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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.

Difficulty Condition

Travel Program

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

Overnight
Hotel
Flight
Arrival to Chile.
Drive
3 Hours approx
Hiking/Tour
1 Hour approx.
Meals
-/-/-

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.
Overnight
Hotel
Drive
5 Hours approx
Hiking/Tour
1 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/-

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.
Overnight
Hotel
Drive
5 Hours approx
Hiking/Tour
4 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/D

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.
Overnight
Camping
Drive
5 Hours approx
Hiking/Tour
4 Hour approx.
Climbing
4 Hours approx.
Meals
B/L/D

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.
Overnight
Camping
Hiking/Tour
8 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/D

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.
Overnight
Camping
Hiking/Tour
8 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/D

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.
Overnight
Camping
Hiking/Tour
4 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/D

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.
Overnight
Camping
Hiking/Tour
4 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/D

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.
Overnight
Hotel
Drive
5 Hours approx
Hiking/Tour
1 Hour approx.
Flight
Arrival Torres del Paine region
Meals
B/L/-

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.
Overnight
Camping
Drive
6 Hour approx.
Hiking/Tour
4 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/D

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.
Overnight
Camping
Hiking/Tour
5 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/D

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.
Overnight
Camping
Hiking/Tour
6 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/D

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.
Overnight
Camping
Hiking/Tour
7 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/D

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.
Overnight
Hotel
Drive
4 Hours approx
Hiking/Tour
6 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/-

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.
Overnight
Hotel
Drive
5 Hours approx
Hiking/Tour
4 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/-

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.
Overnight
Hotel
Drive
7 Hours approx
Hiking/Tour
1 Hour approx.
Meals
B/L/-

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.
Overnight
Hotel
Drive
2 Hours approx
Hiking/Tour
1 Hour approx.
Flight
Go back home by plane.
Meals
B/-/-

We reach Zurich via Madrid.

Program and accommodation subject to change.
Overnight
Hotel
Drive
1 Hours approx
Hiking/Tour
1 Hour approx.
Flight
Go back home by plane.
Meals
-/-/-

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)
  •  

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)

What to Bring

What to Bring or take fo Day Hiking and Technical Equipment for Climbing Expedition

This equipment list is compiled to provide you with adequate help when choosing your equipment for a climb. Most items are required. Please consider each of them and make sure you understand the function and exclusive use for mountaineering, before substituting or removing items from this list. Please note that this list has been carefully annotated by the organizer. Remember that mountaineering, mountaineering or mountaineering is an extreme, risky sport, therefore everything related to it is of great attention.

These items should be on your hiking checklist:

Hiking backpack for hiking 30 to 40 liters

Light gloves for hiking or (Optional Mittens waterproof)

Medium weight socks

Sleeping bag (-10º to 15ºC)

Small daypack for one day hiking 20 liters

Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and layers)

Hiking boots or shoes

Medium weight parka with fibber fill or down

Rain poncho (or rain gear)

Long-sleeved shirts

Fleece or Wool sweater and/or trousers

Lightweight pants

Cotton short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts

Water bottle for hiking or trekking

Strong waterproof duffel bag

Flashlight with spare batteries and bulb

Towel for personal hygiene each participantFirst-aid kit

Regular and long underwear

Knife or multi-tool

Light cap and wool hat

Sunglasses with UV certification, Sun block, lips

The rest of the list Essentials as appropriate for your hike

Grooming and personal hygiene kit

One Hiking Buff per person

Technical Equipment for High Altitude Expedition Mountains

3 Locking carabiners, we recommended per person

We recommend 2 ice screws for each client

1 Daisy Chain (Life Line) per each person

2 Ice axes (per person) technical, we recommended GRIVEL company

1 ATC descender (Rappel), this is very necessary for technical mountains

2 Cords for prusik, very important (Size Cord 6 mm x 10 m. long)

Gloves(Good gloves) for expeditions over 6000meters

Harness, we recommended GRIVEL company

Sleeping pad / Mattress, we recommend with air or inflatable mattress

Crampons, we recommended GRIVEL company

Walking sticks (optional), a pair per person, we recommended GRIVEL company

Down Jacket for expedition

Very important to have personal clothing such as pants and jacket with GOROTEX certification

