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Patagonia Hiking Adventure

Condor

4.46 out of 5 (from 528 reviews)

  • 14 Days - US$5,799

Trip Introduction

On the 'Condor', you’ll visit truly some of the most amazing places on Earth, by foot, kayak, bike and boat. Patagonia, for hikers, is always near the top of the bucket list. You’ll enjoy incredible views as you hike in the Fitz Roy area of Argentina, trek in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park, cycle Milodon Caves and sea kayak amongst icebergs on Grey Lake. Immense craggy mountain ranges erupt straight up from colossal boulder fields, vast rivers of ice calve into deep blue lakes, and its intricate coastline is strewn with uncharted fiords and inlets. It’s the type of scenery that leaves an indelible impression in your memory – one that photos will never quite manage to replicate. If you have a passion for the outdoors, the 'Condor' is the trip for you!

Highlights

  • Visit Magdalena Island penguin colony
  • Multi-day ‘W’ trek in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Kayak and boat cruise on Grey Lake
  • Hike to the base of Monte Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre
  • Visit Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Hike Los Glaciares National Park
  • Bike Laguna del Desierto
  • Hike Lomo del Pliegue Tumbado

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What's included in our trips?

  • All guiding services
    Two experienced guides per trip.
  • All accommodations
    For the entire trip.
  • All meals
    Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • All activities
    Hiking, kayaking, biking, rafting.
  • All transport
    From trip start to end.

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Daily itinerary

Sunday — Arrive in Patagonia

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 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 group dinner.
Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Punta Arenas (Dinner)

Monday — Scenic cruise to Magdalena Island, hike to penguin colony

This morning we’ll take a cruise across the Magellan Strait, made famous by navigators and explorers such as Francis Drake, Ferdinand Magellan and Charles Darwin. If you’re lucky you might even spot austral dolphins and overas toninas (another type of dolphin). Magdalena Island, which is protected and uninhabited by humans, is home to the largest penguin colony in Southern Chile, with around 60,000 breeding pairs of Magallenic penguins. We’ll take a hike here to explore the island’s nooks and crannies - make sure to bring your cameras as this will be a day to capture wildlife at its best! Later, after returning to the mainland we’ll continue through this amazing landscape to Puerto Natales, located near the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, famed for its hiking.
Hotel IF Patagonia, Puerto Natales (All meals)

Tuesday — 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.
Refugio, Torres del Paine (All meals)

Wednesday — 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)

Thursday — 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 ridgeline 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)

Friday — Hike to Refugio Grey, kayak Grey Lake

Grey Glacier is a 200 metre (650 feet) high wall of ice that marks the northern end of Grey Lake. 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 Grey Lake 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)

Saturday — Hike to Grey Glacier, scenic cruise across Grey Lake

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

Optional Ice-hike (add US$199)

An alternative option today is to strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and hike on the glacier! Led by specialist glacier guides you’ll take a private boat across to Nunatak Island where you can safely access the glacier. You’ll hike through these amazing ice formations checking out the crevasses, seracs, tunnels and pools of glacial meltwater - no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice and make sure you make the most of the conditions. At the end of your hike on the ice you’ll return by boat again to your group. The ice hike is extremely popular, so we offer advance reservations with the guiding company. At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot, if it’s available.

After we’ve finished our morning’s activities we’ll regroup and catch the boat across Grey Lake, 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, for a well-earned rest and another tasty meal together.
Hotel IF Patagonia, Puerto Natales (All meals)

Sunday — Travel to El Calafate

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 1600 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.
Patagonia Queen Hotel, El Calafate (All meals)

Monday — Visit Perito Moreno Glacier

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 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)

Tuesday — Hike Mirador Laguna Torre

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 drylands 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)

Wednesday — Hike to Laguna de los Tres

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)

Thursday — Bike Laguna del Desierto

Today we’ll journey north from El Chalten to Laguna del Desierto. We’ll take a great walk to Huemul Glacier and Lagoon to warm up the legs, before saddling up for an awesome bike ride that descends gently back toward El Chalten 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.
Hotel Posada el Barranco, El Chalten (All meals)

Friday — Hike Lomo del Pliegue Tumbado

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 Lomo 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)

Saturday — 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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Sunday — Arrive in Patagonia

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 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 group dinner.
Hotel Rey Don Felipe, Punta Arenas (Dinner)

Monday — Scenic cruise to Magdalena Island, hike to penguin colony

This morning we’ll take a cruise across the Magellan Strait, made famous by navigators and explorers such as Francis Drake, Ferdinand Magellan and Charles Darwin. If you’re lucky you might even spot austral dolphins and overas toninas (another type of dolphin). Magdalena Island, which is protected and uninhabited by humans, is home to the largest penguin colony in Southern Chile, with around 60,000 breeding pairs of Magallenic penguins. We’ll take a hike here to explore the island’s nooks and crannies - make sure to bring your cameras as this will be a day to capture wildlife at its best! Later, after returning to the mainland we’ll continue through this amazing landscape to Puerto Natales, located near the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, famed for its hiking.
Hotel IF Patagonia, Puerto Natales (All meals)

Tuesday — 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.
Refugio, Torres del Paine (All meals)

Wednesday — 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)

Thursday — 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 ridgeline 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)

Friday — Hike to Refugio Grey, kayak Grey Lake

Grey Glacier is a 200 metre (650 feet) high wall of ice that marks the northern end of Grey Lake. 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 Grey Lake 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)

Saturday — Hike to Grey Glacier, scenic cruise across Grey Lake

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

Optional Ice-hike (add US$199)

An alternative option today is to strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and hike on the glacier! Led by specialist glacier guides you’ll take a private boat across to Nunatak Island where you can safely access the glacier. You’ll hike through these amazing ice formations checking out the crevasses, seracs, tunnels and pools of glacial meltwater - no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice and make sure you make the most of the conditions. At the end of your hike on the ice you’ll return by boat again to your group. The ice hike is extremely popular, so we offer advance reservations with the guiding company. At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot, if it’s available.

