Trip Overview

Join us in Patagonia on an iconic adventure in Argentina and Chile to experience the exhilaration of hiking across glaciers and the steep Cerro Ferrier in Torres del Paine, watching blue-tinted glaciers calve into the sea and feel the lively urban energy of Santiago in October 2020!

The excitement begins in Argentina’s beautiful city of Buenos Aires. Meet and get to know your new travel companions over a wonderful welcome dinner then sing ¡adios! to the city and fly to the Patagonian wilderness of Los Glaciares National Park. Enjoy three days of spirited adventures at Nibepo Aike Estancia, a working ranch and farm of pure rustic charm on the sweeping green Patagonia Steppe. Hike or bike the surrounding hills, ride horses around glacial Lake Argentino and even try your hand at some farm work if you like! View the world from on top of a glacier as you hike an exhilarating circuit across a glacier near Perito Moreno. You’ll learn how to use crampons and navigate the ice crevasses, glacial lagoons, and gullies, while also watching for spectacular wildlife like the Chilean flamingo and Andean condor. Unwind together each evening over freshly prepared meals using the ranch’s own fresh produce and meats.

Head next to Chile and Torres del Paine National Park for three nights at our home base of geodesic domes tucked in among the towering three granite peaks of the Paine mountain range or Paine Massif including Torres d’AgostiniTorres Central and Torres Monzino. Get close to the thundering Salto Grande waterfalls, then hike the challenging Cerro Ferrier and its magical Magellanic Forest. Watch for Huemul deer as you ascend toward a bald rock overlook yielding scintillating views that include the radiant blue Grey Glacier. You can also explore this pristine park by bike or kayak, and track pumas with a wildlife expert! Together, you Patagonia adventurers will make the kinds of memories none of you will soon forget.

From Torres del Paine, fly to Santiago, Chile’s dynamic capital, where you’ll discover thriving modern arts, Chilean culture, and the city’s trendy food scene – a sharp contrast to your wilderness experience! A visit to the Cerro San Cristobal Hill offers panoramic views of the entire city; make sure to snap some photos with your new AdventureWomen friends! In Casablanca Valley, you’ll visit the area’s best boutique wineries to taste the unique “terroir”, a wine varietal the region’s vintners prize so highly. A lovely Chilean dinner with your fellow travelers is a perfect capstone to all the unforgettable experiences you’ve shared in Patagonia.

From the soaring Andes and growling blue glaciers to Santiago’s premiere wineries, this adventure in Patagonia allows you to sample the beautiful diversity of both Argentina and Chile (and if you believe the legend behind the name El Calafate, we know you’ll return again one day)!

Main Attractions

  • Enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, glacier trekking, and wildlife spotting in Patagonia’s top two National Parks
  • Photograph stunning landscapes of snow-capped peaks, turquoise waters, glacier landscapes, waterfalls, and forests
  • Stay at a working Argentine guest ranch and learn the lifestyle of Argentine gauchos in Los Glaciares National Park
  • Catch the vibe of Santiago as you wine-taste, tour art galleries, and indulge in the the latest Chilean cuisine

What You'll See and Do

  • Bicycling
  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Local Delicacies
  • National Parks
  • Photography
  • Spa Element
  • UNESCO Site
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wine Tasting
  • Women-To-Women Exchanges

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Buenos Aires
Welcome to Buenos Aires! The capital of Argentina is also its largest city. Often referred to as the “Paris of South America” it is the most visited city in South America. The city has 48 districts called barrios (neighborhoods) and the streets are based on a rectangular grid pattern, making it easy to navigate.

You will be picked up at the airport by your guide and transferred to your hotel in Buenos Aires.

Enjoy a lively welcome dinner as you get to know your fellow travelers this evening. Share stories and learn about why each woman in your trip is excited to explore Patagonia!
Welcome Dinner

Overnight: Sofitel Buenos Aires

Day 2

Buenos Aires to El Calafate
Head to the airport as a group and fly to El Calafate. Enjoy lunch on the way.

You’ll be met by your local guide and transferred to your lodge. Settle into your room, and then learn about the activities over the next few days. The order of the activities might change a bit based on the farming activities and the weather.

Enjoy a fabulous lunch at Nibepo Aike and taste many local specialties.

Enjoy a sheep-shearing demonstration this afternoon at the estancia. One of the farm-hands will teach you about wool and do a live shearing demonstration. Feel the wool and experience what it’s like to be in close contact with the sheep.

