Ros and James - Patagonian wilderness


Ros and James - Patagonian wilderness

There are very few places in the world where the view seems to mystically stretch beyond the horizon and you can be utterly at peace and at one with nature. Ros and James wanted to find this in Patagonia, where the light dances with contrast and colour, and small villages greet you with welcoming locals and delicious delights.

We planned their journey to sail across lakes, through fjords, and hike in the remote wilderness. We included a luxury Patagonia lodge in Torres del Paine to culminate their journey in style with an all-inclusive stay surrounded by its beauty.

Day 1 Santiago

DAY 1. SANTIAGO

Start your journey in the charming neighbourhood of Lastarria in Santiago.

Get acquainted with the sights on a panoramic city tour, then perhaps try the gourmet delights in Bellavista, Lastarria or Providencia.

Day 2 Santiago Wine Tasting and Valparaiso

DAY 2. SANTIAGO WINE TASTING AND VALPARAISO

Take a private tour through Chile’s wine region with tastings at a vineyard in the Colchagua Valley, then continue to Valparaiso, the steep and bustling maze of lanes and alleys hiding fabulous architecture and the finest street art in Valparaiso.

Day 3 Puerto Varas

DAY 3. PUERTO VARAS

Fly to the beautiful Lakes region and enjoy the dramatic surrounds of Puerto Varas along the shores of Lake Llanqihue, framed by three beautiful volcanoes.

Day 4 and 5 - Bariloche

DAYS 4 AND 5. BARILOCHE

The spectacular 12hr Lakes Crossing transfers you between Chile and Argentina via a series of boats and buses. The trip starts by passing close to the perfectly conical Osorno volcano and a visit to Petrohue falls. Sail across Andean lakes surrounded by snow covered peaks and drive through lush forests with superb views.

Tour along the picturesque ‘Circuito Chico’, probably the world’s most scenic city tour. The view from Campanero Hill over lake Nahuel Huapi and the Andes is magnificent; in fact, National Geographic justifiably regards it as one of the finest views on the planet.

Day 6 Fly to El Calafate in Southern Patagonia

DAY 6. FLY TO EL CALAFATE IN SOUTHERN PATAGONIA

From the airport take a shuttle bus direct to El Chalten, Argentina’s prime trekking area and one of the most exquisite corners of the globe. Lakes, forests and glaciers abound, and the soaring peaks of Mt. Fitz Roy and Mt. Torre provide a grand backdrop.

Walks range from half day to multiple days, mostly along well marked trails which are easy to follow. Local guides are available to share knowledge and help you get the most out of your stay.

The small village of El Chalten, founded in 1985, serves as a base for travellers. It is 3hrs by bus north of El Calafate and is very much a frontier town, with only one ATM, and a population of 400 people. Accommodation is in small comfortable hotels and guesthouses.

Meet with a local guide this evening to discuss possible hiking routes.

Day 7 Hiking in El Chalten

DAY 7. HIKING IN EL CHALTEN

Set out to hike along your chosen path.

Day 8 Travel back to El Calafate

DAY 8. TRAVEL BACK TO EL CALAFATE

A lovely little town on the shores of Lago Argentina. El Calafate has everything for travellers with a range of experiences and restaurants.

You can stay on an Estancia and experience the Gaucho life on horseback or hiking… and of course get up close to the amazing Perito Moreno glacier.

Day 9 Perito Moreno Glacier

DAY 9. PERITO MORENO GLACIER

Tour to the colossal Perito Moreno Glacier. The most accessible advancing glacier in the world, it creaks and groans as it pushes forward.

Stroll along the walkways and take a front row seat to watch and listen as the regular ice calvings thunderously crash into the water below.

Day 10 Ushuaia

DAY 10. USHUAIA

Fly to Ushuaia and settle in to the world’s southernmost city on the shores of the Beagle Channel. The end of the road, or the beginning of an epic adventure, Ushuaia is a buzzing frontier town at the southern tip of Argentina.

Day 11 A Day to Enjoy Ushuaia

DAY 11. DAY TO ENJOY USHUAIA

Go off road and explore hidden lakes… or join a local family to try your hand at King Crab fishing, and then enjoy your fresh catch straight from the sea.

Day 12 -16 Sail through the Wild Beauty of Patagonia on a 5 day Australis Expedition Cruise to Chile

DAYS 12 -16. Sail through the wild beauty of PATAGONIA on a 5-day Australis expedition cruise to Chile.

Experience the region’s pristine landscapes, rich wildlife and fascinating history aboard a luxury expedition ship.

Visit fabled spots like Cape Horn and Wulaia Bay before cruising down the Beagle Channel through a maze of islands, glaciers, and the legendary Strait of Magellan. The final call is the Isla Magdalena and its boisterous Patagonia penguin colony before docking at Punta Arenas.

Day 17-20 Torres del Paine the 8th Wonder of the World

DAYS 17-20. TORRES DEL PAINE - the 8th Wonder of the World

A morning drive takes you north across the Patagonia steppe to the glorious Torres del Paine National Park, your home for the next three or four nights.

Ros and James chose to indulge with a stay at Explora, so they were in the heart of the park. Anchored like a white ship on the shores of turquoise Lake Pehoé, Explora Patagonia’s superb location puts you literally in the middle of Torres del Paine National Park and greets you with award winning architecture and comfort.

There are over 40 different guided hikes and horseback rides offering you breathtaking views of glaciers, lakes and mountains in Torres del Paine National Park.

Your stay includes all explorations, entrance fees, lodging, meals, drinks, and transportation to and from the airport.

Day 21 Continue your Travel

DAY 21.

Fly home, or continue your travels onwards in South America.

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