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What’s included

  • Services of local guides on all day walks
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Comfortable tourist class hotels and lodges in Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine and El Chalten
  • Four nights on board the M/V Australis cruise boat on a full board, twin share basis in an 'A' category cabin
  • Meals included as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kitbag

Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia

Walking & Trekking

Argentina, Argentine Patagonia, Chile | Walking & Trekking

Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia
Moderate

Suitable for anyone who enjoys hill walking.

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Grade: Moderate ? Moderate
Duration:  21 days from the UK  
Walks on: 11 days

Flight inclusive from £7,780,
Land only from £6,795

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Enjoy day walks at the ‘end of the world’, take a spectacular cruise to Cape Horn, and explore the Torres del Paine National Park on foot.

Highlights

  • Wild walking in the majestic Tierra del Fuego National park
  • An unforgettable four-night cruise to Patagonia, via Cape Horn
  • Excellent day walks taking in all the highlights of the spectacular Torres Del Paine National Park.
  • Breathtaking views of the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier.

Reviews          

The Torres del Paine National Park is one of the most spectacular places I've ever visited . You really do feel like you're on the edge of the world.
Jim Davies, Mountain Kingdoms Senior Operations Manager

Tierra del Fuego has a wild, remote, end of world feel to it. The scenery is spectacular, with the very tip of the Andes mountains encircling the ''wild-west'' town of Ushuaia. The weather can change numerous times in a single day, and happily the over-riding sensation for the visitor is that this is an area that will never be fully tamed.
Seraphina Berry, Mountain Kingdoms

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Our new adventure to the spectacular Land of Fire & Ice begins at the ‘end of the world’ in the far south of the American continent. From Ushuaia we explore the beautiful Tierra del Fuego National Park on foot, visit the Martial glacier and ascend Cerro del Medio for stunning views out over the islands that make up the archipelago.

Returning to Ushuaia you board the M/V Australis for an unforgettable four-night cruise to Punta Arenas. Sailing through the Beagle and Murray Channels, we look out for whales, dolphins, condors and elephant seals en route to Cape Horn National Park. Weather permitting there will be ample opportunities for shore excursions on the cruise, highlights include the Garibaldi and Nena glaciers and a final stop at Madalena Island to visit a colony of 120,000 penguins.

Arriving at Punta Arenas, in the heart of Patagonia, we transfer to Torres del Paine National Park to explore the soaring granite peaks, vivid blue lakes, green forested slopes and snow-capped tops that make this area truly remarkable. We end our journey at the Perito Moreno Glacier, a stunning finale to a thrilling adventure.


At a glance

Grade: Moderate
Moderate

Duration:  21 days from the UK  
Walks on: 11 days

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 5 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Buenos Aires

Accommodation types: Hotels, Cruise Boat

Meal arrangements: Breakfast x 18, Lunches x 12, Dinners x 11

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
Fly to Buenos Aires. Sightseeing tour.
3
Fly to Ushuaia.
4-7
Day walks in Tierra del Fuego including Fagnano Lake, Cerro del Medio and Martial Glacier.
8
Board cruise boat M/V Australis.
9-11
Cruise to Cape Horn and on to Patagonia with Zodiac shore excursions.
12
Disembark cruise at Punta Arenas and drive to Puerto Natales.
13
Drive to Torres del Paine National Park.
14-16
Day walks in the Torres del Paine NP to Las Torres, Frances Glacier and Grey Glacier.
17-19
Drive to see Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina. Boat ride. Time at leisure.
20-21
Fly from Calafate to London.
Leader: Local Leader, Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia
Local Leader, Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia

We use expert, English-speaking local guides who have an intimate knowledge of the area and an infectious passion for nature. They are very hard-working, attentive and helpful. You will have separate leaders for the Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine and Argentinean elements of your trip. On your M/V Australis cruise, shore excursions and on board lectures will be provided by knowledgeable, expert members of the crew. All road transfers will be escorted.

Guides may include Juan Ronco, who has been leading groups in Tierra del Fuego for over 15 years. Juan is an experienced leader who loves climbing and trekking. He has travelled and led tours all over the world but is most passionate about sharing the incredible wildlife and scenery of southern Argentina with visitors.

