Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour
Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour

Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour

17 days

Views near El Calafate, as seen on a guided tourCoyhaique in ChileStunning views of Paine Grande (Torres del Paine)Perito Moreno glacier in PatagoniaTorres del Paine in PatagoniaTortel in Chile

Trek among national parks and iconic Patagonian landscapes for 17 memorable days

Embark on an incredible journey through the rugged beauty of Patagonia on this 17-day tour. Revealing hidden spots that few travellers ever visit and ticking all the boxes on the must-see list, this tour offers amazing excursions and treks on Patagonia's best hiking routes.

Go off-grid by visiting tiny settler villages that were once terra incognita, step back in time in Cochrane's cowboy town, and cross a never-ending landscape of lakes, rivers, and snow-capped mountains. You'll see massive blue glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park, watch wildlife in Patagonia National Park, and spend three nights trekking in Torres del Paine National Park, sleeping at its epic base camps and lodges. Experience Patagonia in all its glory on the Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour and reward yourself with million-dollar views that you'll never forget.

Highlights of the Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour

Stay in isolated pioneer towns at Villa O'Higgins and Candelario Mancilla.
Visit Patagonia National Park and see cowboys in action in Cochrane.
See the Perito Moreno Glacier and Cerro Torre peaks in Los Glaciares National Park.
Trek to gorgeous viewpoints of Torres del Paine's legendary landscapes.

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17 days
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Partially Guided
Hotels, Mountain Huts
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Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour

Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Santiago

Start your tour in Chile's incredibly scenic capital city, which sits in a valley surrounded by the snow-capped Andes Mountains. A driver will greet you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel.

Make the most of your night in Santiago by heading out to see its historical sights, ubiquitous street art, and beautiful views.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Santiago
Distance: None
Meals: None

Day 2 Flight to Coyhaique

Today, your journey south begins with a domestic flight to Coyhaique, a small city surrounded by nature reserves and national parks. A driver will take you to your hotel, where you'll have the rest of the day free to explore the lovely town—walk down any street and enjoy a cinematic view of mountains in the background.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Coyhaique
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Travel to Puerto Tranquilo

Leaving Coyhaique behind, take a 4.5-hour bus ride through the South American steppe, passing the immense Lake General Carrera.

At Puerto Tranquilo, you'll check into the hotel and have free time to explore the sights, such as the famous Marble Chapels, which have been carved and created by time, wind, and water.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Puerto Tranquilo
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Day Trip to San Rafael Glacier

The massive Laguna San Rafael National Park boasts pristine fjords, glaciers, and islands best explored from the water.

Today, you'll take a boat cruise through the Exploradores River Delta and arrive at the San Rafael Glacier to see its imposing blue walls of ice that can make any visitor feel small.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Puerto Tranquilo
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 5 Transfer to Puerto Bertrand

Continuing south by bus, you'll skirt around General Carrera Lake and travel through the rural countryside where Chilean cowboys still gather their herds on horseback.

Soon after, you reach the idyllic Puerto Bertrand at the mouth of Rio Bertrand, a haven for fly fishing and whitewater rafting. Spend the night at a scenic riverside lodge.
Overnight Location: Guesthouse in Puerto Bertrand
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Explore Patagonia National Park

Patagonia National Park is a success story in ecosystem restoration. After decades of exploitation for large ranches, today, the territory is a sanctuary for wildlife like the Andean deer. Enjoy the park's rolling hills and gorgeous scenery, then transfer to Cochrane at the end of the day.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Cochrane
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Cochrane to Tortel

A town brimming with gaucho (cowboy) culture, Cochrane feels frozen in time. Visit the historic Melero General Store and see how settlers would stock up on goods during their long journeys.

Later, you travel by bus to the isolated village of Tortel to get a truly remote experience.
Overnight Location: Guesthouse in Tortel
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Tortel and Villa O'Higgins

The settlers who came to this far-flung area built their homes on stilts right on the water and lived a self-sufficient life. Enjoy the tranquility of Tortel when you wake to uninterrupted views of gorgeous lakes and rivers.

Then, you'll travel by bus to the Mitchell Fjord to catch the ferry to Villa O'Higgins, a secluded village accessible only by boat.
Overnight Location: Guesthouse in Villa O'Higgins
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Villa O'Higgins to Candelario Mancilla

Surrounded by turquoise water and snow-capped mountains, Villa O'Higgins was founded when this land belonged to no country. From this remote outpost, you board a boat for Lake O'Higgins and see the blue-grey O'Higgins Glacier. Your destination is Candelario Mancilla, a tiny pioneer settlement where you'll spend the night off-grid, far away from the outside world.
Overnight Location: Guesthouse in Candelario Mancilla
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Day 10 Border Crossing to El Chaltén

Today, you'll hike from Candelario Mancilla to the Argentine border post with pack horses or a 4x4 vehicle carrying your luggage. It's a gorgeous walk through the forest with your first views of Mt. Fitz Roy.

