Patagonia Overland Jeep Safari

Our Patagonia Overland Safari, utilizing specially equipped Jeep Wranglers, offers you the most unique of experiences among the jaw-dropping landscapes of wild Patagonia. These safaris were designed with adventure, safety, luxury, comfort and style in mind.  Choose between our guided safaris or venture into the wilds of Patagonia on your own on our self-drive adventures.

This trip offers the very best that both Chilean and Argentinan Patagonia have to offer. Our 9 day Safari includes a unique mix of 5 or 4 Star hotels, depending on whether you select the GOLD or the SILVER package. On both programs you have access to a full menu of excursions to choose from throughout both National Parks.

We begin at the Fjord of Last Hope in Chile, before venturing into far reaches of Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina and the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Then it’s on to experience the best of Torres Paine National Park in Chile before winding down at the same place where our adventure started.

This Patagonia safari offers the freedom and flexibility for those looking to explore the region at their own pace and away from the crowds.  However, having this freedom does not imply sacrificing luxury, comfort and style in the process. The ROAM difference is clear as soon as you board your Jeep and venture into the wilds of Patagonia.

 

Trip Length 9 Days
Dates

2016:

February 19 – 27, February 26 – March 5, March 4 – 12,  11 – 19,  18 – 26,  March 25 – April 2, April 1 – 9, 8 – 16, 15 – 23

Dates Register
Price $6770-8650 USD
Deposit 1000
Meeting Place Santiago, Chile or Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gateway City Santiago ro Buenos Aires
River Rating Moderate to Intermediate
Age Range 10- 80
Itinerary at a Glance
  • Spend 9 days exploring Torres del Paine National Park in Chile and Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina.
  • An overland adventure among majestic valleys, mountains, glaciers and lakes
  • Walk & hike among the magnificent granite horns and towers of Torres del Paine National Park
  • Enjoy kayaking and fly fishing in the lands, lakes and rivers of the park
  • Ride horses to secluded lagoons with their own glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park
  • Visit the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier on a catamaran ride or do a short ice-trek
  • Experience the customs and traditions of the people of the region at authentic Patagonian estancias.

What’s included:

  • Hotel or lodge accommodations in Torres del Paine, Los Glaciares, El Calafate and Puerto Natales
  • All meals during trip (as noted on itinerary)
  • Entrance fees to Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks
  • Entrance fee to Glaciarium Museum in Calafate
  • WiFi services at hotels and lodges when available
  • The services of a ROAM Adventures tour leader (not included for Self-Drive Tours)
  • Roundtrip transfers to/from Punta Arenas and Puerto Natales
  • Use of Jeep vehicles for the duration, including radios, binoculars, GPS Garmin and GPS Ranger devices
  • Comprehensive vehicle insurance, including 3rd party liability insurance

Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Friday – Chile: Punta Arenas & Puerto Natales / Puerto Bories

Fly to Punta Arenas in southern Chile from Santiago and transfer to your hotel at the edge of the Fjord of Last Hope for a restful and relaxing afternoon / evening.

Overnight at The Singular (Gold Program) or Altiplanico (Silver Program)  Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Saturday – Chile: Puerto Natales & Surroundings

Morning at leisure to rest and relax at the hotel or visit to the Mylodon Cave. Lunch followed by afternoon activity of choice in Puerto Natales and surroundings. Options include navigations, horseback riding or walks & hikes.

Overnight at The Singular Hotel (Gold) or Altiplanico Hotel (Silver)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Sunday – Argentina: El Calafate & Museum

Morning drive across the border to Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. Arrive for lunch to El Calafate. Afternoon visit to El Calafate town and Glaciarium Museum.

Overnight at Eolo or Alta Vista (Gold) or Xelena Suites (Silver)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Monday – Argentina: Anita Valley & Estancia Anita or Laguna Name

Morning horseback riding around the Anita Valley and the Patagonian steppe lagoons. Afternoon visit to Estancia Anita (Gold program) or Laguna Nimez (Silver program).

