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Savour Chilean culture in Santiago
Includes return economy airfares

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Visit South America and travel to Patagonia - a fascinating region in the far south of Chile and Argentina, ...

Highlights

... rich in natural beauty, dramatic vistas and cosmopolitan cities oozing with passion and culture.

Some of the highlights included are:

  • Savour Chilean culture in Santiago
  • Admire Chile's landscapes in Punta Arenas
  • Camp in the heart of the Patagonian wild
  • Trek past Patagonia's dramatic granite pillars, sparkling lakes and gushing waterfalls
  • Be amazed by the blue hues of the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Absorb Argentina's passion in Buenos Aires

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What's included
  • All International flights
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation: camping (with basic facilities) (4 nights), Hotel (4 nights)
  • Transport: boat, bus, plane
  • Activities: 4-day W-Trek in Torres del Paine, Perito Moreno Glacier visit
Need to know
  • Group size: Min 1, Max 12
  • Age: Min 15
Your route
Intrepid: Patagonia Trekking Map Argentina Chile

Itinerary

Day 1
Santiago

Santiago

Although Santiago covers a large area, the city centre is quite compact and easy to get around. Its centre is roughly triangular in shape and in its heart is the Plaza de Armas, the chief plaza and the cathedral. Panning out from here are wall-to-wall shops, restaurants and parks. For a more serene look at Chilean life, head out to the barrio Bella Vista, Santiago's 'Paris Quarter' or take a cable car up to Cerro San Cristobal. If the weather permits, you'll have impressive views over the city and the peaks of the Andes. In Santiago our centrally located hotel has a restaurant and bar, and is situated in close proximity to downtown attractions. Rooms have air-conditioning and ensuite bathrooms.  

Day 2
Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales

Punta Arenas/Puerto Natales

Today is a travel day as we fly from Santiago to Punta Arenas (3 to 5 hours approx. depending on flight connections available) before travelling by local bus to Puerto Natales (approx. 3 hrs). Seated on the shores of a beautiful lake, Puerto Natales is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park and a great place to catch up with fellow hikers for a pre or post trek meal in one of the many quaint local restaurants.

Days 3-6
Torres del Paine National Park/W Hike

Torres del Paine National Park/W Hike

On day 3 we travel by local bus and catamaran to reach our first campsite of the trek at the Torres del Paine National Park. After lunch and setting up camp, we trek to the first look out point of Grey Glacier. Sitting at the end of the earth is the awe inspiring Chilean Patagonia. Once a sheep estancia, the park was established in 1959. This is magnificent trekking country inhabited by nandues, condors, pink flamingos and guanacos, relatives of alpacas. Take in sparkling lakes, gushing waterfalls, glaciers and striking mountains. On day 4 we trek to the French Valley. On day 5 we cross Peohe Lake by catamaran and travel by local bus to Laguna Amarga, the starting point of today's hike. Day 6 is another long trekking day to one of the most spectacular look out points - Mirador de las Torres.

Days 7-8
El Calafate/Perito Moreno Glacier

El Calafate/Perito Moreno Glacier

Day 7 is a travel day as we make our way to El Calafate - Argentina. On day 8 we travel by minivan and, after a spectacular drive, you have free time to enjoy the amazing scenery at Perito Moreno Glacier. This is one of the few advancing glaciers in the world and at 3km (1.8 miles) wide and 35km (21 miles) long is a spectacular sight. Watch and listen to the crack of the ice as it plunges into the waters below. We spend both nights at a simple hotel in Calafate.

Days 9-10
Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

On day 9 you return to Buenos Aires for a final night out. Please note that while we intend to return to Buenos Aires in the early hours of the afternoon, airline schedules in Argentina are known for changing without much notice, meaning that we can potentially arrive in Buenos Aires as late as 10 pm on day 9. We return to our centrally located hotel in Buenos Aires for our final night. As there are no activities planned, you are free to depart at any time on day 10.  

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