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Patagonia Trail

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

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  • Duration

    9 days

  • Places

    3 places

  • Meals

    8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Van, Local Public Bus

  • Group Size

    Max 14 people

  • Team

    Expert trip manager, driver & local guides

Puerto Natales, El Calafate, El Chaltén

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

Where I'll Stay?

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  • 8 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    8 nights in Hotel

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

About this trip

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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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

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

DAY 1 - Arrive Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales is known as the gateway to Patagonia and the iconic Torres Del Paine National Park. Formerly a modest fishing port, this will be our home for the next few days, as we admire the towering granite rocks, bright blue glacial waters and frosted snowy peaks.

Stay

Hotel Vendaval (or similar)

DAY 2 - Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales

Today we'll kickstart our Puerto Natales adventures. After breakfast we'll board a catamaran and head to the Balmacede and Serrano glaciers.  
Along the way to the glaciers we'll glide over the bright azure waters, stopping for views of  penguin colonies, sea-lions and rushing waterfalls before we finally reach the glittering glaciers. Here, we'll take a short hike and soak up some jaw-dropping vistas.

Stay

Hotel Vendaval (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Boat trip Balmaceda & Serrano

DAY 3 - Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales

Today's your opportunity to explore Puerto Natales for yourself. Check out the ship museum, explore the historic centre, spot condors soaring overhead, discover the Milodon cave or just admire the vibrant colours that paint the sky at sunrise and sunset. There's also an option to enjoy some authentic, rustic Patagonian culture with a visit to an Estancia (working farm) where you can learn about the Gaucho way of life and soak up some scenery atop your very own horse.

Stay

Hotel Vendaval (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Day trip to an Estancia Horseback Riding

DAY 4 - Puerto Natales

Puerto Natales

Today it's time for the headline event, Torres Del Paine National Park. Encompassing lakes, rivers, mountains and glaciers, the Chilean Torres Del Paine National Park is one of the most recognisable symbols of Patagonia’s natural beauty, and today we'll hike deep into this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. With 17 hours of daylight during the summer months, watching the Torres Del Paine horns reach into the sky, glowing furious violets and reds as the sun sets, is an experience that has no comparison. Keep a look out for foxes, condors, deer and maybe even the elusive puma.

Stay

Hotel Vendaval (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Hiking in Torres del Pain

DAY 5 - Puerto Natales to El Calafate

Puerto Natales

Today, after breakfast, we'll make the crossing from Chile to Argentina as the locals do - by public bus, with plenty of opportunity to marvel at the staggering scenery all around us.

El Calafate

Named after a berry that, according to legend, once eaten guarantees your return to the Patagonian region, El Calafate is the gateway to even more spectacular beauty, namely the gargantuan Perito Moreno Glacier and the Los Glaciares National Park.

Stay

Hotel Cyan Calafate (or similar)

DAY 6 - El Calafate

El Calafate

Today we'll visit the Los Glaciares National Park. Known as the 'Austral Andes', this is a bonafide natural wonder of the world, with mountains, lakes, woods, glaciers and the arid Patagonia steppe. We'll hike in the southern area of the park, before taking a tour of the Perito Moreno glacier on a boat, getting up close to the epic walls of ice and watching how its blueish tint dyes the sparkling lake below. This is an experience we'll never forget.

Stay

Hotel Cyan Calafate (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Safari Nautico Navigation Tour Los Glaciares National Park

DAY 7 - El Calafate to El Chaltén

El Calafate

Today we'll head to El Chaltén, a small village in the heart of Los Glaciares National Park.

El Chaltén

Known as the 'capital of trekking' El Chaltén  is the perfect place to be immersed in unspoiled nature. Simply walk the magical forest trails and breath the pure mountain air, or opt for an ice climbing lesson for an adventure like no other.

Stay

Lunajuim Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Los Glaciares National Park - El Calafate

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Kayaking in Los Glaciares National Park

DAY 8 - El Chaltén

El Chaltén

Today is a full day to make the most of El Chaltén. Checking out the rugged, sky-puncturing peaks of Mount Fitz Roy -the most iconic symbols of Patagonia- is a must, and we'll trek to the famous viewpoint of Laguana De los Tres, with the sparkling blue lagoon, granite walls and pure white De los Tres glacier giving us a feast for the eyes unmatched anywhere in the world. We'll have our final group dinner in El Chaltén tonight, still giddy from all that natural beauty.

Stay

Lunajuim Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Trek from El Chalten to Mount Fitzroy

  • Visit Laguna de los tres - El Chalten

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Ice climbing with a guided lesson - El Chalten

  • Rafting in El Chalten

  • Horseback riding through the wilderness of El Chalten

DAY 9 - El Chaltén to El Calafate

El Chaltén

Today we'll show each other our favourite photos and say our sad farewells over a final group breakfast together, but we won't forget those Patagonian peaks in a hurry. We complete our journey with a transfer back to the hotel in El Calafate, where our trip ends on arrival. 

El Calafate

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 www.lan.com 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 https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.