Image courtesy of Tom Bartel

(tom@travelpast50.com)


Tierra del Fuego & Patagonia Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Buenos Aires

    Depart the UK on an overnight flight from London to Buenos Aires.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Overnight Flight To Buenos Aires
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Buenos Aires. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour.

    On arrival in Buenos Aires you will be transferred to your hotel. This afternoon you will take a guided city tour by bus to see the many faces of Buenos Aires. The city was first permanently settled in the 1580s and after centuries of immigration, Buenos Aires is now well known for its European architecture and multicultural outlook. Your all-encompassing tour will include the 'symbol' of the city - the Obelisk; squares such as Plaza de Mayo, Plaza San Martin, Plaza Alvear; famous avenues including Avenida de Mayo, Corrientes and 9 de Julio; the historic neighbourhoods of La Boca and Telmo; the magnificent Palermo and Recoleta areas; the Ecologic Reserve of the 'Costanera Sur' and the commercial and financial areas of the city.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel De Las Americas
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Ushuaia.

    This morning, you will transfer to Jorge Newbery Airport for the 3-4 hour flight south to Ushuaia. Upon arrival you will be met and escorted to your overnight hotel. Ushuaia is the capital of the island archipelago of Tierra del Fuego and proclaims itself the 'Southernmost City in the World'. Although originally settled around 10,000 years ago by the aboriginal Selknam people, Ushuaia has only really established itself as a settlement of any size in the last 150 years. Today the look and feel of the city portray the cosmopolitan mix of migrants that chose to set up home and businesses here, including Spanish, Italian, Lebanese and Eastern Europeans. After checking in to your overnight hotel there will be time to relax, or take a stroll in town and along the harbour.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Las Lengas or similar, Ushuaia
  4. Day 4 - Day walk in the Tierra del Fuego National Park - 5 hours.

    Your walk today is initially along the spectacular coast of the Beagle Channel from Ensenada Bay to Roca-Errazuriz Lake. The coast, lakes, rivers and fjords of this area provide many different habitats. The ancient forests of Antarctic beech, lenga beech and coihue in the lower sections of the forest are home to many species of animal including guanaco, Andean Fox, North America beaver and European rabbit. There are over 90 species of birds including parakeets, condors and oystercatchers. After a picnic lunch at Roca-Errazuriz lake you continue walking towards beautiful Lapataia Bay. In the afternoon you will drive back through Ushuaia to drive through the Andes mountains, past Lake Escondido and along the shore of Lake Fagnano to your hotel for the night. This is a stunning drive, passing some of the highest peaks of the island.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hosteria Kaiken, Tierra Del Fuego
  5. Day 5 - Day walk in ‘the Heart of the Island’ nature reserve - 5 hours.

    It is a short drive along Route H, known as The Ranches Road, to Lake Yehuin. The walk starts from a camp site along the Indio river bed towards Yakush lake, and continues along the shore of the lake, passing typical Fuegian landscape of lenga and nires forest and peat bogs, to a lunch spot. From here you follow the Claro river to the foot of Mont Cabras. It is well worth the effort to climb to the summit for fantastic views. Weather permitting you now board a Zodiac to take you to the remote Hosteria El Torito for the night. This very special accommodation is well off-the-beaten-track and beautifully situated by the lake. (In the event of bad weather you will stay the night in Hosteria Kaiken).

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hosteria El Torito, Tierra Del Fuego
  6. Day 6 - Walking above Lake Fagnano - 4-5 hours.

    Your walk today takes you up into the hills on the little visited north side of the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Initially you will climb about 300m/1,000ft to visit Beban's Waterfall. Snow conditions permitting, you will then walk towards the Azul Lagoon, through the pass of the Five Lagoons. This is magical land of mountains, forests, waterfalls and fantastic views. After descending to the shores of Fagnano lake, you return to Ushuaia by Zodiac and vehicle.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Las Lengas or similar, Ushuaia
  7. Day 7 - Cerro del Medio and Marital Glacier Walk - 6-7 hours.

