Buenos Ares – El Chalten – El Calafate – Torres Del Paine
Seductive and cultured, chic yet earthy, diverse but with an unmistakable identity – Buenos Aires has a rhythm unto itself. Influenced by the great European cities, there are deeply proud traditions which uphold both the place and its people, football, tango, and mate (yerba tea). The locals – Porteños - are particularly elegant in their eccentricities, yet no amount of the belle-èpoche style in the Capital detracts from the hospitality of the place. The city rarely sleeps, and instead flickers effortlessly from the vibrant day to the mesmerising pace of the night. Modern day Buenos Aires is lifestyle driven, by elegant restaurants, fashionable bars, historic street culture and a film and art scene which holds its own on the international stage making this the perfect starting and ending point for a Patagonia holiday.
Patagonia hiking Capital, El Chalten is the place to spend time outdoors. Trekking and discovering the landscape on foot is both perfect for the advanced and beginner hikers. The wonder of Los Glaciares National Park, which range from great glaciers to towering rocky summits provides the start of what will be many awe-inspiring moments during a Patagonia tour.
El Calafate feels somewhat undiscovered and yet features on many itinerates as a place only to ‘stop’. However, this secret gem holds something deeply magical. Located on the southern shore of Lake Argentino, – perfect for relaxed hiking and being part of the mind-widening icescapes. The area is best known for the spectacular Perito Moreno glacier – a enormous, ice cap composed of dozens of smaller glaciers – if you want to understand climate change and what the natural world truly needs to be protected this is the perfect example. When you stand at what feels like the edge of the world – there is a poetry and humbling which creates an experience like no other.
TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK
Torres Del Paine National Park is a biosphere reserve that spans over 242.000 hectares of pristine landscape, the granite pillars of Torres del Paine (Towers of Paine) dominate the landscape of South America's finest national park. Waterfalls, ice-capped mountains and a series of lakes that lends itself to sunrise and sunset exertions with a local guide sets this final stop of this Patagonia holiday head and shoulders above many other natural beauty holidays. The diversity of landscapes range from azure lakes to breath taking green forests that feel endlessly lush and provide a home to rare and native wildlife.
WHERE TO STAY
Handpicked for Style, Service and Authenticity
FOUR SEASONS - BUENOS ARES
Offering spacious uncompromising luxury suites in La Recoleta. For those who want to discover a new place yet retain the familiar surroundings of this exceptional brand as loyal to it’s guests as it’s guests are to it!
AGUAS ARRIBA LODGE – EL CHALTEN
Driven by Nature, the Lodge has an eco-friendly architecture taking it’s relationship with the environment very seriously indeed. The Lodge is authentic luxury at it’s very best, you can see the grain and the imperfections of the wood as it cleverly provides a design led sense of the outdoors in the warm welcoming environment of this lovely hotel.
EOLO LODGE - EL CALAFATE
Eolo is inspired by ancient Patagonian “estancias”, but with no detail on luxury style and service spared. There is something so perfectly complete about the property, with every view slowing you down to enjoy it, with every service thought of and nothing feels hard work or busy. It is unrivalled in it’s knowledgeable staff and options of excursions and activities to explore the area. From horseback riding on Mount Frias, Patagonia trekking through La Anita Valley, mountain biking, sightseeing and bird watching. There is also an exceptional wine and cheese offering served with cool style in the warming lounge by the fire.
THE EXPLORA PATAGONIA - TORRES DEL PAINE
The Explora feels like is was never really built – but rather emerged, perfect and welcoming, from the jagged natural world in which it sits. This is a hotel which sits on many luxury travellers top 10 hotels -for the views, the location, the sense of place and most of all for the paired back luxury of truly escaping the clutter and demands of everyday life – and instead delivering a serenity and excitement which is hard to beat. The Explora Patagonia is located on the shores of Lake Pehoe at the centre of the Torres del Paine National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve making it one of the best Patagonia hiking and trekking stops available.
Best time to visit - September – March
Recommended stay - 12-21 days