Patagonia Hiking Adventure

  • 8 - 14 Days

    All Prices:

    • 8 Days - USD $6499
    • 14 Days - USD $7299
  • 14 People Max

    This trip has a maximum of 14 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and specialist local guides in select locations.

  • Activity Level 3
    • Activity Level 3

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  • Trip Start: Punta Arenas
  • Trip End: El Calafate
Patagonia Hiking Adventure

Jaw-dropping moment after jaw-dropping moment awaits your discovery on our Patagonia Hiking Adventure.

Find out why everyone raves about the W-Trek and take your own enviable photos of Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre as you hike, bike and kayak some of the most incredible landscapes in the world on our 14-day Patagonia Hiking Adventure. Starting in Punta Arenas, you'll first explore the Chilean side of Patagonia, where the iconic W-Trek is located. With options to hike from Refugio to Refugio or stick to day-hikes, you'll make your way through Torres del Paine National Park taking in French Valley, Grey Glacier and Lake Grey. From here, you'll cross the border into Argentina. After an afternoon of wandering El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, you'll leave the city behind to witness the Perito Moreno Glacier, hike up to Mirador Laguna Torre, where dramatic views of Fitz Roy Valley and Cerro Torre sit waiting, and spend time in the charming mountain village of El Chalten. There's no better way to tick off these bucket list landscapes than on our Patagonia Hiking Adventure.

   This trip is operated by Active Adventures.

Patagonia Hiking Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Punta Arenas Trip End: El Calafate
  • Day 1Arrive in Patagonia

  • Day 2Cruise and hike Magdalena Island penguin colony, or explore Cueva del Milodón

  • Days 3 to 7W-Trek Hiking or W-Trek Experience

  • Days 3 to 7Option A: W-Trek Hiking

  • Days 3 to 7Option B: W-Trek Experience (US$499)

  • Day 8Travel to El Calafate

  • Day 9Visit Perito Moreno Glacier

  • Day 10Hike Mirador Laguna Torre

  • Day 11Hike to Laguna de los Tres

  • Day 12Bike Laguna del Desierto and hike Los Huemules Reserve

  • Day 13Hike Lomo del Pliegue Tumbado

  • Day 14Depart for home

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Patagonia

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    Welcome to Chilean Patagonia! The windswept plains of this southern region stretch on for miles, joining Chile’s rugged coastline and majestic mountain peaks into one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain environments, perched on the edges of the icy isthmus and fiords of the southern Pacific Ocean. If you plan on arriving early today, chat to us about for suggestions for your first day in Patagonia! This evening you’ll meet your trip leader and head out to a local restaurant for your first taste of Patagonian cuisine.
    Hotel Almasur, Punta Arenas (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Cruise and hike Magdalena Island penguin colony, or explore Cueva del Milodón

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    This morning we’ll take a cruise, weather permitting, across the Magellan Strait to Magdalena Island. The Island is protected, and uninhabited by humans, and is home to the largest penguin colony in Southern Chile, with around 60,000 breeding pairs of Magellanic penguins. Alternatively, if the Magellan Strait, which is subject to high swells, is uncrossable, we’ll head instead to Cueva del Milodón (Cave of the Mylodon). In this case, after breakfast, we’ll take a scenic drive through the fertile Patagonian lowlands to Puerto Natales, and on to the cave system. Alongside a local guide, we’ll explore all three caves, spread across an area of a few square kilometres, culminating in the lair of the mystical mylodon – a gigantic, and now extinct member of the sloth family, which survived in the region up until around 5,000 years ago. You’ll want to get your photo taken next to the life-size replica of this ancient beast at the cave entrance! Afterwards we’ll explore the nearby interpretation centre, then head back to Puerto Natales for dinner together.
    Hotel Natalino, Puerto Natales (All meals)

    Penguin Colony Hiking Distance: 1.6 kilometres (1 mile), 1-2 hours
    Elevation Gain: 
    20 metres (60 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 
    20 metres (60 feet)

    Cueva del Milodon Hiking Distance: 3 kilometres (1.8 miles), 2 hours, flat

  • Days 3 to 7

    W-Trek Hiking or W-Trek Experience

  • Days 3 to 7

    Option A: W-Trek Hiking

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    Day 3: Option A - Start ‘W’ hike, Torres del Paine National Park

    Today we’ll begin the legendary four-day ‘W’ hike, an amazing trek among sheer granite peaks, snow-clad mountains, glacial lakes and the thick Magellanic forest. We’ll follow the Rio Ascensio Valley as it winds its way up to the park’s namesake. As we reach the top of the boulder field near the end of our hike, we’ll come face to face with one of the most famous mountain landscapes in the world – above you, three mammoth granite peaks rise like tombstones from the rugged hills and snow-coated mountains of Patagonia to pierce the sky – Torres del Paine (‘Towers of Blue’). At a height of about 900 metres (3000 feet), they are believed to be the highest natural cliff faces in the world. Tonight you’ll sleep well at a cosy refugio (mountain lodge), a welcome sight after a full day’s hike. Only a light day pack is required as it's a return hike. There are shorter options available.
    Refugio, Torres del Paine (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 22 kilometres (13.7 miles), 7-9 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    770 metres (2,524 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    770 metres (2,524 feet)

