Vacation Races is excited to announce their newest Global Adventures location: Patagonia, Argentina! Patagonia is a region that encompasses the vast southernmost tip of South America, shared by Argentina and Chile, with the Andes Mountains as its dividing line. On the Argentine side features arid steppes, grasslands and deserts, while the Chilean has glacial fjords and temperate rainforest. Argentina’s famed RN-40 highway passes the pinnacles of Monte Fitz Roy and Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. Every day participate in a trail run through majestic landscapes!
Vacation Races always treats you right, but Global Adventures takes it up a notch! After each day’s runs, enjoy lunch together before either relaxing free time in the afternoon or another planned adventure. End the day with dinner and more decompressing. Runs will be timed and finishers will be awarded one medal at the end of the trip. Guests will also get some great high quality gear and souvenirs that you’ll cherish for years to come. This all-inclusive running adventure will take place February 20th-28th, 2021 and really will be a trip of a lifetime.
You’ll arrive in Calafate, Argentina by Saturday afternoon and Vacation Races will meet you at the airport with a shuttle to your hotel for the first night.
There you will check in and Vacation Races will get everyone oriented for what to expect throughout the week. It will also be your first chance to meet your fellow adventurers! Dinner is included the first night.
Trail run: 7k ● elevation gain: 400 feet ● loop
Pack your bags, you’re heading to El Chalten. Don’t worry, we will be back to El Calafate in a few days!
Wake up early and head straight to your first run of the week, which is a great introduction to Ruta 40, the main route that travels through Argentina.
On your way to El Chalten, stop in La Leona, the only stopping point on ruta 40 between El Calafate and El Chalten. You’ll run a 7K through sand dunes past the Viedma Lake reflection of the Andes Mountain Range, Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.
After your run, enjoy a catered lunch at the Estancia La Estela Ranch before heading to your hotel in El Chalten to check in.
In the late afternoon try some rock climbing with some local guides on a cliffside next to the famed Roy Fitz. Afterwards, have a group dinner at a pizzaria next to the hotel.
Trail run: 21k ● elevation gain: 800 feet ● loop
This will be an early morning and the longest run of the week. You will leave right from the hotel and run on the Sendero Al El Fitz / El Fitz Trail. You will run a loop ending back at the hotel where you will have time to shower and change before checking out of the hotel.
You will have time to wander El Chalten and do some exploring or shopping before everyone loads the buses and drive back to El Calafate.
Enjoy a group dinner at a local BBQ (they have vegetarian options as well), where you can see local gauchos shearing sheep.
Trail hike: 5k ● elevation gain: 500 feet ● point to point hike
You won’t run this day but it will be a long day of hiking.
Start the day taking a boat out to the Glaciar Perito Moreno located in the Los Glaciares National Park – named after the explorer Fransisco Moreno who explored the area in the 19th century and played a significant part in defending the territory of Argentina.
From there you’ll gear up for a day-hike out on the glacier where you’ll definitely hear the rumblings of the glacier calving.
After exploring the Glacier you’ll head back to El Calafate where you’ll have some time to explore the city on your own and enjoy the local cuisine of your choice. Vacation Races will, of course, offer a few of their favorite suggestions.
Trail run: 5k ● elevation loss: 200 feet ● point to point run
We’re leaving on a jet plane. This morning you’ll wake up, have breakfast at the hotel, and pack your bags to fly up to Bariloche. You’ll need to wear your running clothes and have your day pack with you because you’ll be going straight to the Gondola and running down the trail / road to the bottom.
After checking into the hotel and shower, everyone will walk through the historic town of Bariloche and have a nice dinner together.
Trail run: 10k ● elevation gain: 100 ft ● point to point run
Whatever floats your boat! The river will actually be floating the boats you will be traveling in. Today you’ll travel past the Nahuel Huapi Lake and make your way to the Rio Negro where you will embark on a 10K run along the river until you reach a bank.
Here everyone will load 10-man boats and paddle down to a riverside picnic that has been laid out on a private ranch. Hang out here for a few hours and enjoy the shade and views.
Next, you will load the shuttles and head back to the hotel where you will be on your own for the night. You’ll be able to do some sightseeing, eat more empanadas than you should, or find some chocolates and coffee before you head to dinner. You can go on your own or grab some of your new friends and find a restaurant.
Trail runs: 3k & 5k ● elevation gain: minimal ● point to point run
I’m on a boat! Today you’re crossing the Andes! Everyone will be traveling from Argentina to Chile, not only by boat but by foot as well. This might be the most fun day of the trip, crossing 3 bodies of water by boat and running across the border from Argentina into Chile and staying in a private hotel in the middle of the lakes.
