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Chile Patagonia Walking & Hiking Tour

Fjords, Cape Horn & Torres del Paine

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Journey by sea and land in spellbinding Chilean Patagonia—fjords, Cape Horn and Torres del Paine. Set sail at the edge of the world, entranced by towering glaciers, mystical waters, colonies of penguins and soaring condors. Bewitching lakes and snow-capped mountains render you speechless. And at days' end, experience magical delights like pisco sours, Chilean wine, empanadas and asado.

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Argentina & Chile

Start Ushuaia / End Punta Arenas

Chile Patagonia Walking & Hiking

Highlights

  • Sail through Chilean Patagonia—Beagle Channel, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Cape Horn National Park and Wulaia Bay
  • Access remote sites via Zodiacs and trek windswept islands, gazing over immense glaciers and sea and mountain vistas
  • Taste traditional food and wine, plus learn the history of the Tehuelche people and the follow the path of Charles Darwin
  • Hike in postcard-perfect Tierra del Fuego and Torres del Paine National Parks and horseback ride on an estancia
Argentina & Chile

Start Ushuaia / End Punta Arenas

Chile Patagonia Walking & Hiking

Itinerary

Days 1-2 From Ushuaia, Argentina head into Tierra del Fuego National Park for a coastal hike overlooking the Beagle Channel | Board our Australis expedition ship, built to navigate South America's narrow channels | Sail into Cape Horn National Park and if the weather and sea cooperate, Zodiacs transport us to Horn Island with panoramic views | Anchor at Wulaia Bay, visited by Darwin, and hike through forests to fjord and mountain views.

Days 3-5 Our Zodiacs crunch through icy waters toward breathtaking Pía Glacier—look for calving ice chunks | Cruise between mountains streaked with waterfalls and visit dramatic Garibaldi Glacier, Águila Glacier with its blue cracks hugging the mountain and the spectacular Cóndor Glacier—keep an eye out for Andean condors above | Stroll on Magdalena Island, home to hundreds of thousands of Magellanic penguins | Say goodbye to our ship before our hike to turquoise Lago ​Nordenskjöld | Enjoy a yerba maté tasting.

Days 6-7 Hike in unforgettable Torres del Paine National Park | At Laguna Azul, take in the backdrop of iconic jagged peaks | Learn to mix the classic pisco sour and dig in to traditional asado | Follow a trail to meet herds of guanaco | Discover 6,000-year old Tehuelche cave paintings | Stay at majestic Singular Patagonia near Puerto Natales | Try your hand at making empanadas and enjoy a Chilean wine dinner.

Days 8-9 Hike at a ranch with views of Última Esperanza fjord | It's gaucho time as we ride horseback at an estancia | Tour our hotel's museum, learning about the industrial machines and the history of sheep farming.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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Prices

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Casual Plus Hotels & Ship*

Australis Ship
Australis Ship

Ventus or Stella (4 nights)

* Premiere Ship
Hotel Las Torres, Chile
Hotel Las Torres

Torres del Paine National Park (2 nights)

* Casual Plus
Singular Patagonia, Chile
Singular Patagonia

Puerto Natales (2 nights)

* Premiere Hotel

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-3

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Patagonia

More On This Trip

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Casual Plus Hotels & Ship*

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Australis Ship

Australis Ship

Ventus or Stella (4 nights)
* Premiere Ship

Specifically designed to navigate the narrow channels and remote bays of Patagonia, these state-of-the-art expedition ships get you up close to the area's dramatic geographic formations. Travel + Leisure World's Best.

Hotel Las Torres, Chile

Hotel Las Torres

Torres del Paine National Park (2 nights)
* Casual Plus

With a stunning location inside Torres del Paine National Park at the foot of Paine towers, this former estancia has incredible access to the area's best hiking and breathtaking landscapes. (spa)

Singular Patagonia, Chile

Singular Patagonia

Puerto Natales (2 nights)
* Premiere Hotel

Situated at the end of Última Esperanza Sound, the hotel's floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the water and the building's Industrial Age iron relics pay homage to its former life as a meatpacking plant. Travel + Leisure World's Best. (spa)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 4 200 5 200
2 1 300 3 1200
3 900
3 1 400 2 700
4 2 100
Condor Glacier Zodiac Tour (45 Minutes)
5 1 100
2 400
3 400
6 5 300 9 1300
7 4 500
8 2 200 8 700
Horseback Riding (1.5 Hours)
9 Museum Guided Tour (45 Minutes)
 

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Why Travel with Backroads in Patagonia

The Best Leaders in Patagonia

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Patagonia, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Everyone at Their Own Pace

We design and support our Patagonia trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Patagonia that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Patagonia are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Patagonia, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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