Chile-Argentina: Trekking on the world / Patagonia Trekking

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Patagonia – a huge area in the very south of the American double continent. A landscape full of contrasts, best discovered through trekking. The wind is the king of Patagonia. Omnipresent! He brings the dreaded bad weather phases. But he also sweeps the sky empty again, giving it that clarity and purity that heightens colors and forms to the unimagined.

Northern Patagonia is one of the most harmonious landscapes in South America. Perfect volcanic cones are reflected in the lakes, and trekking in the araucaria forests is trekking for the soul. The climate is lovely, the flora lush. South Patagonia is very different. It is rough, difficult to access, partly wildly torn, exposed to the damp and cold sea storms. Tours in this region are still a nature experience. We experience that on our trekking tour around the Torres del Paine, the famous granite towers. The Patagonian Ice Cap is a world apart.

This impressive journey ends with the impressive boat trip past icebergs and colonies of sea lions back to Puerto Natales.

Travel Program

We fly with LAN Chile via Madrid to Santiago de Chile.

Overnight Hotel (-/-/-)

Arrive in the morning Our guide will meet us at the airport, transfer to the hotel in the capital of Chile. We have the opportunity to discover Santiago de Chile. We walk through the historic part of Santiago, which has a lot to tell us, and get our first impressions of the country.
Overnight at Hotel Plaza San Francisco.

Early in the morning we fly to Temuco in northern Patagonia. A characteristic volcanic and lake landscape, it is also called «Chilean Switzerland». Undisturbed mountain lakes, still as mirrors. We drive to our starting point, Malalcahuello, near the Conguillío National Park, a small paradise surrounded by beautiful nature. In the afternoon we make a short hike through the Araucaria forest.
Overnight at Hotel Suizandina.

Today’s 5-6 hour trekking tour begins on the shores of the Captren Lagoon, between the Llaima Volcano and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. On the marked hiking trail “Los Carpinteros” we hike through the “temperate mountain rainforest” in the direction of Laguna Conguillío. Passing the mother araucaria, over 1800 years old, through the southern beech forest, we comfortably reach the shore of the lake, where we will have our picnic. Depending on time, desire and mood, we can make a two-hour detour on another hiking trail or hike back to the vehicle.
Overnight at Hotel Suizandina.

After breakfast, a short drive takes us to the Nalcas-Malalcahuello National Conservation Area. Past proud araucaria with their primeval appearance, today’s path leads us over old lava sand fields and slopes up to Cerro Colorado. Depending on the season, we have the opportunity to see a wide variety of herbs and orchids in bloom. From the top of the hill, we can expect a beautiful panoramic view of the nearby valley of the Cautín River and the surrounding mountain ranges. We continue hiking in the direction of «Piedra Santa» and directly to the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Suizandina.

Today we leave for Lago Todos Los Santos. Via Lautaro we drive to Ruta 5, the longest road in the world, the «Panamericana». We follow this via Temuco and Los Lagos to Osorno. Here we leave the main road and drive to Lago Llanquihue, one of the largest lakes in Chile. We reach the Osorno Volcano and circle this almost perfect cone-shaped volcano until we reach the beautiful Petrohué Lodge, which is located directly on Lago Todos Los Santos in the early evening.
Overnight at the Petrohué Lodge.

This trekking day has its appeal because of its contrasts. Directly from the lodge it goes over lava fields and through Coigue forests to the foot of a washed-out creek bed. Along this small gorge we climb towards the Osorno volcano and then turn north just before the Desolación pass. From up here we have a beautiful view over Lake Todos los Santos and the different mountains of the Cordillera de los Andes del Sur. We can clearly see how the last eruption of the volcano shaped this landscape and how much pyroclastic material was deposited by the neighboring volcano Calbuco. In the afternoon it goes through a dense mixed forest down to the beach to the idyllic bay of El Rincón,
Overnight at the Petrohué Lodge.

Early in the morning after breakfast we will be picked up at the hotel and head towards the Chiloé Archipelago. Just before we arrive we take the ferry for about half an hour and have a unique opportunity to see sea lions and various birds. Upon arrival on the Big Island of Chiloé, we head towards Puñihuil. Along the way we are told about the myths and history of Chiloé and get a deeper insight into the history of this magical island. We then continue towards the Pacific west coast until we reach the small bay of Puñihuil and three islands where Humboldt and Magellanic penguins breed together. We go for a short walk on the beautiful beach and take a rubber dinghy, to see the penguins up close. From the boat we see other animals such as sea lions, pelicans and cormorants. In the afternoon we drive to the hotel in Ancud (Chiloé Island).
Overnight at Hosteria Ancud.

