Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires: Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime

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On Patagonia , adapted from Introduction of Footprint Handbook on Patagonia :
Squeezed between two oceans and split by the tail of the Andes in southern Chile and Argentina , Patagonia is a land of vast horizons and limitless possibilities . Its windswept lansdascapes are cinematic in their beauty , and its immesity and sprawling emptiness are at once liberating and lonely . No wonder it has attracted pioneers and runaways from the modern world . From Welsh settlers , to Butch and Sundance ; from Brue Chatwin to Ernesto 'Che' Guevera riding the Ruta 40 , Patagonia invites Adventure !



Latest Update on 22 April 2018 for this trip : 

1. Included the dates for the trip and some airline details including costs . 
2. In the process of finalising trip , including accommodations , land transport and some programs in the itinerary .
3. Timeline : finalise and confirm trip details by 14 May 18 . 
4. Dateline for RSVP and downpayment of trip tentatively set for 30 July 2018 . 



Highlights : Buenos Aires - Bariloche - Futaleufu River : white water rafting - Driving along the Scenic Carretera Austral ( Route 7 ) in Chile -  Quelat National Park - Marble Caves - Exploradores Glacier - Patagonia Park Day Hikes  - Driving along the Scenic Route 40 in Argentina - La Cueva de los Manos - El Chalten 2 full day hikes - Perito Moreno Glacier - Torres Del Paine National Park 2 full days hike - Island of Magellanic Penguins - Ushuaia , the Southern Most City , Puerto Williams/Dientes Navarino - The Sourthern Most Trek  - Wildlife - Penguins , Pumas ,Gaunacos, Condors , Seals - Optional Trip to Iguasu Falls - Argentina and Brazil Sides with Birdwatching . 


Patagonia : 

Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaLake District - Bariloche , Argentina
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFutaleufu River - one of the world's top 10 rivers for grade 4-5 white water rafting .  Photo Credit : Kaaty.7 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:R%C3%ADo_Futaleuf%C3%BA_-_Chile.JPG
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThe Scenic Carretera Austral Road ( Route 7 ), Chile
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaQuelat National Park , with Laguna Tampanos in the foreground and the Hanging Glacier in the Background , Chile , along Route 7 .  Photo Credit : Dan Lundberg https://www.flickr.com/photos/9508280@N07/8519667983.
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaFull day Glacier Hiking at Exploradores Glacier , the Northern Patagonian Icefield , exploring Glacier Ice Caves and Tunnels along the way ! :) 
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMarble Caves , Lago General Carrera , along Route 7 ,  Photo Credit : Javier Vieras .https://www.flickr.com/photos/jvieras/8413127928.
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaValle Chacubuco , Patagonia Park. Photo Credit :  Enidan 7 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Valle_Chacabuco.jpg
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, Argentina
Cueva de Las Manos - a UNESCO World Heritage Site .
Photo Credit : Pablo Gimenez from Buenos Aires, Argentina https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cueva_de_las_Manos_(6811931046).jpg
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, Argentinathe Scenic Ruta 40 ( Route 40 ) at El Chalten , Argentina , with Cerro Fitzroy in the background .
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaPerito Moreno Glacier , El Calafate , Argentina .  Photo Credit :McKay Savagehttps://www.flickr.com/photos/mckaysavage/8469027213.
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaTorres Del Paine National Park .
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaGaunacos at Torres Del Paine National Park . Photo Credit :Diego Delso, delso.photo, License CC-BY-SA . Source : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Guanacos,_Parque_Nacional_Torres_del_Paine,_Chile2.jpg
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaPumas of Torres Del Paine National Park .
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThe 120,000 + Magellanic Penguins on Isla Magdelena , near Punta Arenas , Chile
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaAerial View , Tierra Del Fuego National Park - The Land of Fire !
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaUshuaia , the southern most city of Patagonia . Photo Credit :  Deanna Keahey .https://www.flickr.com/photos/advwench/3704276885.
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaDientes de Navarino , Chile . Photo Credit : Jim Cadwell . https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dientes_de_Navarino_Chile.jpg
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaThe magnificent Iguazu Falls . Photo Credit . Phillip Capper . https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Iguazu_Falls,_Misiones,_Argentina,_7th._Jan._2011_-_Flickr_-_PhillipC_(5).jpg
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, Argentina
Toucan at Iguazu Falls. Photo Credit : empty007 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Toucan_Toco_in_Iguazu.jpg


Tentative Itinerary : ( full day hikes in * )

31 Dec 18  (Day 1)  : Singapore to Buenos Aires Depart 2100 hrs ( Emirates Airlines ) 

1 Jan 19  (Day 2) :  Arrive Buenos Aires 1945 hrs .

2 Jan 19  (Day 3) : Buenos Aires -  Lo Boca / Caminito Alley ,  Casa Rosada / Evita Museum , Cafe Tortoni ,  Plaza De Mayo , San Telmo ,  Tetra Colon Performance

3 Jan 19  (Day 4) : Buenos Aires - Malba , Costana Sur Ecological Reserve , Tango Performance , Plaza Dorrego , Recoleta .

