Explore Patagonia

Argentina, Chile

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  • Enjoy an adventure through Patagonia on this 13-night guided group holiday.
  • Discover Buenos Aires with a guided city tour & free time to explore on your own.
  • Take a full day trek to Mount Fitz Roy, located in the Southern Patagonia Ice Field.
  • Explore the Perito Moreno Glacier on foot & by catamaran on Argentino Lake.
  • Hike through the famous Torres del Paine National Park on a full & half-day trek.
  • See the highlights of Santiago de Chile with a guided city tour & time at leisure.

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Your Guided Adventure Holiday To Patagonia

Travel with us through the stunning natural landscapes of Patagonia on this action-packed guided holiday. Located on South America’s southern frontier, and shared by Argentina and Chile, Patagonia has some of the most unique and beautiful geography on the planet. This stunning region is also one of world’s best-kept secrets, making it an ideal getaway for any outdoor enthusiast. On this exhilarating holiday, we’ll wander through the charming streets of Buenos Aires and Santiago, trek Mount Fitz Roy in Los Glaciares National Park and get up close with the only moving glacier in the world, Perito Moreno Glacier. We’ll also spend two days exploring the great outdoors by foot in Torres del Paine National Park and experience all the natural beauty that El Calafate and El Chalten have to offer. If you’re looking for adventure, then look no further. Prepare to be amazed as we explore the breathtaking wilderness of Patagonia!

Trip Itinerary

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Depart for Argentina

Fly to Buenos Aires

Begin your adventure with an overnight flight to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. Known as “The Paris of South America”, Buenos Aires is a buzzing city that combines faded European grandeur with Latin passion.

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Explore Buenos Aires

Meet your local guide

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On arrival in Buenos Aires, you will be met by your local expert guide and transferred to your hotel. You will have the remainder of the morning at leisure to settle in and get your bearings before beginning your first excursion.

Buenos Aires City Tour

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Explore the historic centre of Buenos Aires during an afternoon sightseeing tour with your local guide. Some highlights from today will include the main square at Plaza de Mayo, the Cathedral and Cabilo and the Opera House. You will also visit San Telmo, the old neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, and La Boca, famed for its colourful houses. You will also have the chance to see some of the beautiful parks and gardens in Palermo and the famous La Recoleta Cemetery.

Accommodation

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3 star hotel in Buenos Aires (2 nights)

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Buenos Aires

At leisure

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You will have a full day at leisure to enjoy the city of Buenos Aires at your own pace. Your local expert guide would be happy to suggest some activities to suit your taste. It is an easy city to explore by foot, so perhaps you would like to take a stroll along the wide boulevards or you could grab a bite to eat at one of the “parrillas” (steakhouses) which sit on practically every corner. At night, Buenos Aires comes alive with a diverse range of bars and live music venues where you can join the locals for some tango dancing.

Optional tango dance class or at leisure

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Immerse yourself in the Argentinian culture by taking part in a Tango dance lesson in Buenos Aires and learn the moves and rhythms of this famous, dramatic ballroom dance. The public classes can accommodate up to 60 people at a time, so prepare for a fun, immersive, social evening. If you prefer a more intimate experience, there are also private tango dance lessons available for solo dancers and couples. Transfers to and from the dance class are not included. (From €45 per person for a public class. From €125 per person for a private one on one class. From €89 per person for a private class for 2. There are no minimum numbers required for this excursion)

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Buenos Aires to El Chalten

Internal flight to El Calafate

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This morning will be an early start with a transfer to Buenos Aires airport for your internal flight to El Calafate. On arrival in El Calafate, you will transfer by coach to El Chalten. During this scenic journey you can admire the dramatic landscapes before arriving in to El Chalten in the afternoon. (Approximate transfer time: 3 hour and 30 minutes with a comfort stop included.)

El Chaten at leisure

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Located in the reserve area of Los Glaciares National Park, at the foot of the granite peaks of the Torre and Fitz Roy mountains, El Chalten is a charming mountain village. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to settle in and get to know your new surroundings. Explore the shops that line the village’s main street or take an independent walk along the variety of nature trails this enchanting area has to offer.

