All of us as children have read fairy tales and watched movies where the heroes went to the ends of the earth to prove their feelings for the princess they loved. They went on adventures and uncharted lands, overcoming obstacles and discovering new wonderful places. Well, modern princes and princesses, it's time for you to take a tour to the ends of the earth! We know the way, so we will show you the most interesting and fascinating places. We will pass through some of Patagonia's most beautiful national parks with blue glaciers that seem to grow from the depths of the ocean. The mountains here are considered the most beautiful on our planet, and you can see for yourself. And meetings with sweet penguins will give you only the most gentle and pleasant experience. Ready to be a real hero and go to the edge of the world for more adventures? Then let's go to Patagonia!
Patagonia tour will not leave a single cell of your body indifferent. Each new day will give impressions brighter and brighter. And the mountain landscapes and the splendor of the glaciers are guaranteed to give you goosebumps. Yes, the trekking is not the easiest and cheapest. But, believe me, if you decide on such a trip, it will be the most memorable trip of your life!
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During the 22-day tour in Patagonia we will be able to fully experience all the charms of South America and the maximum privacy with nature.
Visit two South American countries at once - Chile and Argentina
We do not cancel or shift groups. If the manager approved the purchase of a ticket, you can surely buy it. The hike will not be canceled due to our fault.
Kuluar experienced teamleaders will accompany the group along the entire route, making your trip as memorable and safe as possible! They have been to South America many times and know the country in detail.
The manager, who will advise you before the trip, thoroughly knows the route and will tell you about it in detail!
More than 12,000 participants have already gone to the mountains with the Kuluar and 97.8% were satisfied. We're sure you will, too!
The mere sight of which takes your breath away.
One day we will have the opportunity to see a thousand-year-old glacier, the ice from which slides down into crystal-clear lakes.
See the region's most famous and photogenic mountain, Fitzroy
The hike participants are met by the instructor at the hotel in Buenos Aires. Today the whole day is dedicated to the group gathering. Therefore, those who arrive in the morning can spend the whole day getting to know this wonderful and ancient city, the capital of Argentina with the mysterious name of "City of the Holy Trinity and Port of our Lady Saint Mary of the Good Winds".
Today we have a three-hour flight to Ushuaia, no less than the southernmost city on Earth. This is where polar expeditions originate and where cruise ships stop on their way to Antarctica. In the summer, the owners of prestigious yachts make a special detour to the port of the southernmost city of our planet. Ushuaia is the true edge of the world, and also the center of a unique nature reserve and the Tierra del Fuego National Park.
We begin our trekking program with a short hike day to the mountains around Ushuaia. We will take a full day trip to the Tierra del Fuego Nature Reserve to climb one of its mountain ranges, from which we can see the whole town and the surrounding Cordillera Darwin as if in the palm of our hands. On the scenic trails we will be able to admire the local nature and amazing forests of Tierra del Fuego.
Hiking time: 4-6 hours; distance: 15 km; climb: 720 m, drop: 720 m (lightweight trekking)
Today will be a very varied experience. We will travel to a fishing village on the shore of the Beagle Channel, which separates the main island of the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago from the islands to its south. The strait is named after the ship on which Charles Darwin sailed around South America, and it is part of the border between Argentina and Chile. We will take a boat across the strait and land on Isla Martillo, where several species of penguins nest. These are mostly small, funny Magellanic penguins, and there is a whole colony of them here. Also among them you can often see Hento penguins and, if you are lucky, big king penguins.
The distances between cities in Patagonia are not short, so no matter how you look at it, you will have to spend the whole day on the road, because this time we are going to another country, Chile. Prepare for the fact that your luggage will be carefully checked for plant and some other products, as Chilean laws are very strict and prohibit the passage of any seeds, fruits and vegetables across the border for health control reasons. We will travel by bus and also take the ferry across the Strait of Magellan and by evening we will be in the Chilean town of Puerto Natales on the shore of a narrow and long fjord.
