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Patagonian Highlights - Exodus Travels
Patagonian Highlights - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Buenos Aires
+9 Destinations
Andes Mountains
Ends
Buenos Aires
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Highlights

  • Discover what Buenos Aires is all about
  • Hike to the Cerro Fitzroy Base Camp
  • Visit the Perino Moreno Glacier by boat
  • See the penguin colony in Tierra del Fuego
Age range
18 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
18
Transportation
Coach / Bus
Start and end in Buenos Aires! With the discovery tour Patagonian Highlights, you have a 13 day tour package taking you through Buenos Aires, Argentina and 7 other destinations in Latin America. Patagonian Highlights includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • WY
    Written on April 1, 2018
    4.0 - Good

    This was a truly an enjoyable trip for me. I was able to see with my own eyes the beautiful places in that I had been planning to visit for the past few years. Patagonia is truly an amazing place with great scenery unrivalled anywhere else in the world. It has a very unique flora and fauna and scenery in this part of the world. This trip has given me the opportunity to meet people from different of the world. Our tour guide had very good organisational skills and all our needs were met. He had also provided the group with lots of information regarding Patagonia making our trip very educational.
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  • Patagonian Highlights reviewer 2
    Written on June 1, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great holiday which we will remember for a very long time. The trip gave us a great perspective of Patagonia and buenos aires: mountains , glaciers and then tango. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?hiking to the snow levels on mount fitzroy and walking on a glacier What did you think of your group leader?Dennis was a great group leader, he is  has a very relaxed style couple with a good sense of humour and went out of his way to help everyone in the group . He had cleary done his research for each destination and found us the best options for the activities available. Even when we had finished the trip he helped us find info in BA on his day off. Could you ask for more?  We would like to thank him for looking after us and the rest of the group and making our holiday very special.  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take plently of dollars , pounds arent always accepted and its a bit more expensive than you might think.

  • Patagonian Highlights reviewer 3
    Written on June 1, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Great holiday which we will remember for a very long time. The trip gave us a great perspective of Patagonia and buenos aires: mountains , glaciers and then tango. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?hiking to the snow levels on mount fitzroy and walking on a glacier What did you think of your group leader?Dennis was a great group leader, he is  has a very relaxed style couple with a good sense of humour and went out of his way to help everyone in the group . He had cleary done his research for each destination and found us the best options for the activities available. Even when we had finished the trip he helped us find info in BA on his day off. Could you ask for more?  We would like to thank him for looking after us and the rest of the group and making our holiday very special.  Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take plently of dollars , pounds arent always accepted and its a bit more expensive than you might think.

  • Patagonian Highlights reviewer 4
    Written on April 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip covering a lot of ground.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The first sights of Fitzroy and and the Torres Del Paine but also, just some of the sunsets and sunrises and the sheer vastness of the landscapes.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Hugo was an absolute star - very professional, very good company and very thoughtful.  He looked after everyone really well, he thought of everything and he knew just about everything about everything.  I think everyone in the group felt that he'd made a major contribution to our overall experience - really couldn't speak highly enough of him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Dollars aren't always that easy to change up, you're better most of the time just using your ATM or credit card and taking out small amounts of currency at a time.  If you're travelling land only, make sure you know what you're doing about your internal flights - one couple on our trip were unaware they were supposed to book them themselves (and so they hadn't) and in fact would not have had any way of knowing which ones to book anyway.For anyone who has the time, its really worth either arriving early or staying on just to get some sightseeing time in Buenos Aires.Is there anything else you would like to add?No - it was a great trip, I just wish I could have stayed longer everywhere! I will definitely go back to Argentina and will be torn between revisiting everything I did on this trip and exploring new places.Should also mention that the other guides, mountain guides and specialists guides, were all of a good standard.

