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Patagonia Crossing Adventure 18 days - 17 nights

Travel Style Adventure
Season: October thru April
Beginning Day: Wednesday
Departure: Group
Minimum of pax No Minimum.
Difficulty Low
Trip starts at: Comodoro Rivadavia Airport
Trip ends at: Ushuaia Airport
 
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The Patagonia Crossing Adventure starts as a road trip along the legendary route 40, which runs all from north to south of Argentina at the foot of the Andes, something like 5000 km of road. We’ll travel the southernmost section of the route 40, gravel road across the Patagonian steppe, to continue visiting Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, may be the two most emblematic mountains of Patagonia. We then move to the Perito Moreno Glacier (only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process) and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. We eventually drive across the Magellan Strait into Tierra del Fuego to end our tour in the “city of the end of the world”.

The tour offers the very best of Patagonia, which you will travel in an active way, enjoying the company of fellow travellers.

Perio Moreno Glacier
DAY / ITINERARY
01 Comodoro Rivadavia airport -
Los Antiguos
02 Cueva de las Manos
03 Lakes Posadas & Pueyrredon
04 Lake Posadas – El Chalten
05 Laguna Capri
06 Cerro Fitz Roy
07 Cerro Torre
08 Cerro Torre –El Chalten
09 El Chalten - El Calafate
10 Perito Moreno Glacier
11 El Calafate - Torres del Paine
12 Las Torres, Ascensio River Valley
13 Lake Pehoe boat trip
French Valley
14 Viewpoints of Grey Glacier
15 Puerto Natales - Río Grande
16 Tierra del Fuego -
Tierra Mayor Valley
17 Ushuaia - Tierra del Fuego National Park & Beagle Channel boat trip
18 Ushuaia - Ushuaia airport
LODGING
8 nights at Hostel u Hostería
7 nights at Full Camp
2 nights at a Mountain lodge
 
› ITINERARY


Day 1 Comodoro Rivadavia - Los Antiguos

Our trip begins 2 pm at the restaurant of Comodoro Rivadavia airport, which will be our meeting point. We travel southbound along the Atlantic coast skirting the Gulf San Jorge for 70 km to enter Caleta Olivia, main oil producing city in Patagonia. From here we turn west to leave the Atlantic behind and start our approach to the Andes. After 350 km (paved road) we reach Los Antiguos, on the shores of Lago Buenos Aires, the second largest lake in America after Titicaca. We are 2 km away from the Chilean border.
Lodging at Hosteria or Inn, double room with private bathroom.
Alternative: Single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Dinner


Day 2 Los Antiguos – Cave of the Hands

After a short visit of town we travel south along route 40 to get to the Pinturas River Canyon. We follow the river with our vehicle and then we cross it by foot to reach after a short walk the “Cueva de las Manos” (Cave of the Hands, literally), ancient paintings 10,000 years old. Unlike conventional tours, we will have plenty of time to visit the areas, as we only have to drive 20 km back to our accommodation at the Refugio in the Estancia “Cueva de las Manos” (165 km).
Lodging at Refuge in the Estancia with shared room and bathroom.
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner


Day 3 Estancia “Cueva de las Manos” – Lake Pueyrredón

We enjoy the Estancia and by mid morning we continue our trip to the town of Lago Posadas. Lakes Posadas (blue) and Pueyrredón (green), separated by a narrow stripe of land, are probably two of the most beautiful lakes of southern Patagonia. They lay in a large glacier valley, separating the Highlands of Lake Buenos Aires from Cerro San Lorenzo massif. We use this day to visit this beautiful valley and the surroundings of both lakes. We’ll see strange and colourful rock formations, wetlands and birds (186 km)
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 4 Lago Posadas – El Chalten

Alter breakfast we get on the bus for the final sprint to El Chalten, 550 km south. On our way, different birds and flowers will give life to the desert-type landscape. We have lunch in a Patagonian style stop-over place. The final 100 km westbound features lake and glacier Viedma and the spires of Fitz Roy massif and Cerro Torre group. Arrival to Chalten is scheduled around 7 pm.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast and dinner.


