In Patagonia

Tierra del Fuego, Chile, and Argentina

Experience the Best of Patagonia

Overview

With over four decades of experience sharing the wonders of Patagonia, we’ve honed our journeys to perfection. And because there is so much to see, we feel strongly you shouldn’t rush this trip. We take the time to get you to all its most iconic highlights, including the soaring spires of Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine and the massive Perito Moreno Glacier, while welcoming you at heritage estancias where you’ll enjoy wonderful meals and hospitality. You’ll discover penguin colonies on your rambles in Tierra del Fuego and enjoy our “secret hikes,” allowing you to have Patagonia’s grandeur all to yourself. Join us for the hiking and natural history trip of a lifetime!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Buenos Aires, Argentina / Ushuaia / Tierra del Fuego

After exploring Buenos Aires, a flight 1,500 miles south brings us to “the southernmost city in the world,” Ushuaia, set between the sea and the snow-capped peaks of the Cordillera Darwin, only 600 miles from Antarctica. We’ll get a taste of this austral realm on our coastal hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park, which stretches along the storied Beagle Channel.

Palladio Hotel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 1 (1 night)
Hotel Los Yamanas
Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Days 4-7
Los Glaciares National Park

Fitz Roy, the crown jewel of Los Glaciares National Park, is a granite shark fin sheering out of the pampas. From our cozy and remote 10-room lodge, Hostería El Pilar, the striking form of Fitz Roy will catch our eye right from the dining table. Our first hike starts from the lodge and brings us to the blue lagoon below the towering spires of the Fitz Roy massif. Another hike brings us to a glacial lake below the granite spike of Cerro Torre. On the Loma del Pliegue Tumbado trail, we’ll get panoramic views of both the Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy massifs.

Hostería El Pilar
El Chaltén, Argentina
Days 4 to 7 (4 nights)
Days 8-9
Estancia Helsingfors / Los Glaciares National Park

We are welcomed like family at the charming 8-room Estancia Helsingfors and normally have it all to ourselves. In this extraordinary location, we’ll hike up the narrow arm of Lago Viedma, with Cerro Norte looming above, and through alpine terrain to picturesque Lago Azul.

Estancia Helsingfors
Lago Viedma, Argentina
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Day 10
Perito Moreno Glacier / Lago Argentino / El Calafate

As with all of our drives, we’ll keep an eye out for wildlife as we head to the Perito Moreno Glacier, a 200-foot-high wall of blue ice and one of the few glaciers in the world that is still in equilibrium. The sounds of creaking ice are as amazing as the sight of this three-mile-wide ice wall dropping huge chunks of ice into the lake below.

Xelena Hotel
El Calafate, Argentina
Day 10 (1 night)
Days 11-14
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

In Chile, we enter the spectacular realm of Torres del Paine National Park, a surreal world of stone carved by ice and a wonderland of eye-popping scenery. Paine’s famed peaks are known as “The Towers” for their vertical spires. Paine Grande, the highest tower, tops 10,000 feet, its dazzling rock pinnacles rising from snow and ice. Our day hikes include the Lago Nordenskjöld trail, with the Paine massif wonderfully reflected in turquoise waters, and a grand finale hike through the Valle Ascencio right to the base of the three massive towers that form the central Paine massif. Our lodges give us great trail access, with several hikes starting right outside our front door.

Hotel Lago Grey
Paine National Park, Chile
Day 12 (1 night)
Hostería Las Torres
Paine National Park, Chile
Days 13 to 14 (2 nights)
Days 15-16
Punta Arenas / Depart

We head to Punta Arenas, whose location on the legendary Strait of Magellan made it an international crossroads of shipping until the opening of the Panama Canal. Depart on Day 16 via Santiago.

Hotel Cabo de Hornos
Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 15 (1 night)

Highlights

Highlights

Hike in the world-famous national parks of Los Glaciares (Argentina) and Paine (Chile)
Enjoy a choice of shorter or longer hiking options on many days
Explore Tierra del Fuego at the very tip of South America
Stay in boutique estancias and lodges—many exclusive to our group alone

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $9495  
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Punta Arenas, Chile
Lodging: 15 nights hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

10 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 5-8 hours a day, altitudes below 4,000 feet, possible extreme wind and sudden rainstorms