The Best of Los Glaciares

An experience that combines the best of this massive national park's scenery and accommodation. From homely bases with extraordinary views, head out onto a hike of the famous Laguna del Los Tres, choose from a number of day excursions trekking or fishing beneath the mountains, and visit the Perito Moreno Glacier.

5 Days


The Best of Los Glaciares - 5 - $3,115

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier and explore the walkways that lead to aerial views of the top and the face of the glacier
  • Trek from El Pilar to Laguna de Los Tres and experience breathtaking views of Mount FitzRoy and its satellite mountains 
  • Explore wild trails where pristine forests meet hanging glaciers, local wildlife, river creeks, and FitzRoy views
  • Choice of excursions to suit your preferences, from one to eight-hour guided hikes, flyfishing trips, or taking in the surroundings on your own
  • Take a boat trip to your secluded lodge, the only accommodation on Lago del Desierto

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on The Best of Los Glaciares

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Perito Moreno Glacier

Transfer duration: 2 hours

You will be picked up at the airport and driven directly to Perito Moreno Glacier. This is about a 2-hour journey with a few stops for photos; learning all about the glacier and local region on the way. At the glacier, you will have time to explore the walkways that present amazing aerial views of the top and the face of the glacier, with a soundtrack of the roaring calving of the ice.

You'll spend a couple of hours at the glacier before heading back to El Calafate, where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Accommodation: Kau Yatun Hotel or similar, El Calafate

Day 2: Aguas Arriba Lodge, El Chaltén

Transfer duration: 4 hours

You will leave El Calafate in the morning and travel 225km (2.5 hours) of paved road to El Chaltén and then along the gravel road towards Lago del Desierto for another 37km (1.5 hours) – as with yesterday, there will be photo stops and picturesque viewpoints en route.

Your transfer will drop you at the lake crossing, where a boat will be ready to take you on the last short leg of the journey. Upon arrival at the lodge, you'll be welcomed by the owners and local guide, eager to discuss what you would like to do during your stay. You'll get familiar with the surroundings straight away with a guided trek in the afternoon, the course of which you can choose.

A hearty dinner will be served at the lodge in the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (drinks not included and must be paid in cash)

Accommodation: Aguas Arriba Lodge, El Chaltén

Day 3: Aguas Arriba Lodge, El Chaltén

A free day to do as you please at the lodge. You'll have a free choice of guided treks in the stunning surroundings of the lodge; explore the heart of the Patagonian Andes heading out on the trails of varying lengths or visit the surrounding lakes and rivers on flyfishing trips accompanied by the local guides. Or maybe you'd prefer to take the day at a slow pace, curling up next to the log fire with a good book and views of Mount FitzRoy in the distance. There is no rush and decisions can be made day by day depending on the weather and how you feel. Everything here is beautiful – indoors and outdoors!

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner (drinks not included and must be paid in cash)

Accommodation: Aguas Arriba Lodge, El Chaltén

Day 4: Punta Sur and then Laguna de los Tres trek

Trek: 22km, over 8–9 hours

Say goodbye to the lodge and begin your fourth day with a boat tide to Punta Sur. Here, you will meet with your local guide who will be accompanying you on a trek to Laguna de los Tres, one of the highlights of Los Glaciares. You start this lovely walk in a forest on a path that ascends gently and first arrives at Piedras Blancas Glacier viewpoint. You'll have a brief stop here to enjoy the view of the hanging glacier. 

After a little more gentle climbing, the challenging section of one hour of steep uphill, to get to Laguna de los Tres, begins. The effort is more than worthwhile for the breathtaking views you'll experience at the top of Mount FitzRoy. Weather permitting you'll have lunch at the lagoon, if not you'll eat somewhere more protected. 

You will then start the descent and head towards Laguna Capri, another particularly stunning spot in the national park. You'll finish the trek back at Hostería El Pilar, where you will take a transfer to your hotel. 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Senderos Hostería

Day 5: Departure

Your private transfer will collect you from your hotel in the morning and take you to El Calafate airport, ready for departure or onward travel.

Meals: Breakfast

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Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Price of USD $3,115 per person is based on two people sharing. Please get in touch for information on departures.

Please note:

  • Departures can be set up on a date of your choice
  • Trip can run for a minimum of two people subject to availability of guides
  • We will help to form groups of likeminded travellers


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Accommodation: 4 nights (2 nights lodge, 2 nights hotel)
  • All excursions included in itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • All private transport included in itinerary
  • English and Spanish speaking guide


  • Entrance fees to Perito Moreno Glacier (around USD $26 each)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary and drinks
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International and domestic/in country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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