Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project !

Santiago, Chile

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Santiago: Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project !

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Overview :

This is a collaborative project involving any who is interested in creating this trip in the making ! :)

If you are interested or considering this trip , you are invited to RSVP and get into the open group chat for discusson , exchange ideas and information to make this not only a once in a lifetime trip but a life changing one for yourself and everyone involved in the trip . This collaborative project does require active participation and contribution in order to make this a success . 


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 !



Proposed Framework for trip :

1. one month journey through Chile and Argentina , with a focus mainly on Patagonia . Other places to explore include Iguazu falls +/- Atacama Desert and the capital cities of Santiago ( Chile ) and Buenos Aires ( Argentina ) .

2. Proposed period for each region :  Patogonia for 2 weeks plus , Atacama Desert 3-4 days , Iguazu Falls 2 days , Buenos Aires 2 days , Santiago 2 days .

2. Dates for Travel : January 2019 .

3. Proposed no. of Persons for trip : 4 to 12 .



Timeline for planning : 

1. Nov 17 - May 18 : Discussion and planning , sharing of ideas , meetups . Considerations : Best possible route to cover sites of interests and spend time there  , How to make this Budget friendly and affordable for everyone whilst staying in comfortable accommodation . Activities , such as hiking , nature watching etc . Best flight arrangements etc . Source for good local tour operators . Look for people who have been there to advice on the project . 

2. June 18 ( 6 months before trip ) - Finalisation of the trip and booking of trip , arrangement of accommodations , air tickets , tours , excursions , travel operators . 



I have tentatively created a proposed itinerary for the trip below as a framework for discussion :



Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileSantiago , Capital of Chile



Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileGo Star gazing at the Atacama Desert with one of the best night skys in the world to to its extremely dry climate . 
Alma Array from the Air . http://www.almaobservatory.org/en/home/.


PATAGONIA :


Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileLake District - Bariloche , Argentina



Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileCarretera Austral ( Route 7 ), Chile 



Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileQuelat National Park , Chile , along Route 7 .  Photo Credit : Dan Lundberg  https://www.flickr.com/photos/9508280@N07/8519667983.



Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileExploradores Glacier , along Route 7 . Shall we go glacier trekking here :) 


Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileMarble Caves , Lago General Carrera , along Route 7 ,  Photo Credit : Javier Vieras . https://www.flickr.com/photos/jvieras/8413127928



Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, Chilethe Scenic Ruta 40 ( Route 40 ) at El Chalten , Argentina with Cerro Fitzroy in the background . 



Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChilePerito Moreno Glacier , El Calafate , Argentina .  Photo Credit :McKay Savage  https://www.flickr.com/photos/mckaysavage/8469027213



Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileTorres Del Paine National Park

Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChilePumas of Torres Del Paine National Park . 



Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileThe 120,000 + Magellanic Penguins on Isla Magdelena , near Punta Arenas , Chile


Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileAerial View , Tierra Del Fuego National Park 


Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileUshuaia , the southern most city of Patagonia . Photo Credit :  Deanna Keahey . https://www.flickr.com/photos/advwench/3704276885.



PATAGONIA to Iguazu Falls :


Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileIguazu Falls , Argentina side . 



Patagonia , Iguazu Falls , Atacama Desert - a Collaborative Project ! starting at Santiago, ChileStreet Tango , Buenos Aires


Tentative Proposed Itinerary for trip :
  1. Fly Singapore to Santiago .

  2. Santiago 2 days 

  3. Atacama Desert 4 days – Moon Valley , El Tatio Geysers , Flamingo Reserves , Star gazing.

PATAGONIA :
  1. Temuco , Villarica , Volcano Villarica , Pucon ,Valdivia

  2. Osorno and Chilean Seven Lakes District , Parque National Nahuel Huapi , Bariloche , Cerro Tronador

  3. Puerto Montto

  4. Drive the Scenic Carretera Austral - Route 7

    1. Parque Pumalin , Parque Nationale Los Alerces

    2. Futaleufu

    3. Chaiten

    4. Puyuhuapi bay / Parque Nationale Quelat , Quelat Glacier

    5. Coyhaique

    6. Cerro Castillo Glacier Lake

    7. Puerto Rio Tranquilo – Lago General Carrera , Marbles Caves , Exploradores Glacier Hike

    8. Chile Chico ( Chile )  to Los Antiguos ( Argentina ) Crossing

       

      Drive the Scenice Ruta 40 in Argentina  to El Chalten . Visit La Cueva de las Manos along the way . 

       

  5. El Chalten – Parque Nationale Los Glaciares 2-3 days . Cerro Torre . Paso Viento . Condor Lookout . 3 days trek to Paso Viento to view the Southern Patagonian Icefield . 

  6. El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier

  7. Puerto Natales ( Chile ) 

  8. Torres Del Paine National Park 3 days - daily hikes . – Refugio Grey , Paso John Gardner , French Valley, The Torres , Salta Grande. Pumas.

  9. Punta Arenas - Isla Magdelena Magellanic Penguins and Isla Marta Seals / Sena Otway Penguins / Useless Bay King Penguins .

  10. Tierra Del Fugo National park – 2 days

  11. Ushuaia – Beagle Channel- Dientes de Navarino



PATAGONIA to Iguazu Falls :

  1. Iguazu Falls Argentina and Brazil side 2 days

  2. Buenos Aires 2 days

 

Note : this posting will be constantly updated with photos , information as trip ideas etc pours in ! 

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