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9-Day Best of Patagonia tour: El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales
Experience the majestic beauty of Patagonia with a 9-day tour of multinational highlights, from a cruise along the UNESCO-listed Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina to a trek through Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. See alpine lakes and meadows, jagged mountain peaks and ancient glaciers as you travel through some of the most breathtaking scenery in South America. Enjoy a balance of scheduled activities and leisure time to pursue additional hiking or explore the Patagonian towns of El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales.
9-day tour of Patagonia from El Calafate
Visit the World Heritage-listed Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciers National Park
Cross the border into Chile and explore Torres del Paine National Park, where you’ll see wildlife and various lakes, including Laguna Amarga and Lago Pehoe
Enjoy lots of free time to explore the towns of El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales on your own
Breakfasts, eight nights of accommodation and transportation between sites included
Choice of four types of accommodation allows you to suit this tour to your style and budget!
9-Day of Patagonia Tour: El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales
, May 2020
Brenda helped organize the trip for us. She was very helpful, responsive and easy to touch base with. Overall, this was a good tour. We really liked our time in El Calafate and El Chalten and wish we had more time in El Chalten to hike. Favorite parts of this tour: Trek on Perito Moreno Glacier, horse back tour through Estancia Nibepo Aike and horse back in El Chalten, Laguna de lose tres trail. I'd say, we felt time was wasted traveling back and forth from Puerto Natales-where we only had 1 full day and did a bus tour through Torres del Paine. I would have done Puerto Natales on a separate trip because seeing from a bus didn't do it justice. Also, it would have been nice to know that the bus tour was "family friendly". We had a family of 4 with children as young as 2 and 3 and it was hard to enjoy the tour listening to crying, screaming, etc. I would like to recognize Gabriela (tour guide for Torres del Paine). She was wonderful, extremely knowledgeable and very patient with the tour group. She's really good a her job! Thank you Gabriela.
Great tour. Able to travel independent of a tour group. Comfortable tours buses for longer transports. Nice hotels with the upgrade. Helpful guides available for day trips. Many hikes you can plan on your own without a guide or even take a one way taxi. Guided trips made it possible to go to more exclusive, less crowded areas. Tour company did an overall great job of coordinating itinerary.
Wow, thank you so much for the glowing recommendation Mpark!
We know that when you are planning a major adventure (like 9 days!) it is super important to have a solid plan, a team of operators who you can trust, good guides and transport. Our number one goal is to provide that reassurance to all of our travelers.
I will pass on your compliments to our staff, and look forward to seeing you again in Patagonia!
Luna from Say Hueque
Antonella, the agent that helped us originally, was wonderful. Though once we arrived to El Calafate, Martin our agent, did as little as possible. He booked our excursions, but nothing we could not have done on our own, Compared to our Viator tours at Cusco and the Amazon this did not compare. Very little personal attention.
In all instances, the guides were prompt, and knowledgeable. The walks around Perito Moreno Glacier were wonderful. Although the trip started out cold and rainy, the optional day trip to Christina Estancia was amazing - the boat trip thru the icefields - never seen icebergs that blue and the views of the Upshala glacier and surrounding mountains and lakes after the 4x4 ride up were jaw-dropping gorgeous. My only minor complaints would be that you have to be prepared for long bus rides to all of the parks, and El Chalten is really for travelers desiring long challenging hiking.
This tour was definitely for an independent traveler we loved that some of it was left up to our schedule. Most of the rooms were great...beds and water pressure were great. WiFi connections were good. Would recommend it we had a great time.
If you are an independent traveller, not wanting to deal with logistics this is perfect for you. Very few group activities/tours planned outside of the logistics of transport and hotels. If you are looking for a packaged deal, where you are carried from one thing to the next, this is not for you. The tour is basically taking care of all the planes, trains, automobiles of it all. Tour will have you sorted for accomodation and buses and transport which to me is the worst part. That said, you will need to be open with where they book you. Friend and I opted for the comfort option and the places were great. If you go for the lowest cost option, be prepared for more quaint/potentially not-as-central options....as they say, you get what you pay for. We loved this tour because we didn't have the headaches of logistics, and were given the freedom to do what we wanted, when we wanted, when got to a location. Perfect option if you don't want to be on a shared tour bus for 9 straight days :.
I had a wonderful experience on my trip to the Patagonia region. Booking this trip made everything fantastically easy and smooth. Even when we had made mistakes on the itinerary, and our flights got rescheduled, it was taken care of perfectly. I would highly recommend this trip.
Hotels were outside the town (Calafate and Puerto Natales), which wasn't great. I had some problems contacting the local tour operator as it was a different one than stated on the confirmation.
Otherwise it was ok