Patagonia Parks and Wildlife

Experience everything Patagonia has to offer with this 3 week itinerary: the majestic Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National parks, the Lake District and Tierra del Fuego. By day, take in the stunning scenery through boat trips and moderate walks, suitable for a range of experience and fitness levels. At night, rest your legs in the comfort of lodges hidden deep in the National Parks.

18 Days

$6,215

Patagonia Parks and Wildlife - 18 - $6,215

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Catch your breath at the stunning scenery of Torres del Paine National Park
  • Hike to the bases of Mount Fitzroy and Cerro Torre
  • Cruise up to the face of the creaking Perito Moreno Glacier, and along the famous waters of the Beagle Channel
  • Experience the Lake District by boat, looking out for the three volcanoes that dot the shoreline
  • Get up close with the wildlife at the end of the world - fur seals, sea lions, condors, and the most famous residents, penguins

Start from Buenos Aires and end at Buenos Aires

Landmarks visited on Patagonia Parks and Wildlife

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Trelew, drive to Puerto Madryn

On arrival in Trelew, meet your group before joining your transfer to your hotel in Puerto Madryn. You will break up the journey with a stop at the Punta Tombo Reserve, the largest Magellan penguin colony on the continent, to walk amongst the nests of over 500,000 Magellan penguins.

Although by far the most curious, these are not the only sea birds building their nests here. You may spot petrels, skuas, vapor ducks, chorlos or cormorants. Dolphins also occasionally approach the bay here searching for fish. Later continue on to Puerto Madryn, and take some time this evening to explore this beachside town.

Day 2: Valdez Peninsula

Spend a full day visiting the Valdez Peninsula a paradise of flora and fauna. You depart from Puerto Madryn and head towards Puerto Pirámide, passing through the Carlos Ameghino Isthmus where you can see both the New and San José gulfs simultaneously. After a brief tour of Puerto Pirámides you continue towards Caleta Valdés, a strange geological formation that runs parallel to the coast. This area is unique not only for its geography but also for its wildlife: look out for 3000kg elephant seals lying on the beach, enjoying breaks between 1000m dives.

Later you will stop at Punta Delgada Lighthouse, and the Salinas Grande y Chica (Grand and Small salt pits). Here you will learn about how the salt is extracted from the pits, and may also catch a glimpse of maras (Patagonian hare), guanacos, foxes and skunks.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Puerto Madryn

Day 3: Fly from Trelew to Ushuaia

Fly from Trelew to the end of the world - Ushuaia. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll be based for the next few nights. At 55 degrees south of the equator, is the most southerly town on Earth. Its steep streets overlook the green water of the Beagle Channel, named for the ship in which Darwin sailed in 1832. Explore this fascinating town and its abundant penguin paraphernalia this afternoon. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Ushuaia

Day 4: Beagle Channel cruise

This morning cruise along the famous Beagle Channel visiting the Isla de pajaros - a haven for many southern ocean and coastal birds. You'll also have the chance to see colonies of Southern sea lions. In the afternoon, visit the famous Harberton Estancia, the oldest estancia in Tierra del Fuego, beautifully set on a rise above the channel. This living museum is a rare opportunity to experience life in a classic southern style ranch.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Ushuaia

Day 5: In Tierra del Fuego

Today, explore Tierra del Fuego's numerous hiking routes on a half day trek through the hills and beech forests of the National Park. Enjoy a picnic lunch with your group before heading back to Ushuaia in time to enjoy a free afternoon, perhaps to visit the excellent Museo Territorial Fin del Mundo. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Hotel in Ushuaia

Day 6 :Fly from Ushuaia to Calafate

Transfer to the airport for your flight to El Calafate, where you will arrive and settle into your accommodation. This township, founded in 1927, is best known as the ‘national capital of the glaciers’ and is the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park including the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. The afternoon is at leisure to explore the town or walk down to Lake Argentino to watch the waterbirds. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in El Calafate

Day 7: View Perito Moreno Glacier

Head to the edge of the icecap, for a full day tour of the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier. You will spend several hours wandering the many paths that offer different vantage points of this calving glacier. The glacier is 4 km wide and 70 m high and descends to the surface of the lake, almost cutting the lake in two. Look out for the crash of the calving icebergs, where massive pieces of ice break off and fall into the lake, creating huge waves in the process. The groans and creaks of the active glacier precede dramatic falls of ice from its face. We return late afternoon to our hotel in Calafate.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in El Calafate

Day 8: Drive to El Chalten

Depart Calafate for the drive across Patagonia and the arid Argentine pampas to El Chalten. The village of El Chalten is in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park and is the base for numerous of the park's most famous trekking routes. Take the afternoon at leisure to explore your surroundings before joining your group for dinner in the evening. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in El Chalten

