Small group adventure vacation to Patagonia

“It's a long way down to the tip of South America... and this three-week tour's philosophy is that if you're traveling all the way there, then you might as well see it properly.”

Highlights

Santiago | Lake District | Puerto Varas | Walking in Torres del Paine National Park | El Calfate | Perito Moreno Glacier | El Chalten | Los Glaciares National Park | Ushuaia | Hiking in Tierra del Fuego National Park | Buenos Aires | Optional: Vaparaiso, Chilean vineyard, white water rafting, biking, thermal pools, climbing Villarica , Chiloe Island, boat trips, horse riding

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31 Oct 2021
£4200
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21 Nov 2021
£4200
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12 Dec 2021
£4200
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Our top tip:
With many activities optional, you can choose how much to push yourself. But the fitter you are before you arrive, the more of the treks you'll want to attempt!
Trip type:
Small group, 4-16 people. Min. age usually 12.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Hotels with private bathrooms. Dorms in Torres del Paine.
Solos:
Solos welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge (except in Torres del Paine dorms).
Included:
Accomm., listed activities, tour leader, transport, internal flights, intl. flights (if booked).
Meals:
All breakfasts, 1 lunch. Budget $45/day extra for food, drinks.
Vouchers
Accepted
Vacation type

Small group adventure vacation

This trip is run by a company which specialises in only Central and South America vacations. Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travelers (depending on the trip and how many others are booked on it) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are traveling alone, with your partner or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travelers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places, whilst being led by a knowledgeable and enthusiastic leader.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Much of this tour is spent in the national parks of Patagonia. When inside the parks we ask clients to keep all waste with them until back in the nearest town, to walk only on designated paths, and not to pick flowers or disturb the natural resources. Given the purity of the water in Patagonia, we also encourage clients to drink tap water rather than buy bottled water, to avoid excess waste of plastic.

Our guides, and tour leaders, advise how best to minimise our impact whilst traveling in this region and the receding glaciers act as stark reminder of what we can also do back home to minimise the impact of our humankind on the environment.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

We work with local guides throughout Patagonia, not only supporting local employment, but our guides are best positioned to teach you about the local flora and fauna, as well as the more disturbing aspects of the local environment, notably the receding glaciers and areas of former deforestation.

On the day trip to the island of Chiloe, we visit a penguin colony, set on islands just offshore. We navigate the islands in zodiacs but do not set foot on the islands where the penguins (and sea otters, steamer ducks etc) are found, in order to protect their natural habitats. Local fishermen operate the zodiacs, a successful and lucrative venture, giving them an alternative to fishing prohibited fish and shellfish, such as abalone. We end the day on Chiloe by visiting a local chilote house, typically that of welcoming Senora Sefora. She invites local musicians to entertain us and she and her family prepare a feast of the local dish, curanto. The warmth of the ‘chilote’ people is touching and it is clear Sefora opens her home to tourism because she enjoys sharing her culture with us, not just for the much needed income that comes with it. This day is often quoted as the highlight of this tour.

On this small group adventure vacation to Patagonia we work with small privately owned ground agents who live in the area, have established RT policies in place, and employ local guides and staff. A number of journeys on this tour use public transport, the hotels are small, individual properties often run by the owners and their families, we eat in local restaurants serving locally grown produce – our style of travel ensures that as many local people as possible benefit by our being there. This tour runs with a maximum of 16 people which helps to minimise the impact on delicate environments.

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6 Reviews of Small group adventure vacation to Patagonia

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Reviewed on 09 Mar 2020 by

A really great vacation with an excellent tour guide. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2018 by

A trip full of contrasts, astonishing sights, amazing landscapes, impossible to compare with anything I had seen before. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2018 by

Most memorable: Reaching the summit of Villarica Volcano to spectacular views of the surrounding landscape, lakes, and the Andes, peppered with snowy topped volcanos and then peering down into the smoking crater... Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2018 by

The walks in the national parks near Fitzroy and Torres Del Paine was the highlight. Great trip to see a few highlights of 2 very large countries. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Jan 2016 by

Most memorable was Torres del Paine national park and climbing to the base of the granite peaks - something I'd dreamed about doing for years. Battling the Patagonian winds to stand on the beach photographing icebergs. Clinging on for life as we raced down the rapids white water rafting in the Lake District. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2015 by

The leader of the group was very well organised and had the patience of a saint. He got to know each of us and worked hard to ensure we had the vacation we expected Read full review

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