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Patagonia Trekking - February 2011

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Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 8:00 PM - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 9:00 PM (EST)

Patagonia Trekking - February 2011

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Patagonia Trekking
Dynamic Outdoors Custom Itinerary

February 17 to February 27, 2011

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Highlights

Torres del Paine National Park - Hiking the W
El Calafate - Declared national capital of the glaciers
Los Glaciares National Park & Mount Fitz Roy
Perito Moreno Glacier - Ice Trekking

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General Itinerary

Thursday 17-Feb    Day 1
Depart New York for Patagonia - Destination Punta Arenas, Chile
Suggested Flight Option: LAN Chile Airlines 2.30 pm or 8.00 pm - JFK to PUQ
Alternative: Arrive in Calafate, Argentina on Saturday 19-Feb    (Day 3)

Friday 18-Feb    Day 2   
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile - Van pick-up and transfer to to Puerto Natales (3 hours, 240km) - Hotel check-in

Saturday 19-Feb    Day 3
After breakfast, morning transfer to El Calafate, Argentina (4 hrs, 270km) - Hotel check-in and afternoon excursion Perrito Moreno Glacier

Sunday  20-Feb    Day 4   
After breakfast, morning transfer to El Chalten: Day Hike with views of Mt. Fitz Roy, Ice Climbing, etc…
Evening Return to El Calafate (2 hrs, 215Km)

Monday  21-Feb    Day 5   
Open Day in El Calafate: Explore, shop, rest...

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Tuesday  22-Feb    Day 6   
After breakfast, morning transfer to Torres del Paine National Park (4 hrs, 270km)
Lago Pehoe / 12.00 noon Ferry Transfer Connection - Set up camp and afternoon hike to Grey - Overnight Camping or Upgrade/ Lodge option

Wednesday 23-Feb Day 7   
Torres del Paine National Park - Hike the W - Valley Francese
End of day, return to Pehoe Camp Site - Overnight Camping or Upgrade/ Lodge option           

Thursday 24-Feb    Day 8   
Torres del Paine National Park - Ferry/ Car Transfer or Hike option to Las Torres - Overnight Camping or Upgrade/ Lodge option

Friday  25-Feb    Day 9   
Torres del Paine National Park Camp Las Torres / Hike Las Torres - Overnight Camping or Upgrade/ Lodge option

Saturday 26-Feb    Day 10   
Open Day/ Back-up day - Leave Torres del Paine National Park - Short transfer to Puerto Natales

Sunday  27-Feb    Day 11
After breakfast, morning transfer to Airport: Punta Arenas, Chile (3 hrs, 240km) -
Depart Punta Arenas on LAN Flight at 3.50 pm

Monday  28-Feb   
Early morning return to New York (7.35 am)

Questions / RSVP: IgorBass@DynamicOutdoors.com
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Pricing
Early Bird - Starting at $1,495 - Make deposit by Wednesday, December 1
$1,595 - Make deposit by Wednesday, December 22
$1,695 - Make deposit by Wednesday, January 12
$1,795 - Last minute booking

Included
All Accommodations: Hotels and Lodges (Breakfast included), Camping (Tents inclunded)
All Ground/ Group Transfers and Ferry Tickets
All Tours According to Itinerary
All Park Entry Fees

Not Included
Airline tickets, Travel Visas, Boarder Crossing Fees, Lodge Upgrades, and Optional Activities

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Detailed Itinerary
Thursday 17-Feb    Day 1
Depart New York for Patagonia - Destination Punta Arenas, Chile
Suggested Flight Option: LAN Chile Airlines 2.30 pm or 8.00 pm - JFK to PUQ
Alternative: Arrive in Calafate, Argentina on Saturday 19-Feb    (Day 3)

Friday 18-Feb    Day 2   
Arrive in Punta Arenas, Chile - Van pick-up and transfer to to Puerto Natales (3 hours, 240km) - Hotel check-in

Saturday 19-Feb    Day 3
After breakfast, morning transfer to El Calafate, Argentina (4 hrs, 270km) - Hotel check-in and afternoon excursion Perrito Moreno Glacier

El Calafate, declared national capital of the glaciers, is the starting point to visit this region. Settled on the southern shore of Lago Argentino, Santa Cruz, it has the ideal visitor facilities, joining the natural environment with all the necessary comfort for a pleasant stay.

