Location of Adventure
Patagonia (Argentina and Chile)
Group Size Limit
Approximately 10-12 Travelers
An important feature of our Patagonia adventure is the limited group size, as nature is best encountered in the quieter, lower-impact presence of fewer travelers.
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Accommodations, all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on final day, drinking water throughout the trip, 1 glass of wine with dinner, services of NHA Expedition Leader and local staff, most gratuities, arrival transfer in El Calafate, departure transfer in Punta Arenas, permits and entrance fees, sales tax.
Travel to and from start and end point of trip, transfers in Buenos Aires (if needed), alcoholic beverages except those listed above, some gratuities, passport and visa fees, optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, etc.), airline baggage fees, required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel insurance.
Moderate to Difficult
This trip offers an immersion in the spectacular scenery and terrain of the Southern Andes, which is most fully enjoyed on foot. Though most of the required hiking activities are moderate in terms of exertion level, the days are packed with activity, and participants should have a high energy level to get the most out of this itinerary. At minimum, guests must have the ability to walk at least 3 miles over hilly, uneven terrain that includes long steps and occasionally requires traversing wet or slippery surfaces. Typical walks are 3–6 miles in length, though longer and/or more strenuous options are occasionally offered (for those who wish) in order to access areas of exceptional scenic beauty. Elevations are generally between 500 and 2,000 feet above sea level. Since Patagonia encompasses such a large area, and we aim to see as much of its natural beauty as possible, we also spend a moderate amount of time in vehicles driving between locations. Most drives are 1–2 hours long, though there are couple of days that involve 4–7 hours of driving (with stops along the way). The weather is also extremely variable in Patagonia, and one should be prepared to experience the possibility of high winds, intense sun, heavy rain and very cold temperatures.
Important Information About This Trip
This realm of mountains and glaciers is among the most magnificent geographic settings on the planet. On many Patagonia tours, visitors trek long distances and camp in tents to experience the natural splendors of the region. In contrast, our trip utilizes atmospheric, well-appointed small hotels and lodges that place us among some of Patagonia’s most striking scenery in genuine comfort. In order to experience the region most fully, please be prepared for some long drives and moderate hikes. Some optional more challenging hikes are also recommended in order to access some of the most scenic areas.
Since the areas we travel to are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require that all guests have medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures (NHA), we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of NHA's medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.
To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrival: Please arrive in El Calafate, Argentina no later than 4 p.m. on Day 1 in order to attend a welcome dinner at 7 p.m.
Departure: Guests are free to depart from Punta Arenas, Chile at any time on the final day.
We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, since we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. While we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.