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Patagonia Guided Walking Holiday

Photographer in a national park Torres del Paine, Patagonia, Chile
Duration: 17 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 3
from £6,699pp with flights

Towering peaks, glistening lakes, imposing glaciers and vast wilderness stretch out in all directions in Chile’s breathtaking Torres del Paine National Park, while the Fitz Roy ranges, Southern Patagonian Ice Field and bustling Buenos Aires highlight the many facets of Argentina.

Holiday Highlights

  • 3 full days' walking in the majestic Torres del Paine
  • Walk in the Los Glaciares National Park, with the granite towers of Mount Fitzroy and Cerro Torre
  • Explore the 'End of the World' at Ushuaia, Tierro del Fuego
  • Discover Buenos Aires, including a tango show with dinner
  • Stay in lodges in the heart of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, amid breathtaking scenery
  • See Patagonian wildlife, such as the flightless rhea, guanacos and condors

What’s included

  • 15 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure, except 5 lunches and 1 dinner
  • A full programme of guided walks led by local tour directors, local guides and an HF Holidays' leader
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Travel by air conditioned coach/minivan and internal flights
  • Tips

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Fly directly to Buenos Aires.


We have a morning arrival and transfer to the hotel for 1 night. We include a walking tour of Buenos Aires followed by time to explore or relax after your long flight.

Hotel Cyan Americas Towers, Buenos Aires - Patagonia

The Hotel Americas Towers is located in the centre of the city, in an attractive neighbourhood within walking distance of fashionable Recoleta and the pedestrianised Florida Street. The modern 4-star hotel has large rooms and an outdoor pool. We also stay here for the final 2 nights of our holiday.


Flight from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia (3 nights) at the southern tip of Patagonia. We spend the next morning with a visit to the old Ushuaia penitentiary, lunch at leisure, then enjoy an afternoon cruise along the Beagle Channel with spectacular views over the capital of Tierra del Fuego and the mountains in the background. Opportunity to spot albatross, scuas, sea lion and Magellanic penguins. The next morning we travel to the End of the World railway station where we'll take a train ride through a backdrop of lenga woods, rivers, brooks and mountains. After a stop at La Macarena waterfall, continue into the Tierra del Fuego National Park where there will be chance to take short walks.

Hotel Altos de Ushuaia, Ushuaia - Patagonia

An elegant hotel perfectly situated on a hill overlooking Ushuaia. You'll enjoy wonderful views of the city and the Beagle Channel. The restaurant's large windows are perfect for watching the sunset over the channel while enjoying your dinner. The rooms are comfortably furnished.


Flight to El Calafate and transfer into the heart of Chilean Patagonia, the Torres del Paine National Park. Reach the entrance to the park in the late afternoon. We stay near Laguna Verde, for 1 night.


The first walk in the park is a wonderful foretaste of days to come, on an easy clear path through grass meadows and beech woodland, passing clear mountain lakes framed by the magnificent Torres del Paine mountain range. Continue to Lago Grey for a view of the shimmering blue icebergs as they break off the nearby Grey Glacier, and then on to a breathtaking location near the base of the granite towers, for 3 nights.


We include an extraordinary walk to the Paine towers viewpoint, the spectacular granite pillars that rise over 2,000m above the Patagonian steppe, or walk the Paso Los Cuernos path along Lago Nordenskjold, with possible views of Mt Almirante Nieto.


On our final day we enjoy a couple of short walks today which give wonderful views of the national park. One of the walks will be overlooking Lago Pehoe, and will include the viewpoint 'Mirador Cuernos' for incredible views of the Horn of Paine and up the Valle de Frances to the Italian camp and the glacier.

Hotel Estancia el Ovejero - Patagonia

The Hotel Estancia el Ovejero is the base for the first night at Torres del Paine, and is a family run hotel with a unique design and atmosphere. From horseshoe shaped napkin holders to saddle-bar stools this establishment combines cosiness with modern elements. After a long day’s walk enjoy typical regional dishes in the restaurant and relax in the cosy common rooms.


Early departure towards the border with Argentina and continue across the wild Patagonian expanses. A lunch of delicious local food will be taken at a traditional Argentinian estancia. Continue to the small town of El Calafate for 2 nights.

Take a full day tour to the extraordinary views of the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world’s only advancing glaciers, where the deep blue colours of the huge ice wall combine with the sounds of creaking and crashing. There is the chance to take an optional boat trip on the lake in front of the glacier.