    Day 4: Option A - Hike to Los Cuernos, Torres del Paine National Park

    It’s an easier hike today, as we contour around the northern shore of Lake Nordenskjold, a glacial lake in the heart of the national park. As we head around the lake, we’ll start to see glimpses of Los Cuernos – Spanish for ‘The Horns’ – three fantastically sculpted grey and white sedimentary and granite peaks rising 244 metres (800 feet). The intense turquoise hue of the lake and starkness of the mountains make for spectacular photo opportunities. This evening, we’ll stay in the shadow of the mountains at Refugio Los Cuernos.
    Refugio Los Cuernos, Torres del Paine (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 13 kilometres (8 miles), 4-6 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    60 metres (196 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    410 metres (1,345 feet)

    Day 5: Option A - Hike French Valley, Torres del Paine National Park

    We’ll rise with the sun this morning to begin our hike up French Valley for a closer look at Los Cuernos. This ravine is probably one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see, with multiple glaciers cascading down its steep sides, creating a patchwork of ice and rock. The track steepens as we ascend a ridge line to the upper French Valley past waterfalls and mountain tarns. At the top, we’ll have incredible views of a massive natural amphitheatre, filled with the awesome French Glacier, the Paine Massif and Cuernos granite towers. This afternoon, we’ll hike to Refugio Paine Grande.
    Refugio Paine Grande, Torres del Paine (All meals)

    Refugio Paine Hiking Distance: 13 kilometres (8 miles), 4-6 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    80 metres (262 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    80 metres (262 feet)

    French Valley Lookout Hiking Distance: 6 kilometres (3.7 miles), 2-3 hours (optional)
    Elevation Gain:
    660 metres (2,165 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    660 metres (2,165 feet)

    Day 6: Option A - Hike to Refugio Grey, kayak Lake Grey

    Grey Glacier is a 200 metre (650 feet) high wall of ice that marks the northern end of Lake Grey. This is one of the largest calving glaciers in the world, with giant ice cliffs that plummet into the depths of the lake. Our hike finishes at the lake, where we’ll meet our specialist kayak guides. They’ll match you with a kayak and provide all the necessary equipment for a unique way to explore Lake Grey and enjoy amazing views of the glacier and icebergs. When we return to shore, we’ll head to Refugio Grey, where we spend our last night in Torres del Paine National Park.
    Refugio Grey, Torres del Paine (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 11 kilometres (7 miles), 3-5 hours
    Elevation Gain: 
    250 metres (820 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 
    210 metres (688 feet)

    Kayaking Time: 3 hours

    Day 7: Option A - Hike to Grey Glacier, scenic cruise across Lake Grey

    This morning we’ll hike a bit further up the valley to a magnificent lookout over the Grey Glacier.

    Optional 'Touching the Ice' Hike (extra fee applies)

    A 3 hour package including return boat transfers to Grey Glacier, where you'll explore along Nunatuk Island and see the face of the Grey Glacier.

    This option is available nearly all the time, though if the weather is too unpleasant and this trip is cancelled, you'll do the normal itinerary and we'll provide a full refund after your trip has finished.

    After we’ve finished our morning’s activities catch the boat across Lake Grey, taking in views of the surrounding mountains. When we complete our boat trip, we’ll head back to Puerto Natales, where we started our hike four days ago, to re-group with the W Trek day hikers, and enjoy a well-earned rest and another tasty meal together.
    Hotel Natalino, Puerto Natales (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 4.8 kilometres (3 miles), 1-3 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    100 metres (328 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    100 metres (328 feet)

  • Days 3 to 7

    Option B: W-Trek Experience (US$499)

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    Day 3: Option B - Explore Azul Lagoon

    Today we’ll begin the four-day exploration of Torres Del Paine, with amazing day treks among sheer granite peaks, snow-clad mountains, glacial lakes and the thick Magellanic forest. Our first hike will take us to Azul Lagoon, where we’ll circumnavigate the lagoon with views of the Torres del Paine towers just south of us. After lunch we’ll head back south and journey further into the park, stopping off along the way for views of Lake Nordenskjold and Lake Pehoe before arriving at Kau Rio Serrano Refugio, our accommodation for the next 4 nights.
    Kau Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 5 kilometres (3.1 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 
    50 metres (164 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 50
     metres (164 feet)