After we’ve finished our morning’s activities we’ll regroup and catch the boat across Grey Lake, 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, for a well-earned rest and another tasty meal together.
Hotel IF Patagonia, Puerto Natales (All meals)

Sunday — Travel to El Calafate

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 1600 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.
Patagonia Queen Hotel, El Calafate (All meals)

Monday — Visit Perito Moreno Glacier

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 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)

Tuesday — Hike Mirador Laguna Torre

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 drylands 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)

Wednesday — Hike to Laguna de los Tres

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)

Thursday — Bike Laguna del Desierto

Today we’ll journey north from El Chalten to Laguna del Desierto. We’ll take a great walk to Huemul Glacier and Lagoon to warm up the legs, before saddling up for an awesome bike ride that descends gently back toward El Chalten 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.
Hotel Posada el Barranco, El Chalten (All meals)

Friday — Hike Lomo del Pliegue Tumbado

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 Lomo 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)

Saturday — 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.
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Dates

Trip Date Price Status  
Nov 13 ’16 – Nov 26 ’16 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Nov 20 ’16 – Dec 3 ’16 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Nov 27 ’16 – Dec 10 ’16 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Dec 4 ’16 – Dec 17 ’16 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Dec 11 ’16 – Dec 24 ’16 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Dec 18 ’16 – Dec 31 ’16 US$5799 Full
Dec 23 ’16 – Jan 5 ’17 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Dec 25 ’16 – Jan 7 ’17 US$5799 Almost full Check Availability
Dec 28 ’16 – Jan 10 ’17 US$5799 Great Check Availability
2017
Jan 1 ’17 – Jan 14 ’17 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Jan 8 ’17 – Jan 21 ’17 US$5799 Full
Jan 15 ’17 – Jan 28 ’17 US$5799 Almost full Check Availability
Jan 18 ’17 – Jan 31 ’17 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Jan 22 ’17 – Feb 4 ’17 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Jan 29 ’17 – Feb 11 ’17 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Feb 1 ’17 – Feb 14 ’17 US$5799 Full
Feb 5 ’17 – Feb 18 ’17 US$5799 Almost full Check Availability
Feb 12 ’17 – Feb 25 ’17 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Feb 19 ’17 – Mar 4 ’17 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Feb 26 ’17 – Mar 11 ’17 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Mar 5 ’17 – Mar 18 ’17 US$5799 Almost full Check Availability
Nov 12 ’17 – Nov 25 ’17 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Nov 19 ’17 – Dec 2 ’17 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Nov 26 ’17 – Dec 9 ’17 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Dec 3 ’17 – Dec 16 ’17 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Dec 10 ’17 – Dec 23 ’17 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Dec 17 ’17 – Dec 30 ’17 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Dec 24 ’17 – Jan 6 ’18 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Dec 31 ’17 – Jan 13 ’18 US$5799 Great Check Availability
2018
Jan 7 ’18 – Jan 20 ’18 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Jan 14 ’18 – Jan 27 ’18 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Jan 21 ’18 – Feb 3 ’18 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Jan 28 ’18 – Feb 10 ’18 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Feb 4 ’18 – Feb 17 ’18 US$5799 Filling up Check Availability
Feb 11 ’18 – Feb 24 ’18 US$5799 Great Check Availability
Feb 18 ’18 – Mar 3 ’18 US$5799 Great Check Availability
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Useful Info

No Forced Single Supplement:

Most other travel companies charge all solo travellers a single supplement fee. We don't! When it comes to accommodation, our trip fares are based on a twin-share rate, which means we'll match you up with another person of the same gender to share a room with. If there's no one suitable to share with, there's no forced single supplement! Having said that, if you specifically request your own room, you can opt to pay the additional single supplement fee.

Trip start:

On the first day of this trip you’ll meet your Active Adventures South America trip leader and the rest of your group at the joining hotel in Punta Arenas, Chile at 6pm.

Trip end:

On the last day of your trip we can drop you off at the El Calafate airport (FTE) in time for any flights departing in the afternoon. If you are considering alternative flight times, please check with us.

Recommended flights:

If you’re flying in on the first day of the trip, we recommend arriving in Punta Arenas (PUQ) by about 4pm on Sunday. Punta Arenas is the main gateway town to Chilean Patagonia and the major airline LAN flies into here. On the last day of your trip, you can fly out from El Calafate airport any time after breakfast. If you want to arrive earlier or leave later, we’re happy to help out with extra hotel accommodation.

Accommodation:

During the 4-day/3-night Torres del Paine trek we’re in backcountry lodges with hot showers, threecourse meals, bunk beds and wonderful views! The rest of the time we stay in clean, comfortable, family-owned inns and hotels in the heart of the action.

Fitness:

The 'Condor' trip is one of our more adventurous trips, and has options to suit a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. If you keep reasonably active and like to give things a go, you're likely to enjoy the trip much more. If you're used to pushing yourself, we'll keep you challenged as well. Typically, hikes on the 'Condor' trip range between three and six hours to complete, with longer hikes on the W-trek. Please get in touch with us if you'd like to chat about this trip.

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Reviews

  • Amazing Time in Patagonia!

    “Beautiful weather, great lodging, and wonderful guide and group! Our leader, Cynthia really made this a trip of a lifetime!”
    Evan Koutecky – Alberta, CanadaFebruary 2016
  • Fantastic trip!

    “Had an amazing time on the Condor trip. This was my second time traveling with Active and they do not disappoint. The itinerary was wonderful and had the right balance between activity and a bit of down-time mixed in. The hiking and scenery were spectacular. I feel like I really got the flavor of Patagonia over the course of the two weeks. Highly recommend!”
    Gillian McCabe – Massachusetts, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Spectacular treks

    “The treks planned for the "Condor" adventure vacation are beautiful beyond my ability to describe verbally or to capture on camera. They simply have to be experienced by doing the hikes. I thought no mountain views of shear granite could rival Yosemite. but I was wrong. Both Torres de Paine and Mount Fitzroy do just that.”
    Steve Land – California, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • The Hardest Thing I've Ever Done

    “This was, indeed, the trip of a lifetime. All my interactions with AA prior to the trip were great. They were very friendly and made everything easy. The only thing is that they may have slightly understated the fitness level required to do well. But I did it!”
    Sue Bona – New Jersey, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • The most imortant trip of my life

    “The hardest trip, and the best trip, came back in love with the journey.”
    Larry Koza – Ontario, CanadaFebruary 2016
  • Only 20 more minutes

    “The Condor trip in particular the W Trek was a challenge in that our belongings were transported not by porters but by ourselves. Jim and Cynthia were attentive to the group's different speeds of trekking and accommodated us accordingly. When they were asked how much further we had to struggle up or down hill the answer was always "just 20 more minutes". We soon learned Patagonian time is different! The trip was great. We had a great group of fellow travelers who enhanced the enjoyment even further.
    The scenery was indescribable, one must see it to appreciate the grandeur.”
    Sue Whyte – Ontario, CanadaFebruary 2016
  • We made it! Top of the world trip!

