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Find the right tour package for you through Patagonia. We've got 369 trips going to Patagonia, starting from just 3 days in length, and the longest tour is 27 days. The most popular month to go is November, which has the most tour departures.

250+ Patagonia tour packages with 940 reviews

End of the Earth Tour

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End of the Earth

Trip of a lifetime! It was simply amazing!

Patagonia Hiking Tour

  • Mountain Hikes

Patagonia Hiking

The G adventure tour is excellent. The trip was great because of excellent program and great CEO from G adventure. Starting from Buenos Arias, everything is planned and taking care of. We had excellent weather, a great group of adventure minded people. Val (our CEO from G adventure) communicated everything ahead of time and making sure everyone's needs were met. The sighs and hiking were great. Val reserved dinner for the group almost everyday so we could have fun after a hard day of hiking. All in all, a trip to remember.

W-Trek in Torres del Paine Standard – Self Guided (5 Days / 4 Nights) Tour

W-Trek in Torres del Paine Standard – Self Guided (5 Days / 4 Nights)

Overall good- I loved the mountains & landscape. Unfortunately, we saw more wildlife on the way in from the bus (guanacos, rhea, condor, & fox) than I did in the park, so if you want that, get a guide. Things happen mostly as expected/explained. The directions are fairly easy to follow. I had one miscommunication, but I think that was on both parties. There was no stop at the welcome center other than the park employees scanning our QR codes & a bus transfer. Highly recommend waterproof boots. I also ended up buying & being profoundly grateful I had) waterproof pants because it snowed & rained on my first day to the Mirador Base de Torres (which we really couldn't see, but that is just weather). Food is meh, but you will be hungry after that amount of trekking.

South American Landscapes - Argentina & Chile Tour

South American Landscapes - Argentina & Chile

This was an amazing trip!! The scenery being that far south was other worldly. The Wanderful Team were excellent throughout & in contact via WhatsApp daily to check all was running smoothly (which it always was). All tours, guides, travel arrangements and hotels were superb. Fully recommend and will hopefully return for another trip with them.

Epic Patagonia Tour

Epic Patagonia

Epic adventure, everything was perfectly organized

Patagonia: Torres Del Paine ‘O’ Trek – 8 Days Tour

Patagonia: Torres Del Paine ‘O’ Trek – 8 Days

This was a great experience- well run with thought and care and the group were great

Torres Del Paine National Park ‘O’ Trek & El Chalten – 13 Days Tour

Torres Del Paine National Park ‘O’ Trek & El Chalten – 13 Days

James went above and beyond to ensure my client had an exceptional experience, including making adjustments to the itinerary during travel. This was a bucket list, once in a lifetime experience for my client and he was thrilled with the service he received. As a travel advisor, I have to say that communication before, during and after my clients trip was outstanding. They made it very enjoyable to do business with them.

Full Patagonia Adventure (21 Nights) Tour

Full Patagonia Adventure (21 Nights)

I received all the vouchers in time prior the travel (airport transfers, accommodation, activity and bus tickets/vouchers). I had some questions during the preparation period which were promptly answered by Hi Travel team. From the first to the last day everything was well organized. You need to be a bit flexible person if you take this trip because of the hostel type of accommodation and the long traveling time by bus (altogether 118 hours=5 full days). But hey, the price is good! ???? Programs were good, tourist guides always came and picked me up at the exact meeting points and time. One of my programs was cancelled due to worker's strike, I contacted Hi Travel Argentina straight away and the price was refunded in 1 hour by TourRadar. All in all, I was very satisfied with this trip and can recommend it to others.

Argentina & Chile : El Calafate, Torre Del Paine W/local flights Tour

Argentina & Chile : El Calafate, Torre Del Paine W/local flights

Overall experience was good, there are a few places where they need to improve, then the trip will become perfect.

Ultimate Patagonian Adventure: 11-Day Journey from Santiago to Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. Tour

Ultimate Patagonian Adventure: 11-Day Journey from Santiago to Chilean and Argentine Patagonia.

  • Book With Flexibility This operator allows you to rebook your dates or tours with them for free, waiving change fees.

7-days \"W Trekk\" discovering Torres del Paine National Park Tour

7-days "W Trekk" discovering Torres del Paine National Park

We loved the tour! We went with my family and it was great. The number of days was just what we wanted to do. It's very interesting. I'd like to give a special shout-out to Pablo, our tour guide, for his positive energy every day that he came to look for us or accompanied us.
  • 10% deposit on some dates Some departure dates offer you the chance to book this tour with a lower deposit.

4-Days Discovery Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine Tour

  • Sightseeing

4-Days Discovery Puerto Natales & Torres del Paine

This was an excellent 4 day 'taster' of Chilean Patagonia. I knew nothing of the area and my booking was casual in the extreme especially as I'd not had all that much contact with the agency. However, the tour exceeded our expectations - very well thought out balance of walking and touring and boat. Everything went like clockwork. The choice of hotel in Puerto Natales (Martin Gusinde) was excellent and the staff super helpful. Drivers in the various transport vehicles and their guides were equally professional. The meal on the first day (Torres del Paine excursion) at a hotel near the Lago ping was very good. My only criticism would be the meal at the Estancia on the last day which was advertised as a roast lamb on the spit. The food from start to finish was mediocre at best - a slippery soup, followed by very dry lamb, a few potatoes and half a tinned peach for desert. Water not included. All in all though a very enjoyable few days.

Essential Patagonia Tour

Essential Patagonia

The OneSeed excursion to Patagonia was an exceptional: the itinerary was tough (stiff muscles, the fellow travelers were delightful, accommodations and transportation were well planned.

Fitz Roy & Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

Fitz Roy & Perito Moreno Glacier

The pre-departure process was very unclear and I had no idea what to expect once I got there. But the trip ended up being great. I was the only one on the tour so I had to pay an extra fee but it wasn't the end of the world given that the whole thing was basically a private tour. Accommodations were really nice and you had plenty of free time to explore places on your own.

Discover Patagonia National Geographic Journeys Tour

  • In-depth Cultural

Discover Patagonia National Geographic Journeys

I really enjoyed my trip overall. The excursions were amazing, our guide was fantastic, and for the most part, the logistics were well planned and executed. I think the accommodations could be improved a bit as well as some of the meal options but otherwise, I had a wonderful time.

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The gadventure end of the earth tour was fantastic...a good mix of trekking and sightseeing and a great value. Patagonia has been on my life list for years and our guide Gabi was exceptional.
The G adventure tour is excellent. The trip was great because of excellent program and great CEO from G adventure. Starting from Buenos Arias, everything is planned and taking care of. We had excellent weather, a great group of adventure minded people. Val (our CEO from G adventure) communicated everything ahead of time and making sure everyone's needs were met. The sighs and hiking were great. Val reserved dinner for the group almost everyday so we could have fun after a hard day of hiking. All in all, a trip to remember.
Great experience and everything planned for you!

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Hiker in red jacket in the mountains of Patagonia, on a clear sunny day with a few clouds

Sandwiched between two oceans and sprawled across two countries. Patagonia is as ‘end-of-the-world’ as it gets.

Advancing glaciers, gushing waterfalls, snow-topped granite pillars…it’s no wonder Chile and Argentina both stake a claim over this beautiful slice of South America . Where else can you hike past herds of guanaco, hear giant shards of ice crash into the sea, sail the Beagle Channel past unique flora and fauna, and drop by the world’s southernmost city? If anywhere makes you feel small, it’s Patagonia. Adventure to the end of the world and appreciate our planet at its most wild and spectacular. 

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Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

Where is Patagonia?

Patagonia is a geographical region located at the southern tip of South America.

It spans the lower sections of Argentina and Chile and is governed by both countries.

Do I need a visa to visit Patagonia?

You will need to organize your visa. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information.

Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date information specific to your nationality.

Check the Essential Trip Information section of the itinerary for more information.

What is the weather like in Patagonia?

Patagonia is much cooler than the rest of South America. With diverse terrain ranging from glaciers to mountains and coastlines, the region sees extreme variations in weather.

Average temperatures range from 48-64°F in summer and 32-43°F in winter, but sub-zero temperatures are common.

The weather can be unpredictable at any time of year, and it feels much cooler when there are strong winds.

Snow is possible towards the end of autumn (May), and continues into winter with heavy snowfall down south and in the mountains.

When is the best time to visit Patagonia?

October to March (spring/summer) is considered to be the best time to visit Patagonia; this is when most of our trips run. During this period, daytime temperatures average up to 72°F, but it's a chilly 39°F at night.

Rain and strong winds are possible at any time of year and can make the temperature feel much cooler.

Is tipping customary in Patagonia?

Tipping in Patagonia is common, but only when you’re satisfied with the service.

Aim for 10-15% of a bill at a restaurant or cafe as a general guide (if it’s not included already).

It’s also common to give hotel porters, drivers and other staff a small tip.

What is internet access like in Patagonia?

You will find wi-fi in most hotels, cafes and restaurants in large towns and cities, but it can be harder to find as you venture to more remote areas.

You may wish to buy a local SIM card if you want to stay in contact with folks at home, but a phone signal can still be patchy in remote areas.

What are the toilets like in Patagonia?

You will find Western-style flushable toilets in Patagonia.

It is a good idea to carry your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer, as they’re not always provided.

Just note that while the toilets are modern, the plumbing isn’t and can clog easily, so you may see signs asking you not to flush toilet paper and use the bin provided instead.

What is ATM access like in Patagonia?

ATMs are available in larger towns and cities but are less common in small villages or rural areas.

Make sure you have enough cash before leaving urban areas.

Argentina uses the Argentinean Peso, while Chile uses the Chilean Peso. It might also be worth bringing some US dollars.

Can I use my credit card in Patagonia?

