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Patagonia Explorer 7 days - 6 nights
Travel Styles Discovery
Season: Novembre thru February
Departure: Group
Minimun of pax 2 passengers
Difficulty: Low difficulty
Trip starts at: Ushuaia airport
Trip ends at: El Calafate airport
 
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“Patagonia Explorer” starts in the End of the World, in the mythical Ushuaia, on the shores of the Beagle Channel. We travel the Island of Tierra del Fuego in an unconventional, deeper way. We visit pioneer Estancia Harbeton, from where we set out to see Magellanic Penguins; and we visit Estancia Las Hijas, a real working sheep ranch.

The crossing of the Magellan Strait put us back in the Continent and allows us to travel the southern section of Andean Patagonia. From the picturesque fishermen village of Puerto Natales; to Torres del Paine National Park with its perfect combination of granite spires, mountains, glaciers, forest and lakes; to the tourist village of El Calafate on the shores of Lake Argentino, where the Moreno Glacier permanently calves its blue ice on the water.

Torres del Paine
DAY / ITINERARY
01 Ushuaia Airport - Tierra del Fuego National Park
02 Estancia Harberton – Estancia Las Hijas
03 Puerto Natales
04 uerto Natales
05 Torres del Paine National Park
- El Calafate
06 Perito Moreno glacier
07 El Calafate airport
LODGING
5 nights in Hostería
1 night in Dormis *
If you want a little taste of Adventure, the “Patagonia Explorer Pro” version is available. In this alternative, we go from Natales to Paine across the Last Hope Sound in a ship and up river Serrano in a Zodiac; we lodge this night inside the National Park in our Full Camp at Camping Pehoe. Next day we rejoin the standard program.

Beside, you can add to this program a few days in Chalten. This “Chalten Module” allow us to reach the northern section of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, visiting the area of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre and lodging in the picturesque alpine village of El Chalten.

The spirit of this program is to visit Southern Patagonia more intimately, more deeply, in a different motion of most of the tourist group coming to the area.
› ITINERARY


Day 1 Ushuaia Airport - Tierra del Fuego National Park
Welcome at Ushuaia airport. Trabsfer to town and check in at our hotel. In the afternoon we visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. The Park protects an incredible area in which the mountains and the Andean forest come down to the sea.
Lodging at Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.
Meals we provide: None


Day 2 Estancia Harberton – Penguin rockery Martillo Island – Estancia Las Hijas
Alter breakfast, we leave Ushuaia in our Minibús to Estancia Harberton. Thnis was the first ranch to be established in the Island, 90 km northeast of town. We visit its Acatushun Museum, a unique exhibition of marine mammals and birds. This is known as one of the world most complete collections of species of the southern part of the continent.
Once in the estancia, we take a boat trip to sail along the Beagle Channel to reach the Penguin rockery, where we walk among these interesting birds. While walking along the rockery trails, our guide will introduce us to the very reach flora and fauna of the area.
Back in the Estancia, we continue our trip up North; we reach Lake Fagnano and by late afternoon we arrive to estancia Las Hijas, 60 km away from Rio Grande. We visit the facilities and we will have a demonstration of classic ranch activities, such as herding with dogs and shearing.
In the evening, a lamb barbecued in classic Patagonian style will be our dinner.
Lodging in Dormis *
* Dormis are a simple though picturesque sleeping construction built by the Estancia within their facilities. Very similar to a train cabin, it provides a little bit of privacy each 2 people which sleep in boat - type beds. Beds have mattresses, clothing and pillows. The construction is a few meters away from toilettes.
Meals we provide: Breakfast and dinner.


Day 3 Estancia Las Hijas – Puerto Natales
Alter breakfast, we continue our exploration up north. A long drive take us across the northern part of Tierra del Fuego, yellow grasslands famous for its ranches and trout fly fishing. After crossing the border into Chile, we cross the Magellan Strait with our minibus on board a Ferry. The 20 minnutes trip will give us an idea of what those brave sailors did in the early 1500’s. We’ll stop on route to take our box lunch and driving aside the Magellan Strait we’ll reach Puerto Natales by 7 pm.
Lodging at Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.
Meals we provide: Breakfast and box lunch.


Day 4 Puerto Natales
Today is at your own.
As a best option we advise to buy the Boat trip excursion into the Last Hope Fjord, to Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. This optional excursion starts at 8 am in the local peer; it sails far inside the Fjord, visiting the remote Bernardo O’Higgins National Park, which is south west of Paine and protects the southern section of the Chilean Ice Field. During the boat trip you will see the mountains that are around the fjord and its glaciers; also a great variety of Patagonian birds. Once in the end of the fjord, a short walk let you get in close contact with the place. We visit the Estancia Perales and we get back to Puerto Natales by 5:30 pm.
Lodging at Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.

