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Central Patagonia: Austral road and Road 40 - Chile & Argentina.


Volcano Lanin - Patagonia - Argentina

Lago San Rafael, Chile volcano Puntiagudo

Day 1: Argentina and Chile
Arrival at Buenos Aires airport, private transfer with guide to the hotel. Afternoon free to explore the overwhelming city. Overnight in a 4 star hotel..

Day 2:
In the morning 9 am city tour (3 hours) visiting the city center of Buenos Aires. Private transfer to the domestic airport, flight to San Martín de los Andes in Northern Patagonia, Lanin National park. Meeting with the driver and guide. Overnight stay.

Day 3:
Day excursion to Tromen lake, passing through an old Araucarian forest, which lays on the feet of impressive Lanin volcano. Overnight as day before.

Day 4:
We leave San Martín on the "Road of 7 lakes" towards Bariloche, on huge Nahuel Huapí lake. Overnight stay at cozy posada.
Drive distance: 170 km..

Day 5:
Full day trekking with mountain guide. Overnight as day before.
San carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina

Day 6:
Drive southwards to El Bolsón, visit of a famous beer producer, than further on to Esquel, a fly fishing paradise. 1 overnight stay.
Distance covered: 320 km on pavement.

Day 7:
The trip continues southwards, crossing the Chilean border, along the Carretera Austral through sub-tropical rainforest, a road lined by giant ferns and leaves of wild rhubarb. We stay overnight at Puyuhuapi, a small harbor lying on the Ventisquero fjord, surrounded by the Queulat National Park. The inhabitants are principally descendants from German immigrants, who have built a flourishing trade here and a carpet weaving industry which continues to prosper to this day. Overnight stay at a cozy Bed & Breakfast at Frau Ludwig's. Chiloe island, Chile
Distance covered: 200 km gravel road.

 Day 8:
A short road trip and a two-hour hike through the forest, at the end of which one is suddenly rewarded with an incredible view of a glacier, which seems to appear out of thin air from above, bulldozing its way down through this thick forest and coming to a halt against a vertical rock face. With some luck we may experience the thunderous reports of huge blocks of ice breaking free crashing into the depths below. Same overnight stay as previous day.

Day 9:
Today we continue southward until we reach Coyhaique. On this stretch of road we notice the forest becoming denser and more humid in the Queulat National Park, which eventually turns into a more open agricultural region. Overnight stay in a hotel. Nalcas - ferns - chiled rain forest, Chile
Distance covered: 240 km, partly pavement, partly gravel.

Day 10:
We continue along the Carretera Austral, through wonderful meadow landscapes up through a pass and past Cerro Castillo, impressive because of its shape (Castillo means castle). To our right lies the Hudson Volcano, which covered wide tracts of land in both Chile and Argentina in volcanic ashes during the last eruption in 1991. Overnight stay in Puerto Guadal on the huge General Carrera Lake. 3 overnights at Terra Luna Lodge.
Distance covered: 280 km mostly gravel road.

Day 11:
 Flight to Laguna San Rafael, over flying the Northern ice field, one of the greatest attractions of Chilean Patagonia. The San Valentín Glacier (also called the San Rafael Glacier) flows into this lagoon. For a few hours the boat is left adrift close to the glacier face among floating icebergs, which makes it possible to observe the breaking off of ice blocks from very close quarters. We are presented with one of the most incredible "polar scenes" ever. Overnight stay same as previous day.
Cerro Castillo, Chile

Day 12:
Half day visit on a boat of pure granite caves along the lake shore of Puerto Tranquilo.

Day 13:
An incredible road along the lake shore, followed by the border crossing to Argentina and reaching the legendary Ruta 40, takes us to Estancia Telken, one of the first estancias in Patagonia. Here we now find ourselves in the endlessly far-reaching Patagonian steppe, on the horizon the ever present ice-capped mountain tops.
Distance covered: 210 km, gravel.
Glacier aereal view - San valentin Chile

Day 14:
Short drive and 2 hour walk along the Rio Pinturas canyon to cave paintings "Cueva de las Manos". The easily discernible paintwork - mainly hands but also hunting scenes - are a testimony of ancient Indian cultures, dating back more than 9000 years. Overnight as previous day.

