Patagonia small group tour, Ultimate Patagonia
Description of Patagonia small group tour, Ultimate Patagonia
This two-week small group tour is a superb and deeply immersive introduction to the joys of trekking in Chilean Patagonia. Led by professional local guides, you’ll explore iconic destinations and routes including the French Valley, the ‘Horns’, the Grey Glacier and Mt. Fitzroy, with maximum distances of 20km over eight hours, though on at least one day you’ll have the opportunity to extend that.
You will stay in traditional refugios, trekking camps and mountain huts as you explore what is without question one of the world’s most spectacular regions for hiking, with stunning views every day of rock cliffs, glaciers, ice fields, mountain peaks and crystalline lakes.
Arriving into Puerto Natales with a pre-dawn flight from Santiago, you will reach the Torres del Paine National Park by the evening of day three. Six days of amazing trekking follow, after which, on reaching the Grey Glacier, you’ll take a catamaran to Pehoe, then a bus for the scenic journey back to Puerto Natales. From there you’ll continue on by road to El Chalten, gateway to the majestic Glaciares National Park.
Follow the Fitz Roy River to Laguna Torre and its glacier, enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Fitz Roy from Laguna de Los Tres, and finally reach the vast glacier known as Perito Moreno, the other must-see landmark of the park.
Reasonable fitness is required for this tour, as is suitable preparation for the changing weather of Patagonia, but you needn’t be a dedicated trekker. All you need is a sense of adventure, and a passion for the great outdoors. Expect a certain degree of challenge in altitude and terrain, but if you have experience in hiking then you will absolutely love these two weeks in Chilean Patagonia.
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PlanetWASTE: In Chile and Argentina, we practice a Leave No Trace principle. This is important in preserving the Torres del Paine National Park and Los Glaciares National Park. Reducing waste and reducing the environmental impact of tourism is a big priority of our company in all the place we operate. In Patagonia we incentivize environmental stewardship in the Andes mountain regions by assessing all partner lodges based on local ownership, energy-sourcing, and waste disposal. Our lodges in the Torres del Paine National Park go to great measures to reduce impact in this remote area by packing in and out supplies and waste. The Andes region of Chilean and Argentinian Patagonia is a precious resource and we must help to protect it. All meals are provided with food that is sourced locally to minimize packaging and waste. Our Chilean and Argentinian guides serve as environmental and waste reduction educators on the trail. They talk about the environmental issues that are challenging the Patagonia region and they demonstrate and educate best practices for responsible travel to our travelers.
WATER: In Chile and Argentina, we encourage the use of reusable bottles instead of purchasing plastic bottled water. We actively educate clients on the impact of plastic products on the remote environments of the Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park and all of Patagonia. Within the Torres del Paine National Park the water in most of the streams is drinkable without treatment. Our guides encourage our travelers to drink the stream water to really demonstrate the importance of the protection of the water supply and environment.. In areas of Chile and Argentina where water must be treated, we utilize ultraviolet (UV) purification systems on the trail to avoid boiling water over flame or propane when possible. Having to build a fire or boil water, or carry propane into the mountains creates waste pollution. This ultraviolet (UV) purification systems practice eliminates tens of thousands of wasteful water bottles being purchased and discarded and that could potentially pollute the Patagonian environment.
PeopleFRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS: With our company, we are committed to doing travel right. We see travel in Chile and Argentina as one of the most effective means of investing in amazing people and places. We hire experienced local guides from the local communities in which we operate. Our guides have spent most of their lives in this southern Patagonia region. This is not only the responsible thing to do but provides a better and more authentic travel experience. We invest 10% of our total revenue in the form of microcredit to small-scale entrepreneurs in the communities of Chile and Argentina. We partner directly with FINAM and Banigualdad, microfinance institutions that provide low-interest capital to small businesses in the regions where we operate. This is our mission, our passion, and what makes our company very unique in the travel industry.
A FAIR DEAL: In Chile and Argentina our company partners up with local lodge owners in Santiago, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine National Park, El Chalten, and El Calafate. We partner with local drivers and transport companies that employ local Chilean and Argentinian residents. We focus on partnering with other local businesses in the areas and communities we operate, to maximize the local benefit from tourism. We practice a Leave No Trace principle on all our expeditions and we incentivize environmental best practices among our partners. Our teams are locally hired within Chile and Argentina. We travel with respect and preservation of local Chilean and Argentinian customs and with that perspective in mind we educate those who travel with us in the importance of preserving these important factors that make Patagonia an amazing region to visit and protect.