Perito Moreno Glacier and El Calafate
Perito Moreno, located in the southern-most portion of the park, is widely regarded as both the most famous and important glacier in the area. Notable because of its active changes, including both forward and backward movement, the region is never stagnant. Periodically, the glacier advances so much that it moves over the Lago Argentino forming a natural dam, which separates the lake into two distinct bodies of water. A trip to Perito Moreno will undoubtedly include a visit to El Calafate, the most proximal town and center of activities, information, and services for travelers.

Sunday  20-Feb    Day 4   
After breakfast, morning transfer to El Chalten: Day Hike with views of Mt. Fitz Roy, Ice Climbing, etc…
Evening Return to El Calafate (2 hrs, 215Km)

Mt. Fitz Roy and El Chalten
Travel further north within the park, and you will find an entirely different landscape. Mt. Fitz Roy, towering 3,405 meters high, offers a unique blend of lakes, wooded territory, granite mountain peaks, and glacial structures. Because of this variety, the area attracts each trekkers, horseback riders, and mountain climbers alike, who often assemble at the neighboring El Chalten village.

Monday  21-Feb    Day 5   
Open Day in El Calafate: Explore, shop, rest...

Los Glaciares - Glacier National Park; El Calafate
This area of Argentina features ice as it's main attraction Founded in 1937 and located in the southwestern segment of the Santa Cruz region of the Argentinean Patagonia. Known for its breathtaking beauty and scientific value due to its endangered species and unique geography, the 600,000-hectare region is a desirable destination all year round. In an affirmation of its geographic value, UNESCO declared the park a Natural Heritage of Humanity in 1981.

Within the park, you'll find a strikingly broad range of geographical features, each of which is important to scientists today. The area, approximately 30% of which is covered by ice, is commonly divided into two sections defined by the duo of large lakes that are partially contained by the park. Lago Viedma blankets the northern region of the park, while Lago Argentino (the largest lake in Argentina) defines the southern region. Both lakes feed into the Santa Cruz River, which drains directly into the neighboring Atlantic Ocean.

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Tuesday  22-Feb    Day 6   
After breakfast, morning transfer to Torres del Paine National Park (4 hrs, 270km)
Lago Pehoe / 12.00 noon Ferry Transfer Connection - Set up camp and afternoon hike to Grey - Overnight Camping or Upgrade/ Lodge option

Torres del Paine National Park
Located in nearby Chile, 5 hours drive from El Calafate. Torres del Paine is a spectacular park internationally renowned as one of the most beautiful, unspoiled, and remote places on earth. The park is comparable to the US Yellowstone or Yosemite Parks.

Created in 1959 and declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1978. Is located in Ultima Esperanza province, 145 km. north of Puerto Natales. It has 3 accesses: Porteria Sarmiento, Laguna Amarga and Laguna Azul. It has a surface of 242,242 hectares, with an altitude from 200 meters to 3,050 (Paine Massifs).

The Torres del Paine Mountains
Three large pillars, the towers from which the park gets it's name, stand in one part of the National Park. The mountains are called Torre Central (2800m), Torre Sur (2850m), and Torre Norte (2600m). The Mirador del Torres (The Torres Viewpoint, also referred to as Torres Base) is the best place to view these magnificent mountains.

