patagonia crossingLeaving from Chile or from Argentina, this travesía allows for exploring the geography and untouched nature of El Chaltén, located in the Los Glaciers National Park. Passing pampas, forests, rivers, glaciers and mountain formations, it’s possible to take in the diversity of endemic flora and fauna, composed of 500 animal species and thousands of species of plants. On the Argentine side, the travesía is centered in El Chaltén, located in Los Glaciares National Park. Surrounded by grand mountain peaks and glaciers, this region boasts 100 species of birds, numerous mammals, some of which are endemic, and an exuberant virgin natural landscape made up of trees, shrubs, flowers and moss. On the Chilean side, the travesía is centered in Torres del Paine National Park.

 





Travesia through Patagonia 9 Days – 8 nights
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eclared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1978, the park is characterized by singular geologic formations and a diversity of landscapes that provide a home to more than 100 species of birds, 25 species of mammals, and 2,500 species of plants. Whether the starting or ending point of the trip, we will lodge in our Hotel Salto Chico.
How to arrive
From Chile Once arriving at the Santiago airport, you must take a connecting flight to Punta Arenas, about 4 hours from Santiago. Our staff with welcome you in Punta Arenas airport and transfer you to the Hotel Salto Chico, a trip that lasts approximately 4.5 hours. We also offer pick-up in the city of Punta Arenas. From Argentina Arriving at the Buenos Aires airport, you must take a connecting flight to El Calafate, which takes about 4 or 5 hours. There you will be met by our staff and begin the journey to El Chaltén, about 3 hours on a dirt road, or 220 kms. You must arrive in El Calafate before midday in order to arrive in time for dinner in El Chaltén and plan the following day’s excursion.

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From Chile to Argentina

Day 1
Arrive at Chilean Patagonia Arrive at Punta Arenas, where we will greet you and transfer you to the Hotel Salto Chico, in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park.

Days 2/3/4 
Hotel Salto Chico At the Hotel Salto Chico, which functions as a base for exploring Torres del Paine National Park, guests may choose from a variety of excursions. By foot or horse, a few hours or a full-day, low-key or demanding. Our excursions allow you to learn about the geology, history, flora and fauna of this beautiful region. Our hotel always awaits your arrival as a place to relax and enjoy yourself.

Day 5
Cross into Argentina We depart from the Hotel Salto Chico towards El Chaltén. Along the way we will observe the contrasting landscapes of Patagonia, passing the sculptured Paine Massif to the glacial moraine plains to the east. We also pass along lakes and continue southeast toward the Argentine border. Later, we enter the pampa and stop for lunch in El Calafate. We continue the journey through the pampa and along rivers, and we will be able to see the icebergs that float in Lake Viedma. In the afternoon we arrive at El Chaltén, a small village located in Los Glaciares National Park, 220 kms (136.6 miles) northeast to El Calafate. Our center of operations and lodging during the following three days is at the El Puma lodge. Days 6/7/8 El Chaltén During these days we explore El Chaltén on diverse excursions of differing length and ability, and during which you will get to know the geology, glaciology, flora and fauna of this remote region. During our daily excursions we will visit the Torre and Fitz Roy mountain ranges, formed 12 million years ago. We will pass through old-growth forest and valleys that are characteristic of the Patagonian pampa, and border glaciers, rivers, cascades and lakes. We will also arrive at lookout points where we will be treated to outstanding views of El Chaltén and its mountain ranges, and from where we can observe condors and eagles.
Day 9 Leave from Calafate In the morning we will transfer to the El Calafate airport for the flight to Buenos Aires.

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From Argentina to Chile
Day 1
Arrive in Argentine Patagonia We will greet you at the El Calafate airport and then drive 220kms to El Chaltén, a small village located in Los Glaciares National Park, 220 kms (136.6 miles) northeast to El Calafate. Our center of operations and lodging during the following three days is at the El Puma lodge.

Days 2/3/4 

El Chaltén During these days we explore the foot of El Chaltén on diverse excursions of differing length and ability, and during which you will get to know the geology, glaciology, flora and fauna of this remote region. During our daily excursions we will visit the Torre and Fitz Roy mountain ranges, formed 12 million years ago. We will pass through old-growth forest and valleys that are characteristic of the Patagonian pampa, and border glaciers, rivers, cascades and lakes. We will also arrive at lookout points where we will be treated to outstanding views of El Chaltén and its mountain ranges, and from where we can observe condors and eagles.

Day 5

Cross into Chile We begin our journey to Torres del Paine National Park in the morning, passing by the icebergs in Lake Viedma and continuing on through the extensive pampa plains, bordering rivers and lakes of intense color. In Calafate we will enjoy a lunch of typical cuisine of the area. We continue crossing the pampa until we reach the Cancha Carrera border. We cross to the Chilean side and head northeast toward Torres del Paine. Along the way we will pass a few lakes, and passing through the pampa and the sculptured formations of the Patagonian Andes.
We arrive at our Hotel Salto Chico en la Patagonia in the afternoon, located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park.