Credit cards may not be accepted in small towns and rural areas.

Make sure to carry enough cash when visiting rural areas in case credit cards are not an option.

What to pack for Patagonia

Please check your Essential Trip Information for a complete list of packing suggestions for your itinerary.

These are the basics you will need to bring for an active adventure in Patagonia:

  • Closed-in, waterproof walking shoes/hiking boots

Sun protection (hat, sunscreen, sunglasses)

Rucksack and day bag

Reusable water bottle

Thermal base layers

Hiking clothing

Waterproof/windproof jacket

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

Are Intrepid trips accessible for travelers with disabilities?

We are committed to making travel widely  accessible , regardless of ability or disability. We do our best to help you see the world, regardless of physical or mental limitations. 

We are always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them toward the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Patagonia, one of the most incredible hiking destinations in the world!

Patagonia is, simply put, a hikers’ paradise. The region of Patagonia encompasses the southern tip of South America in both Chile and Argentina, here the weather and climate mirror that of Northern Canada and Alaska in the Northern Hemisphere, this awe-inspiring landscape is home to a stunning sliver of the Andes Mountains, as well as deserts, steppes and grasslands. Wildland’s Guided Patagonia hikes are all-inclusive opportunities to discover Patagonia’s sheer granite spires, towering mountains, glaciers, lakes, rivers, wildlife and more!

Our Patagonia hiking tours are focused on Torres del Paine National Park, an invaluable conservation and wilderness gem in Chile; and Parque Patagonia, a vast wilderness preserved through private conservation funding and donated as a national park to the Chilean Government. We have plenty of itinerary options for those that love to hike, for all abilities and levels of comfort. Come explore one of the world’s most premier adventure travel destinations on your next unforgettable hiking vacation!

Check out our list of Guided Patagonia hiking and trekking tour options below or give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) to request more information or reserve a spot today!

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For 15-plus years Wildland has been leading guests on hiking adventures around the USA and the world. In that time our trekking adventures have earned 4,000-plus online reviews, with more than 99% of those 5 stars. These reviews are also on third party review sites (Trip Advisor, Google, Trust Pilot…etc.) which has a much higher level of integrity than self-hosted reviews.

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We designed our Patagonia hiking tours so you can focus all of your energy on enjoying the stunning landscapes and experiences this region offers. Our trips include local transportation (with pick-up and drop-off at the local airport), lodging for the duration of the tour, meals, top-of-the-line gear, permits and fees, and of course expert local Wildland guides.

People on porch at a Patagonian inn


Our accommodations are carefully selected to provide a high quality pre-trek and post-trek lodging experience. On our treks, the lodging is in backcountry huts (“refugios”), or – on our Lodge-based Tour – at a wonderful, cozy lodge. And our gear is made by premier outdoor retail companies who specialize in outfitting hiking and camping enthusiasts.

hikers descending rocky path toward cold sea


Our Patagonia trips, like all of our hiking and backpacking tours, are always small groups. Our Patagonia Treks specifically are capped at 12 guests and 2-3 guides. This intimate group size allows us to better customize the experience for each guest, and it also enables our guests to get a deeper and more authentic cultural experience with the local guides.

Hiker on stone path in Patagonia


Our Patagonia guides are some of the very best in the business. Local Chileans, they were carefully vetted, brought onto the Wildland team and trained to maintain our high standards. Our guests regularly rave about our Chilean guides, who are able to give you an immersive experience in the Patagonia culture as well as a world-class adventure travel experience.

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Check out a video introduction to our Patagonia trekking program. See video footage and slideshows of our trips including the glacier hiking and sea kayaking portions. Torres del Paine is a national park everyone who loves to travel and hike should visit at least once!

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River and greenery in Patagonia


Patagonia is in many ways the South American equivalent of Alaska – it’s a region characterized by vast wilderness; harsh winters; stunning, short summers; and breathtaking, extremely photogenic mountain scenery. Patagonia’s iconic landmarks are the soaring granite towers in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Guided Patagonia hiking trips are wonderous adventures with glaciers, alpine lakes, waterfalls, unique wildlife, and cozy backcountry accommodations in the region’s “refugios.” Bottom line is if you like to hike and travel, Patagonia is a must-visit destination to add to your “Life List!”


Our international trekking vacations are all-inclusive hiking packages that allow you to explore regions around the world without having to worry about many of the difficult logistics of international travel. We pick you up at the regional airport, provide lodging for the duration of the trek, and drop you back off at the airport on the final day. (If you’d like extra days in Patagonia before or after your trip, we’re happy to help you set that up as well.) We hand-pick unforgettable hiking routes and provide expert trekking guides with in-depth local knowledge and expertise. You can expect wonderful meals, fantastic accommodations that put you right in the action, and top-notch customer service!


One question we receive relatively often from our Patagonia trekking guests is whether to hike Torres del Paine National Park or join us in Parque Patagonia . The answer is pretty straight forward – are you looking to have an iconic and relatively comfortable national park experience, or a pretty hardcore wilderness experience?

In Torres del Paine, we (for the most part) stay in Patagonia’s famous refugios, which are backcountry lodges with dorm-style sleeping, bathrooms, hot meals…etc. Trips in Torres del Paine National Park include the Torres del Paine W Trek , Torres del Paine O Circuit , Torres del Paine Basecamp Tour , and our Lodge-based Patagonia Hiking Tour (which stays in a cozy lodge outside the Park but in a perfect location).

Parque Patagonia, on the other hand, is a massive, recently-designated national park that is mostly deep wilderness and requires backpacking and camping. Not to worry though! The Wildland team has been operating guided backpacking trips since 2005 and are one of the world’s premier backpacking guide companies. We know how to make a trip comfortable, exciting and enriching. We offer one trip in Parque Patagonia right now, which is our Parque Patagonia Trek . Regardless which Patagonia trekking tour you choose, one thing’s for sure – it’s going to be an unforgettable adventure!


Patagonia hiking trips can be done with a guide company or on your own. Patagonia hiking companies like Wildland provide a variety of packages from very, very basic options to premier tours like Wildland’s which are all-inclusive. The value points of traveling with Wildland Trekking are many: the confidence and peace of mind that comes from traveling with a proven, premier trekking company; reservations, permits, and logistics are taken care of for you; worry-free adventure travel as you’re accompanied by expert, highly trained guides; exceptional meals and gear; in-depth knowledge of the local area, flora, fauna…etc. and more!


Being in the Southern Hemisphere, Chile has opposite seasons to North America and Europe. That makes their summer months December through February, and shoulder season months October-November and March-April. We heartily recommend trekking in Patagonia in the shoulder months if possible, as the crowds are much lighter than summertime, although the weather can certainly be a bit more spicy. Average temperatures and precipitation in Torres del Paine National Park during these months are detailed in this table:

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El Chaltén to Ushuaia: Hiking in Patagonia

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Trek Torres del Paine “W” Circuit

Trek Torres del Paine “W” Circuit

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Argentine & Chilean Patagonia

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El Calafate & The Glaciers

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Highlights of Patagonia Argentina

Highlights of Patagonia Argentina

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Family Adventure in Patagonia: Penguins & Glaciers

Family Adventure in Patagonia: Penguins & Glaciers

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Infinite Patagonia – Self-drive

Infinite Patagonia – Self-drive

El Calafate - El Chaltén - Torres del Paine - Punta Arenas - Río Grande - Ushuaia

El Calafate to El Chaltén Hikes

El Calafate to El Chaltén Hikes

El Calafate - El Chaltén

Glaciers, Falls & Tango

Glaciers, Falls & Tango

Buenos Aires - Calafate - Iguazú

Península Valdés Sea Wildlife

Península Valdés Sea Wildlife

Puerto Madryn

El Calafate & Torres del Paine Tour

El Calafate & Torres del Paine Tour

El Calafate - Torres del Paine

Ushuaia the End of the World

Ushuaia the End of the World

Ushuaia - Beagle Channel

Self-drive Trip to Classic Patagonia

Self-drive Trip to Classic Patagonia

Buenos Aires to Southern Patagonia Adventure

Buenos Aires to Southern Patagonia Adventure

Buenos Aires - Calafate - Chaltén - Ushuaia - Torres del Paine

Best of Argentina Trip

Best of Argentina Trip

Buenos Aires - Calafate - Mendoza - Iguazú - Ushuaia

Patagonia Cruise With Australis

Patagonia Cruise With Australis

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Bariloche & The Lake District Trip

Bariloche & The Lake District Trip

Argentina for Adventurers

Argentina for Adventurers

El Calafate - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires - Iguazú Falls

Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Classic Patagonia Adventure Tour

Buenos Aires, Iguazu & Classic Patagonia Adventure Tour

Buenos Aires - Puerto Madryn - Ushuaia - El Calafate - Iguazú

You can take direct flights to Patagonia Argentina from Buenos Aires or to Chilean Patagonia from Santiago de Chile. There are also international flights and ground transportation to travel between Argentinean and Chilean Patagonia.

The best time is from October to April (our summer). The weather is more pleasant for outdoor activities. However, Patagonia has a variety of activities available all year round!

From north to south, the highlights are Bariloche, the capital of the Lake District, Península Valdés, the most important wildlife reserve of Argentine Patagonia where whales come every year to breed their calves, El Calafate, where people go to visit the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, El Chaltén, the Argentine capital of trekking and, finally, Ushuaia, best known as the city “at the end of the world”.

Regardless of when you travel, bring warm clothes! Even if you travel during the Argentine summer and are blessed with a beautiful, warm day of sunshine, the winds can come out of nowhere and virtually blow you away in no time. So make sure you wear windproof/north-facing jackets, a hat, gloves, long pants, and scarves. Basically, warm clothes.

