Explore Patagonia - 2017/18
DestinationSouth and Central America/Mexico/Antarctica
Duration 11 days
Was: $6995pp
Save $900* per couple
Exchange price $6545* pp
includes $199 exchange fee per couple/booking

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Adventure across Patagonia, the glacial world of Chile and Argentina's southern fringes

Adventure across Chile and Argentina's southern fringes, a world ruled by breathtaking blue-tinted scenery and stunning ice formations that stretch as far as the eye can see. Discover the Lake District, hike to glacial lagoons dotted with flamingoes, drive up into white-tipped hills for superb views of winding rivers and wooded valleys, and cruise across mirrored lakes where Andean condors soar above. A combination of adventure and comfort, this trip gives you the best of both worlds, from world-class trails and glacier scenery to heartwarming, hand-made cacao. Welcome to Patagonia.

Why we love this trip

  •     Bariloche is a wonderland of outdoor delights. A leisurely three-night stay gives you time to cruise Nahuel Hapi Lake, soak up Andean scenery and sample artesan chocolate - especially during a high tea in Hotel Llao Llao
  •     Learn more about the rapid growth of the microbrewery industry from a passionate and knowledgeable brew master in the region
  •     Bask in the splendour of Argentina's Lakes District en route to Puerto Varas, Chile. A full day of cruising and sightseeing reveals lush forests, misty Andean giants and snow-capped volcanoes
  •     Discover the best of Torres del Paine National Park's glacial landscapes, with an in-depth day trip to its hidden lagoons and lakes – plus a morning cruise to the Grey Glacier
  •     Step into the world of the Perito Merino Glacier. This extraordinary, 35-kilometre-long ice mass is one of the few glaciers in the world that's advancing rather than melting away


Is this trip right for you?

    Weather in Patagonia is an important factor to consider. Be prepared for all elements – rain, wind and extreme cold.


Included Activities

Meals
10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport
Private vehicle, Boat, Plane

Accommodation
Hotel (10 nights)

Included Activities

  •     Bariloche - Campanario Chairlift
  •     Bariloche - High Tea at LLao LLao Hotel
  •     Bariloche - Microbrewery visit
  •     Bariloche - Chocolate store visit
  •     Torres del Paine - Grey Glacier Cruise
  •     Torres del Paine - Full-day tour
  •     Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
  •     El Calafate - Visit to Perito Moreno Glacier

 

Highlights

Itinerary

Day 1: Bariloche
Welcome to Bariloche. This Argentinian resort town has a picture-perfect setting – on the shores of Nahuel Hapi Lake, flanked by Andean peaks. There will be a welcome meeting at 6pm; please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. While you're here, take a stroll through town and perhaps sample some of the town's famed artesan chocolate. This city is also an excellent chance to try some of Argentina's first-rate steak.
Accommodation

    Hotel Cacique Inacayal or Similar (1 night)

Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for the welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.
Day 2: Bariloche
Take a morning chairlift up Cerro Campanario. The scenery here is truly stunning, so it's a must to get out and explore and take in all the amazing views. In winter, the town is a popular centre for skiing and in summer the focus shifts to walking, mountain-biking, horse-riding and kayaking and canoeing on the lakes – and if all that sounds too much like hard work, you can sit back and enjoy the view on a leisurely boat trip across to Victoria Island.

In the afternoon, the group will be taken to the Hotel Llao Llao for high tea. Fill yourself with such delights as cakes, muffins, scones and sandwhiches filled with local specialities such as smoked salmon. You may be quite comfortable settling in for the afternoon in this cosy winter garden room gazing out the huge windows to the lake or you may also wish to stroll around the hotel grounds, either way the tea and treats will be flowing.
Accommodation

    Hotel Cacique Inacayal or Similar (1 night)

Included Activities

    Bariloche - Campanario Chairlift
    Bariloche - High Tea at LLao LLao Hotel

Meals Included

    Breakfast

Day 3: Bariloche
Visit a brew master who will share with you his knowledge and passion for micro-brewing. Experience firsthand the reason behind the rapid growth of this industry in a culinary landscape normally dominated by chocolate and smoked goods producers.
Enjoy further free time in Bariloche. Consider the scenic two-hour drive along Circuito Chico. This route begins on the fringes of town and culminates at Llao Llao, a resort area. A map of this can be found at the local tourism office. If you're feeling active, perhaps cycle some of the circuit instead of driving.
Accommodation

    Hotel Cacique Inacayal or Similar (1 night)

Included Activities

    Bariloche - Microbrewery visit
    Bariloche - Chocolate store visit

Meals Included

    Breakfast

Day 4: Lake Crossing/Puerto Varas
Cross the Andes via a series of beautiful lakes, finishing in Puerto Varas in Chile. Depart at 8.30am, enjoying scenes of Swiss architecture and beautiful gardens. Arrive in Puerto Pañuelo and board your catamaran. Cruise around Lago Nahuel Huapi (approximately 1 hour) until your arrival in Puerto Pañuelo. Then set sail for Puerto Blest, taking in green forest scenery and spotting birds. Arrive at Puerto Blest and transfer to a bus, in which you will skirt the border the Rio Frias for around 3 km. Arrive in Puerto Alegre, then continue on the 'Ciudad de la Fe' in order to navigate Lago Frias and its tranquil waters, headed for Puerto Frias. On this route you will catch sight of Cerro Tronador (3,491 m). After a short trip (approximately 20 minutes), arrive at the tiny pier at Puerto Frias which is nestled among gorgeous vegetation. After finishing up at the Argentine Border in Puerto Frias, continue by bus until Peulla. You will be in the midst of Cerro Tronador and its nine glaciers. At around 2pm, enter Parque Nacional Vicente Pérez Rosales where Peulla is located. Soon after you finish your entry to Chile through the Chilean Border located in Peulla, visit the Hotel Peulla and Hotel Natura Patagonia. There's time to get some lunch here. At 4pm, sail to towards Petrohué, navigating Lago Todos los Santos. Weather permitting, take in incredible views of the Osorno Volcano and Puntiagudo Volcano and Cerro Tronador.
Accommodation