Upon your arrival at Lac del Desierto, you get your passport stamped and travel by ferry across the lake to transfer to the trekking hub of El Chaltén.
Overnight Location: Hotel in El Chaltén
Distance: 5-6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, lunch box

Day 11 Hike to Mirador los Tres

Los Glaciares National Park is a stunning expanse of rivers, glaciers, and jagged mountain peaks. The route to Mirador los Tres is one of the most popular treks, with a one-hour climb to the foot of Mt. Fitz Roy. From here, you see the reflection of the park's stone giants reflected in the Laguna de los Tres and the green waters of Laguna Sucia.
Overnight Location: Hotel in El Chaltén
Distance: 8 to 9 hours, 24km, 800m ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 Hike to Cerro Torre

The hike to Cerro Torre winds its way along Rio Fitz Roy until you arrive at the foot of Cerro Torre, a massive granite crag covered with a snow mushroom. Admire views of the Viedma Glacier in the distance.

In the afternoon you will take a bus to Calafate. Your bus will take the Route 40, continue to Estancia la Leona cross Rio San Cruz, and follow Lake Argentino to arrive in El Calafate.
Overnight Location: Hotel in El Calafate
Distance: 5-6 hours, 20km, 200m ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Perito Moreno Glacier

The star of Los Glaciares National Park is undoubtedly the Perito Moreno Glacier, with its huge blue ice tongues rolling down from the continental ice field. To get a closer look, ask the glacier guides about navigating the southern part of the ice.

Return to El Calafate and catch the bus to Puerto Natales, the gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Puerto Natales
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 Lake Pehoe and Grey Glacier Hike

A true hiking paradise, Torres del Paine National Park attracts adventurers from all over the globe. Today, you'll cruise across Lake Pehoe by catamaran and hike to the impressive Grey Glacier, passing icebergs adrift on Grey Lake.

Follow the route back to Paine Grande, where you rest for the night in a mountain hut.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut in Paine Grande
Distance: 8 hours
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Hike the French Valley

Passing Pointe Bariloche, you reach Lake Skottsberg and enter the French Valley with incredible views of the black-tipped Cuernos in the distance. At the foot of the Cuernos, you look up to the crest of the 3050-metre tall Paine Grande in all its glory.

After hiking back to Lake Pehoe, cross by catamaran and take the bus to Laguna Amarga to spend the night in Las Torres.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut in Las Torres
Distance: 4-5 hours
Meals: Breakfast

Day 16 Trek to Mirador las Torres

One of the most famous hikes in Torres del Paine National Park, the Mirador las Torres is a must-see! Following the Ascencio River, you reach the foot of the moraine and then climb for an hour to the viewpoint. Take a few moments to appreciate the mind boggling sight of 1000-metre vertical granite walls, glaciers, and turquoise lakes below.

Return to Puerto Natales for the night.
Overnight Location: Hotel in Puerto Natales
Distance: 8 hours, 22km, 900m of ascent
Meals: Breakfast

Day 17 Departure from Punta Arenas

Your trekking adventure along Patagonia's Southern Route comes to an end today. After getting dropped at the bus terminal, you take a 2.5-hour bus ride to Punta Arenas to get your departure flight from the airport. Safe journey home!
Overnight Location: None
Distance: None
Meals: Breakfast

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Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour Price and Dates

This partially-guided trekking tour to Patagonia is run as a custom tour and the price per person depends on how many people are in your group.

The best time to travel to Patagonia for this trek is during the spring and summer in the southern hemisphere (December-February) to ensure you have warmer days while exploring the great outdoors. This tour is available from October to April.

Private Partially-Guided Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour

Have your own private tour with just your group!

Please note, that standard rooms are double/twin and groups of odd numbers can opt out to stay in a triple room and save $80 USD per person or add a single supplement of $940 USD to use one single room instead.