Yes, it is important to have the right clothes to enjoy Patagonian nature. The weather can vary a lot on the same day and you can have the four seasons in 24 hours!

The best is to dress in layers, the weather changes a lot and it can be sunny and warm like a summer day, or it can rain, be windy, and even snow all on the same day! Wear shoes suitable for trekking, waterproof shoes are better. Sunscreen, sunglasses, a small backpack, and a water bottle that you can recharge.

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What To Do in Patagonia?

When you hear the word “Patagonia” you think of a vast, virgin, and distant territory in the southern tip of South America. Shared by two countries, Chile and Argentina , Patagonia offers beautiful and spectacular landscapes. Although this region shares its name between these two countries, the landscapes are completely different. 

Patagonia hosts stunning glaciers, and incredibly diverse wildlife, especially in Península Valdés.  The Perito Moreno Glacier , the penguins of Ushuaia, and the most reputed hiking trails of El Chaltén add to the highlights Patagonia charms travelers. 

Chile on the other hand is known by the fjords who many have sailed. From Puerto Montt to the archipelagos of Chiloe, Chonos and Aysen, and the mythical city of Castro, Chilean Patagonia offers different landscapes from Argentina.

However, there is one place in Chilean Patagonia that overshadows any other destination,  Chile’s most famous national park, Torres del Paine.  With its three majestic pink and white granite towers guard, the park welcomes hundreds of hikers every day during summer.

To sum up, weather permitting, Patagonia is an all-in-one destination that offers something for everyone! You can choose between active trips, hiking journeys, or even family vacations to discover the best of Patagonia. 

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Best destinations to combine in patagonia.

Patagonia features different regions and natural attractions. It is divided into the lake district, the coastline of Península Valdés where most of the Patagonian wildlife can be found, and the southernmost Patagonia which comprises Ushuaia, El Calafate, and Torres del Paine National Park. 

El Calafate, Argentina

Known as “the capital of glaciers”, El Calafate, is one of the most popular destinations in Patagonia. It was named after a typical blueberry that grows in the area (the legend says whoever eats a Calafate blueberry will always return to the city).

It features the best of Patagonia in Argentina , giant glaciers, icy lakes, remote estancias, and no shortage of breathtaking views accompanying outdoor excursions such as trekking, kayaking, and horse riding. This is a small city, really easy to get around on foot, with beautiful views of Argentino Lake.

The nearest airport has good flight frequency, this is the easiest way to reach El Calafate. The city and its glaciers (around 47 in the park) were discovered at the end of the XIX century.

Today, El Calafate offers the famous Perito Moreno Glacier boat trips in Argentino Lake, day tours to Patagonia ranches to learn about the rural culture, visits to El Chaltén and Mount Fitz Roy to enjoy amazing views and adventure hikes and other activities.

El Chaltén, Argentina

Founded in 1985, El Chaltén is a little mountaineering village located inside the Glaciers National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Argentine Patagonia. For many years this secluded place remains the unexplored spot for intrepid travelers.

Today, though it manages to preserve its little-town ambiance, El Chaltén is visited by many people every year who enjoy hikes of different lengths and difficulty levels. Is in this isolated corner of Patagonia where the famous Mount Fitz Roy can be admired.

Mount Chaltén is another highlight near the village which was named after this colossal and sacred mountain for the Tehuelches, the natives of the region. Its summit, frequently covered by clouds, was called by the Tehuelches “Chaltén” which means “smoking mountain” in their language.

In 2015, Chaltén was declared “National Capital of Trekking”, but travelers can also enjoy other adventure activities like kayaking, horseback riding, and sailing.

Puerto Madryn, Argentina

Puerto Madryn was founded in 1865 by a 150 group of Welsh that established on the area in 1886. Welsh, Spanish and Italian immigrants worked together to build the railway that would connect Puerto Madryn to the city of Trelew. Is in Trelew where today the nearest airport is located. 

Nowadays, the railway it’s no longer used, and many travelers fly to Trelew and stay in Puerto Madryn to visit the incredible natural reserve of Península Valdés, the most important wildlife hub of Patagonia .

The Southern Right Whale arrives at the coast of the Península (but can also be seen from the very coastline of Puerto Madryn!) once a year, between June and December. On the other hand, from October to April, large colonies of Magellan Penguins can be seen too, making this coastal region a favorite among both wildlife enthusiasts and those in search of a truly once-in-a-lifetime Argentine experience.

Bariloche, Argentina

San Carlos de Bariloche locates in the Argentine province of Río Negro at the shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake. In 1903, Francisco Moreno, an intrepid explorer, and scientist donated these lands to create the Nahuel Huapi National Park, the first in Argentina, and thus, Bariloche started to flourish.

Few people know that the city is entirely located inside the park, famous today for its stunning lakes and mountains . Plus, Bariloche neighbors the Andes Mountain Range and features some spectacular mountains to be climbed like the Tronador, actually, a non-active volcano. 

Therefore, Bariloche is nowadays one of the most populated cities in Patagonia. It is the tourist hub for hiking or skiing, but also to taste the best artisanal chocolate and craft beer .

In addition, the city is one of the most essential scientific poles in America. Students come to Balseiro Atomic Center and Institute to follow Physics and Nuclear Engineering studies.

Ushuaia, Argentina

Ushuaia is the capital of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego, best known as “the destination at the end of the world”. It is the southernmost tip of land in Argentina and a favorite destination for adventure traveling.

To clarify, actually Tierra de Fuego is an island, separated from the American continent by the Strait of Magellan. From Ushuaia, you can sail through the legendary Beagle Channel too, and visit Les Eclereurs lighthouse.

This is a popular outing because on the way travelers can spot islands covered by sea lions and cormorants. Moreover, you can hike in go kayaking in Tierra del Fuego National Park to enjoy a close encounter with the particular vegetation and wildlife of the region.

Torres del Paine, Chile

Torres del Paine National Park, created in 1959, is one of the most visited destinations in Chilean Patagonia. Its first inhabitants were the Tehuelches, a native community of skilled hunters.

With its 227,298 hectares, extended hiking trails, glaciers, lakes, and stunning mountains, the park hosts thousands of travelers each year. In 1978, the park was declared as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO , and the 8th wonder of the world in 2013 .

The “Torres del Paine” name refers to the three distinctive granite peaks of the Paine Mountain Range that soar more than 6,500 feet (nearly 2,000 meters) into the sky. The park welcomes more than 250,000 visitors every year and the 5-day “W” trek is the most famous hiking circuit inside the reserve.

Puerto Varas, Chile

Known as the ‘City of the Roses’, Puerto Varas locates is in the Lake District in southern Chile. It is located on the southwestern shore of the extensive Lake Llanquihue, which offers breathtaking views of the snow-capped and still active Calbuco and Osorno volcanoes.

Traditional German-style architecture characterizes the city. Puerto Varas is a great choice for open-air adventures, excellent kayaking and angling are among the many activities this city offers. Renting a bike in Puerto Varas and riding to the beautiful Petrohué waterfalls while enjoying the many lakeside beaches on the way is one of the unique experiences we recommend. 

Puerto Natales, Chile

Puerto Natales is the nearest city to Torres del Paine National Park and features a nearby airport. Some of the highlights of Puerto Natales are the Milodón Cave, an archaeological visit that will make you travel 10,000 years into the past. The Southern Patagonian Ice Field and the Ultima Esperanza fjord. In Puerto Natales, you can navigate to see the largest glaciers in Patagonia!

What Kind of People Patagonia Tours Suit Best?

For animal lovers.

Besides the great landscapes, another best thing about Patagonia it’s the native wildlife. On the Chilean side, the national park Torres del Paine is home to deer, foxes, swans , and solitary but still dangerous pumas that can be found chasing one of the funny-looking “cousins” of the llamas: the guanacos. Also, if you pay enough attention, you might see the Andean condor , known for being the largest bird on the continent.

Meanwhile, don’t think that the unstable weather and freezing temperatures of the end of the world have made it impossible for animals to survive: guanacos, rabbits, and aggressive beavers are all over Tierra del Fuego. The province is also one of the many penguin colonies of the region and if you jump on a boat, you may also get to see some Humpback whales. 

For athletic

Those who can’t stay still for a long time and enjoy playing sports even during their vacations can find great opportunities for enjoying adventure tours in Patagonia. Kayaking through the amazing fjords, rivers, and lagoons of the Lake District, skiing at the end of the world or the breathtaking Chilean volcanoes, horseback riding on the Patagonian steppe, climbing, mountain biking, rafting … the possibilities are endless.

For not that sporty but enjoy beautiful sites

The region is also perfect for calm visitors who enjoy watching and listening to nature for hours without having to undergo a great physical effort. Besides, one of the most amazing points of Patagonia is standing still, waiting for you, and being approachable by boat.

Yes, we are talking about Perito Moreno Glacier . Just watching the five kilometers of width and 60 meters over sea level that features this breathtaking ice mass is a once-in-a-lifetime experience impossible to forget.

The region is also perfect to take cruises that cross the fjords and glaciers of both countries. Another interesting option is to grab a car in Chile and jump on the Austral road that ends in the idyllic Lake O’Higgins after getting the most out of the beautiful region of Aysen.

Meanwhile, on the Argentine side, one of the best drives is through the Lake District, where the stunning setting will make it impossible to resist not jumping out of the car a thousand times…

If you’re a cold-sensitive person

For those who are sensitive to cold, looking at the weather forecast can make them want to draw back from their adventure in Patagonia. It’s a huge mistake. It’s true that even if you arrive during the summer months (December-March), the temperatures will still be low and you’ll have to face fierce winds, but it’s worth it because it’s thanks to this unstable and harsh weather that this corner of the world has breathtaking scenery to offer.