Overnight at Eolo or Alta Vista (Gold) or Xelena Suites (Silver)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Tuesday – Argentina: Perito Moreno Glacier

Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier Expedition.  Choice in the morning of a catamaran Navigation across the face of the Glacier or Ice Trekking atop the Glacier. Afternoon visit to the boardwalks to watch the Glacier calving. Relaxing evening at the hotel.

Overnight at Eolo or Alta Vista (Gold) or Xelena Suites (Silver)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

day 6: Wednesday – Chile: Torres del Paine National Park

Morning drive back across the border to Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and arrive for lunch. Afternoon at leisure to rest and relax at hotel or choose from several half-day excrusions which include: walks & hikes and horseback riding.

Overnight at Tierra Patagonia (Gold) or at Patagonia Camp (Silver) Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Thursday – Chile: Park reconnaissance tour by Jeep

Full day Torres del Paine Jeep reconnaissance tour around the park, stopping at different overlooks, lakes and points of interest. Lunch at the edge of the Blue Lagoon.

Overnight at Tierra Patagonia (Gold) or at Patagonia Camp (Silver)  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: Friday – Chile: Choice of 2 half day or 1 full day excursions

Choose today between 2 half-day or 1 full day activity in Torres del Paine National Park. Options include walks & hikes, horseback riding, lake navigations, kayaking, Jeep tours and Fly Fishing.

Overnight at The Singular (Gold) or at Altiplanico (Silver)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Saturday – Chile: Transfer to Punta Arenas and flight to Santiago

Morning transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas airport for flight to Santiago. Take international connection this evening or choose one of our trip extensions in Chile or Argentina. Meals: Breakfast

NOTE: While ROAM attempts to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered an approximate schedule of activities.  The hotels used may also change as the itinerary above is subject to availability.  The itinerary is subject to revision due to weather, trail and road conditions, government restrictions and other factors beyond our control.

Walks & hikes

Both Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares offer some of the most spectacular walks and hikes of any region in the world. National Geographic awarded this region one of the top spots in its ranking of the best hiking destinations on the planet.  We offer amazing opportunities to walk and hike among gnarled, mysterious beech forests and open plains to glaciers, roaring waterfalls, glacier-carved valleys and towering granite giants that glow as if on fire with the light of dawn and dusk.  There are naturalist or active hiking routes available.  The more active route is ideal  for those who are in good shape and can stand long hikes (5 – 6 hours) on varied terrain.

Horseback riding

Riding in Patagonia is an activity that can be enjoyed by all, even if you have never gone horseback riding before. We offer this activity on beautiful and tame horses that know the trails and turns like the back of their hoofs. Horseback riding in Patagonia allows you to experience the region a bit differently than on walks & hikes, covering more terrain in a shorter period of time, and doing it as the real gauchos (local cowboys) do it. You will be treated to spectacular views of the valleys and lakes while horseback riding at either Torres del Paine or Los Glaciares National Parks.

Navigations

You will have several opportunities to cruise Patagonia’s breath-taking glacier lakes. On the Chilean side you have the option of navigating around Grey Lake to view Glacier Grey from up-close. You will also have the opportunity to navigate the turquoise blue waters of Pehoe lake if you choose to do the French Valley Trek. On the Argentine side, you also have the opportunity to enjoy a catamaran navigation on Argentino lake, to cruise in front of the wall of the mammoth Perito Moreno Glacier. Here we will have the opportunity to witness it calving into the lake and see in detail the electric blue hues of its gigantic walls.

Kayaking

If you are looking for some adventure, then our kayaking excursions are the perfect option for you. We offer kayaking at Lake Grey in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. This excursion is offered for anyone who wants to see icebergs from up-close as we kayak around an area known as ‘iceberg graveyard’ where dozens of icebergs from Glacier Grey accumulate due to the currents and winds at the lake. Your guide will adjust your paddling route depending on weather conditions, kayaking skills and the abundance of icebergs.

Ice trekking

For those looking for a more active option on the day you visit Perito Moreno Glacier, you have the option of embarking on a catamaran to cross the lake along the southern wall of Perito Moreno glacier and setting off for about a two hour ice trek along the mighty glacier. The ice surface over which you walk is irregular, but firm and very safe. On our trek we will appreciate a variety of ice formations including crevasses, seracs, drains and small lagoons.  Your guide share information about the flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region as well as the particular phenomenon occurring in the glacier Perito Moreno that eventually causes the calving.

