Trekking in Torres del Paine National Park
Ushuaia, El Calafate and Torres del Paine
On this trip you will discover the Argentine and Chilean Patagonia Circuit. In 12 days you will enjoy unforgettable adventures, walking through Tierra del Fuego National Park in Ushuaia, sailing through the Argentino Lake and the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and trekking in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.
Duration: 11 nights
The price is in US dollars per person in double basis.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeActive, Couples, Friends, Nature, Sports
Activity Level High
Day 1: Wecolme to Ushuaia
Flight to Ushuaia and free day
Arrival in Ushuaia, the capital of Tierra del Fuego, and southernmost city in the world. Once there, transfer to a well-located hotel and have free time for you to explore the town and relax.
We suggest visiting the Museum of the Presidio and Yámana Museum.
Day 2: Excursion to Tierra del Fuego National Park
Walking throught the park
Early departure from Ushuaia city to discover the nature of the Tierra del Fuego National Park accompanied by a specialized guide who will provide all the info of this park where the mountains are accessible from the sea, and the fresh water of rivers and lakes mixes with the sea. On this tour you get to walk through the forest along the Coastal path (low level of difficulty.
Return to the city in the afternoon.
Day 3: Puerto Almanza
Crab fishing & gourmet lunch
At morning you will be pick-up from the hotel to spend a day in a fisherman village. You´ll take some gravel roads through dense native forests, seeing mountains, rivers and the amazing coastal roads. After a stop for a short trekking, you´ll continue to the village near Puerto Almanza. After meeting Ana and Benito, your hosting couple, you ’ll begin rowing offshore up to find a good spot. You will stop, cast the nests and wait. Live an unforgettable journey in a picturesque village by the sea. You will feel like a local sailing, catching your own crab and cooking at the couple’s home.
Transfer back to your hotel.
Day 4: Excursion to Escondido Lake and San Pablo Cabe
Visit to Estancia Rolito
After your breakfast, a transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to a new adventure to discover some of the unique pearls buried in this land. You will appreciate Escondido Lake, the little town of Tolhuin and by midday we come to the Provincial Route “A”, where we take a gravel road heading toward the Atlantic Ocean and the San Pablo Cape. At this point, we hike up to an isolated mountain with an abandoned lighthouse at the end. There, you will appreciate the Desdemona, an abandoned ship for almost 40 years ago.Later, you will continue to the Estancia Rolito; a lovely ranch that keeps the spirit of a family business based on sheep farming tradition. You can also take some time to walk around the lenga forest, taking thick green pathways, visit the shearing shed, where there are already some wool bales from the first shearing.
Day 5: Welcome to El Calafate
Flight to El Calafate and free evening
After your breakfast, your transfer will take you to Ushuaia’s airport and you will take a flight to the land of glaciers: El Calafate. Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
Free evening to discover the village on your own.
Day 6: Navigation to Perito Moreno Glacier
Visit to Estancia Nibepo Aike
You’ll have an early start today for drive across the old estancias road on a small-group excursion. The guide will explain you about the rural life of the Patagonean farms and the indigenous influence. Arrival to Estancia Nibepo Aike and enjoy a typical barbecue with the best wines of the country (included)
After lunch, you´ll navigate the South and Rico arms of Lake Argentino and disembark at Las Monedas beach for a walk in the wood (low level of difficulty). After sailing again you will reach the Perito Moreno Glacier. It is an enormous ice mass covering a 250 square km area and is one of the most wonderful glaciers in the world.
It is easy to approach the front of the glacier by walking along the footbridges (free time, around 2 hours). Return to El Calafate during the evening by minibus.
Day 7: Welcome to Puerto Natales
Bus to Puerto Natales and free day
Today you will take a local bus to Puerto Natales, in Chile (duration 5 to 6 hours).
Free evening to discover the city on your own.
Day 8: Welcome to Torres del Paine National Park
From Puerto Natales to Las Torres Base Lookout Point
This day, you must show up at 6:30 am to take the 7:00 am bus to Torres del Paine National Park (2.5 hours). Today you will depart to one of the landmarks of the park, the Las Torres Base Lookout Point.