    Day 4: Option B - Hike French Valley

    After a scrumptious breakfast, we’ll head back to Lake Pehoe where we’ll hop on a catamaran across to Refugio Paine Grande. Our hike today takes us toward the French Valley for a closer look at Los Cuernos, and at the base of the French Valley, we’ll have incredible views of ravines. It is probably one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see, with multiple glaciers cascading down its steep sides, creating a patchwork of ice and rock. We may catch a glimpse of the impressive French Glacier, the Paine Massif and Cuernos granite towers in the background. We’ll enjoy lunch along the way before hiking back down on the same trail, making our way back to the refugio and onward on the catamaran to the refugio with time to relax before dinner.
    Kau Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 16 kilometres (10 miles), 4-5 hours
    Elevation Gain: 146 metres (477 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 146 metres (477 feet)

    Day 5: Option B - Hike near Grey & Tyndall Glaciers

    You’re in one of the most beautiful locations on the planet, so take your time today and take it all in – enjoying breakfast at your leisure. There’s an opportunity to go for a hike this morning or you can simply relax at the refugio and enjoy the views from the river’s edge. Lunch will be at Kau Rio Serrano Refugio before the afternoon’s activity.

    Optional: Kayak Lake Grey (extra fee applies)
    We’ll meet our specialist kayak guides at the inlet of Serrano River, and they’ll match you with a kayak and provide all the necessary equipment for a unique way to explore Lake Grey. We’ll enjoy the magic of paddling around the icebergs that have broken away from the glacier and you’ll be in awe of the unique views of the Paine mountains and their impressive granite walls. After we return to shore, we’ll head back to the refugio for lunch before our afternoon hike.

    Kayaking Time: 2-3 hours

    After we regroup, we’ll walk from our refugio down to the Serrano River’s edge where we’ll hike east along the winding riverside. The trail will take us to a lookout point where we’ll have views of the Grey and Tyndall glaciers. Tyndall Glacier, also known as Geike Glacier, is one of the largest in southern Patagonia, named after the Irish glaciologist John Tyndall. The hike will take most of the afternoon, then we’ll return by vehicle to the lodge in time for dinner.
    Kau Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 12 kilometres (7.5 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    436 metres (1,430 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    436 metres (1,430 feet)

    Day 6: Option B - Hike Los Condores & Los Cuernos

    After breakfast we’ll make our way to Weber Bridge, which crosses the confluence of Lake Pehoe and Lake Del Toro, where we’ll start our hike up to Mirador Condor. We’ll hike through a small valley on the Lazo-Weber trail, crossing an ancient Lenga Forest on our way up to a lookout point. The Lenga tree, nothofagus pumilio, is a member of the beech family and has staked amidst fierce winds and a tough climate. Along the exposed subalpine slopes that mark the upper reaches of its habitable range, the Lenga tree sometimes grows into wild, twisted, wind-blown shapes. At the top, we’ll have incredible views of the entire Torres del Paine mountain range as well as Lakes Honda, Sarmiento & Verde. We’ll head back down, enjoying lunch along the way and once we reach the end of the trail, we’ll travel north toward Lake Nordenskjold. Our afternoon hike will take us to Mirador Cuernos, lying in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, which is the best spot to view Los Cuernos, ‘The Horns’. We’ll stop off at Salto Grande along the way, a very picturesque waterfall that flows out from Lake Icefield, it is part of the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water and forms a natural dam connecting Lakes Nordenskjold and Pahoe through the Paine river. The water level on the southern side of the lake can rise up to 30 metres (90 feet) above the level of the main lake. We’ll make our way back down the trail and on to Nash Refugio for our last night’s dinner on the W trek.
    Kau Rio Serrano, Torres del Paine (All meals)

    Los Condores Lookout Hiking Distance: 6 kilometres (3.7 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    305 metres (1,000 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    305 metres (1,000 feet)

    Los Cuernos Hiking Distance: 4 kilometres (2.5 miles), 1-2 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    68 metres (222 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    68 metres (222 feet)


    Day 7: Option B - Hike to Ferrier, scenic cruise across Lake Grey

    We’ll depart Nash Refugio for the last time this morning, making our way north toward Lake Grey. We’ll stop off at Rio Pingo where we’ll begin our morning hike, Mirador Ferriera! The hike is challenging with a short, steep climb up though you’ll be rewarded with a tremendous view of the Grey glacier and the small icebergs you may have paddled amongst a few days prior. After we’re back down from the hike, we’ll catch the boat across Lake Grey, taking in views of the surrounding mountains before docking at Grey Hotel to pick-up the W-trek hikers! Once we’ve re-grouped, we’ll return across the lake and head back to Puerto Natales, where we started our journey four days ago, for a well-earned rest and another tasty meal together.
    Hotel Natalino, Puerto Natales (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 9 kilometres (5.6 miles), 3-5 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    650 metres (2,148 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    650 metres (2,148 feet)