Those passengers taking the Patagonia Explorer Pro version do not sail back to Puerto Natales; instead, they continue up River Serrano in Zodiacs to reach Torres del Paine National Park. Please see option: “Patagonia Explorer Pro”


Day 5 Torres del Paine National Park – El Calafate
In the morning we drive along a mountain road to the south side of Torres del Paine National Park; this area has been declared World Heritage by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO). Once in the Park, the road that runs thru it offers spectacular views on the Paine Massif: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto, Paine Towers and a number of granite spires. We will make stops at different viewpoints for short walks and pictures. The alpine flowers of the area, as well as the animals that live in the Park (hundreds of guanacos; pumas, foxes, huemules – a local endangered deer – a number of birds including the majestic Andean Condor, Magellanic woodpecker, Shielded eagle and many more) are also a big attraction.
In the afternoon we take the road again, exiting the Park by its east side, and we drive across the Patagonian steppe into Argentina and to El Calafate, where we arrive around 9 pm.
Lodging at Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.
Meals we provide: Breakfast and box lunch.


Day 6 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. 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 make a 1 hour boat trip to get close up views of the glacier. By the end of the day we get back to El Calafate.
Lodging at Hosteria or Inn, double or single room with private bathroom.
Meals we provide: Breakfast.


Day 7  - El Calafate airport
After breakfast we transfer to Calafate airport where our services end.
Meals we provide: Breakfast

 

› SERVICES DETAILS


Included:

  • Bilingual Tour Leader (Spanish - English).
  • Boat trip to Penguin rockery in Estancia Harberton.
  • Perito Moreno glacier excursion with boat trip.
  • Transfer Ushuaia airport - Ushuaia - Río Grande - Puerto Natales - Torres del Paine National Park  - El Calafate - El Calafate airport. Transfers combine private and regular services.
  • 6 breakfasts, 2 box lunch, and 1 dinner.
  • 5 nights lodging in Hosteria DWB or SWB
  • 1 night lodging in Dormis*

Accommodation

NIGHTS 01 02 03 04 05 06 07
Hosteria double room with private bathroom x   x x x x x
Dormis in Estancia Las Hijas (shared bathrooms)   x          
Single Option x   x x x x x


Meals

The meals we provide in the program are shown below:

DAYS 01 02 03 04 05 06 07
Breakfast   x x x x x x
Lunch box / Lunch     x   x    
Dinners   x          

Not included:

  • 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.
  • Optional excursions.
  • Services not shown or detailed in the program.


“Patagonia Explorer Pro” Alternate

Passengers taking this alternative share the trip with the standard Patagonia Explorer  but days 4 and 5 they follow a different program, as shown below.


› ITINERARY

Day 4 Sailing from Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park.
After breakfast you are transferred to the local peer, where you take the ship that sails the Last Hope Fjord towards glaciers Balmaceda and Serrano. After the visit to Serrano Glacier, you are served lunch at Hosteria Balmaceda. From there, you continue in Zodiacs up river Serrano. This is a spectacular trip, with views over the Patagonian Icefiled, native southern beech forest and lots of birds. Once in Camping Serrano, arrival point to the Zodiac trip, you are transferred by minibus to our Full Camp at Camping Pehoe. There you will find igloo type tents already prepared for you, with sleeping bag, mattresses and a cotton liner.
Lodging at Camping Pehoe Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

Day 5 Torres del Paine National Park - El Calafate
By mid morning we meet our fellow travellers who stayed in Puerto Natales the night before and are coming to the Park in our minibus. We all together continue our visit inside the Park as described in day 5 of the standard itinerary.
Meals we provide: Breakfast and box lunch.


› DETALLE DE SERVICIOS

El servicio incluye

  • Boat trip from Puerto Natales to Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers; zodiac trip up river Serrano to Paine National Park.
  • Lucnh at Hostería Monte Balmaceda
  • 1 night lodging at Camping Pehoe Full Camp with breakfast and dinner.
  • Transfer in regular bus from Camping Serrano to Full Camp Camping Pehoe.

Not included

  • Entrance fee to Paine National Park.
  • Medical and life insurance.
  • Tips.
  • Drinks and beverages (all foods are without alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks).
  • 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.

List of suggested personal equipment:

  • Comfortable outdoors clothing; comfortable outdoors shoes; a couple of good pair of socks and thermal underwear; a windblock polar fleece and a breathable parka.
  • Gloves, hat, sun glasses, sunscreen with UV protection.
  • Your documents to cross the border between Argentina and Chile.
  • Personal medication