XPZ PATAGONIAN EXPLORER TOURSEARCH TOUR
With Iguazu Falls Extension
Thundering Iguazu Falls; Incredibly scenic walks through the southern Andes; Camping near Fitzroy group and Torres del Paine; Perito Moreno Glacier excursion; Turquoise lakes, roaring waterfalls, dense forests; Beagle Channel Cruise; Ushuaia: City at the End of World
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Dates & Prices
Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (if applicable) - All pricing reflects per-person Land Only expenses, however, we can book flights from virtually every city. Please call us for an air quote.
|Start Date||End Date||Price||More Info|
|Wed 13 Jan 2016||Sat 30 Jan 2016||$4330|
|Wed 23 Nov 2016||Sat 10 Dec 2016||$4330|
Optional Single Supplement: $910 (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $130, if twin-sharing accommodation is unavailable.
A remote land of thundering waterfalls, unexplored frontiers and natural wonder that never fails to take the breath away, Patagonia is the consummate outsider's destination. Before venturing into the wilds, however, we spend time in the ever-colourful Buenos Aires, kicking off this magical 18-day expedition through South America by enjoying the urban charm of one of the most frenetic cities on the continent. From here, it's on to the cascading magnificence that is the crescent-shaped Iguazu Falls, a site that the United Nations has declared a protected area of considerable worldwide importance. Taller than Niagara Falls and stretching for two miles along the Iguazu River, the spectacle of the Falls numbers among the greatest natural sights on the planet. We stop in at quaint villages and hike through thick forests and fertile glades as we explore the culture and nature of this special region of Argentina. Our trek over mountainous ridges and along alpine paths sees us admiring awe-inspiring views of Monte Fitz Roy, a peak dubbed "the King of Patagonia" and one that is considered one of the most beautiful on Earth, clambering onto glaciers for an optional ice-hike in Glacier National Park and tackling the lower slopes of Cerro Torre, perhaps one of the world's most difficult mountains to climb due to its overhanging mushroom icecap. Across the border in Chile, we see the massive granite monoliths shaped by glacier ice that give Torres del Paine National Park its name and marvel at the diverse landscapes and unique ecosystems that make it one of the finest national parks in South America. We enjoy rides on catamarans and boats on Lake Pehoe and in the Beagle channel, venture through the French Valley to learn about the lifestyles of indigenous ranchers, and visit the world's southernmost city at Ushuaia.
Dana B. (Kapaa, HI, US)
This was probably the most outstanding travel experience we have had, partly due to the incredible beauty of Patagonia, but also attributable the combination of experiences included in the tour and the high quality of the guides.
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Hotel Kenton Palace
Location: Buenos Aires
Framed by Nahuel Huapi Lake and with the mountains in the background. These two elements create a spectacular picture of ... Argentina. We are strategically located in the city of San Carlos de Bariloche, opposite the Civic Centre, 1 block away from the Commercial Centre and 200 meters away from Nahuel Huapi Lake.
With the intention of creating a hotel that matches the environment, we succeeded in diluting the limits between outdoors and indoors in the interior design of our hotel, by placing big glazed walls which make us feel even closer to the gardens of Parques Nacionales’ historical building.
The hotel is decorated with black and white pictures, original pictures of emblematic places and buildings of Buenos Aires, and accompanied with natural materials from the area, in the public areas as well as in our 72 rooms overlooking the lakes and mountains outside.
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Exe Hotel Cataratas
Location: Iguazu Falls
A large, beautiful swimming pool. A relaxing waterfall flowing over the pool. A luxury spa. Hammocks under the palm trees ... the tropical Misionies. Leafy, shaded gardens. Tastefully appointed rooms with views. Extraordinary atmosphere. Outstanding food. Five-star service and amenities. And the best of Hotel Cataratas... a jungle setting and life experience that will stay with you the rest of your life: the impressive Iguazú waterfalls.
The Cataratas is a five-star hotel designed so that you and your family can brush aside your problems for a few days, forget your routines and surround yourselves in enveloping nature and exclusive comfort.
The Hotel Cataratas has a SPA & HEALTH CLUB with a heated swimming pool, massage room, hot and cold showers, Jacuzzi, relaxation room and both dry and wet saunas. The Spa services are not included in the hotel fees.
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Laguna Capri Camp
Location: El Chalten
Our full camps are pitched early in the season so we find the camp ready upon arrival. It offers comfortable ... people-sized "igloo" tents (2 hikers each), with mattress pads and sleeping bags. A personal cotton sheet liner is provided for the sleeping bag. The camp also features a spacious dining tent, a kitchen tent, tables, benches or chairs and a full set of table service and kitchenware. The sanitary services are latrine-type. At Torres del Paine (Chile), tents are the same, though the camp features hot showers.
At least two meals daily; all meals, drinks and snacks while camping. All trek and camping arrangements in the field; spacious tents, sleeping bags and liners provided. All sightseeing, park entrance permits and fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates. All customers are entitled to airport transfer for internal flights.
All gratuities (this is an exception to our usual policies pertaining to tips); some lunches and drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), domestic and international air taxes (if applicable), excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers. Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs, tipping, packing, weather, shopping, and locally paid departure taxes.
Seasonality and Weather
We schedule our trips for early and late in the Austral summer when wind is less likely than mid-summer (Dec/Jan). One can also expect fewer hikers on the trails at off-peak times. Typically, you can expect highly changeable conditions at any time. In the sun, out of the wind, one can be quite comfortable in a t-shirt or light sweatshirt. In the mountains, near a lake, glacier or the sea, however, the cold can be quite bitter. Layering is key. In Buenos Aires, expect temperatures in the high 20's / low 30's C (80's-90's F), with high humidity during the day and a little bit cooler at night. Iguazu is hot and sticky at all times.
Transport and Travel Conditions
We grade this trek MODERATE. For any trek at this level, fitness is most important and you may have to improve yours before departure. This trek is equivalent to extended walking in mountainous terrain at home, though climate and remoteness may be more extreme than you're used to. Walking days are usually between 6 to 8 hours although there may be some longer days depending on group abilities. Previous trekking experience is desirable but not essential if you are confident of your physical condition. Each tour is accompanied by a Mountain guide certified by the Asociacion Argentina de Guias de Montana. We recommend that you make a special effort to get in top physical condition for the trip. All group camp equipment (including sleeping bags), food, etc is carried and set up for you ahead of time; all you carry is your personal pack -- water, lunch, camera, personal items, and extra clothing for the day (or a couple of days, ie Days 5 - 8). Road transport provided by vans or mini-buses, depending on group size. Local flights via scheduled carriers.
Laundry facilities are available at some hotels or at laundromats in towns for a reasonable cost. Accommodations are comfortable, but not luxurious, small hotels and pensions. The rooms are clean and comfortable, but are not always of uniform size or amenities. Tents are spacious, 2-person (singles available).
Staff and Support
Expert leadership / Mountain guides certified by the Asociacion Argentina de Guias de Montana; local ground agent / guide assistance in Buenos Aires for sightseeing, airport transfers, and evening meals. Driver/s & camp cook.
5-15 (plus local Mountain Guide)
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