic cliffs, and distant summit of Cerro Electrico. Afterward, you will return to your accommodation in El Chalten for the evening.
El Calafate – Hike to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado
You will meet your guide in the morning and venture to the trail that leads to Toro Lake. You will wander beneath the soaring canopy and take the trail over small streams. The trail will ascend and lead to a marvelous clearing that offers views of Mt. Fiz Roy above the deep valley below. The forest will quickly return to the forefront of your hike, absorb the trail, and fade just as quickly as the landscape. Eventually, you will reach the viewpoint of Loma del Pliegue Tumbado at over 4,291 feet above sea level.
Buenos Aires – Enjoy the Day at Your Leisure
In the morning, a private driver will transfer you to Comandante Armando Tola International Airport. Your flight will land in the city of Buenos Aires. Here, the vibrant pulse of the metropolis will welcome you with an overwhelming combination of tango music, enticing aromas, and classic architecture. Your private transfer will escort you to your accommodation, where you can settle in to the comforts of the city before indulging in a relaxing day at your leisure. The exciting style of La Boca will offer a touch of the familiar in the form of corrugated homes that have been painted with vibrant colors.
Buenos Aires – Departure
Your private transfer will meet you in the hotel lobby after breakfast and escort you to Ministro Pistarini International Airport for your flight home.
- Traverse the epic surface of Grey Glacier during a guided glacier walk of its tunnels, caves, crevices, and slopes
- Explore branches of the renowned W Trail in the Torres del Paine National Park for views of French Valley and the horns of the Paine Massif
- Delight in a kayaking tour of Grey Lake for an unique perspective of the massive ice wall of Grey Glacier
- Discover the whitewater rapids of Las Vueltas River during a rafting tour that combines thrills, scenery, and natural history
- Enjoy the fascinating view of Perito Moreno Glacier’s advancing ice wall from the different angles of viewing platforms
- Sail on the Strait of Magellan to reach an uninhabited island that is home the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in Chile
- Revel in the unique challenge of the trek to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado for rewarding views of the Torre and Fitz Roy massifs
- Encounter remarkable scenery and captivating wildlife with specialist guides who are knowledgeable about Patagonia’s flora, fauna, and natural history
This 14-day Patagonia adventure immerses you in the marvels of the untamed wilderness that spans the pampas, mountains, and glaciers of southern Chile and Argentina. Your unique accommodations and specialist guides will offer you a distinctive experience along famous trails, remarkable waterways, and vast ancient glaciers. From the Magellan Strait to Lake Argentino, you will traverse the trails of Torres del Paine, uncover the vistas of Mt. Fitz Roy, kayak alongside bobbing icebergs, and search for local wildlife.
Your Patagonia adventure will begin with your arrival in Santiago, where your private transfer will meet you at the airport. One night in Chile’s capital city will situate you in the comforts of your accommodations and provide you with enough time to enjoy the distinctive culture. You will then fly to Punta Arenas for one night. Here, you can traverse the elegant central plaza and visit the maritime museum before the true adventure begins with a cruise along the Strait of Magellan. Your time on the water will showcase the rugged landscape, dynamic sea, and colonies of penguins and sea lions.
Your arrival in Torres del Paine will provide four nights of exciting discovery in the pristine landscape known for its high-altitude plains and granite peaks. You will have guided tours along the hiking trails and a portion of the famous W trail. You will continue your exploration of the national park with a kayaking tour of Grey Lake for a different perspective of the water and glacier. Your glacier hike will reveal the texture of the frozen surface of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
The following day, you will have a scenic drive across the border into Argentina to the town of El Calafate. You can visit the Nimez Lagoon for an introduction to the dynamic scenery, and a day in Los Glaciares National Park will highlight the marvelous features of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Two nights in El Chalten will take you along the class III rapids of Los Vueltas River and into the captivating diversity of forest, mountains, and waterways. You will venture high into the mountains on the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado trail to view Mt. Fitz Roy and Torro before returning to El Calafate for a night. Your flight to Buenos Aires will give you one night in the Argentine capital and conclude the active excursions of your Patagonian adventure.
$3,495 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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