Patagonia trekking adventure vacation

“Icy and otherworldly, Patagonia is a trekkers paradise with snow capped peaks, glorious national parks & glacial fields that stretch from Chile to Argentina. ”

Highlights

El Calafate | Lake Argentino | Los Glaciares National Park | Las Vueltas River | Mount Fitz Roy | Laguna de los Patos | Capri Lagoon | Hija Lagoons | Mount Torre Valley | El Chalten, visiting the Climbers Chapel | Del Desierto Lake | Perito Moreno Glacier | Las Torres viewpoint | Pehoe Lake | Grey Glacier viewpoint | Puerto Natales | Ushuaia | Boat trip | Alicia Island | the Island of Birds | Light House Les Eclaireurs |

Check dates

2016: 10 Dec, 17 Dec, 24 Dec, 31 Dec
2017: 7 Jan, 14 Jan, 21 Jan, 28 Jan, 4 Feb, 11 Feb, 18 Feb, 25 Feb, 4 Mar, 11 Mar, 18 Mar, 25 Mar, 1 Apr
Our top tip:
Break in your walking boots before you leave & bring along walking sticks & loo paper for the treks.
Trip type:
Small group.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Hostels with shared dorms in cities. Campsite with "igloo" tents
Solos:
Solos welcome, some rooms may incur a surcharge
Included:
Accomm., listed activities, transport, guides. Park entrance fees not included
Meals:
14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Patagonia trekking adventure vacation

Environment

We are committed to working in conjunction with local communities in all the countries in which we operate. We use locally owned services such as hotels and restaurants, paying a fair price for those services. We buy fresh local produce for all of our treks from markets and small shops in each departure town. In preference we choose local over imported goods and use public transport whenever possible and feasible.

On all our trekking tours we aim to minimize waste by using products with minimum packaging, leaving no litter and keeping all water sources clean, leaving camp sites cleaner than we find them.

We are actively lobbying the park authorities in Fitzroy to improve the sanitation situation in the park, and hope the pressure, in conjunction with other operators, will result in action.

In the UK office we use recyclable and recycled materials when possible. We recycle what we can and attempt to keep waste to an absolute minimum. We promote paper saving by using email as much as possible and by keeping unwanted mail to a minimum. We use low-energy light bulbs, fair-trade and biodegradable products where possible.

Staff are encouraged to walk, cycle or take the bus to work instead of driving. We carbon offset all flights taken by staff performing work duties, actively support Rainforest Concern, and also a tree-planting reforestation project in Peru.

Community

We are involved in on-going training of the staff we work with in the UK and in the Andes to ensure as high as possible standards of environmental care and responsible behaviour.

We employ local guides, muleteers and office staff to help to run our trips, all of which means that monies paid to us go directly to the country you are visiting. Taxes are paid locally, helping to keep money within the country. This also encourages more people to learn the skills necessary to become guides.

By using locally-owned hotels and services, this stimulates the local economy too by providing a regular income. This income can be reinvested locally.

We also donate a percentage of our profits to the following social and community projects.

Each year we give a total of approximately USD 6000 to community projects in Peru: Huchuy Yachaq; Amantani; and ECOAN. We are also members of Galapagos Conservation Trust, John Muir Trust, Rainforest Concern, the LATA Foundation and Tourism Concern. Several of the projects actively encourage volunteers, so if you fancy contributing as a volunteer then please ask us how best to organise this.

We are also now supporting the UK registered chairty Amantani. As this charity is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targetted help which is educational & sustainabale. HuchuyYachaq is the other main Peruvian charity we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A % of all our income goes to support those projects.

Reviews of Patagonia trekking adventure vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 04 Feb 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The trek up to the towers on the Friday . We had blue sky the Torres de pain towers and lake looked magnificent, it was well worth the physical effort . The guides were very good and the walking group was good fun and good company.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


To take well worn in boots I did not have a problem but other walkers did.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes we stayed in an eco camp and kept fully to their rules and requests, the camp itself was fully sustainable . We also purchased locally made goods to support the local people and were responsible with all our litter.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


I would give it 5 stars, it was a truly amazing trip we were met at all our landings and saw some landscape . The falls were amazing . I felt heathy and well after the trek.

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Torres del Paine, Fitzroy Massif, Perito Glacier
Best Accommodation - Pudu Lodge
Best Camp - Camp Los Torres
Best Meal - Estacia Lad Hijas
Best Guide - Muti in Fitzroy Massif

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Bring a roll of toilet paper, walking sticks should be an essential part.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Enjoyed the local hiking guides that were hired.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Overall, was pleased with our decision to do this part of our travels as a tour. Appreciated all the bookings, transfers, box lunches ie logistics as well as the different tour options that were arranged. The tour did not meet expectations with regard to highlighting the culture, history etc of Argentina. Tour leaders need to be passionate about Argentina like our hiking guides were. Our tour leader was not.

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