Enjoy dinner as a group this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Nibepo Aike

Day 3

El Calafate
Leaving the estancia, you will follow a track through a native woodland and then begin to climb the slopes of the Cordón de los Cristales; as you climb higher, the views get even better, and you’ll get different perspectives of the lake and thickets that line the way. Glimpse the main body of Lago Argentino in the distance, with Cerro Cervantes standing on the other side of the lake at 7,800 feet, its peak permanently snow-capped. Halfway up the mountainside you’ll cross a wooded plain that gradually leads you through a continually impressive landscape. After three hours of hiking, you’ll reach the Río Cachorro, and stop for lunch at midday. By mid-afternoon start to hike back to the estancia, enjoying the beauty of the scenery all around you. (5 hours of hiking)

If you decide not to join the hike today, you have some optional activities you can do from the ranch: go on a horseback ride, take a bike ride, observe a shearing demonstration, or try your hand at some farm work! All of the options are sure to be unique.

Meet up for dinner as a group this evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Nibepo Aike

Day 4

El Calafate
Head out this morning for a glacier hike. Drive to the pier where you will meet your boat for a 20 minute ride across the Rico Arm, enjoying breathtaking views of the Perito Moreno glacier’s front wall. Disembark on the opposite shore, where specialized bilingual mountain guides welcome you and lead  you to a small shelter. Follow your guides along the lake’s shore towards the edge of the glacier. Once  on the ice you will be outfitted with crampons and taught how to use them.

Take a 90-minute hike along a circuit that introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses, and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues. The  ice surface over which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe. Enjoy explanations about flora, fauna, and general glaciology of the region. After the walk, a stroll through the forest brings you back to the shelter.

This afternoon you can choose another activity offered by the ranch, or just kick back and relax.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Nibepo Aike

Day 5

El Calafate to Torres del Paine
You’ll be picked up at Nibepo Aike and transferred to Torres del Paine, known for its unforgettable hiking. This drive will take about six hours.

Settle in at your camp in Torres del Paine. You’ll be staying in Geodesic dome rooms with shared bathroom facilities.

The view from your camp is of incredible mountain peaks. Relax and soak it all in this afternoon.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: EcoCamp Standard Dome

Day 6

Torres del Paine
Begin the day driving across the park, admiring the view of Paine Grande’s snowy peaks and the black, granite, horn-like spires of Los Cuernos. As you walk along the shores of the stunning Lake Pehoe, you will see the furious Salto Grande waterfalls where the water from Lake Nordenskjold cascades down into Pehoe. The van will drive you south to a beach along the shores of glacial Lake Grey. Begin your hike to Cerro Ferrier, a fairly steep route taking you through a fairytale-like Magellanic forest where you might spot the Huemul, the endangered South Andean deer. Hike uphill for about an hour and a half to reach a breathtaking lookout that will offer us a unique perspective of the Paine Massif, Grey Glacier, and some of the most famous lakes of the National Park. Hike back to Grey Beach and head back to EcoCamp to enjoy a relaxed evening.

Hiking: 7.5 miles, 3.5 hours, difficulty: hard

Have dinner in the Community Dome, which consists of the Dining Domes, the Bar Dome, a reading area, and an outdoor patio. This is a wonderful place to relax after an active day and get to know your fellow AdventureWomen travelers.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: EcoCamp Standard Dome

Day 7

Torres del Paine

Today you can choose your activities. Some possibilities are:

Drive & Walk Western Lakes, Glacier Grey Boat Ride
Walking: 0.5 miles, 1 hour, difficulty: easy

Lazo Weber Hike
Walking: 7.5 miles, 5 hours, difficulty: medium

Sarmiento Lake & Fauna Trail
Walking: 6 miles, 5 hours, difficulty: easy

Pehoe Lake Boat Ride & French Valley Hike
Walking: 11 miles, 6 hours, difficulty: medium

Towers Base Hike
Walking: 14 miles, 9 hours, difficulty: hard

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: EcoCamp Standard Dome

Day 8

Torres del Paine to Santiago
Transfer to Punta Arenas airport and fly to Santiago this morning.

Take this afternoon to explore Santiago. Lunch and dinner are on your own so you can try some of the many fabulous restaurants. Ask your guide for a recommendation!
Breakfast

Overnight: Hotel Magnolia

Day 9

Santiago
Enjoy a tour highlighting Santiago’s most important historical sites, including the downtown area surrounding the Plaza de Armas and La Moneda Presidential Palace. You will also pass by the Mercado Central, one of Chile’s largest fresh seafood markets and stroll by the many bustling stalls to see the tremendous variety available from Chile’s bountiful sea.

Visit some of the lesser-known barrios of Santiago including República and Concha y Toro, which were historically privileged neighborhoods and home to Santiago’s high society. There will be time to walk around and take photos of the varied styles of architecture dating back to the 19th and early 20th century. Continuing through the cobblestoned Lastarria neighborhood, walk through the Parque Forestal, and pass by the Bellas Artes Museum. For a panoramic vista of the city, visit the top of Cerro San Cristobal Hill, 984 feet above the city.

