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The one that uncovers Patagonia's staggering scenery, from pure white peaks and fjords to sparkling blue lagoons

9 Days
3 places

Visiting Puerto Natales, El Calafate, El Chaltén

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Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Max 14 people

Transport Style

Mini-Van, Local Public Bus


  • Boat trip Balmaceda & Serrano
  • Day trip to an Estancia Horseback Riding
  • Hiking in Torres del Pain
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

8 nights accommodation

8 nights in Hotel

We'll have you cosy and comfortable in high quality, cosy hotels throughout your trip.

14 Meals

3 Dinner, 8 Breakfast, 3 Lunch

You can expect to refuel with hearty breakfasts, lively lunches and delicious dinners from us but we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best local cuisine. You'll taste it all - from simple street eats to gourmet fare.


Expert trip manager, driver & local guides

Your experienced Trip Manager will always be on-hand to show you the ropes and make the best recommendations - whether it be for eats, activities or providing local knowledge. Our TM's and guides in Latin America are always multi-lingual locals, who love nothing more than showing you their spectacular backyards.


Tailored transport all included during the trip

Your transport in Latin America is always tailored to your destination. Latin America is beautiful, but it's very, very big, so we know when to speed you from A-B on an internal flight. But when scenery is this spectacular, we also know when its time to soak up all that beauty on a private, air-conditioned mini-coach.


6 included, 5 optional that you can add


  • Boat trip to Balmaceda & Serrano, Puerto Natales
  • Day trip to an Estancia with horseback riding, Puerto Natales *
  • Hiking in Torres del Paine
  • Visit Laguna de los tres, El Chalten
  • Trek from El Chalten to Mount Fitzroy
  • Ice climbing with a guided lesson, El Chalten *
  • Kayaking in Los Glaciares National Park, El Calafate *

* This experience is a Free Time-Add on and not included in the trip price.

Jagged glaciers, snow-topped peaks, glittering turquoise lakes and lively beech forests make Patagonia one of the most dramatically beautiful landscapes in the world. This one explores the Chilean & Argentine sides of this region, where you'll be exploring spectacular national parks, sailing up close to glittering glaciers, spotting flamingos, hiking past blue lagoons and exploring options such as riding horses like a Gaucho and climbing glaciers with ice axes. You've never seen our planet look quite this beautiful.

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Patagonia Trail

6 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Boat trip Balmaceda & Serrano
  • Hiking in Torres del Pain
  • Safari Nautico Navigation Tour Los Glaciares National Park
  • Visit Los Glaciares National Park - El Calafate
  • Trek from El Chalten to Mount Fitzroy
  • Visit Laguna de los tres - El Chalten

5 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Day trip to an Estancia Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking in Los Glaciares National Park
  • Ice climbing with a guided lesson - El Chalten
  • Rafting in El Chalten
  • Horseback riding through the wilderness of El Chalten


Nights spent per location

  1. 4 4 nights

    Puerto Natales

  2. 2 2 nights

    El Calafate

  3. 2 2 nights

    El Chaltén

  4. El Calafate


Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Latin America trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your
trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/ departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged.
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your trip and will result in
you incurring considerable expense and inconvenience.
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home.
• It is very important that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Latin America trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max. weight of 20kg (44lbs). As with our other regions, luggage is restricted to only one reasonably sized backpack/suitcase plus one carry-on bag, and luggage policies are strictly enforced on our trips. Due to the large number of flights on Contiki Latin America trips, your luggage needs to meet the size and weight restrictions imposed by airlines. These limits are imposed by the airlines, not by Contiki. Check out for more.

On some of our trips, it is necessary to use an overnight bag on the occasional nights when it’s not possible to unload your bags from the coach (like our Peru Jungle Lodge & at Machu Picchu). It’s a good idea to bring an overnight bag, or hand luggage that’s big enough to double up as an overnighter when needed.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Our team in Latin America are all genuine Latin locals, and they can’t wait to show you their backyard. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Latin America – from a day trip to a beautiful coastal town, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more

Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
- Cost of a local lunch
- Cost of a local dinner
- Cost of a local taxi
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki’s Latin America accommodation is almost all hotels on a twin-share basis. You will stay in centrally located 3-star hotels & resorts that have been chosen for their particular character, charm, location & style. They’re all very comfortable & have some great amenities, like WiFi and en-suite bathrooms.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation's family of brands. From our Me To We volunteering trip in Ecuador to the shark saver initiative in the Galapagos, our projects in Latin America are all about giving something back. Find out more at


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