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At the southernmost tip of Patagonia the archipelago of Tierra del Fuego can be found.  Meaning "The Land of Fire", Tierra del Fuego is renowned for its breath taking landscapes, snowy peaks and dramatic glaciers.  The largest island, Isla Grande, is home to the Argentine town of Ushuaia, also known as "the end of the world" and the gateway to Antarctica. 

Our Land of Fire adventure will take you by boat into the Beagle channel to observe sea lions, penguins and cormorant. We will gaze southward over the ocean to the Antarctic Peninsula and walk through the forests of Tierra del Fuego National Park.  Crossing the border into Chile, we explore the savagely beautiful Torres del Paine National Park with its iconic granite towers. Our journey continues north as we cross the Argentinian pampas to reach the town of El Chalten and climb to the foot of the mighty Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy peaks. 

This once in a lifetime adventure is a showcase for the most awe inspiring scenery Patagonia has to offer. To complete the package, you will also have a guided tour of Buenos Aires on arrival and spend one night in an Argentinian estancia (cattle ranch). For those who want to travel in comfort and see everything Patagonia has to offer, look no further. 

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1Welcome to Buenos Aires

On arrival in Buenos Aires you will be met by a member of the Kandoo team and transferred to your accommodation (roughly 1 hour).  After some time to settle in at the hotel, in the afternoon we will take a 3 hour guided city tour, visiting the Plaza de Mayo, La Boca and the Madero Port area among other sites.  Our local guide has a wealth of knowledge and will be able to answer all your questions about this pulsating capital city.

  • Accommodation: Waldorf Hotel
  • Meals: none 
2Fly to Ushuaia

This morning after breakfast at the hotel we will transfer to the airport for our flight down to Ushuaia where our guide will meet us at the airport.  On arrival we transfer to our hotel (20mins) and have lunch before heading to the tourist port for a 3 hour boat tour of the surround area.  Heading first for the Beagle Channel, we have superb views of the city, coast line and surrounding mountains.  We sail south west to approach the island of Los Lobos, where we can observe sea lions in their natural environment and continue to Bird Island with its colonies of Magellan and Imperial Cormorants.  Passing by "the scouts" lighthouse, where the ship Monte Cervantes sank in 1930, we continue to Martillo Island where we can observe the penguin colony that visit between November and March.  Returning to Ushuaia, we transfer to our hotel in the city and settle down for the evening.  

  • Accommodation: Hotel Malvinas
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch  
3Tierra del Fuego National Park

Today we have the whole day to explore and enjoy the magnificent Tierra del Fuego National Park.  The park was created in 1960, offering protection to 68,909 hectares of marine, forest and mountain environments.  The kelp geese are a symbol of the national park and can be found in the coastal areas along with albatross, oyster catchers and the flying steamer duck.  In the forests you can spot austral parakeets, woodpeckers and thorn-tailed rayadito.  In all there are over 90 different bird species in the park along with mammals such as guanaco and fuegian foxes.

Leaving the hotel after breakfast, we head for Bahia Ensenada, the starting point of our trek along the Beagle Channel.  We pass through forests of Lengas, Guindos and Nires trees as we follow the coast line and gaze over the water to distant peaks.  Jumping back in the vehicle we continue to Lago Roca where we will have another short walk and lunch by the lake.  In the afternoon we will visit beaver dam and Lapataia Bay, located at the very end of National Road 3, 3063km from Buenos Aires.  We return to our hotel in Ushuaia in the late afternoon. 

  • Ascent: 150m
  • Descent: 150m
  • Walking: 5 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel Malvinas
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
4To El Calafate

Today our adventure moves on to its next stage as we transfer to the airport and head north to El Calafate (1 hour 30 mins).  Here we will be spending the night in a hotel in the middle of town and we have free time to explore.  There is a good range of shops if you feel like picking up some souvenirs or you can take a walk around the Nimez Lagoon, a heaven for various bird species and just a short 2km walk from town. 

