Trip Itinerary: Day Hike Patagonia
Day 1 - On arrival into Santiago, you will take a 2-hour domestic flight south to the heart of the Chilean Lake District where your local guide will be waiting to receive you. Your journey will continue by road and ferry to the mystical island of Chiloe. A cosy cabin by the sea, hosted by a local family will be your base for the coming days - an ideal location to unwind after your journey.
Day 2 - After a relaxing night's sleep and breakfast by the beach you'll depart for a day of trekking on the Pacific Coast of the island - we'll visit the area around Polocue for an hour coastal walk, passing by the unique basalt columns of an extinct volcano and climbing to an outlook above the broken coastline and Rosaura beach. Afterwards, we'll continue to the "end of the road" and walk part of the Sendero de Chile, along the rugged coast and into the native rainforest. Returning to your comfortable lodging at night you'll enjoy another fresh homemade meal.
Day 3 - Today you will spend the day exploring the quiet inlets of the northern coast with its incredible bird life and wildlife. Take a boat trip to nearby islands where Magallanic and Humbolt penguins nest side by side. Your afternoon will be free to hike in the bay surrounding your cabin, sea kayak in the bay or unwind watching the local fishermen bringing the daily catch.
Hotel: La Casita Home-stay, all three nights
Torres del Paine
Day 4 - In the morning, transfer to the airport and fly south over the spectacular Southern Patagonian Ice-field to the port city of Punta Arenas. Your guide will be waiting for you to take you deep into the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. If time allows, take a short hike in the afternoon or simply sit back and marvel and the scenery. Your base for 3 days will be a private eco-dome or yurt which are comfortable but at one with nature.
Day 5 – 7 - With 3 days to explore this National Park you can trek the most dramatic trails of the famous W trek or choose more vehicle based excursions to other parts of the National Park. Your excursions will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide who will inform you about local history, geology and native flora and fauna.
Perito Moreno Glacier & FitzRoy
Day 8 - You will depart early for the road journey into Argentina. After checking into your hotel, you will continue your journey to see the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier where a series of walkways take you right to the face of the glacier. You will have time to stand and stare as enormous pieces of ice crash into the blue waters below.
Day 9 - 11 - You will continue your journey deep into the heart of the Los Glaciares National Park basing yourself in a cosy lodge in the village of El Chalten. During your time here you will have the opportunity to do 3 guided day hikes that take you past glaciers, glacial lakes and over morain to the base of jagged peaks including the mighty Mount Fitz Roy.
Hotel: Senderos, all four nights
Tierra del Fuego
Day 12 - In the morning, transfer to the airport in El Calafate where you will take a short 1-hour flight south to the southern-most city in the world - Ushuaia. Spend the afternoon exploring this quirky city with many museums and busy passenger port.
Day 13 - Take a day hike into the Tierra del Fuego National Park where you will trek to view points of the stunning mountains and along the shores of the Beagle Channel - you will even have the opportunity to send a postcard from the world's southernmost post office.
Day 14 - Today you will take a domestic flight to Buenos Aires where depending on onward flight schedules you will either spend the night or transfer airports to take your international flight home.
I came up with the idea for this trip because it covers a lot of the big highlights that people always want to see, but also a few real gems that I know often get missed out.
Sally Dodge Patagonia Specialist
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