Start Location:San Nicolas, Argentina
End Location:Punta Arenas, Chile
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Primary Activities: Hiking, Wildlife
Other Activities:history, national parks
The epic landscapes of Patagonia—the granite-and-glacier worlds of Paine
and Fitzroy and the remote islands of Tierra del Fuego, the archipelago at
the “uttermost ends of the earth”—are simply phenomenal and among the
scenic masterpieces of the planet. On this magnificent lodge-based adventure,
spectacular day hikes grant us fantastic panoramas of the great shark fin of
Mt. Fitzroy and the needle-like spear of Cerro Torre, the crown jewels of
Argentina’s Glacier National Park, and bring us to the foot of the soaring rock
towers of Chile’s Paine Towers—two dazzling mountain massifs that must be
seen to be believed. Additional hikes along the secluded bays and islands of
Tierra del Fuego reveal an abundance of birdlife and sweeping views of the
Beagle Channel. Throughout our journey, we enjoy the comforts of fine hotels
and inns, including historic Estancia Helsingfors, a former sheep ranch on the
shores of Lago Viedma with superb views of the Viedma Glacier.
What the Trip is Like:
This trip is rated Level 4, Moderate to Strenuous. The hiking on the trip is considered moderate to strenuous (but we do offer shorter hiking options on the two longest hiking days). Most of the hiking takes place below altitudes of 4,000 feet. For the most part, the trails are not overly rugged or difficult, but the approaches and descents can be steep, and the trail conditions rocky or muddy. We recommend you make a special effort to get in good physical condition for this trip. There are also some long driving days across the steppes, and everyone should be prepared for bumpy, dusty road conditions. Please note that your leader may make adjustments to the itinerary and hiking routes, depending on local weather and trail conditions. We stay in a variety of well-located hotels and lodges.
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