First aid kit, for high mountains, because we as guides cannot medicate clients

Backpack Capacity 60 liters, it is better to have a bigger backpack to go comfortably to the high camps, because here you have to carry all your personal things

Gaiters or Leggings, now modern boots already have built-in (Incorporated), but better to have an extra pair

Dressing appropriately for the mountains can make the difference between a pleasant trip and a really uncomfortable one. Clothing must provide the right degree of temperature, perspiration and be well ventilated. Preferably cotton clothing should be avoided, as in humid conditions they absorb body heat.

In general, the weather conditions in in the Andes of South America can vary from day to day and even throughout the day. Therefore, clothing must be versatile.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have regarding the necessary equipment.

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Duration: 18 days
Participants: Minimal: 2 Maximal: 15
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Country / Location: Chile
Mountain Guide: Eric Raul Albino Lliuya
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Frequently Asked Questions

What our travelers or clients always ask questions before joining our trips, tours & expeditions, read all the information provided here.

Suggested FAQs

Every day we have active walks around approximately 4, to 5 sometimes 6 hours of walking, everything is according to your pace and physical condition of each person, in each of our travel programs you will find more detailed information, and if If you need more information about each day of the travel program, we can schedule a call via WhatsApp to clarify your doubts or questions, for this please contact us. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

For our mountain climbing trips: If they are easily accessible mountains: For easy-climb mountains, well, you don’t need much experience, but if you already want to climb mountains above 6,000 meters and the conditions become more difficult, we recommend if you already want to go through mountains above 6,000 meters, have a basic or intermediate course for a good preparation. It is very important to be physically, technically and psychologically prepared.

Regarding the preparation of children: Everything will depend on which mountain you want to climb with your children, once you are clear on which of our tours or mountains you want to go with your children, we can give you some advice or see how to prepare them before going with they.

Regarding older people: It all depends on the condition of experience and how well the person is in health, on many occasions older people are the best to walk in the mountains because they have more experience, so it is always good to ask and find out about their experience of older participant. If you have any other questions, please contact us. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

To do long-distance hiking you need to at least train or do some tours such as visiting lagoons to get the experience and feel comfortable with what you do, it is always good before doing a long-distance hiking tour to test yourself so as not to be with the problems of altitude sickness during the trekking, and if you travel with children it is good to first train them before taking them, if they are accompanied by an adult of legal age, they must do a good acclimatization before going on the long-distance tour or with high altitude camps If you want to know or learn more advice, we can schedule a call via WhatsApp to clarify your doubts. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

The preparation is according to what type and what technical level you want to go and climb a trek or mountain, the preparation will always gain experience little by little.

For this type of demanding or technical climbing sports, it is recommended to do some summits above 5 thousand meters beforehand and have good knowledge of high mountain technical equipment such as the use of technical ice axes, ice screws, correct use of crampons, and of course all the technical material. For more information, we can schedule an appointment to be able to explain in more detail everything about the mountain equipment and the preparations prior to joining our outings. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

For the pick-ups of each trip, depending on the place or the trip that you are going to make with us, the meeting point is always at our office, in one of our trips we pick you up where you are staying or staying, or in some cases a A representative of our company will pick you up and then ship you to your transport to continue with your destination of the tour or trip you have booked with us. If you wish to request more information, do not hesitate to contact us. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

In all our trekking or mountaineering trips we do not include personal equipment in our prices, so you have to have your own equipment: Personal equipment (such as boots, ice ax, crampons, harness, sleeping bag, mat, Goretex, etc. ) and also within each page of the trips that we sell is a small list so you can see it on our website.

