Hiking in Tierra del Fuego, Chile, and Argentina

Ultimate Patagonia

Argentina, Chile

16 Days

From $11,595

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    Overview

    With over four decades of exploring Patagonia, we've honed our journeys to perfection. There is so much to see in this incredible realm that we feel strongly you shouldn't rush this trip. We take the time to get you to all the iconic highlights, from the storied Beagle Channel to the soaring spires of Fitz Roy in Argentina and Torres del Paine in Chile. We'll visit penguin colonies in Tierra del Fuego, and in Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine national parks, hike the classic trails plus our "secret hikes" with Patagonia's grandeur all to ourselves!

    Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Depart: Punta Arenas, Chile

    Highlights

    • Hike in the world-famous national parks of Los Glaciares (Argentina) and Torres del Paine (Chile)
    • Enjoy a choice of shorter or longer hiking options on many days
    • Explore Tierra del Fuego at the very tip of South America
    • Stay in boutique estancias and lodges—two are exclusive to our group

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      After exploring Buenos Aires, we fly south to Ushuaia, only 600 miles from Antarctica. We’ll get a taste of this austral realm and look for penguins on our explorations in Tierra del Fuego National Park along the Beagle Channel, named for the HMS Beagle.

      Fitz Roy, the crown jewel of Los Glaciares National Park, is a granite shark fin jutting out of the pampas. From our remote 10-room lodge, Hostería El Pilar, we hike to the blue lagoon right below the towering spires of the Fitz Roy massif. Another hike brings us to a glacial lake below the granite spike of Cerro Torre, rising a vertical mile and capped by an otherworldly ice mushroom.
      We are welcomed like family at the charming 9-room Estancia Helsingfors and we normally have this lodge all to ourselves. In this extraordinary location, one of our hikes brings us up the narrow arm of Lago Viedma through alpine terrain to picture-perfect Lago Azul.
      We'll visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, a 200-foot-high wall of blue ice and one of the few glaciers in the world that is still in equilibrium. The sounds of creaking ice are as amazing as the sight of this three-mile-wide ice wall dropping huge chunks of ice into the lake below.
      In Chile, we enter the spectacular realm of Torres del Paine National Park, a surreal world of stone carved by ice. Paine Grande, the highest tower, tops 10,000 feet. Our day hikes include the Lago Nordenskjöld trail, with the Paine massif wonderfully reflected in turquoise waters, and a grand finale hike right to the base of the three massive towers that form the central Paine massif. Depart on Day 16 via Santiago.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and lodges
      • All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All land and boat transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Palladio Hotel

      Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Located in the heart of the Recoleta neighborhood with its indie boutiques, hip enclaves, and architectural charm, the Palladio Hotel features modern guest rooms, an outdoor heated pool, and a spa and fitness center. The restaurant serves continental breakfast along with Mediterranean cuisine,...

      Fueguino Hotel Patagónico

      Ushuaia, Argentina

      Days 2-3 (2 nights)

      Set in the heart of Ushuaia, this modern 53-room hotel offers wonderful views of the mountains and the waters of the Beagle Channel. The guestrooms, decorated in avant-garde style, are comfortable, clean, and neat, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. A fitness center offers a gym with aerobic equipment,...

      Hostería El Pilar

      El Chaltén, Argentina

      Days 4-7 (4 nights)

      With the perfect location on the edge of Los Glaciares National Park, El Pilar is a picturesque 10-room country inn with incomparable access to the trailheads of the park's most sought-after hikes—and we usually have this special place all to ourselves! Guest rooms are simple and cozy, and there are...

      Estancia Helsingfors

      Lago Viedma, Argentina

      Days 8-9 (2 nights)

      This historic end-of-the-road estancia, with just nine guest rooms, stands in magnificent isolation on the shores of Lago Viedma. Our group always has this serene lodge—and the nearby hiking trails—to ourselves, which gives Helsingfors an exquisitely exclusive feel. The scenery is breathtaking, the bar is well stocked, and meals are...

      Mirador del Lago Hotel

      El Calafate, Argentina

      Day 10 (1 night)

      With a fantastic location that lives up to its name, Mirador del Lago Hotel is set next to Lago Argentino and a short walk to the center of El Calafate. The hotel staff are friendly and helpful, and guest rooms are comfortable, with nice views of the lake and free...

      Hotel Lago Grey

      Paine National Park, Chile

      Days 11-12 (2 nights)

      With its prime setting along an iceberg-dotted lake in Paine National Park, Hotel Lago Grey gives us direct access to Paine's glaciers and trails. From the dining room's large picture windows, we'll have a stunning perspective on the calving ice of the Grey Glacier. There are great places around the...

      Hotel Las Torres

      Paine National Park, Chile

      Days 13-14 (2 nights)

      Las Torres is located in an extraordinary, privileged site—inside Paine National Park and right at the foot of the majestic Torres del Paine. Founded as an 8,000-acre cattle ranch before the park even existed, the property has stunning Paine views, a stable of Patagonian horses, and direct access to trails....

      Hotel Cabo de Hornos

      Punta Arenas, Chile

      Day 15 (1 night)

      Located on the central Plaza de Armas in the old port city of Punta Arenas, Cabo de Hornos is a renovated historic property with a stylish lobby of glass and stone, and a cozy bar. Guest rooms are spacious and modern, and many have views over the Strait of Magellan...

      Trip Leaders

      Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please click on their profiles below.

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system, with 10 hiking days. The hiking will be physically demanding at times, but we do offer shorter options on the longer hikes. For the most part, the trails are not overly difficult, but the approaches and descents can be somewhat steep, and the conditions can at times be rocky or muddy. All the hikes take place below 4,000 feet, so altitude acclimatization is not an issue.


      Please note that the Trip Leader may make adjustments to the itinerary and hiking routes, depending on local weather and trail conditions.

      Review Trip Level Details

      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, and it's a great way to break in your hiking boots.

      We time our trips for Patagonia's ideal hiking weather, which is from late November through early March, when we can enjoy the mildest temperatures and 16 hours of daylight. November (spring) is blessed with wildflowers and March (fall) offers the start of spectacular fall foliage. With its deep southern latitude, you might expect Patagonia's weather to be more "polar" than it really is. In fact, the austral summer temperatures are relatively moderate. During Patagonia's summer months (November through March in the Southern Hemisphere), the thermometer rarely drops below 40°F and will usually reach into the high 60s°F and even low 70s°F during the day. Nevertheless, the weather is radically changeable. Rain, sleet, and snow can occur at any time—perhaps just a few hours before or after sunny skies and 70°F temperatures.