Enjoy a delicious dinner in a local restaurant.
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Magnolia

Day 10

Santiago and Depart
Your first visit will be to Villard Wines, one of Casablanca Valley’s premium boutique wineries. Villard was founded in 1989 by Thierry Villard, and is still run by this French-Chilean family, which prides itself on making traditional, elegant wines. With mineral-rich terroir cooled by Pacific breezes, they are known for their Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Perhaps their most unusual wine (for Chile) is the L’assemblage Gran Vin, a blend made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Mourvédre, Petit Verdot, and Grenache. Enjoy a tour and tasting.

Sit down and have a farewell lunch as a group at a local restaurant near the town of Casablanca.

Stop at Kingston Winery for a fubak tour and tasting. Since its first vintage in 2003, Kingston has been turning heads with its small production of Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Sauvignon Blanc. While coastal Casablanca is known for its white wines, Kingston is pioneering the production of cool- climate, artisan-style reds.

Say goodbye to your new AdventureWomen friends as you transfer to the airport for your flights home.
Breakfast, Farewell Lunch

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Traveling to Patagonia



Arrival and Departure Information

April 11 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) on April 11, 2020 before 3:00pm. One group transfer will be provided and the time of the transfer will be advised closer to departure.

Depart: Depart Santiago, Chile (SCL) on April 20, 2020 after 8:00pm. One group transfer to the airport will be provided.

September 27 Departure:

Arrive: Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE) on April 11, 2020 before 3:00pm. One group transfer will be provided and the time of the transfer will be advised closer to departure.

Depart: Depart Santiago, Chile (SCL) on April 20, 2020 after 8:00pm. One group transfer to the airport will be provided.

We are happy to help you make your flight and travel arrangements. Please contact us at:

(800) 804-8686 or (617) 544-9393
email: info@adventurewomen.com

If you’d like to do anything prior to or following the AdventureWomen trip, we’d be delighted to help you arrange any trip extensions you’re interested in.

Note: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible booking last-minute registrants, we must release hotel rooms two to three months prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.

Passports and Visas

Citizens of the United States must have a passport valid for six months beyond your travel dates and a minimum of two blank facing pages. If you do not have a passport, please apply now!

Activity Level

We rate this trip as High Energy. Our High Energy adventures are designed for women who enjoy a physical challenge and crave being on the go! You should be prepared for itineraries that include (but are not limited to): a full day of biking on rolling terrain, hiking 5-8 miles on moderate to steep trails, being active at high altitudes, whitewater rafting, or skiing. Please note that this is a general description of what you might encounter; for specific details about your trip, please consult the itinerary.

We recommend training before your trip (with your doctor’s permission!) to make the most of your adventure. We have a partnership with FitForTrips, a company that will design an individualized fitness plan for you with this itinerary in mind. Best of all, AdventureWomen guests get a 25% discount with the code FITWOMEN. Learn more here.

You should come with a flexible, adventurous, and enthusiastic spirit, and a wonderful sense of humor that adventure travel requires.

Health Considerations

Make an appointment with a travel clinic. There are no immunization requirements for travel to Argentina or Chile, however your local travel clinic may have recommendations for you based on your age, health, and past vaccination history.

For more health information, go to www.cdc.gov/travel and navigate to the page about Argentina or Chile.

Money

The currency of Aregntina is the Argentine Peso, and the currency of Chile is the Chilean Peso. US Dollars are not accepted. Credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and in cities. ATMs are in larger cities only.

Suggested Gratuities: We will send specific gratuity suggestions closer to departure.

How to Register

Call the AdventureWomen office at (800) 804-8686 to determine space availability and register for this trip. We can complete your registration, including taking your credit card deposit over the phone.

If you prefer, you can register online by clicking “Sign Up for this Trip” on the trip page.

Please be sure to read the AdventureWomen policies before registering!

Forms and Final Payment

The deposit for this trip is $1,500 and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. Once you book, you will need to fill out and return to AdventureWomen:

  • Information Form
  • Booking Conditions Form
  • Copy of Flight Information
  • Copy of Issuing Page of Passport (photo page)

Final payment must be made to AdventureWomen in a cash form (check, money order, or wire transfer).