  • Day 8

    Travel to El Calafate

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    Welcome to Argentina! Today we’ll cross the border to the home of Tango, Evita Peron and Diego Maradona. We’ll journey north to El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park, one of the greatest wilderness areas in South America. It’s also one of the most diverse – in addition to the vast mountain ranges and glaciers, it’s home to forests of guindo, lenga (a type of beech tree) and ñirre scrub, as well as a multitude of lakes and rivers. We’ll arrive in El Calafate in the afternoon, so you’ll have the rest of the day to chill out on the shores of Lago Argentino, South America’s third largest lake, with a surface area of over 1,600 square kilometres (617 square miles). You can relax and enjoy your surroundings, or you can head off on one of the many hikes in the area. A particular favourite of ours is the short walk to Laguna Nimes, a renowned bird sanctuary where geese, ducks and flamingos make their home. For dinner tonight we find that most people want to explore their options or have an early dinner, though of course you’re welcome to join your guide for dinner too!
    Patagonia Queen Hotel, El Calafate (All meals)

    NOTE: The 8-day trip option ends today in Punta Arenas. We will arrange your transport from Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas.

  • Day 9

    Visit Perito Moreno Glacier

    #553

    If you thought the glaciers in Chile were amazing, today will take your breath away. We’ll get right up close to the base of Perito Moreno Glacier with a local specialist guide to watch blocks of ice crack off the glacier’s imposing terminal face and fall into the pastel-blue waters of Lago Argentino. This icefield is part of the world’s third largest reserve of fresh water and forms a natural dam to the opposite shore that separates the two halves of Lago Argentino. With no escape route, the water level on the southern side of the lake can rise up to 30 metres (90 feet) above the level of the main lake.
    Patagonia Queen Hotel, El Calafate (All meals)

  • Day 10

    Hike Mirador Laguna Torre

    #554

    This morning we’ll travel to El Chalten, a charming and remote mountain village, known for its amazing hiking and mountaineering opportunities that quite literally begin on your doorstep. From the heart of this rapidly-growing outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, you can see the tips of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre peaks, as well as the lovely Rio de las Vueltas winding its way past town. We’ll hike through Patagonian dry lands and dramatic boulder fields to Mirador Laguna Torre (Spanish for ‘Tower Lagoon Lookout’) for heart-stopping views up the Fitz Roy valley to Cerro Torre, a spectacular granite spire looming over a sprawling mass of ice. Today is a relatively relaxing day, in preparation for tomorrow’s big hike into the heart of Los Glaciares National Park!
    Hotel Posada el Barranco, El Chalten (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 6 kilometres (3.7 miles), 1-3 hours
    Elevation Gain:
    200 metres (656 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    200 metres (656 feet)

  • Day 11

    Hike to Laguna de los Tres

    #555

    Today we’ll journey a short way to the start of an incredibly scenic hike to Campamento Poincenot. From here we can look directly up to the towering Monte Fitz Roy. You’ll find it hard to imagine that the views of the brooding Fitz Roy massif could get any better, and you can choose to stay here and take in the views or make the steep climb up to Laguna de Los Tres, at the foot of the glacier. All of a sudden, if you’ve chosen to go on ahead, you’ll reach the crest and be greeted by stunning close-up views of Monte Fitz Roy looming above a glacial lake. Today is a real highlight and the views are amazing, no matter how far you get!
    Hotel Posada el Barranco, El Chalten (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 22.8 kilometres (14.2 miles), 7-9 hours (flexible)
    Elevation Gain:
    800 metres (2,624 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 
    800 metres (2,624 feet)

  • Day 12

    Bike Laguna del Desierto and hike Los Huemules Reserve

    #556

    Today we’ll journey north from El Chalten to Laguna del Desierto. We’ll take a great walk to a lookout beside the Lagoon to warm up the legs, and maybe get another view of Fitz Roy, before saddling up for an awesome bike ride that descends gently back toward El Chatlen along an unpaved road. We’ll be riding in the valley basin of the River de las Vueltas and in several spots the road runs alongside the river and past spectacular waterfalls. After regrouping for lunch at Los Huemules Reserve, we’ll switch back into our hiking boots for this afternoon and hike to the Blue & Green Lagoons.
    Hotel Posada el Barranco, El Chalten (All meals)

    Lago del Desierto Hiking Distance: 1 kilometre (0.6 mile), 0.5 hour
    Elevation Gain:
    30 metres (90 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    30 metres (90 feet)

    Hiking Distance: 5 kilometres (3 miles), 2 hours
    Elevation Gain: 
    200 metres (656 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 
    200 metres (656 feet)