Please Note: This activity is limited to participants between the ages of 10 and 65.

Fly fishing

For those in the search of Patagonia’s legendary trout and salmon, we offer a full-day fly fishing excursion at the Serrano River in Torres del Paine National Park. There Serrano River is home to countless rainbows and browns, as well as the mighty Chinook salmon between the months of December and February. We will scout the river and choose our fishing spot based on the weather and water conditions that day. Our fishing expedition will extend throughout the day today and it includes a gourmet lunch at the edge of the river, as well as coffee, tea, beer, wine and the traditional Patagonian “mate” tea. As you fish you will also enjoy all the flora and fauna of the area, including ducks, condors, woodpeckers and possibly even the elusive Puma, which is often spotted around the lands surrounding the river. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon for some relaxation time before dinner.

Jeep touring

Different Jeep® tours are offered in both Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Park and this is a great way to see most of the highlights of the Parks in the shortest amount of time.  These tours include the opportunity to enjoy leisurely walks that take in the full spectrum of the park’s flora and fauna, in company with various breathtaking views of the mountains, surrounding lakes and countryside.

Accommodations

Our GOLD hotel package includes the following properties:

Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa sits on a bluff where the South American pampa meets Lake Sarmiento, immersed in the landscape and emerging from the hillside. The award winning architecture complements the flow of the geology in this privileged location and showcases the magnificent views of the Torres del Paine National Park. Inside, wood clad walls emanate warmth and protection – a cozy hideaway after a day spent discovering the amazing Patagonian outdoors. The essence of the interior decoration, its furnishings and textiles were hand made by Chilean craftspeople, using natural materials from the region, high quality workmanship and inspiration from the surrounding estancias as well as the influence of the native Tehuelche people. The ambience of Tierra Patagonia is casual and friendly, the different spaces created by the designers mean that guests can mingle and get to know one another or find a quiet corner to relax and get away from it all.

For those in search of authentic Patagonia, Alta Vista, part of Estancia Anita–the largest in the region–is the real thing. Strategically located between Los Glacieares National Park and the nearby town of El Calafate, guests are immediately drawn to the cozy inn, with its English style flower, vegetable and herb gardens, perfectly set in the breathtaking Patagonia countryside. Entering the Inn sends one back in time not only because of the wooden floors and attractive antiques but because of the welcoming warmth you’ll be treated to during your stay. Alta Vista is truly your Patagonia home away from home and that is how you will be treated here. Alta Vista also provides an authentic culinary experience using fresh ingredients from the surrounding gardens and estancia in combination with fine South American wines. We know you will enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of this exclusive seven room inn, with a wide variety of activities to enjoy, form watching sheep shearing to going on truly spectacular horseback rides into the surrounding high country.

Few hotels in Patagonia can deliver luxury services or convey such a rich sense of the history of Chile quite like The Singular. The hotel is a converted factory, located on a remote stretch of Puerto Bories, just minutes away from Puerto Natales. The Singular is obtaining international honors for its unique luxury services and for its mastery in preserving and integrating the old factory’s massive Victorian machinery into the modern style of the building. The old refrigeration buildings are now partitioned into lofty rooms and suites with amazing views of the vast waters and fiords that face the hotel. The Singular’s talented chef seeks to spoil you with exquisite dishes, featuring authentic Patagonian ingredients including Magellan lamb and King Crab.

Eolo is a unique resting place, that embodies the true spirit of the Argentine Patagonia. The indigenous roots of the native people, the personal experiences of the first Europeans and Criollo settlers to come across this land and the experiences of adventurers from all over the world all come together at Eolo. The lodge was designed for guests to be able to experience unique sensations and to enjoy the pleasure felt when admiring the true beauty of the simple things in life. Only he who lives things from within can capture their essence. This is Eolo’s reason of being.

Our SILVER hotel package includes includes top-notch 4 Star hotels and lodges in some of the finest locations of both National Parks. Lodging options include: Altiplanico, Patagonia Camp, Eco Camp and Las Torres in Chile, as well as Helsingfors, Xelena Suites and Design Suites in Argentina.