    The Andes mountains that rise dramatically above the bay of Ushuaia are easily accessible from the town. Today you ascend up the former lumberjacks' path to the "Cerro del Medio". From here you visit the stunning "Margot" Lagoon and then aim for the summit of the "Roy" Mount. This will be the highest point on the trek. You will have lunch at the summit and head down through the back side of the "Godoy" Mount, with views of the tree filled "Negro" Canyon. After traversing along high above the river, you ascend again to reach a pass. There are stunning views from here of the Beagle Channel with its numerous islands. You descend here to head south along the "Martial" Glacier valley. You arrive at the base of the old ski piste and return by vehicle to Ushuaia.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Las Lengas or similar, Ushuaia
  8. Day 8 - Depart Ushuaia aboard M/V Australis.

    Today, there's time to make a leisurely start and then explore Ushuaia. The town houses a few small museums, the most interesting of which are: the Museo Marítimo, located in part of the old prison and displaying a collection illustrating the history of Tierra del Fuego; and the Presidio, a museum dedicated to the history of the military prison. One wing of this museum has been converted to an art gallery featuring the work of local artists. After lunch you'll check in for your cruise and towards the end of the afternoon you'll return to the harbour and board your expedition cruise ship - one of the Australis fleet. Established in 1990, Cruceros Australis offer the very best Tierra del Fuego - Patagonia expedition cruises. Two ships now operate this route: the M/V Stella Australis and the newly launched M/V Ventus Australis. Both ships accommodate 210 passengers and offer the same standards of service and accommodation, with viewing decks, internal lounge and dining room. All meals and a free bar are included in your cruise and in addition to shore excursions there is a varied programme of lectures on the region's history, geology and wildlife. Precise cruise timings will be determined by tides and prevailing weather conditions but you can normally expect to be leaving Ushuaia and cruising through the Beagle Channel by early evening.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  9. Day 9 - Cruise to Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay.

    This morning you will sail through the Murray Channel and Nassau Bay to reach the remote archipelago that comprises Cape Horn National Park. Weather permitting you'll make your first shore excursion here, setting foot on the windswept island that harbours Cape Horn - the "End of the Earth". For centuries a navigational marker for crossings between the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, Cape Horn has now been declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

    Sailing back across Nassau Bay, you'll step ashore once more in the afternoon, this time at beautiful Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed here in 1833, during his famous voyage aboard HMS Beagle and the area is renowned for its striking vegetation and topography. Here you'll take a walk through an enchanted Magellanic fern forest to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the bay below.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  10. Day 10 - Cruise to Pia and Garibaldi Glaciers.

    You sail back to the Beagle Channel and westwards along the southern edge of Tierra del Fuego into a section of Alberto de Agostini National Park called Glacier Alley or Avenue of the Glaciers. Flowing down from the Darwin Mountains and Darwin Ice Sheet are a number of impressive tidewater glaciers, and you will enter the narrow Pia Fjord and board the Zodiacs for a shore excrusion to Pia Glacier. After disembarking you can take a short hike to gain a panoramic view of the spectacular glacier, which extends from the mountain tops down to the sea along the Beagle Channel, you enter another long fjord and drop anchor near the Garibaldi Glacier for another shore excursion. Garibaldi is one of only three glaciers in Patagonia gaining mass rather than staying the same or slowly shrinking. This time you hike through virgin Magellanic forest to a glacial waterfall, a towering wall of ferns and moss, and spectacular viewpoints looking down on the glacier and fjord. The walk is steep and demanding on a negligible trail which is rough underfoot and therefore not for everyone. For those who choose to stay onboard, the captain will point the bow towards the beautiful, sky blue Garibaldi Glacier so everyone can enjoy the panoramic view from the upper decks.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  11. Day 11 - Cruise to Agostini Sound. Visit Aguila Glacier.

    Today you will sail through a series of Channels: Brecknock, Ocasión, Cockburn, and Magdalena to reach the spectacular Agostini Sound. You are now in the heart of the Darwin Cordillera. Here you'll see the glaciers flowing down off the mountains, in some cases right into the sea. This morning, you will disembark and go for an easy stroll around a lagoon, formed by the melting of the Águila Glacier, to a great viewpoint in front of the glacier. In the afternoon, you take to the Zodiacs once more to approach the Condor Glacier and hopefully see some of the abundant Andean condors in the area.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Cruise Boat
  12. Day 12 - Cruise to Magdellena Island and Punta Arenas. Disembark cruise, transfer to Puerto Natales - 2½-3 hours.

