Patagonia Trekking | Adventure Tours | Aurora Expeditions
Patagonia is a region located at the southern end of South America and the territory is shared by Argentina and Chile. The north is bordered by the Cuyo and Pampas regions, the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and the south and west by Chile.
This area is famed for its abundance of world-renowned parks and thus, for its natural beauty and splendour, is a must in the adventure tourism industry.
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What to Expect
The Patagonica tours that we offer involve spectacular views of the parks but without the commitment of extreme, long walking days. The trek starts at El Calafate and the next 10 days will be spent walking, driving and travelling by boat across the region; usually embarking around 8:00 or 9:00 and returning to your lodge by about 16:00 with ample time for sightseeing and leisure. Some highlights include the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina, as well as the 3000 metre rock spires found at Cerro Torre and Cerro Fitz Roy – with an abundance of birdlife. Crossing the border to Chile, you’ll cruise to the famous Torres del Paine National Park to lay your eyes upon glacial lakes, granite peaks and snow-capped mountains. You’ll pass through vast pampas (fertile lowlands) and forests where hopefully you’ll spot herds of native guanaco (camelids/llamas) and Andean condors by the base of the imposing granite ‘Towers of Paine’. The journey then ends in Punta Arenas.
The best time to visit Patagonia is in the summer time from November to March, so we have planned for 9 to 18 February 2015. The climate is unpredictable, though, so be prepared for cold evenings and mornings.
Be Prepared: Responsible and Healthy Patagonia Treks
While the trek is not overly rigorous, it would be a good idea to train three months in advance by means of 45 minutes of aerobic exercises a minimum of three times per week.
No vaccinations are needed; unless you plan to venture outside the urban areas, in which case Yellow Fever is a reality. Travel insurance, though, is a requirement. Bottled water will be readily available and we recommend that you do not drink the tap water.
Visa’s are not necessary if you are coming from Australia, New Zealand, United States and the United Kingdom. There are, however, reciprocity fees payable in US dollars upon arrival:
• From Australia – US$95 (Chile), US$100 (Argentina)
• From Canada - US$131 (Chile), US$75 (Argentina)
• From US - US$131 (Chile), US$160 (Argentina)
Please note: these rates are subject to change.
The local staff and guides are very knowledgeable with regards to the area, and a naturalist will join the journey to advise on the region and the wildlife.
The currencies used are Argentine Pesos and Chilean Pesos, and you’ll find that US dollars are easy to exchange. We’d recommend about US$250 to $300 spending money – if you don’t plan on excessive shopping.