    “One of the most challenging physical trips I have endured..... But every step was rewarded with the spectacular vistas, amazing weather and incredible experience”
    Tammy Laforty – Ontario, CanadaFebruary 2016
  • Patagonia

    “The Patagonia terrain is breathtakingly beautiful with craggy mountains, green glacial lakes, and expansive views. The hiking was challenging but the climbs were worth the effort as the vistas were spectacular. I loved the pace, the activities and the expertise provided by Active Adventures.”
    Deb Price – Ontario, CanadaFebruary 2016
  • 50 year old resets clock

    “I thought I was over the hill in middle age but this trip has reset my clock. I would do it again next week.”
    Jack Laforty – Ontario, CanadaFebruary 2016
  • JAN 10 2016 Condor with Cynthia

    “The hikes were amazingly beautiful! After reaching an incredibly dramatic viewpoint, I would think, "This is the highpoint of the trip! There can't possibly be anything more breathtaking than this!" But I was wrong. Each hike brought new and splendid vistas beyond my imagination.”
    Jeannie Land – California, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Magic in Patagonia

    “I have seen the pictures, read the articles and looked at the maps. When I actually stood at the miradors (scenic vistas) and saw with my own eyes....well no words, no picture, no map can describe the utterly spectacular grandeur of this land.”
    Stan Jacobson – Minnesota, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Exceptional scenery, exceptional support, exceptional colleagues

    “We knew Patagonia would provide scenery like no other and this was beyond our expectations. We were lucky enough to have tremendous weather - NO Rain and barely any wind - so maybe we missed the full experience. Our guide Sebastian took care of every need and kept us on schedule. Our travel companions were a great group - tremendous nightly conversations on the day's events and the state of the world. All good. Get in shape and take this hike!”
    Mark Casey – Arizona, United StatesFebruary 2016
  • Condor trip with Cynthia

    “This was my second trip with Active Adventures, my first trip was Peru in 2014 and I didn't think that would ever be equaled. The Condor trip once again far exceeded my expectations and proved to be a physical challenge with the most spectacular views of mountains and glaciers you will ever see. Top this having Cynthia as our tour guide made the trip of a lifetime.”
    Kevin Berg – Minnesota, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • “Sebastian was amazing, kind, funny, knowledgable and supportive. Everything was so organized and communicated to us. I was very comfortable being in 2 countries that I didn't speak the language. We had a great group and really enjoyed spending time with them.”
    Lynnette Casey – Arizona, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Condor, Jan 10

    “It was a great trip, even with missing penguins because of bad weather, rest of trip was excellent with perfect weather, got lucky with weather, Didn't need rain gear or warm weather gear but better to have and not need it. Some very tough hikes but knowing I completed them was very satisfying.
    Cynthia was an excellent guide, she was well organized and made trip go smoothly and always in a good mood and smiling. The variety of food was great as I enjoy trying the local cuisines. We were never hungry. Had plenty of rest between hikes and hot showers every night to refresh us.
    Great trip and would highly recommend it”
    David Book – Illinois, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Amazing mountain views

    “Payagonia is the most beatiful area I have seen. Aided by almost perfect weather, we clearly saw the best and most rugged peaks. Challenging, but doable hikes, put us in the front row seats for amazing views. Cynthia, our guide, was terrific. Both extremely personable and a real pro with more experience than any other guide I have encountered. The 2 weeks were very well planned and everything went smoothly”
    John Adams – Michigan, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Condor

    “A fantastic trip around the breathtaking scenery of Patagonia. Hiking the W in Torres del Paine was something I'll never forget. Great group of like minded people surrounded by magnificent landscapes and lots of good stories made for a wonderful holiday. Sebastian was an exceptional guide, so organised and helpful but always making sure everyone was enjoying themselves and having a laugh. He managed the unexpected with true professionalism! He is a credit to your company :)”
    Emma Moloney – Victoria, AustraliaJanuary 2016
  • Best Vacation Ever!!!!!!

    “My fourth trip with Active and this was the best one yet. Once again they did a wonderful job organizing all the details and making sure everything ran smoothly. Our guide, Arturo, always picked the best restaurants. The hotels were clean and comfortable. There was always a planned activity with just the right amount of down time. The scenery in Chile/Argentina is stunning. This is a trip I would take over and over again.”
    Kristen Laubach – Pennsylvania, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Fantastic Patagonian Adventure trip

    “The trip far exceeded the written itinerary. Although we expected the incredible scenery that Patagonia has to offer, we were pleasantly surprised with the fantastic group of people we shared the experience with. Arturo's attention to detail made the trip effortless for us. Will definitely book another Active Adventure trip.”
    Stephanie Wood – Illinois, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Great variety. Great people. Great trekking/hiking.

    “First of all, Arturo did a fabulous job. The itinerary was great. I love a physical trip and this qualified. W trek is right on par with the tour of Mont Blanc. Mount Fitzroy and El Chalten were spectacular. The group was great- mix of nations and ages. I'm signing up for my second Active trip for next year in New Zealand.”
    John Wood – Illinois, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Patagonia feels like heaven on earth!

    “This was indeed a trip of a lifetime, and I truly mean it. I can't think of a better place where one feels so connected with nature. Patagonia has it all - from towering mountains to gorgeous valleys, from breathtaking glaciers to pearly-white snow, from rain to the sun, and I could go on and on. Everywhere I turned looked like a postcard. And above all, our group had some wonderful people and a great tour guide to make the trip even more memorable. Big thanks to Active Adventures for putting this together and for taking good care of us during the 2 weeks we were out there amidst sheer beauty.”
    Vishnu Sankaran – State/province, United Arab EmiratesJanuary 2016
  • Condor

    “I loved this trip.
    The itinerary is such that you really get to see and experience Patagonia. Everything surpassed my expectations from the accommodations, to the food, to the amazing hikes. You really get an up close tour through some of the most amazing landscapes in the world”
    Lauren Brewer – Massachusetts, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Absolutely amazing vacation!!!