Day 5 Laguna Capri

We start our 4 days trek from El Chaltén, by noon, in order to join our fellow travellers arriving from Calafate this morning. We carry in our packs only the necessary items for this 3 nights and 4 days in which we’ll overnight in our Full Camps inside the National Park.
We hike up a gentle slope on Fitz Roy trail to gain height over the River de las Vueltas valley up to the first viewpoints over Fitz Roy massif. Our hike to Laguna Capri will take us no more than 2 hours and a half, in a clear and easy trail. Once on our Laguna Capri Full Camp, we leave our stuff in our tent and we enjoy an afternoon walk to the sightseeing points around the lagoon.
Full Camps are pitched up early in the season, so we find the camp ready upon arrival. It offers comfortable 3 people igloo type tents for each 2 passengers, with mattresses and sleeping bags. An inside cotton sheet is provided as inner clothing for the sleeping bag. 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.
Lodging at Laguna Capri Full Camp in double or single tent (rural area)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 6 Cerro Fitz Roy, Laguna de los Tres

Early in the morning, before the first coffee, we can try to match up the morning Light getting pink in Fitz Roy granite walls. You only need this to feel the trip is worthwhile. But of course the day offers much more.
After breakfast, carrying only day personal items such as our parka, gloves, our camera, water bottle and box lunch, we hike along Fitz Roy trail up to Rio Blanco, climbers basecamp to the east side of the mountain. From here a steep 1 h trail leads us to one of the most spectaculars viewpoints of the National Park: Laguna de los Tres, with its zephyr blue colour, lays at the foot of the massif, offering full close up views of Fitz Roy massif spires and glaciers. Each wall rises something from 600 to 1500 mts above the surrounding glaciers. Fitz Roy, with its 3405 mts above sea level, is considered the “King of Patagonia” and also considered one of the three most beautiful mountains on Earth (together with Alpamayo in Perú and K2 in the Karakoram). We hike back to Laguna Capri in the late afternoon. Walking time is 5 to 6 hs.
Lodging at Laguna Capri Full Camp in double or single tent (rural area)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 7 Cerro Torre

Today we make it around Laguna Capri to get to the Lagoons Madre and Hija Valley and down to Fitz Roy river valley, where we meet Cerro Torre trail and we get to Cerro Torre Full Camp. The trail runs along beech forest, bogs and shrubland. From the camp, a short hike takes us to Laguna Torre, enclosed by morraines and with the Glacier Grande calving in its west side. It is usual to see icebergs pushed by the wind in the coast of the lagoon. The thin and elegant 3128 mts of Cerro Torre group and the Adela range in the background complete this spectacular view. Walking time 3 to 4 hs.
Lodging at Cerro Torre Full Camp in double or single tent (rural area)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 8 Lagoon & Glacier Torre – El Chalten

In the morning we visit Laguna Torre again to reach the old Maestri basecamp, located in a high site up along the north morraine of the lagoon. For keen hikers, we offer an optional excursion, the so called “Holiday on Ice”: early start, crampons and harnesses, a tyrolean (horizontal fixed rope attached to both sides of a river) to cross Fitz Roy river, and we visit Glacier Grande, where we will visit crevices, ice caves and we’ll practice ice climbing with the proper advice of experienced mountain guides.
Late in the afternoon we walk back to Chaltén along Fitz Roy river valley. Total estimated time of the standard day: 4 to 5 hs. If you go on the “Holiday on Ice”, it is 7 hs plus the trail back to Chalten which is 2 and a half hours more.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.
Optional excursion: Holiday On Ice


Day 9 El Chalten – El Calafate

Morning at your own to visit the picturesque village or to make optional excursions such as Lago del Desierto (in spite of its name, its a beautiful, beech forest surrounded lake, with hanging glaciers in its west side), or to see very interesting information at the National Park Visitor Centre. By 5 pm we take our bus to our next destination, El Calafate, gateway for the glaciers area of the Park. Arrival time is scheduled for 9 pm. Driving distance: 220 km
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast.


Day 10 El Calafate – 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 kilometres is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favourable 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. A beautiful, short trail, will lead us from the shores of the lake to the upper viewpoints. 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. We will drive 80 km (1 and a half hour) to get and come back from the glacier across the steppe, watching a wide variety of birds.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast.