About the Region

Located at the southern end of South America, Patagonia is a territory shared by the countries of Chile and Argentina. The region of Patagonia encompasses the southern section of the Andes mountain range to the southwest towards the Pacific ocean (Chilean side) and from the east of the Andes to the valleys it follows south through Rio Colorado towards the Atlantic Ocean (Argentinean side). It covers an area of around 300,000 sq. mi. (777,000 sq. km.), including some islands of the Argentinean Antartica and South Atlantic, as well as the popular territory of Tierra del Fuego, found on the southernmost tip of the continent. This region is very sparsely populated having approximately 1.5 people per sq. km.

The striking scenery of Patagonia is the result of major glaciological and geological transformations that took place in the region millions of years ago, creating mountains and countless valleys, glaciers, lakes and rivers. Patagonia is one of the most uninhabited areas of our planet and home to an incredible variety of wildlife and plant life, many of which is endemic to the region.

EACH SEASON AND ITS ADVANTAGES
SUMMER (December – February)

The days are the longest all year during this season and the temperatures are pleasant during the day, with cooler temperatures at night. You can expect the sun to be up as early as 4:30am and sundown to be at around 10:00pm. This is also the busiest time of the year in Patagonia.

IDEAL SEASON FOR: Active individuals looking to do lots of trekking and spending long days in the Parks.

FALL (March – May)

This season rewards travelers with beautiful colors as trees begin to shed their leaves for the upcoming winter season. For photographers, this is one of the nicest times of the years to go as the landscape contrasts beautifully with the shades of reds, yellows and browns of the plant life. The winds of the summer months start to die down and the larger crowds of the summer months also begin to diminish during this time of the year.

IDEAL SEASON FOR: Photographers and travelers looking to experience the best of Patagonia away from the crowds of the busier summer months.

WINTER (June – September)

Winter is the season with the least amount of wind in Patagonia, giving way to plenty of days of big blue skies. Landscapes are very different during these months as both Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks are powdered with light snow. For photographers, this is the most beautiful time of the year to visit Patagonia and it is much easier to spot elusive wildlife like Pumas and foxes. 95% of all the excursions offered during the summer months remain open during the winter, offering a whole new way to experience the wilds of Patagonia.

IDEAL SEASON FOR: Photographers and travelers interested in Puma Tracking. This is the ideal time of the year for those looking to experience Patagonia in the most private manner possible as the Parks are never crowded.

SPRING (October – November)

Spring is gorgeous in Patagonia. The greens turn very vivid during these months as natural life recovers from the winter months, giving a renewed aspect to the entire region.The days start getting longer and travelers start arriving in larger numbers to the parks.

IDEAL SEASON FOR: Travelers looking for good weather for outdoor activities, but also looking for more privacy in the parks and on their daily outings as you avoid the crowds of the summer months.

Torres del Paine National Park is found between the Andes Mountain range and the Patagonian Steppe in the Chilean side of Patagonia. It covers an area of just over 2,422sq km (935 sq mi). The National Park holds within its boundaries a number of glaciers, lakes, rivers and valleys, as well as the famed centerpiece, Cordillera del Paine, where we find the two most recognized rock formations known as Las Torres (the three towering rock formations that give the park its name) and Cuernos del Paine (Del Paine Horns).

The park is located about 112 km (70 mi) north of the town of Puerto Natales and approximately 312 km (194 mi) north of the city of Punta Arenas. The Bernardo O’Higgins National Park neighbours Torres del Paine to the west, and the famous Los Glaciares National Park is located further north on the Argentine side of Patagonia.

Torres del Paine is a very popular destination for hikers from all over the world. The entire Park contains clearly marked paths and many “refugios” which provide basic services and shelter for backpackers. The views in the park are absolutely breathtaking. Visiting Torres del Paine is recommended from the months of October until late March or early April. During these months the weather is nicer, and daylight hours are long, due to the extreme southern latitude.

