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Patagonia Self-guided
11 DAYS - 10 NIGHTS

This program is for those who want to travel independently, but having solved the logistic of transfers and accommodation.

You will have the chance to walk the most important hikes of Los Glaciares National Park, visit Perito Moreno Glacier and do the classic W Circuit of Torres del Paine.

 

The program can be combined with others destinations such as Punta Arenas, Ushuaia and Puerto Madryn. Checking availability at Torres del Paine is needed before confirmation of the itinerary.

Day 1 El Calafate Airport - El Chaltén

We welcome you at Calafate airport and then we drive our way across the Patagonian steppe and around Lakes Argentino and Viedma to El Chaltén, a small and picturesque mountain village at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy. Driving distance 220 km. Free time in the afternoon to explore the town or to walk on the surroundings to the different viewpoints of the mountains.                                              

Lodging: Hotel Double or Single room

Included meals: None

 

Day 2 El Chaltén

Day at leisure at El Chaltén. Suggested hikes:

- Condors and Aguilas viewpoint (Low difficulty)

- Chorrillo del Salto (Low difficulty)

- Laguna Capri (Low difficulty)

- Lomo del Pliegue Tumbado (Moderate difficulty)

Lodging: Hotel Double or Single room

Included meals: Breakfast


Day 3 El Chaltén - Camp Poincenot

Second day at leisure at El Chaltén. We need to carry our personal items to spend one night in camp. A regular transfer to Hosteria El Pilar is available.

If you have visited Laguna Capri, then we suggest taking the transfer to Hosteria El Pilar and hike to Piedras Blancas viewpoint, and visit Laguna de los 3. Then you hike to camp Poincenot where you spend the night.

Lodging: Camp full Poincenot

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Note: Full Camps are pitched up early in the season, so we find the camp ready upon arrival. It offers comfortable igloo type tents for 1 or 2 passengers, with insulation mat and sleeping bags. The camp also features a spacious dinning tent, a kitchen tent, tables, benches or chairs and a full set of table service and kitchenware. The sanitary services are latrine-type (rural area).

Day 4 El Chaltén - El Calafate

After breakfast at Camp Poincenot, we suggest hiking the Cerro Torre trail by the Lagunas Madre e Hija trail. (Moderate difficulty). Then, return to El Chaltén, on time to take the regular bus back to El Calafate.

Lodging: Hotel Double or Single room

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5 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.

In the afternoon we come back to our hotel at El Calafate.                                              

Lodging: Hotel Double or Single room

Included meals: Breakfast

Optional activity: Navigate Argentino Lake or Minitrekking (need to be purchase in advance)

Day 6 El Calafate - Puerto Natales

After Breakfast we will take a bus to Puerto Natales, a picturesque fishermen town located in the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fiord. Once when we arrive you have the entire day to enjoy the city.

Lodging: Hotel Double or Single room

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine

Today we start our Torres del Paine Traverse, so we need to carry our backpacks with all the necessary equipment for 4 days of trekking.

A bus will take us from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine where we will change vehicules to get to Las Torres Area. We suggest doing Las Torres Base Lookout Point (8 up to 10 hours, High difficulty)

Lodging: Full Camp or Refuge Las Torres

Included meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Torres del Paine - Cuernos / Frances Sector

After breakfast you have all day to get to your next accommodation that it can be at Los Cuernos or French area (upon availability). Moderate difficulty.

Lodging: Full Camp or Refuge at Los Cuernos or Frances Sector

Included meals: Breakfast, box lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Torres del Paine - Cuernos / Frances Sector

Day at leisure. We suggest hiking to Camp Italiano and French Glacier viewpoint (Moderate Difficulty)

Lodging: Full Camp or Refuge at Los Cuernos or Frances Sector

Included meals: Breakfast, box lunch and Dinner

Day 10 Torres del Paine - Paine Grande - Puerto Natales

Final day of adventure at Torres del Paine. You leave the French Valley behind and hike to Paine Grande Area (Low difficulty). For those who want to hike more, you can visit the first lookout pint of the Grey Glacier and return to Paine Grande. At 06:30 PM you need to be at Paine Grande Sector to take the catamaran of Pehoe Lake. Once at Puerto Pudeto, you will meet the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales.

Lodging: Hotel Double or Single room

Included meals: Breakfast and Box lunch

Day 11 Puerto Natales - Punta Arenas

Today we have a 3 hours bus drive to Punta Arenas Airport.

Lodging: None

Included meals: Breakfast

 

Notes:

1 - Return bus to El Calafate is available. Services will end at El Calafate bus terminal.

2 - We suggest to add one extra night if you want to see penguins at Punta Arenas.

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • 2 Nights’ Accommodation at El Chaltén

  • 2 Nights’ Accommodation at El Calafate

  • 1 Night Accommodation at Camp Poincenot

  • 2 Nights’ Accommodation at Puerto Natales

  • 3 Nights’ Accommodation at Torres del Paine (Full Camp or Refuge upon availability)

  • Transfers from El Calafate Airport to El Chaltén

  • Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier

  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary (Regular services)

  • Transfer from Puerto Natales to Laguna Amarga, and from Laguna Amarga to Las Torres Sector

  • Pehoe Lake boat trip and transfer from Puerto Pudeto to Puerto Natales

  • Regular bus from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas Airport or El Calafate bus terminal.

  • 10 Breakfast, 3 Box Lunch, 3 Dinners

 

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Entrance Fees to National Parks

  • Tips

  • Medical / Life Insurance

  • Meals non shown in the itinerary

  • Flights

  • Transfer to/from bus terminals

  • Trekking guide at National Parks

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PRICES FOR THIS TRIP
You can choose between two different categories of accommodation. But it you want a hotel in particular, please contact us. 
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Standard Category
Double base: USD 0000
Single base: USD 0000
Superior Category
Double base: USD 0000
Single base: USD 0000
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The hotels used in Standard category are: 

El Calafate: Hostería Puerto San Julián

El Chaltén: Hostería El Barranco

Puerto Natales: Hotel Florence Dixie

The hotels used in Superior category are: 

El Calafate: Hostería Puerto San Julián

El Chaltén: Hostería El Barranco

Puerto Natales: Hotel Florence Dixie

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