Besides, there are plenty of places to take shelter and interesting indoor activities , like the Paleontology museum in the city of Trelew, where the dinosaurs will help you warm up. Still, you MUST stay outside as long as you can. Put on your best winter clothes, and don’t forget to cover your feet, hands, and head. We guarantee you: it’ll be worth it.

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Thank you and the entire team for making our trip a wonderful experience. The accommodations were terrific. The tour guide in Santiago was particularly wonderful. Can't say enough about Patagonia Camp. The staff, yurt experience and natural beauty made the camp experience truly memorable.

Thank you again

PS what a great idea to plant trees.

I wanted to express our gratitude for your exceptional assistance in planning our recent trip to Argentina and Chile. The experience exceeded all expectations, and we are incredibly thankful for your recommendations that played a significant role in creating lasting memories for our family.

Here are some highlights from our trip that we wanted to share: Glacial trek, Aldebaran Hotel - a unanimous favorite for its post-trek relaxation and rejuvenating massages, El Chalten hikes and the New Year's Eve dinner

We had an incredible journey, and your contributions made it truly special.

Thank you once again for your excellent planning and support. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Best regards

My brother and I had a fantastic time in Patagonia and are so grateful for everything you did to make this such an amazing trip!! The itinerary you put together for us was perfect and we especially enjoyed the Laguna de los tres hike and big ice trek on the Perito Moreno glacier. Thank you so much for squeezing us into all the activities and accommodations. We are already looking forward to coming back and I've attached a few pictures of us :).

The trip was absolutely fantastic. We had such a great time! The guides were all knowledgeable and enthusiastic and a lot of fun to spend the days with. I want to give personal recognition to the tours/groups in Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Puerto Madryn, Peninsula Valdes, and the jeep tour on day 1 of Rio de Janeiro. Thank you for your hard work and support for setting up this trip. The Vamos app is also fantastic and really helped throughout the trip!

I hope to keep in touch for any future trips!

Gracias y saludos a todos!

The most remarkable aspect of the expedition was, undoubtedly, the breathtaking wildlife. The landscapes were a sanctuary to an array of unique creatures. Majestic whales gracefully breached the icy waters, while adorable penguins waddled along the shores, seemingly unfazed by our presence. Observing these creatures in their natural habitat was an experience that words cannot fully capture. It's a memory that will forever be etched in my mind.

The opportunity to step foot on the untouched Antarctica was a privilege. The glaciers, the icy terrain, and the absolute stillness were both humbling and invigorating. Exploring via zodiac boats allowed us to get up close to the landscape and wildlife, providing an intimate experience of this raw, unspoiled wilderness. Thanks to every member of the crew that made this adventure an unforgettable experience!

We enjoyed our trip very much

Sayhueque did an amazing job from start to finish.

You guys helped me provide my husband with a truly unforgettable experience for his 50th birthday, and I can’t say thank you enough.

The trip was really great, everything went smoothly and I had a great time! The organisation was great and I have nothing to really complain about.

I would rate this trip 9.5/10 and definitely recommend it to others if they wanted to go to Patagonia. The activities that you chose were very good and the organisation was great. Also because of the 24/7 emergency contact that responded very quickly. Felipe, our travel advisor was great help!

Thanks for everything

Our trip was fantastic - you and the team did a great job pulling together with very little notice. We will gladly use your company again and refer you to others. It turns out, a friend of ours used your company in 2021 (we found out afterward) and was also very happy.

Everything went according to plan perfectly. We were happy with all the accommodations, all were very clean; the guides & drivers were all wonderful, very nice & helpful on private tours; good on shared tours. Driver Franciso from P. Arenas airport to Torres Del Paine was great; made the trip interesting, had fun with Spanish/English - saw lots of wildlife, and made a few picture stops.. a fun journey.

Good job... we'll be back!

We had an incredible experience.

The only hiccup we had were the flights being overbooked and having to spend more time than needed at the airport. Overall, we loved all the excursions. We would 100% recommend Say Hueque.

- At Iguazu, we enjoyed having the private guided tour to learn more about the falls and Rodrigo was great. It would have been nice to have an extra hour or so at the end to walk around ourselves and revisit some of the falls- they were so beautiful and could have spent the whole day there watching them!

- For the hike at Torres del Paine, the guides were fantastic. We are just faster hikers and don’t typically hike in a group. I think for that excursion, having the option to take the bus there and do a hike on our own and bus back would have been nice.

- The museum was closed in Ushuaia for the penguin rookery tour. Would recommend scheduling that tour on the days the museum is open if possible. Either way, seeing those penguins so close was so much fun! They’re so cute!

- Wish we could have been there one extra day to watch Argentina win the World Cup while in Argentina! What a fantastic game!!!

Thanks again for all your assistance with this. We had a wonderful time and hopefully one day we can go back (we really want to combine the O and the W for a backpacking trip in Torres del Paine!)

All the guides and hotels were fantastic and we wish we had more time there, we really had the best honeymoon we could have asked for!

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

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Venture to the heart of the patagonian wilderness for incredible moments of discovery..

Sprawling across the border of Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is one of the planet’s greatest frontiers. Experience  South America’s playground for intrepid adventurers  on one of our immersive Patagonia tours.

Wild and isolated, Patagonia’s wind-swept plains, glaciated mountain ranges and turquoise lakes stretch for thousands of miles. Despite its desolation, it holds a wealth of unique flora and fauna.

Explore Patagonia on an immersive expedition cruise, where you will sail the legendary Beagle Channel, Zodiac-cruise through fjords flanked by massive glaciers, keeping your eyes peeled for whales and other playful marine life. Treasure an overnight stay in the legendary  Torres del Paine National Park, for a taste of hiking through its awe-inspiring landscapes. 

Choose a 10-day Patagonia trek to reach a new level of adventure and maximise your time in this unspoilt wilderness.   Witness ice calving from Perito Moreno’s 5km glacier front, watch the sunrise over the Torres del Paine, and enjoy breath-taking views from Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torres base camps. Observe flamingos, ibis and swans on the shores of Lake Argentino or befriend a charismatic guanaco as you cross the Patagonian steppes. 

The lively towns of Punta Arenas and El Calafate are our gateways to Patagonia’s hiking trails. On our Patagonia treks, enjoy private vehicle transfers between each region, and stay in carefully chosen boutique hotels or eco-friendly trekking lodges. From here we enjoy spectacular day walks that are tailored to suit our group of trekkers.

Our  expert guides  are a wealth of knowledge about the areas we take you to, gained after many years working and living in Patagonia. They will help expeditions of all levels get the most out of their time cruising or trekking in Patagonia. 

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Antarctic Explorer featuring the Chilean Fjords

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What is expedition cruising?

Embark on a sea-based adventure to the remote coastal regions of our globe, where unique encounters will allow you to experience nature at its most pristine.

This type of travel was born three decades ago, nurtured by rugged adventurers keen to share the magic of the wilderness with like-minded travellers. Expedition cruising brings together those with a curiosity about the world around them, a keen sense of adventure, and a desire to immerse themselves in the natural environment.

What will I do on an Aurora Expeditions cruise?

On our expedition cruises you will sail in a small, purpose-built ship with an expert, international expedition team, through some of the most amazing seascapes on earth. In small Zodiac boats, you will search for wildlife. We land on remote beaches, where you might walk up a ridge for panoramic views or hike to see remnants of bygone eras. Our expedition team is by your side the whole time, enriching your experience with fascinating presentations and insights into remarkable places.

What do you mean by ‘expedition’?

An expedition cruise is never predictable. Every voyage is different, guided by the ever-changing weather, tides, ice conditions and our team’s deep local knowledge. We choose the best plan for each day, pushing for the ultimate experience for everyone on board. Being flexible yields incredible rewards. When we can share a spontaneous wildlife display, watch a breathtaking glacier calving or allow you a moment of true solitude, we know it’s worth it.

On an expedition cruise, we encourage you to make the most of every opportunity to nurture your inner adventurer. You can choose from a range of add-on activities to make the most of your time in these beautiful places. We have pioneered many adventure options to help you explore in your own way.

Included Activities

Zodiac cruises.

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Wildlife encounters

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Join our onboard naturalists as we visit some of the most extraordinary biodiversity hotspots around the globe.

Guided hikes

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Adventurous hikes for all abilities. Explore historic ruins, admire local flora and fauna and hike up remote ridges to spectacular viewpoints.


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Whether you use a digital SLR or an iPhone, our photography guides are ready with handy hints to help you get the most out of your camera.

Historic sites

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Join onboard historians and discover abandoned whaling villages, compelling archaeological sites and fascinating remnants of bygone eras.

Bird watching

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Join your onboard naturalists and fellow birdwatching enthusiasts to watch for seabirds following the ship as they make their long journey across the ocean.

Onboard/At Sea

Our ships are designed to put people in connection with the environment. With expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the world outside, inviting communal areas, a comfortable lecture room and complimentary access to the gym, sauna, swimming pool and jacuzzis, the exploration and discovery continue whether you’re ashore or onboard.

Ship cruising

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Find a spot on the deck or in the observation lounge as the captain skillfully navigates sea ice, sails the spectacular, narrow Lemaire Channel or crosses the engineering marvel that is the Panama Canal.

Enthralling, informative lectures

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Join our expedition specialists and learn about the captivating wildlife and natural wonders as you see them. Be swept away in tales of terror and triumph as our historians share some of the fascinating stories of human endeavour in these remote corners of the world.

Wildlife watching

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Gym, Sauna & Jacuzzis

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In between landings you have complimentary access to the gym, our sauna (which we highly recommend after the polar plunge!) or our two jacuzzis on the top outside deck, which boast  stunning views of the world outside.

