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Crossing Borders: Patagonia

Lakes, Glaciers and Mountains

From Bariloche to El Calafate

15 DAYS - 14 NIGHTS

Patagonia is located in the southern tip of South America and is shared by Chile and Argentina. This land of stunning beauty and natural wonder is home to massive glaciers and majestic mountains. We invite you to this trip visiting Bariloche in the lake district, crossing the border into Chile sailing in 3 lakes and driving land sections to cross the Andes mountain range. Travel to Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales to visit Torres del Paine National Park and hike the famous “W”. End the trip at El Calafate admiring the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. We suggest to add as an extra, a visit to El Chalten.   

Day 1 Bariloche

We welcome you at Bariloche`s Airport and then transfer to the hotel to check in. The rest of the day is at leisure to visit the city center on our own or to do any of the optional Excursions that Bariloche has to offer us.

Accommodation in Bariloche, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: None

 

Day 2 Victoria Island & Myrtle Forest

After a one hour sail, departing from Puerto Pañuelo on the imposing Llao Llao peninsula, we arrive at the Quetrihue peninsula, location of the Bosque de Arrayanes, and north-east of Lago Nahuel Huapi. The myrtle (called “quetrihue” in the mapuche language) is a bush with an exquisite saffron color and white flowers. In this place, the only one in the world, the bush takes a tree-like appearance and creates a magical and rare forest. We will sail again to Puerto Anchorena, on Isla Victoria, where we will find lush vegetation that offers an incredible view. Following the trails of this beautiful and thousand-year-old island, we will reach Playa del Toro, where we can see the paintings made by the native peoples that used to live in the area, surrounded by a magnificent volcanic-sand beach, an unforgettable and magical experience.                                                                            

Accommodation in Bariloche, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 3 Bariloche

After Breakfast the rest of the day is at leisure to visit Bariloche on our own.

Accommodation in Bariloche, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 4 Small Circuit

During any time of the year, as you go down Bustillo Avenue towards the West, you can begin one of the more beautiful and comprehensive trips offered by our Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi: Circuito Chico. It’s a half day trip that goes around the southern border of the Lago Nahuel Huapi, in a 65 kilometers long tour. Along the way, we can go through beaches like Playa Bonita or Bahía Serena, some natural lookout points, like Bahía López and Punto Panorámico, ideal spots to enjoy the wonderful scenery; from there we can see the chair lifts to Cerro Campanario, the Bahía Llao Llao (Bay,) Puerto Pañuelo and other fascinating sights. We can experience Puerto Pañuelo, Llao Llao Hotel and Capilla San Eduardo (Chapel,) all singular attractions for all visitors. Circuito Chico is a very comprehensive trip. Aside from the scenery, there’s an ample offering of regional artisan-made products: weaves’ woods, candles, ceramics, cosmetic products, and moreThen we come back to our hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free.

Accommodation in Bariloche, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

 

Day 5 Cruce Andino – Puerto Varas

After breakfast we transfer to Puerto Pañuelo passing by Lake Nahuel Huapi.

On route we will be marveled by the beautiful Swiss-style architecture that characterizes the constructions of the area. Beautiful gardens and flowers color the landscapes all the way to Puerto Pañuelo.

Around 10.00 AM we will start sailing from Puerto Pañuelo to Puerto Blest aboard the Gran Victoria, navigating across Lake Nahuel Huapi, where we will be able to observe the grandeur of the landscapes and the green tones of the forests.

Upon arrival to Puerto Blest we travel by bus along River Frías to Puerto Alegre, and then we continue sailing across Lake Frías, aboard the Victoria del Sur. Along this stretch of the lake, we will experience beautiful views of Cerro Tronador. After a short sail, we arrive to Puerto Frías where we will complete the necessary steps at the border. Then we continue by bus to Peulla with beautiful views of the Andes Mountains and after we sail again to Petrohué, navigating across Lake Todos los Santos. If the weather permits, different and breathtaking views of the Osorno and Puntiagudo volcanoes and Cerro Tronador can be seen. Then we continue to Puerto Varas, passing by Lake Llanquihue. Impressive views of Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes dominate the landscape. Then we transfer to our hotel in Puerto Varas.

Accommodation in Puerto Varas, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 6 Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Waterfalls

After breakfast we will start a new adventure where we will be able to see an active volcano, renowned for its perfect formation, and the famous Petrohué Waterfalls, both important landmarks in Southern Chile. A lake originating from a glacier and an active volcano, famous for its perfectly shaped crater, are the two attractions we will visit today. The tour starts on the southern shores of the Llanquihue Lake, where we will learn about the German settlers and agriculture in the zone. Once in the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, we enjoy the imposing Petrohué Waterfalls, which stun visitors with their turquoise waters. From there, we will go on to the origin of the Petrohué River, Todos los Santos Lake, where we will visit some of its sleepy beaches. By then, we will be at the foot of the Osorno Volcano to enjoy a lunch (non included) in the village of Ensenada, before continuing up to the ski resort on the volcano. On our way back to Puerto Varas we will be stunned by the panoramic views of the Petrohué River valley and the beautiful Llanquihue Lake.

Accommodation in Puerto Varas, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

 

Day 7 Puerto Varas

After Breakfast the rest of the day is at leisure to visit the town on our own. We can also do any of the optional Excursions: Frutillar or Chiloe Island.

Accommodation in Puerto Varas, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 8 Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales

After Breakfast we transfer by bus to Puerto Mont`s Airport to take our flight to Punta Arenas. Once we arrive the driver will be waiting for us to take us to Puerto Natales where we will spend the night.

Flight from Puerto Montt to Punta Arenas is not included.