Los Glaciares National Park is located in a region known as the Austral Andes in Argentina. It lies at the southwest edge of the Santa Cruz province, on the border with Chile. Because of its stunning natural beauty, Los Glaciares National Park today is part of the natural wonders of our world, and was declared a UNESCO “World Heritage Site” in 1981.

This Grand National Park boasts a series of, lakes, mountains, glaciers and woods. A large portion of the western side of the park is basically under ice and snow and to the east we find the arid Patagonian steppe.

The name of Los Glaciares National Park means “The Glaciers”, due to the series of glaciers that are born on the Ice Caps of the Southern Andes. This is the largest continental ice extension in the world, after Antarctica. Also known as Patagonic Continental Ice, in the region we find 47 big glaciers, 13 of which flow to the Atlantic. There are also more than 200 smaller glaciers that are not connected to the Ice Caps.

Generally, glaciers around the world are found at elevations over 2500 m. (8200 ft.) above sea level, but in Patagonia, glaciers originate at around 1500 m. (4900 ft.) above sea level, and flow down to 200 m. (650 ft.). This allows for incredible approaches and views of the glaciers within the National Park.

The constant thaw of these large glaciers and ice fields resulted in the formation of two large lakes inside of Los Glaciares National Park: Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma. The waters of both of these lakes flow to the Santa Cruz River, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean.

History

For many centuries, Patagonia was considered to be the end of the known world. The region was subject of strange folklore; a mysterious, extensive land, home to gigantic beings with peculiar habits. Just getting here meant sailing across some of the world’s most dangerous waters, where countless ships rest today at the bottom of the sea. In ancient times those who made it here believed they had arrived to Terra Australis Incognita, a mythical continent at the southernmost point of the earth.

Animals & Wildlife

Almost 500 species of animals inhabit Patagonia, including 60 mammal, 400 birds and a variety of fish, amphibians and reptiles

Many native animals of Patagonia have been displaced in the last few centuries by species that were introduced by man during the times of the conquest and the colonization of the region. Sheep and cattle farming are two of the principal activities that led to this displacement.

In ancient times the region was inhabited by tigers, the aguara-guazu or “big fox”, the peccary and the pampas deer. However, these species have all moved up north due to the influence of man in the region. Today we can still see several species around the National Parks, including many large mammals like Huemul, Pumas and Pundu.

Birds present in Patagonia are mainly predatory and carrion species. Amongst these are the famous Andean Condor, the Caracara, Vultures, Hawks, Eagles and Falcons. The largest bird in the region, the Lesser Rhea, similar to ostriches and known as ñandu locally, are found throughout Patagonia. Other smaller birds occur throughout Patagonia, like the Magellanic Woodpecker, a variety of geese and ducks, and penguins on the far south of the region.

The most characteristic land animals that can be easily observed around Patagonia, are skunks, Patagonia hare or mara, armadillos, foxes, guanacos and Pumas, which are the local mountain lions. One can also find in the mountains, huemuls (or regular deer), pudu (or dwarf deer) and red deer, although they are somewhat uncommon. The rivers in the region are also inhabited by introduced fish such as trout and salmon.

Trip Planner

Planning Your Trip

We have prepared this trip planner to help you get ready for the adventures ahead in this truly unspoiled part of the world. We have tried to anticipate questions you might have concerning travel arrangements, what to bring, and getting in shape. We are also providing some basic information about these diverse regions. If any of your questions remain unanswered, please don’t hesitate to call. We strive to fully prepare you for what to expect on your trip so you can spend your vacation hiking, exploring, indulging and relaxing rather than wondering whether or not you brought the right pair of shoes.

 

Getting in Shape

Our trips are designed for people who enjoy the out-of-doors, rather than for fitness fanatics. Still, they are active holidays. Age is unimportant when it comes to your ability to do the rafting, walking, and/or hiking-the more important consideration is your physical condition. If you haven’t attempted the kind of exercise levels required by our trips within the last couple of years, please be aware of the sort of trip you’re taking. It’s an active one, and you’ll enjoy it more if you’ve been doing some exercise before you go. No previous river experience is required.

