Journey to the End of the World – Patagonia Tour
Why would you want to travel to the end of the world? Well, we can think of plenty of reasons. Because what we are talking about here is nothing less than Patagonia, which is big, sweeping, bold, remote, and spectacularly beautiful – a place that is simply like nowhere else. It has always attracted special people, from hardy immigrants through to scientists, explorers and adventurers. Charles Darwin, Butch Cassidy and Bruce Chatwin among others were fascinated by this place. Its long coast lines, remote roads, jagged peaks, beautiful rivers, and massive glaciers, will make an indelible mark on your memory; for some it becomes a deeply spiritual experience.
- See whales, seals and dolphins in the waters of the South Atlantic
- Bird watch among the Magellanic penguins, giant petrels and oystercatchers
- Visit a Welsh tea house in Gaiman and spend the night in a traditional chacra (farm)
- Boat through the Beagle Channel to Estancia Harberton, one of the first settlements on Tierra del Fuego
- See the breathtaking Patagonia ice field and the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Southern Andes
- Go horseback riding through stunning Patagonian landscapes in El Calafate
- Trek in Chile’s spectacular Torres del Paine National Park
- Stay in a traditional wood cabin near Bariloche with a log fire and home-cooked meals
This is a private tour (with some small-group excursions). You will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide during all excursions and throughout your time in Bariloche (Days 14-16). The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing. All tours can be tailor-made to suit your interests and requirements.
There is so much to see in Patagonia that you’ll be glad to know you have many options, and we can help you tailor-make the perfect itinerary, most suited to what you want to do. Within this Patagonia tour there are various different trekking options during the time you’ll spend in the Torres del Paine national park in Chile. There is also an option to take a road trip on Argentina’s famous Ruta Nacional 40, described as one of the most isolated but beautiful highways in the world (you’ll need to add two days for this).
The southern tip of Latin America looks like a ‘V’, and on this tour you’ll start on the eastern side, travelling down the Argentina Patagonian coast where it meets the South Atlantic, to reach one of the southernmost points, the city of Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego. From here, the point which forms the bottom of the ‘V’, you’ll start heading back up north, this time closer to the western side of South America, broadly following the Andes mountain range along the Chilean – Argentine frontier. At every point as you trace your way down, and then back up the ‘V’, there are incredible things to see.
This is a trip of two ‘stories’. The dominant story, told perhaps in the strongest voice, is the story of nature. Patagonia is vast and seems to have been built on a heroic scale. The whales in the Atlantic or the mammoths which once roamed the steppes sloping up to the foothills of the Andes are, and were, the giants of their time. They are joined by a vast array of animals of the sea, land, and air, from penguins to guanacos, through to Chilean hawks. And then there is the landscape. The southern Andes are a hypnotic combination of mountains, lakes, glaciers and rivers, covered by incredible skies and often by glistening snow. This is one of the few parts of the world where you can see inland icebergs. It really feels as if in a titanic trial of strength Mother Nature has shaken up the land, the horizon, and the sky to present a dramatic picture for us all.
Set against this majestic scale, the second story is smaller and at first, anyway, harder to hear above the crash and thunder of mountain and wind: it is the story of the hardy people who have lived or visited this remote land. They have included the indigenous tehuelches (also known as Patagones) and mapuches, many Spanish conquistadores and adventurers, Welsh immigrants, intrepid natural historians such as Charles Darwin, and even Butch Cassidy, the US outlaw and bank robber who is reputed to have focused his unwanted attentions on local banks in the early 1900s before being shot down a few years later in Bolivia. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear some great tales from them too!
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- Trip duration: 16 days
- Countries visited: Argentina, Chile
Adventure: Accommodation in hostels (always in a private room) and B&Bs, and sometimes in hammocks, rustic cabins or tents. Internal transport is overland rather than by plane wherever possible.
Note: this is a guideline; please refer to the tour detailed description for what is and is not included.
- Level of difficulty: Low
- Accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel in Puerto Madryn, 1 night in a hotel in Gaiman, 4 nights in a hotel in Ushuaia, 4 nights in a hotel in El Calafate, 2 nights in a refuge in Torres del Paine (inside the park, shared facilities), 2 nights in a traditional wood cabin with a rural community near Bariloche.
- Transport: Internal flights, mini-van, private car
- Meals included: 15 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Percentage of cost going to local communities:
At least 15%
- Bilingual guide: Available in English, French or Spanish
- Extra services:
- Additional information: You will be greeted at the airport on arrival by a local guide who will take you to your hotel and will be able to answer any questions, make any additional arrangements and generally ensure everything goes smoothly. No minimum number of passengers required and you will not be travelling with a group of people you do not know. Prices quoted are per person and based on at least 2 people travelling. You should expect a cheaper price for bigger groups. Your passport is required at time of booking. For information on visa requirements and health formalities please visit the FCO Travel Advice Website or the US Travel Advice Website (direct links to Argentina page) and FCO Travel Advice Website or the US Travel Advice Website (direct links to Chile page) Information on money changing in each destination, as well as what it is customary to tip for various services, will be provided. This tour of Argentina and Chile, like most of our adventures through Latin America, has a low level of physical difficulty and participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like. What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, binoculars, alarm clock, walking shoes, water bottle, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, sun glasses and hat, swimwear, flip-flops, torch with extra batteries, wind and waterproof jacket, warm clothes to layer, warm socks, fleece, hat, gloves, scarf.
- Best time to travel: September - April
- Extra budget recommended: Around £500 / $600 pp to cover meals and all other expenses not included in the itinerary.
- What is included: Welcome reception at the airport. Transfers (some may be shared) and internal flights. Overland transport. Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest, museums and national parks mentioned in the itinerary. Guided activities and excursions with English speaking guides (some private, some as part of a small group). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited. Donation to help in preserving the Amazon rainforest through agro-forestry and education.
- What is not included: Flights from your country of origin. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs.
There is no minimum duration and you can take only the activities or destinations you want. To start creating your ideal, tailor-made tour to Argentina and Torres del Paine (Chile), please complete and send this form. Our Argentinean partner will be in touch shortly:
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Journey to the End of the World – Patagonia Tour
£ 2,395 GBP
Discover the diverse and unforgettable Patagonia on this tour through Argentina and Chile. From whales and penguins to mighty glaciers, towering Andean peaks and epic landscapes, you’ll experience the sheer wonder and scale of one of the wildest places left on our planet.