    Biking Distance: 25.7 kilometres (16 miles), 2-3 hours, mostly flat

  • Day 13

    Hike Lomo del Pliegue Tumbado

    #557

    Today’s hike will give you a new appreciation for the incredibly huge and beautiful steep peaks of Southern Patagonia. We’ll begin our hike on the Loma del Pliegue trail bright and early, embarking on a 900 metre (3000 feet) hike to the top of the rounded lomo (hill). First we’ll pass through the Patagonian beech forest then ascend onto the wide plateau, where the views start getting seriously beautiful. Upon reaching the summit, we’ll be greeted by one of the most incredible sights you’re ever likely to see – the towering peak of Monte Fitz Roy rising high above the Torre Glacier and Laguna Torre. Just make sure you’ve packed your wide-angle lens to take in all of this view! Later, we’ll descend the trail back down to El Chalten and head onwards to El Calafate, where over dinner we’ll celebrate one of the best hikes anywhere in the world.
    Patagonia Queen Hotel, El Calafate (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 22.4 kilometres (14 miles), 7-9 hours (flexible)
    Elevation Gain:
    915 metres (3,000 feet)
    Elevation Loss:
    915 metres (3,000 feet)

  • Day 14

    Depart for home

    This is the end of your ‘Condor’ trip and you’ll go home knowing you’ve kayaked, biked and hiked your way around one of the most spectacular alpine regions on Earth. Your trip leader will arrange transport to the El Calafate airport for you, if you’re flying out today, and if you’re staying on, we can help you arrange extra hotel accommodation.
    (Breakfast)

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What Our Guests Say About The Trip

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- May 2022

Amazing trip with great guides

"I had a great time on the Jaguar trip - our guides were friendly, knowledgeable,… read more

"I had a great time on the Jaguar trip - our guides were friendly, knowledgeable, organized, and always helpful. Our porters and camp staff also were friendly and highly competent. The sites chosen by the guides for us to visit were always interesting, and the guides were able to provide great information about them. The information provided to us by Active Adventures was helpful and comprehensive - my only comments regarding the pre-trip information would be to update the materials to clarify that guests need a small day pack for biking and day hikes AND a 30L plus hiking bag for the Inca trail, and the pre-trip information could have included information about tipping for the porters and guides. While it is sensible that the company would not want to pressure guests into tipping a certain amount, everyone in my group had a wonderful time and genuinely wanted to show appreciation to our porters and guides. It would have been helpful to know how much cash we should have with us when departing on the trail to be able to tip each individual adequately, as well as information about when in the trip we would have an opportunity to tip both porters and guides. read less

5 Stars (2056 reviews)

Amy, United States

- May 2022

Bucket list trip for sure!!

"After having had my retirement bucket list trip snatched from under me in 2020, I… read more

"After having had my retirement bucket list trip snatched from under me in 2020, I was delighted to finally take it this April. Active Adventures deserves huge kudos for honouring its commitment to the trip. I travelled with two friends, and we were in a group of 15 on the trip - from the US and Canada. What a fantastic group of people! Best of all though, were our two tour guides from the Galapagos, Pepo and Paulo. They were the best ambassadors for the islands and Ecuador - very knowledgeable, professional, kind hearted - and just plain fun. They made us feel safe and relaxed throughout the trip. The islands are gorgeous - and the wildlife does not disappoint. I found deep ocean snorkelling a bit out of my comfort zone, and wished I had practiced a bit in a pool before I left. However, it is an essential part of the trip, and cannot be skipped. Learning about tectonic plates, volcanoes and the conservation efforts for the giant tortoises was food for thought. As for helpful tips, bring lots of sun screen, sun protective clothing, and bug spray. These items are not readily available on the islands, but they are absolutely essential. Also bring a reusable water bottle as recommended by AA, because although bottled water is available for purchase everywhere, it makes more sense to fill up from the large reusable containers provided and not create plastic waste. I would definitely recommend this beautiful active adventure - my first with this company, but not my last. read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Serena, Canada

- May 2022

Bucket List Trip

"We loved our trip to Galapagos! Our guides, Pepo and Paulo were so knowledgeable… read more

"We loved our trip to Galapagos! Our guides, Pepo and Paulo were so knowledgeable about the islands and loved sharing it all with us. The warm weather was so welcome after a winter in New England. All of the logistics were handled smoothly so that all we had to do was enjoy the varied land and marine wildlife. An amazing trip that I highly recommend! read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Claudia, United States

- May 2022

Somethings really do live up to the hype. This was AMAZING!!

"To be honest, I was a little leery traveling with a new company, with new… read more

"To be honest, I was a little leery traveling with a new company, with new people and well, Covid. But this was abso-fricking-lutely the BEST ADVENTURE TRIP! From our guide, Pepo (who completely hit it out of the park), to the places we saw, to the organization behind the scenes and those wonderful meals, this was amazing! If you want the best way to SEE the Galapagos Islands, this is it. I can't say enough great things about Galakiwi (Active's partner) and our guides. They made this trip unforgettable. Pepo and Paolo answered our flora/fauna questions (we had lots!) and happily shared us what makes this place so special. And man, Pepo can dance - and surf! We're already talking about our next Active Adventure - we can't wait! :) read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Lori, United States

Ultimate Patagonia & Chile Adventure - April 2022

Wonderful Patagonia

"Although initially disappointed that the border with Argentina remained closed, the Torres del Paine hiking… read more

"Although initially disappointed that the border with Argentina remained closed, the Torres del Paine hiking with Alvaro and Christian was compensation aplenty. read less

4 Stars (1175 reviews)

Nick, United Kingdom

Ultimate Patagonia & Chile Adventure - April 2022

Bucket List Trip!