    “This was truly a trip of a lifetime!! The views were amazing and we were blessed with terrific weather. I feel so accomplished by what I was able to achieve and loved the feeling of really being in the middle of nowhere.”
    Lisa Zak – Illinois, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • “The trip leader was fantastic!”
    Alan Khalili – Virginia, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • “Terrific locations with terrific guide! Every segment of the trip was very well thought out and the guide could not have been better in positively responding to ever changing (but normal) situations.”
    Jackie Lenth – Massachusetts, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • “Terrific locations with terrific guide! Every segment of the trip was very well thought out and guide could not have been better in positively responding to ever changing (but normal) situations.”
    Andy Falender – Massachusetts, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • “This was an incredible trip to a spectacular place. It was so well run. Sebastian was efficient and fun. Excellent job! The weather was perfect, but we were told not to count on that!”
    David Prend – New Hampshire, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Trip of a lifetime

    “Wonderful collection and combination of spectacular scenery, outdoor activities, and good people in a fascinating part of the world. In addition to the rich fauna and flora, we loved learning about the rich history of Patagonia.”
    Judy Sharkey – Massachusetts, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Condor(s) in Patagonia

    “Hiking in Chile and Argentina is terrific. The weather was a little bit of everything but the hiking was always superb. You need to be fit to enjoy the trip but penguins, guanacos, caracaras, rheas, foxes, what must be the world's largest rabbits and, of course, condors are wonderful. Did I mention stunning, granite walls, towers and glaciers?”
    Deb Liggett – Arizona, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Unforgettable, Amazing, & Unique Experience

    “Where do I begin? Thank you to Active Adventures and Arturo Rojas for the most memorable trip I have ever been on. At first, I was nervous to travel alone to a foreign land, but as soon as I met Arturo and my fellow Active travelers, I felt so at home. The people I formed relationships with were so amazing, friendly, and full of energy. I loved the diversity this trip brought in ALL aspects. You meet people from all over the world, and you see every terrain from small beaches, to mountains, to big blue lakes (my favorite part of the trip) to mystical forests. The weather was a mixture of sun, rain, wind, and snow, and the wildlife scattered about is a great plus. The hikes were full of excitement with a good balance of intensity. Some days were VERY challenging, and others were just long walks in the park. 10/10 would recommend this company and trip to anyone even SLIGHTLY interested in traveling to Patagonia.”
    Lindsey Seibert – Louisiana, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • 2015 Patagonia

    “Our comprehensive trek through Patagonia was a true adventure with each day bringing new scenery and memorable experiences. The trip was well organized and the guides were a delight. There was a nice balance of "roughing it" combined with more relaxing moments. This is a beautiful area of the world - not to be missed.”
    Jim Bilodeau – Maine, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Great Patagonia experience

    “Wonderful adventure as advertised, tremendous experience for myself (72 years), my wife and daughter. Sebastian was a great guide, leader and new friend..having previous backpacking experience I had in mind the challenges to be faced, I found a lot of comfort in being in the company of Sebastian and knew that we were safe and well looked after. The trails were more difficult than we anticipated and we, me in particular, should have been better prepared (in better shape) Leading a group trip is not an easy chore and I was impressed with Sebastian's leadership and focus on being safe, smart and enjoying the trip in that order. But..what awesome sights we experienced and the three of us were so full of personal accomplishment when we completed the adventure. The evening meals were a real treat and delight, excluding a couple at the park refugios, but better than cooking out of your own pot. Well thought out and enjoyable agenda - enjoyed the kayaking, the glacier walk and the short bike riding outings as well.”
    Larry Weldon – Pennsylvania, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • beautiful Hiking!

    “This was my third Active Adventures trip and I loved it (previous Jaguar and Rimu). Patagonia had the most natural scenic beauty that I have experienced. Hiking the W trail was a highlight. Sign up for the glacier ice hike - it was amazing. 2 other tips - take your favorite instant coffee packs - (Starbucks for me) and a small, lightweight, fold up pack for when you can leave your main back pack but need something to carry a few items on the W hike. I was worried about being cold but it was actually too warm in the Refugios. We booked a post trip cruise with Australis and it was a nice addition to the trip.”
    Betsy Bohannon – Tennessee, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Great adventure

    “I had a fantastic time with Cynthia on the Condor trip. Every detail was attended to- all we needed to do was enjoy ourselves and soak in the beauty of this amazing area.”
    Lisa Chafin – California, United StatesJanuary 2016
  • Patagonia...better with Active Adventures.

    “The trip far exceeded my expectations.”
    Sharon Berman – Nevada, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Patagonia

    “From the start of the trip I was impressed on how many of the 10 other group members were repeat customers of Active Adventures. By the end of the trip I totally understood why! Cynthia exceeded all expectations as a group leader! The organization of our trip, lodging, and food was outstanding. The scenery was off the charts and was an overall an amazing trip!”
    Jim Backhus – California, United StatesDecember 2015
  • PATAGONIA HIKING WITH ACTIVE ADVENTURES

    “This trip was the most challenging trip I have ever taken. The days were long but I expected that with gorgeous views. Once started on the W trail there is no turning around. I got great pictures and really feel a good sense of accomplishment!!!”
    Lynn Blum – Florida, United StatesDecember 2015
  • No words can describe it!

    “No words can describe the awesomeness of this trip. It was the most challenging experience I've ever had. As one of the "geezers" on the trip, there were times I thought I just can't take another step. But I did it! The guides were super patient, encouraging, and supportive. All the guides were knowledgeable and passionate about their areas.

    The scenery...glaciers, lakes, mountain peaks...were beyond magnificent. Truly one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places on this planet.

    Except for the first night, accommodations were first rate and meals were exceptional. We definitely were well fed on this trip! Our van driver, Mariones, was a delight and very professional. As a group, we all got along very well, and had a lot of fun. I'm sure some of the younger people of the group got a little impatient with us seniors, but they were all good sports and very supportive.

    Having said that, there are a couple of areas of concern. The first hotel was not good...the location was off the bus route and some people had to walk through town from the central bus stop dragging their luggage along steep and uneven streets. Breakfast was the worst at any of the hotels.

    Some people were disappointed in the accommodations at the refugios, but I felt that was all part of the W experience...I would not change that.

    Understanding that getting us on the road on time, and loading the van with luggage and people is very chaotic, it would be worth it to take a few extra minutes to ensure all luggage is aboard. Although we had two daypacks with the luggage, someone must have put them to the side to be loaded later and they never made it on the van. Sebastian located them at the hotel in Calafate and ensured us he would ship them to us.