Your guides will give you an orientation to expedition practices and teach you all the basic skills that you’ll require to enjoy the different aspects of the trip. Our prime consideration is to provide you with a trip that is as safe and comfortable as possible while still maintaining the integrity of a wilderness experience. Activities that involve aerobic conditioning, such as swimming, walking, jogging, squash, and tennis are great for overall physical conditioning. Keep in mind the relative topography of where you live compared to the region you will be visiting. If you live in flat country, for example, consider supplementing your training with artificial hill training on a treadmill or stair-master.

 

A Thumbnail Training Program

    Two-three months before the trip starts: try to do exercises that involve aerobic conditioning three times each week-swimming, walking, jogging, squash, cross-country skiing, tennis, biking.

    One month before the trip: go for a couple of longer walks each week.

    The week before your trip: try to go for three long walks.

    Be sure to stretch after exercising-it reduces the chances of injury, muscle pain, stiffness, and fatigue.

 

Expedition Equipment

You will be equipped with a customized Jepp Wrangler for up to 4 passengers.  It has navigation equipment and a variety of special features just for our use.  Excursions will include all the necessary gear such as kayaks, paddles, crampons, harnesses, fly rods, waders and well-trained horses

The Weather

The weather in Patagonia is best described as unpredictable.   quite a bit during the evenings. While we don’t expect rain, it is always a possibility so be sure to follow our recommended equipment list, as our experience suggests a multi-layering approach with a range of temperatures and conditions in mind.

What to Take

While we encourage you to travel light, you’ll also want to be sure you pack all the essentials and prepared for both land and water environs. The personal equipment list will address what you will need to wear in conjunction with our gear. At the same time, weight and volume restrictions come into play so please follow our recommendations closely.

 

Equipment Notes

The personal equipment list we provide you with has been developed through years of practical experience. It is important that the clothing you bring will withstand the rigors of the trip. Your personal equipment should not weigh more than 40 pounds and all clothing should be quick drying and be made of synthetics or wool. Warmth and comfort are the main objectives with this outline. Weather conditions can vary considerably so it’s important to dress in layers so that you can maintain a comfortable body temperature no matter what Mother Nature may have in store. The inner layer should move perspiration outside, where it can evaporate. The intermediate layer should insulate while the outside layer should act as a barrier to wind and rain.

Personal Equipment List

 Footwear

    1 pair of hiking boots with appropriate number of socks

    Casual shoes for town and lodge

    1 pair river sandals (Tevas)

    5-7 pairs wool hiking socks

 Upper Body

     2 T-shirts (Merino wool are best)

    1-2 collared shirts for lodge nights

    2 long underwear tops (synthetic or wool)

    1 pile or fleece jacket (100-200 weight)

    1 high quality waterproof rain jacket

Lower Body

    1-2 pairs long underwear bottoms (synthetic or wool)

    2 pairs of light shorts (quick-drying)

    1-2 pairs of quick-dry pants

    * Casual slacks for lodge nights

    * 1 pair high quality waterproof rain pants

    Undergarments (ideally 1-2 of them synthetic)

    1 swimsuit

 

Head & Hands

   1 sun hat or visor

   Fleece hat 

   1 pair lightweight fleece gloves

  

Some Extras

    Binoculars: Many people like to have a pair for those great vistas or for bird or animal watching.

    Compass: A fun thing to have for the avid map-reader. We carry a full set of topographical maps on the trip. 

 Additional Gear

    1 day pack (20-35 litres)

    2 1-litre water bottles (or camelback) with securing strap

    Toiletry kit (personal medications)

    Sunscreen, lip salve, insect repellent

    Sunglasses with safety strap and extra prescription glasses (if necessary)

    Small flashlight or headlamp and extra batteries

    Notebook, journal, reading material

    Camera (don’t forget to bring lots of memory and store gear properly)

Please pack your gear into soft duffle bags (NO SUITCASES). The gear you’re should weigh less than 40 pounds in total. The airline may charge you for excess baggage or even, in rare circumstances, refuse your bags.

Getting Insured -Trip Cancellation Insurance

R.O.A.M. strongly recommends that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. You risk forfeiture of all monies paid, if you cancel your trip. You have the option of purchasing an insurance policy that meets the specific needs of our travellers. http://www.travelinsure.com/what/imedhigh.htm?32931.