Accommodation in Puerto Natales, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 9 Puerto Natales– Viewpoint Las Torres

Our day begins very early in the morning, at 6:30 AM to take the 7:00 am bus to Torres del Paine National Park (2.5 hours). That morning we will depart to one of the landmarks of the

park, the Las Torres Base Lookout Point. After the ascent, you will return to the Central Sector to have dinner and sleep.

Accommodation according the category selected, Camp Las Torres Central, double or single tent**, or Refuge Torre Central, shared rooms. **

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

 

** Lodging in Camp includes: sleeping bag and isolated mat with shared bathroom.  

** Lodging in Refuge: Shared room with shared bathroom

 

Day 10 Hike Frances Sector

Today we will walk about 13.5 km along the shore of Nordenskjöld Lake, Almirante Nieto Hill, and the striking Cuernos del Paine. During the hike, we will enjoy magnificent views of Los Cuernos, hanging glaciers, lakes, and the abundant local vegetation and wildlife.

We will have dinner and sleep at the Cuernos or Francés Sector.

Accommodation according the category selected, Camp Frances, double or single tent**, or Refuge Frances or Los Cuernos, shared rooms. **

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

 

** Lodging in Camp includes: sleeping bag and isolated mat with shared bathroom.  

** Lodging in Refuge: Shared room with shared bathroom

Day 11 French Valley

The day begins exploring one of the icons of the circuit, the French Valley. We will start early with a light hike to the Italiano Campsite. From there, we will begin the climb through the woods (about 2 km) up to French River Valley. Then we will continue to the French Lookout Point, where we will enjoy one of the most breathtaking views of the circuit, the view to the valley framed by the Hills Paine Grande, Catedral, Hoja, Máscara, Espada, Aleta de Tiburón, and Cuerno del Norte. After this spectacle, we will begin the

descent to the French Sector.

Accommodation according the category selected, Camp Frances, double or single tent**, or Refuge Frances or Los Cuernos, shared rooms. **

Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch, Dinner

 

** Lodging in Camp includes: sleeping bag and isolated mat with shared bathroom.  

** Lodging in Refuge: Shared room with shared bathroom

 

Day 12 Viewpoint Grey Glacier – Crossing Pehoe Lake – Puerto Natales

On this day, we will reach the third milestone of the circuit, a place with one of the most unforgettable scenes in the park, the magnificent Grey Glacier.

The trail goes around the Paine Grande Hill, the highest peak in the mountain range (3,050 m), with incredible views of its hanging glaciers. Walking amidst Antarctic beech (ñirre),

Dombey's beech (coigüe), and Chilean firebush (notro), we will reach the first lookout point of Grey Lake, where we will see floating pieces of glacier. Then, we will return to the Paine Grande Sector and take the 6:30 pm catamaran that will take us to Pudeto. There we will meet the bus that will take us back to Puerto Natales.

Accommodation in Puerto Natales, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Puerto Natales – El Calafate

We leave early in the morning Puerto Natales, as our fellow travelers are going south in a long drive today and we are getting back to the border to reenter Argentina and drive back to El Calafate. Upon arrival to El Calafate you will be met by our staff and transferred to you accommodation. The rest of the day is at your own to visit town.

Accommodation in El Calafate, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

 

Day 14 Perito Moreno Glacier

We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Icefield, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favorable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience.

Accommodation in El Calafate, at your selected hotel (or similar, equal category), Double or Single Base

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

Day 15 El Calafate –El Calafate Airport

After breakfast we transfer to El Calafate airport where our services end.

Included Meals: Breakfast

 

INCLUDED SERVICES

- 4 Nights in Bariloche Double / Single Base

- Excursion Bosque de Arrayanes

- Excursion Small Circuit

- 3 Nights in Puerto Varas Double / Single Base

- Transfer from / to Airport

- Transfer Hotel Bariloche – Puerto Pañuelo

- Cruce Andino Bariloche – Puerto Varas    

- Excursion Osorno Volcano & Petrohue Waterfalls  

- Transfer Puerto Varas – Puerto Montt 

- Transfer Punta Arenas – Puerto Natales

- 2 Nights in Puerto Natales Double / Single Base

- Program in Torres del Paine (4 Days – 3 Nights)

- Transfer Puerto Natales – El Calafate

- 2 Nights in El Calafate Double / Single Base

- Excursion Perito Moreno Glacier

- 11 Breakfast, 3 Box Lunch, 3 Dinners   

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

 

- Entrances to National Parks

- Tips

- Flights 

- Flight Puerto Montt – Punta Arenas

- Meals not detailed in the program

- Services not detailed in the program

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PRICES FOR THIS TRIP
You can choose between two different categories of accommodation. But if you want a particular hotel, do not hesitate to contact us
Standard category
Double base: USD 3620
Single base: USD 4700
Superior Category
Double base: USD 3950
Single base: USD 5430
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Hotels used in Standard category are: 

Bariloche: Ayres del Nahuel Hotel

Puerto Varas: Patagonia Hotel

Puerto Natales: Francis Drake Hotel

Torres del Paine: campamento sector Torre central - Campamento sector Frances**

El Calafate: Hotel Kosten Aike

**La opción de refugio tiene un cargo adicional y es sujeto a disponibilidad. 

Hotels used in Superior category are: 

Bariloche: Alma del Lago Hotel

Puerto Varas: Solace Hotel

Puerto Natales: Martin Gusinde Hotel

Torres del Paine: camp Torre central  Section- Camp Frances  Sector**

El Calafate: Hotel Kosten Aike

**Refugieoption is subject to availability and has an aditional charge.

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