The famous "W-Trek" in Chile's Torres del Paine National Park is considered one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. And it takes place right here in Patagonia. We will get to the start of the route first by bus and then by boat, which in half an hour will take us to the pier at the refugio of Paine Grande across the picturesque lake Pejoje. Already on the first day we will see one of the landmarks of Torres del Paine, the famous Los Cuernos Cliffs.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours; distance: 6 km; climb: 40 m, drop: 40 m
In the morning we will make a day hike in the direction of Gardner Pass to the upper reaches of the Grey Glacier to admire the views of the Patagonian ice fields from above. On the way we will descend to a small cove where iceberg shards regularly fall into the lake from Grey Glacier.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours; distance 26 km; climb: 850 m, drop 850 m (lightweight exit)
The Patagonia tour continues, and the highlight of the day is the beautiful viewpoints: Mirador Frances and Mirador Britannico, up in the French Valley. First we'll go up and downhill along Lake Scottsberg and then we'll turn left from Camp Italiano, where we have a short but sometimes steep ascent with a total elevation gain of 600m, offering views of the rocky peaks that surround this circus. On the way we have a field lunch, and in the evening we go back to the camping.
Hiking time: 2-3 hours; distance 8 km; climb 200 m, drop 30 m (hike without backpacks)
Along a huge twenty-kilometer lake, resembling a fjord, we will walk to the next campsite on our route, Las Torres. It is closest to the legendary towers of Torres del Paine, which have become a real symbol of this national park and of the whole Chilean Patagonia. The word "torre" translates from Spanish as "tower" and "paíne" means "blue" in the language of the local Indians. And now we are approaching the cherished goal of our journey - the "Blue Towers" of Torres del Paine.
Hiking time: 4-6 hours; distance 15 km; climb: 300 m, drop 350 m (hike with backpacks)
Today we will hike light to the main viewpoint of the towers of Las Torres, where all three peaks - Torre Norte, Central and Sur - rise above a small bowl lake of amazing emerald color. We spend as much time as we wish at the towers, and after the descent we stay at our campsite for a well-deserved rest until the next morning.
Hiking time: 4-6 hours; distance 14 km; climb 750 m, drop 750 m (lightweight trekking)
From the campsite we walk along the flat road for about an hour and a half to the exit of the national park. Here, on the plain, we might come across some of the local fauna: guanaco, foxes, or South Andean deer. Cougars are also found here, but they are rarely seen in areas where tourists regularly pass through. From the lagoon of Amarga we will admire again the scenery of the towers of Las Torres, and while waiting for the bus we can hike to the waterfalls on the Pine River. We leave for Puerto Natales, where we stay overnight.
Hiking time: 2-3 hours; distance 7 km; climb: 50 m, drop 100 m (hike with backpacks)
In the morning we pack up and get on the bus to return to Argentina again, this time to the town of El Calafate, which serves as the starting point for a visit to Los Glaciares National Park, the Argentine part of the vast massif of glaciers, the ice fields of Patagonia. Also in the city we will buy food for the next part of our trekking program.
Today we will spend the whole day in Los Glaciares National Park, more precisely at the most spectacular of its glaciers, the famous Perito Moreno. In the morning the bus will take us to the viewpoints where, by special paths and ladders, we can walk along the glacier and view it from different levels and sides. The sheer size and dazzling blue of the glacier are simply astounding! The Perito Moreno ice is unusually clear, as the glacier is in motion all the time - it is one of the few advancing glaciers in the world today. The speed of its movement is 2 meters per day, so every few minutes here and there you can see a giant landslide of ice blocks, causing bursts of water and deafening noise. We will also be able to take an unforgettable hour-long boat ride, which will help us see all this icy beauty from an even closer distance.
We drive on to see the sights of Patagonia, for which we go to the small village of El Chalten at the foot of Argentina's most beautiful mountain, Fitzroy. Since the trip is not long, we will not stop in the town, but go straight to the campsite on the shore of Lake Capri. From here tomorrow at dawn we will be able to admire the fiery red light at the top of the mountain and its reflection in the crystal clear water.