"I finally made it to Patagonia! And I couldn't have done it with a better… read more

"I finally made it to Patagonia! And I couldn't have done it with a better company! This was my 5th tour with Active!
The landscape was even more breathtaking than I had imagined. And every guide was so much fun to hang out with and incredibly knowledgeable about the culture and the land. If you are planning a trip to Patagonia and you love being in the outdoors, this is the tour company for you! read less

5 Stars (1175 reviews)

Jolene, Canada

- April 2022

West Coast is a must visit

"This is our second Active Adventures trip and we weren't disappointed. The itinerary was excellent… read more

"This is our second Active Adventures trip and we weren't disappointed. The itinerary was excellent and food and accommodation of a high standard. We loved the West Coast scenery. The walks were amazing, particularly around Lake Matheson and Punakaiki. Kayaking on Okarito Lagoon, heli-hiking on Franz Joseph Glacier and the scenic flight over Mt Aspiring National Park out to Milford Sound were fantastic experiences. Our guide Clare was first class. Everything was organised to perfection and nothing was too much trouble. read less

5 Stars (2 reviews)

Robert, New Zealand

- April 2022

Fabulous trip!

"First “big” trip in 2 years due to the pandemic. Honestly, more anxiety than excitement… read more

"First “big” trip in 2 years due to the pandemic. Honestly, more anxiety than excitement prior to the trip but once I arrived in the Galapagos, the excitement hit and so glad my friend and I decided to go on the adventure together. AA tour made the trip really easy. I really like the balance of being “active” and some downtime of my own. The tour guides were friendly and very knowledgeable. The meals were all very good except for the first night dinner on San Cristobal Island…to me, it wasn’t good. I thought the fish weren’t well prepared and tasted too fishy. Another person ordered the same meal and I noticed she hardly touched hers. Later I found out hers was too salty. Another low light for me was the accommodations on Floreana Island. Apparently, very limited hotel selections on the island. Hotel Wittmer was ran down and we all had cold showers that night. I also found a smashed dead mosquito with blood on the wall! Isabela Island was fun and where we stayed was wonderful. I wish we had more time on Santa Cruz Island. All in all, I had a fantastic trip and would recommend this trip to my friends who enjoy the outdoor and animals! read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Hui-Chien, United States

- April 2022

Wonderful wildlife adventures

"The Tortuga trip was full of once in a lifetime experiences. Pablo, our guide was… read more

"The Tortuga trip was full of once in a lifetime experiences. Pablo, our guide was so passionate about the islands and knowledgeable about the wildlife and all aspects of our trip. We swam with sea turtles, rays, sea lions, and sharks!. The land tortoises were great to see in their natural habitat and in the breeding centers. I learned so much about the history of the islands, the environment, Darwin's studies and plans for the furture on the island. The snorkeling in Los Tunels was the highlight as well as the hike to the volcano lava fields. The Galapagos is truely a unique and fascinating place. read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Barb, United States

- April 2022

Great experience

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5 Stars (863 reviews)

Adrian, New Zealand

Ultimate Patagonia & Chile Adventure - April 2022

Almost to Antarctica

"The Condor trip and the W Trek were wonderful. I was there in early February… read more

"The Condor trip and the W Trek were wonderful. I was there in early February and the weather was good; clouds mixed with sun, and surprisingly warm…but windy. The guides, as always, were special and took care of everything. The scenery is amazing, and constant for the entire 4+ days. The Argentina border was closed so the trip was modified to include the Chile Lake District, and I opted out of that portion of the trip because it was similar to the Active Adventures Puma trip which I did a couple years ago (also a great trip!). Even doing only the W Trek was great…and I hope to return for the whole trip! read less

5 Stars (1175 reviews)

Mark, United States

- April 2022

Great trip with Great people

"I could write pages about our Tortuga trip in April . Instead I will just… read more

"I could write pages about our Tortuga trip in April . Instead I will just say that we were so surprised how much we enjoyed traveling with Active Adventures. We are typically not "group travel" people but in the Galapagos it seems necessary...so many things to line up and local people and facilities to communicate with. AAdventures did this with amazing competency. Things flowed seamlessly. Our guide Pepo and his assistant Paolo were amazing. They seemed to do all this and yet still ENJOY being with us, answering questions and getting everyone excited for the next adventure. I will advise that this is an active trip, not intense but lots of exercise, sweating and moving every day. It is important to know that and be prepared or know that you might skip some of the longer things. I also want to add that the guides' English was beautiful and Pepo's knowledge about the area, the geography and the animals was impressive. To anyone who is worried about the "group" aspect but needs the logistics AAdventures can provide, be assured. They still respect your privacy, your right to skip something if its not for you and the small size makes it not feel chaotic. Food was also very good, fresh and simple but abundant and well prepared. I had dreamed of this trip since I was a little girl and read about the tortoises in National Geographic. I never thought the experience would live up to the dream, but it truly did and I think Active Adventures had a big part in that. read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Lynn, United States