Everyone will board a boat in Bariloche and cross the Nahuel Huapi Lake. Once you dock you will run the 5k to the next dock. Everyone will cross Lago Frias, take a short bus ride, and run across the border, finishing the day with a bus ride to Hotel Natura Peulla, Patagonia, where you will stay for the night. These grounds are amazing – they’re filled with paths leading to waterfalls and spectacular gardens.
Trail run: 6K ● elevation gain: minimal ● point to point run
After you have breakfast at the hotel you will board your last boat ride and arrive in Puerto Varas to run a trail towards the Osorno Volcano flowing through the debris field and end at the shore where you will have a catered lunch on the black sand beach. The shuttles will pick everyone up and take you to Puerto Varas where you will enjoy your final celebratory dinner.
All good things must come to an end – until the next adventure, that is! All will depart from your hotel to the airport via shuttle, bus, or a taxi to Puerto Montt Airport.
How difficult are the runs and hikes? How good of shape do I need to be in?
Each day you’ll be running/hiking between 3-6 miles. Most of the runs will have a decent amount of elevation gain. Most everyone will be walking the uphills of our runs while running the flats and downhills. Vacation Races expects runners to maintain at least a 25-minute pace on these trail runs.
Do I have to run every day?
This is your vacation- you should do what you want! If you want to take a brake for a day or two, then by all means do it. Vacation Races’ goal is to make sure you have the best possible experience on the trails, whatever that means for you.
Are there aid stations?
There are no aid stations in these trail runs. Most people will be either using a hydration backpack or carrying a water bottle in hand, along with a few gels or other snacks if needed. You are required to bring your own hydration system. Vacation Races is partnered with Nathan Sports, which provide awesome hydration options.
Are there options for a partner that doesn’t want to run?
If you want to bring a partner to the event that doesn’t want to participate in the runs, that’s totally fine. Vacation Races will knock off $300 from your partner’s registration fee if you choose this option. Just sign up for the event as a regular participant, but let them know in the registration notes that your partner is not running. Your $300 will be refunded 90 days before the event.
What are the accommodations like?
Vacation Races will have 3-star lodging booked for you. Rooms will be comfortable and clean and safe, but no frills; a place that you would feel ok relaxing in.
What about Vegan and Vegetarian food options?
There will be vegetarian options for our runners at all meals. Most meals will also have vegan options, but Vacation Races can’t guarantee vegan options for all meals.
How much free time will we have?
Expect to have a few hours of free time each day, either exploring the towns you’ll visit or wandering around waterfronts just taking in the grandeur of the place. Vacation Races’ goal is to have enough adventure to fill your days without feeling rushed from location to location.
What about animals on the trails? Bears? Moose? Mosquitos?
If you are lucky, you’ll get to see these animals! You will be visiting wild places and encounters with animals are always a possibility. However, you will be on well traveled trails, which tends to keep the animals away. Vacation Races is also partnering with expert guides from the area to provide tips on staying safe on the trails. As for mosquitos, some years are better and some are worse, but you should plan on bringing mosquito repellent.
Are there any age restrictions?
There are no age restrictions for these trips. As long as you are comfortable with the runs and activities, Vacation Races will be glad to have you if you’re 12 or 112 years old!
Travel Feb. 20-28, 2021 and prices are:
**Registration opens at 8am on March 20th (MST)
A deposit of $500 is due at registration, after which the remaining balance will be charged 6 months prior to trip departure. Once the event is 6 months out, all remaining balance is due.
Pricing is based on double occupancy of all hotel rooms. If you register with a partner, you will be able to stay with them. If you register as solo adventurer, Vacation Races will pair you with someone else of the same gender in a hotel room.
If you prefer to have your hotel room to yourself, the cost will be $750 extra ($4,200 total) to cover the additional hotel expense.
Cancellation & Transfer Policy
The deposit of $500 is refundable up to 6 months prior to the event. Within 6 months of the event, the deposit is non-refundable unless Vacation Raches is able to transfer your registration to another participant.
The remaining balance is due 6 months prior to the event. If you choose to cancel within 6 months of the event, there are 2 options available to you.
Option 1: Transfer your registration to another participant if you are able to find someone willing to take your place.
Option 2: Receive a refund. If you choose to receive a refund within 6 months of the event there will be a hotel fee of $750 applied, which covers the cost of the hotel where Vacation Races must guarantee rooms.