Accommodation

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Lodge accommodation in El Chaten (2 nights)

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Trek Mount Fitz Roy

Trek Mount Fitz Roy

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Spend the full day exploring Mont Fitz Roy, a mountain located in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field on the border between Argentina and Chile. Your day will begin with a short transfer by mini bus from your lodge to the trailhead at foot of the mountain. The trail, which borders the Rio Blanco, will lead you to a forest of Antarctic beech trees, the southernmost tree on earth. Trek to the first viewpoint which will offer stunning views of the Piedras Blancas Glacier before continuing along the trail towards Camp Poincenot. Cross the Santa Cruz River by a small hanging bridge to reach the base camp of Rio Blanco before returning to El Chalten along the path that passes through the Capri Laguna Lookout. (Approximate distance: 15km / Difficulty Level: Moderate) For those who would like a more challenging trek there will be the option to do a further 1 hour climb of 420 meters to the Laguna de los Tres viewpoint with spectacular views of the Fitz Roy Massif, its lagoon and glaciers. A packed lunch is included which you will enjoy along the trekking trail.

At leisure

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You will have the remainder of the evening at leisure to relax and recuperate after your trek and soak up the tranquil atmosphere of El Chalten by night.

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El Chalten to El Calafate

Transfer from El Chalten to El Calafate

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After breakfast depart El Chalten for your transfer to El Calafate. El Calafate, known as the Land of Glaciers, is a town which lies on the southern shore of the turquoise waters of Argentino Lake (Approximate transfer time 3 hours and 30 minutes).

El Calafate at leisure

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On arrival in El Calafate you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to settle in and get to know your new surroundings. The town began life as a wagon stop for sheep farmers selling their wool. Declared a National Park in 1938, this region receives visitors from the world over who come to admire ever changing icy landscapes. Visit the Glaciarium Museum or have a drink at the Yeti Ice Bar, the only bar in the world to be built completely from glacial ice. The choice is yours!

Accommodation

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3 star hotel in El Calafate (2 nights)

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Perito Moreno Glacier

Explore Perito Moreno Glacier by foot

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Begin the morning with an 80km transfer through the most beautiful landscapes towards the Perito Moreno Glacier. This glacier originated about 30,000 years ago and covers an area of approximately 40 km over the waters of Argentino Lake. Perito Moreno Glacier is the only glacier in the world that is still permanently moving, up to 2 metres per day, making it a must see for any visitor to Patagonia. Experience a guided walk along the base of this impressive glacier which measures 30km long, 5km wide and 60m high. You will get to see the glacier from different views as the constant detachments of ice breaking free from the glacier in a loud echoing fashion!

Explore Perito Moreno Glacier from Argentino Lake

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In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to experience Perito Moreno Glacier from a different perspective, as you explore the southern wall by catamaran during a 1 hour nautical safari tour. Departing from Bajo de las Sombras Pier and navigating along the Rico Arm of Argentino Lake, you can observe the deafening ice detachments while you sail between floating ice and marvel at the impressive ice walls. The catamaran gets as close as 300 metres away, allowing you to admire this constantly moving natural phenomenon and the surrounding mountains from a unique angle. Don’t forget your camera so you can capture some photos when the catamaran comes to a stop at the front wall of Perito Moreno Glacier.

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Transfer over the border from Argentina to Chile

Transfer from from El Calafate to Torres del Paine

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Today you will make the journey over the border from El Calafate in Argentina to Torres del Paine in Chile. Once you reach the border crossing in the village at Cerro Castillo, it will be time to say goodbye to your local Argentinian guide and continue the rest of the way with your local Chilean guide to your hotel in Torres del Paine. (Approximate transfer time: 5 hours and 30 minutes)

At Leisure

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On arrival at your hotel, you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to spend as you wish. Known as the gateway to Antarctica, Torres del Paine is home to vast green lowlands, ice blue glaciers, black and jade coloured lakes as well as deep valleys and snow-capped mountains. Soaring almost vertically more than 2000 metres above the Patagonian steppe, the famous granite pillars of Torres del Paine dominate the surrounding landscape. Abundant with wildlife, this area of Chile’s Patagonia is claimed to be one of the most spectacularly beautiful landscapes in the world, and offers the ideal base for any outdoor enthusiast.

