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In Patagonia

Tierra del Fuego and the Mountain Splendor of Chile and Argentina

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $7295  
Length: 16 days
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Punta Arenas, Chile
Lodging: 15 nights in hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: 10 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 5-7 hours a day, altitudes below 5,000 feet
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Highlights

  • The best of Patagonia, from the Beagle Channel to its greatest national parks
  • Amazing views of Fitzroy and the Paine Towers on our hikes
  • Remote islands of Tierra del Fuego
  • Comfortable inns, including Estancia Helsingfors, a landmark Patagonian estate


Wilderness Travel is always a class act, which is why this is our 3rd WT trip.Sue M.—San Carlos, CA

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Choosing the Right Trip

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Departure Notes

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From Tierra del Fuego to the mighty peaks of Patagonia, our spectacular journey brims with exhilarating hikes, either moderate or challenging (your choice!). We hike trails below the great shark fin of Mt. Fitzroy in Argentina’s Glacier National Park, amid the soaring towers of Chile’s Paine Massif, and on Tierra del Fuego’s secluded islands. Fine inns and historic estancias keep us comfy as we savor the wonders of this “uttermost end of the earth.”

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Buenos Aires / Ushuaia / Tierra del Fuego

Our lively exploration of Buenos Aires includes a visit to La Boca, a haven for artists. In Ushuaia, one of the southernmost cities in the world, our hikes lead along the secluded bays of Tierra del Fuego, and on the Beagle Channel, a Zodiac ride brings us to a remote island for a picnic lunch.

Days 4-7
Glacier National Park

Up-close perspectives of Fitzroy (11,703') and the slender granite pinnacle of Cerro Torre (10,280') are the thrill of our hikes in this famed park. One hike brings us through a valley forested by native lenga trees to Laguna Torre, a serene glacial lake with the spire of Cerro Torre soaring directly above it. We also journey across deep Lago Viedma by boat, navigating amid floating icebergs, then make an exciting hike right on the vast Viedma Glacier for a chance to peer into its fantastic ice caverns.

Days 8-9
Estancia Helsingfors

From renowned Estancia Helsingfors, with its spectacular location in western Glacier National Park, our trails bring us through beech forests to stunning Lago Azul, a pristine lake with magnificent Fitzroy views. On our hikes, we keep an eye out for Patagonia’s exotic creatures, including guanacos and rheas.

Day 10
Moreno Glacier / Lago Argentino / Calafate

Crossing rolling Patagonian steppes to turquoise Lago Argentino, we walk along a boardwalk with phenomenal views of the spectacular 20-story-high icewall of the Moreno Glacier, where the sounds are as amazing as the views.

Days 11-16
Paine National Park, Chile

Chile’s Paine National Park is one of the natural masterpieces of the planet. Amid granite spires, azure lakes, and massive glaciers, we hike into the stunning Ascencio Valley, to the base of the three giant monoliths of the Paine Towers, and to Grey Glacier, with its icebergs calving into Lago Grey. From Punta Arenas on the Strait of Magellan, we depart on Day 16.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous. The hiking will be physically demanding at times (but we do offer shorter hiking options on the two longest hiking days). Most of the hiking takes place below altitudes of 4,000 feet. For the most part, the trails are not overly rugged or difficult, but the approaches and descents can be steep, and the trail conditions rocky or muddy. There are also some long driving days across the steppes, and everyone should be prepared for bumpy, dusty road conditions. Please note that your leader may make adjustments to the itinerary and hiking routes, depending on local weather and trail conditions.

We recommend you make a special effort to get in good physical condition for this trip. The better condition you are in, the more you will enjoy your experience. We suggest you begin training several months before departure. Start gradually by doing hikes, running, using a Stairmaster, or riding bikes. The object is to improve your overall aerobic capacity and get your hiking muscles limbered up. Even a brisk 30-45 minute walk every other day over moderately steep terrain can do wonders for your conditioning.