Day 11 El Calafate – Torres del Paine National Park

Early start for a 6 hs drive to our camp in Paine. We drive across the steppe, still following by parts the legendary route 40, to get around Sierra de los Baguales, an impressive range in between Calafate and Paine. We cross the Argentinean Chilean border at Cancha Carrera/ Cerro Castillo. After the border crossing, we start our final sprint to Paine National Park, World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). Approaching the Park, we start to see the different mountains that feature the area: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto and the Towers. Once we entered the Park, we go for a short 1 to 2 hs walk to get familiar with the landscape, the wind and the rich wildlife: guanacos, lesser rheas, condors and all types of wetland and buzzard birds, will be available for our eyes and cameras. Also lots of flowers. Back in the bus, we reach our camp at the foot of Paine massif.
Lodging at Las Torres Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 12 Paine Towers – Ascensio River Valley

Early in the morning we start walking towards the bridge over the Ascensio river, headtrail for the world famous Paine towers. We "warm up" hiking a steep one hour slope, to get inside the valley itself, a narrow "V" shape alpine valley coming from inside the Paine massif. A gentle downhill leads us to Refugio Chileno, a cozy and comfortable mountain lodge, which can be a good turnaround point for those not willing to make a full day hike. We then walk in a gentle slope along the river side and inside beech forest. A final climb on moraine take us to the Towers viewpoint: a glacier origin lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 mts from the glacier. The lack of breath will be either because the climb and the sight!!!! We go back to our camp on the same way we came. Walking time: 7 to 8 hs.
Lodging at Las Torres Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 13 Lake Pehoe crossing – French Valley

Early in the morning a 1 h drive takes us to Port Pudeto to board the catamarán that cross lake Pehoe twice a day. We carry only the necessary stuff to be 2 days and 1 night away from our Camping Pehoe Full Camp, where the rest of our luggage will stay. One in the far side of the lake, we leave unnecessary items in our tents and we set out to the French Valley trail. The trail skirts Paine Grande south slopes and lake Skottberg, to take us after 2 hs and a half of continuous ups and downs, to the hanging bridge upon the French River. This breathtaking location is at the foot of both the 2700 mts south east face of Paine Grande (to the west) and the Horns, with its characteristic black sedimentary topping, to the east. We continue walking 1 h further by Italian camp to reach breathtaking viewpoints over the area. After lunch and photos we retrace our steps back to Refugio Pehoe Full Camp. Walking time: 5 to 6 hs.
Lodging at Refugio Pehoe Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 14 Glaciar Grey viewpoints – Puerto Natales

Lake Grey trail leads from Pehoe valley across ridges to reach Grey valley. This magnificent valley flows down 60 km from the Patagonian Icefield, featuring the huge glacier calving down in the grey colour lake. Our trail skirts the lake, going up and down the westerns slopes of Paine Grande, offering some of the most impressive sights of the Park. From the high sections of the trail, many different viewpoints allow us to see the south end of the lake where the blue icebergs gather, the mountains rising far in the distance above glaciers Grey and Tyndall, and of course lake and glacier Grey. We reach the main viewpoint, a rocky point somewhat 2 hs away from Pehoe, with views over the Lake and Glacier Grey and the surrounding glaciers and mountains. We come back along the same trail, crossing bogs, shrublands and forest. By noon we take the boat to cross lake Pehoe back and then we go to our accommodation in Puerto Natales, a picturesque fishermen town located in the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fiord.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch


Day 15 Puerto Natales – Río Grande

Long drive today, though quite worthwhile. We continue south to reach the legendary Magellan Strait, which we will keep on sight up to Primera Angostura, where we board the Ferry in which we will cross the Strait. This Pass, discovered by Hernando de Magallanes in 1520, was the natural and logical way to all vessels until de Panama Channel was open at the beginning of the XXth century. You will find yourselves wondering how those brave men dare to sail those waters in such fragile caravels!!!
Once in Tierra del Fuego (literally, Land of Fire, due to the fires seen by the first white sailors in the coast, done by the local Indians to cook and heat) we enter back Argentina through Paso San Sebastián. A couple more of hours to reach Estancia Las Hijas, where our Full Camp will be waiting for us, as well as a lamb cooked in the classical Patagonian barbecue style. A dinning saloon, toilettes and showers are available tonight.
Lodging at Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 16 Río Grande - Tierra Mayor Valley

In the morning we learn about the ranch activities and how dogs deal with the sheep. By mid morning we continue south to Solar del Bosque, a small and cozy mountain refuge located in the Tierra Mayor valley, where we’ll spend the rest of the day. After lunch, those who wish to can by their own visit Laguna Esmeralda, a beautiful lagoon with Glacier Ojos del Albino in the background (a quite easy trail). On the way back to our lodge across terrain that has been modified by the beavers, which were introduced in the area from Canada by middle of the last century.
Lodging in Mountain Lodge with shared bedrooms and bathrooms
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.