Accommodation

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3 star hotel on the southern edge of Torres del Paine National Park (3 nights)

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Half day Trek in Torres del Paine National Park

Half day trek in Torres del Paine National Park

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After breakfast transfer from your hotel to Puente Weber to begin your 3 hour trek in Torres del Paine National Park. Crossing through the ancient Lenga Forest towards Quebrada la Feria, you will have the chance to experience all the natural beauty this national park has to offer. The majority of the terrain is flat with some gradual climbs. Continue towards Mirador del Condor, the look out point to the Cordillera Paine mountain range. Enjoy lunch at a local restauant in Camping Pehoe, located in the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park, before transferring back to your hotel in Cerro Castillo. (Approximate distance: 9 km / Difficulty Level: Moderate)

At Leisure

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You will have the remainder of the day at leisure. Relax and recuperate at your hotel or continue to explore your stunning surroundings independently. Your local expert guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your taste.

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Torres del Paine National Park

Full day trek in Torres del Paine National Park

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Explore Torres del Paine National Park further today on foot as you embark on a full day trek with a packed lunch included. Your morning will being with a 1 hour transfer to the Las Torres area where you will begin trekking to the Ascencio Valley. From here you will be able to see the Ascencio River running wildly below. Continue through the forest, admiring the native beech trees before reaching the moraine, an impressive accumulation of glacial rock debris. Due to the rocky terrain the trek through the moraine can be quite challenging. From here it’s a 1 hour trek to the top but the climb will be well rewarded when you begin to see 3 pink granite towers appear as if from nowhere. It is this stunning view of the Cordillera Paine mountain range with the glacial lake below that has made Torres del Paine National Park world famous. You will transfer back to your hotel before having the remainder of the evening at leisure. (Duration: 8 hours / Distance: 17km / Difficulty: Challenging)

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Torres del Paine to Santiago de Chile

Internal flight to Santiago de Chile

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After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to Punta Arenas airport for your internal flight to Santiago, Chile’s capital city. (Approximate transfer time: 5 hours). Just before landing at Santiago’s airport, you may have the chance to catch a glimpse of the spectacular Andes and the Aconcagua Mountain, the highest in South America.

At leisure

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Upon arrival in Santiago de Chile, you will have the remainder of the day at leisure to settle in to your new surroundings. Check out some of the sidewalk eateries, cafes and beer halls which come alive in the evening or simply stroll through the winding streets taking in the charming atmosphere.

Accommodation

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4 star hotel in Santiago de Chile (2 nights)

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Santiago

Walking City Tour of Santiago

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Lets’ explore the city on foot! Enjoy a 2 hour guided walking city tour of Santiago de Chile. Explore the main sights of the down town area as well as getting some tips on the best places to eat, drink and shop in your leisure time. A visit to the presidential palace, the Plaza de Armas, with its cathedral and the beautiful old post office and the Palacio de la Real Audiencia will also be included.

At Leisure

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The remainder of your day will be at leisure for you to enjoy free time in the city of Santiago. You can stroll through the hillside parks or wander the charming winding side streets. Your local guide will be happy to make some suggestions on how you can spend your afternoon.

Farewell Dinner

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Lets’ enjoy a farewell dinner with our group at our hotel for our final night together. This is the ideal opportunity to reflect and reminisce on our once in a lifetime trip to Patagonia.

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Santiago de Chile

Morning

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You will have a one final morning at leisure in Santiago. This is the ideal time to do any last minute shopping or sightseeing of your choice. With the snow-capped Andes Mountains as a scenic backdrop, this is the perfect city to round off your time in Chile.”

Transfer to Santiago de Chile airport

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In the early afternoon you will transfer from your hotel to Santiago de Chile airport for your overnight flights home

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Arrive home

Travel to Dublin

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Arrive home to Dublin in the morning following your epic adventure to Argentina & Chile’s Patagonia

* We aim to operate your tour itinerary according to the format shown. Occasionally, local conditions and unexpected events may result in adjustments to the planned schedule. We kindly ask for your understanding and flexibility in the event of any changes

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Know before you go

Will I be met at the airport?

You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your TD active guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.

Do I need a visa?

Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each countries entry requirements

What if there is an emergency?

We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.

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