    Hotel Cabaña del Lago or Similar (1 night)

Meals Included

    Breakfast

Day 5: Puerto Varas
Enjoy free time in Puerto Varas. Puerto Varas, also known as "La ciudad de las rosas" or “the city of roses” and has a strong German influence. Ask your leader about water sports or get exploring yourself.
Accommodation

    Hotel Cabaña del Lago or Similar (1 night)

Meals Included

    Breakfast

Day 6: Punta Arenas
Fly to Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel in Torre del Paine National Park. As you enter the realm of Chilean Patagonia, you will most likely be greeted by a herd of guanacos (lama-like camelids). These strange creatures provide great photo opportunities, but it's best you keep your distance from them. The park is also home to some impressive birds such as nandues, condors and pink flamingos. The real star of the show, however, is the landscape – glaciers, mountains, lakes and waterfalls.
Accommodation

    Hotel Cabo de Hornos or Similar (1 night)

Meals Included

    Breakfast
    Dinner

Day 7: Torres del Paine NP
Leave Punta Arenas early for the drive to Torres del Paine (approximately 4 hours). In the afternoon, embark on a cruise to the incredible Grey Glacier. You will set off from the Rio Serrano hotel, heading southwest. During the journey you will be able to see Nothofagus forests and wild fauna. On your way, head to the accommodation to check in for the sailing trip. Board your vessel to set off on a your sailing journey (approximately 3 hours return). You will visit the east and west faces of the Grey glacier, with the boat getting as near as possible to the glacier, depending on the ice slides of the glacier. Sometimes icebergs will be seen floating in the lake, and they might even reach the shore. A vehicle from the hotel will be waiting for you at the car park.
Accommodation

    Hotel Rio Serrano or Similar (1 night)

Included Activities

    Torres del Paine - Grey Glacier Cruise

Meals Included

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

Day 8: Torres del Paine NP
Take a full-day vehicle tour around the national park today (approximately 8 hours). Set off for the beach by Grey Lake, stopping for views of the Serrano and its winding river. Continue through the Grey Bridge in order to enter forest areas which are spaces that allow for the huemul (a southern Andean deer) and puma (a mountain lion) to camouflage. Here your journey will look like a safari at times, and will be interrupted by a magnificent ravine, and following a wooded valley the landscape will be broken by impressive ice masses. Begin your hike through the trail that was left by this monumental glacier. Witness the huge ice blocks that rest on the lake. Back in the vehicle, rest your legs as the route connects with the Paine River and the rest of the lake system. Be struck by the view of Pehoe lake, then arrive at Pudeto shelter, where after a 30-minute walk you will hear the loud discharge of the famous 'Salto Grande' into the Nordenskjold lake. Enjoy amazing views of Cuernos del Paine, then head to Sarmiento Lake. Keep watch for condors, guanacos and grey foxes. After some curves, arrive at the Amarga Lagoon where flamingoes might be feeding. If weather's clear, see Torres del Paine above – and its reflection in the water. Finally, visit the Paine cascade, then the radiant Azul blue lagoon.
Accommodation

    Hotel Rio Serrano or Similar (1 night)

Included Activities

    Torres del Paine - Full-day tour

Meals Included

    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner

Day 9: El Calafate
Private transfer across the border to Argentina and on to El Calafate (approximately 5 hours). This is your gateway to the Glacier National Park. Being a major hub for adventurers headed for Perito Moreno, El Calafate has undergone a lot of development in recent decades, but retains plenty of charm. In the evening, perhaps take the opportunity to try some world-famous Argentinian steak or some fresh-caught local trout.
Accommodation

    Hotel La Cantera or Similar (1 night)

Meals Included

    Breakfast

Day 10: El Calafate
Spend some time exploring the awe-inspiring Perito Merino Glacier. This is one of the few glaciers in the world that's actually advancing rather than melting away. At 3 kilometres wide and 35 kilometres long, it's an incredibly massive icescape. Watch and listen to the crack of the ice as it plunges into the waters below. Interestingly, massive ruptures occur to the glacier every four to five years as part of cyclical ice bridge formations. In the evening, return to El Calafate and relax for the evening.
Accommodation

    Hotel La Cantera or Similar (1 night)

Included Activities

    Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
    El Calafate - Visit to Perito Moreno Glacier

Optional Activities

    Perito Moreno - Mini-trek on the glacier including short cruise to glacier base (65 yrs old is the maximum age permitted) - ARS1200

Meals Included

    Breakfast

Day 11: El Calafate
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast. You can book a flight to Buenos Aires or to Ushuaia if you'd like to continue travelling.
Meals Included

    Breakfast

Explore Patagonia - 2017/18
*Pricing is per person double occupancy/twin share and based on the deposit of a resort week or equivalent points/credits per booking. All savings depicted are based off of Full Brochure Fare. Government Fees, fuel surcharges and Taxes are additional and subject to change unless otherwise specified. Special rates may not be applicable with other offers. Other restrictions may apply. Pricing is subject to availability and may change at any time and without notice. These offers cannot be used for group bookings. Cancellation, amendment and credit cards fees apply. Rates require a qualified two-bed room resort week deposit or equivalent points/credits. Price includes $199 exchange fee per couple/booking