Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Changi Airport

This adventure is: #far far away, #scenic, #in the making

Buenos Aires: Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime

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Overview :

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 17 Jan 2018 for this trip : 

Dear everyone who has expressed interest in this trip in the past few months , 

This trip is in the making and  i have decided to turn this initial collaborative project now into one where i will organise for all of you . I'm currently in the process of liasing with various agents and it may take up to a month or two before the finalised program is out . You are most welcome to make any suggestions , contributions to this still . How can we make this journey a memorable , successful and life changing one , that is affordable or worth the money for everyone invovlved , thats my intent , so i would like to hear from you all on this . 

There are too many awesome places to visit in Patagonia , and i'm planning to limit the journey maximum to between 3 to 4 weeks . Even with that focus , I find myself having to remove the visit to Chile's Atacama Desert and Argentina's Iguazu Falls , as in the original plan and just focused on patagonia . ( for those who wish to visit Atacama Desert / Iguasu Fall you may do so as an extension of your travel plans . ) There are many really amazing , remotely wild and inspiring places in Patagonia that most tours dont even bother to cover unless you are a local living there . The feasibility and logsitics of actually visiting these places is still something i'm trying to work out so i cant guarantee this as yet . One example is Yendagaia National Park near Ushuaia . Check this video out :

https://vimeo.com/219241858

I am currently curating this trip to include what i can feel would be the most inspiring for most of us , based on the time frame of between 3 to 4 weeks maximum .

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 - Chacabuco Valley Day Treks - Driving along the Scenic Route 40 in Argentina - La Cueva de los Manos - El Chalten Day Hikes - Perito Moreno Glacier - Torres Del Paine National Park 3 days hike - Island of Magellanic Penguins - Ainsworth Bay Cruise - Yendagaia National Park Day Hikes  - Ushuaia , the Southern Most City - Wildlife - Penguins , Pumas ,Gaunacos, Condors , Seals . 


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, ArgentinaCarretera Austral ( Route 7 ), Chile 
Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaQuelat National Park , 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, ArgentinaExploradores Glacier , along Route 7 . Shall we go glacier trekking here :) 
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 . Photo Credit :  Enidan 7 https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Valle_Chacabuco.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 Savage  https://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, 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, ArgentinaAinsworth Bay and Marinelli Glacier . Photo Credit : Luis Alejandro Bernal Romero    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Ainsworth_bay_and_Marinelli_Glacier.jpg

Patagonia - An Epic Journey of a Lifetime  starting at Buenos Aires, ArgentinaAerial View , Tierra Del Fuego National Park 
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.


Tentative Proposed Itinerary : 

Day 0 : Singapore to Buenos Aires

Day 1 : Buenos Aires

Day 2 : Buenos Aires

Day 3 : Buenos Aires - Arrive Bariloche 10 am  -  Cerro Campanario - pm drive around Circuito Chico

Day 4 : Bariloche to Futaleufu ( 5 hours drive ) - Futaleufu white water rafting , kayaking half day . 

Day 5 : Futaleufu to Quelat NP ( 4 hours drive ) 

Day 6 : Quelat NP - Hike / Boat trip on Quelat Fjord + Enchanted forest trail . Stay Quelat NP .  *

Day 7 : Quelat NP to Coyhaique to Cerro Castillo ( 6 hours drive ) 

Day 8 : Cerro Castillo to Marble Caves to Puerto Guadal ( 4 hours drive ) ( 1 hour drive between Puerto rio Tranquilo and Puerto Guadal ) 

Day 9 : Exploradores Glacier *

Day 10 :  Puerto Guadal to Valle Chacabuco ( 2 hours ) ( Cochrane )  - La Confluencia Trail Hike / Lago Chico Loop  *

Day 11 : Patagonia Park - Chacabuco Valley trek - Laguna Altas Trail Hike *

Day 12 :Valle Chacabucol - La Cueva de Los Mans - El Chalten ( 12 hours ) 

Day 13 : El Chalten - Laguna Torres and Cerro Torres Hike *

Day 14 : El Chalten - Laguna Del Los Tres & Mt Fitzroy Hike *
 
Day 15 : El Chalten - El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier 

Day 16 : El Calafate - Torres Del Paine NP ( 5 hours ) - half day hike - horns of Torres del Paine via Salto Grande Waterfall ( 3 hours ) *

Day 17 : Torres Del Paine NP - day Hike - french Valley ( 8 hours hike ) *

Day 18: Torres Del Paine NP - day Hike - Glacier Grey *

Day 19 :  Torres Del Paine NP half day Hike -( one and half hour drive ) -  Puerto Natales - ( 3 hours drive ) -  Punta Arenas

Day 20 : Punta Arenas  - Isla Magdelena Magellanic Penguins and Isla Marta Seals / Sena Otway Penguins / Useless Bay King Penguins . Ainsworth Bay Cruise

Day 21 : Punta Arenas - Ushuaia

Day 22 :  Ushuaia - Yendagaia NP

Day 23 : Ushuaia - Yendagaia NP 

Day 24 : Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

Day 25 : Buenos Aires - Singapore
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