My Patagonia Trip Itinerary (and Poll)

by Dave on February 23, 2012 · 20 comments

Mount Fitzroy / El Chaltén

Mount Fitzroy towers over the small town of El Chalten

One week from today, I’ll be on a flight to Buenos Aires, in advance of my trip to Patagonia with G Adventures! I touched on some of the highlights from the 2-week End of the Earth trip in my initial announcement, however I wanted to delve further into what’s in store for me, and anyone else planning a trip to the region.

Day 1 – Buenos Aires

The first day is when everyone is due to arrive. I’m flying in a day early just to be safe, but will save the serious sightseeing until after I get back from Patagonia. I’m looking forward to getting to know the city in every way — from fine dining to crazy soccer matches, learning the sophisticated tango to partying at the late night discotecas. Let’s see how BA stacks up with my other favorite Latin cities, Medellin and Lima.

Days 2 & 3 – El Chalten / Glacier National Park

I imagine our first travel day will start early, as we fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, and then transfer by bus to El Chalten. This sets us up for a full day of hiking in Glacier National Park on Day 3. The park features the world’s 3rd largest ice field (after Antarctica and Greenland). We’ll be hiking to Laguna de los Tres for a view of Cerro Fitzroy & Chalten (3,441 meters).

Perito Moreno Glacier

The Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina

Days 4 & 5 – El Calafate / Perito Moreno Glacier

We return to El Calafate on Day 4, and drive to Moreno Glacier, which is still within Glacier National Park. Photos of this 60-meter high, half-mile wide glacier are probably the images I most associate with Patagonia. I love glaciers, and I’m super excited to see this massive one for myself.

The Three Towers in Torres del Paine National Park

The Three Towers in Torres del Paine National Park

Days 6, 7, 8 & 9 – Puerto Natales / Torres del Paine National Park

Day 6 is another travel day, and we’ll be spending the evening in Puerto Natales, which sets us up for 3 days and 2 nights of camping in Torres del Paine National Park. Hiking is estimated at 5-8 hours per day, but thankfully, altitude won’t play much of a factor since the base elevation is quite low. And I’m going to cross my fingers for great weather too! As you might recall, there were quite a few large fires burning in the park as of January. These have been extinguished, and I recently received an update to our hiking plans from G Adventures.

Day 7: Trek as per normal to Las Torres del Paine (Towers). The group will overnight in the private Laguna Amarga campsite. Day 8:  Start this day with a catamaran to Pehoe Lake. Trek to Valle Frances (French Valley) and finish off with a catamaran back from Pehoe. Overnight in the Pehoe Ruta campsite. Day 9: Trek along the coastline of Lake Grey to a peninsula with a viewpoint of Glacier Grey. Today will consist of a light 3 hour walk with an option of an extra 1.5 hours tough climb.

Day 10 – Punta Arenas

Chile’s southernmost city boasts 100,000 people, and is also the jumping off point for our day trip to the Otway Sound penguin colony.

The Beagle Channel

The Beagle Channel

Days 11, 12 & 13 – Ushuaia / Beagle Channel

From Punto Arenas, we’ll return to Argentina with a visit to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and the primary jumping off point for cruises to Antarctica. While I didn’t make it to Antarctica this year, I wanted to at least make sure I got a taste for the experience by visiting Ushuaia. The primary highlight will be a cruise through the Beagle Channel to observe the unique wildlife down there.

Days 14 & 15 – Buenos Aires

The tour wraps up back in Buenos Aires, where I expect the whole group will go out for one last night on the town together. As I mentioned at the top, I’ll be spending additional time in Buenos Aires — at least 4 weeks. More if I’m loving it.

Vote to Help Me Choose Optional Activities

As with any good tour, there are a host of optional activities that are available at an additional charge. Vote below for which activities you’d like me to do. I’ll definitely do the top 3 activities as voted on by you, so please take a moment to help me choose!

Which 3 activities I should do in Patagonia?

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Disclosure: This Patagonia tour is in partnership with G Adventures. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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