Where do I even begin? Patagonia is such a wild and beautiful area. It expands across Argentina and Chile in the southern region. It was a bucket list goal to travel to this area and so, the planning commenced.
I scoured the internet, guide books, blogs, anything I could read, to find current information to make my two week travel plans come to fruition. Difficult is an understatement to say the least. I can’t even count how many hours I poured into researching the travel logistics of this trip. It was a lot. So, I felt compelled to start at blog to help fellow travelers navigate the many unknowns to planning a trip to southern Chile and Argentina.
This itinerary is for two weeks. We decided to travel mid-november which, is considered Patagonias early trekking season. Being from Alaska, I assumed it would be equivalent weather and conditions to what we see in mid-may. The weather you can experience is a range of sunny, mid-60’s temps to low-30’s with windchill, snow and rain. All this can happen in a day. So, prepare for anything. Growing up in Alaska, I felt somewhat prepared for extreme conditions.
For this first post, I will include our itinerary and expand upon the more detailed information in subsequent posts.
Day 1: Travel day. Fly Anchorage-Seattle, Seattle-Dallas Ft. Worth, Dallas Ft. Worth-Santiago (8 hour layover-we slept in the airport), Santiago-Punta Arenas. This was over 30+ hours of travel time.
Day 2: Day in Punta Arenas. Ferried to Isla Magdalena to see the Magellanic Penguins.
Day 3: Afternoon Bus to Puerto Natales. Night in Puerto Natales for early Bus to Torres Del Paine.
Day 4: 7am bus to Torres Del Paine-Pudeto Stop. Catamaran to Refugio Paine Grande. Hiked to Camp Grey.
Day 5: Torres Del Paine- Hiked from Campamento Grey to Campamento/Refugio Paine Grande.
Day 6: Torres Del Paine-Hiked from Paine Grande to Campamento Italiano.
Day 7: Torres Del Paine-Hiked from Campamento Italiano to Campamento/Refugio Chileno- Continued our Hike up to the Torres before the weather turned.
Day 8: Hiked down to Camp Torres (Main area), Caught shuttle to Laguna Amaraga, Bus from Laguna Amarga to El Calafate. This bus was arranged through AlwaysGlaciers and is not a scheduled route.
Day 9: Morning in El Calafate. Shared Taxi to Glaciar Perito Moreno. Bus to El Chalten.
Day 10: Hiked to Laguna Torre in El Chalten. Night in El Chalten.
Day 11: Hiked to Fitz Roy from El Pilar hostel. Night in El Chalten.
Day 12: Morning in El Chalten. Afternoon bus to El Calafate. Night in El Calafate.
Day 13: Morning in El Calafate. Afternoon flight to Santiago with a layover in Buenos Aires. Night in Santiago.
Day 14: Morning flight from Santiago-Los Angeles (layover in Lima, Peru), Los Angeles-Anchorage.
See my next blog for more details on each day. I will include prices and travel times for each place.