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Pinnacles of Patagonia

Trip Length

Trip Code

13 days PSPP

Minimum Passengers

4 people

Maximum Passengers

16 people

Countries Visited

Argentina, Chile

Start City

End City

Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile Buenos Aires
Pinnacles of Patagonia

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. Finally, at the tip of the continent, we explore the world's southernmost city – Ushuaia. A boat trip exploring the tiny islands of Beagle Channel is a delightful way to conclude our adventure.

Please note regional flights from Santiago to Punta Arenas and then from El Calafate to Buenos Aires are included in the tour price

Why we love it:

Pinnacles of Patagonia


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago

Accommodation: Hotel Majestic or similar, Santiago

Activities:

Day 2: Santiago- Punta Arenas- Puerto Natales

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Glaciers, Puerto Natales

Activities:

Day 3-4: Torres Del Paine National Park

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Accommodation: Refugio Torres Central, Torres Del Paine

Activities:

Day 5: Torres Del Paine National Park- Puerto Natales

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Hotel Glaciers, Puerto Natales

Activities:

Day 6-7: El Calafate- Perito Moreno Glacier

Meals included: 2 breakfasts

Accommodation: Hostería Posta Sur or similar, El Chalten

Activities:

Day 8-10: El Calafate - El Chalten

Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Accommodation: Hostería La Aldea or similar, El Calafate

Activities:

Day 11: El Calafte- Buenos Aires

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Bristol or similar, Buenos Aires

Activities:

Day 12: Buenos Aires

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Bristol or similar, Buenos Aires

Activities:

Day 13: Buenos Aires

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Your trip ends this morning in Buenos Aires after breakfast.


Your Trip

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. 

What's Included

Transport

Not Included

Optional Extras

We have chosen a selection of some great optional activities to enhance your travel experience. You will need to cover any additional costs yourself. The below list is not exhaustive and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed below have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Argentina
IMPORTANT: Australians, Americans, British, Canadians and New Zealanders, do not currently require a visa for Argentina. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Please note that when entering Argentine Territory, the following citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee": Australians - US$100, Canadians - US$75, and Americans - US$160. The fee will be valid for multiple re-entries within a period of one year as of the date of first entry. Payment must be made entirely ONLINE and fees can no longer be paid on arrival at any airport. This fee also needs to be paid online if you are crossing the border into Argentina by land. This price is subject to change and the price on the below website will have the up to date costs.

How to pay the reciprocity fee online:
• Visit www.migraciones.gov.ar or www.provinciapagos.com.ar and register to start the process
• Fill out the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information
• Print the payment receipt
• Present the printed receipt at Immigration Control on arrival in Argentina. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and entry to the country will be registered

Chile

Australians, Americans, Canadians, New Zealanders or British do not currently require a visa for Chile. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. If you are entering Chile at Santiago International Airport as a tourist, some nationalities are required to pay a reciprocity fee (Australians US$95, Canadians US$132, Americans US$140). The fee does not apply to travellers arriving at other airports or entering the country via land borders.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Argentina

On Heroes and Tombs-E Sabato Kiss of the Spider Woman-M Puig Argentina: A City and a Nation-J Scobie Gaucho’s and the Vanishing Frontier-R Slatta Peron & the Enigma of Argentina-T Martinez

Chile

Crisis in Allende’s Chile-E Kaufman The Pinochet Decade-P O’Brien & J Roddick


Important Information

Please note you will stay in Refugios for two nights in the national park. Accommodation will be multi-share dormitory style rooms with shared facilities.
Public Holiday Inconveniences
Please be prepared for the inconvenience of sights such as museums and churches being closed to tourists on public holidays (ie. Christmas Day and New Years Day). Throughout Latin America, most museums also tend to be closed on Mondays.


Local Emergency Contact Number (Based in Argentina) After Hours Emergency (24 Hr Emergency) Calling from abroad: 00541152722281 Calling from Argentina: -01152722281 Calling from Buenos Aires: 52722281

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

8 April 2014


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