Hiking time: 2-3 hours; distance 5 km; climb: 350 m, (hike with backpacks)
First, we'll make a short hike with backpacks to get even closer to the majestic Fitzroy and camp at the Poinsenot campsite, where we'll walk light to the lookout point and the upper lake at the foot of Fitzroy, the Laguna de los Tres. And when we come down, we'll walk in the other direction to no less picturesque viewpoints, where we can see the summit from a different angle and admire the blue Piedras Blancas glacier flowing between the rocks.
Trekking time: 3-4 hours; distance 10 km; climb 800 m, drop 800 m (hike without backpacks)
Again a short morning hiking with backpacks and we find ourselves on the other side of the massif, where we can see the picturesque peaks and rock walls of the towers of Cerro Torre. We will spend the night on the shore of the Torre Lagoon at the foot of the mountains and walk along the lake to the confluence of the Torre and Grande glaciers.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours; distance 9 km; climb: 100 m, drop 200 m (hike with backpacks)
Early in the morning we will go on a day hike to the viewpoint of Maestri. From here we have the best views of the majestic cliffs of Cerro Torre. Despite their relatively low altitude (3128 m), they seem enormous and impress us with their almost vertical stone walls, resting against the sky. Full of impressions we return to the camping site, set up camp and go to the El Chalten village. If there is time and energy left, we will have a trip to see condors soaring in the sky from the viewpoint of El Condores. In the evening we will take a bus to the familiar town of El Calafate.
Hiking time: 1.5-2 hours; distance 5 km; climb 230 m, drop 230 m (a light hike)
Those with limited time can go home today if necessary, but we recommend spending 4 more days with us and visiting America's largest waterfalls, Iguazu. In 2011, they were recognized as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. To see them, we will need to fly to the north of Argentina to the province of Misiones, where Iguazu National Park is located. The waterfalls themselves are located on the river that separates the two countries, Argentina and Brazil, so you can see them from two sides. And if you happen to be here, it is worth visiting both parks, as they give completely different angles and impressions of the waterfalls.
We will stay in a hotel in the small Argentine town Puerto Iguazu and on the first day we will go to see the Argentine side of the waterfalls, where about two-thirds of all the cascades are located. Here you can approach the waterfalls almost up close, even looking inside the largest one called Garganta del Diablo or "Devil's Throat." If you want, you can even take a boat ride under the jet of one of the waterfalls. A tour of the park will take all day, as there are dozens of vantage points connected by miles of railroad bridges and paths, and a small eco-train takes tourists to the farthest ones.
The Brazilian side of the falls is a panoramic view of the entire complex of 275 waterfalls with a total width of 2.7 km. This is where you get the best panoramic photos and feel the scale of the natural elements. There are fewer hiking trails along the falls than in Argentina, so we will have time to visit the amazing Bird Park next door, where we will meet the inhabitants of the rainforest: huge butterflies, funny koati noses, colorful birds such as hummingbirds, toucans and large macaws and macaws.
After visiting the waterfalls we fly back to Buenos Aires. The rest of the day is a free program. In the evening, dinner with the group in one of the restaurants in the city.
Our fascinating journey to the End of the Earth has come to an end. We saw the most interesting places, got acquainted with the most ancient glaciers. Now we can fly home, taking with us vivid impressions, colorful photos and full pockets of souvenirs.
The manager will advise you on equipment, help you find the best flight, share information on hotels and excursions. You make your own payments and purchases. If you want the manager to buy the ticket for you, it is possible, but for extra money, because it is a big responsibility. More in the article: additional services.
Depending on the weather conditions, condition and general wishes of the group, the teamleader has the right to make changes to the route.
To enter Argentina and Chile, citizens of Ukraine do not need a visa, only a valid passport.
You must have no illnesses from this list in order to participate in the hike.
The climate in Patagonia is very variable, the locals even say sometimes: "Don't ask us about the weather - you're in Patagonia!" This means that it will rain, sun, wind, or snowstorm - whichever is more, it depends on your luck. We try to organize our trips at the most favorable time, but we can't guarantee anything about the weather.) Take good membrane things, they will protect you from rain, snow and wind. The temperature can change dramatically from hot to freezing.