Please make sure you understand what the insurance will and will not cover. Please consult the policy for exact coverage, details of other risks insured, and for other benefits and limitations of the insurance.

Making Your Travel Plans

The following may help you get to the start of your R.O.A.M. trip with a few pleasant adventures along the way. Your trip starts and ends in Santiago Chile 

Flight Arrangements

Santiago is Chile’s capital, a city of 7 million people located in the heart of the Andes Mountain Range. Santiago’s steady economic growth over the past few decades has transformed it into a modern metropolis, making it home to growing theater and restaurant scenes, extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centers, and a rising skyline, including the tallest building in Latin America.

There are direct non-stop flights to Santiago from several US cities like Dallas, Atlanta and Miami, as well as from European cities like Madrid and Paris.

ROAM will make your flight arrangements form Santiago onwards, and add it to your statement.  Your international flight reservations should be made as far ahead of time as possible. As with all popular destinations, space on flights can be limited at peak times, and fares tend to increase as you near the departure date. If you are planning to use a frequent flyer program or other discounted fare, please take extra precautions to make your plans in advance, as airlines allocate a limited number of seats for this type of travel, and may impose restrictions or extra costs on changing travel arrangements.

After Your Trip

After your trip, you will return to Santiago for flights home

Currency

When converting American to pesos, you’ll get the most favorable rates at banks. Most banks are open from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday to Friday. ATMs are everywhere but often only allow $300 AR Pesos per day.

Carrying Valuables

Argentina and Chile is very safe for travelling, but still there is no point in carrying lots of valuables when travelling. Regrettably, tourists are among the most easily targeted, so please exercise some caution. We also recommend that you check your personal insurance policy before travelling to ensure that you are covered for theft and loss while travelling. As a safety precaution, do not travel with excessive amounts of cash or jewelry if it is not necessary.

Language

Chill and Argentina are officially Spanish speaking.  On guided trips, a bilingual ROAM guide will be with the group from start to finish – unless you are traveling with Brian (he generally butchers the Spanish language but will keep you safe and entertained).

Travel Documents

Please make sure your travel documents and passport are in your carry-on luggage. Do not check them with your bags. Americans and Canadians do not require a visa to enter Argentina, however, there is a reciprocity fee that needs to be purchased in advance of flying.  There is also processing fee required to enter Chile.

Etiquette

On our trip we’ll be travelling through some environmentally and historically sensitive areas. Our excursions are designed to promote an understanding of the delicate ecosystems while preserving their fundamental integrity. We ask participants to share our concern for the environment by practicing low-impact touring in this sensitive area.

R.O.A.M. operates on a “leave-no-trace” policy as we believe the survival of the natural environment and the wildlife it supports depends on establishing an economy beyond simple resource harvesting. Our goal is to immerse our clients in vast natural beauty, which, in turn, supports eco-tourism as a viable, economic choice.

Emergency Phone

cel phones may or may not work in certain areas.  Should you need a phone at your disposal, you should make arrangements for your own communication.  

R.O.A.M. Guides

Our guides are as impressive as the scenery; passionate about their work, they are delighted to pass on their knowledge and skills. They have an intimate knowledge of a region’s wildlife, natural history, culture and folklore. Trained in wilderness first aid and professionally certified, our guides are eager to please and will ensure you have a memorable experience.

Tips and Tipping

    Tipping is common in Argentina. Of course, there are some exceptions, which we have noted.

    Taxis – 5% is appropriate for good service and 10% is generous.

    Porters – $2 per bag.

    Restaurants – It is appropriate to leave 15% before tax.

The tipping of R.O.A.M. guides is entirely discretionary, and we feel strongly that gratuities should not be offered to them if they lead anything less than a great trip. However, we expect that our guides will do a great job in making your trip memorable and, when they do, it is not uncommon for our travellers to offer a gratuity. The guides very much appreciate it. We are often asked what is appropriate. In general, we have found that when our travellers offer a gratuity, it is in the range of a “thank you” to 15% of the trip cost per person. But again, tipping is entirely at your discretion.