  • Patagonian Highlights reviewer 5
    Written on April 9, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great trip covering a lot of ground.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The first sights of Fitzroy and and the Torres Del Paine but also, just some of the sunsets and sunrises and the sheer vastness of the landscapes.What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Hugo was an absolute star - very professional, very good company and very thoughtful.  He looked after everyone really well, he thought of everything and he knew just about everything about everything.  I think everyone in the group felt that he'd made a major contribution to our overall experience - really couldn't speak highly enough of him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Dollars aren't always that easy to change up, you're better most of the time just using your ATM or credit card and taking out small amounts of currency at a time.  If you're travelling land only, make sure you know what you're doing about your internal flights - one couple on our trip were unaware they were supposed to book them themselves (and so they hadn't) and in fact would not have had any way of knowing which ones to book anyway.For anyone who has the time, its really worth either arriving early or staying on just to get some sightseeing time in Buenos Aires.Is there anything else you would like to add?No - it was a great trip, I just wish I could have stayed longer everywhere! I will definitely go back to Argentina and will be torn between revisiting everything I did on this trip and exploring new places.Should also mention that the other guides, mountain guides and specialists guides, were all of a good standard.

  • Patagonian Highlights reviewer 6
    Written on March 25, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Fully up to my expectations - we saw everything the brochure promised.   A big country in many ways - high peaks, huge glaciers, and vast open spaces.   It helped that we were lucky with the weather on the days when it really mattered!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It's a dead heat between getting to the foot of Fitzroy and the similar experience of getting to the Towers of Paine.   Photographs do not do justice to these views.   Viewing and getting close to the Perito Moreno Glacier was an excellent runner up.What did you think of your group leader?Hugo was very good.   He was very communicative, keeping us informed as we went, and was helpful with advice on optional trips.   He kept the trip organised but without being intrusive.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Argentina and Chile are not cheap destinations - read the trip notes.Don't rush to change a lot of money in to local currency.   Many trips and meals can be paid in US dollars and, during our trip, frequently at a more favourable exchange rate than the bank.   You need very few Chilean pesos - your group leader will advise you.Be prepared for changeable, and rapidly changing, weather.   You will do a lot of walking on dirt paths, sometimes moderately steep, so take good footwear and possibly trekking poles if you use them.Make sure that you are reasonably fit.   The walking is not very difficult but the Fitzroy and Torres walks are full days.Is there anything else you would like to add?The refugio was better then some reviews suggest - think of it as a reasonably good youth hostel.   Take a padlock for your storage locker.

  • Patagonian Highlights reviewer 7
    Written on March 25, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    Fully up to my expectations - we saw everything the brochure promised.   A big country in many ways - high peaks, huge glaciers, and vast open spaces.   It helped that we were lucky with the weather on the days when it really mattered!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?It's a dead heat between getting to the foot of Fitzroy and the similar experience of getting to the Towers of Paine.   Photographs do not do justice to these views.   Viewing and getting close to the Perito Moreno Glacier was an excellent runner up.What did you think of your group leader?Hugo was very good.   He was very communicative, keeping us informed as we went, and was helpful with advice on optional trips.   He kept the trip organised but without being intrusive.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Argentina and Chile are not cheap destinations - read the trip notes.Don't rush to change a lot of money in to local currency.   Many trips and meals can be paid in US dollars and, during our trip, frequently at a more favourable exchange rate than the bank.   You need very few Chilean pesos - your group leader will advise you.Be prepared for changeable, and rapidly changing, weather.   You will do a lot of walking on dirt paths, sometimes moderately steep, so take good footwear and possibly trekking poles if you use them.Make sure that you are reasonably fit.   The walking is not very difficult but the Fitzroy and Torres walks are full days.Is there anything else you would like to add?The refugio was better then some reviews suggest - think of it as a reasonably good youth hostel.   Take a padlock for your storage locker.

  • Patagonian Highlights reviewer 8
    Written on March 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    if you ever wanted to have a good look at a glacier this is the way to do itWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?on the boat in front of glacierWhat did you think of your group leader?an excellent group leader and a very nice personDo you have any advice for potential travellers?read your trip notes its all thereIs there anything else you would like to add?this was my 14 exodus hol and it just gets better

  • Patagonian Highlights reviewer 9
    Written on March 19, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    if you ever wanted to have a good look at a glacier this is the way to do itWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?on the boat in front of glacierWhat did you think of your group leader?an excellent group leader and a very nice personDo you have any advice for potential travellers?read your trip notes its all thereIs there anything else you would like to add?this was my 14 exodus hol and it just gets better

