Global Adventures: Patagonia
We are SO excited to announce our newest Global Adventures location: Patagonia! This is an all-inclusive running adventure with three separate trips planned. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
Day 1: Arrive in El Calafate, Argentina
You’ll arrive in El Calafate, Argentina by Saturday afternoon and we will meet you at the airport with a shuttle to our hotel for the first night. We’ll check you in and get everyone oriented for what to expect throughout the week. It will also be your first chance to meet your fellow adventurers! Dinner is included the first night.
TRAVEL NOTE: The luggage restrictions for all Aerolineas Argentinas flights are 15kg for checked baggage and 8kg for carry-ons. No organic food is allowed as Patagonia is a protected area. Bags will be checked upon arrival in El Calafate.
Day 2: El Chalten, Argentina
Pack your bags, we’re heading to El Chalten. Don’t worry, we will be back to El Calafate in a few days. We’ll wake up early and head straight to our first run of the week, which is a great introduction to Ruta 40, the main route that travels through Argentina.
On our way to El Chalten we will stop in La Leona, the only stopping point on ruta 40 between El Calafate and El Chalten. We'll run a 7K through sand dunes past the Viedma Lake reflection of the Andes Mountain Range, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.
After our run, we'll have a catered lunch at the Estancia La Estela Ranch before heading to our hotel in El Chalten to check in.
In the late afternoon we'll do some rock climbing with some local guides on a cliffside next to the famed Roy Fitz. Then we'll have a group dinner at a pizzaria next to our hotel.
Day 3: El Chalten, Argentina
This will be an early morning and the longest run of the week. We will leave right from the hotel and run on the Sendero Al El Fitz / El Fitz Trail. We will run a loop ending back at the hotel where we will have time to shower and change before checking out of the hotel.
You will have time to wander El Chalten and do some exploring or shopping before we load the buses and drive back to El Calafate.
We will have a group dinner at a local BBQ (they have vegetarian options as well), where you can see local gauchos shearing sheep.
Day 4: El Calafete, Argentina
We won’t run this day but it will be a long day of hiking.
We'll take a boat out to the Glaciar Perito Moreno located in the Los Glaciares National Park - named after the explorer Fransisco Moreno who explored the area in the 19th century and played a significant part in defending the territory of Argentina.
From there we'll gear up for a day-hike out on the glacier where we'll definitely hear the rumblings of the glacier calving.
After exploring the Glacier we'll head back to El Calafate where you'll have some time to explore the city on your own and enjoy the local cuisine of your choice. We will, of course, offer a few of our favorite suggestions.
Day 5: Bariloche, Argentina
We’re leaving on a jet plane. This morning we’ll wake up, have breakfast at the hotel, and pack our bags to fly up to Bariloche. You’ll need to wear your running clothes and have your day pack with you because we’re going straight to the Gondola and running down the trail / road to the bottom. After we take time to check into the hotel and shower we will walk through the historic town of Bariloche and have a nice dinner together.
Day 6: Bariloche, Argentina
Whatever floats your boat! The river will actually be floating the boats we will be traveling in. Today we’ll travel past the Nahuel Huapi Lake and make our way to the Limay River where we will embark on a 10K run along the river until we reach a bank. Here we will load 10-man boats and paddle down to a riverside picnic that has been laid out for us on a private ranch. We will hang out here for a few hours and enjoy the shade and views. Next will load the shuttles and head back to the hotel where you will be on your own for the night. You’ll be able to do some sightseeing, eat more empanadas than you should, or find some chocolates and coffee before you head to dinner. You can go on your own or grab some of your new friends and find a restaurant.
Day 7: Peulla, Chile
I’m on a boat! Today we’re crossing the Andes! We will be traveling from Argentina to Chile, not only by boat but by foot as well. This might be the funnest day of the trip, crossing 3 bodies of water by boat and running across the border from Argentina into Chile and staying in a private hotel in the middle of the lakes. We will board a boat in Bariloche and cross the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Once we dock we will run the 5k to the next dock. We will cross Lago Frias, take a short bus ride, and run across the border, finishing the day with a bus ride to Hotel Natura Peulla, Patagonia, where we will stay for the night. These grounds are amazing - they’re filled with paths leading to waterfalls and spectacular gardens.
Day 8: Puerto Varas, Chile
After we have breakfast at the hotel we will board our last boat ride and arrive in Puerto Varas to run a trail towards the Osorno Volcano flowing through the debris field and end at the shore where we will have a catered lunch on the black sand beach. Our shuttles will pick us up and take us to Puerto Varas where we will enjoy our final celebratory dinner.
Day 9: Depart from Puerto Varas, Chile
All good things must come to an end - until the next adventure, that is! All will depart from our hotel to the airport via shuttle, bus, or a taxi to Puerto Montt Airport.
** Although we do try to stick to the schedule above, Our itinerary could change for numerous reasons beyond our control. If the itinerary changes we will let you know asap.
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