    I totally misunderstood the bike portion of the trip...I expected more of a cruising experience instead of a difficult mountain biking experience. I am not comfortable on bikes to begin with, and to be on poor equipment with no guidance or instruction, was very disconcerting. Because of my inexperience and discomfort with mountain bikes and terrain (rocky, roots, holes, shrubs, very narrow trail, etc.) I did fall a few times and ended up walking my bike the last 100 yards or so. I was not injured, but did sustain many bruises and scrapes and scratches. My lady parts will never be the same!
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    Based on the trip literature, I underestimated the degree of difficulty. Should indicate that you must be in excellent physical shape. If I had known the specifics for each hike, and the biking, I never would have signed up...AND I WOULD HAVE MISSED THE BEST TRIP EVER! Thanks for challenging me to prove that I could do it!!!”
    Bobbi Rubingh – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Patagonia is amazing

    “Trekking, kayaking, amazing views it was a great trip!”
    Jim Rubingh – Colorado, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Wonderful trip to Patagonia, nice group and excellent guides

    “I had a great time hiking and traveling with the group of 15 people, we got along fine and had a really good time. The hiking was good and the views of the mountains were just unbelievable, it was awesome. The glaciers were very impressive and beautiful too.. We encountered very high winds, 50 -60 mph and it actually blew a few people over, luckily not over the edge! All was memorable!”
    Jamie Casey – California, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Condor trip review

    “Fantastic trip on so many different levels. The rugged natural beauty of Patagonia is very special and this extensive trip provided a great lens and appropriate way to experience this part of the world.”
    Chris Roehm – Illinois, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Experience worth every bit of effort!

    “Cynthia, our guide, was the heart and soul of the group. She took care of everything and made sure our mood stayed strong and upbeat the entire time. There were 12 people in the group and each one of us felt personally taken care of throughout the entire 2 weeks of our trip.

    Don't be fooled, this trip is not for the feint of heart (or feet). The W trek especially, pushes you to your limits but the feeling you get when you have reached the top of the trail is so worth it!

    This was my first time ever backpacking and the guides (Cynthia, Arturo and Cem especially) were never frustrated or impatient when I lagged behind. Their encouragement and support helped me get to the top (and down) each time. My whole group was just as supportive with everyone high fiving each other after a successful climb or day.

    The food on the W was fine - not great, but what do you expect when essentially staying in summer camps and packing a bag lunch (although there is still room for improvement on the lunches). The food the rest of the trip was amazing - Cynthia has great connections and has certainly done her homework finding unique and cool places to dine.

    The hotel choices throughout the trip were good, with one really nice stand out that we stayed at for three days. Cynthia's relationships with the hotel owners/managers is clear, and we received special attention at each place we stayed which was a nice touch.

    I will admit I would have liked to have something to break up the hiking a little bit more. By the last couple days I was a little bit saturated with "climb big hill to see gorgeous mountain". We did have a bike trip scheduled for the last day, but we were all so tired and worn out by then that it lost its appeal.

    One really great thing about the guides at Active is that if you chose to do something different (ie. skip a hike) then they ensure that you have a safe alternative and don't feel any coercion to participate in all activities.

    This is my second Active trip and so far I am a huge fan! I look forward to more Active Adventures in the future.”
    Lisa Fagan – California, United StatesDecember 2015
  • wonderful trip

    “Loved the trip. Everything was well done. Cynthia was fantastic. I have had good guides on both my other Active Trips (Machu Pichu and Galapagos, but Cynthia added something extra. Only critique is that while Peru and Ecuador had more of a mix of activities, bike riding, horseback riding, a little urban in Cuzco, this one overdid for me) the hiking. Loved the W Trek, but would have enjoyed other options in El Cheltan (a whitewater trip maybe?)”
    Alan Gordon – California, United StatesDecember 2015
  • Condor March 2015

    “An amazing trip - challenging hikes with the most incredible views, truly great leadership and organization, close camaraderie within the group, awe-inspiring moments, and so much fun!”
    Lee Cech – Alberta, CanadaSeptember 2015
  • Condor March 2015

    “This was a great trip. The hikes were challenging and rewarding, amazing views, amazing group. I really enjoyed being "off the beaten track" - my kind of holiday!”
    Steven Cech – Alberta, CanadaSeptember 2015
  • Awesome

    “Thoroughly enjoyed a very short two week adventure in southern Patagonia.”
    Alex Giardini – Ohio, United StatesMay 2015
  • Awesome

    “It fulfilled my need to have an active vacation, and not just sit in a bus and drive around.”
    Vicky Giardini – Ohio, United StatesMay 2015
  • Patagonian outdoors trip

    “The whole experience was really good. Organisation was great as was the company of the guides, and the food was plentiful. Tramping was great and the experience of the glaciers and of course the mountains was unforgettable. The group was a small and friendly one, which made the whole experience all the more memorable.”
    Anthony Fortune – West Coast, New ZealandMay 2015
  • Condor Tour of Patagonia

    “I had an excellent trip except for not seeing penguinos. Seriously the group leader, Cynthia, did a great job and took good care of us. She was knowledgeable and had everything planned and set up. She took care of individual needs, too. I can not say enough about her. The group got along well. And the other guides were very good. The hiking was challenging and scenery was great, very beautiful. Had a wonderful time!”
    Robert Wolk – Arizona, United StatesApril 2015
  • Condor Feb. 2015

    “As an occasional day hiker and not having any multi-day trekking experience, I was worried that I would not be able to hold up to the physical rigors of backpacking for several days. I found the hiking and backpacking on this trip to be just about perfect for me. Yes the steep ascents were about at the limit of what I could handle but I managed to make it through all of them. What made it great was that had I felt that I would not be able to do some of these before hand then I had the option to skip these portions of the hikes if I wanted to.

    The itinerary of starting off with the multi-day Torres Del Paine W trek, having a little transportation break to get to Argentina, then having only day hikes the second week was PERFECT! It gave my body time to recover after the first week. Staying in hotels the second week also was a nice thing to look forward to after the refugios on the W.

    I had a difficult time trying to decide what clothes and gear to bring since being from Hawaii I had no cold weather to train in. Cynthia our guide was invaluable in helping me weed out all the unnecessary clothes and gear I did not need for the W trek beforehand and being able to store all this extra stuff in Puerto Natales was a godsend.

    The meals on the trip were better than I expected, our group was fantastic company, the biking and kayaking were good additions to add variety, and the ice hiking was totally AWESOME.

    I am still amazed at the logistics of the trip. Getting our group from here to there was totally smooth and well planned out. Having the tour boat rendezvous with our ice hike boat mid-lake to pick us up and already be loaded with our backpacks that we had left behind at the refugio was mind blowing. My roommate had missed his flight over and arrived many hours late after we had already departed on the bus to Puerto Natales. Yet somehow Cynthia had arranged to have him greeted and picked up from the airport and transported to our hotel that same night so he didn't miss any of the trip. She even had dinner saved for him at 1:00 am when he arrived!

