Our small gay Chile tour group will revel in the vastness and natural grandeur of this remote region, with a focus on adventure! Enjoy hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding through the varied terrain of Patagonia, all with a friendly group of gay travelers!
The name Patagonia conjures images of towering craggy mountains, pristine valleys with shimmering creeks and rocky trails, frothing waterfalls, and rolling pastures dotted with sheep and cattle. Our small, gay Chile tour group will gather in the capitol of this Southernmost Region, Puntas Arenas, Chile, sometimes referred to as the access gate to “The End of The World.” We will admire and marvel at the natural splendor and unique wildlife of this wild and wooly region. This trip is packed with adventure after adventure, and we will have plenty of time outside to enjoy this amazingly unique region. When we’re not kayaking, hiking, or riding our trusty steeds, our group will be breathing deep and appreciating the vastness of the endless sky together.
January 26, 2018 to February 3, 2018 – US $7,198.00
Duration: : 9 Days
Optional Tour Choices: $1800 Single Supplement (for solo travelers who wish to enjoy a private bedroom and bathroom).
Arrival and departure airport transfers; Accommodations at fine hotels for eight nights; All ground transportation when traveling as a group; All Breakfasts, six lunches, and eight dinners; Wine or soft drinks at the Welcome and Farewell dinners; Services of a knowledgeable HE Travel tour director pending minimum participation; Services of local bilingual guides; Admission fees to all locations listed in itinerary. HE Travel provides complimentary Medical & Evacuation Insurance for every US Resident on our group tours who does not have other coverage.
Airfare between home and Chile; one lunch; Gratuities for local guides, hotel and excursion staff and HE Travel tour director; International departure taxes; Visa Entry Fees, Personal items such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls and laundry.
Our well-informed local guide will bring us to our first stop, the “Cerro de la Cruz” viewpoint. From here we will have a wonderful overlook of the city with its colonial buildings and colorful rooftops set against a backdrop of the big island of Tierra del Fuego and the Strait of Magellan. You will learn lots of interesting facts about this vibrant city, as your tour continues with stops in the main town square, the monument to Hernando de Magallanes, the Museo Nao Victoria (Nao Victoria Museum), Antoine de Saint Exupery Square, and all the highlights, including the many neighborhoods of Puntas Arenas We will return to our hotel to freshen up for the evening.
This evening we will come together for a welcome dinner and orientation at one of Punta Arenas most delicious downtown restaurants.
We’ll head north from Punta Arenas, through the waters of the Magellan Strait, following in the path of the great explorer. After a relaxing 2-hour journey we will arrive on the island and be greeted by the largest colony of Magellanic penguins in Chile; more than 60,000 pairs of these charming birds. After we conclude our walk with our newest penguin friends, we will return to our boat and Punta Arenas for the afternoon. How will we use our free time? Some more city exploration? Shopping anyone? There are some amazing local handicrafts just begging to be discovered…
Tonight we dine together at a nearby locally recommended restaurant.
This scenic journey will take us north along the Argentinean border and we will the National Park near the middle. Hungry? We will stop mid-day for lunch before we finish the trek to our remote mountain lodge. After checking in, it’s time for relaxation! Grab a drink at the open bar or hit the spa for a massage, and then join us for a delicious dinner together.
Mount up, Gauchos! Now we ride off into the mountains to visit las Torres (the Towers). About a third of the way there, we’ll stop and enjoy a steaming cup of hot cocoa at a warm and cozy relief station that caters to the backpackers who come from all over the world to hike these awe-inspiring mountains. We will continue on foot to the base of Las Torres, and take a well deserved rest. As we unpack our box lunch and eat together, we will marvel at the spectacular 360-degree mountain views.
Once we arrive at the foot of Mount Paine Grande, the biggest and the baddest of all the spires, we will be able to rest in front of the French Glacier, eat our delicious picnic lunch, and witness the place where the most spectacular and impressive avalanches often occur.
After our arrival and check-in at our new lodge, we will regroup in the evening and enjoy dinner and a good nights sleep, we’ve earned it!
Our adventure begins by boarding our sturdy vessel for a magical one hour journey on Grey Lake, surrounded by icebergs! Upon our arrival at our base camp, our experienced guides will give us the orientation we will need for our glacier approach. After a short ride in our zodiac boats, we arrive at the west side of the awe inspiring Grey Glacier. After our boxed lunch together, we will hike for an hour, and then begin our full exploration of this marvel of rock and ice. During the next three hours of trekking, we’ll observe cracks, rivers, lagoons and tunnels in the glacier, with a myriad of shades of blue, who knew there was so much color and diversity in ice?
After we have conquered Grey Glacier, our ship will bring us back through the Southern Patagonia Ice Fields to our lodge for a homemade dinner and some well deserved relaxation!
Once warm and dry, we’ll load up for our drive to Puerto Natales to check into our hotel, enjoy the sea views, and share stories with our friends over dinner.
This afternoon, we will take advantage of some free time for last minute photos, shopping, or just strolling along the beautiful waterfront. Feel like some more exercise? How about a leisurely bike ride? We will have one for you if you so desire.
Tonight, we will put the “Happy” in “Happy Hour,” as we join with our new found friends to smile and laugh, finally dining together at our Farewell Dinner.