This trip is full of interest, excitement and enjoyment.A clear day at El Chalten for the walk to Fitzroy would have made the trip perfect and 5 star rated.The extension to the Iguassu Falls is highly recommended - coupled with a tango show in Buenos Aires, it provides the perfect end to the holiday.
- What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
This is a trip of many highlights. In no particular order -
Listening to the Perito Moreno Glacier
Crossing the Magellan Strait
The Iguassu Falls (if you do the extension)
Seeing the Andean Condor, albatross and Chilean flamingo
Walking on the Viedma Glacier and drinking Baileys with 400 year old lumps of ice
Buenos Aires - the Recoleta cemetery is a fascinating place to visit
Sailing along the Beagle Channel and seeing penguins change from clumsy walkers to superb swimmers
Being part of an amazing group of people - thanks guys!
The Torres del Paine National Park - the walk up to the Towers of Paine must be one of the best daywalks to be had anywhere in the world
Tierra del Fuego and the transition from the Patagonian steppe to meeting the Andes again on the approaches to Ushuaia
(I expect Fitzroy would have been a highlight, but we had appalling weather on that walk, with no views)
- What did you think of your group leader?
Hugo was everything you would expect from an Exodus leader - enthusiastic, knowledgeable and a great communicator and organiser. He met the needs of a diverse group extremely well.
On the bus journey from Punta Arenas to Ushuaia, we had 2 (yes two) tyre blowouts. It was no surprise to see Hugo helping the coach drivers to change the wheel.
- Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Expect all weathers, so pack carefully. It was wet, cold and windy in El Chalten, dry, cold and windy in the rest of Patagonia, hot in Buenos Aires and very hot at the Iguassu Falls. The best item of clothing you can take is a good windproof.
If going to Iguassu, take some good insect repellant. It's pretty tropical up there and there are some fierce little biters.
Some members of the group had trouble changing travellers cheques and at ATMs, even in Buenos Aires. Cash is king in Argentina and in many places you can pay in US $ as well as pesos at a general exchange rate of around 4 pesos to the $.
There are some long driving days and border crossings can be a lengthy process. For these days, take a good supply of water, snacks, reading material, patience and humour.
At the time of our trip, early March, Argentina was definitely 3 hours behind GMT, not 2 as suggested in an earlier review.
- Is there anything else you would like to add?
This is a top trip - just go on it.
If you can afford the extra time and cost, the Iguassu extension is unforgettable