    Overall I was totally satisfied with the trip and felt it surpassed all my expectations of how the trip should be.”
    Randy Yee – Hawaii, United StatesApril 2015
  • Fabulous from start to finish

    “This was our 4th Active trip and all our expectations were met. Sebastian our guide was the best; accommodations, food, activities were all first rate. We love the superb organization of Active. They think of everything...and this makes the trip the best. i don't know another travel company that takes your laundry somewhere for you! And it's the little extras that make Active so special. 1. Getting out prior to arriving at Perito Merino and hiking along the shore for a quiet, non tourist crowded view of the glacier. 2. Taking us out of town to start our hike to the mirador for Fitz Roy...avoiding all the crowds and making for a fabulous hike rather than just an "out and back". We are so glad we found Active.”
    Marty Kirchner – North Carolina, United StatesApril 2015
  • Wonderful trip

    “The condor trip was wonderful. Patagonia is a beautiful place - full of soaring jagged mountain peaks, breathtaking glaciers, awesome scenery. The Torres del Paine is absolutely stunning. The whole trip was superbly well organised. But the real joy of travelling is the people you meet - our group was great fun, the local guides were knowledgeable and interesting, and it was a great way experience this remote part of the world.”
    Angela Maltby – Bay of Plenty, New ZealandMarch 2015
  • Unique and unforgettable experiences in southern Patagonia

    “I will remember the W-Trek forever - everything from standing below the "three towers", walking past blocks of glacial ice, and seeing condors circling high above, to picking Calafate berries along the trail and drinking glacial water fresh from the streams!”
    Sally Lai – Victoria, AustraliaMarch 2015
  • Great Hikes

    “Chile and Argentina offer spectacular scenery and our hikes offered great views at a comfortable pace. Planning was great as you were able to store your packs for the continued hike to the top. We had a great group and enjoyed having Cynthia as our guide again. I highly recommend Active Adventures to anyone considering this journey.”
    Phillip Weaver – New York, United StatesMarch 2015
  • My first time to South America

    “This was my 3rd trip with Active in 3 years. Patagonia was beautiful and the people in the group were friendly. Cynthia was very professional and things were going smoothly. Even the weather was fine and the locals told us that we were lucky to have such a good weather.”
    Yoram Rotbach – , IsraelMarch 2015
  • Awesome Scenery

    “This trip was amazing. While we have hiked many places, the scenery here was incredibly spectacular, I can't express it in enough words. The glaciers were at their best as we had fantastic weather. We were fortunate to have Cynthia as a guide who we traveled with last year on the Peru trip. We enjoyed the restaurants she picked. I really liked the timing of the trip wherein travel down time came after four days of hiking. I was appreciative of our early morning start times in Argentina as we were on our return hike when most groups were hiking uphill in the hot sun.”
    Darlene Carlson Weaver – New York, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Condor Trip

    “Overall this was a spectacular trip. Cynthia was a fantastic guide. She took care of all the details to accommodate everyone and was a joy to talk to. Very good variety of restaurants and food and atmosphere to enjoy. The hikes were easy in places and challenging in other places but the views were well worth the effort. My most memorable part of the trip was hiking on Grey Glacier. It was fantastic and eye opening. Drinking the cold clear glacier water was really great. Another standout guide was David on the Argentina treks. Will remember this trip for a long time.

    Dennis”
    Dennis Wilson – Wisconsin, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Condor 2/2015

    “This was an amazing trip with wonderful guides. We loved the hiking and backpacking and appreciated all the info we received prior to the trip as it was very helpful. Our group was blessed with wonderful people who enjoyed being together and sharing adventures. We would love to do another Active Adventures trip as they are very well organized and know the places and the people of the regions we visited.”
    Mary Cochran Wolk – Arizona, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Great adventure at the end of the world

    “Great adventure with great guides, great food, great hikes at the end of the wordl! The road to Punta Arenas is called ruta fin del mundo and that is true. Far away from everything else you can find spectacular mountains, glaciars, lakes, huge steppe, condors, guanacos.”
    Jens Emmerich – , GermanyMarch 2015
  • Awesome Adventure

    “This trip exceeded our expectations in every way - the scenery, accommodations, food, organization, etc. we will definitely travel with Active again.”
    Fern Karlicki – Manitoba, CanadaMarch 2015
  • Condor in Patagonia

    “Our third trip with active, and again an amazing one! Between Peru, New Zealand, and Patagonia, I will not be put on the spot and say which one was the best, they all were. Patagonia is one of the most "photogenic" corners of the world. We experienced awesome winds, and calm sunny days. We saw mountains and glaciers we'll talk about for years! Physically, probably the most challenging hiking of the three, I'm glad we prepared for it. Every time we go out and feel wind on our faces now, it puts a great smile on our faces! You guys (and gals) are able to give US BY FAR THE BEST trips and BEST VALUE!”
    Cristina Negrea – Georgia, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Perfect Patagonia!

    “Our Condor Patagonia trip was awesome! The weather was good, and Cynthia, our guide was great! She handled all the details fantastically, and navigated through the few minor hiccups (e.g. Misplaced belongings, food allergies, etc.) like the seasoned professional she is. She knew everybody along the way, and that ensured the best service for all of us. She was our "Mom" for the trip and took excellent care of us!”
    Kevin Tempel – South Carolina, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Had an Amazing time!

    “When asked what I liked best about the trip, the only answer I can give was EVERYTHING! From the amazing scenery, to the fun and knowledgeable guides, kayaking, biking, hiking, great meals, even the weather, it was all fabulous!”
    Karen Tempel – South Carolina, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Condor Feb. 8, 2015

    “World-class hiking, great leader and guides!”
    John Standifer – Arizona, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Condor Feb. 8, 2015

    “This is a world-class hike lead by an excellent leader, Cynthia, and great local guides.”
    Leslie Standifer – Arizona, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Another incredible Active trip!

    “The Condor was my 4th trip with Active and they continued to impress. This is truly a trip of a lifetime and & I would absolutely recommend it.”
    Kristy Woodward – California, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Awesome, amazing and beautiful!!

