Patagonia - The Great Journey


Patagonia - The Great Journey


8 Days / 7 Nights

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This specialized camping trip is one of the best ways to visit the Bariloche area of the Argentinian Lake District and Northern Patagonia. It combines some of the stunning scenery, classic legends of the area as well as some unique flora and fauna along the route. If you like the idea of camping, but with all the hard work taken out of it, for more time to explore the surrounding area, then this is the trip for you! Ideal for families, groups of friends or cooperate groups, who are looking for a more remote experience, to get back to nature and to get away from it all…. In fact, it’s the perfect disconnect!

Special features of our 8 days PATAGONIA - GREAT JOURNEY experience: 

Type of Tourism: Adventure, Mountains, Lakes, Camping, Nature, Flora and Fauna, Geographical.

Places to Visit:  Bariloche, Laguna Negro, Creton Lagoon, Ilon Lagoon, Puerto Frias, Puerto Blest,

Duration: 8 Days and 7 Nights. 

Type of Service: Shared tours. 

Accommodation: 3 star Hotel, refuges and tents. These are carefully chosen to guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for in this Northern Patagonian region.



Our staff will collect you from the Bariloche airport or the Bus station, wherever you are arriving! We then head to the centre of San Carlos de Bariloche, to your hotel. In the evening, we will meet to share a “Welcome dinner” and meet the other members of the group.

    Bright and early, we will leave for the trailhead. We begin our hike on the classic trail to Laguna Negra, which is the main entrance to the mountain and follows the left bank of the Goye Stream. The trail is well defined and you are likely to see other trekkers heading to the shelter.  Today’s hike is relatively easy along a flat trail. Towards the end of the day, we have a short ascent to the shore of the lagoon. We can either camp or use the shelter, depending on the time that we arrive.

      After breakfast, we will begin to circumnavigate the lagoon, ascending at the west edge of the lake to see Mount Tronador for the first time.  We will approach the mountain slowly but surely until we reach the foot of the mountain. We will then begin the descent towards Arroyo La Chata. This stream provides an excellent spot for lunch and to refill our water bottles for the afternoon! We will continue towards the CAB Lagoon, hiking through the thick cane plantations. After around 2 hours, we will arrive at the shore of the lagoo...

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        Today is the most challenging day of the trek. We will start early by ascending the CAB Hill along a steep trail. The spectacular views all around us will be our fuel for the trek. Arriving at the edge of the mountain, we will make our way through stone-cutters and stone slabs, till we reach the Mallin del Mate Dulce. We will then ascend to the edge of the Crystal mountain. This is the final climb of the day, which is long but rewarding as it takes us to a unique panoramic viewpoint. On arrival, we will head west, with the stunning M...

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          After a hearty breakfast, we will begin our ascent close to a rocky edge that will take us to the Blue Lagoon. This lagoon is arguably the most beautiful of all, surrounded by granite walls, its deep blue tones give us an idea about its depth.  We will then continue to another lagoon, called Chubut Lagoon, and from there we will ascend to the “Captain's Edge”.  Heading West, we will cross a beautiful area of ​​pampas and boglands, hoping to see some “Pudú” or foxes drinking from the stream. We...

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            Today we will head off through the Patagonian Andean forest. The crossing is visually stunning, which will be ingrained in our memories for a long time to come. Here we will take in the views and enjoy lunch on this naturally formed balcony. After lunch, we will continue along the ascending path to the Rocca Shelter, found at 1432 m elevation. From here we can take in the spectacular scenery and impressive views. After dinner, we will learn more about the history of this amazing place. If the sky is clear, then we will have the oppor...

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              Today we will have an early breakfast, to arrive at the spectacular viewpoint of the Alerce Glacier for the sunrise. We will then say goodbye to Rocca Refuge before entering The Frías River Valley following its course to the Lake, hiking a winding trail for about 6 hours, through the lush Valdivian Forest. We will stop at The Mirador Frias to observe the waterfalls that give birth to the Frías River. We will visit the lake in the afternoon, to take the boat to Puerto Alegre and on to Puerto Blest, where we will spend th...

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                After breakfast, we will return to Bariloche by boat, navigating over the Nahuel Huapi Lake to Puerto Pañuelo. We will then head to our hotel for the evening, marking the end of the tour. 