Day 17 Ushuaia – Tierra del Fuego National Park – Beagle Channel boat trip

We leave behind the valley and a half an hour drive leads us to Ushuaia, the southernmost city of the World. We leave our luggage in our hostel or hotel (we will not check in, as it is still early in the morning) and continue to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This National Park is in the south west corner of the Argentinean side of the Island, thus in the border with Chile. The main attraction of the Park and the whole Island actually are the mountains coming down to the sea. We make a short hike in this area. In the afternoon, a boat trip in the Beagle channel allows us to see the different species of sea birds and mammals that leave in this corner of Earth.
Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
Alternative: Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.

Meals we provide: Breakfast and box lunch.


Day 18 Ushuaia – Ushuaia Airport

Morning at your own to visit the town, which is located in the north coast of the Beagle channel. Then town features interesting museums and its typical architecture. In the afternoon we are transferred to Ushauaia airport to take our flight to Buenos Aires. Our services end at the airport.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.

 

› SERVICES DETAILS


Included:

  • Bilingual tour leader during all the activities
  • Mountain guides while on trek.
  • Moreno Glacier excursion.
  • Lake Pehoe boat trips (in and out).
  • Beagle channel boat trip.
  • All transfers Comodoro Rivadavia airport – Los Antiguos – Lago Posadas - El Chalten – El Calafate – Torres del Paine – Puerto Natales - Río Grande – Ushuaia – Ushuaia Airport.
  • During the trip we combine private and regular buses.
  • Lodging as shown below.
  • 17 breakfasts, 13 box lunch y 13 dinners as detailed below.

Lodging
We offer the Patagonia Crossing Adventure in three different type of accommodations.

Base Accommodation (PAC – 00) Hostel Room
The Base Offer (PAC 00) lodge is shown in the following chart.

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Full Camp double base (area with sanitary services)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Refuge with shared room and bathroom

 

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Accommodation (PAC – 01 and PAC- 02) Double or Single Room with Private Bathroom
These alternatives lodge as shown in the following chart, in double base (PAC 01) or single base (PAC 02) during all the trip but one night (at Solar del Bosque, in which this option is not available)
They differ from the previous one that passengers stay in Hotels, Hosterias or Inns in double room with private bathroom (not in a Hostel) and the single room option is available.
When you choose single base, you have single base accommodations at the Full Camp tents too.

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Hosteria double room with private bathroom.

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Full Camp double base (rural area)

 

 

 

 

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Full Camp double base (area with sanitary services)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Refuge with shared room and bathroom.

 

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Single Base option available.

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Meals
Meals included in the trip are shown in the following chart.

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Box Lunch   x x x x x x x     x x x x x x x  
Dinner x x x x x x x x     x x x   x x    


Not Included

  • Entrance fees to Cueva de las Manos.
  • Entrance fees to National Parks.
  • Medical and life insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Drinks and beverages (all foods are without alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks).
  • Flights or airport taxes.
  • Port tax at Ushuaia.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Services not shown or detailed in the program.

Notes
The Operator holds the right of changing the itinerary or cancel any of the activities when any natural cause (or any other cause of any type) justifies it in order to look after the group safety.

Meeting Point
The Meeting Point for the Group on Day 1 is at 2 pm at the Restaurant of the Comodoro Rivadavia Airport. This Meeting Point can be modified and will be confirmed upon booking confirmation of the passenger.


List of suggested personal equipment:

  • Backpack, 50 lts or so
  • Thermal underwear
  • Trekking shoes or boots
  • Trekking pants
  • Fleece
  • Parka and overpants
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Termal socks
  • The necessary spare cloth
  • Wool hat
  • Sun hat
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun screen (UV is very strong during the southern spring, from september thru december)
  • Personal items
  • Lamp
  • Trekking poles (recommended, if you are use to them)
  • Personal medication
  • Personal documents to cross the border between Argentina and Chile.

Weather in Patagonia is unpredictable. Not very cold, but it is usually windy. To dress in layers is the best advice.