  • Patagonian Highlights reviewer 10
    Written on February 15, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An exhilarating trip - the majestic scenery, wonderful weather, congenial fellow-travellers and excellent guide all exceeded our expectations. An unforgettable experience.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?- At the Viedma Glacier,watching a large iceberg roll over just in front of our boat, and resurface, cobalt blue and sparkling, as the water poured off it. One of the most beautiful sights we've ever seen.- Reaching our goal at the base of the Towers of Paine, and seeing them soaring, cloudfree, in front of us: worth every step of the way. -  Battling through 56kph wind and seeing guanacos  silhoutted against the T.o.P Massif: iconic Patagonia!What did you think of your group leader?Excellent: Hugo Lambertucci.Informative, efficient, patient, courteous and sociable. Very good English. There were a couple of glitches, but generally all the group agreed that H. was one of the best leaders any of us have had on an Exodus trip.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The schedule: a lot of early starts and full days. Not much free time for sightseeing, especially in B.A. - and leave the heavy books at home. Money: Don't expect to change money in a bank - the travel schedule doesn't allow time. Travellers' cheques "seriously annoying" (Hugo)  Take some Arg. $ from UK for small items, and change your US $ as you go. The official rate is currently approx Arg $ 4.90: US $1, but everyone is happy to get US $ and shops/hotels will change at Arg 5-7 : US $1.We found the spending money estimated in Exodus trip notes quite adequate.(cf Food, below) Food: Lunch often a picnic snack on the road. For dinner a steak/ lamb grill and salad between 2 is plenty, the portions are v. generous. Don't expect much fruit or veg. on this trip unless you buy your own.Clothes: Buenos A. hot and humid - take light clothes.Also for Iguazu if you go there. Elsewhere "dress like an onion", but none of us wore our thermals. Windproofs and close-fitting hats essential - many of us bought Bufffs, or cheaper El Chalten versions. Floppy sunhats will blow away.Contact lenses: if you wear hard lenses take an alternative eg presciption sunglasses - or closefitting goggles.  The duststorms are very gritty, both in town and in the mountains.Mosquitoes: you WILL get bitten around the Refugio . Take antihistamine as well as repellent.Ushuaia: Consider asking for a Channel view upgrade when you book.  It's the end of the road, and the view is beautiful.  Iguazu Falls extension: the trails open at 8am and close at 5pm.  Very crowded. If you can be at the start of a trail at 8am (and if staying at the Sheraton you can do this before breakfast) you may have a blissful hour entirely to yourself. If meeting a guide, ask for an early start. Insurance : you will be asked to state whether you are insured for helicopter evacuation. Not all of us were, but it's worth checking: on the long treks you're a long way from the nearest hospital.   Is there anything else you would like to add?Above notes on clothing and weather refer to a trip in early Feb.Optional:In additon to the Glacier and Beagle Channel boat-trips, we had an enjoyable visit to La Usina estancia, near El Calafate, including an amazing lamb "asado".This also left  several hours for the bird reserve in El C in the afternoon at Lake Nimez. Well worth a visit.  In B.A. a group of us went, on Hugo's recommendation, to the Esquina Carlos Gardel tango show - beautifully done and much enjoyed by all.We can recommend all of these options.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Buenos Aires; walking tour.
  2. Day 2: Fly to El Calafate; to El Chalten.
  3. Day 3: Los Glaciares N.P.; daywalk to Cerro Fitzroy Base Camp.
  4. Day 4: Optional activities; to El Calafate.
  5. Day 5: Visit Perito Moreno Glacier; optional boat trip.
  6. Day 6: Free day in El Calafate.
  7. Day 7: To Torres del Paine N.P.
  8. Day 8: Day walk to the Torres del Paine.
  9. Day 9: To Tierra del Fuego.
  10. Day 10: To Ushuaia, the end of the world!
  11. Day 11: Walk in Tierra del Fuego N.P.; optional visit to penguin colony.
  12. Day 12: Fly to Buenos Aires.
  13. Day 13: End Buenos Aires.

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 5,526 km.
  • Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • 2,081 km
  • El Calafate (Argentina)
  • 121 km
  • El Chalten (Argentina)
  • 114 km
  • Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Argentina)
  • 69 km
  • El Calafate (Argentina)
  • 58 km
  • Perito Moreno Glacier (Argentina)
  • 58 km
  • El Calafate (Argentina)
  • 104 km
  • Parque Nacional Torres Del Paine (Chile)
  • 529 km
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park (Argentina)
  • 19 km
  • Ushuaia (Argentina)
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