                  WHAT'S INCLUDED

                  • Land transfers: In Airport - Bariloche | Bariloche Colonia Suiza | Puerto Pañuelo - Bariloche. 
                  • Lake transfers: Puerto Frías navigations to Puerto Alegre on Frías Lake and Puerto Blest - Puerto Pañuelo on Nahuel Huapi Lake. 
                  • Professional, local guides, with extensive knowledge about flora, fauna and Patagonian geography. 
                  • Logistics and assistance team for assembly and transfer of camp and dinner preparation. 
                  • 01 night accommodation at the Hotel in San Carlos de Bariloche. Accommodation on a double basis with breakfast. 
                  • 02 nights accommodation in a mountain refuge  
                  • 01 night accommodation in double room at Hotel Puerto Blest. 
                  • Liability and personal accident insurance  
                  • Breakfasts, snacks, lunches and dinners during the crossings (08 breakfasts, 06 lunch in lunch format, 07 dinners). 
                  • Full camping material includes sleeping bag and sheet/liner.
                  • Entrance fee to the National Park. 

                  WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

                  • Entrance fee to the National Park. 
                  • Tips and personal expenses. 
                  • No item not described in the itinerary. 
                  • Personal equipment (clothing, backpack, hygiene equipment, etc.). 
                  • Accommodation from day 08. 

                  Trip Preparation & FAQS

                  You can check our safety protocols in the following link:

                  We do not include travel or health insurance and we strongly recommend a comprehensive travel insurance for any unexpected circumstances. This is not obligatory, however. We recommend a full travel insurance policy that covers cancellations and delays as well as medical insurance.

                  We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure that you are up-to-date with the recommended vaccinations when traveling to the destination. In any case, a negative Coronavirus Molecular Test (PCR) is needed to enter the country.

                  We suggest that you speak with your doctor to ensure what medications you will need to bring to the destination. Pharmacies and drugstores are common in all cities, however, it is not certain that you will be able to find a specific drug that you can find in your country of origin.

                  As in any city in the world, there can be pickpockets in crowded places. We suggest being vigilant at all times, but if you are in a group you will always be safer.

                  We do not include the cost of any domestic or international flight in any of our programs. These services must be booked independently by each guest.

                  Yes, hotels will charge the cost of a double room as standard, so a single supplement will be charged if you are travelling alone.

                  VA Expeditions is supported by Valencia Travel, a company with more than 12 years of foundation with a solid financial position. We have insurance from the insurance company La Positiva, that supports us and protects our guests from any eventuality at the destination, covering our guests for more than 5 million US dollars.

                  Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                  Yes, in addition to multi-day programs, we offer half-day experiences and excursions without overnight, which you can purchase as additional services. In case you wish to purchase one of these services, you can ask your guide, the transfer representative or your sales representative to provide you with the support you need.

                  Yes, you can add additional or optional services to your regular tour. We appreciate contacting your sales representative for any changes you wish to make.

                  Yes, you can travel with children and we have many activities to do as a family, however, depending on your itinerary, some experiences can be a bit demanding for young children. As a recommendation, we suggest that you ask your sales consultant if the tour you wish to book is suitable for children.

                  We work with a maximum group size of 12 passengers for sustainability reasons and a more personaized experience.

                  We suggest making your reservations at least one month before your trip in order to reserve the best hotels, transportation and services for your travel dates, however, in last minute cases, we can reserve up to 15 days in advance.

                  We suggest consulting with your embassy to review any documents, tests or special visa you need for your trip.

                  The official currency in Argentina is the Argentinian peso (ARS). In large cities there is a good chance that you will find ATMs or ATMs, however, we suggest that you do not rely entirely on this solution, as it may not be enabled to work with your bank.

                  Yes, we cater for all special dietary requirements. Please let us know at the time of booking if you have any allergies or special dietary needs.

                  As a sustainable travel company, we are in constant search of how we can improve the sustainability of our operations, that is why we carry out the following activities to generate a fair and sustainable development in our areas of operation:

                  Tips are not included in the cost of the tour. You should plan to tip 10% in restaurants and for your guided services, however, tipping is never required.