    “This was an amazing trip. Everything was taken care of and sebastion was a great guide along with roberto. The scenery was beautiful and the weather was just perfect. Definitely a trip of a life time, can't wait for the next one”
    Jose Piedra – California, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Condor

    “The W hike was everything you read about and more. It is like the Millford Sound on steroids. Our guide was outstanding. By far the best guide that I have ever had in any activity type trip. Well worth your time and money.”
    Gania Barnes – Tennessee, United StatesMarch 2015
  • Amazing Adventure, Well Planned, Spectacular Guide

    “The trip was spectacular in all respects - activities, scenery, food, and lodging. Cynthia couldn't have been a better guide. The region is beautiful and the itinerary covered all the highlights - with a lot of little special touches as well. Better than I could have ever imagined.”
    Michelle Gardner – Oregon, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Patagonia was everything we hoped for thanks to ACTIVE!

    “Thanks to ACTIVE we were able to enjoy all the wonder that Patagonia had to offer. The Condor trip was excellently curated to ensure that we got to see the most beautiful spots and we never had to worry about a thing (except making our legs work for the hikes! ;)). Cynthia was incredible! She took great care of us and was always offering helpful tidbits about what we were seeing and experiencing. We could not have imagined a better trip or better guide!”
    Vered Frank – California, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • The Condor, a trip of a lifetime

    “As we sat on a log eating our lunch in French Valley, the glacial stream was racing downhill in front of us and the glaciers across the valley were cracking and popping. We talked about how could we ever find a better view to take in over a lunch break? Turned out you set us up with spectacular lunch spots nearly every day. It is hard to say which one was the best. They all beat sitting at my desk back at work!!”
    Mike Dillis – Wisconsin, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Wow!

    “This was a trip of a lifetime. We did some amazing trekking in a stunning part of the world. It was nice not to have to worry about any of the logistics. Our guide, Cynthia, was incredible and made sure everyone was happy. I've traveled a lot in South America and was very impressed with our accommodations, food, and overall how smoothly everything went. My only suggestion would be smaller group size.”
    Linnea Nelson – Colorado, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Condor trip

    “We almost didn't do this trip due to the cost but we were able to see & do so much more than if we had tried to plan a trip ourselves, it was great!”
    Carol Nelson – Colorado, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • Condor

    “Once again, Active Adventures was at the top of their game! This has been our 3rd Active trek and each time the quality and the experiance always exceeds our expectations. I can't image trusting another company with our adventures around the world. Active Adventures truly does meet ALL of our needs. Whether the needs are small or big we always felt special thoughout the whole trip!
    Mimi and Derald
    Outdoor Junkies :)”
    Mimi Goodman – Colorado, United StatesFebruary 2015
  • El Calafate

    “This week we began in El Calafate and greatly enjoyed the hikes and adventure atmosphere in El Chaten. The downside to this week was the fact that every long bus ride and/or hike paid off w/great views. The exception was leaving El Chaten to see the giant sloth and the penguins. It seemed a bit anticlimactic after all o the spectacular experiences. My suggestion for this part of the trip is to spend an extra day in ElChaten. Maybe make it a "you pick" day...choose my biking, fishing, climbing or an additional hike.
    The guides were awesome and Cynthia was brilliant!”
    Dave Castronova – Arkansas, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • A wonderful group of people and guide with unparalled scenery

    “Cynthia was a fabulous guide. Laid back yet very professional and personable. She interacted well with our children who loved her and was so accomodating and knowledgable. Patagonia was an epic trip for my family and I!

    We must have lucked out on the group of folks on the trip with us. We all came together like one big family, everyone interested in everyone else's wellbeing and spending time talking with each other. You wouldnt have known that that was the first time we met each other.”
    Chrysanthe Munn – , Trinidad and TobagoJanuary 2015
  • “Cynthia was a fabulous guide. Laid back yet very professional and personable. She interacted well with our children who loved her and was so accomodating and knowledgable. Patagonia was an epic trip for my family and I!

    We must have lucked out on the group of folks on the trip with us. We all came together like one big family, everyone interested in everyone else's wellbeing and spending time talking with each other. You wouldnt have known that that was the first time we met each other.”
    Tobin Munn – , Trinidad and TobagoJanuary 2015
  • Raw, Challenging and Awesome

    “We enjoyed every aspect of Patagonia - wind, rain, sun - and were prepared for it all! We were glad to expereince the rawness of the region! The hiking was challenging but worth every step...the vistas are breathtaking. Sebastian is a real pro and added to the adventure with his knowledge of the region and his wonderful sense of humor. Thanks!”
    Sandy Lampman – Wisconsin, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • Natural beauty, rewarding work and good times with new friends

    “Active's two-week Condor trip was the perfect way to spend my holiday break. Though my group was lucky to have near-perfect weather throughout the adventure, I'm sure I would've loved every minute of it nonetheless because of the challenging but enjoyable hikes, jovial vibe of the group and unfailing friendliness and support of our guide, Cynthia. I feel fortunate to have had the chance to go on a trip to Patagonia; I won't ever forget it.”
    Luc Rinaldi – Ontario, CanadaJanuary 2015
  • Condor - Patagonia At It's Finest

    “What a wonderful trip. Take it for the magnificent scenery. Take it for the physical challenge. Take it to meet new friends. Take it to break away from the norm. Whatever your reason, you won't regret booking your Condor adventure.”
    Gil Rinaldi – Ontario, CanadaJanuary 2015
  • Patagonia 2015

    “We've traveled all over the world. Sometimes on guided trips such as this. Sometimes on our own. Active Adventures, and our guide Sebastian in particular, made it the most enjoyable and stress free trip ever. Every detail was handled, allowing us to focus on hiking, enjoying the amazing scenery, and having fun!”
    Chris Dillis – Colorado, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • January 2015 Condor Trip

    “I thoroughly enjoyed my Patagonia Condor trip. From the hiking, kayaking, and wildlife to the beautiful scenery, I couldn't have asked for more. After the trip, I tried to identify my favorite part of the trip, but couldn't seem to keep it to one thing. The W-hike was great and I enjoyed staying in the refugios (which was something I had never done). The kayaking was also a highlight. It was also stress free, as Sebastian took care of organizing everything - including packed lunches for our hikes. I highly recommend this trip.”
    Jacquie Seabert – Colorado, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • Christmas in Patagonia

    “Active Adventures and our guide Sebastian did everything possible to make our trip as enjoyable as possible. All the details were incredibly well organized and a complicated itinerary went off without a hitch. Our family really enjoyed the entire experience.”
    George Estes – Massachusetts, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • So Amazing!

    “I took my son here, for his 21st birthday. Patagonia has been on our bucket list, for a long time. This is our third trip with Active Adventures and they went beyond our expectations. All of our needs were met. We had fantastic guides. We saw the most spectacular mountains, wildlife, glaciers, caves,...”
    Gail Jones – Georgia, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • Best guide ever!!! Sebastian really took good care of everybody.