    You will make an early start today to make the shore excursion to Magdalena Island (weather permitting). Located in the Strait of Magellan, this island was once an important provision point for seafarers and explorers. Today Magdalena is perhaps best known for its giant colony of Magellanic penguins, thought to number around 120,000. You will doubtless spot many of these hardy, characterful creatures during a walk up to the island's lighthouse. NB. In April this excursion is usually replaced by a boat trip to Marta Island to observe sea lions.

    After returning to your cruise ship you sail on to arrive in Punta Arenas by mid morning. Here you say goodbye to your attentive crew and guides before disembarking to meet your transport and driver. You will now make the 2½-3 hour drive to reach Puerto Natales in time for a late lunch and your overnight stay. Puerto Natales sits on the shores of Last Hope Sound and the rest of the day is free to relax or explore the picturesque town.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Weskar Patagonian Lodge
  13. Day 13 - Drive to Torres del Paine National Park - 2½-3 hours.

    The next leg of your exploration begins today with the drive to the Torres del Paine. From Puerto Natales it is around 112km/70miles to enter the Torres del Paine National Park.

    Formed in 1959 from land previously used for sheep farming, Torres del Paine is perhaps the best known National Park in South America. In addition to the striking landscapes of granite spires, giant glaciers and turquoise lakes the park is home to a rich variety of flora and fauna, including guanaco, rhea and the majestic condor. After completing entry formalities at the park entrance you will make the short 20 minute drive to your hotel base in the heart of the park. This afternoon, you will be able to relax, or take a short walk on one of the trails starting close to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Las Torres
  14. Day 14 - Walk to Las Torres lookout - approximately 8 hours.

    Today is a fairly long but very rewarding day, aiming to gain some close up views of the three impressive granite towers of Paine.

    Crossing the Rio Ascencio by suspension footbridge, you climb steadily above the rushing waters, with fine views of Lago Nordenskjold as you glance backwards. After around two hours of walking you'll arrive at the Refugio Chileno, a good spot for a refreshment break. From the refugio you walk on, through the lenga forest before the scenery opens out once more and you begin the final steep climb through rocky moraine to reach your high point, a fantastic lookout over the Towers of Paine. You can perch on the large boulders here for the obligatory photo-opportunity and enjoy your picnic lunch gazing up at the dramatic spires. These seemingly impenetrable rock faces have been the site of many a climbing feat over the years and the central tower was actually first climbed in 1963 by Chris Bonington and Don Whillans. You return via the same route back to your hotel. Today's trek is approximately 21km/13 miles long and involves approximately 750m/2,460ft of ascent.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Las Torres
  15. Day 15 - Cross Lago Pehoe and walk into the French Valley - 6-7 hours.

    After breakfast you'll make the short drive to Pudeto on the shores of Lago Pehoe. Boarding the catamaran ferry you'll make the half hour crossing of the lake to begin your trek up into the French Valley.

    From the lake shore you walk first to the shores of another much smaller lake, Lago Stottsbury, a particularly scenic spot. The trail meanders on and as you climb away from the lake you'll get a dramatic view of the Cuernos de Paine (the “Horns of Paine”) up above you. About three hours after setting out you'll arrive at the hanging bridge on the French river. The terrain and path becomes slightly steeper and rockier here as you walk alongside a massive torrent on your left with fantastic views of Paine Grande beyond.

    If you'd prefer a shorter walk today there is the option to halt here, whilst others make the further 2 hour climb to reach another viewpoint, Campamento Británico. In fine weather the extra effort is well worth it, as there are panoramic views. From left to right you can see:

    Paine Grande Mount, Castillo, 1,421m/4,662ft, Cota, 2,000m/6,562ft, Catedral, 2,200m/7,218ft, Co. Aguja de los Quirquinchis, Paine Negra, Aleta de Tiburon, 1,717m/5,634ft, Gemelos, 1,998m/6,555ft, Trono Blanco, 2,197m/7,208ft, Paine Catalina, 2,100m/6890ft, Cabeza Del Indio, 2,230m/7,317ft.