                  Cultural norms vary within each Latin American country, even within each city within the country, however, we recommend the following measures to have a pleasant visit in each destination: Latin American culture in general tends to be closer and more informal than in others cultures, so there is usually always a friendly approach in all conversations, and going directly to the point could be considered offensive to some people. Personal space can be much shorter as well, but without being interpreted as sexual in nature. In some places, like Argentina, kisses on the cheek are common for greeting, even between men.

                  The schedules are also usually more relaxed and informal, however, this is not the case of VA EXPEDITIONS, since we will always respect the hours indicated in your itinerary. This may be different for other appointments that you can book on your own at other locations.

                  This depends on each itinerary, and will be indicated in the detail of the day. However, our itineraries always usually include free times to offer more flexibility to our guests. 

                  For any emergency, we appreciate contacting the following number: 0054-911-2252-6549

                  At VA Expeditions we believe that every action we take should generate a positive impact on the communities and the environment of our entire production chain, which is why we carry out various activities focused on this objective. An example of sustainable activities you can do in Argentina:

                  In Iguazu:

                  Visit to a Guaraní Village: a unique excursion, first crossing the M´Boca-i stream, then traveling a path in the middle of the jungle where you can discover their hunting techniques, the traps used to catch animals and learn about the use of medicinal plants.

                  In Bariloche

                  Villa La Angostura:

                  Forest bath: The novel forest baths, which have recently been carried out in Argentina, help to slow down and awaken the senses.

                  In Salta / Jujuy:

                  Jujuy by Bike: This tour proposes a three-day journey through the most outstanding points of the Quebrada de Humahuaca. Your two local guides take you on a different tour to delve into the history and culture of native peoples and their intersection with the Creole heritage.

                  In Mendoza:

                  Snowshoe hike in Mendoza: It is a must see in Portezuelo del Viento. The "Snowshoe Walk" is an exit that takes place from Las Cuevas, a small "Authentic Town" located very close to the border with Chile.

                  In Salta / Jujuy:

                  Salinas Grandes Jujuy: A chain of luxury camps, with Salinas Grandes as the first of several similar projects in different parts of the country ”, says one of its creators, Nicolás Languasco Basy. The entire luxury camp is 100% equipped with renewable energies beneficial to the environment.

                  Pristine Camps joined the Cooperativa Cachi del Chincho from the Aguas Blancas community in order to train young locals. The purpose of this alliance is for them to become external collaborators. They will be in charge of bringing local culture closer to visitors so that they can get to know it from the inside.

                  In estuaries of the Ibera:

                  The Esteros de Corrientes: Takes us to know the Carlos Pellegrini Colony and to enter an area of ​​estuaries and palm groves; then to spend the night in an inn with the style of an old Corrientes farm to enjoy the typical gastronomy and a panoramic view from the pier of the Iberá Lagoon.

                  All our guests have 24/7 support for any type of emergency or eventuality. For emergencies you can contact the following number: 0054-911-2252-6549. For general inquiries, you can write to us at the following email: 

                  This depends on each itinerary, but generally is a ratio of one guide for every nine guests.

                  This depends on the type of the type of Travel insurance that the passenger has. In Argentina attention in Public hospitals is free, but we recommend that you have a comprehensive travel insurance policy for better care and hospital facilities.

                  The tours are carried out by an expert team that has determined the optimal times of visits to make the most of our guests' time, without rushing. All our programs are customizable, so if at any time at the destination you want to adjust the pace of the trip, you can ask your guide to reach a consensus with the whole group in case you need to make adjustments to the pace of the trip.

                  Each trip is customizable, but there may be additional restrictions and expenses in each case. We suggest contacting your sales representative for more information.

                  Yes, you can safely store any luggage at your  hotel.

                  For city tours, there are public bathrooms available, in remote destinations bathroom facilities are more sparse.

                  In the mountains and remote places there is no Internet connection. Hotels and public places usually have WIFI available.

                  In cities and tourist centers you will have good telephone reception. In remote areas, there may be no cell phone reception.

                  It depends on each itinerary, but for example, in the north of Argentina we can reach more than 5000 meters of altitude.

                  We suggest that you bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water if necessary. Depending on your destination, at various points on your trip there will be places where you can fill your water bottle.

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