We consider this trek through Patagonia to be of medium difficulty. You do not need to have any technical skills, but we recommend running before the trip. Then you will walk much easier and you will be able to fully enjoy the beauty of the northern beauty.
Buy good, quality gear. On this hike you will feel all the advantages of expensive membranes over cheap ones.But it must be of high quality and reliable to withstand the northern rains and winds. On the choice of equipment depends on your comfort and enjoyment of the hike. Good membrane pants and jacket, windproof waterproof tent, and comfortable waterproof boots are a must have in this hike.
After trekking in Patagonia, we recommend the following routes:
We made a video how to pack backpack for summer hiking, you can see here.
The teamleader has the right not to allow you to participate in the program if your equipment does not match the recommended on the site. For example, if instead of mountain boots you took sneakers or rubber boots.
Please be as responsible as possible when collecting equipment. Not only your health depends on this, but also the comfortable passage of the route by the group as a whole!
When packing a backpack, put all things in airtight bags (or plastic bags), this will protect them from getting wet in case of heavy rainfall.
Approach the packaging of the sleeping bag and all warm clothes (especially downy ones) with maximum love. Dry, they will warm and delight you even in not the best weather.
You should buy tickets as early as possible, but closer to the start, the price can increase by half. You'll fly to Patagonia from Kiev with one or two connections. You'll have to choose the best option of the flight, it all depends on the starting point. The ticket price starts at $1200 for a round trip. If you have any difficulties - you can always contact us and we'll help you with the purchase.
Our recommendations for airline ticketing services can be found in this article.
You need good insurance to participate in the program. Please do not neglect this item. For some participants, it saved thousands of dollars. You can find our recommendations for taking out insurance here: "Insurance for Kuluar hikers"
The meeting place of the group is a hotel in Buenos Aires. 7-10 days before the hike we will send you a letter with the details of the meeting and contacts of the guide.
Meals in the cities, during excursions, are not included in the price of the program. Breakfast will usually be included in the price of the hotel, and for dinner we will go to one of the local restaurants, where everyone can choose a dish to their liking. At lunch time we will act according to circumstances - either go to the restaurant or take a pre-prepared snack. Hiking meals while trekking in El Chalten and Torres del Paine are included in the price of the program. Here we cook our own meals on gas burners. Before the hike, the guide prepares a menu and coordinates it with the participants. Some of the food is brought from home, some is bought locally before the start of the hike. The guide organizes the camp kitchen and the proper use of the burners, but your help in cooking will certainly be needed, too. At the Pine Grande and Las Torres campground, you can pre-order food at a restaurant for 20USD (breakfast), 25-37 USD for lunch or dinner.
Patagonia is a very distant land, and who knows when you will get here next time - try to be in every possible excursion and outing. Don't sit in tents while others are accumulating impressions!
Accommodation on the trek is in campsites in their tents for 2-3 people. Some of them are paid and have facilities such as hot showers and a kitchen for cooking (Pine Grande, Las Torres on the Torres del Paine). Others are free and, except for a wooden toilet stall, provide no services (Italiano, on the Torres del Paine track; all the campsites in El Chaltene). In the cities, we stay in hotels, where both budget accommodation options in backpacker hostels (15-20 USD/person/night) and more individual accommodation in 1-2-3 bed rooms are available. Based on 2-3-bed accommodations, the cost will be about 30-40 USD/person/night. Availability and prices for single occupancy accommodations will be provided upon request.
The cost depends on the number of participants in the group:
Total extra costs not included in the price can be from $2000 to $3000 + airfare to Argentina. Of which:
*Please note: It is not the manager's task to choose a separate flight for each participant. The manager gives general recommendations from his experience and shares flights of other participants, so you can fly together. It's up to the participant to select and purchase his own convenient airfare. If you want the manager to buy you a ticket, book a hotel or an additional excursion, read the terms and conditions on the page: additional services.
To reserve a place in the group, you need to make an advance payment of $500 in a way that is convenient for you.
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