Southern Patagonia Trekking Adventure: Torres del Paine & Fitz Roy

Torres del Paine, Torres de Paine, Chile

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Oct 27 - Nov 5, 2018
Group size: 6 - 12
Southern Patagonia Trekking Adventure: Torres del Paine & Fitz Roy
Torres del Paine, Torres de Paine, Chile

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$4395
Deposit: $895
Oct 27 - Nov 5, 2018
Group size: 6 - 12

About this trip

When you think of Patagonia, THIS is the Patagonia you imagine. THIS is the ultimate bucket list trip.


Hike the famous W Circuit in Torres del Paine National Park (Chile), trek on Perito Moreno, the most impressive glacier in Patagonia (Argentina), and hike to the iconic Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre in El Chaltén. 

W Circuit Torres del Paine National Park

The W Circuit is the most popular hike through the famous Torres del Paine National Park in Southern Chilean Patagonia. We will hike a total of about 50 miles through the heart of this park, exploring the mountains, lakes, spires, and glaciers that make up the Paine Massif. This is one of my absolute favorite places in the entire world, and I can't wait until you feel its magic.

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier is on the southern end of Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. It is THE most impressive glacier in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. There are three ways to experience this glacier: by boat, by boardwalks, and by trekking on the glacier itself, and we get to do all three!

Fitz Roy & Cerro Torre

At the northern end of Los Glaciares National Park lies the famous Mount Fitz Roy. This giant rock, along with the many spires that surround it, is one of the world’s most iconic climbing destinations. We’ll hike to both Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre during our stay in El Chaltén.

What’s included

  • All Accommodations
    No camping here! Our accommodations vary from quaint cabins and cozy eco domes to mountain refugios (dorm style) and traditional Patagonian hosterías.
  • Transportation
    Private transportation is included for all transfers and border crossing.
  • Luggage Support
    Luggage storage will be available for “the rest” of our gear while we only take what we need with us on the W Circuit.
  • Most Meals
    All meals except: dinner Day 6 to give you an opportunity to explore the town of El Calafate. Two trail lunches in El Chaltén, because we’re getting local chocolate and empanadas!
  • English-Speaking Guides
    Licensed, English-speaking guides will accompany us every step of the way. Because of local laws, we will have a Chilean guide in Chile and Argentinian guides in Argentina.
  • Park Entrance Fees
    We will be spending time in two different national parks in both Chile and Argentina. Entrance costs to these parks will be included.
  • Pro Photography
    We’ll be traveling with a pro travel photographer to capture our moments, big and small, so that we can focus on being fully present with ourselves, each other, and our surroundings.
  • Airfare
    Please refer to "Traveler Information" section at TravelingJackie.com/Patagonia for details about airfare to Patagonia.
  • Alcoholic Beverages
    There will be wine and beer available for purchase every step of the way, credit cards accepted in most places.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Baggage Fees
  • Passports/Immunizations
  • Hiking Gear
  • Meals Outside Itinerary
  • Gratutities

Itinerary

DAY 1
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Transfer to Torres del Paine NP

Meet and greet at Punta Arenas Airport. From there we will make the trip to Torres del Paine National Park; the trip is about 5-5.5 hours of driving through the Patagonian steppe (desert), passing through Puerto Natales, a picturesque town located 70 miles from the park. We can keep an eye out for pumas as we approach our accommodations for the night.
Meals: Box Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: EcoCamp Patagonia Domes

Your Organizer


TJ
Traveling Jackie
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Jackie Nourse is the host of the international hit podcast JUMP with Traveling Jackie, and she is the founder of The Budget-Minded Traveler, an award-winning blog and community designed to encourage and equip US-Americans to travel overseas. She also hosts adventure trips and retreats for her audience, leads mentorship programs for women, and blogs about adventure travel and lifestyle at Traveling Jackie. She is a four-time study abroad alum, linguist (five languages and counting), and serial expat. Her work has been featured by Self, Business Insider, Forbes, and more. Find her at @travelingjackie and www.TravelingJackie.com.

Reviews

This trip far surpassed all of my expectations. It was different from any vacation I have ever taken. I am sold on adventure travel. Jackie planned so many different activities. It was great to step outside my comfort zone, push myself, and truly see what I was capable of accomplishing. It was truly amazing being around women that lifted each other up. Truly a special experience that I will always cherish.
I had a great time, the ladies in the group were amazing, I felt like I had known them forever, lasting friendships. The food was delicious, The acomodations were comfortably and the surrounding scenery breathtaking with the Cotopaxi volcano peeking through the hills.. Jackie is very genuine, a great planner, no wrinkles on the whole trip. Great adventure retreat, you won’t regret it. Waste no time, go book it!
Before I booked this trip, I read the reviews. Everyone said this was amazing, transformative. Now I'm a skeptic at heart so I take everything I hear with a grain of salt. But after going on this trip and meeting Jackie, I can confirm what everyone is saying. This retreat was AMAZING. The location was beautiful, the food was wonderful, the activities were well thought out, and I learned more than I thought was possible. I can't put into words how happy I am that I was able to take this leap. If you get a chance to go on one of Jackie's retreats, TAKE IT. You will not be disappointed.
We knew this would be the trip of a lifetime and it did not disappoint. Jackie's well-thought itinerary kept us going and excited the entire time. The guide she worked with was incredible. The accommodations were amazing. From the moment we stepped onto the bus on day 1 to the moment we departed the bus at the airport at the end, we were taken care of. Knowing we had nothing to worry about but being in the moment was the most satisfying experience, and not one we took for granted. The added bonus of her having a professional photographer took the worry out of trying to capture every moment and left us free to experience every second, which we did. We know that this will NOT be our last trip with Jackie; the effort and work she puts into her group trips is evident and the experience we had was one we will never forget. For anyone who doubts whether a group trip is for them, know that we did prior to going, but the group that Jackie brought together made the experience even more amazing. We cultivated friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you, Jackie, for giving us the chance to go to Patagonia!
This trip was everything I expected, and also completely unexpected. I have been wanting to do a trip to Patagonia for a while, and to go with Traveling Jackie was a real treat, since she is so obsessed with the area. She also paired up with one of the best tour guides I've ever met, Ro. He really made everyone feel comfortable and taken care of if anything went wrong. This trip pushed me, but in such great ways. It is definitely a physical struggle, and sometimes a mental one as well. We had outstanding weather in Chile on the W, and true Patagonian insane weather in Argentina. Each trail was a treat, but the people are what really made this trip. Everyone with a common goal, coming together from different walks of life, enjoying ourselves, together. And since I've eaten (drank?) the calafate berry, I guess I'll just have to go back!
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Traveling with Jackie is awesome! Not only does Jackie do a fantastic job organizing her trips, getting to travel with someone you look up to is inspiring. I'll definitely be signing up for more of her trips in the future.
By Anastasia Ludtke on Feb 25, 2019
Awesome experience and people, would highly recommend!!!
By Shawn D on Jun 25, 2018
Jackie is an excellent retreat leader. I went with her on her women's adventure retreat in Ecuador, which she packed full of amazing activities in a gorgeous setting. The experiences she planned were unique, once-in-a-lifetime-level ones! With her trips, Jackie has thought about all the details so you don't have to. The Ecuador retreat was extremely well organized and well-run. Thanks, Jackie, for making my experience in Ecuador so magical!
By Jackie F. on Feb 19, 2018
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