13-Day Best of Patagonia Tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks

13-Day Best of Patagonia Tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego National Parks

Discover the best of Patagonia’s phenomenal beauty on an unforgettable 13-day tour. See the stunning glaciers, majestic mountains and pristine national parks that make Patagonia a world-renowned region. Setting out from El Calafate, you’ll visit both Argentine and Chilean Patagonia. Embark on day-long guided tours to explore iconic places such as Los Glaciares National park, Torres del Paine, and Tierra del Fuego National Park. Marvel at Perito Moreno Glacier and its towering ice walls, canoe along the Lapataia River, and enjoy ample free time. The tour concludes in Ushuaia and includes lodging throughout.
*13-day Patagonia adventure tour from El Calafate to Ushuaia
*See the best of Patagonia in both Argentina and Chile
*Enjoy free days in El Calafate and El Chalten to explore on your own
*12 nights of accommodation with daily breakfasts included

Itinerary

Day 1: El Calafate

Stop At: El Calafate Airport, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Upon arrival at El Calafate Airport, you’ll be transported to your hotel (shared service).
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: El Calafate, El Calafate, Province of Santa Cruz, Patagonia
After check-in, you have the rest of the day free to explore local shops and restaurants around town, or venture outside El Calafate to surrounding areas like Laguna Nimez, where you’ll see a beautiful sunset (the front desk personnel at your hotel can give you information on transportation, hiking and more).
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in El Calafate

Day 2: El Calafate - Full-Day Perito Moreno Glacier with Boat Tour Included

Stop At: Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Avenida Del Libertador 1302, El Calafate Z9405AHY Argentina
After an early breakfast, head out for a full-day guided excursion to Los Glaciares National Park, where you’ll see Perito Moreno Glacier.
Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes

Stop At: Pasarelas Perito Moreno, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Calafate 9405 Argentina
Admire beautiful views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site on a boat cruise, which allows you to see the glacier up-close. Then take a walk on nearby walkways that will lead you to viewing platforms which showcase the 19-mile-long (30 km) Perito Moreno Glacier from different angles. Stop for lunch at the park before continuing your exploration (lunch is not included). After your visit to the national park, you’ll be driven back to your hotel in El Calafate, where you’ll have free time to eat dinner and relax.
**OPTIONAL: If you would prefer to upgrade your tour to include the Mini-Trekking or Big Ice excursions, both of which allow you to hike the glacier, please write it down in the special requirements box (while booking) and we’ll quote it for you.
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in El Calafate

Day 3: El Calafate

Stop At: El Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Today is a free day. Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading out to spend the day as you wish and explore El Calafate on your own.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in El Calafate

Day 4: El Calafate / El Chalten

Stop At: Road to El Chalten, El Chalten Argentina
In the morning, your transfer will pick you up at your hotel to take you on a 3-hour journey to El Chaltén (shared service).
Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: El Chalten, El Chalten, Province of Santa Cruz, Patagonia
After a scenic drive surrounded by the Patagonian steppe you will reach El Chalten and have the rest of the day free to get familiar with the town or go for a short hike from your hotel.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in El Chalten

Day 5: El Chalten: Self Guided hiking

Stop At: El Chalten, El Chalten, Province of Santa Cruz, Patagonia
After breakfast, head out to one of the many nearby trails for an optional self-guided hike. You can get all the necessary hiking information at your hotel or at the Tourist Information Center located right next to the bus station. There are full-day hiking options to Cerro Torre and Mt Fitz Roy, located on the border of Argentina and Chile, as well as shorter, 2- to 3-hour hiking trails near the mountain. Don't forget to pack lunch if you decide to take one of the full-day hikes! Also, if you don’t feel like hiking, you can take an optional boat tour down Lago del desierto (Desert Lake) to discover more of Chalten’s natural beauty.
Duration: 1 day

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in El Chalten

Day 6: El Chalten / El Calafate

Stop At: El Chalten, El Chalten, Province of Santa Cruz, Patagonia
Enjoy an early breakfast and spend your last few hours in El Chalten at your leisure. This is the perfect day to go for a morning hike and buy some souvenirs before departing to El Calafate.
Duration: 7 hours

