Small group adventure holiday to Patagonia
Includes: • Tour leader • Internal flights • Transfers in Latin America on tour dates • Transport and accommodation • Meals and excursions as per tour profile
Description of Small group adventure holiday to Patagonia
This incredible three-week Patagonia tour encapsulates all of the region's stunning natural highlights including the dynamic landscapes of Chile and Argentina which make trekking in Patagonia such a unique and never to be forgotten experience.
From the amazing wealth of wildlife to the rich diversity of human communities, this Patagonia adventure incorporates the very best of both South American countries with several chances to compare and contrast southern Chile and Argentina over the course of three weeks.
Rolling hillsides, granite precipices and snowy volcanic summits will often feature as a sublime canvas for Patagonia trekking tours with Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares and Tierra del Fuego National Parks providing more than enough jaw-dropping moments to last a lifetime.
This Patagonia tour will take you into the cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago before transporting you to South America's southernmost point, Ushuaia, with plenty of optional excursions and varied outdoor activities adding to the excitement of an unforgettable Patagonia adventure.
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6 Reviews of Small group adventure holiday to Patagonia
Reviewed on 09 Mar 2020 by Val BrayA really great holiday with an excellent tour guide. Read full review
Reviewed on 18 Dec 2018 by Julia KellyA trip full of contrasts, astonishing sights, amazing landscapes, impossible to compare with anything I had seen before. Read full review
Reviewed on 27 Nov 2018 by Ali PendleMost memorable: Reaching the summit of Villarica Volcano to spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, lakes, and the Andes, peppered with snowy topped volcanos and then peering down into the smoking crater... Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Mar 2018 by Bob HandleyThe walks in the national parks near Fitzroy and Torres Del Paine was the highlight. Great trip to see a few highlights of 2 very large countries. Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Jan 2016 by Ruth EdwardsMost memorable was Torres del Paine national park and climbing to the base of the granite peaks - something I'd dreamed about doing for years. Battling the Patagonian winds to stand on the beach photographing icebergs. Clinging on for life as we raced down the rapids white water rafting in the Lake District. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Dec 2015 by Elizabeth CaldwellThe leader of the group was very well organised and had the patience of a saint. He got to know each of us and worked hard to ensure we had the holiday we expected Read full review
PlanetMuch 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.
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.
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.
On the day trip to the island of Chiloe, we visit a penguin colony, set on islands just offshore. We navigate the islands in zodiacs but do not set foot on the islands where the penguins (and sea otters, steamer ducks etc) are found, in order to protect their natural habitats. Local fishermen operate the zodiacs, a successful and lucrative venture, giving them an alternative to fishing prohibited fish and shellfish, such as abalone. We end the day on Chiloe by visiting a local chilote house, typically that of welcoming Senora Sefora. She invites local musicians to entertain us and she and her family prepare a feast of the local dish, curanto. The warmth of the ‘chilote’ people is touching and it is clear Sefora opens her home to tourism because she enjoys sharing her culture with us, not just for the much needed income that comes with it. This day is often quoted as the highlight of this tour.
On this small group adventure holiday to Patagonia 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.