      The enormous, unbroken stretches of ocean to the west and south of the tip of South America leave the Patagonian Andes exposed to strong and persistent winds. Winds circling the globe between latitudes of 40s°F and 60s°F have little obstruction when they reach the tip of South America. Experiencing these winds is almost inevitable on any Patagonian journey. For most part, you can expect winds of 9 to 13 miles per hour, but they can occasionally gust much higher, quickly "cooling down" an otherwise pleasant day. Prepare for this by wearing layered clothing and always having rain and/or wind protection handy.

      Our spectacularly located estancias and lodges are a highlight of the trip, and we often have these entire lodges to ourselves. Please remember, though, that rooms in these unique places are not always of uniform or international size. Our Trip 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. 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. Single rooms in Patagonian lodges tend to come in small sizes in exchange for the privacy they afford.

      There are some long driving days on this trip, and although we have a very comfortable vehicle, everyone should be prepared for stretches of bumpy road conditions

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      Client Testimonials

      "This was an exceptionally designed trip. Words cannot do justice to the scenery and natural abundance in that part of the world, and it was apparent we took advantage of it as much as possible."

      Alicia K.

      Grosse Pointe Park, MI

      "This trip to Patagonia was one of the best experiences of my entire life. Every part of it was well thought out. I will always hold the time I spent in Patagonia under the guidance of Wilderness Travel as one of the finest memories of my entire life. "

      Andrew S.

      Palo Alto, CA

      "This was our first trip with Wilderness Travel, and we were truly spoiled! Our accommodations were simply the best, the group was congenial and lots of fun, we had unbelievably good food on the entire trip, and our trip leader was fabulous. The hikes took us to spectacular scenery that we could only see from hiking there. We also had the luxury of hiking some trails in relative solitude, which was wonderful. I also enjoyed the extra experiences—visiting the working estancia and seeing the sheep herding dog in action, and watching the owner shear a sheep."

      Anna H.

      Corvallis, OR

      "It was amazing, the trip of a lifetime. The vast wild open beauty of the Patagonian landscape captured my heart."

      Barbara C.

      Tempe, AZ

      "Could not have been improved upon. Even the WEATHER was on our side!"

      Barbara C.

      Westmoreland, NH

      "Amazing trip! Excellent trip leaders and extremely knowledgeable guides made this a real learning experience as well as a lot of fun!"

      Barbara D.

      Thetford Center, VT

      "I highly recommend this trip. The itinerary was fabulous, and everything ran like a Swiss watch, on time, seamlessly, and happily."

      Betty G.

      Kirkland, WA

      "Great scenery, great itinerary, great hikes."

      Bill and Kathleen H.

      Lafayette, CA

      "The trip was spectacular. Every day managed to amaze and thrill. I'd have thought we'd eventually get jaded, but no!"

      Bill E.

      Carmel Valley, CA

      "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

      "This was a tremendous experience and I am so glad I did it. Wilderness Travel planned a wonderful itinerary. Thank you for doing all you do."

      Carin M.

      Portland, OR

      "One of the top 4 trips I have taken. The guide, people in the group, itinerary, weather, everything was great. How can each day be better than the past? Somehow it was."

      Carla K.

      St. Simons Island, GA

      "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

      "This was an amazing experience. The group size was perfect, the itinerary well paced, the Trip Leaders outstanding."

      Christine S.

      Redwood City, CA

      "Everything about this trip was top rate. What truly sets Wilderness Travel apart from other adventure outfitters we've used is the attention to detail...the small things and the welcomed surprises along the way."

      Craig F.

      Gainesville, FL

      "A 5-star experience—unforgettable, well organized, planned, paced."

      Daisy R.

      New York, NY

      "The trip was fabulous and everything I hoped for and expected."

      Daniel R.

      Marshall, NC

      "Hiking in Patagonia has long been a dream of mine. My dream has come true and the trip exceeded my expectations. What beautiful country!"

      Darrell K.

      Danville, CA

      "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

      "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

      "This trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, led by a constellation of talented professionals. The itinerary gave us a strong sense of this wondrous place called Patagonia. I saw beauty that left me speechless, learned about and saw some of Patagonia's wondrous natural world—from glaciers to penguins, from the beauty of hidden lagoons to guanaco to pink flamingo—and, on the trail and off, experienced camaraderie that enriched the entire experience."

      Elizabeth W.

      Hillsborough, NC

      "Beautifully structured trip covering key Patagonia locales in the time allotted. The hikes and glacier walk were fabulous."

      Ellen R.

      New York, NY

      "A lifetime dream and it met my expectations!"

      Eugene J.

      Salt Lake City, UT

      "Of all 9 of our wonderful WT adventures, Ultimate Patagonia is one of our most memorable. The combination of outstanding WT staff and a truly magical place (plus the good fortune of great weather) made this trip a ‘life list’ experience for us!"

      Frank S.

      Wrightsville Beach, NC

      "This was the best group trip I have been on. Well-organized, great leaders, best group of people I've traveled with, interesting accommodations, extremely well orchestrated."

      Ginger R.

      Bend, OR

      "We have trekked all over the world. This trip offered some of the most impressive scenery and most knowledgeable guides we've experienced."

      Ivy W.

      Essex, CT

      "Impeccable itinerary and outstanding implementation. Every day delivered a new 'oh my' because of the variety of the scenery and experiences. Thanks, Wilderness Travel!"

      Jan D.

      Meyersdale, PA

      "This was an amazing trip. There are likely few more beautiful places in the world, the guides were fantastic, and the hotels and food great."

      John I.

      Fremont, CA

      "A great trip! Very well coordinated and all staff were professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and easy to deal with. Will recommend it to my friends."

      Judith R.

      Albany, NY

      "A fabulous itinerary, with spectacular scenery and hiking opportunities, wildlife, lodge comfort, quality dining, and no altitude—wow!"

      Karen G.

      New York, NY

      "You could not have designed a better itinerary. Every day, every lodge, every meal, every experience was (unbelievably) better than the day before. Thank you for making this a phenomenal travel experience that I'll remember for a lifetime."

      Kathie D.

      Belle Isle, FL

      "I have seen a lot of beautiful places, but none more beautiful than Patagonia. Every day was a new and amazing hike with unimaginable views."

      Ken G.

      Orlando, FL

      "I am very impressed with the exceptional organization and design of this trip—each day was better than the prior! From the smooth transfers, our outstanding guides and driver, to the spectacular hiking and views—all exceeded expectations!"

      Laura F.

      Englewood, CO

      "This was a trip of a lifetime. I loved, loved, loved the hiking, the views, the corners turned to find a spectacular glacial lake, towering rocks, a glacier swooping down, a waterfall. What more could a person want??"