Very early in the morning we drive to Puerto Montt airport and take the first flight to Punta Arenas in southern Patagonia. Change of scene: In the typical Pampa landscape of the Magellan region we drive north along the Magellan Sea Straits. On the way we can observe numerous animals such as sheep, rheas (South American ostriches) and other native bird species. We then head to the pretty little town of Puerto Natales for lunch on the shore of a bay poetically named «Last Hope». Now it’s on to Torres del Paine National Park. We can already see the towers of this famous massif from afar, and guanacos and other animals can often be seen at Laguna Amarga.
Overnight at Hosteria Las Torres.

Today will be exciting. We undertake a day hike to the well-known “Torres” (towers) of the Paine massif. The view of the three granite towers that have made the park famous is fascinating! We decide on site how long we want to trek. It takes about 7 to 8 hours to get to the end of the trail to «Base Torres» and back.
Overnight at Hosteria Las Torres.

We trek along the emerald blue Lake Nordenskjöld, below the hanging glaciers of the Paine massif. The path leads through a wild landscape with fire bushes, various cushion plants, flowers and orchids. We cross crystal clear, wildly bubbling streams until we arrive at the Refugio at the «Los Cuernos» (horns). Trekking approx. 5 – 6 hours.
Overnight at Refugio Los Cuernos.

After breakfast we start a great hike of 5 to 7 hours. What impressive nature! On the one hand the mighty massif of the Torre del Paine, on the other hand the view of the lakes, which shimmer in various shades of blue or milky white. In the afternoon we descend to Lake Pehoé. We will be picked up by boat and taken to the stunningly located Hosteria Pehoé. Simple accommodation in a fantastic location.
Overnight at the Hosteria Pehoé.

A very special highlight is the sunrise with the backdrop of the Paine massif, which we can experience early in the morning when the weather is nice. It’s worth getting up early for. Stunning! After breakfast we continue through the park to Hotel Lago Grey, which is located right at the mouth of the river and where you can often see stranded blue icebergs. Then we hike between 1 and 2 hours to the shore of the lake, where we visit a so-called nunatak (peninsula) before we can see the magnificent Gray Glacier with the catamaran for almost 3 hours. Afterwards we go back to the hotel and enjoy the beautiful view from our rooms. We have dinner at the hotel.
Overnight at Hotel Lago Gray.

Today we leave Torres del Paine National Park. From the hotel we drive to the western end of the park to the Serrano River. In Zodiacs (expedition inflatable boats) we then rush down the Río Serrano towards the Balmaceda mountain. During this trip we have another beautiful view of the icebergs! We undertake a short hike, framed by the Serrano and Balmaceda glaciers. Now we take the boat to Puerto Natales. On this approximately 3-hour drive we can observe cormorants and condors. Green forests, waterfalls, impressive mountains alternate.
Overnight at Hotel Costa Australis.

Now we leave Puerto Natales and drive to Punta Arenas. One of the southernmost cities in the world, Punta Arenas is always worth a visit. The city is aptly called “Fin del Mundo” and is the starting point for Antarctica.
Overnight at Hotel Cabo de Hornos.

We have the morning at leisure. Around noon we get to the airport and fly back to Santiago de Chile. We end the last evening in the capital of Chile.
Overnight at Hotel Plaza San Francisco.

We let ourselves be enchanted again by this metropolis in South America and we have time to make the last purchases.
In the afternoon we fly back to Europe.

We reach Zurich via Madrid.

Program and accommodation subject to change.

Included meals: B=breakfast; L=lunch; D=dinner

What's Included

Services included in the prices:

  • Food
  • Breakfasts and meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • Lodging
  • 4 nights in Buenos Aires, 3 in Bariloche; 2 in Puerto Varas, 1 in Puerto Natales, 2 in Torres del Paine, 3 in El Calafate, 2 in Ushuaia.
  • Destination host local support
  • Buenos Aires Tour
  • Dinner Tango Sho
  • Bariloche Tour with lunch
  • Patagonia Lake Crossing Argentina/Chile
  • Torres del Paine day tour
  • Perito Moreno Glacier tour and cruise
  • Chalten & Torres del Paine hiking maps
  • Guided hike and canoe trip in Tierra del Fuego NP
  • Beagle Channel Cruise
  • All Transfers mentioned, including to and from airports
  • Bilingual local guides (English / Spanish)
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Not included:

  • International or Domestic Flights or Buses
  • National Park Entrance fees
  • Nahuel Huapi National Park , Bariloche usd 15 (only paid Argentinean pesos or usd and cash)
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park USD 25 (only paid Argentinean pesos and cash )
  • Ushuaia Port Tax USD 5
  • Los Glaciares National Park USD 30 (only paid Argentinean pesos and cash)
  • Torres del Paine National Park USD 55 ( only paid Chilean pesos or us$ and cash)
  • Taxes at the followings Private Airports:

-Ushuaia International Airport USD 4(only Argentinean pesos and cash)

-Insurance (Say Hueque offers Travel insurance with special rates for this trip. Please just let us know if you are interested)

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