  • Accommodation: Hotel Kapenke
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
5Over the border to Chile

This morning we board a local bus and travel through the Argentinian pampas to the border with Chile.  At the border, after completing formalities, we will need to change vehicles before continuing to Puerto Natales.  In the afternoon we follow a trail to the small peak of Cerro Dorotea. From the top there is magnificent panoramic views of Seño Ultima Esperanza, literally translated as the “fjord of the last hope”. The navigator Juan Ladrillero named the fjord in 1557, because he felt it was his last chance to reach the Strait of Magellan. The fjord ends in a glacier and does not reach the strait. On a clear day we can also the see the peaks of Torres Del Paine in the distance.  We spend the night in a hotel in central Puerto Natales. 

  • Ascent: 460m
  • Descent: 460m
  • Walking: 3 to 4 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel Vendaval
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
6Torres del Paine

Torres del Paine National Park was established in 1959 and designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. “Paine” means blue, a reference to the colour of the glaciers and lakes that have made the park so famous. 

We leave Puero Natales and take a leisurely drive north into the park, stopping along the way at numerous viewpoints that showcase the jaw dropping landscape.  We will visit Lago Sarniento, Laguna Amarga for views of the "Torres", the waterfalls at Salto Grande, Weber Bridge, Nordenskjold for views of Cuernos du Paine and Grey Beach.    In the afternoon we will reach Laguna Amarga and settle in to our refuge for the evening. 

  • Walking: 2 to 3 hours
  • Accommodation: Mountain Refuge (dormitory)
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
7The Torres

Today we have the opportunity to hike to the foot of the world famous Torres del Paine.  Our first objective is Refugio Chileno, after a flat start the trail starts to climb up the Ascencio valley and is moderately steep in places.  The scenery surrounding us is breath taking right from the beginning.  After 2 – 3 hours the trail descends into forest and we find the refuge and campground on the banks of the river.  Beyond the refuge we follow an easy track by the river for 3km before starting a difficult and strenuous climb to Mirador las Torres.  The trail is steep and rocky with large boulders scattered about the mountainside, a demanding ascent even for experienced hikers.  At the top the reward is staggering.  You are standing at the foot of the Torres del Paine, the three granite towers that give the park its name. Raising 4000ft into the sky above you, their distant peaks are reflected in the lake at your feet.  After taking some time to contemplate the majesty of our surroundings, we turn back and begin our descent. This is a tough day of strenuous hiking, for anyone who does not want to climb to the foot of the towers an alternative walk on the banks of Lake Saramiento is possible.

In the afternoon we take a private transfer to Hotel Posada 3 Pasos, near to the Argentine border, and settle in for a well earned rest. 

  • Ascent: 1200m
  • Descent: 1200m
  • Walking: 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel Posada 3 Pasos
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
8To El Chalten

Today we say farewell to Chile as we board a local bus and cross back into Argentina.  We reach El Calafate around midday and stop for lunch before boarding a second bus to El Chalten. El Chalten is a town filled with gauchos, trekkers and mountaineers, a bustling place with the slender towers of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy raising up above the town.  On arrival we transfer to hotel Lunajuim, our base for the next 3 nights, and have some free time to rest or explore. 

  • Accommodation: Hotel Lunajuim
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
9Laguna de los Tres

Here in El Chalten we are in northern most section of Los Glaciares National Park, home to the striking peaks of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre among others.  Today we will be hiking to Laguna de los Tres for staggering views of Fitz Roy.  Our trail meanders through forests and clearings and passes the beautiful Laguna Capri. We slowly draw closer and closer to the shear granite pinnacles touching the sky over 2000m above us.  After a steep final ascent over glacial moraine, we are rewarded with our first view of Laguna de los Tres. The hanging glaciers of Fitz Roy cascade down into the water and the vertical rock walls of the mountain rise above the ice.  It is often possible to hear the creaking and cracking of the glacier as it makes its slow descent down the mountainside and into the freezing waters at our feet.  We will spend some time at the lake to soak up the immensity of our surroundings before returning to El Chalten. 