      Lee W.

      Riverside, RI

      "We loved the variety, from penguins and glaciers to high deserts and craggy mountains, and loved learning about an area we both truly knew nothing about."

      Linda and Bob Doyle S.

      Novato, CA

      "Wow! What an adventure. I really enjoyed it from start to finish."

      Lynn R.

      Hilton Head Is., SC

      "We had excellent weather, an awesome group of people, and a wonderful leader in Carlos Leon. And, we were in Patagonia! That's never a bad thing."

      Marie K.

      Pittsburgh, PA

      "One of the best trips we’ve been on!"

      Maureen and Frank B.

      Millerton, NY

      "We loved the all-day hikes and also appreciated having options on some hikes."

      Nancy and Tom F.

      Sarasota, FL

      "The trip design and splendor of Patagonia make this trip a wonderful experience in every respect! I can't imagine better hikes in a more spectacular setting. Every day was interesting and new. The trip leaders were great, the flora and fauna were interesting, and the variety of activities made for a trip that exceeded every expectation."

      Nancy L.

      Indianapolis, IN

      "We loved the trip. The scenery is fantastic, and the extension to Iguazu Falls was a highlight."

      Nancy L.

      La Jolla, CA

      "The combination of civilized amenities and virtually untouched natural wonders delighted me throughout the trip."

      Nancy P.

      Los Angeles, CA

      "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

      "This was a truly exceptional trip where we felt that we were able to fully experience the Patagonian wilderness but from the relative comfort of some wonderful small hotels and estancias."

      Paul F.

      Croton-On-Hudson, NY

      "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.

      "Our first with WT! We loved it. You have a first-class operation."

      Richard and Margaret T.

      Napa, CA

      "Ultimate Patagonia must be your flagship trip. It is spectacular and runs like a well oiled machine with personality."

      Sara K.

      West Hartford, CT

      "It was a magical experience with every effort possible made to assure that we fully came to appreciate the beauty and culture of Patagonia. And, more to the point, to assure that we enjoyed some of the best hiking we will ever do."

      Skip S.

      Thetford, VT

      "Really a fantastic trip. One of the best we have ever taken."

      Steven A.

      New York, NY

      "Wilderness Travel is always a class act, which is why this is our 3rd WT trip."

      Sue M.

      San Carlos, CA

      "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

      "This was an amazing trip with gorgeous scenery, awesome hiking, a great guide, and wonderful places to stay."

      Teresa B.

      Bethesda, MD

      "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

      "The planning and execution of the trip was flawless. It was a great way to see this large area in a limited amount of time."

      Thomas Y.

      Sedona, AZ

      "I loved the trip—a great experience you could never have on your own."

      Walter Z.