Onboard Dining

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You will be fuelled-up for your expedition with delicious morning and afternoon teas, and hearty meals cooked by our onboard chefs. Meal-times are a great opportunity to soak up the expedition camaraderie in our open-seating dining area. We also invite you to join your captain and expedition team for informal Captain’s Welcome and Farewell drinks, with complimentary beverages and cocktail appetisers, followed by a 3 course meal.

Optional Activity (select itineraries)

Optional activities are popular and group sizes are limited, so if you’re interested, get in touch with our team as soon as possible. Additional fees apply. See your itinerary page of the website for details.

Whether it’s adventure at sea or on land that makes you tick, we have a huge range of optional activities to help you make the most of your time in some of the most beautiful places on earth.

We’ll get you out for your optional activities as often as possible, and this will be your main mode of exploration throughout your trip. Your guides will assess the conditions at each landing, and you’ll have the option to join whenever conditions allow.

Sea kayaking

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Silent and sleek, sea kayaks are perfect for exploring wild coastlines. Accompanied by your expert guides, you will have multiple sea kayak excursions throughout the voyage (weather permitting).

Our sea kayak guides are all certified sea kayak instructors and guides.

At the sharp end of South America lies the unique region of Patagonia. Incorporating glacial fronts, temperate rainforests and granite spires across two countries, Argentina and Chile, Patagonia is one of the most diverse and visually spectacular locations in the world.

Aurora Expeditions can take you straight to the heart of this region on our unique Patagonia expedition and fantastic Patagonia treks. These ten day treks weave their way through the Patagonian wilderness, providing insight into this barren, but vibrant environment filled with fascinating flora and fauna.

Read on to find out more about the Patagonia region, before you venture to this special region.

Read from our blog:

  • When is the best time to trek in Patagonia?
  • Encountering the Patagonian Wildlife
  • Three of Patagonia’s Top Peaks

Find out more below:

  • Patagonia’s climate
  • Patagonia’s birdlife
  • Climate and weather in Patagonia
  • Patagonian food

Planning your trip to Patagonia

To ensure you have an enjoyable and safe cruise or trek expedition we have developed some important pre-departure information to help you prepare. Our reservation staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Before you depart for your expedition we will send you a detailed pack including your itinerary, travel documents and any other essential information relevant to your voyage.

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  • Photography tips for Patagonia

Do you provide polar expedition jackets?

Yes. Each passenger travelling will receive a complimentary polar expedition jacket to wear during your expedition and take home after your trip.

What kind of footwear do I need for our shore visits?

It is most important that you bring a comfortable pair of enclosed walking shoes to wear on board the ship. Muck boots are provided on board and are required to be worn on all landings. If you have concerns regarding extra small or large sizing, or hard-to-fit feet, we recommend you bring your own pair.

How do we dry wet clothing?

On board, you can store your wet weather gear and muck boots in your locker, found in the mudroom.

How often do we get off the ship?

We aim to get off the ship as much as possible to experience the destinations up close. Twice per day is common but more if weather, daylight hours and itinerary allow. Duration of the landings vary from site to site but at the height of the peak season, cruise operators must stick to timings allocated by authorities.

Should I bring along my own walking poles?

Yes, it’s a good idea, especially if you have trouble walking over uneven ground. Some of our landings can be on slippery rocks or deep snow, and we may go for extended walks to see different parts of our landing point. We recommend the telescopic poles, with the optional snow-basket tips. You can purchase these poles in most outdoor stores.

What if I need to go to the toilet when ashore?

Our expedition team will instruct you with these types of rules on board. Generally we ask you to relieve yourself on board before going on a landing and if the necessity arises ashore, you will be driven back to the ship.

Can I do more than one activity?

We strongly advise against selecting multiple activities as each is a dedicated activity for those with the relevant experience. To make the most of your time and money, we recommend selecting only one activity.

How fit do I need to be to travel on a Patagonian expedition?

To make the most of our voyages, you should be in good general health and able to walk reasonable distances, sometimes over uneven terrain. However, if you have problems walking on rough ground, you can enjoy the scenery closer to shore. Should you have any physical limitations please notify us well in advance of your departure, but this should not discourage you participating.

How many people on the ship?

Our ships carry an average of 132 passengers.

Where do passengers come from?

The majority of our clients come from Australia, the UK, Europe and the United States, however we do often have a mix of other nationalities on board, including our expedition team.

How much room is there for luggage?

There is ample storage space in your cabin on all our ships. Your empty baggage can be stored safely elsewhere on the ship if need be. Do you have facilities on board to download digital images from my camera?

There will be computers in the library and media room for your use.

Is the ship air-conditioned?

All our ships are air-conditioned, with the on board temperature ranging from 15°C to 25°C. You can control the temperature of your cabin by adjusting the airflow through the roof vent and turning your heater on or off.

Does the crew speak English?

The crew aboard is international and all speak English.

What is the electrical supply on board?

The electrical supply on board is 220 volts, 50 hertz. Please bring a converter if your devices use 110 volts. International electrical sockets are available in your cabin and throughout the ship. If you have many devices, it is advised you bring a multi power board.

Is there Internet, email or telephone access on board?

Onboard WiFi internet packages are available for purchase during the voyage. Telephone access for personal use is not available on board. In case of an emergency, our expedition team can facilitate communication with your family members if necessary.

What is not included in the price of the voyage?

In general, items that are not included in the cost of your voyage are: flights to and from your voyage, pre and post accommodation, transfers, drinks from the bar (alcohol and soft drinks), gratuities, Ship Shop items, laundry costs and other items of a personal nature (unless stated in your voyage inclusions). Some voyages do include certain pre- and post-cruise travel arrangements, so please check your specific voyage inclusions on the website or contact us .

Do I need travel insurance?

Travel insurance, including medical evacuation cover, is mandatory for all Aurora Expeditions’ voyages. We advise you have insurance for voyage cancellation to ensure you will be covered financially if you are forced to cancel your voyage due to circumstances beyond your control. It is in your best interest to read carefully the General Terms & Conditions on your booking form.

How much should I tip? Are tips included, if not how much per person per day?

Gratuities/tips for crew included – to the value of USD$15 per person per day. It is at your discretion if you would like to increase/decrease the amount or remove the tip when you settle your bill. It is not necessary to tip the expedition team members.

Do you cater for special meal requests?

Yes. Our talented chefs will take your requirements into their meal planning and ensure you receive tasty, healthy meals. Please ensure you list any dietary requirements on your personal details form.

What currency do you accept on board?

The onboard currency is US dollars. All your onboard purchases including bar, laundry, ship shop, internet, and massages are charged to your shipboard account and settled by credit card or cash (US dollars only) at the end of the voyage.

Can I smoke on board?

There is a ‘No Smoking’ policy throughout the interior of our ships.

Are there hairdryers on board?

Hairdryers are provided in each cabin.

Will I get seasick?

Many people ask us if they will get seasick. It is a very difficult question to answer because it depends so much on the individual. Our experience is that a small percentage of people are seasick on any trip and most of these people are fine after a day or so at sea. If you feel that you are particularly susceptible to seasickness then it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. We advise you come armed with motion sickness tablets, and there will be a doctor on board to assist with any bouts of seasickness.

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Track Pumas in Torres del Paine National Park

Cruise by Private Boat to Perito Moreno Glacier

Stay on Private Estancias Committed to Conservation

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  • A More Personalized Nature Experience We limit our group to approximately 12 travelers—and just 10 on photography departures. You'll enjoy quieter encounters with the natural world and plenty of personal attention from our Expedition Leader.
  • Varied Angles to View and Photograph Patagonia's Famous Glaciers The Southern Patagonian ice fields are some of the largest on Earth, and glacier sightseeing is a highlight. In Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we do some light hiking near Perito Moreno, which unlike most glaciers is still advancing. We also view it from the water on a private boat trip on Lago Argentino, and watching icebergs calve from its 200-foot-high face is a matchless thrill. View Upsala Glacier from Estancia Cristina, too, an equally impressive sight.
  • Search for Wild Pumas—Sightings are on the Rise! While pumas—also known as cougars or mountain lions in North America—are elusive and rarely seen, sightings are increasing, and we put a special focus on looking for them. In fact, we've added a third day in the Torres del Paine National Park region for this very purpose. This is likely not the case on other Patagonia trips, which aren't as wildlife-oriented as ours is. 
  • Unique Lodgings Include Coveted Patagonia Camp Nat Hab accommodations are often as memorable as the destinations we explore. Among the special places we stay is Patagonia Camp, with access to Chile's renowned Torres del Paine National Park. Warm, wind-resistant luxury yurts provide an immersion in the natural environs while offering supreme comfort. We also stay on two private conservation-focused ranches—Estancia Cristina and Estancia Cerro Guido—for an exclusive look at how sustainable agriculture works hand in hand with wildlife protection. 
  • Your Expedition Leader is One of Patagonia’s Top Naturalist Guides Our Patagonia Expedition Leader is one of the most acclaimed guides in the region, with years of in-depth experience in the southern Andes. All our Expedition Leaders benefit from further resources provided by WWF scientists, so your trip is sure to be an adventure for the mind as well as the body and spirit. On our special photo departures, you'll travel with a professional photographer guide who has years of expertise in the wild reaches of the southern Andes. Read our Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
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Patagonia: Torres del Paine & Los Glaciares National Park

10 days, puerto natales to el calafate airport.

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The perfect adventure awaits you in the deep south of Chile and Argentina's Patagonia. We’re calling all outdoor enthusiasts who’ve always imagined experiencing one of the wildest places on the planet, while enjoying the finer comforts of unique lodging and incredible cuisine. Explore Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Park on foot and witness Perito Moreno Glacier up close. With snow-capped mountains and blue skies as your backdrop, you’ll have no trouble taking a deep breath and letting the landscape soothe your active bodies. From exhilarating hikes to kayaking in front of a glacier, there’s no shortage of adrenaline-pumping activities and stunning scenery to give you a glimpse of a pristine wilderness setting in comfort and style. Prepare to never want to leave.

