13 days

Pinnacles of Patagonia

Pinnacles of Patagonia

Torres del Paine trek

Recoleta Cemetery and Eva Peron’s tomb

Trekking the Fitzroy Range

Grey Glacier and the Southern Patagonia Ice Field

Los Glaciares National Park and Perito Moreno Glacier

Lago Argentino’s glaciers

Argentina's capital Buenos Aires

Cerro Torre's granite spike

Cruise the Beagle Channel

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    In the Torres Del Paine National Park you’ll stay in a low-impact refugio. These are generator-powered wooden lodges designed to minimise the environmental footprint that travellers leave on a place.

    Why we love it

    • The southern region of Argentina and Chile offers travellers some of the most spectacular scenery on the South American continent.
    • The Patagonian Andes consist of towering granite peaks, pristine lakes and massive glaciers.
    • The town of El Chalten is our base for some great day hikes to Fitz Roy Base Camp, Laguna de los Tres and Cerro Torre.
    • The sight and sound of the Moreno Glacier, as it makes its torturously slow advance across a five-kilometre front, will leave you breathless.
    • Across the border in Chile, we enjoy some great day treks through the Paine National Park with its magnificent wildlife and the incredible Towers of Paine.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Santiago

    • On arrival at Santiago's Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in the city.
    • Today is a an arrival day only so there are no planned activities.
    Hotel Majestic or similar

    Day 2 - Santiago- Punta Arenas- Puerto Natales

    • Today you will fly to Punta Arenas and drive to Puerto Natales.
    • Visit the main square of Punta Arenas before taking a public bus to Puerto Natales, a picturesque fishing village on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
    Hotel Glaciers
    Breakfast

    Day 3-4 - Torres Del Paine National Park

    • A full morning's drive will take you to one of the most spectacular national parks in Chile - Torres del Paine National Park. A UNESCO-declared World Biosphere Reserve, it is a unique combination of impressive craggy mountains, including the famous Cuernos del Paine (Paine Horns), glaciers, waterfalls and lakes, as well as being home to abundant plant and animal life.
    • There are excellent chances to spot guanacos, rheas, Andean condors, Chilean flamingos and many other species of birds and mammals. The Paine Massif rises over 3000 metres above the Patagonian steppe; a full day of trekking will take you to the base of the amazing Towers of Paine.
    • You will stay in Refugios for two nights in the national park. Accommodation will be multi-share dormitory style rooms with shared facilities.
    Refugio Torres Central
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 5 - Torres Del Paine National Park- Puerto Natales

    • You will enjoy a full day visiting the different areas of this beautiful national park. Short walks take us to Salto Grande Waterfall and the iceberg landscape of Grey Lake. In the late afternoon you will be transferred to back to Puerto Natales.
    • With a population of 18,000, it is today a major tourist centre for anyone visiting Torres del Paine National Park or catching the ferry from Puerto Montt. The area was originally inhabited by Alacaluf and Tehuelche tribes before the first Europeans came in 1557. Subsequently, sheep farming became the main industry and attracted a large number of pioneering settlers to the area. These were largely immigrants that included people from German, British and southern Slavic stock, giving rise to a unique cosmopolitan mix that can still be seen today.
    Hotel Glaciers
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 6-7 - El Calafate- Perito Moreno Glacier

    • Today we cross to border into Argentina and Travel to El Calafate, where you will have free time in the afternoon. Take a walk down the main street. Full of cute souvenir shops, chocolate stores and plenty or Parillas (traditional Argentian grills) don't forget to try some Patagonian Lamb!
    • After breakfast on Day 7, you will set out on our full day trip to Perito Moreno Glacier. You'll travel 160 kilometres to get there and back, mainly on paved roads and over an area of wide barren plains known as Peninsula Magallanes. If you look up, you may be lucky enough to see condors soaring overhead.
    • Upon arrival, you will view arguably the world's most famous glacier from various vantage points. The spectacle you encounter here is not only one of sight, but also of sound. Thunderous cracks will be followed by equally tremendous splashes, as great chunks of icebergs from the glacier wall break off intermittently and crash into the waters of the channel. Please pay attention to the signs around the site warning about the dangers of 'flying' ice.
    Hostería Posta Sur or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 8-10 - El Calafate - El Chalten

    • You will be transferred by bus 220 kilometres north to the village of El Chalten, located at the foot of Cerro Fitz Roy (Fitz Roy Range). Your road journey takes approximately three-and-a-half hours. Founded in 1985, this small place situated within the Los Glaciares National Park is considered the 'trekking capital' of Argentina. You will spend the night in twin-shared rooms in lodge style accommodation.
    • El Chalten will be your base for two days days in Los Glaciares (Glaciers) National Park, where Cerro Fitz Roy (3441m) towers above the surrounding peaks. You will start the trek by making your way to the beautiful Laguna de los Tres, which was named after the three Frenchmen who were the first people to climb Fitz Roy.
    • Along the way, you will look up for signs of the magnificent Andean condors, the birds of prey with the largest wingspan, which are often seen soaring overhead.
    Hostería La Aldea or similar
    Breakfast | Lunch

    Day 11 - El Calafte- Buenos Aires

    • Today you will fly to Buenos Aires, perhaps South America's ultimate cosmopolitan city. With Latin passion, European elegance and a distinctive style all of its own, this is a city that will steal your heart. The Portenos (the local residents) are justifiably proud of their city, which is comprised of distinct neighbourhoods, each with its own style.
    Hotel Bristol or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 12 - Buenos Aires

    • In the morning there is an orientation walk of Buenos Aires with the tour leader. The afternoon is at your leisure in Buenos Aires. Perhaps wander around La Boca, or the labyrinth of tombs and mausoleum at the Cementerio de la Recoleta, in one of BA's high end neighbourhoods. Alternatively drink a cup of freshly roasted coffee with a crispy medialuna (Argentinian croissant).
    Hotel Bristol or similar
    Breakfast

    Day 13 - Buenos Aires

    Your trip ends this morning in Buenos Aires after breakfast.

    Breakfast
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • Flight from Santiago to Punta Arenas and from El Calafate to Buenos Aires
    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader.
    • The services of specialised trekking guides on most full-day treks.
    • Trekking in in Los Glaciares National Park including to Fitz Roy Base Camp and Laguna de los Tres
    • 2 days of treks in Torres del Paine National Park including the Towers of Paine, Salto Grande Waterfall and Grey Lake.
    • Full day excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
    • Buenos Aires city tour including Recoleta, Palermo, Plaza San Martin, Plaza de Mayo and La Boca.
    • Free time to explore Buenos Aires, Santiago & El Calafate
    • Entrance and park fees.
    • Arrival transfer to the Peregrine joining hotel.
    • Authentic accommodation- 10 nights comfortable hotel, 2 nights trekking lodge.
    • Meals -11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners.

    Not Included

    • Airport departure tax
    • Visas where required
    • Meals not included in the itinerary
    • Insurance
    • Any optional tours or activities during free time
    • Tips and items of a personal nature
  • Map Itinerary

  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Pinnacles of Patagonia

    Yvonne - , 12 Dec, 2011
    4
    Overall Rating

    It's a trip of a lifetime, dont spend too much time taking photos, just watch. Learn to snorkel.

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Trip at a glance

Trip Code PSPP
Group size 4 - 16
Start City: Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile
End City: Buenos Aires

What to know

A good level of general fitness is required. You will trek on hilly terrain, generally on well-defined paths, walking between 3 and 8 hours per day. 

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