      Rye Brook, NY

      "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

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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After lunch at a shepherds' hut, we head back by Zodiac, stopping at Martillo Island for a walk among penguins! These birds are always a highlight with their antics and vocalizations as they waddle along the beaches of the Beagle Channel. Three thousand pairs of Magellanic penguins and a smaller colony of gentoo penguins breed here. Overnight at the Los Yamanas Hotel in Ushuaia.\r\nHiking Details: 3 hours, 4.3 miles","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":4,"Headline":"Calafate \/ El Chalt&eacute;n \/ Los Glaciares National Park (Northern Region)","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"After flying north to the town of El Calafate, we journey across the Patagonian steppes to El Chalt&eacute;n (1,150&apos;) in the far north of Los Glaciares National Park. As we travel, Fitz Roy, the crown jewel of Los Glaciares National Park, comes closer into view, its great shark fin sheering out of the pampas. With luck, the weather will grant us remarkable views. Arriving at the town of El Chalt&eacute;n, we&apos;ll continue about 10 miles to our cozy and remote 10-room lodge, Hoster&iacute;a El Pilar, with its idyllic setting on the edge of the park and fantastic access to hiking trails. Our groups normally have this charming lodge all to ourselves, making us feel as if we have exclusive access to the park. The striking form of Fitz Roy will catch our eyes right from our dining table tonight, whetting our appetite for the&nbsp; amazing days of hiking to come. Fitz Roy and its six satellite spires rise at seemingly impossible angles, their polished granite walls too steep for snow to cling to. Behind the Fitz Roy massif rises the forbidding needle of Cerro Torre (10,280&apos;), one of the world&apos;s greatest mountaineering challenges. These sculpted rock towers have long drawn the biggest names in climbing.\r\nDriving Time: About 4 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":5,"DayTo":5,"Headline":"Los Glaciares National Park (Northern Region) \/ Hike to the Base of Fitz Roy","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We&apos;ve crafted our days here so that you can truly experience the wonder of this extraordinary environment. Many companies rush you in and out after just a night or two which, given Patagonia&apos;s notoriously changeable weather, could mean you miss seeing the mountains entirely! You&apos;ve come a long way to get to Patagonia, and you don&apos;t want to rush through it. These extra days are worth it. Patagonia is a second home for our Trip Leaders and they are adept at making the most of your time here. In addition, there is a local hiking guide with us, so shorter hiking options are offered on some days. The hiking times we list are estimates and include stops for photography and lunch. Depending on weather conditions, we may do these hikes in a different order.\r\n\r\nOur first hike starts right from Hoster&iacute;a El Pilar, and brings us to the blue lagoon below the towering spires of the majestic Fitz Roy massif. The trail leads through a truly enchanted forest of gnarled, wind-sculpted southern beech trees festooned with delicate moss and colorful lichens. In March (autumn in these parts), these forests are often aglow in gold and red tones in the soft southern light. We&apos;ll see the jumbled ice blocks of the immense Piedras Blancas and Marconi glaciers spilling down from the mountains as we hike higher, passing Campamento Poincenot, a base for international hikers and climbers. Our last stretch climbs up a large terminal moraine to powder-blue Laguna de Los Tres, a small glacial lake right beneath Fitz Roy&apos;s near-vertical east face. Fitz Roy was first climbed in 1952 by French alpinists Lionel Terray and Guido Magnone and remains among the most challenging mountains on the planet. In 1968, the legendary &ldquo;Fun Hogs&rdquo; (Yvon Chouinard, Doug Tompkins, Lito Tejada-Flores, and Dick Dorworth) made their epic six-month journey to Patagonia by van and climbed its holy grail, Fitz Roy, making the first ascent of the now-classic California Route. That trip set the course for two of the men&mdash;Tompkins and Chouinard&mdash;as they would become Patagonia&apos;s fiercest defenders and dedicate their lives to the environment.&nbsp; Chouinard founded the Patagonia clothing company and the logo is the famed ridgeline of Fitz Roy. After taking in the grandeur all around us, including Fitz Roy&apos;s massive hanging glaciers, we return by the same path to our cozy lodge. Overnight at Hoster&iacute;a El Pilar.\r\nHiking Details: Approximately 12 miles, 8-9 hours\r\nAscent 2,300 feet, descent 2,300 feet\r\nShorter Option: 9 miles, 5 hours, ascent 900 feet, descent 900 feet","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":6,"DayTo":6,"Headline":"Los Glaciares National Park (Northern Region) \/ Hike to Cerro Torre","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"This morning we set out for one of the most renowned hikes in Los Glaciares National Park: the Laguna Torre trail, a long (but not steep) hike right to a glacial lake below the incredible trio of granite spikes: Cerro Torre (10,280&apos;), which soars over a vertical mile out of an ice sheet, stunning Torre Egger (9,350&apos;), and Cerro Standhardt (8,956&apos;), all capped by infamous &ldquo;ice mushrooms&rdquo; that make reaching the summit treacherous. Torre Egger is considered by some mountaineers to be the most difficult climb in the Western Hemisphere. Together they form one of the most iconic mountain panoramas in the world. We start our hike in El Chalt&eacute;n, with a gradual ascent into a fairytale woodland of southern beech trees, where we&apos;ll keep an eye out for noisy red-crested Magellanic woodpeckers. The tumbling R&iacute;o Fitz Roy parallels our path in a canyon below as we reach the viewpoint of Mirador Laguna Torre. We then hike up through glacial terrain to milky-blue Laguna Torre for vistas across the lake of the three towers. We&apos;ll have lunch at the lake, watching floating&nbsp; icebergs calved from the Torre Glacier, before descending via the same route. Overnight at Hoster&iacute;a El Pilar.\r\nHiking Details: Approximately 12 miles, 6-7 hours\r\nAscent 1,000 feet, descent 1,000 feet\r\nShorter Option: 3-4 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":7,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Los Glaciares National Park (Northern Region) \/ Hike to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado&mdash;Off the Beaten Path","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We head for the lightly traveled Loma del Pliegue Tumbado trail, which lies between the R&iacute;o Fitz Roy and the R&iacute;o Tunel. Both Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy are in view on this hike, and we&apos;ll see them from the south side, a new perspective. Our trail begins amid low, rocky hills and weaves steadily uphill through tussock grasses and into a tranquil, sun-dappled forest criss-crossed by streams. The views are ever-changing on this trail and beautiful all the way. Emerging into moss-covered alpine terrain, we hike to the top of Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, a rocky peak, for unconventional 360-degree panoramas of Cerro Torre, Lago Torre, Cerro Solo, and the blue R&iacute;o Fitz Roy. We descend by the same route. Overnight at Hoster&iacute;a El Pilar.\r\nHiking Details: Approximately 12 miles, 5-7 hours\r\nAscent 2,800 feet, descent 2,800 feet\r\nShorter Option: 4 hours, still with great views","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":8,"Headline":"Los Glaciares National Park (Central Region) \/ Lago Viedma Hike","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Los Glaciares National Park is vast&mdash;2,795 square miles! Today we discover a new region of this park and a new lodge, Estancia Helsingfors. About half of our morning drive is on a dirt road, taking us off the beaten path, with perspectives of the Fitz Roy group from the south. Looking at this massif, we can imagine the adventure of legendary American rock climbers Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell who in 2014 made their epic traverse of the entire Fitz Roy skyline across its six satellite peaks&mdash;a span of four miles of incredible route finding. Around lunchtime, we&apos;ll arrive at our lodge, Estancia Helsingfors. Once a sheep ranch, it was built at the turn of the century by Finnish pioneer Alfred Ramstrom. It lies on the shore of Lago Viedma, with distant views of Fitz Roy. This afternoon, you can rest up and enjoy the ambiance of the lodge and its expansive grounds, or join your Trip Leader on a hike up the narrow arm of Lago Viedma. The hike takes us up the lake&apos;s western arm, with Cerro Norte looming above deep waters that constantly change color from bright turquoise to emerald to gray. We are welcomed like family at this charming 8-room estancia and normally have it all to ourselves. Overnight at Estancia Helsingfors.