    “It was the trip I've been dreaming about for many years and Active Adventures did not disappoint. I was glad I did this trip and my team mates and guide made it even more special.”
    Janice Magdalena – Hawaii, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • Doug's 2014 Condor Trip

    “The scenery of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and the Southern Ice Fields, along with Torres Del Paine and Cuernos Del Paine, was spectacular. The diversity of terrain one sees in Patagonia, from grasslands to massive lakes, jagged peaks to endless glaciers is incredible.”
    Doug Donalson – California, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • S. American Adventure! Condor

    “What an awesome trip. Breathtaking views, challenging hikes, glaciers and mountains and more glaciers and mountains! Plus the hospitality of South America, and being at the bottom of the earth. What an amazing experience. You have to enjoy mountains and glaciers-- because hiking to, kayaking and sailing near was what this trip was about. Plus great guides. The trip leader Sebastian was excellent, well organized, efficient as he could be (we were on holiday is S America, after all) and fun to be with. He made the trip run very smoothly, and had a few tricks up his sleeve as to the best times to go places for the best views and least crowds, as well as some delicious restaurants serving up some regional delights. I was very pleased with the trip over all. I did not have to worry about any details at all, except getting myself up those steep and arduous hikes, and what to take home in terms of memories, photos and souvenirs. The packing list could be improved, because I did not realize how cold and windy it would be. No need to pack any shorts or light clothing, warm weather gear, rain gear and sun/wind protection is what you need the most. Even though the sun was out quite often, it was very cold, and very windy all day every day, and I went during their Springtime. Plus I also recommend hiring/renting a sleeping bag for the W Trek portion, because you can return it right after the trek, you do not need it for the rest of the trip, and it will just weigh you down and take up space in your luggage.”
    Jennifer Robb – California, United StatesJanuary 2015
  • Scenic Splendor!

    “Patagonia is by far the most scenic place I've ever visited. I can't imagine any other place topping this one. The hiking was amazing, just the right amount of challenge for a seasoned hiker! The guides were amazing. The trip was so well organized, all you had to do was show up and the rest was taken care of. This is my second Active trip, and I'll be back for more!”
    Rosey Jagnjic – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2014
  • Amazing time in Patagonia

    “Patagonia is a unique and stunning area that should be at the top of every traveler's list. I had an amazing two weeks trekking through Chile and Argentina with great scenery, weather, and company. Sebastian is a wonderful and knowledgeable guide who ensured that our trip ran smoothly at all times. Highly recommend.”
    Jackie Barrett – New York, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Another fabulous active trip

    “Everyday led to an amazing site with tall massifs, blue glaciers, and clear lagoons. The ice-blue of the lagoons, the calving of the glaciers, and the clear taste of the rivers is not something we will see anywhere else.”
    Preetha Krishnan – Oregon, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Amazing!!!

    “Patagonia is definetly worth a trip! Amazing landscape, really impressive glaciers and outstanding views. All this - with the great group we had and our fantastic guide Sebastian.”
    Gisela Balghuber – , GermanyDecember 2014
  • Best adventure trip yet

    “The trip was excellent, everything we had hope for. We have been to many other adventure destinations and I thought this was truly the most superb of any of them. The scenery, the challenge, the organization and the trip leader all outstanding. Only thing I would say is that you should not have two trips running simultaneously.”
    Wayne Lyons – Alberta, CanadaDecember 2014
  • Chris Mitchell Condor Review

    “Really an awesome trip overall! Sebastian was great and he was even able to order us excellent weather.”
    Chris Mitchell – APO/FPO AA, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Carol Mitchell Condor Review

    “I really loved the trip!”
    Carol Mitchell – APO/FPO AA, United StatesDecember 2014
  • Amazing Scenery!

    “Patagonia is certainly a place to add to your bucket list - stunning scenery, especially in Argentina the ice fields are amazingly beautiful. It can be cold but we had fantastic weather, with only a half day of rain. The W-trek was pretty tough, and the refugios are very basic with the food simple and limited at times. The hotels were good, although the internet needs to be assessed in many of the locations. The guides were excellent and our group lots of fun!”
    Jenny Savage – Malaysia, MalaysiaDecember 2014
  • Sebastian rocks the world

    “Everything was well organized and Sebastian is one of the best tour guides I've every had. Super knowledgeable and kind. Thanks”
    Bruce Elzinga – Alberta, CanadaDecember 2014
  • “The Condor was the most challenging experience of my life. The guides were excellent and lead us on an incredible journey. The scenery was spectacular, the mountains breathtaking. I would recommend this adventure to everyone.”
    Brenda Griener – Ontario, CanadaDecember 2014
  • Outstanding, as always!

    “This was our fourth trip with Active, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of meeting on the Active New Zealand Rimu trip. 10 years, a marriage and three kids later, our lives have certainly changed, but Active Adventures continue to deliver high quality, high adventure trips to the most beautiful destinations! Sebastian was well-organized, knowledgeable and highly enthusiastic. He and Active took care of all the "details" so that we could relax and enjoy another "trip of a lifetime". Can't wait for our next Active Adventure!”
    Todd Fisher – Montana, United StatesApril 2014
  • A trip to remember

    “I have always wanted to go to Patagonia, but wasn't sure I could do it alone. So I signed up with Active Adventure, a decision I certainly did not regret. The scenery was incredible, my traveling companions lots of fun, and the trip well organized and planned out. It was great to have all the logistics taken care of, so we could simply enjoy all that Patagonia had to offer. To top it off, our guide Cynthia was absolutely amazing and made the trip even better!”
    Melanie Eckersley-Maslin – New York, United StatesMarch 2014
  • Patagonia Mania

    “I was not entirely sure what to expect from this trip. I had only seen pictures of Torres del Paine. This was an adventure of a lifetime. The scenery is amazing, the hikes are challenging and the culture is unique. Active is a wonderful company. Our guide, Cynthia, was absolutely amazing. Everything was well organized, we didn't have to worry about food and lodging... we could just concentrate on the hikes and the scenery. Dining was a great experience, ranging from hearty meals at the refugios, to delicious beef and lamb dinners at local restaurants. I highly recommend this trip.”
    Brad Higginbotham – Alabama, United StatesMarch 2014

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Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

Expert LOCAL Guides & Trip Leaders

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

Everything is Included

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

A Sense of Achievement

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

Small Groups

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

Diverse Experiences

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