Patagonian adventure holiday

“A two week tour of southern Patagonia, with plenty of hiking and adventures in the mountains, as well as camping at sites already set up for you before you arrive, en route. Some hostel accommodation too. ”

Highlights

Several days of Patagonia trekking | El Calafate | Lake Argentino | Los Glaciares National Park || Mount Fitz Roy | Laguna de los Patos | Laguna De los Tres | Capri Lagoon | Cerro Torre Trail | | Torre Glacier | Magallanes peninsula | Glaciers National Park | Perito Moreno Glacier| Torres del Paine National Park | Las Torres viewpoint | Pehoe Lake | Grey Glacier viewpoint | Magellan Strait | Tierra del Fuego National Park | Ushuaia

Description of Patagonian adventure holiday

This Patagonia adventure holiday is perfect for walkers who have always wanted to experience the wilderness of this magnificent, mountainous region but perhaps not the hardcore trekking that some trips offer. Focused on southern Patagonia, we visit the three most famous protected areas: Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, Fitzroy and Tierra del Fuego National Parks in Argentina. Along the way, we stay in either campsites of hostels, in order that you get that truly wild Patagonian experience. You donít have to carry too much weight on this trip, as the camps (with toilet facilities) are all set up in advance of your arrival.

A small group tour, travelling with expert local guides throughout, this Patagonia itinerary starts in El Calafate, and then we travel north to El Chalten with the Cerros Fitz Roy and Torre at its heart. Camping here, we have two days of walking with magnificent views of many peaks, and also the Torre Glacier. You have an option to walk on this glacier, with plenty more time to examine glacial activity at our next stop, Glaciers National Park, which has the giant Perito Moreno Glacier as its centrepiece, best seen by a boat trip.

Torres del Paine National Park is our next stop, famous for its three enormous granite Torres towers, but we also take treks to see both the Grey Glacier and French Valley, with its rugged cliffs, peaks, and hanging glaciers. Our final stop is Ushuaia, the southernmost town on the continent with a couple of stops en route. For example, after crossing the Magellan Strait, we stay at a remote estancia or ranch and learn about rural Patagonian lifestyles. Then finally, Tierra del Fuego archipelago as well as a boat trip on the Beagle Channel, where wildlife watching is spectacular for the likes of seals, birds and penguins in their natural habitat of ice coated mountains and rugged islands. Time it right and you may even see orcas. Anything can happen when you are at the end of the world which, as you will see, it totally out of this world.

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2017: 23 Dec, 30 Dec
2018: 6 Jan, 13 Jan, 20 Jan, 27 Jan, 3 Feb, 10 Feb, 17 Feb, 24 Feb, 3 Mar, 10 Mar, 17 Mar, 24 Mar, 31 Mar, 7 Apr, 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 28 Apr
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Responsible tourism: Patagonian adventure holiday

We are committed to working in conjunction with local communities in all the countries in which we operate. We use locally owned services such as hotels and restaurants, paying a fair price for those services. We buy fresh local produce for all of our treks from markets and small shops in each departure town. In preference we choose local over imported goods and use public transport whenever possible and feasible.

On all our trekking tours we aim to minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean, leaving camp sites cleaner than we find them.

In the UK office we use recyclable and recycled materials when possible. We recycle what we can and attempt to keep waste to an absolute minimum. We promote paper saving by using email as much as possible and by keeping unwanted mail to a minimum. We use low-energy light bulbs, fair-trade and biodegradable products where possible.

We are involved in on-going training of the staff we work with in the UK and in the Andes to ensure as high as possible standards of environmental care and responsible behaviour.

We are also now supporting the UK registered chairty Amantani. As this charity is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational & sustainabale. HuchuyYachaq is the other main Peruvian charity we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A % of all our income goes to support those projects.

3 Reviews of Patagonian adventure holiday

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Reviewed on 07 Apr 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Entering Paraguay from Brazil after having visited Iguazu some days before seems not the best move to visit a country, the Jesuit Mission Ruins however have been a formidable discovery in both Paraguay and Argentine and the Parana River is more important by size at Bella Vista, when one is nearing Encarnacion, than at Iguazu.
But all single day, of the 10 day Tour in Paraguay spent with the driver of the local agency, offered something exciting and unexpected.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Paraguay is not one of the most visited countries for tourism, therefore, my tip is clearly 1-to contact a fiable tour agency, 2-to discuss the itinerary you have in mind with them, 3-to invest enough time for the tour itinerary and if possible, 4- to go on a private - car with driver - tour with them, and if necessary, requesting an english speaking guide.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, indeed a holiday on a private car with driver basis benefits more local people than big groups travelling in huge busses, people who have less time to spend and therefore move full speed, without all those interesting stops for sightseeing, cultural as well as daily life, contact with people, for photos or refreshments.
I have the feeling that people travelling on a private basis are best prepared for the tour itinerary and take better care as for the environment

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I am unfortunately not reborn, however the Paraguay Tour has been one of the most interesting in years. At the beginning it was not so easy to find an appropriate local agency, finally I am very happy with the choice and I can only recommend responsibletravel.com to my family, friends and all other people who are eager to visit Paraguay, the Tour has been a full success from Asuncion to Encarnacion and the visit of the Jesuit Missions a special highlight.

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The trek to the Torres.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?




3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - the Ecocamp buys supplies locally and works to minimise impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent, a great trip, a very nice group, greate guides, and we were lucky with the weather too.

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Camping in Mt Fitz Roy National Park; it was so beautiful and the walking was excellent. We had some really good mountain guides; lots of fun.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure they have all the right equipment including a light weight towel and rain jacket because some parts of the trip involved having to walk with your own stuff. Also the microbrewery at Chalten was extremely good! Two very good beers on tap.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes. Tourism is so important to the economy in Patagonia. I was also very impressed with how clean all the national parks were that we visited.

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