Days 6/7/8 
Hotel Salto Chico At the Hotel Salto Chico, which functions as a base for exploring Torres del Paine National Park, you may choose from a variety of daily excursions. By foot or by horse, a few hours or a full day, low-key or demanding. Our excursions allow you to learn about the geology, history, flora and fauna of this beautiful region. At the end of each excursion our hotel awaits as the place to relax and recharge.

Day 9 
Leave from Punta Arenas Early morning transfer to the Punta Arenas airport.

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Lodging Travelers lodge at two hotels, the Hotel Salto Chico, in Chilean Patagonia, and the lodge El Puma, in Argentine Patagonia. The El Puma lodge, located at the feet of the Torre and Fitz Roy peaks, features all the necessary comforts for a good nights’ sleep after a day exploring: comfortable guestrooms with a private bathroom and central heating, enjoyable public spaces where you can warm up next to a roaring fire, high-quality, healthy cuisine, and a variety of fine Argentine wines.
Cuisine Along with the majestic Mount Fitz-Roy, in the heart of the Patagonian Andes, we find El Chaltén, a small village founded during the mid-1980s. Several trails leave from this village that take hikers to the interiors of the mountains. Lodging in El Chaltén is at the best hotel available that reflects our philosophy.
Climate The weather is unpredictable in both Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Strong winds (predominantly during the summer) mean changing conditions, often you can experience four seasons in one day. Located in the heart of Patagonia, at a low altitude and close to the sea, Torres del Paine National Park features a microclimate with agreeable daily temperatures that in summer vary between 12 ºC (53.6 ºF) and 24 ºC (75.2 ºF), and 2 ºC (35,6 ºF) to 16 ºC (60.8 ºF) in the winter.
The climate in El Chaltén is similar to Torres del Paine, but slightly colder. During the year temperatures during the day can vary between 2ºC (35ºF) and 23ºC (74ºF).

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Requirements
Physical health compatible with the demands of daily excursions that vary in intensity.
A spirit of adventure, good attitude and flexibility in the face of unexpected occurrences.
Necessary equipment, principally: – Trekking boots – Trekking pants – A base layer of thermal underwear, with thick socks – A thin fleece as a second layer – A wind-proof jacket as a third layer – A goose-down jacket as a fourth layer – Thick gloves, and ideally an additional thinner pair – Sunglasses with UV protection, ideally with lateral protection – Sunblock (factor 30 minimum) – Small backpack for trekking (20 to 30 liters) – Casual shoes
* If necessary, you can buy necessary equipment in the store at the Hotel Salto Chico (only for those who begin their trip in Chile).

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FAQ
1. What medical services are available? All of our guides have Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certifications, meaning they are qualified to assist during situations in remote areas. Guides travel with an extensive first-aid kit. In El Chaltén there is a basic medical facility that will attend travelers with advance warning. For more serious cases there is a complete medical clinic in Calafate, 2 hours from El Chaltén. At explora safety begins by not taking unnecessary risks, and by preparing our expert guides, who have in-depth knowledge of the area.
2. How can my friends and family get in touch with me in the event of an emergency? By contacting the Hotel Salto Chico direct at (56 -2) 3952580 / 3952581 / 3952582, or by fax: (56 2) 3952584 or by e-mail: recpatagonia@explora.com. Or they can contact the lodge El Puma in El Chaltén by phoning or faxing (54 – 2962) 493095/17, or by e-mail: info@hosteriaelpuma.com.ar.
3. What services are included in the program? Daily excursions from the explora hotel in Patagonia, with bilingual guides. Daily excursions in El Chaltén. Lodging, 3 meals per day, open bar, airport transfers.
4. What is the group size on a travesía? The maximum group size is 6 travelers, along with an expert crew made up of a guide and a 4-person staff (driver, cook and assistants).
5. What documents do I need? An up-to-date passport. In some cases a visa for Argentina (visas not needed for U.S. citizens and many Latin American nations or from a country who is a member of the United Nations). For more information, see http://www.argentina.gov.ar.
6. How long are the van rides? No more than 3 continuous hours.
7. What vehicles are used during the travesía? We use a spacious and comfortable van outfitted for the journey. In Argentina, depending on the amount of travelers, we use a Jeep.

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8. What communications equipment does explora bring on journeys? Each vehicle has a satellite telephone, as well as a GPS, compass and maps.

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• Transfers between local airport and your explora destination. Transfer schedules subject to change without prior notice. • Inquire about transfer schedules at each explora destination. • Accommodations. • Full board. 3 Meals per day. Bar. • Daily explorations with bilingual guides and equipment; boats, horses,vehicles and bicycles (max group size: 10 explorers per guide). Equipment varies at destination. • This trip is recommended for people older than 12 years old. • Rates are per person expressed in USD dollars and subject to change without prior notice. • Rates in USD dollars are tax exempt according to decree D.L 825 art. 12 for guests who are foreigners, not residents of Chile and pay in dollars. • Rates includes VAT (21%) in the Argentinean portion. • This information replaces and voids all previous communications.

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