Day 15:
Today we reach one of the nicest national parks of Argentina, the Perito Moreno NP, where we will stay for the next three nights on Estancia La Oriental.
Distance covered: 290 km gravel Cueva de las manos - south america aboreegine paintings

Day 16:
Day hike to Peninsula Belgrano, a real paradise of wild animals and views over the snow covered mountains of the area.

Day 17:
Day trip to the base camp of the notorious Cerro San Lorenzo, well known by mountaineers world wide. A short drive, then a hike led by a local guide, which is also possible on horseback (however only in good weather, otherwise a different excursion). During this hike we can observe the very
rich fauna of the region
, mainly guanacos, pampa hares,
armadillos, foxes and a variety of birds. Patagonia fox
Same overnight stay as previous day

Day 18:
 We travel in an easterly direction, where after 90 km, run onto the legendary Ruta 40 southwards, through the vastness of the Patagonian steppes, until reaching the estancia La Angostura, where we stay for one night.
Distance covered: 230 km gravel.

Day 19:
Returning to Ruta 40, southwards, then along Viedma lake towards the mountains, we reach El Chaltén. This brand new site is the starting point of all expeditions to the renowned peaks of Fitz Roy and Torre. Overnight stay at hostería.
Drive distance: 270 km gravel and paved road.
Patagonia steppe - Argentina

Day 20:
 Hiking tour to Laguna de los Tres, at the foot of Cerro Fitz Roy, the most famous peak of the southern -Patagonian Andes. For three hours we wander through wonderful forest and mountain landscapes until we reach the base camp Rio Blanco, with Cerro Fitz Roy and neighboring granite peaks always in sight. We then set out on a continuous and steep one-hour climb up the moraine until we reach Laguna de los Tres, directly in front of Cerro Fitz Roy, a grandiose observation point of the impressive Fitz Roy.
Easy 6-7 hour hiking, which may also be interrupted after a maximum of 2 hours hiking, specially considering that from this point on hikers will be feasted with incredible panoramas of the mountains. Overnight stay same as previous day.

 Day 21:
Fitz Roy - Patagonia - Argentina
Hiking to Laguna Torre, at the foot of legendary Cerro Torre, one of the most demanding mountaineering targets worldwide. Its 1400m high steep walls of flat granite are proof of this, the climate being the main factor, which is why mountaineers must often wait for months before the final assault can be made. The suggested hike extends only to Laguna Torre which lies directly at the foot of the mountain. From here one has breathtaking views of a series of windswept granite spires and huge glaciers. At the afternoon drive to El Calafate. Overnight stay at estancia Huyliche.
Distance covered: 220km gravel and pavement

Day 22:
Day tour by boat, visiting the Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini glaciers. Countless house sized ice blocks are floating in the huge Argentino lake. Overnight stay same as previous day.
Cerro Torre - Patagonia - Argentina

Day 23:
 Tour to the Perito Moreno glacier, unquestionably one of the greatest attractions Patagonia can offer. From terrace vantage points directly opposite the glacier face, one can observe the thundering breaking off of ice blocks crashing down into the waters of the vast Lago Argentino below. At the afternoon flight back to Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel.
Optional: tango-show in typical tango bar in San Telmo.
Overnight stay at Wilton Palace hotel.

Day 24: Transfer to the international airport and departure flight.


Perito Moreno - Patagonia - Argentina
Includes: Accommodation in double or triple bed rooms with private bathroom, breakfast included. Tour in minibus Mercedes Sprinter with driver and bilingual tour conductor. All fuel costs. Local guides in Bariloche, to the San Lorenzo base camp and to the cave paintings. Boat excursion on Argentino lake to the glaciers. Flight over the Northern icecap to Laguna San Rafael. National park entrance fees. City tour in Buenos Aires. Transfers from/to airports in Buenos Aires.

Not Included: flights, airport taxes, optional excursion and activities, insurance, medical insurance, extras, not specified meals, extras tips and gratitude to the guides.

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