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CHILE TO ARGENTINA: PATAGONIA BORDER CROSSING

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This is an iconic escape route combining National Parks with the natural splendors of southern Chile’s and Argentina’s ancient forests and stunning iconic Andes Mountain Range mountains as the Fitz Roy & Torres del Paine
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CHILE TO ARGENTINA: PATAGONIA BORDER CROSSING

Patagonia is a geographical region in Argentina and Chile spanning 260,000 square miles. It’s known for its pristine natural beauty that remains untouched in many areas. Other parts of Patagonia serve as a rugged outdoor playground for explorers of all ages and abilities.Visitors are greeted by charming mountain villages like El Chaltén in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, the spectacular waterfalls of Torres del Paine and a world of pristine landscapes in Patagonia National Park. Glaciers, ice fields, , snow-capped mountains, and magnificent grasslands are just a few of the unforgettable sights you can see on our Patagonia journeys.Especially for travelers who want to get to know both Chilean Patagonia and Argentine Patagonia in depth. Visit Patagonia’s unique landscapes, in an unparalleled journey to connect with this territory. Enjoy its pampas, mountains, glaciers, rivers, and conservation reserves, in addition to experiences with the gauchos and their Patagonian traditions.

plan your journey

CHILE TO ARGENTINA: PATAGONIA BORDER CROSSING

Patagonia is a geographical region in Argentina and Chile spanning 260,000 square miles. It’s known for its pristine natural beauty that remains untouched in many areas. Other parts of Patagonia serve as a rugged outdoor playground for explorers of all ages and abilities.Visitors are greeted by charming mountain villages like El Chaltén in the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, the spectacular waterfalls of Torres del Paine and a world of pristine landscapes in Patagonia National Park. Glaciers, ice fields, , snow-capped mountains, and magnificent grasslands are just a few of the unforgettable sights you can see on our Patagonia journeys.Especially for travelers who want to get to know both Chilean Patagonia and Argentine Patagonia in depth. Visit Patagonia’s unique landscapes, in an unparalleled journey to connect with this territory. Enjoy its pampas, mountains, glaciers, rivers, and conservation reserves, in addition to experiences with the gauchos and their Patagonian traditions.

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Day by day itinerary

Day 1 - 2

the singular santiago

Explore Chile’s vibrant capital with the cultured local who knows it all. Santiago is a cosmopolitan city that blends historic neighborhoods and bohemian hangouts into perfect mix, and lately becomes the mecca for designer boutiques and gourmet restaurants. Our Santiago city specialist will share with travelers all his cultural knowledge as a “Santiaguino” and unfolds the city’s history. The discovery tour starts with exclusive visits to the most iconic buildings in Chile, and most of them are usually closed to the public. The tour continues to the Pre-Columbian Art Museum, where the museum’s director will give travelers his insider interpretation of more than 5,000 pieces of pre-Columbian art. Savor the city’s iconic gastronomy in our favorite dining spot. The tasting menu of this rustic yet elegant restaurant will take the senses travel through Chile by featuring local ingredients all the way from the Patagonian forest, the top of the Andes, to the sea produce along the Chilean Coast. Next, stroll around the San Cristobal Hill, where travelers will enjoy the amazing sunset view, admire Santiago’s skyscraper cityscape over a specially crafted cocktail.

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Day 3 - 5

Cerro Castillo, Chile

Take a group getaway to Patagonia, an unforgettable experience at Aiken Lodge  in the heart of the Carretera Austral! Can you imagine renting our entire Lodge to enjoy unforgettable moments with your family or friends in a unique environment?
Our Lodge and its two Tiny Houses have a capacity for a maximum of 20 people. You will find the ideal balance between adventure and relaxation.
You also have the intangibles of the awe-inspiring Andean forests towering overhead, the sounds of the current rushing over centuries-old boulders, and giant condors floating over a glacier. It’s an atmosphere of tranquility and raw nature to appreciate and savor.

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DAY 6 - 7

Los Leones Glacier, Chile

In addition to its main attraction, the snowdrift, this tour stands out for combining boat navigation with walking; and the contemplation, during the approach, of the meanders of the greenish river Leones with that of the tumultuous drainage of Lake Leones, whose waters are ambushed shortly after by the white and foamy waters of the Fiero river that descend from the northeast.
The route to the Leones glacier runs gently sloping (with a total accumulated net difference of just 140m, distributed evenly along the route) and following an almost straight line through a wide sedimentary plane, an old bed of the homonymous river. With an approximate total length of 9km, it is clearly divided into three thirds, each lasting one hour: a first section that crosses a private property, combining reforestation sectors, large stone sectors, pampas and forest; a second section that begins in the El Pedregal estuary, at the limit of the next property to the west, crossing more silty pampas, forest, the edge of the Leones River, and a short section of small slopes; and a third segment that crosses a wide stony and drier plane, with lower and less dense vegetation, which culminates in the eastern shore of Lake Leones.

