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Wild Patagonia

TOUR DESCRIPTION

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On this epic journey we will travel from Santiago, the vibrant cosmopolitan capital of Chile, south through the heart of the wine region and through the natural splendor of the lush green forest and sparkling blue lakes of the Chilean and Argentinean lakes districts. Discover the Carretera Austral and explore the stunning landscapes of the Futaleufu Valley and the majestic Queulat Hanging Glacier. Finally discover the vast Patagonian steppe as we travel down Argentina's infamous Route 40. Arriving into the remote Patagonian expanse we explore the southern ice fields, breathtaking glaciers and the magnificent snow capped Andes mountain range before arriving in Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world. This is a voyage of intense natural beauty and a chance to be at one with the great outdoors.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

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Accommodation

22 nights accommodation in standard hotels and guesthouses
3 nights in comfortable cabins
1 night in a hiking lodge with shared bunk beds

Meals
26 breakfasts
18 lunches
19 dinners

Fees & Services
Experienced tour leader as well as local guides
Experienced Driver/Mechanic
All National Park Entrance fees
Fully escorted in South America
Fully escorted in South America in our custom built all-terrain expedition vehicles

TRAVEL DATE

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Travel dates 25 Oct - 20  Nov 2019

27 days from $11,209 per person twin share

Includes 10% discount if booked and deposited by 28 Feb 2019

TOUR ITINERARY

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Day 1
Santiago: Your tour begins with a bang in Santiago, Chile's cosmopolitan capital city. Enjoy a welcome dinner with the group this evening

Day 2
Santiago Santa Cruz: An early departure from Santiago towards the south via the Panamerican Highway, we arriving into the wine region. Once we arrive you will visit the Colchagua Museum, known today as one the most complete Museums in South America. The Colchagua Valley, famous for producing some of Chile’s finest wines, in particular Carmenere, a grape that was thought to be extinct until rediscovered in Chile in 1994. Their Cabernet Sauvignon variety also thrives during the grape growing season due to the hot sunny climate in this part of Chile During this day, you will visit the winery, with wine tasting and wine making included.

Day 3
Santa Cruz Pucon: Settle into our comfortable custom built truck as we journey south along the highway. Passing orchards and plantations of fruits and vegetables, as well as a big timber industry. We’ll pass picturesque lakes and mountains to arrive into Pucon, located in the heart of Chile’s Lakes District. On the way we will stop from lunch at the impressive Salto del Lajas waterfalls.

Day 4-5
Pucon: Today we combine a wonderful natural environment with a cultural experience unique to this area. In the morning, we will visit either the Villarrica National Park or one of the surrounding national reserve parks, all of which protect thousands of hectares of rivers, waterfalls, alpine lakes and forest. In the afternoon, we visit a traditional Mapuche family and enjoy a traditional meal. 
Enjoy some free time in Pucon to explore the beauty of your surroundings.

Day 6
Pucon Bariloche: Sit back and marvel along the scenic seven lakes drive to Bariloche, Argentina. Its location is stunning, surrounded by the Nahuel Huapi National Park,
the oldest National Park in Argentina.

Day 7-8
Bariloche: We head out to discover the Nahuel Huapi National Park and you have some free time to enjoy any of the activities on offer including hiking, biking, kayaking and much more!

Day 9
Bariloche Futaleufu: Cross into Chile and hit the Carretera Austral ’Southern Road’, with its reputation as South America’s best road trip. Enroute we pass through the town of Esquel where the “Old Patagonian Express” still runs. We have a short stop in Trevellin, a small town with links to Welsh immigrants. In the late afternoon, we cross into Chile and the scenery will immediately change as we arrive into the quaint town of Futaleufu.

Day 10
Futaleufu Queulat National Park: Enjoy extraordinary scenery and visit the fishing village of Puyuhuapi on the edge of the Chilean Fiords.

Day 11
Queulat National Park: Get up close and personal to a spectacular hanging glacier in the Queulat National Park. Nature at its finest!

Day 12
Queulat National Park Coyhaique: Hike in the enchanted forest as we continue our journey to Coyhaique.

Day 13
Coyhaique Route 40: Cross back into Argentina and on to the famous Ruta 40 (Route 40). Travelling south through the vast Patagonian plains keep your eyes peeled for armadillos, rheas and guanacos.

Day 14
Route 40: Visit Cuevas de Las Manos (Caves of Hands) the most ancient native artistic expressions of the subcontinent.

Day 15
Route 40 El Chalten: Enjoy the landscapes of the Patagonian Steppe as we head south to El Chalten. El Chaltén is a small mountain village that lies within the magnificent World Heritage Listed Parque NacionalLos Glaciares at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy mountains.

Day 16
El Chalten: A full day hiking today, we meet our local guides and set off on one of the main hiking trails in the wonderful Los Glaciares National Park, (the Lago Torre* hike is our usual option). Enjoy spectacular scenery and obtain views of the magical Cerro Torre or the wonderful Mount Fitzroy. Keep your eyes peeled to spot regional birds including woodpeckers, caracaras and condors.

Day 17
El Chalten El Calafate: Spend the morning exploring some of the other great walking trails El Chalten is famous for. In the mid-afternoon, we will continue by road to El Calafate. Enroute we will stop at a
historic homestead saloon with some famous outlaw visitors.

Day 18
El Calafate: Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the earths most dynamic and accessible ice fields.

Day 19
El Calafate Torres Del Paine: Head back into Chile to Torres Del Paine, South Americas finest National Park and a trekker's paradise.

Day 20-22
Torres Del Paine: Breath-taking vistas await you on hikes to the Greys Glacier, French Valley and Las Torres. For non-trekkers we offer a fantastic “Torres Light” programme, please just ask for more details.

Day 23
Torres Del Paine Punta Arenas: We arrive to Punta Arenas. Enjoy a special meal that includes tasters of regional wild game.

Day 24
Punta Arenas Cerro Sombrero: Enjoy your morning exploring Punta Arenas before crossing the Straights of Magellan onto the island of Tierra Del Fuego.
Day 25
Cerro Sombrero Ushuaia: Visit a King Penguin colony on the way to Ushuaia, the most southerly city in the world.

Day 26
Ushuaia: Explore Tierra Del Fuego National Park and arrive at ’the end of the road’: Lapatia Bay. Take a cruise on the Beagle Channel to view wildlife and learn of the regions history.

Day 27
Ushuaia Depart
Depart Ushuaia with wonderful memories, and a new respect of our wonderful planet courtesy of Patagonia.

Note: The information regarding itinerary is given in good faith and is subject to change and /or cancellation, due to weather / political and / or country instabilities and general safety / road conditions etc. Any such changes and/or cancellations which are in our control will be decided by the crew and will be discussed with the group beforehand whenever possible.
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