4 Jan 19  (Day 5) :  Buenos Aires - Bariloche (Aerolineas Argentinas 08:30 - 10:50)  -  Cerro Campanario - pm drive around Circuito Chico

5 Jan 19  (Day 6) :  Bariloche ( depart 5 am )  - El Bolson ( 1 hour stop over for photos , viewpoints ) - Futalefú  Arrive by 1 pm .  (360 kms, 6 hours driving aprox)  Breakfast on the route.  River Rafting . Lunch and dinner in futalefú.

6 Jan 19  (Day 7 : Futalefu - Puyuhuapi.   (190 kms, 5  hours driving ) . Hike Bosque Encantando and Salto Padre Garcia Waterfall Hike . Dinner and overnight in puyuhuapi.

7 Jan 19  (Day 8) :  Full Day Quelat National Park Tour - Departure at 08:30 to Queulat Park. 4 hours hike to see hanging ventisquero. . Lunch at the park.  Navigation in Laguna Tempanos .  Return18:00 to puyuhuapi.  Dinner and overnight in puyuhuapi.

8 Jan 19  (Day 9) :  Early departure 5:00 AM to coyahique and Cerro Castillo one hour stop in mañihuales village for a good breakfast (08:00aprox) several stop for pics.  Stop in Cerro Castillo Village for lunch or quick snack to have lunch in Puerto tranquilo.  Arrival in Puerto tranquilo16:00.  Overnight in Puerto tranquilo. 

9 Jan 19 (Day 10) : Full day Exploradores Glacier trek - Northern Patagonian Icefield *
(departure 0800 return 1800) overnight in Puerto tranquilo.  Breakfast at hotel. Snack sandwich, dried fruits and juice in the tour, dinner at hotel.


10 Jan 19  (Day 11) :  Tour of Marble Caves am . Drive to Valle Chacabuco . ( 3 hours drive ) . Baker River visit , kiv rafting .   kiv La confluencia Hike ( 3km , 3 hours , ascent 140m).

11 Jan 19  (Day 12) : Patagonia Park - Half - Full Day Lago Chico Loop  * (12 km hike , ascent 180m )  http://www.conservacionpatagonica.org/blog/2013/12/13/lago-chico-loop-complete     
http://www.patagoniapark.org/hiking.htm
http://www.patagoniapark.org/download/Brochure_Parque_Patagonia_EN.pdf


12 Jan 19 (Day 13) : Patagonia Park - Full Day Laguna Altas Trail Hike * ( 23km , ascent 1268m )          http://ww w.patagoniapark.org/download/Lagunas_Altas_Loop_Trail.pdf

13 Jan 19 . (Day 14) : Transfer to Gobarnador Gregores  , visiting Cueva de Las Manos caves enroute .(450 kms, 9-10 hours driving including stop for lunch) . Overnight at Gobarnador Gregores . 

14 Jan 19 . (Day 15) : Gobarnador Gregores to El chaltén (530 kms. 6 hours driving) Lunch on the route.

15 Jan 19 (Day 16) :  El Chalten - Los Glacieres National Park - Full Day Laguna Torres and Cerro Torres Hike * ( 24 km , 6 -7  hours ) 

16 Jan 19(Day 17): El Chalten - Los Galcieres National Park - Full Day Laguna Del Los Tres & Mt Fitzroy Hike * ( 26km , 8-9 hours ) 

17 Jan 19  (Day 18) : El Chalten - El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier

18 Jan 19  (Day 19) : El Calafate -  transfer to Puerto natales   (270 kms, 6 hours driving)  Puerto Natales - Torres Del Paine NP  - half day tour of Salte Grande Waterfall , Lago Pehoe , Lago Nordenskjord , Lago Grey .