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Day 8

General Carrera Lake

We will visit the nature sanctuary “Capillas de Mármol”, which corresponds to a Chilean National Monument, formed by a set of calcium carbonate minerals located on the shore of Lake General Carrera.

Across the years, the coastal escarpments were eroded by the water of the lake, creating the formations known as Cathedrals, Chapels, and Marble Caverns. Our tour will be with an external company. They will take us through the most iconic places in this sanctuary, where we will be able to take beautiful photographs.

At the end of the navigation, our guide will be waiting for us to head towards “Bahía Exploradores”. We will go down to contemplate this unique waterfall. It is here where we begin to go into the Pacific Ocean and will find a completely wooded landscape. After this magnificent stop, we will skirt the Exploradores River where we will find several hanging glaciers belonging to the mass of the northern ice fields, which are part of the Laguna San Rafael National Reserve.

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Day 9 - 10

PATAGONIA NATIONAL PARK, Chile

Departing on a private flight to Valle Chacabuco Lodge will shorten the travel time of your itinerary between these locations. During your stay at Parque Patagonia live the legacy of late Douglas Tompkins and one of the most idyllic remote locations for hiking and exploring Patagonian flora and fauna and showcasing Patagonian steppe in all its splendor, used as travelling terrain since ancient times both by nomadic peoples and a large diversity of fauna.

When Kris and Doug Tompkins first visited the Chacabuco Valley in 1995, CONAF (Chile’s National Forest Service) had long since recognized the need to prioritize the protection of these unique and biodiverse ecosystems. With help from the Tompkins and Conservación Patagónica foundations, the 170,500-acre Estancia Chacabuco was acquired. In subsequent years, several other adjacent properties were purchased from willing sellers.
Eventually, the 200,000 acres that have been acquired in the Chacabuco Valley will be combined with the Jeinimeni Reserve to the north and the Tamango Reserve to the south, combining and making up one large 640,000-acre Patagonia National Park, serving as an anchor for ecotourism and thoughtful resource use in the Aysén Region, and promoting a model of development that embraces and protects the area’s incredible natural character.

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Day 10 - 12

Posta Los Toldos, ARGENTINA

The adventure begins by experiencing the spectacle offered by the native fauna through a network of over 16 kilometers of trails that travel across imposing cliffs, panoramic views of faraway mountain ranges, landscapes of vibrant colors and steep canyons.

9,300 years ago the first hunter-gatherers lived in these canyons and they depicted their daily life and the landscape with the cave art we can find in this protected area. They inhabited these canyons for over 7,000 years and left traces for us to follow and learn about their past whilst enjoying the colourful scenery”

These canyons are the same ones that inspired the first hunter-gatherers in the area to depict their lives through cave art during the seven thousand years they occupied the Cueva de las Manos, the Alero Charcamata, and other spots across the Cañadón Pinturas Portal.

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Day 12 - 15

Explora EL CHALTEN, Argentina

With views to the Electric Valley and the Marconi Glacier, Explora in El Chaltén opened its doors on December 15, 2021. 17 km away from El Chaltén –in the Argentinean Patagonia– the lodge is a headquarter from where to explore a world-renowned destination by those who love nature and trekking.
The Explora lodge in El Chaltén has been strategically built within the Los Huemules Conservation Reserve, our long-standing conservation partners in the region.

Patagonia is not a country nor a place. It is a vast territory shared by Chile and Argentina, whose remarkable geography –shaped by mountains, glaciers, lakes, and rivers– offers countless exploration opportunities.

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Day 15 - 16

EOLO, ARGENTINA

EOLO stands right at the heart of this universe. Only a few miles away from the Andes mountain range and a mere 45 minutes away from Los Glaciares National Park, the hotel takes in its surroundings and translates them into beautiful comfort. But this hotel is not only about great installations; it is a destination and a starting point to discovering the immensity of Patagonia. An immensity that goes far beyond what the eye can see.

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Days 17 - 20

Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine was designed as the perfect haven for exploring the region’s wondrous geography and wildlife. Besides the favored location inside Torres del Paine National Park, this lodge’s architecture was planned in a way that interferes the least possible with its natural surroundings. It is an extension of the territory.

This vast territory is ideal for those explorers who want to enjoy nature and connect with its mountains, turquoise lakes, glaciers, lenga and ñirre forests, viewpoints, prairies and rivers, in addition to visiting some of the most emblematic sections of the trekking circuit known as the “W” in Torres del Paine.

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