Our company can also rent the materials that you would need for your trip, see the list here on our website: https://peru-expeditions.org/equipment-rental/ . For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

In our trips, either hiking or mountaineering: Depending on the type or destination of the trip that you are going to book, in some parts of the treks you go with mules or donkeys or sometimes with horses, and within the mountain trips, the approach camps are also They go with mules or donkeys, but there are some stretches where pack animals can no longer reach. In this part, our logistics is fully supported by the porters.

Who are the porters? They are people from the area who were born and live in the heights of the towns, they are very strong and are very acclimatized, the reason is that after the tourist season ends they dedicate themselves to agriculture and livestock for that reason they are people They are used to the altitude and have lived in nature all their lives and they are happy to be in the mountains together with our expeditions. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

About accommodation or meals during the tour: Well, depending on the type of tour, when the tour is a classic cultural tour or a city tour, we eat during the route in tourist restaurants and sleep in category hotels that the client has requested.

If the tour is with camps and trekking: During the activity, logistics we include the service of Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner with traditional and typical meals of the region where you are going to travel with us, during the night we stay in tents, and we have a special tent for the kitchen and another for the dining room.

If the trip is at altitude or in the mountains: We bring special high mountain food, It are quicker meals to cook and we provide complete logistics such as Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, and we sleep in special 4-season high mountain tents, with the best tents. If you have any questions or concerns, we can schedule an appointment via Whatsapp to clarify all your doubts and give you better information so that your trip is an unforgettable tour.

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We also recommend having accident insurance, we always recommend. We are Partners –Global Rescue. If you have any other questions about the trip we can schedule a date for a calling via WhatsApp. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

For all the trips that we offer within our main tourist destinations such as South America and Central America, also including the ascent of the 7 continents and the 7 highest peaks of each continent, on each page of our website for each trip we indicate that month or what season to travel, then please read the information you find in our travel offers for each tour. If you have any other questions you can contact us by WhatsApp with one of our travel experts. Thank you so much. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

In mountains above 5000 meters: A local guide takes a maximum of 3 clients = Ratio 3pax = 1 local guide

In technical mountains: In large-big mountains we manage the travel policy, a guide and a maximum of 2 clients = Ratio 3pax = 1 local guide. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

For all the trips that we offer within our main tourist destinations such as South America and Central America, also including the ascent of the 7 continents and the 7 highest peaks of each continent, on each page of our website for each trip we indicate that month or what season to travel, then please read the information you find in our travel offers for each tour. If you have any other questions you can contact us by WhatsApp with one of our travel experts. Thank you so much. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

We as a local company and connoisseurs of tours have departures on different dates. The best thing to do is to join a travel group to take care of your budget, and of course you can join our groups, but on trips like mountaineering we recommend going in small groups. To join a group, ask us for the dates and we will send you the necessary information to be able to join any of our trips.

Why go in a private trip: For trips whether trekking or high mountains, going privately is the most recommended option, but the costs are more expensive. So, if one joins a group, the prices will be more reasonable. In the mountains, the only disadvantage is if you are in a wall with another partner and if one of the participants gets tired or gets sick. In this case, you have to abort or cancel the summit and return together. For more information, contact us. We can schedule a call via WhatsApp to clarify all your questions.

In a mountain, for example, if 3 people go and one of the participants falls ill on the route, for security reasons they have to cancel or abort the summit or return all together. The same in a technical mountain if the climbing partner gets sick they all have to return, for these reasons sometimes it is better to go private only because for a single person the costs are more expensive for the same reason that the trip would already be private .

For more information please contact us. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

About the meteorological conditions of the climate, we try to organize the trips of each tour in the best season to have the best views and enjoy the selected trip but sometimes even is good season we can have bad weather, in this case on hiking or treks trips The complications are minimal, but when this happens during high-altitude climbing expeditions, the complications can become very difficult, that is why the bosses or leaders of the local guides must always make the most correct decision for the safety of our passengers, so we always recommend listening to the best advice from the local guide assigned for each tour. If you have any other questions please contact us. For calls or inquiries to this number: +51 943 081 066

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