Patagonian adventure holiday in Chile and Argentina
Description of Patagonian adventure holiday in Chile and Argentina
This Patagonia adventure holiday in Chile and Argentina takes you to a diverse and beautiful region with a unique culture little touched by the outside world. Travel to the island of Chiloé, a place of rural traditions, myths and folklore, and home to 16 beautiful wooden churches, which are all protected by UNESCO. From here, you will head to Chilean Patagonia’s deep south, the spectacular Torres del Paine National Park, a place of soaring peaks, azure lakes and vast, windswept pampas.
You will have the chance to explore the natural wonders of this very special part of the continent. Take a boat ride to see colonies of Humboldt and Magellanic penguins, cross the Patagonian steppe where guanacos and rheas roam and, as you travel further south, witness truly dramatic natural scenery, zipping past glaciers in a Zodiac or hiking past towering needles of rock.
You’ll also gain an insight into the region’s unique culture, which features architecture, cuisine and customs unlike any others around the world. Finally, this 12-day Patagonian adventure is bookended with two exciting cities: Santiago, Chile’s cosmopolitan capital, and Buenos Aires in Argentina, birthplace of the tango, famed for its belle époque French and Italianate architecture and vibrant bohemian quarters.
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Planet and peopleWe work with local guides throughout Patagonia, not only supporting local employment, but our guides are best positioned to teach you about the local flora and fauna, as well as the more disturbing aspects of the local environment, notably the receding glaciers and areas of former deforestation. Our guides, and tour leaders, advise how best to minimise our impact whilst travelling in this region and the receding glaciers act as stark reminder of what we can also do back home to minimise the impact of our humankind on the environment.
Much of this tour is spent in the national parks of Patagonia. When inside the parks we ask clients to keep all waste with them until back in the nearest town, to walk only on designated paths, and not to pick flowers or disturb the natural resources. Given the purity of the water in Patagonia, we also encourage clients to drink tap water rather than buy bottled water, to avoid excess waste of plastic.
On this tour we work with small privately owned ground agents who live in the area, have established RT policies in place, and employ local guides and staff. A number of journeys on this tour use public transport, the hotels are small, individual properties often run by the owners and their families, we eat in local restaurants serving locally grown produce – our style of travel ensures that as many local people as possible benefit by our being there. This tour runs with a maximum of 16 people which helps to minimise the impact on delicate environments.