Prices below are per person:

  • Solo travellers: $3,925 USD
  • Groups of 2: $2,775 USD per person
  • Groups of 3: $2,675 USD per person
  • Groups of 4-5: $2,625 USD per person
  • Groups of 6: $2,575 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour

This tour is based in hotels, guesthouses, and mountain huts. Hotels and guesthouses on this trip are 3- and 4-star and offer modern conveniences that can make this trip more pleasant. The mountain huts in Torres del Paine National Park are dormitory-style with bunk beds that typically sleep four to six persons per room.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Rooms are double occupancy. You can pay a supplement of $940 USD to have a private room in a hotel where possible. Solo travellers will be required to pay a supplement.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Hotel Altiplanico Bellas Artes in Santiago ★★★★

One of Santiago's top hotels, the Altiplanico Bellas Artes is modern, clean, and well-designed, with a prime location near attractions and restaurants.

B&B Raices in Coyhaique ★★★

This charming B&B prides itself on being your home away from home. With lush green gardens and lovely surroundings, visitors keep coming back.

Hostal El Puesto in Puerto Tranquilo ★★★

This is the most popular lodge in the area, thanks to its rustic chalet-style rooms and beautiful surrounding landscape.

Green Baker Lodge in Puerto Bertrand ★★★

Green Baker is a gorgeous riverfront lodge popular for fly-fishing and outdoor adventure.

Hotel Ultimo Paraiso in Cochrane

This charming boutique hotel is a paradise for exploring the nearby Patagonia National Park.

Entre Hielos Lodge in Tortel ★★★

Nestled in the lush green hills with views of the valley, Entre Helios offers comfortable rooms with a lake view below.

Hosteria El Mosco in Villa O’Higgins ★★

Hosteria El mosco is the most popular lodge in Villa O'Higgins attracting backpackers since 2005 with a welcoming and social atmosphere for globetrotters.

Night 9

Guesthouse in Candelario Mancilla

Stay in the local family's guesthouse in the very remote outpost of Candelario Mancilla.

Hosteria Vertical Lodge in El Chalten ★★★

A great spot for exploring El Chaltén, this lodge is known for its spacious rooms and incredible views of snow-capped peaks.

Hosteria Koi Aiken in El Calafate ★★★

This charming B&B is perched atop a hill with lovely views, comfortable accommodations, and a quiet setting. Hosteria Koi Aiken is popular with people visiting the nearby glaciers.

Hotel Vendaval in Puerto Natales ★★★

Consistently rated one of the best hotels in Puerto Natales, this hotel is right in the heart of town and a short stroll to the waterfront and main square.

Night 14

Lodge Paine Grande in Torres del Paine

Hunker down for the night in an authentic mountain hut within Torres del Paine National Park.

Night 15

Refuge Torres in Torres del Paine National Park

Comfortable dormitory-style bunk beds are where you'll rest your head after a long day of trekking.

Hotel Vendaval in Puerto Natales ★★★

Consistently rated one of the best hotels in Puerto Natales, this hotel is right in the heart of town and a short stroll to the waterfront and main square.

What’s Included in the Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour?

Meals

16 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 1 dinner are included.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 16 nights are included on this tour.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for you and your luggage are included throughout the tour, including transfers to and from the airport. Regular bus transport between destinations and private transfers as mentioned in the itinerary are included. Please note that the flight from Santiago is not included.

Also Included

  • Excursion to San Rafael Glacier with lunch
  • Navigation to the O'Higgins Glacier
  • Catamaran crossing on Lake Pehoe
  • Boat crossing at Laguna del Desierto
  • Private transfer to Perito Moreno Glacier

Not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Entrance fees to national parks
  • Meals, drinks, or snacks not previously mentioned
  • Tour leader

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights before or after the tour
  • Single occupancy upgrades
  • Optional activities at Perito Moreno Glacier

Frequently Asked Questions about Patagonia from Coyhaique to Torres del Paine via El Chalten Tour

Since 2004 Nunatak has been organizing trips all over Patagonia Chilena and Argentina for travellers. They are a locally owned group with a spirit of adventure and nature passionate about helping travellers get their best experience in wild Patagonia.
They are an Artisan Travel Agency, based in Puerto Natales, with a focus on immersive local experiences. Experts designing and operating group tours all over Patagonia Chilena and Argentina also craft and customize individual itineraries (FIT), offering the best travel according to their preferences. The itineraries include the best-known highlights and treks in Patagonia Argentina and Chilena. But also offer the other Patagonia. From the legendary Carretera Austral - Chile's Southern Highway - combining with Lake District in Argentina, through the mythical Route 40 to Tierra del Fuego, devising detours via little-trodden paths and routes.
For trekking lovers or simply Travel lovers.

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Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 4/5. This tour requires consecutive days of hiking over long distances or climbing to high altitudes, which may not be suitable for some travellers. Active hikers comfortable with some nights in rustic accommodations will be able to get the most out of this tour.

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