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Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 4 - Demanding

Some high-altitude hikes or more strenuous activities, but accessible to most healthy travellers.

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Day 1 puerto natales: gateway to patagonia.

Vast and rugged wilderness await you in Patagonia with its pristine landscapes, truly a dream for outdoor enthusiasts. Catch glimpses of mountain peaks and glistening glaciers as you touch down in the small port town of Puerto Natales. As night settles, feast on fresh seafood and feel the anticipation build as you dream of the exploration to come. We welcome you to Chile, to the wild experience that is Patagonia, and we invite you to strap in for the ride.

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Meals included:, day 2 torres del paine: cuernos lookout hike.

Gaze across to Torres del Paine National Park from the Cuernos Viewpoint as you tighten up your laces and take the first few steps along the trail. Breathe in the fresh air and soak in the spectacular views across the pampas (grasslands) and across Lake Nordenskjöld as you hike to your lodgings that will serve as your base for the next few days.

Day 3 Torres del Paine: Las Torres Hike

Most people when they picture Torres del Paine likely are seeing Las Torres in their mind. This crown jewel of the park is also known as Base Torres, and is the viewpoint for three very distinct granite rock towers shooting up from the glacier lake below them. On a clear day the blue sky above the impossible turquoise of the lake and the grey peaks covered in white snow is breathtaking, making it a view you will never forget.

Day 4 Torres del Paine: Hike to Grey Glacier Viewpoint

You will enjoy impressive views of Grey Glacier as you hike the trail next to the lake of the same name, looking across to the tongue of the glacier and the rock island known as Nunatak. The fresh air combined with the rugged terrain will have your heart thumping and endorphins flowing in one of the most stunning landscapes on earth.

Day 5 El Calafate: From Chile to Argentina

Catch the last views of Torres del Paine's iconic peaks as you travel east into Argentina and to the town of El Calafate, near the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Keep your eyes peeled for roaming guanacos and herds of sheep along the way in the grassy flatlands that the southern cowboys call home.

Day 6 El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier

Hold your breath as you watch a massive chunk of ice calve from the face of Perito Moreno Glacier and crash into the lake below. As you get closer you will see why this is one of the most scenic landscapes in the world. Become immersed in the landscape and feel humbled by the grandiosity of nature.

Day 7 Los Glaciares National Park: Remote Wilderness

Journey to your OMG Stay in the sheer wild beauty of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. Sail across Lago Argentino into the misty atmosphere of this park in the southern corner of the planet, and spend the next few days in the elegant comfort of this unique lodge. The property is located in a glacier valley protected from the elements, but fully exposed to panoramic views of nearby mountains and lakes. Use this opportunity in the untamed Patagonia landscape to connect with the inherent power of nature.

Your OMG Stay Estancia Cristina

Day 8 Los Glaciares National Park: Your OMG Day

The land surrounding Estancia Cristina is seeped in a raw beauty that never ceases to amaze the adventurous traveller. With a choice between two curated experiences, you will be immersed in the true essence of Patagonia. Ride a horse through the mountains and lagoons of the Rio Caterina Valley with a stop at Lago Pearson to admire the views. Or hike Cerro Carnero to a spot above Lago Argentino offering a completely unobstructed vista of the valley and Canal Cristina.

Day 9 El Calafate: The Wilds of Patagonia

As you wake up in the cozy atmosphere of the lodge, you will naturally gaze out of one of the wide windows for views of the pristine landscape. Savour the last moments you have in this remote and striking part of the world before you return to civilization, where a typical Patagonian feast awaits.

Day 10 El Calafate

Today your adventure comes to an end, but the memories made during your time in Patagonia are sure to live on.

Your OMG Stay

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  • View of the Estancia grounds with horses roaming the property
  • Spacious rooms and gorgeous views
  • Delicious traditional cuisine from locally-sourced ingredients
  • View from the Casas surrounded by stunning mountains.

Estancia Cristina, Argentina

2 nights (Day 7 - 8)

Only accessible by boat, Estancia Cristina is an under-the-radar gem located inside Los Glaciares National Park. Sitting in the valley, the 20 rooms distributed among 5 casas are protected from weather, but boast panoramic views of the landscape. The incredible location of the property offers guests a unique chance to discover untouched nature and untamed wilderness in Patagonia on their included excursions.

Why we love this stay

  • Enjoy organized expeditions from horseback riding to high altitude trekking.
  • Experience the thrill of sleeping near glaciers in the pristine territories of the park with private access to Glaciar Upsala’s only land-based lookout point.
  • Sit down for delicious meals cooked over an open fire combining unique flavours with a sense of discovery.

What's Included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your OMG Day: Horseback Riding or Hiking Cerro Carnero, Estancia Cristina
  • Your Foodie Moment: Traditional Patagonian Feast
  • Complimentary arrival transfer
  • Welcome dinner
  • 3 days of hiking in the Torres del Paine area with a mountain guide
  • Mirador Cuernos Hike
  • Las Torres Hike
  • Grey Lake Viewpoint Hike
  • Visit to Perito Moreno Glacier with a local guide
  • Navigation through Upsala Glacier and Cristina Channel
  • Expedition to Upsala Glacier
  • Farewell dinner
  • All tips included for activities and meals, except for CEO and porterage
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


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9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners Allow USD130-170 for meals not included.


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For those travelers that want to enjoy Patagonia independently, but with the assistance of our local expert guides, we offer carefully designed itineraries that two or more people may enjoy on the dates of their choosing.

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If you are one of those individuals, member of a family or group, that want a particular itinerary, and /or activity, we are always delighted to hear about your personal interests and preferences and to plan a custom tour that will certainly satisfy your wish for adventure.

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If you are a group of 8 or more travelers we may include a tour escort traveling with the group.

We guide some of our group tours personally; other tours are escorted by expert guides, who live in Patagonia and intimately know the areas you will visit.

You may follow one of our well-planned itineraries on your own preferred travel dates, or we may customize the best tour for you and your group.

In addition, we offer tours to other areas of Chile and Argentina ( Northwest Argentina, Mendoza and Iguazu Falls) as well as Peru and Antarctica.

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5 big travel lessons from an accomplished conservationist

Former Patagonia CEO Kristine Tompkins says to look out the airplane window and don’t sweat the flat tire.

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Kristine Tompkins has lived a life shaped by two Patagonias.

Her first was the outdoor apparel company that she helped mountain climber Yvon Chouinard launch in 1973. For 20 years, she served as Patagonia’s chief executive. Then, in 1993, she left the company for the other Patagonia — the South American region at the end of the world.

Kris and husband Doug Tompkins, co-founder of the North Face, famously quit the corporate world to focus on the natural one. While building their first park, Pumalin, the conservationists lived in a rustic area without electricity, roads or telephones. As they amassed swaths of land to conserve and sometimes rewild, they learned critical lessons about how travelers can help protect the environment for generations to come. Kris, now 73, is still sharing them.

“There are a jillion ways to be conscious and to make a contribution to these places that we want to visit so badly,” she said. “But you have to decide that that’s the kind of traveler you’re going to be and that you’re serious about it. … I don’t think we have the luxury of being mindless anymore.”

After restoring the land of Patagonia and building public infrastructure, the Tompkinses would donate their projects to the governments of Argentina or Chile. The vast expanses are now national parks visited by hundreds of thousands of people a year.

“We wanted them to be economic drivers for the country and local communities, and we like participating in the protection of the jewels of a nation, which has nothing to do with us personally,” Kris Tompkins said.

In 2015, Doug died on a kayaking trip in Patagonia. Though grief-stricken, Kris persevered with their mission. Over three decades, the nonprofit Tompkins Conservation has helped create or expand 15 national parks encompassing roughly 14.8 million acres of land, plus two marine national parks totaling 30 million acres. Their organization spawned Rewilding Argentina and Rewilding Chile, independent nonprofits that have worked to restore such species as Darwin’s rhea, an ostrich look-alike; the giant river otter; and the huemul deer, Chile’s national animal.

Today, Kris Tompkins’s call to action is instructive and accessible. Even the softest adventurer can incorporate her travel advice.

During a recent stay at the Watergate Hotel, she shared with The Washington Post nuggets of wisdom mined from her decades of conservation work and adventures in Patagonia.

Connect and contribute

Tompkins admits she is not good at playing the casual tourist; she prefers trips to survey conservation projects or identify animal species.

But, regardless of your agenda, Tompkins urges travelers not to glide over a destination but to connect deeply with it. Seek out its natural features, even in cities, and pay attention to the bigger picture: how your actions affect your immediate surroundings as well as the wider world.

“ I think everybody should be focused on the state of the natural world, whether you’re going to Paris or Mozambique,” she said. “And be mindful of where you’re going, what’s taking place … and what’s going on with the planet.”

Tompkins encourages visitors to give back to the environment and the local communities whose livelihoods depend on the region’s natural resources.

“Support communities by learning more about them. What are the issues they face?” she said. “Going to places and just having a jolly time, given the circumstances that the Earth is in and the communities around the world are in, is passé. It’s over. Or it should be over.”

Gaze out the airplane window

To survey the large expanses of terrain in Patagonia, Kris and Doug Tompkins flew for hours in tiny planes. Kris described these excursions as some of their toughest — and most joyous — times.

Doug, who piloted a two-seater Husky or Cessna, would slalom through the mountains instead of flying up and over them. In addition to his daring feats, the weather was temperamental and could change while they were aloft. But in his pre-Google Earth era, they had no other option.

