What’s New From Swoop Patagonia in 2019/20

What’s New From Swoop Patagonia in 2019/20

Bristol, 18 November 2019:  Specialist tour operator, Swoop Patagonia has expanded its range of tours to this fascinating region of South America, adding a selection of brand-new guided itineraries which avoid many of the regular tourist routes in favour of little-visited areas, allowing travellers to immerse themselves in the real Patagonia.

The four-day ‘Atlantic to Andes’ guided road trip takes participants off-the-beaten track into the wilds of Welsh Patagonia, to explore the little-known central region of Chubut.  Best known as one of South America’s leading areas for paleontological research and striking geological formations, its desert landscape – which is home to condors, giant black chested buzzard eagles, flamingos and even puma – would not look out of place in a cowboy movie.

Visitors learn about the history of the first Welsh settlers who made the area their home in the late 1800s.  Following the Chubut River through remote desert landscapes which haven’t changed for 10,000 years, they stop to examine ancient native cave paintings along the route and pass by traditional sheep farms on the Andean steppe, with its lakes teeming with birdlife, lush green valleys and snow-capped mountains.

Prices for this private trip start from US $1150pp based on four people, and from US $1875pp based on two people.

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For a moderately challenging but completely breath-taking hiking experience through volcanic landscapes complete with fast-flowing rivers, lush temperate rain forests, fungus and ferns of all shapes and sizes, as well as open pastures, Swoop Patagonia recommends its new three-day guided tour: Trekking Puntiago.

A reasonable level of fitness is required for this itinerary, which involves trekking for around five hours each day across the beautiful Chilean Lake District.  Highlights include incredible views of the conical Osorno and Puntiago volcanoes, both towering more than 2000 metres high, refreshing dips in freshwater lakes and rivers, and relaxing in hot, natural thermal springs; a satisfying end to the day.  And all this without another tourist in sight!

Additional days may be added on to this tour for those wishing to summit a peak along the volcanic ridge, and dates may also be linked to combine this remote area with the W Trek which, by stark contrast, is one of Patagonia’s most well-trodden routes.

Great value starting from US $720pp based on (a maximum of) six people and from $1000pp for (a minimum of) two guests, this tour includes rustic accommodation in remote farmhouses owned by locals whose families have lived in the valley for more than a century.

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A true wild adventure also awaits with the introduction of Patagonia Park Argentina & Route 41, a two or four-day option, which takes in a newly-created area of the Douglas Tompkins reserve where conservationists are striving to save the endangered hooded grebe or maca tobiano.

Beginning and ending in the charming town of Los Antiguous, on the banks of the Lago Buenos Aires, which spans the border between Argentina and Chile, this guided tour will suit anyone seeking an authentic experience of Patagonia, who doesn’t need too many home comforts to have a good time.

While the tour takes in some popular sights on the tourist trail, such as the Cave of Hands, an important archaeological site, and Chile’s amazing network of marble caves, hewn out of the rocks over centuries by the lapping water, much of the trip ventures where visitors rarely go.

Vast, ever-changing landscapes ranging from the majestic Andes and expansive South American steppe to extensive salt flats and volcanic ‘moonscapes’, combine with plentiful bird and wildlife, captivating history, culture, the gaucho lifestyle and traditional cattle ranches or estancia, to make this a perfect insight into Patagonia.

Prices including all meals are US$380 per person for the two-day option and US$748 per person for the four-day option.

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For enquiries please call: 0117 369 0196

Media Enquiries Debra Taylor E:  M. +447956 852197

About Swoop

The team at Swoop is passionate about the ends of the earth.  Less travel agent, more destination ambassador, the specialist company focuses exclusively on arranging adventures in the Polar Regions and Patagonia. Offering extensive knowledge and experience gained from living, working and travelling in these regions, combined with a wide choice of options available through its long-standing relationships with tour operators and local partners, Swoop helps to plan trips that match individuals’ dreams, budgets and appetite for adventure.

So, whether it’s a tailor-made itinerary taking in the volcanoes, glaciers, fjords, mountains and plains of Patagonia, a hotel or ship-based holiday, a group tour, soft adventure or an intrepid polar expedition complete with mountaineering, Swoop has the contacts and expertise to make it happen.

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Founding director of toucanmoon, Debra has many years’ experience in the travel industry and has held director-level positions in several high-profile international companies.

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