19 Jan 19  (Day 20) : Torres Del Paine NP - Full day Hike - French Valley *. ( 17km , 8 hours hike ) 

20 Jan 19  (Day 21) : Torres Del Paine NP - Full day Hike - Base of the Torres Hike *. ( 18 km , 8 hours ) 

21 Jan 19 . (Day 22) :  Torres Del Paine NP - am hike / tour - Transfer to Punta arenas pm.  (350 kms, 5 hours driving)

22 Jan 19 . (Day 23) : Punta Arenas  - Isla Magdelena Magellanic Penguins and Isla Marta Seals . 5 hours . half day tour of Punta Arenas .

23 Jan 19  (Day 24) :  Punta Arenas to Ushuaia ( 12 hours drive )

24 Jan 19 . (Day 25) : Ushuaia - tour of city - Estancia Moat - Lago Roca hiking / horse riding 

25 Jan 19  (Day 26)  : Ushuaia - Puerto Williams - Dientes De Navarino Day trek : Southernmost trek of the world . ( tentative ) 


Option 1 :

26 Jan 19  (Day 27) : Ushuaia 1220 hrs to Iguasu Falls 1930 hrs  (Ushuaia 12.20 pm  to Iguasu 1930 hrs - Aerolineas Argentinas USD 347.40 (S$455.40 ) (PROMO ) AR2861 USH to COR 3h45min / AR2706 COR to IGR ( LATAM does not fly this route )  )

27 Jan 19 . (Day 28) : Iguasu Falls / Birdwatching

28 Jan 19  (Day 29) : Iguasu Falls /Birdwatching

29 Jan 19  (Day 30) : Iguasu Falls -  Aerolineas Argentinas  Iguasu Falls 1350 hrs- Buenos Aires 1545 - Drive from AEP to EZE , reach EZE 1700 hrs    / LATAM IGR 1415 - AEP 1610 LA7509 23 kg luggage . USD137 (S$180) AEP-EZE . Arrive EZE 1730 hrs  / Buenos Aires ( 2130 hrs ) ( check in 1830 hrs ) - Singapore ( arrive tues 31 jan 18 1440 hrs )

30 Jan 19 ( Day 31 ) : Flight Transit in Dubai

31 Jan 19 ( Day 32 ) : Arrive Singapore 1440 hrs . 



Option 2 :

26 Jan 19 (Day 27) : Ushuaia to Buenos Aires to Singapore  ( Aerolineas Argentinas USH 1300 hrs - AEP 1620 hrs  AR 1879 Duration 3h20min USD180.30 (S$236.47) . Drive AEP to EZE . Reach EZE 1800 hrs . Check in 1830 hrs . Buenos Aires - Singapore ) / LATAM Airlines USH 0925 hrs - AEP 1255 hrs LA7743 USD 238.80

27 Jan 19 ( Day 28 ) : Flight Transit in Dubai .

28 Jan 19 ( Day 29 ) : Arrive Singapore . 



Important Notes :


International Flights  : Emirates Airlines $1951

Departure :
Singapore 2100 hrs 31 Dec 19 - Dubai 0100 hrs 1 Jan 19 Flight EK355
Dubai 0710 hrs 1 Jan 19- Buenos Aires 1945 hrs 1 Jan 19 Flight EK247
Total Travel Time 33 hrs 45 min Economy/Saver Fare


Return :
Option 1 :
Buenos Aires 2130 hrs 29 Jan 19 - Dubai 2245 hrs 30 Jan 19 Flight EK248
Dubai 0315 31 Jan 19 - Singapore 1440 hrs 31 Jan 19 Flight EK354
Total Travel Time 30 hrs 10 mun Economy/Saver Fare

Option 2 :



Domestic Flights :
4 Jan 18 :Buenos Aires - Bariloche : Aerolinea Argentinas 0830 - 1050 hrs USD 185.50 ( S$243.20) (PROMO ) AEP to BRC 2 hr 20 min non stop Flight AR1668 . checked 1 piece baggage 15 kg . hand carry 1 piece 8 kg .
26 Jan 18 : Ushuaia 12.20 pm  to Iguasu 1930 hrs - Aerolineas Argentinas USD 347.40 (S$455.40 ) (PROMO ) AR2861 USH to COR 3h45min / AR2706 COR to IGR ( LATAM does not fly this route )
28 Jan 18 : Iguasu to Buenos Aires - Aerolineas Argentinas USD 154.40 (S$202.4) (PROMO ) AR 1731 IGR 1350 hrs - 1545 hrs 1h55min
26 Jan 18 : Ushuaia to Buenos Aires : Aerolinea Argentinas 0900-1230 3h20min $229




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