“It is the way to understand the land, from the peaks of the border of Argentina out to the Pacific Ocean,” she said. “Those are the most telling and emotional times, by far.”

Tompkins recommends studying the view out the airplane window, especially in smaller planes that cruise at lower altitudes. Memorialize the land below through aerial photography or videography.

“By shooting photographs and taking video, you can become connected to what you’re looking at,” she said.

Cut your dependence on gadgets

Overreliance on technology can lead to trouble, Tompkins said, especially when traveling in remote areas without a cellphone signal. Travelers should sharpen their old-fashioned navigation skills. Learn to interpret a map or ask a stranger for directions.

“The more people get away from paper maps, the less they really understand where they are, because they’re just looking at a blue dot on a screen,” she said.

When I told her about the time I became paralyzed after the Montreal cold zapped my phone’s battery, she retorted, “You need to go to rehab.”

Embrace the scary

Patagonia’s weather is mercurial. Storms would swoop in, forcing Kris and Doug Tompkins to hunker down till the skies cleared. Tompkins learned to pack for the worst-weather scenario. She always carried food supplies, such as carrots and apples, as well as a tent and sleeping bags — “the stuff you need if you get stuck for three days.”

In the moment, she found pleasure in the hardship. “ Now I look back and think, ‘Oh, my God, what were you thinking?’” Tompkins said. “But at the time it seemed fine. It was romantic.”

She recommends embracing the challenges that might trigger your survival instincts but also stir your soul.

“Those are the ones we remember in our lifetime, the days we were miserable or scared. Those are the stories we tell ad nauseam,” she said. “Because you feel something.”

Don’t let Patagonia intimidate you

The region might seem impenetrable, but Tompkins said it has become easy to bounce between countries and hop around the multiple parks. She said that family members and friends who “can’t find their way out of their driveway” have navigated Patagonia with aplomb.

“I know people who have developed these quite ornate plans for their trip through Patagonia, going back and forth over the border, and it’s not scary,” she said. “There’s no real way to get stuck on a border.”

New infrastructure is helping narrow the gaps between destinations. For instance, the Route of Parks , her late husband’s vision, links 17 national parks across 1,700 miles in Chile. In and around the parks, visitors can find food and accommodations, even glamping. Last month, Tompkins Conservation and its partners announced a new protected area, Cape Froward National Park , about 60 miles southwest of Punta Arenas, Chile.

Tompkins said her favorite time of the year to visit is April, when fall is around the bend. The summer winds slacken, and the temperatures are still mild. Avoid May through September, when Patagonia is at its most unforgiving.

The locals are far more accommodating. If your car breaks down, Tompkins said, they usually will stop to help.

“It’s a lot like the Midwestern states, where you have small towns,” she said. “It is a culture of: If you see somebody who’s stuck, you stop and get them on their way again.”

Even a flat tire is a chance to commune.

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Should I Use a Travel Agent? Our Travel Expert Says It Makes All the Difference.

The new age of travel agents know how to find deals, book off-the-beaten path adventures, and get you out of any jam. Especially if you know who to use.

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I’ve always thought that planning my own trips was the most cost-effective way, but I’ve been hearing more about travel agents making a comeback and saving their clients a lot of money. What kinds of outdoor trips should I turn to a travel agent for, and are there any who specialize in working with adventurers like me?

Technically, I’m a professional traveler. As a journalist, it’s my job to research and connect with locals to get beneath the surface of a destination. So I have never really used travel agents. What could they plan better than I could?

A lot, it turns out. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know many travel specialists, and I consider them magicians. My big aha moment happened two winters ago on a trip to Iceland . A massive storm shut down internal flights for a day, causing me to miss my return flight to the U.S. Normally, I would have spent frustrating hours on hold with the airline. But because I’d paid $65 to have Ana Gloria Garcia, an air-support specialist at the travel agency EmbarkBeyond, find and book the most affordable and convenient flight option for me, she handled the rebookings while I soaked in the Blue Lagoon.

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During the pandemic, agents became advocates helping travelers get refunds on canceled flights and trips. As travel has come roaring back, an agent’s superpower is now their access to the best hotel rooms, most in-the-know guides, free amenities, and more, says Cory Hagopian, senior vice president of sales and partnerships for Virtuoso , a global network of travel agencies.

And they’re attracting a young clientele. According to a recent industry survey , 38 percent of millennials and Gen Zers are opting to use travel agents as opposed to booking on their own trips. That number is far greater than Gen Xers and baby boomers, of whom only 12 and 2 percent respectively use agents.

What Do I Gain from Using a Travel Agent?

I recently had a friend tell me she spent close to 40 hours researching a family trip online. She probably could have gleaned the same intel from an hourlong conversation with a travel adviser. Knowledge is priceless, and advisers act as your insiders. They know what you don’t and fill in the blanks for things you might not have considered, says Erika Richter, a spokesperson for the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA). Their firsthand knowledge, vast network, and on-the-ground connections all combine to provide a unique perspective for crafting the perfect itinerary for you.

Kayak, paddle, raft—a river trip down Costa Rica’s Pacuare is good fun. And Danielle Meyer of Coastline Travel likes to book clients in the riverfront, all-inclusive, 20-suite Pacuare Lodge. “The way to get to the property is by whitewater rafting, so you truly begin with adventure!”

Most travel advisers specialize in certain regions and countries and travel to them frequently, so they have up-to-date intel on not only the best safari camps but the perfect tent to book for the most incredible views and the best local restaurants you won’t find on Tripadvisor. They want their client’s trips to go well to keep them coming back, so it’s in their interest to have sussed out hotels and itineraries before they send you out into the world.

Nicole Forster, 29, considers herself a savvy traveler. She’s been to 20-plus countries and enjoys destination research. But when it came to planning her honeymoon in Africa, she felt overwhelmed, so she reached out to Danielle Meyer at Coastline Travel Advisors , which specializes in bespoke itineraries. “Originally, I wanted to go to South Africa, Victoria Falls, and Madagascar,” Forster recalls. “Danielle convinced me that if we wanted to relax, we should stay in South Africa and save the other countries for separate trips.”

Over five phone conversations and multiple emails, they crafted a 15-night itinerary that included Cape Town, the winelands, the Cape Peninsula, and a safari at the Thornybush Game Reserve. Forster established her budget early in the process, and Meyer sent her a variety of lodge options to choose from.

“I initially wanted to start with the safari, but she pointed out that we’d be jet-lagged and would need to wake at sunrise for game drives,” says Forster. “The safari was our highlight, so it was a perfect way to end the trip.”

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Not only did Meyer book all of the flights, hotels, and transfers, but she created a detailed, day-by-day trip app for the couple that included useful information like check-in times at hotels and how much to tip guides .

Agents also act as advocates. If something goes wrong during your travels, they’re on call 24/7 to handle it. When Forster left the battery and charger for her camera at a hotel, Meyer arranged for an on-the-ground contact to go to a camera store and buy new ones that would be delivered to her hotel the next day.

The cost for the honeymoon planning: $150 per person. “I wouldn’t use a planner for a trip to Hawaii ,” Forster says, “but if I ever took a big trip like this again, I’d 100 percent work with an expert.”  

When to Consider Using a Travel Agent

For savvy trip planners, the best time to use a travel agent is for complicated international travel. It can save you hours of planning and peace of mind that if anything goes wrong in your chosen far-flung destination, there’s someone a What’sApp message away to handle it.

Domestically, I’d consider using a travel agent when planning a multi-week national park trip or multi-island trip in Hawaii. They will save you time, guarantee you get the best guides, and help you land reservations at always-booked lodges and hotels.

Dream Trips Delivered

Jessica Cook and her husband both work in the travel industry. Decision fatigued, they handed their honeymoon logistics over to the team at Askari Travel , an agency that specializes in South Africa. Their original plan was also an African safari, but just as they were about to put a deposit down, the Omicron variant of the coronavirus made headlines. Worried about getting stuck abroad, they reached out to Askari’s founder, Muriel Truter, who is from Zimbabwe, and upon her advice, changed their focus to South America.

Knowledge is priceless, and advisers act as your insiders. They know what you don’t and fill in the blanks of things you might not even have considered.

Truter suggested they stick to Colombia rather than country-hop. Cook supplied a budget and a wish list: 12 days, no more than three destinations, a barefoot-luxe feel, and adventures like horseback riding and mountain biking. The rest was a surprise that Askari pretty much nailed, with the exception of one hotel.

“Everything felt so authentic, but this one hotel on Barú island felt really fabricated and was full of American tourists,” recalls Cook. She immediately messaged the Askari team, saying, “Hey, this place really isn’t our vibe,” and within an hour they were on a water taxi headed to Blue Apple, a B Corp hotel—and an Outside pick for tropical adventures —on Tierra Bomba island. “It was honestly the best trip we’ve ever taken,” she says.

Tierra Bomba, a 15-minute boat ride from the Colombian capital of Cartagena, is an affordable Caribbean destination with a relaxed pace and soft white sands.

Are Travel Agents Expensive?

It depends. Cost varies. Some travel agencies won’t charge any fee, as they receive a commission from the bookings, while some high-end agencies will charge pricey annual membership fees for their services. Still others charge nominal “professional” fees starting at $150. Fees often fluctuate based on the length and intricacy of a trip and how far out you do the planning (6 to 12 months is recommended). You may occasionally come across agents who charge a percentage of the total trip price or hourly rates.

Basic travel enquiries are generally free. In 2016, Leah Smith, founder of Tafari Travel , opened an old-school brick-and-mortar location in Denver’s Cherry Creek neighborhood so her services would feel less intimidating to first-time users. “With our retail-office location, we’ve become part of the community, and both clients and non-clients are welcome to pop in and ask whatever questions they may have, no charge,” she says.

