Patagonia with Jordan Smith Adventure

El Calafate - El Chaltén

2023: Oct 27 - Nov 3


I can’t believe it, but it’s happening: we’re headed to PATAGONIA in the fall (okay, actually it will be spring in Argentina, but either way it’s the right time to go)!

Legendary beauty and incredible hiking terrain sound like a winning combo? Same here: join me and some other motivated friends as we form some incredible memories and look forward to each new step.

During our 8-day trip, we’ll hike hard during the day and rest well at local hotels—no tents involved here! The trip will involve some challenging hikes, but we’ll all prepare together to sail through any tough parts with ease. You will have the option to kayak at Lago del Desierto & ice trek Vía Ferrata Glacier Cagliero (additional $).

Questions? Not sure if it’s a good fit (it is!)? Feel free to reach out to me; if I can’t help you, hi@trovatrip.com will get you set up for success.

I cannot wait to take this DREAM TRIP with you!

  • 8 days

  • 10 - 20 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners included

  • TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers from Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (FTE) , between 8 AM and 5 PM

  • TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers to Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (FTE) on the last day

Activities Included

  • Mirador de Los Cóndores y Águilas Hike
  • Laguna de Los Tres Hike
  • Loma del Pliegue Tumbado Hike
  • HD Cerro Torre viewpoint Hike

Other Inclusions

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels
  • Local Guide throughout trip
  • All city transfers
  • Arrival airport transfer (until 5 pm on first day)
  • Departure airport transfer (morning of last day)
  • 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 2 Dinners

Optional Activities

  • Kayaking at Lago del Desierto or rafting
  • Ice Trekking & Vía Ferrata Glacier Cagliero

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Food and alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Airport transfers outside of designated times

Your Host

Jordan Smith

Jordan (Jordo) is a Midwest-based athlete, outdoor adventurer, and food blogger. As an advocate for multi-dimensional lifelong wellness, she's motivated to fuel well, adventure hard, and have a lot of fun along the way!

Itinerary

Day 1

Friday, Oct 27, 2023

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Day 1

Welcome to Patagonia! Settle in and get ready for an incredible week.

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Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers from Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (FTE) , between 8 AM and 5 PM

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dinner

Welcome dinner at a local restaurant is included.

accommodation

Hotel Tierra Tehuelche or similar

Overnight in El Calafate.

Day 2

Saturday, Oct 28, 2023

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Day 2

You're off to El Chaltén, a village within Los Glaciares National Park. Enjoy your first hike of the week!

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Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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Mirador de Los Cóndores y Águilas Hike

The Mirador de Los Cóndores y Águilas (the Condor and Eagle viewpoints) trails are used for hiking, nature trips and bird watching. As the name suggests, the viewpoint is perfect for observing condors as they fly between the valleys of the De Las Vueltas and Fitz Roy rivers. Walk to the trailhead right from your hotel and enjoy views of this charming town. Duration: 2-3 hours / Difficulty: Easy / Length: 3-4 miles. Please note: All hikes are subject to change due to weather.

accommodation

Hotel Pudu Lodge

Overnight in El Chaltén.

Day 3

Sunday, Oct 29, 2023

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Day 3

Rise and shine and prepare for a big day of hiking! Today you will set out on the Laguna de Los Tres - the highlight of El Chaltén.

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Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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lunch

A boxed lunch is included.

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Laguna de Los Tres Hike

This hike will take you across the Del Salto Stream and its icy blue water, where the surrounding orange rocks create a picturesque foreground to Mount Fitz Roy. The trail finishes at the ridge of the rocky De Los Tres Glacier - an enormous natural arch containing the clear blue water of the lagoon with magnificent views of the De Los Tres glacier. This is the closest and most extraordinary view of the granite wall of Mount Fitz Roy and surrounding peaks. Distance: 16 miles / Duration: 8-9 hours / Difficulty: Moderate-difficult / Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet. Please note: All hikes are subject to change due to weather. Overnight in El Chaltén.

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Hotel Pudu Lodge

Overnight in El Chaltén.

Day 4

Monday, Oct 30, 2023

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Day 4

Today is your day to explore on your own but if you’re looking for more adventure, sign up for the optional whitewater rafting!

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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Kayaking at Lago del Desierto or rafting (Optional)

This full day option is ideal for those who want to enjoy the experience of kayaking around the lake and take in the scenery that surrounds it. Begin the excursion from the Lago del Desierto and as you paddle towards Bahía Tranquila, you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Huemul and Vespignani glaciers. Bahía Tranquila is a beautiful bay surrounded by forest, with beaches totally protected from the wind and crystal clear, shallow waters. You’ll disembark on the beach and later, return to El Calafate. This tour can be replaced by rafting.

accommodation

Hotel Pudu Lodge

Overnight in El Chaltén.

Day 5

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2023

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Day 5

The Loma del Pliegue Tumbado is a chain of three round rocky summits at 1340m, 1420m and 1550m. This hike offers you the most impressive views of the entire El Chaltén area. From the summit, you can see Cerro Torre and Fitzroy and their glaciers to the north, as well as the impressive Rio Tunel Valley to the south.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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Loma del Pliegue Tumbado Hike

Instead of heading into the valley, this trail rises above it. It can get windy on this trail, but the unobstructed views of Fitz Roy, Lago Viedma and the Patagonian desert will make it all worthwhile. Duration: 7-9 hours / Difficulty: Moderate-difficult / Length: 13-14 miles / Elevation Change: 3,610 feet. Please note: All hikes are subject to change due to weather.

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lunch

Boxed lunch included.

accommodation

Hotel Pudu Lodge

Overnight in El Chaltén.

Day 6

Wednesday, Nov 01, 2023

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Day 6

Another free day to rest and recharge or venture out on your own excursion!

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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Ice Trekking & Vía Ferrata Glacier Cagliero (Optional)

Head to the Los Huemules Reserve where today’s trek will take you through Lenga Forest and along the valley basin of the Diablo River Valley. At Diablo Lake you'll suit up for the real adventure! With all the appropriate safety gear and training, you'll climb, slide and crawl the Via Ferrata to Glacier Cagliero. Then, strap on those crampons and begin the ice trek! Spend some time exploring the icy wonderland, before retracing your steps. This will be a long and absolutely unforgettable day!

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Hotel Pudu Lodge

Overnight in El Chaltén.

Day 7

Thursday, Nov 02, 2023

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Day 7

For the final hike here in El Chaltén, you'll close out the trip with a relaxing hike to Chorrillo Del Salto.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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HD Cerro Torre viewpoint Hike

The trek starts with a 10 minute uphill climb in order to leave the valley that El Chaltén is located in. The walk takes you through a lovely lenga forest and affords views of the Fitzroy river canyon running alongside. While walking don’t forget to look overhead, there may be a condor searching for its next feed! After some more gentle climbing, you arrive at the Torre viewpoint. From here you can enjoy the views of the whole Torre Valley and its various terminal moraines from different ice ages, in the foreground. In the distance you will be able to admire the granite towers of Torre and Fitz Roy and all their satellite mountains. You will have time to sit here, enjoy the view and listen to some climbing tales that the guide will be able to share with you. Afterwards you will head back along the same path to El Chaltén – this time looking towards the steppe and other mountains! Duration: Approx. 4 hours / Difficulty: Moderate Please note: All hikes are subject to change due to weather.

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dinner

Farewell dinner at a local restaurant is included.

accommodation

Hotel Tierra Tehuelche or similar

Overnight in El Calafate.

Day 8

Friday, Nov 03, 2023

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Day 8

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Until next time!

meal

breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

transfer

Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers to Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (FTE) on the last day

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