Ecuador Volcano and Jungle Adventure - April 2022

Tapir with Alberto

"This was an excellent way to see more of mainland Ecuador. The scenery was… read more

"This was an excellent way to see more of mainland Ecuador. The scenery was breathtaking with waterfalls, rushing river and majestic mountains. Got to sample local cuisine with I enjoyed very much. read less

5 Stars (294 reviews)

Sandy, United States

- April 2022

Takahe trip 27 Mar-31 Mar 22

"This was a trip down memory lane for me revisiting old haunts & visiting new… read more

"This was a trip down memory lane for me revisiting old haunts & visiting new ones. I was thrilled with how it all went & with the experience of our guides & their enthusiasm. The weather was perfect & I achieved everything on my bucket list! read less

5 Stars (863 reviews)

Colleen, New Zealand

- April 2022

Our 4th trip with Active

"Another great guide. Beautiful diving, biking and hiking adventures. Great local food and accommodations. We… read more

"Another great guide. Beautiful diving, biking and hiking adventures. Great local food and accommodations. We have loved every single Active Adventure. As always though, the Active guides are what make the trip special. This time Pepo and Paulo were absolutely awesome with their knowledge and communication. The people in the group always seem to come together as great friends and we have the guides to thank for that! Can't wait for the next one! read less

5 Stars (1564 reviews)

Paul, United States

- April 2022

Amazing trip

"We loved our Active Adventures trip. The guides were amazing, super organised and great company. read more

"We loved our Active Adventures trip. The guides were amazing, super organised and great company. read less

5 Stars (64 reviews)

Kate, New Zealand

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Where does the trip start?

On the first day of your trip you’ll meet your Active Adventures South America trip leader and the rest of your group at Hotel Almasur in Punta Arenas, Chile at 6pm. You are welcome to stay at any hotel in Punta Arenas if you arrive before the first day, though you must make your own way to Hotel Almasur at the pre-designated time.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends with a drop-off at the El Calafate Airport (FTE) for flights departing any time after breakfast. 

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Punta Arenas (PUQ) by 4pm. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.

Departure: On the last day of your trip, you can fly out from El Calafate airport any time after breakfast, and we'll drop you off before noon. If you're considering an early morning flight please let us know so we can make arrangements. 

How fit do I need to be for this trip?

As an Activity Level 3-4 trip, you’ll need a solid level of fitness for this trip. It’s one of our more adventurous trips, and typically, hikes range between three and six hours to complete, with longer hikes on the W-trek. So get out there with a daypack on and train so you’ll be ready to join us! While you don’t have to be extremely fit, you should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, ideally involving some up hills and down hills and carrying a pack! With some preparation before your trip begins, you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more.

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You’ll need one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a good quality daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days on the trails. 

If you've chosen the W-Trek Hike, you'll also require a good quality trekking pack with well-fitting shoulder and waist straps for the W-trek. Your pack should have a volume of ~60 litres (3500 cubic inches), large enough to fit your sleeping bag inside along with all your multi-day gear.

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

We’ve selected the accommodation for the unique character and adventuresome feel – this trip is not designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in Patagonia. We prefer to stay in quaint, comfortable B&B’s and lodges. Things get a little more rustic when we head to the Refugio’s during the W-trek. The Refugio's are like backcountry lodges with hot showers, three course meals, bunk beds and it’s all part of a truly amazing experience! The rest of the time we stay in clean, comfortable, family-owned inns and hotels in the heart of the action. 

If you've selected a single supplement for your trip, both the W-Trek Hike and W-Trek Experience portions of the trip (Days 3 – 7) are not included as no single rooms are available in the refugio's/lodges, and the single supplement price takes this into account.

We recommend bringing enough clothing to only have to do laundry once during your trip, and the best time will be after your W-trek once we return to Puerto Natales.

Tell me about the W-Trek Hiking option?

This amazing trek will take you past sheer granite peaks, snow-clad mountains, glacial lakes and through thick Magellanic forest. While it might be a bit of a challenge, the rewards are well and truly worth it! The trek is close to sea level so you won’t be dealing with any altitude factors. The trail is 64 kilometres (40 miles) in total length and we average around 6 hours or 16 kilometres (10 miles) per day. The greatest elevation reached on the W-trek is 1200 metres (3900 feet) at the highest point in
the French Valley - you can go as high as you like. The trails are very well maintained so finding your way is never a problem. You’ll only be carrying the gear needed for the 5 days, your excess gear and luggage will be stored securely for you in Puerto Natales.