    You head back the same way to Lago Pehoe, using the ferry to return to Pudeto and then transfer to Hosteria Lago Grey, your hotel for the next two nights. Today's trek is about 21km/13 miles long and involves approximately 700m/2,300ft of ascent.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hosteria Lago Grey
  16. Day 16 - Cross Lago Pehoe and walk to the Grey Glacier - 5-6 hours.

    Your final full day in the park begins once again with a short drive and ferry across Lago Pehoe. Once ashore you head northwards above, and alongside, the waters of the lake. The spectacular hike leads you over several ridges before you are rewarded with breathtaking views of the Grey Valley. The trail continues high on the western slopes of Paine Grande, touching numerous rocky promontories. There are views of the glaciers of Grey and Tyndall calving on the lake on the north side, and an array of icebergs gathered on the southern shore. Weather permitting you can see the snow covered peaks of the Patagonian Southern Icefield. You then descend to walk through southern beech forest and have lunch by the shores of the lake. In the afternoon you take the boat from Refugio Grey, and sail past the front of the glacier and on to the south end of the lake. It's a five minute drive from here to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hosteria Lago Grey
  17. Day 17 - Drive to Cerro Castillo, cross border into Argentina, drive to El Calafate - 5-6 hours.

    You leave Torres del Paine National Park today to cross the border into neighboring Argentina. It is a drive of around 5 hours, but with plenty of scenic splendor to enjoy as you head east. After an hour or so you should arrive at the village of Cerro Castillo, where you cross the border and continue on to El Calafate.

    El Calafate is the main town of Argentine Patagonia and home to the only airport in this vast region. The town is located on the edge of Lake Argentino and is the doorway to the outstanding natural wonders of the Los Glaciares National Park. The main street of Calafate has lots of cafes, bars, shops and restaurants and is a very enjoyable place to spend an evening.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Koi Aiken
  18. Day 18 - Perito Moreno excursion and boat trip.

    The Perito Moreno Glacier lies 50 miles from El Calafate and this morning you will make the one hour drive to this stunning river of ice to view it from land and lake. The glacier is almost 20 miles long, 3 miles wide and 730 meters deep, and unlike many glaciers in the world, it is stable and thought to be advancing rather than retreating. There is a network of walkways and viewing platforms to explore on land before heading out in a boat, travelling across the lake for great views of the impressive snout towering some 50 to 70 meters above the surface of the water. Perito Moreno is renowned for the huge chunks of ice which regularly calve into the lake and if you're lucky you will witness the sight and sound of this amazing natural phenomenon.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Koi Aiken
  19. Day 19 - Transfer to El Calafate airport. Fly to Buenos Aires.

    Today you bid a sad farewell to Patagonia and transfer to the airport at Calafate for your flight to Buenos Aires. You will be met by a local representative and transferred to your hotel - approximately a 50 minute drive from the domestic airport.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel De Las Americas Or Similar, Buenos Aires
  20. Day 20 - Transfer to airport for flight to London.

    After breakfast there should be time to relax or explore at leisure before your transfer to the international airport for your flight back to London. If you would like to spend more time in Buenos Aires to fully explore this fascinating and cosmopolitan city, we can arrange additional hotel nights.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  21. Day 21 - Arrive UK.

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What’s included

  • Services of local guides on all day walks
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • All internal flights and hotel/airport transfers
  • Good standard hotel accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • Comfortable tourist class hotels and lodges in Tierra del Fuego, Torres del Paine and El Chalten
  • Four nights on board the M/V Australis cruise boat on a full board, twin share basis in an 'A' category cabin
  • Meals included as per the itinerary
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Sightseeing where specified
  • Carbon offset for clients taking our flight-inclusive option
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms kitbag

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  • Optional trips or sightseeing
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Torres del Paine National Park - a must-visit destination          

The Torres Del Paine National Park is one of the most spectacular places I've ever visited . You really do feel like you're on the edge of the world.


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