Accommodations
We stay in a variety of well-located hotels and lodges. Rooms in these places are not always of uniform or international size. However, our leaders try their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Single rooms in Patagonian lodges tend to come in small sizes in exchange for the privacy they afford. In addition, please note that many hotels and lodges in Patagonia have twin-bedded rooms. Very few have “matrimonial” rooms (rooms with a double bed). While we can request a double-bedded room for you if you ask us well in advance, we cannot guarantee it.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2014
Dec 20, 2014-Jan 4, 2015  Bernardita De Negri
2015
Jan 6-21, 2015  Rob Noonan
Jan 10-25, 2015  Carlos Leon
Jan 23-Feb 7, 2015  Rob Noonan
Feb 12-27, 2015  Rob Noonan
Mar 6-21, 2015

In Patagonia: Whale Watching Departure: We offer a November departure of this extraordinary journey, scheduled during Patagonia’s spring when the whales are abundant along the coast, features phenomenal wildlife viewing as well as the magnificent landscapes of Glacier and Paine National Parks and Tierra del Fuego. Download a separate Full Trip Brochure or call us for more details.

*Book early to get the most attractive air fares, especially for the holiday departures!

Trip Cost

Prices valid through Spring 2014
$7295 (13-15 members)
$7595 (10-12 members)
$7895 (7-9 members)
Single supplement: $1495
Forced single supplement: $1295
Internal airfare: $720 (subject to change)
Argentine Reciprocity Fee for US citizens: $160
   (must be obtained in advance online)
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Extension Costs
Iguazu Falls Extension
   from: $985

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in comfortable lodges, inns, and hotels
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Land and boat transportation, airport transfers, and baggage handling as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal flights, meals not specified after each itinerary day, travel insurance, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), and expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Melia Buenos Aires

Melia Buenos Aires

Day 1 (1 night), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Located in the heart of Buenos Aires on a pedestrian-only street, this hotel allows for fun, safe, and easy access to some of the best areas of the ...
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Hotel Tolkeyen

Hotel Tolkeyen

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Ushuaia, Argentina

Right on the shores of the Beagle Channel outside Ushuaia town, this lodge built of local wood and stone offers a serene setting and good views of ...
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Estancia El Pilar

Estancia El Pilar

Days 4 to 7 (4 nights), El Chalten, Argentina

A charming 10-room country inn surrounded by native lenga forests on the edge of Glacier National Park, this is the best place to stay in the ...
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Estancia Helsingfors

Estancia Helsingfors

Days 8 to 9 (2 nights), Lago Viedma, Argentina

This century-old estancia has a magnificent setting on Lago Viedma surrounded by world-class Patagonian scenery. There’s nothing else like it ...
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Hotel Kau Yatun

Hotel Kau Yatun

Day 10 (1 night), El Calafate, Argentina

Located on the outskirts of El Calafate town, the hotel has attractive grounds and gardens, two restaurants, and a wood-paneled bar. The rooms are ...
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Estancia Lazo

Estancia Lazo

Day 11 (1 night), Paine National Park, Chile

A converted estancia on the banks of the Lago Verde, this place offers one of the very best panoramas of the Paine Massif. There’s also ...
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Hosteria Lago Grey

Hosteria Lago Grey

Day 12 (1 night), Paine National Park, Chile

This hotel has a magnificent setting along iceberg-dotted Lago Grey in Paine National Park. From the dining room there is an absolutely stunning ...
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Hosteria Las Torres

Hosteria Las Torres

Days 13 to 14 (2 nights), Paine National Park, Chile

Las Torres has an ideal location in Paine National Park and direct trail access to the Paine Towers. While over the years the hotel has grown to be ...
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Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Day 15 (1 night), Punta Arenas, Chile

Located on the Punta Arenas town square, a beehive of activity, this European-style hotel is the best in Punta Arenas, with a stylish lobby of glass ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions option:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Bernardita De Negri

