This immense region extends from silent fjords and pristine natural parks in the south, to glittering lakes and windswept steppe in the north. While the magnetism of Patagonia is in its sense of being an indifferent, barely-explored wilderness, this part of Latin America is surprisingly accessible, even with a short one-week window of time. Here is a Patagonia tour itinerary for you which is going to be your best Latin American adventure vacation.
A Brief Look At The Patagonia Tour
(Day 1): Arrival In Santiago
(Day 2): Visiting Torres Del Paine via Punta Arenas
(Day 3-5): Exploring Torres del Paine
(Day 6): A Tour to El Calafate
(Day 7): Enjoy Activities at El Calafate
(Day 8): Heading to Buenos Aires And Departure
Places To Visit
Santiago, Torres Del Paine, Punta Arenas, El Calafate, Buenos Aires
Today morning, you’ll meet your private guide at the airport reception and then be transferred to your hotel in the pedestrian-friendly neighborhood of Lastarria. Later in the afternoon, take a historic tour of Santiago including the Presidential Palace, the Cathedral, the historic main square or "Plaza de Armas", the National History Museum, and "Casa Colorado" the historic residence of the Governor. Continue your journey on to Santa Lucia the hill upon which the Spanish founded Santiago in the year 1541.
Catch an early morning flight to Punta Arenas, which is the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia. Your guide will meet you at the airport reception and will take you north through the extensive Patagonian Steppe, following the coastal route along the Straits of Magellan across the cold Antarctic waters of Tierra del Fuego. Late in the afternoon, arrive at the border of Torres del Paine National Park. Overnight stay at Patagonia Camp, which is composed of lavish, yurt-style accommodations with private bath, heat and all the amenities of a fine hotel including fine dining and a wine bar.
Today, your exploration of Torres del Paine National Park will start with your Patagonia Camp guides. Each day is going to offer you a choice between easier or more active treks and excursions through the park. Hike off the path within the national park to the Salto del Toro waterfall in order to view the rushing glacial waters of Lago Pehoe pouring into Lago del Toro. Trek to Mirador del Toro, which is a lookout point having an incredible view of Lago del Toro and the Paine Massif. You’ll be driven to the western side of the park to enjoy an easy-going walk with a spectacular view over the lake and gigantic icebergs broken off the huge glacier at the headwaters of Lago Grey. Venture beech forests and flat glacial deposits forming the Grey Peninsula on a walk to a splendid lookout point over the lake.
On a clear day, an ambitious hike of 8 hours to Valle Ascencio takes you to the base of the marvelous granite massif where the iconic Towers of Paine rise from a glacial lake. The world-famous Torres del Paine consist of 3 granite monoliths, which are the remains of a great cirque sheared away by the forces of glacial ice over the millennia. In case the weather happens to be poor with no visibility, you can hike in the beech forest at Laguna Azul trekking across the lush green “pampa” or steppe terrain. Watch out for guanacos, fox, and many species of birds. One night, there’ll be a festive “asado” or typical Patagonian lamb barbecue.
This morning, you’ll be driven 4-5 hours to El Calafate. Depart Patagonia Camp and make your way across the pampas to El Calafate in Argentina. El Calafate is majorly the base for explorations of the Patagonian Continental Ice Cap and also Los Glaciares National Park. Your accommodation will be at Eolo Lodge, which is strategically situated on a vast Patagonian landscape from which one can observe La Anita Valley towards the east, Lake Argentina towards the north, and the massif of Torres del Paine to the south.
Enjoy your day today at Eolo Lodge to absorb all that this dramatic property has to offer. You might opt for mountain biking over unique terrain and rugged trails, trekking nearby on Mount Frias or in La Anita Valley, or bird-watching around the lodge property.
Enjoy a privately guided tour of Buenos Aires for having an in-depth look at the city with a local expert who will introduce you to the amazing city, its history, its style, and the unusual psychology of “Porteño” residents. You can visit historical sites such as the Barrio Norte with its spectacular old homes, La Boca which is a neighborhood of brightly painted Italian family homes and restaurants and San Telmo where the artist and musicians live and work. Your hotel room will be available for day use until in the evening when you’ll be transferred to the airport for onward flight.
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