  • Ascent: 700m
  • Descent: 700m
  • Walking: 7 to 8 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel Lunajuim
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
10Laguna Torre

We head off into the mountains again today to get up close and personal with another iconic peak, Cerro Torre.  The hike to Laguna Torre at the foot of the mountain should take 3 to 4 hours and we will aim to reach the lake in time for lunch.  A truly spectacular location for a picnic!  Depending on the weather conditions it may be possible to continue along the Fitz Roy river to the Maestri Viewpoint for even more staggering views of Cerro Torre.  In the afternoon we return to El Chalten.

  • Ascent: 400m
  • Descent: 400m
  • Walking: 5 to 6 hours
  • Accommodation: Hotel Lunajuim
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
11Estancia Patagonica

This morning we transfer to the bus station in El Chalten and return to El Calafate in time for lunch. From there a private transfer takes us to the beautiful Galpon del Glaciar, an Estancia Patagonica (traditional sheep ranch) where we will be spending the night. The estancia sits on the shores of Lake Argentino, on the road to Perito Moreno Glacier, the scenery could not be more perfect. In the afternoon there will be a tour of the estancia and its facilities, a special opportunity to learn what life is like for those who live and work in this extreme corner of the world.  An unforgettable experience. 

  • Accommodation: Galpon del Glaciar
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner 
12Perito Moreno Glacier

This morning at the estancia there is a choice of activities after breakfast.  For bird lovers, a 2 to 3 hour walk on Lago Argentino is a great opportunity to spot some of the 90 plus bird species that call this region home.  Alternatively, you could take a horse ridding trip from the ranch and soak up the scenery from the saddle.  In the early afternoon we depart for the Perito Moreno Glacier. The glacier is considered the biggest attraction in Argentinian Patagonia.  Stretching for 19 miles as it falls from the Patagonian Ice Cap into the waters of Lago Argentino, the wall of ice looms 240ft high. Gigantic ice boulders break away and fall dramatically into the otherwise peaceful waters of the lake.  You will have the opportunity to do a boat tour which is highly recommended, the views of the glacier wall from the water are staggering. In the late afternoon we drive to our hotel in El Calafate.

  • Accommodation: Hotel Kapenke
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
13Back to Buenos Aires

Today we transfer to the airport for our flight back to Buenos Aires.  Free time to explore the city for one more day before we head home.

  • Accommodation: Waldorf Hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast
14Departure

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight home.

  • Meals: Breakfast

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Last Updated August 12 2020
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Arrival: October 9 2021
Days: 14
Price: £4399 $5715 €0
Comment: Minimum 6
Arrival: November 13 2021
Days: 14
Price: £4399 $5715 €0
Comment: Minimum 6
Included
  • Domestic flights
  • All airport transfers
  • All accommodation
  • All transportation
  • An expert Kandoo Adventures guide
  • Guided tour of Buenos Aires
  • Tierra del Fuego boat tour
  • Perito Moreno Glacier boat tour
  • All National Park entry fees
  • 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 3 dinners
Not Included
  • International flights and visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses

Difficulty

Difficulty Level 2/5 EASY

This adventure is rated as easy.  The distances covered each day on foot are relatively short and the amount of ascent and descent in a single day does not exceed 700m. There is one exception, which is day 7 in Torres del Paine National Park.  To reach the Mirador las Torres viewpoint requires an ascent of  1200m and the final section of the route is on very steep and rocky terrain.  This hike is optional and a walk on the shores of Lake Saramiento is provided as an alternative. Although not as demanding as many of our other adventures, in order to get the most out of the tour you need to be fit and healthy with recent experience of long walks in mountainous terrain. The weather in Patagonia can be unpredictable and you should be prepared to walk in heavy rain and strong winds.  Trails can be steep in places with loose rocks and care should be taken to avoid slips and trips. If you have any questions about your suitability for this tour, please feel free to get in touch. 

Comfort

Comfort level 4/5 HOTELS

On all but one night we will be staying in comfortable 3 star hotels in twin or double rooms with en-suite facilities. Hotels have been carefully selected to provide quality accommodation in the best locations. 

On day 6 in Torres del Paine National Park we will spend 1 night in a mountain refuge.  Accommodation will be in dormitories of between 4 and 12 people with shared bathroom facilities. 

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