Departure Dates: December 20, 2014-January 4, 2015

Bernardita de Negri, born in Buenos Aires, grew up in a family that had immigrated from Europe to Argentina. Her family loved travel, books, and languages, and her international background, combined with living in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, helped her develop a lust for world travel and a ...
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Carlos Leon

Departure Dates: January 10-25, 2015

Carlos Leon was born in central Chile and has lived in Patagonia since he was a child. He has accompanied Wilderness Travel groups in Patagonia since 1996, first as a driver and local guide, and then as a Trip Leader. Carlos knows all the hiking trails of Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine ...
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Rob Noonan

Departure Dates: January 6-21, 2015, January 23-February 7, 2015, February 12-27, 2015

Rob Noonan came by his love of nature and the mountains early, adventuring throughout most of the Americas from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego and later earning a degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College in Arizona. He has guided our Patagonia hiking journeys since 1994, but his love of ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extension:

Argentina

Iguazu Falls Extension

One of the World’s Spectacular Natural Wonders

Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

Wilderness Travel is always a class act, which is why this is our 3rd WT trip. Sue M., San Carlos, CA This was an amazing experience. The group size was perfect, the itinerary well paced, the Trip Leaders outstanding. Christine S., Redwood City, CA I had the best possible experience in Patagonia with this trip—the right combination of great hiking, beautiful scenery, traveling with friends, and having great leaders. Yvette P., Carbondale, CO Our first with WT! We loved it. You have a first-class operation. Richard and Margaret T., Napa, CA The trip exceeded my expectations. Each day was a new adventure, and each hike always ended with something new and beautiful to look at. Terrell N., Los Angeles, CA A fabulous itinerary, with spectacular scenery and hiking opportunities, wildlife, lodge comfort, quality dining, and no altitude—wow! Karen G., New York, NY We loved the trip. The scenery is fantastic, and the extension to Iguazu Falls was a highlight. Nancy L., La Jolla, CA One of the best trips we’ve been on! Maureen and Frank B., Millerton, NY A 5-star experience—unforgettable, well organized, planned, paced. Daisy R., New York, NY Really a fantastic trip. One of the best we have ever taken. Steven A., New York, NY A lifetime dream and it met my expectations! Eugene J., Salt Lake City, UT The trip was seamless and smoothly run under all conditions and weather. The itinerary was appealing and comprehensive. All our friends are jealous and we’ll be dining out on this trip for a long time. Ed and Lois B., Washington, DC Great scenery, great itinerary, great hikes. Bill and Kathleen H., Lafayette, CA
We loved the all-day hikes and also appreciated having options on some hikes. Nancy and Tom F., Sarasota, FL Magnificent scenery, fantastic Trip Leader, excellent local guides, great food, and a fun group of participants made for a wonderful trip! Charlaine D., Philadelphia PA The trip design was brilliant. Each day we thought we had captured “the prize” but the next day was even better. How did you do this? Peter G., Washington, D.C. No adjectives could do justice to this trip. Every bend, every crest on the trail unveiled a new and indescribably beautiful scene—the scale and power of Fitzroy or the Paine Towers looming above, lakes and glaciers in every imaginable shade of blue, a sky full of stars at Chalten. Each day’s hike left us in awe of the majesty of nature. Niles B., Madison, WI The trip totally surpassed my expectations. Patagonia was absolutely breathtaking and one of the most spectacular travels I have had so far. Elizabeth C., Toronto, Ontario We were blessed with exceptional weather, so our days in Patagonia were magical and majestic. We also had a great group of travelers and that was just fun! Will highly recommend this to my friends! Susan C., Colorado Springs, CO Could not have been improved upon. Even the WEATHER was on our side! Barbara C., Westmoreland, NH Having access to this magical landscape with its startlingly beautiful scenery is a gift like no other . . . thank you for making it accessible. As I tell my friends, with WT, you just have to show up and hike! Candace S., Palo Alto, CA In Patagonia must be your flagship trip. It is spectacular and runs like a well oiled machine with personality. Sara K., West Hartford, CT