\r\nDriving Time: About 4 hours\r\nHiking Details: 3 miles, about 2 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Los Glaciares National Park (Central Region) \/ Laguna Azul&mdash;Our &ldquo;Private&rdquo; Hike","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"As the only guests at Estancia Helsingfors, we&apos;ll be the only hikers on the beautiful trail to Laguna Azul, a sublime turquoise glacial lagoon that truly earns its name. Right from the lodge, we walk up a beautiful grassy trail with easy footing as we ascend through alpine terrain brightened with wildflowers, into the R&iacute;o Alfredo valley and make our way higher into beautiful forests. The real highlight of this hike is the calm solitude, broken only by the sound of the calving ice from the hanging glacier above the lake. We&apos;ll bring a pack lunch to enjoy at the lake. Overnight at Estancia Helsingfors.\r\nHiking Details: 9 miles, 6-7 hours\r\nAscent 2,100 feet, descent 2,100 feet","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Lago Argentino \/ Perito Moreno Glacier \/ El Calafate","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Patagonia&apos;s native wildlife is one of its unique charms, and the list includes guanacos (a member of the camelid family), endangered huemul deer, rheas (Patagonia&apos;s flightless bird), flamingos, condors, red fox, armadillos, and more. As with all of our drives, we&apos;ll keep an eye out for wildlife as we head to spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier, a 200-foot-high wall of blue ice and one of the few glaciers in the world that is still in equilibrium. The sounds are as amazing as the sight of three-mile-wide ice wall dropping huge chunks of ice into Canal de los T&eacute;mpanos (Iceberg Channel) below. We&apos;ll walk along a network of boardwalks for phenomenal views of the electric-blue ice wall, its deep crevasses, and the immense Southern Patagonian Ice Cap stretching into the distance. Overnight in El Calafate at Xelena Hotel. Dinner is on your own this evening, and your Trip Leader is happy to make recommendations, depending on how fancy or local you want to go.\r\nDriving Time: 4-5 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":12,"Headline":"To Chile: Torres del Paine National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Crossing the Patagonian steppe from Argentina into Chile, we make plenty of stops for photography and chances to see wildlife. In Chile, we enter the spectacular realm of Torres del Paine National Park, a surreal world of stone carved by ice and a wonderland of eye-popping scenery. Paine&apos;s famed peaks are known as \u2018The Towers&apos; for their vertical spires. Paine Grande, the highest tower, tops 10,000 feet, its dazzling rock pinnacles rising from snow and ice. From our hotel, we have access to hiking trails and legendary views. Overnight at Hotel Lago Grey.\r\nDriving Time: 7 hours\r\nDay 12 Hiking Details: 9 miles, 5-6 hours\r\nAscent 600 feet, descent 1,300 feet","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":13,"DayTo":13,"Headline":"Torres del Paine National Park \/ Lago Grey \/ Lago Nordenskj&ouml;ld","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"From Hotel Lago Grey, an easy morning hike brings us along the beach, where we&apos;ll see icebergs sculpted into fantastic shapes and &ldquo;bergy bits&rdquo; floating in the clear waters. There are magnificent views of Grey Glacier in the distance. The afternoon&apos;s hike brings us along the shores of Lago Nordenskj&ouml;ld, where the imposing Paine massif and the Cuernos del Paine&nbsp; are wonderfully reflected in turquoise waters. We continue to Hotel Las Torres, which is owned by one of the pioneering families who settled this land long before it was a park. Set on eight acres, the estancia has been converted into a large lodge with magnificent &ldquo;great rooms&rdquo; with floor to ceiling windows framing the Paine massif. This accommodation has an absolutely unbeatable location&mdash;inside the park and close to the base of the Torres del Paine. While we&apos;re here we can watch traditional huasos (as gauchos or cowboys are called in Chile) working with the estancia&apos;s on-site stable of riding horses.\r\nDriving Time: 2-3 hours\r\nHiking Details: Two separate hikes, total 7 miles, 4-4.5 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":14,"DayTo":14,"Headline":"Torres del Paine National Park \/ Valle Ascencio Hike","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Departing directly from the lodge, we get an early start for our grand finale hike, a classic that leads through the Valle Ascencio (Ascencio River Valley) to the base of the three massive Paine towers that form the central Paine massif. This is one of Paine&apos;s iconic hikes, and it is a steep and challenging one&mdash;but we&apos;ll be in good hiking shape by now! We hike up through beech forests, then ascend steeply to the glacial moraine just below Paine, where we&apos;ll have breathtaking views of the iconic Paine Towers in all their glory, rising above a beautiful gray-green lake. Our descent follows the same path. Overnight at Hotel Las Torres. each day\r\nHiking Details: 12 miles, 8 hours\r\nAscent 2,800 feet, descent 2,800 feet\r\nShorter Option: 8 miles, 2,000 feet","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":15,"DayTo":15,"Headline":"Punta Arenas","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We head to Punta Arenas, whose location on the legendary Strait of Magellan made it an international crossroads of shipping until the opening of the Panama Canal, as ships bound from Europe had to &ldquo;round the Horn&rdquo; to reach the Pacific ports. In this port city, our hotel, the Cabo de Hornos, is a renovated historic property on the town square. We gather for our Farewell Dinner this evening, possibly a &ldquo;quincho&rdquo; (traditional Chilean barbecue) in a private home. Overnight at Hotel Cabo de Hornos.\r\nDriving Time: 6 hours","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":16,"DayTo":16,"Headline":"Punta Arenas \/ Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Morning or midday transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas to connect with homeward flights via Santiago.\r\n\r\nThis is our planned itinerary for the trip. All travelers must keep in mind, however, that Patagonia&apos;s weather is notoriously changeable: weather fronts can form quite quickly and are driven across the peaks and pampas by Patagonia&apos;s powerful winds. Even the dramatic topography of the parks has an effect on the weather, and conditions can be completely different from one hour to the next. We will make every effort to follow this itinerary, but we may change the order of the hikes or substitute different hikes if the Trip Leader deems it necessary. Remember, this is Patagonia, where nature has the final say!","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":3,"Headline":"Buenos Aires, Argentina \/ Ushuaia \/ Tierra del Fuego","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"<p>After exploring Buenos Aires, we fly south to Ushuaia, only 600 miles from Antarctica. We&rsquo;ll get a taste of this austral realm and look for penguins on our explorations in Tierra del Fuego National Park along the Beagle Channel, named for the HMS <em>Beagle<\/em>.<\/p>","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":4,"DayTo":7,"Headline":"Los Glaciares National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Fitz Roy, the crown jewel of Los Glaciares National Park, is a granite shark fin jutting out of the pampas. From our remote 10-room lodge, Hoster&iacute;a El Pilar, we hike to the blue lagoon right below the towering spires of the Fitz Roy massif. Another hike brings us to a glacial lake below the granite spike of Cerro Torre, rising a vertical mile and capped by an otherworldly ice mushroom.