Stop At: El Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
In the afternoon, your transfer will pick you up at your hotel in Chalten to take you back to El Calafate where you’ll have the evening free to do as you wish.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in El Calafate

Day 7: El Calafate / Puerto Natales

Stop At: El Calafate, Santa Cruz Province, Argentina
Today, you’ll leave Argentina behind and head to Puerto Natales in Chile. After breakfast at your hotel, make your way to Calafate bus station (transport not provided) for your public bus ride to Chile. Please make sure to keep your passport handy!
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Puerto Natales, Natales, Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, Chile
Upon arrival in Puerto Natales, you’ll make your way to your hotel (transport not provided). After checking into your hotel in Puerto Natales, you’ll have the rest of the day free to explore this Chilean coastal town on your own
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in Puerto Natales



Day 8: Puerto Natales - Full-Day Torres del Paine

Stop At: Torres Del Paine National Park, Torres del Paine National Park Chile
After breakfast, you’ll go on a full-day guided excursion to Torres del Paine National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in Patagonia. On the way to Torres del Paine, you’ll visit Milodon Cave, a natural monument composed of three caverns (entrance fee is not included). After reaching Torres del Paine, you will visit the most scenic panoramas of the park that are accessible by vehicle. Covering 447,260 acres (181,000 hectares), this national park is full of stunning natural beauty. Some highlights of this tour are: Grey Lake, Pehoe Lake, Salto Grande waterfall, Nordenskjöld Lake, Amarga Lagoon, etc. On the way, your guide will point out local wildlife like wild guanacos, caramel-colored animals in the llama family, which can be found roaming the nearby plains. After admiring the breathtaking views you can call it a day as your transport takes you back to your hotel in Puerto Natales. The evening is yours to do as you wish.

**OPTIONAL: If you would prefer to change this tour to a full-day hiking tour please write it down in the special requirements box (while booking) and we’ll quote it for you.
Duration: 11 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in Puerto Natales

Day 9: Puerto Natales / Punta Arenas

Stop At: Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales, Magallanes Region
After breakfast, make your way to Puerto Natales bus station (transport not provided). It is highly recommended that you reach the bus station at least 30 minutes before departure time. Once on board, a 3 to 4-hour bus ride will take you to Punta Arenas.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region
Upon arrival in Punta Arenas, you’ll make your way to your hotel (transport not provided). The rest of the day will be free for you to enjoy on your own.

**OPTIONAL: This day, you have the option to upgrade your regular bus to a door-to-door transport that includes a navigation and walk on Magdalena Island (which houses one of the largest colonies of Magellanic Penguins). This tour is available from mid Oct to March 31st at an extra cost. Please write your request of quotation in the special requirements box (while booking) and we’ll check availability.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in Punta Arenas

Day 10: Punta Arenas / Ushuaia

Stop At: Punta Arenas, Punta Arenas, Magallanes Region
After breakfast, you’ll make your own way to Punta Arenas bus station (transport not provided) to embark on a full-day bus trip back into Argentina, passing through some of Patagonia’s most stunning scenery. Cross the mystical Strait of Magellan before arriving in Tierra del Fuego Island, on which Ushuaia is located.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ushuaia, Ushuaia, Province of Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia
Upon arrival in Ushuaia, make your way to your hotel (transport not provided) and spend the rest of the night resting up for the day ahead. (Taxis to and from bus stations fare are at own expense).
Duration: 5 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in Ushuaia

Day 11: Ushuaia - Full-Day Trekking & Paddling in the National Park

Stop At: Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Avenida Gral San Martin 1395, Ushuaia V9410BGA Argentina
After breakfast, you will leave on a full-day excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park. This tour will give you the opportunity to get off the beaten path and see a side of the park that most visitors miss. Your guided tour of the park includes hiking along the Beagle Channel and canoeing on the Lapataia River to Lapataia Bay (lunch is included). After enjoying the stunning views and learning about the region’s incredible scenery, you’ll be driven back to your hotel. The rest of the evening will be free to enjoy as you wish.