Days 9-10: Day walks to view Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre

The next two days include day walks to the lagoons at the base of Mount Fitzroy and Cerro Torre, both part of the range of bizarre peaks and needle-like pinnacles that make up this famous mountain range. These days are truly a highlight of the itinerary - with views of the great chain of glaciers that follow the line of the Chile/Argentina border, and of beautiful valleys with crystal clear streams, home to a multitude of bird life. Being there in summer, you'll see the park at its best, with the beech trees and Patagonian flowers in bloom.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in El Chalten

Day 11: Drive across the pampas to Puerto Natales

Today we leave El Chalten and drive across the pampas to Puerto Natales. Set on the shores of Seno Última Esperanza, this city is the gateway to the famous Torres del Paine National Park. The afternoon is at leisure, you may wish to sample king crab by the waters edge in one of the seafood restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel in Puerto Natales

Day 12: To Torres del Paine by boat on Serrano River, via Balmaceda Glacier

Journey into Torres del Paine National Park by boat - a privilege that offers unmatched views of the stunning scenery. Few have the opportunity to catch their first glimpses of the park this way, as your boat travels down the fjord, pausing at the Balmaceda Glacier. As you get closer to the park you will change onto zodiacs for the final cruise along the Serrano River, before arriving at your lodge where you will be based for the following days. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Torres del Paine

Days 13-14: Day walks 

Over the next few days you will explore the highlights of Torres del Paine National Park. The trekking level will depend on the group’s level of fitness, however many of the highlights of this park, including the base of the towers, require a 6-7 hour walk (round trip). There are other walks we can choose which are easier and provide excellent views of the park, but in general, the fitter you are for these few days, the more enjoyable it will be!

Those who do embark on the walking trails will be rewarded with awe-inspiring scenery - blue glacial and iceberg strewn lakes meet dramatic granite peaks and snow covered mountains, not to mention the views of the Patagonian ice-cap. No wonder it's often called one of the world's most beautiful National Parks.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel in Torres del Paine

Day 15: To Punta Arenas, fly to Puerto Montt, on to Petrohue

Transfer from Torres del Paine to Punta Arenas airport, where you will catch your flight to Puerto Montt. Today's destination is Petrohue, located on the shores of Todos los Santos, a deep crystaline emerald lake with the stunning backdrop of snowcapped Volcano Osorno. Enjoy an evening meal with your group tonight. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Petrohue

Day 16: Lakes Crossing to Bariloche

Rest your legs today on your full day boat journey from Petrohue in Chile to the shores of Bariloche in Argentina. During the navigation you'll enjoy the magnificent view of the volcanoes Osorno, Puntiagudo and Tronador. Disembark in Peulla for a short drive before embarking on a second boat to cross Lake Nahuel Huapi, arriving at Bariloche on the other side. This delightful Swiss style town is famous for its chocolate and its stunning views over Lake Nahuel Huapi - take the evening to explore its streets and take in the scenery.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Bariloche

Day 17: In Bariloche, day walk

Drive to Mount Tronador and the start of a stunning walking trail through forests, rocky terrain and across streams. You'll have views of the impressive Mount Tronador and its glaciers with numerous waterfalls. This area is of outstanding beauty – often compared to the European Alps. Return in the late afternoon to Bariloche in time to wander the streets of this charming town, and perhaps to sample some of its famous chocolate.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation: Bariloche

Day 18: Fly to Buenos Aires

After breakfast there will be a group transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires where your trip concludes. 

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Departures can be set up for a minimum of two people from October to March.

Start date Price (pp)
January 2019
22-Jan-2019 $6,215* Provisional Date
February 2019
16-Feb-2019 $6,215 Provisional Date
March 2019
9-Mar-2019 $6,215* Provisional Date
October 2019
18-Oct-2019 $6,215 Provisional Date
November 2019
9-Nov-2019 $6,215* Provisional Date
December 2019
6-Dec-2019 $6,215 Provisional Date
January 2020
21-Jan-2020 $6,215* Provisional Date
February 2020
15-Feb-2020 $6,215 Provisional Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in GBP (£) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost £4,990

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Includes

  • 17 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Good quality hotel and lodge accommodation throughout
  • Private transport for group sizes of 6 or more people except days 6 to 14 where private transport is provided for groups of 8 or more
  • All guide fees and national park entrance costs
  • English speaking local guides
  • Lakes crossing boat/bus trip
  • Balmaceda boat trip

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Internal flights
  • Insurance
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Port taxes
  • Tips
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry and beverages
  • Local tax in Bariloche - AR$30-60pp

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