Patagonia 2017

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.

The Torres.
We made it to the Torres before Park Rangers close the area off to hikers at 6pm due to safety concerns.

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.

Los Cuernos looking sharp
By hiking West to East, you can see the Los Cuernos as you make your way from Camp Grey to Camp Italiano.

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.

Grey Glacier Overlook
Glacier Grey Mirador. A great spot to stop and enjoy lunch.

See my next blog for more details on each day. I will include prices and travel times for each place.

 

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