During the W-trek in Torres del Paine National Park you’ll be spending four nights in rustic mountain lodges, known locally as refugio’s. Each refugio sleeps 30-50 people with shared bunk rooms of up to 6-10 people, shared bathrooms and hot showers. You’ll have a mattress with a pillow and you’ll use your sleeping bag – if you’re a light sleeper we recommend ear plugs and an eye mask to get a good night’s sleep, it’s all part of the adventure! Meals are served in the restaurant and there’s a bar that accepts pesos, dollars, euros and credit cards if you fancy a drink. The refugio’s have only basic heating facilities. 
On occasion it may be the case the refugio is full, and in this instance we’ll camp out for the night in this amazing location. We’ll pitch your tent near the refugio so you’ll still have full use of the facilities.
NOTE: Sometimes the generators are turned off overnight therefore if you’re bringing a CPAP, it will need to be battery
operated.

Do you provide any gear for the W-Trek Hike?

You’ll need a good quality trekking pack with a volume of ~60 litres (3500 cubic inches) for the W-Trek hike, large enough to fit your sleeping bag inside along with all your multi-day gear. You’ll also need a nice warm sleeping bag for the W-trek, something rated down to at least ~0°C (32°F) is ideal. 

We can provide both items for an extra fee, along with Hiking poles which we highly recommend. Please select these items on your Travel Wallet so we know you require them.

What about the Optional activity on the W-Trek Hiking option?

On this option you’ll have the opportunity to take part in an extra excursion (extra fee applies). You’ll take a boat trip across the glacier’s terminal lake, to a point at which we can access incredible close-up views of the glacier. Then it’s a guided hike to areas where the glacier’s retreat is strikingly clear, and up to the glacier’s edge. Afterwards we’ll head back to our ‘Zodiac’ boat and return to the shore. The 3 hour package includes return boat transfers to Grey Glacier, where you’ll hike along Nunatuk Island and right to the face of the Grey Glacier.

Tell me about the W-Trek Experience option?

An alternative option is to spend five days exploring the incredible Torres del Paine National Park with amazing day trips that will take you from sheer granite peaks and snow-clad mountains, to glacial lakes and thick Magellanic forests. You’ll spend all four nights at Rio Kau Serrano, a comfortable lodge from where you’ll head out each day to explore some of the best sights this park has to offer. Each day will offer both morning and afternoon activities, hiking around 3-4 hours (on average) with a maximum elevation gain of 700m – though every hike is flexible. You’ll walk around Azul Lagoon and hike toward the French Valley, choose to kayak Lake Grey, and climb up to some of the best viewpoints to take in the Torres del Paine mountain range. This option really does give you a chance to see and experience it all!

Kau Rio Serrano is located in the small town of Serrano on the banks of the river of the same name, surrounded by the beautiful nature that characterises Patagonia and with an impressive view of the Paine mountain range. The lodge is equipped with excellent facilities and comfortable rooms with central heating. There will be Double/Twin rooms as well as Quad-share bunk rooms available, both with ensuites. Meals are served in the restaurant where there’s a bar that accepts pesos, dollars, euros and credit cards if you fancy a drink.

What about the Optional activity on the W-Trek Experience option?

You’ll have the option to head out on Lake Grey for a paddle on Day 5 (extra fee applies). We’ll meet our specialist kayak guides at the inlet of Serrano River, and they’ll match you with a kayak and provide all the necessary equipment for a unique way to explore Lake Grey. No prior experience is required, everything you need is supplied, as long as you can paddle!

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benefit group size

Just-right group sizes allow you to get off the beaten path

With an average of 12 guests per departure and an industry-leading 6:1 guest-to-guide ratio, you’ll enjoy a highly personalized experience with the perspective of an insider.

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Award-winning guides lead the way

It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy your adventure when you have fun, caring guides who know the land, are experts in motivation, sweat all the details and whip up incredible meals, too!

benefit inclusive

You’ll never need to sweat the details

When we say all inclusive, we mean it! Meals and snacks, activities, lodging, transportation, guiding services and more. Every detail is handled; all you need to do is show up!

benefit safety

Enjoy freedom to push your boundaries – safely

Every aspect of your trip is thoroughly considered for your safety, from highly vetted vendors and well-maintained equipment to extensively trained guides and our seasoned operations team at headquarters.

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Decades of expertise mean you’ll experience only the best

Family travel and North American National Parks are our specialty. We’ve perfected our itineraries and sustained relationships for decades, ensuring you'll experience your destination to the fullest.

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"Wow Moments” take your trip from enjoyable to extraordinary

For us, the extra mile is never extra, it’s part of the way! Count on special touches throughout your trip that will amplify your experience. If we’ve done our job, they’ll have you saying “wow!”

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