After the ascent, you will return to the Central Sector to have dinner and sleep.
Day 9: Torres del Paine National Park
Hiking Francés Sector
You will walk about 13.5 km along the shore of Nordenskjöld Lake, Almirante Nieto Hill, and the striking Cuernos del Paine. During the hike, you will enjoy magnificent views of Los Cuernos, hanging glaciers, lakes, and the abundant local vegetation and wildlife.
You will have dinner and sleep at the Cuernos or Francés Sector.
Day 10: Torres del Paine National Park
Hiking Cuernos/Francés Sector
The day begins with one of the icons of the circuit, the Francés Valley. You will start early with a light hike to the Italiano Campsite. From there, you will begin the climb through the woods (about 2 km) up the Francés River Valley.
After this natural spectacle, you will begin the descent to the Francés Sector.
Day 11: Torres del Paine National Park
Hiking Grey Glacier and Pehoé Lake Navigation
On this day, you will reach the third milestone of the circuit, a place that offers one of the most unforgettable sceneries of the park, the magnificent Grey Glacier.
The trail goes around the Paine Grande Hill, the highest peak in the mountain range (3,050 m), with incredible views of its hanging glaciers. Walking amidst Antarctic Beech (ñirre), Dombey’s beech (coigüe), and Chilean firebush (notro), you will reach the first lookout point of Grey Lake, where we will see floating pieces of glacier. Then, you will return to the Paine Grande Sector and take the 6:30 pm catamaran that will take you to Pudeto. There you will meet the bus that will take you back to Puerto Natales.
Day 12: End of the trip
Transfer to the bus terminal of Puerto Natales
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the bus terminal in Puerto Natales.
Rural activities in the estancia
The Circuit Ushuaia, El Calafate and Torres del Paine begins in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. You will walk through the forests of the Tierra del Fuego National Park and visit a fishing village at 15km from Puerto Almanza, where you will meet Ana and Benito, a local couple of hosts who will share their story and lifestyle. You will feel like a local sailing, catching your own crab and cooking it in a patagonian style. You will make an excursion to Lago Escondido, the small town of Tolhuin, Cabo San Pablo and Estancia Rolito.
The trip continues to El Calafate. This tour includes a non-traditional excursion to Nibepo Aike Ranch, a demonstration of rural activities and lunch with patagonian lamb. You will navigate through the Brazo Rico to Playa de Las Monedas and after a walk you will reach a viewpoint to see the famous Perito Moreno Glacier.
The adventure is ending: Torres del Paine National Park, in Chile, a natural paradise with imposing massifs, glaciers, virgin forests and turquoise lakes. Days full of trekking will await you in the park: Mirador Base Torres, Sector Cuernos / Francés, a hiking through the Gray Glacier and the sailing of Lake Pehoé, before returning to Puerto Natales.
- 7 nights standard acommodation in a double room.
- 4 nights in Torres del Paine Camp.
- Breakfasts in all accommodations.
- Meals when “included” are mentioned (Lunch in Nibepo Aike & Puerto Almanza).
- Ground transportation in place (in private service when mentioned).
- Transfers to the airport (in private service when mentioned).
- Guided tours and mentioned excursions, with guide in English / Spanish when not specified.
- Tickets to National Parks.
- Air transport (optional).
- Excursions indicated as “optional”.
- Personal meals and extras not mentioned.
Note: you can take a bus to El Calafate (ARG) or Punta Arenas (CHI) as they are the closest cities with airport.
At Mater we know that accommodation is much more than a place to sleep. It is an opportunity to experience the local culture. Because of this, our itineraries are designed to stay in local hotels and, whenever possible, have an experience in a family home.
The published price is in standard hotels, but we have options in superior and luxury hotels. We work with charming bed and breakfast, luxurious estancias, and comfortable houses.
This trip, includes in Ushuaia, a gourmet experience with Ana and Benito, a couple host from a fisher’s town, who will share the history of the place and their way of life and will crab fishing and enjoy a gourmet lunch and the secrets of the patagonian cooking style.