WHY THIS TRIP
To really experience the best of Patagonia you need to see both Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and Los Glaciares National Park, with Mount Fitzroy, Cerro Torre, and Perito Moreno Glacier. This trip, operated as a private trip, visits both regions in style — with private services and quality accommodations.
The Patagonia United trip begins with transportation from either Punta Arenas (the airport or you hotel) or El Calafate, Argentina, to the EcoCamp in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. The first three nights of the trip will be spent here in a comfortable Suite Dome at the EcoCamp.
With two full days to explore Torres del Paine National Park, the options are nearly limitless but likely will include the long but rewarding hike to the Base of the Paine Towers and a drive across the park, seeing the major sights along the way, and then a boat trip on Lago Grey to see the Grey Glacier up close
Day 4 involves driving from Torres del Paine into Argentina, stopping for lunch in El Chalten, and then continuing on to our comfortable four-star hotel Los Cerros in El Chalten, next to Los Glaciares National Park
With another two days for this part of the park there is time to hike to Laguna Torre for the fantastic views at the base of Cerro Torre. The next day involves a drive to El Pilar, just north of town, to the Piedras Blances Glacier that descends from the base of Fitzroy. From there a long walk leads back to our hotel in El Chalten.
No trip to Patagonian Argentina would be complete with visiting the huge ice flows of the Perito Moreno Glaciar, so of course we head there after returning to El Calafate on the seventh day. We take the time to explore both the more highly visited southern aspect of the glacier and the less visited north face. We also have time for a short boat ride to see the glacier up close.
Finally, after a night at our four star hotel in El Calafate there is a transfer to the airport (or the bus to Punta Arenas).
LOCAL OPERATOR: CASCADA EXPEDICIONES
Since 1991 Cascada Expediciones has been offering eco-friendly opportunities for travelers to let go of normal life and refresh with energizing connections to nature. With a strong focus on providing innovative, high-quality experiences — trips in which each traveler enjoys every moment of a trip — Cascada has refreshed nearly 30,000 people. Headquartered in Santiago, a trip of a lifetime with Cascada can include activities ranging from trekking, mountaineering, horseback riding, biking, rafting, fly fishing, kayaking, skiing, wildlife safari and photography, multisport itineraries to winery tours. In engaging the outdoors Cascada-style, every traveler is made to feel relaxed and energized by each activity; nourished rather than weary.
More good feeling comes in knowing the money spent on a Cascada trip stays in the Chilean economy. Moreover, the money stays with a company and people who have a deep respect for the environment. The staff and guides live an eco-friendly life, sharing the environmentally sustainable philosophy put into practice over the life of the company. So firm in its understanding of nature’s importance, Cascada became a carbon neutral company in 2008 and, between June 2009 and 2010, offset more than 183 tons of CO2 emissions. With a goal of becoming entirely CO2-free, Cascada encourages its travelers, suppliers and shareholders to help by standing by its philosophy.