Note: canoeing is subject to weather conditions. Canoeing difficulty: low.
Duration: 7 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in Ushuaia

Day 12: Ushuaia - Beagle Channel Cruise

Stop At: Canal Beagle, Ushuaia Argentina
After breakfast, you’ll make your way to the pier for a boat cruise on the famous Beagle Channel (transport to the pier is not provided). Gain gorgeous panoramas of Ushuaia Bay and see diverse marine wildlife like cormorants and fur seals on De los Lobos and De los Pajaros islands. Very close to those, is Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, an authentic symbol of Ushuaia, built in 1919. Hop off the boat on one of the Bridges Isles, where you’ll walk and listen to the history of the native inhabitants, the Yamanas. As this is the largest island, you’ll enjoy amazing panoramic views of the Beagle Channel with the town of Ushuaia in the distance. During the cruise, you will be offered included snacks and a glass of mate, the typical Argentine beverage. After the tour, you’ll get back to your hotel by your own means. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy as you wish.

**OPTIONAL: If you would prefer to upgrade this tour to include the Magellanic Penguin Rookery visit on Martillo Island, please write it down in the special requirements box (while booking) and we’ll quote it for you. Please note this optional excursion is available from October to April and from July to mid September.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at a hotel of your chosen category in Ushuaia

Day 13: Ushuaia

Stop At: Ushuaia Airport, V9401 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina
At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to Ushuaia airport (shared service). From there, it’s time to head home or continue to wherever your Argentina adventure takes you next!

NOTES: Our itinerary is pretty flexible so if you need to add extra nights at any of the mentioned destinations we can quote them for you. Also, we can quote extra tours or replace any of the included tours for a different one of your preference at an extra cost. Just make sure to let us know in advance using the special requirements box while booking.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.

Informacion Adicional
"Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability"
"IMPORTANT: Passport name, number, nationality and date of birth are required at the time of booking for all participants"
"A current valid passport will be required to cross the international border with Chile. Please, keep your passport handy"
"Hotel accommodation categories are based on service and comfort standards, not star ratings"
"Transport services between cities (Calafate-Puerto Natales, Puerto Natales-Punta Arenas & Punta Arenas-Ushuaia) will be on local buses"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Near public transportation"
"Transport between bus stations and hotels are not included. Taxis cost roughly $7 USD. It’s the traveler’s responsibility to arrive in time to the bus station as per our indications"
"All special requirements must be advised at the time of booking. Extra tours and extra nights can be added to the original itinerary when requested in advance"
"This seasonal tour operates from October to April"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers"
"Face masks required for travelers in public areas"
"Face masks required for guides in public areas"
"Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff"
"Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas"
"Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized"
"Guides required to regularly wash hands"
"Regular temperature checks for staff"
"Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms"
"Such measures shall be subject to the official protocol and may be amended or supplemented.
All the hotels of this program will regularly sanitized high-traffic areas and will enforced the social distancing.
In the transfer between Calafate & Chalten we´ll check the temperature of every traveller"



Hora de Inicio: Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. Hostel 10/1/2020 - 4/30/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Comfort 10/1/2020 - 4/30/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Inn 10/1/2020 - 4/30/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Superior 10/1/2020 - 4/30/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Duración: 13 Days
Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
We will schedule your airport transfer according to your flight arrival time.

Airports

  • El Calafate Argentina



Cancelaciones y devoluciones: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Incluye

  • 12x Breakfast
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 12 nights
  • 4 nights accommodation in El Calafate
  • 3 nights accommodation in Ushuaia
  • 2 nights accommodation in El Chalten
  • 2 nights accommodation in Puerto Natales
  • 1 night accommodation in Puerto Arenas
  • Transfers mentioned in the itinerary & international buses
  • Tours described in the itinerary
  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guides

No Incluye

  • International or domestic flights
  • National Park entrance fees (Los Glaciares $20; Torres del Paine $43; Tierra del Fuego $15)
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary (taxis cost less than $7 USD)
  • Food and beverage, unless specified
  • Port Tax (approx $2 USD)
  • Optional tours & Tips
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
  • Entry/Admission - Torres del Paine National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego

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