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":8,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Estancia Helsingfors \/ Los Glaciares National Park","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We are welcomed like family at the charming 9-room Estancia Helsingfors and we normally have this lodge all to ourselves. In this extraordinary location, one of our hikes brings us up the narrow arm of Lago Viedma through alpine terrain to picture-perfect Lago Azul.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":10,"DayTo":10,"Headline":"Perito Moreno Glacier \/ Lago Argentino \/ El Calafate","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"We&apos;ll visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, a 200-foot-high wall of blue ice and one of the few glaciers in the world that is still in equilibrium. The sounds of creaking ice are as amazing as the sight of this three-mile-wide ice wall dropping huge chunks of ice into the lake below.","Breakfast":0,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":true},{"DayFrom":11,"DayTo":16,"Headline":"Torres del Paine National Park, Chile","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"In Chile, we enter the spectacular realm of Torres del Paine National Park, a surreal world of stone carved by ice. Paine Grande, the highest tower, tops 10,000 feet. Our day hikes include the Lago Nordenskj&ouml;ld trail, with the Paine massif wonderfully reflected in turquoise waters, and a grand finale hike right to the base of the three massive towers that form the central Paine massif. 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There can be no better calling than this.\" A tireless master of details with an easygoing nature, Carlos knows all the hiking trails of Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine national parks intimately, and has a genuine passion for trekking and outdoor life. Having studied anthropology and sociology, he also loves sharing cultural aspects, with an emphasis on the people who inhabit this unique region of the globe. He lives in Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Paine, where he likes to tackle some of Patagonia&apos;s toughest hikes, then relax by repairing computers!","BioLong":"Carlos Leon was born in central Chile and has lived in Patagonia since he was a child. He has been a member of the Wilderness Travel Patagonia team since 1996, first as a driver and local guide, and then as a Trip Leader. Carlos says, &ldquo;I live in a wonderful place, surrounded by amazing sights and people, and my desire is to share it with travelers. There can be no better calling than this.\" A tireless master of detail with an easygoing nature, Carlos knows all the hiking trails of Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine national parks intimately, and has a genuine passion for trekking and outdoor life. Having studied anthropology and sociology, he also loves sharing cultural aspects, with an emphasis on the people who inhabit this unique region of the globe. &ldquo;There is actually a lot of serious work to make a trip fun. Sometimes I see other groups who don&apos;t know what they&apos;re doing, where they were yesterday, or are going tomorrow. I want my guests to enjoy as much as they can and, at the same time, truly learn about Patagonia&mdash;the mountains, the wind, the people, the trails, and the food.&rdquo; Carlos lives in Puerto Natales, gateway to Torres del Paine, where he likes to tackle some of Patagonia&apos;s toughest hikes, then relax by repairing computers!"},{"GuideID":851313,"First_Name":"Cecilia","Last_Name":"Lorenzo","BioShort":"Growing up in the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia, Cecilia&apos;s deep love for nature, travel, and exploring remote places has shaped her life and career. Her ability to combine her passions for nature, history, storytelling, and birdwatching makes her a complete guide, leaving a lasting impact on all those fortunate enough to join her on their journeys. \"In Patagonia, there may not be good internet, but you will find a better connection. My goal is to provide travelers with unique and immersive experiences, leaving them with a profound appreciation for the places we visit. Join me on a journey through Patagonia, where we will uncover hidden wonders, dive into rich history, and forge lasting memories. I encourage my guests to disconnect and foster a deeper connection with nature, and the remarkable individuals they meet along the way.&rdquo;","BioLong":"Growing up in the breathtaking landscapes of Patagonia, Cecilia&apos;s deep love for nature, travel, and exploring remote places has shaped her life and career. Her ability to combine her passions for nature, history, storytelling, and birdwatching makes her a complete guide, leaving a lasting impact on all those fortunate enough to join her on their journeys. \"In Patagonia, there may not be good internet, but you will find a better connection. My goal is to provide travelers with unique and immersive experiences, leaving them with a profound appreciation for the places we visit. Join me on a journey through Patagonia, where we will uncover hidden wonders, dive into rich history, and forge lasting memories. I encourage my guests to disconnect and foster a deeper connection with nature, and the remarkable individuals they meet along the way.&rdquo;"},{"GuideID":850608,"First_Name":"Rob","Last_Name":"Noonan","BioShort":"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 journeys since 1994, our hikes in the spectacular European Alps since 2007, and he is also our \"northern ambassador\" to Iceland and Greenland. In between trips, Rob lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he enjoys hiking and river rafting.","BioLong":"Rob Noonan came by his love of nature and the mountains early, adventuring throughout most of the Americas and later earning a degree in environmental studies from Prescott College in Arizona. He began guiding our Patagonia hiking journeys in 1994. Rob brings a lot to a journey, with his boundless energy and depth of knowledge. He has a keen interest in natural history (he's a self-confessed \"bird nerd\"), and he enjoys comparing the ecology and geology of the incredibly diverse landscapes that he guides in. His personal connections also open many doors along the way, which adds to the fun of any trip Rob leads. \"I love the cultural aspects of having friends all over the world, and it is a true joy in my life to lead adventures in lands I love and respect so passionately.\" When he's not leading trips for us, Rob lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he enjoys hiking and river rafting."}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Alicia K.","GuestLocation":"Grosse Pointe Park, MI","GuestReview":"This was an exceptionally designed trip. Words cannot do justice to the scenery and natural abundance in that part of the world, and it was apparent we took advantage of it as much as possible."},{"GuestNames":"Andrew S.","GuestLocation":"Palo Alto, CA","GuestReview":"This trip to Patagonia was one of the best experiences of my entire life. Every part of it was well thought out. I will always hold the time I spent in Patagonia under the guidance of Wilderness Travel as one of the finest memories of my entire life.\r\n"},{"GuestNames":"Anna H.","GuestLocation":"Corvallis, OR","GuestReview":"This was our first trip with Wilderness Travel, and we were truly spoiled! Our accommodations were simply the best, the group was congenial and lots of fun, we had unbelievably good food on the entire trip, and our trip leader was fabulous. The hikes took us to spectacular scenery that we could only see from hiking there. We also had the luxury of hiking some trails in relative solitude, which was wonderful. I also enjoyed the extra experiences&mdash;visiting the working estancia and seeing the sheep herding dog in action, and watching the owner shear a sheep."},{"GuestNames":"Barbara C.","GuestLocation":"Tempe, AZ","GuestReview":"It was amazing, the trip of a lifetime. The vast wild open beauty of the Patagonian landscape captured my heart."