Hotel El Quijote, El Calafate - Patagonia

In El Calafate, stay at the Hotel El Quijote, a comfortable 3-star hotel built in a Spanish style with lots of dark wood, and located in the centre of El Calafate, just a short stroll from the various shops and outfitters in this small town.


Journey across the wilderness following the lakes Argentino and Viedma to the remote mountain town of El Chalten. Arrive in time for an afternoon walk to the Cerro Torre viewpoint and stay at the Hosteria Senderos for 3 nights.

The next day is an incredible full day walk to Laguna de Los Tres, close to Mount Fitzroy, with views of the jagged peaks of the Fitzroy range and the Andean wilderness.

We also travel further into the mountains on dirt roads to the breathtaking panoramas of the Laguna del Desierto, surrounded by lush native forest and complete with orchids. The lake is deep into the mountains among pristine natural surroundings where few people tread.

Hosteria Senderos, El Chalten - Patagonia

An attractive mountain lodge designed in the style of an old Patagonian estancia with comfortable, light and warm rooms and attractive restaurant, wine bar and a lounge corner with a log fire.


Transfer across the steppe to El Calafate and fly to Buenos Aires. Transfer to the hotel for 2 nights.

 

Hotel Cyan Americas Towers, Buenos Aires - Patagonia

The Hotel Americas Towers is located in the centre of the city, in an attractive neighbourhood within walking distance of fashionable Recoleta and the pedestrianised Florida Street. The modern 4-star hotel has large rooms and an outdoor pool. We also stay here for the final 2 nights of our holiday.


A day at leisure, followed by a classic Buenos Aires experience this evening with a tango show and dinner.

Hotel Cyan Americas Towers, Buenos Aires - Patagonia

The Hotel Americas Towers is located in the centre of the city, in an attractive neighbourhood within walking distance of fashionable Recoleta and the pedestrianised Florida Street. The modern 4-star hotel has large rooms and an outdoor pool. We also stay here for the final 2 nights of our holiday.


Morning at leisure before an afternoon flight to London.

 


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Hotel Estancia el Ovejero - Patagonia

The Hotel Estancia el Ovejero is the base for the first night at Torres del Paine, and is a family run hotel with a unique design and atmosphere. From horseshoe shaped napkin holders to saddle-bar stools this establishment combines cosiness with modern elements. After a long day’s walk enjoy typical regional dishes in the restaurant and relax in the cosy common rooms.

Hotel Cyan Americas Towers, Buenos Aires - Patagonia

The Hotel Americas Towers is located in the centre of the city, in an attractive neighbourhood within walking distance of fashionable Recoleta and the pedestrianised Florida Street. The modern 4-star hotel has large rooms and an outdoor pool. We also stay here for the final 2 nights of our holiday.

Hotel Altos de Ushuaia, Ushuaia - Patagonia

An elegant hotel perfectly situated on a hill overlooking Ushuaia. You'll enjoy wonderful views of the city and the Beagle Channel. The restaurant's large windows are perfect for watching the sunset over the channel while enjoying your dinner. The rooms are comfortably furnished.

Hotel del Paine, Torres del Paine - Patagonia

Hotel del Paine is located on the banks of the Serrano River on the southern boundary of the Torres del Paine National Park. Comfortable rooms with private facilities are complemented by a good restaurant.

Hotel El Quijote, El Calafate - Patagonia

In El Calafate, stay at the Hotel El Quijote, a comfortable 3-star hotel built in a Spanish style with lots of dark wood, and located in the centre of El Calafate, just a short stroll from the various shops and outfitters in this small town.

Hosteria Senderos, El Chalten - Patagonia

An attractive mountain lodge designed in the style of an old Patagonian estancia with comfortable, light and warm rooms and attractive restaurant, wine bar and a lounge corner with a log fire.

What to Bring

Suggested Kit List

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved light coloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun.

Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).

  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug

Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets

Essential Equipment

  • Passport (and copies)
  • booking confirmation
  • insurance cover note
  • HF Holidays’ registration form

Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.

Optional Equipment

  • walking (‘approach’) trainers
  • trekking poles
  • camera
  • umbrella
  • binoculars

Please note that your HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety.

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Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £1,099
Duration:
17 nights
Type:
Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
3

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