Costa Rica Traverse

The trip was an amazing experience. As expected it was physically tough but worth every drop of sweat and mud (no blood fortunately). For me personally, I found the heat hard to adjust to. I expected us to benefit from the shade of the rainforest more than we did and I guess going from a Scottish winter to an equatorial country didn't help. Having said that it didn't detract from my enjoyment, just made it harder work. We were also lucky because all 13 of us got on very well and it was a good mix of people. A special mention has to go to the guides and Danny in particular. I remember when we did the Cycling in the Andes that the guides were good but Danny was excellent. As well as being extraordinarily fit and knowledgeable about adventure stuff he was passionate about Costa Rica, it's environment and future. He had a great sense of humour and as if all that weren't enough he and his team were superb cooks. Although this wasn't everyone's idea of a relaxing holiday I came home envigorated and motivated with stacks of energy - apart from having to negotiate Terminal 5 on it's second day of chaos! I've already been on your website looking for the next potential challenge, if only work didn't get in the way.

J Dunthorne | UK

Paine & Fitz Roy Trek

The Patagonian Andes forms a wonderland of glacial lakes, towering granite peaks, impressive glaciers, secluded lakes, beech forests and rolling grasslands. A spectacular region ideally suited to the walker who does not want to commit to a strenuous trek. On our day walks in Los Glaciares National Park we stay in comfortable lodges and trek to the base of Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre the granite peaks that have inspired mountaineers and trekkers throughout the world. We transfer to Puerto Natales for a taste of Chile before cruising up the stunning fjords to the impressive Balmaceda Glacier. We continue on a series of fast Zodiacs and a catamaran through pristine waterways to our refugio in Torres del Paine National Park. Viewing the beautiful scenery from the riverways is an unforgettable highlight of this trip. By contrast our fully supported classic W trek leads into the heart of the Torres del Paine National Park. From comfortable mountain refugios we trek beneath a panorama of impressive granite peaks rising above the tumbling glaciers and deep blue lakes and undertake exhilarating walks to clamber across the glacial moraine to the base of the peaks. Crossing the button grass we may also appreciate the guanacos and other wildlife, while we hope to spot a mighty condor soaring overhead.

Brief Itinerary

DAY 1 Join Calafate
DAY 2 Drive to El Chalten in Los Glaciares National Park
DAYS 3/5 In Fitz Roy area with day hikes to Laguna Torre, Cerro Torre and/or Fitz Roy Base Camp
DAY 6 Drive to Calafate
DAY 7 Visit Perito Moreno Glacier
DAY 8 Drive to Puerto Natales (Chile)
DAY 9 Boat via Balmaceda Glacier to Torres del Paine National Park and take catamaran across Lago Pehoe
DAYS 10/14 Undertake the spectacular 'W' trek in Torres del Paine National Park
DAY 15 Return to Calafate where trip concludes

traveller reviews

The Paine & Fitz Roy Trek was an enjoyable and enriching experience, due in no small part to the efforts of our leader, Juli. She had a great sense of humor, and was fully involved with the whole group at all times. Great stuff!!

D. Leach Victoria, Australia

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Trip Code: PFT
Trip Grading: Moderate
Duration:  15 days
Activities:  Trekking Day Walking
Next Trip:  06 November 2016
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price: $5,299.00 USD

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Meals valued at: $725 USD
Park & entry fees valued at: $83 USD
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