},{"GuestNames":"Barbara C.","GuestLocation":"Westmoreland, NH","GuestReview":"Could not have been improved upon. Even the WEATHER was on our side!"},{"GuestNames":"Barbara D.","GuestLocation":"Thetford Center, VT","GuestReview":"Amazing trip! Excellent trip leaders and extremely knowledgeable guides made this a real learning experience as well as a lot of fun!"},{"GuestNames":"Betty G.","GuestLocation":"Kirkland, WA","GuestReview":"I highly recommend this trip. The itinerary was fabulous, and everything ran like a Swiss watch, on time, seamlessly, and happily."},{"GuestNames":"Bill and Kathleen H.","GuestLocation":"Lafayette, CA","GuestReview":"Great scenery, great itinerary, great hikes."},{"GuestNames":"Bill E.","GuestLocation":"Carmel Valley, CA","GuestReview":"The trip was spectacular. Every day managed to amaze and thrill. I'd have thought we'd eventually get jaded, but no!"},{"GuestNames":"Candace S.","GuestLocation":"Palo Alto, CA","GuestReview":"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!"},{"GuestNames":"Carin M.","GuestLocation":"Portland, OR","GuestReview":"This was a tremendous experience and I am so glad I did it. Wilderness Travel planned a wonderful itinerary. Thank you for doing all you do."},{"GuestNames":"Carla K.","GuestLocation":"St. Simons Island, GA","GuestReview":"One of the top 4 trips I have taken. The guide, people in the group, itinerary, weather, everything was great. How can each day be better than the past? Somehow it was."},{"GuestNames":"Charlaine D.","GuestLocation":"Philadelphia PA","GuestReview":"Magnificent scenery, fantastic Trip Leader, excellent local guides, great food, and a fun group of participants made for a wonderful trip!"},{"GuestNames":"Christine S.","GuestLocation":"Redwood City, CA","GuestReview":"This was an amazing experience. The group size was perfect, the itinerary well paced, the Trip Leaders outstanding."},{"GuestNames":"Craig F.","GuestLocation":"Gainesville, FL","GuestReview":"Everything about this trip was top rate. What truly sets Wilderness Travel apart from other adventure outfitters we've used is the attention to detail...the small things and the welcomed surprises along the way."},{"GuestNames":"Daisy R.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"A 5-star experience&#8212;unforgettable, well organized, planned, paced."},{"GuestNames":"Daniel R.","GuestLocation":"Marshall, NC","GuestReview":"The trip was fabulous and everything I hoped for and expected."},{"GuestNames":"Darrell K.","GuestLocation":"Danville, CA","GuestReview":"Hiking in Patagonia has long been a dream of mine. My dream has come true and the trip exceeded my expectations. What beautiful country!"},{"GuestNames":"Ed and Lois B.","GuestLocation":"Washington, DC","GuestReview":"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&#8217;ll be dining out on this trip for a long time."},{"GuestNames":"Elizabeth C.","GuestLocation":"Toronto, Ontario","GuestReview":"The trip totally surpassed my expectations. Patagonia was absolutely breathtaking and one of the most spectacular travels I have had so far."},{"GuestNames":"Elizabeth W.","GuestLocation":"Hillsborough, NC","GuestReview":"This trip was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, led by a constellation of talented professionals. The itinerary gave us a strong sense of this wondrous place called Patagonia. I saw beauty that left me speechless, learned about and saw some of Patagonia's wondrous natural world&#8212;from glaciers to penguins, from the beauty of hidden lagoons to guanaco to pink flamingo&#8212;and, on the trail and off, experienced camaraderie that enriched the entire experience."},{"GuestNames":"Ellen R.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"Beautifully structured trip covering key Patagonia locales in the time allotted. The hikes and glacier walk were fabulous."},{"GuestNames":"Eugene J.","GuestLocation":"Salt Lake City, UT","GuestReview":"A lifetime dream and it met my expectations!"},{"GuestNames":"Frank S.","GuestLocation":"Wrightsville Beach, NC","GuestReview":"Of all 9 of our wonderful WT adventures, Ultimate Patagonia is one of our most memorable. The combination of outstanding WT staff and a truly magical place (plus the good fortune of great weather) made this trip a &#8216;life list&#8217; experience for us!"},{"GuestNames":"Ginger R.","GuestLocation":"Bend, OR","GuestReview":"This was the best group trip I have been on. Well-organized, great leaders, best group of people I've traveled with, interesting accommodations, extremely well orchestrated."},{"GuestNames":"Ivy W.","GuestLocation":"Essex, CT","GuestReview":"We have trekked all over the world. This trip offered some of the most impressive scenery and most knowledgeable guides we've experienced."},{"GuestNames":"Jan D.","GuestLocation":"Meyersdale, PA","GuestReview":"Impeccable itinerary and outstanding implementation. Every day delivered a new 'oh my' because of the variety of the scenery and experiences. Thanks, Wilderness Travel!"},{"GuestNames":"John I.","GuestLocation":"Fremont, CA","GuestReview":"This was an amazing trip. There are likely few more beautiful places in the world, the guides were fantastic, and the hotels and food great."},{"GuestNames":"Judith R.","GuestLocation":"Albany, NY","GuestReview":"A great trip! Very well coordinated and all staff were professional, knowledgeable, helpful, and easy to deal with. Will recommend it to my friends."},{"GuestNames":"Karen G.","GuestLocation":"New York, NY","GuestReview":"A fabulous itinerary, with spectacular scenery and hiking opportunities, wildlife, lodge comfort, quality dining, and no altitude&#8212;wow!"},{"GuestNames":"Kathie D.","GuestLocation":"Belle Isle, FL","GuestReview":"You could not have designed a better itinerary. Every day, every lodge, every meal, every experience was (unbelievably) better than the day before. Thank you for making this a phenomenal travel experience that I'll remember for a lifetime."},{"GuestNames":"Ken G.","GuestLocation":"Orlando, FL","GuestReview":"I have seen a lot of beautiful places, but none more beautiful than Patagonia. Every day was a new and amazing hike with unimaginable views."},{"GuestNames":"Laura F.","GuestLocation":"Englewood, CO","GuestReview":"I am very impressed with the exceptional organization and design of this trip&#8212;each day was better than the prior! From the smooth transfers, our outstanding guides and driver, to the spectacular hiking and views&#8212;all exceeded expectations!"},{"GuestNames":"Lee W.","GuestLocation":"Riverside, RI","GuestReview":"This was a trip of a lifetime. I loved, loved, loved the hiking, the views, the corners turned to find a spectacular glacial lake, towering rocks, a glacier swooping down, a waterfall. What more could a person want??"},{"GuestNames":"Linda and Bob Doyle S.","GuestLocation":"Novato, CA","GuestReview":"We loved the variety, from penguins and glaciers to high deserts and craggy mountains, and loved learning about an area we both truly knew nothing about."},{"GuestNames":"Lynn R.","GuestLocation":"Hilton Head Is., SC","GuestReview":"Wow! What an adventure. I really enjoyed it from start to finish."},{"GuestNames":"Marie K.","GuestLocation":"Pittsburgh, PA","GuestReview":"We had excellent weather, an awesome group of people, and a wonderful leader in Carlos Leon. And, we were in Patagonia! That's never a bad thing."},{"GuestNames":"Maureen and Frank B.","GuestLocation":"Millerton, NY","GuestReview":"One of the best trips we&#8217;ve been on!"},{"GuestNames":"Nancy and Tom F.","GuestLocation":"Sarasota, FL","GuestReview":"We loved the all-day hikes and also appreciated having options on some hikes."},{"GuestNames":"Nancy L.","GuestLocation":"Indianapolis, IN","GuestReview":"The trip design and splendor of Patagonia make this trip a wonderful experience in every respect! I can't imagine better hikes in a more spectacular setting. Every day was interesting and new. The trip leaders were great, the flora and fauna were interesting, and the variety of activities made for a trip that exceeded every expectation."},{"GuestNames":"Nancy L.","GuestLocation":"La Jolla, CA","GuestReview":"We loved the trip. 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US citizens do not need a visa for Argentina or Chile. If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements.<div><br>NOTE: (For guests traveling to Iguazu Falls) If you have planned to travel to the Brazilian side of the falls, please note - a Brazil visa is required as of April 10, 2025.<\/div>","Custom_Visa":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_1":"","Custom_FB_Before_You_Go_-_MISC_2":"","Custom_Luggage_Requirements":"<strong>LUGGAGE REQUIREMENTS:<\/strong> Please keep in mind that weight and volume restrictions apply on our domestic flights. You are allowed one piece of luggage per person, to be checked into the plane's baggage compartment, with a weight limit of 33 lbs. You are also allowed one carry-on bag which must fit in the overhead compartment, with a weight limit of 11 lbs\nand one personal item, with a weight limit of 6 lbs. 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If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to your Trip Leaders and Local Agent (contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground. <br><br>We recommend using <a href=\"https:\/\/www.whatsapp.com\/\">WhatsApp<\/a>, and suggest you download the free app and enter the local emergency contact number(s) in advance of your trip.","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"<strong>LOCAL OUTFITTER: SAY HUEQUE<\/strong><br>Emergency phone: +54 9 11 3770 4335<br>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"","Custom_name_slug":"argentina-chile-ultimate-patagonia-hiking-tour","Custom_Meta_Description":"The most comprehensive hiking tour in Patagonia. 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All flights from Punta Arenas connect in Santiago (SCL) en route to the US. Wilderness Travel recommends either of these choices: <br><br>1. Book your international departure flight with LATAM or Delta Airlines (they are partners) with a connection in Santiago: Punta Arenas (PUQ) to Santiago (SCL) to US.<br>2. Or, book your international departure flight with the airline of your choice to fly from Santiago to the US, and use LATAM or Sky Airlines for the Punta Arenas (PUQ) to Santiago (SCL) connecting flight. SKY does not partner with any other carrier. <br><br>Important: Be sure to allow <strong>at least three hours<\/strong> connection time in Santiago for immigration, customs,and security check-in for your international departure flight. The Santiago airport can be congested. 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In addition, we recommend your passport has at least two completely blank visa pages for every country you will be visiting. It is very important that the blank pages say &#8220;Visas&#8221; at the top. The last few pages of your passport, which say &#8220;Amendments and Endorsements,&#8221; and the final page of your passport, which may not have a page number, are not considered to be legitimate visa pages. You can request a new passport through US Passport Services Office (<a href=\"https:\/\/travel.state.gov\/content\/travel\/en\/passports.html\">travel.state.gov\/passports<\/a>) or use a visa service agency, which can take care of your passport renewal and expedite the process, if needed. We recommend Passport Visas Express (<a href=\"https:\/\/www.passportvisasexpress.com\/\">passportvisasexpress.com<\/a>). Be sure to allow sufficient time to acquire this before your trip. <br><br>We recommend carrying photocopies of your passport's photo page, two extra passport photos, and any acquired visa pages for your trip (if applicable). This is useful as an additional piece of identification or in case your passport is lost.","Custom_Visas_and_Entry_Notes":"US citizens do not need a visa for Argentina or Chile. If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate for entry requirements. <br><br>If you are planning to travel to the Brazil side on the Iguazu Falls extension: as of April 10, 2025, US citizens must obtain an e-Visa in advance through Brazil's e-Visa portal: <a href=\"https:\/\/brazil.vfsevisa.com\/\">brazil.vfsevisa.com<\/a>","Custom_Money":"Chile is more expensive than most South American countries, with prices comparable to the US or Europe, while Argentina is moderately priced for Americans. US dollars and credit cards are accepted everywhere that our trip itinerary goes. We suggest you carry money in US dollars in small denominations ($20s, $10s); tipping can be done with larger bills ($50s, $100s). <br><br>Please note: It is important that US dollars are not vandalized or ripped. Individuals and businesses in Argentina and Chile will not accept bills that are torn or written on. <br><br>You will need to budget spending money for gratuities, any meals not included in the trip itinerary, souvenir shopping, and any other personal items you may wish to buy. <br><br>To use an ATM internationally, you must have a four-digit PIN. If you plan to use your credit cards, inform your credit card company before your departure that you will be using the card abroad. Please note that there is limited access to ATMs while on the trip. <br><br><strong>Important Note:<\/strong> The lodge in El Chalten (Hosteria El Pilar) only accepts cash (USD or Argentine Pesos) as they are not able to process credit card payments. If you wish to do laundry at this location, please plan to pay in cash.","Custom_Tipping":"Tipping is completely discretionary, but over the years, clients have asked us for tipping guidelines to reward guides for outstanding service. A range of reference would be $280-$340 USD per trip member for the Trip Leader, $100 USD for the driver, and $80-$100 USD for the Assistant Trip Leader in Chile. We recommend tipping in US dollars. The Trip Leader takes care of gratuities for luggage handling, waiters at restaurants, and other local guides who are with the group for only a short time.","Custom_Food":"Please reach out to us directly to discuss any dietary restrictions or concerns you may have. 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We recommend you discuss the following with your physician: <br><br><strong>Tetanus Booster:<\/strong> It is very easy to get a small cut. A booster is strongly recommended (effective for 10 years). <br><strong><br>Hepatitis:<\/strong> The vaccines HAVRIX and VAQTA (two injections, six to 18 months apart) give long-term protection against Hepatitis A and are worthwhile if you travel regularly to developing countries. <br><br><strong>Typhoid:<\/strong> The CDC recommends the shot or the oral vaccine, Vivotif Berna. <br><br><strong>Yellow Fever:<\/strong> A Yellow Fever vaccination is strongly recommended if you plan to take the Iguazu Falls Extension, specifically if you visit the <em>Brazil<\/em> side of the falls. The shot is good for 10 years. 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Capilene, fleece, and other synthetic fabrics are excellent, as are lightweight wool insulating layers by Patagonia, Icebreakers, and SmartWool. Cotton is not a good insulator, especially as a first layer next to the skin. Once it gets wet from perspiration, it stays wet and keeps you cold.<br><strong><br>Burrs:<\/strong> Some Patagonian plants are spiny and have stickers or burrs that load up on socks, pants, and especially on pile clothing. Gaiters can be helpful in protecting your pant legs from burrs and keeping mud off if it is rainy. Wind pants reduce the burr load on pant legs. A pocket comb or Swiss army knife is helpful for removing burrs. <br><br><ul><li>Fiberfill, down or thick fleece jacket. Temperatures can be as low as 40 &deg;F.<\/li><li>Fleece sweater. Some people prefer vests.<\/li><li>Excellent quality rain\/wind shell jacket with hood and good quality rain\/wind pants. Gore-Tex is best.<\/li><li>Hiking pants. Synthetic, quick-drying fabric is best. 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The hiking will be physically demanding at times, but we do offer shorter options on the longer hikes. For the most part, the trails are not overly difficult, but the approaches and descents can be somewhat steep, and the conditions can at times be rocky or muddy. All the hikes take place below 4,000 feet, so altitude acclimatization is not an issue.<div><br><\/div><div>Please note that the Trip Leader may make adjustments to the itinerary and hiking routes, depending on local weather and trail conditions.<\/p>","Custom_Terrain":"","Custom_Getting_in_Shape":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-11T15:44:24 --><p>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. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}