Wednesday 23-Feb Day 7   
Torres del Paine National Park - Hike the W - Valley Francese
End of day, return to Pehoe Camp Site - Overnight Camping or Upgrade/ Lodge option

Torres del Paine - The Paine Mountain Chain
It is an impressive joint of mountains, governed by steep granite towers and by the photogenic Corns and the imposing Big Paine. The mountainous massif is crowned by glaciers and surrounded by lakes with aquamarine, emerald, turquoise, sapphire and lapis lazuli colors. A microclimate holds a rich flora and many wild fauna that romps freely around lagoons and among beautiful woods of bearded trees. It is not a surprise that UNESCO designated the place as World Biosphere Reserve or the Chilean State as a National Park.

A web of well kept paths, with widely separated refuges allow access to best corners and had contributed to fill the dreams of trekkers from all over the world. If in addition there are lodgings from camping to well equipped hotels, it is easy to realize why Torres del Paine is the crowning point of every trip to South America and why this park justifies to venture until the edge of the world itself.

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Thursday 24-Feb    Day 8   
Torres del Paine National Park - Ferry/ Car Transfer or Hike option to Las Torres - Overnight Camping or Upgrade/ Lodge option

Torres del Paine - The Paine Horns
Cuernos del Paine: The characteristic black rock that crowns the Paine Horns is an account of the tectonics and icy forces that sculpted this massif. Something more than ten millions years ago, this kind of sedimentary rock covered wide areas in the region. Sometime said rocks had contact with the magma of the inside of the earth, forming the granite rocks. Afterwards, the colossal pressures of the planet bowels made rise these impressive mountains that we know today as Torres del Paine.

When the glacial era came, the ice covered all the territory. Only stacked out the top of the highest mountains. The withdrawal of the ices brought the granite to view, over which remained the black rock not covered by glaciation, because of that today we may appreciate huge Towers with different colors in a same massif, which is doubtless one of the biggest silent shows of Patagonian nature.

Friday  25-Feb    Day 9   
Torres del Paine National Park Camp Las Torres / Hike Las Torres - Overnight Camping or Upgrade/ Lodge option

Hiking: The "W" Route:
The most popular route that hikers take to see the park. Cleverly, the shape of the route looks like the letter "W", so hence the name. The main sights of the park can be seen from the route including the Torres del Paine Mountains, Lago Grey (Lake Grey), Lago Nordenskjold, and the amazing Cuernos Mountains. The whole "W" Route can be done by staying in either hotels, refugios, or campgrounds.

Glacier Grey and Lago Grey are true highlights of Torres del Paine. There is even an optional boat ride that does a 3 hour tour around the lake and takes you right next to glacier.

Campgrounds are conveniently located right next to refugios, in which case campers can use all the facilities available in the refugio.

Regugios, or so called "refugee houses", are a bit more "luxurious" lodging option in Torres del Paine. Refugios offer heated lodgings with a dining room and bathrooms with hot water. Sleeping bags can be rented and full meals are also offered in refigios.

Saturday 26-Feb    Day 10   
Open Day/ Back-up day - Leave Torres del Paine National Park - Short transfer to Puerto Natales

Sunday  27-Feb    Day 11
After breakfast, morning transfer to Airport: Punta Arenas, Chile (3 hrs, 240km) -
Depart Punta Arenas on LAN Flight at 3.50 pm

Monday  28-Feb   
Early morning return to New York (7.35 am)

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Flight Suggestions: JFK to Punta Arenas or Calafate

Suggested Flight Option: LAN Chile Airlines 2.30 pm or 8.00 pm - JFK to PUQ
Depart Punta Arenas on LAN Flight at 3.50 pm
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Alternative: Arrive in Calafate, Argentina on Saturday 19-Feb    (Day 3)
Depart from Calafate, AR on Sunday    27-Feb    (Day 11) or date of choice

Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive a refund minus $200
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% refund
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% refund
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% refund
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won't be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you !
(We always highly recommend to take out travel insurance:
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Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 8:00 PM - Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 9:00 PM (EST)


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