Matt Lindsay, founder of the surf-guiding and travel company LuxSurf Travel , builds relationships with resorts and property owners to get discounted rates that he can then pass on to guests.

Matt Lindsey of LuxeSurfTravel can arrange a surf safari on a 165-foot boat, complete with dive masters. surf guides, and a spa. Guests spend a week cruising around atolls in the Maldives seeking out perfect swell and swimming with whale sharks and manta rays.

Dominic Allan, the founder of Real Latin America , specializes in travel to Belize and Nicaragua and caters to independent travelers who are happy to book their own flights and hotels but are seeking his local intel. Allan’s three-tier pricing structure starts at $300 for up to three hours of phone calls, during which he might weigh in on where to eat (or not to), the best room to request in a certain lodge, or whether you really need a guide to hike.

”Totoro Eco-Lodge, in Nicaragua, has always been one of our favorites,” says Dominic Allen of Real Latin America. In addition to its laid-back vibe, it’s spectacuarly placed on Ometepe Island, with views out to the active Conception volcano. Allen recommends volcano hikes, rainforest excursions, tours of a chocolate farm, and sunset paddles in search of caiman.

Value Versus Savings

If you’re just looking for deals and steals, you might not be ready to work with a travel adviser, says Richter of the ASTA. “Anything you invest in with a travel adviser comes back to you in the form of amenities, customer service, peace of mind, better access to unique experiences, and handcrafted itineraries,” she says. “You could save money by cutting your own hair, too, but most people go to someone who knows what they’re doing.”

Agents work with preferred partners who can guarantee perks for clients, such as free upgrades, early check-in or late check-out, and resort credits. Those add-ons often translate into savings, says Justin Huxter, cofounder of the UK-based Cartology Travel . “We had a client go to Maui for a week, and because of our partnership with the resort, breakfast was included,” he says. When breakfast costs $120 for two, that’s a savings of $840.”

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Some of the Best Travel Agents in the Adventure World

Some of my go-to resources for finding a person to work with include travel expert Wendy Perrin’s annual Wow List of tried and trusted agents, the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s adviser network , and the ASTA’s advisor directory .

In addition to the agents mentioned throughout this story, others I highly recommend for adventurous travelers include:

  • Dan Achber of Trufflepig , for Africa and the Middle East
  • Miguel Cunant of Sri Lanka in Style
  • Javier Echecopar of Journey Costa Rica
  • Daniel Fraser of Smiling Albino , for Southeast Asia
  • Elizabeth Gordon of Extraordinary Journeys , for Africa
  • Kleon Howe of the Art of Travel , for French Polynesia
  • Jay Johnson of Coastline Travel , for Hawaii and California
  • Antonello Losito of Southern Visions Travel , for Puglia, Italy
  • Rabia Malik of Fora Travel , for general worldwide travel
  • Robyn Mark of Mayamaya Travel , for Africa, the Alps, Patagonia, and Japan
  • Marisol Mosquera of Aracari , for Peru and Bolivia
  • Zach Rabinor of Journey Mexico
  • Raluca Spiac of Beyond Dracula , for Romania

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National Nurses Week 2024: Chipotle's free burrito giveaway, more deals and discounts

Nurses should be celebrated every day, but they do have a special week: national nurses week, which runs may 6-12. restaurants like chipotle and buffalo wild wings have specials during the week..

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Chipotle is giving away 100,000 burritos for National Nurses Week. And you don't necessarily have to be a nurse to get in on the deal.

From Monday, May 6, to Friday, May 10, healthcare workers can sign up for a chance to win a free burrito e-card on the Chipotle website . At the end of National Nurses Week, 100,000 healthcare workers will be randomly selected to get an email asking them to verify their employment status via Those who successfully verify that within 48 hours will get a free burrito e-card.

Customers can get in on the action, too, by purchasing limited-edition Chipotle Healthcare Heroes E-Gift Cards online; 10% of the proceeds from the gift card purchases will be donated to the American Nurses Foundation. And throughout the month of May, you can round up your online or app orders to the nearest dollar amount. 100% of those proceeds will go to the foundation.

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National Nurses Week grew out of a congressional resolution and proclamation signed by President Reagan in 1982 deeming May 6 as a National Recognition Day for Nurses.

The American Nurses Association board of directors expanded this to a National Nurses Week in 1990. The permanent dates for the week were designated in 1993 to be officially observed starting in 1994.

The week includes National School Nurses Day on May 8 and May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, which has been celebrated as International Nurse Day since 1974.

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  • Firehouse Subs: The sandwich chain has a week of specials available starting Monday through its Firehouse Rewards loyalty program and app including (on Wednesday) BOGO Hook & Ladder Subs and (on Friday) two medium sandwiches for $12 or two large sandwiches for $18.
  • Free Rein Coffee Company: Nurses, first responders and medical providers get 20% off all year long from "Yellowstone" star Cole Hauser's brew brand by verifying with Also eligible for the 20% discount: military members.
  • The Good Feet Store : The retailer, with more than 250 locations, will give nurses a complimentary pair of Architek Comfort Slip-Ons and three pairs of OS1st Comfort socks with the purchase of at least a Good Feet Store 3-Step Arch Support System. (Note: if Architeks are not available, a pair of Brooks running shoes will be provided. Valid nurse's ID is required.)
  • The Greene Turtle: All nurses and healthcare workers with a valid ID get a free meal (value of up to $15) on Monday, May 6.
  • Happy Joe’ s Pi zza & Ice Cream: Nurses get a 10% discount at participating locations from Monday to Friday, May 6-10.
  • honeygrow: Nominate a nursing team for $250 worth of catering from the fast-casual chain with 33 locations in the eastern U.S. Submit your nomination on the honeygrow website before Wednesday, May 8. Five winning teams will be announced on May 10 via honeygrow's social media platforms.
  • HTeaO: The iced tea chain will give healthcare personnel 50% off cups of tea from Monday, May 13, to Sunday, May 26, with a valid hospital, doctors office, and school nurse ID.
  • Insomnia C ookies: The Philadelphia-based late-night bakery chain with more than 240 locations is giving nurses a free Classic cookie in-store, no purchase necessary, all week beginning Monday, May 6. (Just show a valid ID; availability varies by location.)
  • KIND Snacks: Nurses get 15% off their purchases on the website all year long. Customers just verify with at checkout.
  • Landing: The flexible rental firm, with sites especially practical for travel nurses, is giving away prizes including three months' rent. Nurses can enter to win by submitting a 60-second video and others can nominate a nurse, too.
  • Logan's Roadhouse: Nurses get 20% off their entrée this week. Just show your badge.
  • McAlister’s Deli: Nurses can get free tea – either one big Sweet Tea, Unsweet Tea, ½ Sweet & ½ Unsweet Tea, or ½ Lemonade & ½ Sweet/Unsweet Tea (flavor shots excluded) – at McAlister's Deli from Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12, with their badge or ID. Offer valid in-store only; no purchase necessary.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill: Cater a Moe's Southwest Grill meal for nurses from Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12, and when you spend $300 or more, get a $50 E-gift card (use code THANKYOU24). Good at participating locations; not valid with other offers or third-party delivery. Doesn't include tax, tip and fees.
  • Pancheros: Nurses can buy one entrée and get one free on Wednesday, May 8, at participating restaurants. (Offer good in-restaurant; just present a valid hospital badge at checkout.)
  • The Parking Spot: The parking company is giving healthcare workers 25% off parking during their trips; just signup with an associated healthcare email account .
  • Peter Piper Pizza : Nurses can get a free personal pizza every day Monday through Friday (May 6-10). Redemption is limited to once per day; valid nurse ID/credentials must be shown.
  • Postino: The restaurant chain, with more than 25 locations in five states , will give nurses its $25 Board and Bottle (bruschetta board, plus a bottle of wine) all day every day during the month of May with badge/ID. (The special is usually only available Monday and Tuesday 8 p.m. to closing.)
  • Potbelly Sandwich Works: Nurses get a free cookie or fountain drink with the purchase of an entrée by showing their ID Monday, May 6, to Sunday, May 12. Also, all customers can get free delivery on a catering order over $150.
  • Salata Salad Kitchen: On Monday, May 6, Healthcare workers get 20% off their order when they present their badge at checkout. Also from Monday to Friday, get 20% off catering orders of $200 or more, and get free delivery on orders through DoorDash.
  • Shipley Do-Nuts: Nurses who belong the chain's Do-Happy loyalty program can get a free half-dozen box of glazed do-nuts with any purchase on Monday, May 6.
  • Skechers: Nurses get a 10% discount on all styles during the month of May on the Skechers website (valid ID or form of employment required). Online shoppers can also round up the purchase price of May purchases to the nearest dollar with proceeds going to the American Nurses Foundation; donate $5 or more and get $10 off your next $100 purchase in June.
  • Smoothie King: Get $2 off your on Monday and Tuesday via Smoothie King’s Healthy Rewards App (use code THANKS2024). The promo code may be used multiple times. Also, Friday, May 3, to Friday, May 10, when you buy $25 or more in gift cards online, get a bonus of 2,000 Healthy Reward points.
  • Sockwell: Nurses get a free pair of socks when they buy three pairs at full price May 6-12 on the Sockwell website (excludes closeouts and 3-packs).
  • Yogurtland: Through May 14, the frozen yogurt chain is offering free delivery on orders of more than $15 made through the website or mobile app (use the code FREEDELIVERY).
  • Zaxby's : Nurses can buy one Boneless Wings Meal and get a second one free on May 7 at participating locations (redeemable through the Zaxby's app or website for Zax Rewardz members, while supplies last).
  • Zips Car Wash:  Nurses can get a $5 "Pro" Wash at any Zips Car Wash or Rocket Express location across the country through May 19 with wash code 3687.

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