April 11 Departure Final Payment Date: January 12, 2020
September 27 Departure Final Payment Date: June 29, 2020

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What's Included

Included

  • Accommodations based on double occupancy
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All ground transportation throughout the trip
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Bottled water while on day tours
  • English-speaking guides throughout the trip
  • Gratuities for hotel/lodge staff and drivers
  • One AdventureWomen Ambassador

Not Included

  • International airfare
  • Domestic airfare
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Alcoholic beverages, unless otherwise specified
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Gratuities for guides

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

Accommodations

Sofitel Buenos Aires
Located in the sophisticated neighborhood of Recoleta, which is characterized by its neoclassical architecture, the hotel stands out in stark contrast thanks to its contemporary style and its imposing brick facade. This upscale hotel highlights the best of European heritage inspired by its Argentine roots. It provides a space for different works by local artists, such as the imposing sculpture by Gerardo Wolgemuth, which takes center stage in the lobby.

Nibepo Aike
Nibepo Aike is an estancia (farmstead) that retains the essence of the original Patagonian estancias in the Argentine Patagonia. It is located within Los Glaciares National Park on the banks of the Southern Arm of Lago Argentino. Covering an area of almost 30,000 acres, it stretches as far as the border with Chile.

EcoCamp
Located within Torres del Paine National Park and sitting at the base of the Torres themselves, EcoCamp provides a unique lodging experience in this remote, southern part of the world. This sustainable accommodation, complete with green technology, is made up of various domes with charming interior designs and wood fired ovens. Wholesome, healthy meals are prepared each day by the on-site chef and vegetarian options are available too. An added bonus is the yoga dome which guests can use to stretch and relax after a day’s adventure.

Hotel Magnolia
The Magnolia, in the city’s “El Centro” neighborhood is a seamless fusion of the city’s past and its future, offering historic beauty together with comfortable accommodations, a gourmet restaurant, and a picture-perfect location at the foot of the Cerro Santa Lucia hilltop park.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686

What to Bring

As you get ready to pack for your adventure, have a look at The AdventureWomen Store at www.theadventurewomenstore.com - we have picked out our favorite travel clothes and outdoor gear to help make packing easy for you. You can also see our recommendations for this trip on the AdventureWomen Pinterest page.

Weather is always unpredictable in the mountains - dress accordingly. You will want outdoor clothing and gear to be safe and comfortable, and some nicer outfits for your time in Buenos Aires and Santiago. You should be prepared for many different weather conditions - dress in layers!

Clothing and Gear

  • Duffel bag or small suitcase
  • Daypack with rain cover
  • Medium-weight waterproof hiking boots or shoes (make sure they are broken in!)
  • 1 pair sandals
  • Comfortable shoes for evenings
  • Gore-Tex/waterproof jacket
  • Gore-Tex/waterproof pants
  • 1 medium weight fleece sweater/jacket to layer under rain shell
  • 3-4 short sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 1-2 long sleeve shirts (quick dry recommended)
  • 2-3 pairs of pants
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 bathing suit
  • 5-7 pairs underwear
  • 4-5 pairs of wool hiking socks
  • 1 wool or fleece hat
  • 1 pair wool or fleece gloves
  • 1-2 nicer sets of clothes
  • Sleepwear

AdventureWomen Essentials

  • Travel documents (passport, airline tickets, money)
  • 2-3 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
  • Write down/print out travel insurance number
  • Locks for your suitcase/duffel bag
  • Travel alarm clock with spare batteries
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries
  • Binoculars (8x40/42 models are excellent choices; center focus models are easiest)
  • Digital camera, memory cards, battery charger
  • Power adapters/power bank
  • Sunglasses, case, and strap
  • Spare glasses, contact lenses, cleaner, saline, etc.
  • Money belt or neck pouch
  • Your AdventureWomen water bottle
  • Sunscreen and lip balm with SPF
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hand wipes/hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Soap, shampoo, and conditioner
  • Small packet of tissues
  • Tampons and panty liners (avoid plastic applicators)
  • Earplugs: We recommend Mack’s Pillow Soft White Moldable Silicone Snore Proof Earplugs. Available at most drugstores or at www.earplugstore.com
  • Assortment of stuff sacks and Ziploc bags
  • 1-2 bandanas/Buff
  • Reading material/journal and pens

Personal First Aid Kit

  • Prescription medicine you usually take
  • Personal epi pen (if you need one, don’t forget to pack it!)
  • Bandages, Gauze, Ace bandage, blister prevention
  • Antiseptic wipes/spray
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Cotton-tipped applicators
  • Oral rehydration tablets/packets
  • Antidiarrheal medication
  • Mild laxative
  • Antacid
  • Cold remedies
  • Ibuprofen/acetaminophen
  • Eye drops
  • Tweezers, scissors (travel size), safety pins

If you prefer to buy a complete kit, we recommend the Smart Travel first aid kit.

If you're curious about this trip, we would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Call us ~ 1.800.804.8686