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The Best of Los Glaciares

An experience that combines the very best scenery of the Los Glaciares National Park with its best accommodation. Base yourself at a homely lakeside lodge with views of Mt Fitz Roy and choose from a variety guided day treks into the beautiful surroundings, or fly-fishing beneath the mountains. You'll also visit the breathtaking Perito Moreno Glacier.

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Trip type


Trip length

5 Days




Los Glaciares

The Best of Los Glaciares - 5 - $3,795

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Arrive El Calafate Airport; Trip to Perito Moreno Glacier; El Calafate 

Day 2: Transfer to El Chaltén and on to Aguas Arriba Lodge

Days 3 & 4: Aguas Arriba Lodge

Day 5: Transfer to El Calafate; Optional add-on

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on The Best of Los Glaciares

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival El Calafate; Trip to Perito Moreno Glacier; El Calafate

You'll be picked up from El Calafate Airport and driven directly to the Perito Moreno Glacier. This is a 2hr journey along which we'll stop several times for photos and learn all about the glacier and local region on the way.

At the glacier, we'll have time to explore the suspended 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.

After a couple of hours at the glacier we'll head back to El Calafate, where you'll be dropped off at your hotel.

Transfer duration: 2hrs

Accommodation: Madre Tierra or similar, El Calafate

Day 2: Transfer to El Chaltén and on to Aguas Arriba Lodge

We'll leave El Calafate in the morning and travel along 225km of paved road for 2.5hrs to El Chaltén. From here we'll take a gravel road for 37km to Lago del Desierto for 1.5hrs. As with yesterday, there will be photo stops and picturesque viewpoints en route.

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

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

Transfer duration: 4hrs

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Aguas Arriba Lodge

Days 3 & 4: Aguas Arriba Lodge

For these two days at Aguas Arribas Lodge you are free do as you please. You'll have a choice of guided treks in the stunning surroundings of the lodge; exploring the heart of the Patagonian Andes on trails of varying lengths, or visiting the surrounding lakes and rivers on fly-fishing trips, accompanied by 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 Mt Fitz Roy 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, picnic lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Aguas Arriba Lodge

Day 5: Transfer to El Calafate; Optional add-on

Say goodbye to the lodge and begin your final day with a boat ride to Punta Sur. From here your private transfer will collect you and take you back to El Calafate airport or bus station for departure or onward travel. 

Meals: Breakfast

Optional add-on: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres – On Day 5 instead of transferring to El Calafate you can meet with your local guide who will accompany you on a trek to Laguna de Los Tres, one of the highlights of Los Glaciares. You start this lovely walk on a forest path that ascends gently to arrive at the Glacier Piedras Blancas viewpoint. You'll have a short stop here to enjoy the view of the hanging glacier. 

After a little more gentle climbing, there's a challenging, steep 1hr ascent to get to Laguna de Los Tres. The effort is more than worthwhile just for the breathtaking views of Mt Fizt Roy you'll experience at the top. Weather permitting, you'll have a picnic lunch at the lagoon; if not you'll eat somewhere more sheltered. 

Once you've soaked up the views you'll then start the descent towards Laguna Capri, another particularly stunning spot in the national park. You'll finish the trek back in El Chaltén.

Cost of add-on trek: USD $195 per person

Length of hike: 8-9hrs, 22km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

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What our customers think of The Best of Los Glaciares

The Best of Los Glaciares trips scored 4.8/5 from 6 reviews

Aguas Arriba Lodge was stunning. Truly peaceful. We had a great hike on arrival, and spent the next (rainy) day watching the weather on the mountain across the lake, drinking cappuccinos, and reading. It was very relaxing. They take hospitality seriously :)

Travelled: November 2018

Jen Keister - United States Of America

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

The price of USD $3,795 per person is based on 2 people sharing.

Departures can be set for a date of your choice. Please get in touch for more information.

Additional Notes

Group size – 2 minimum

Optional add-on – On Day 5 you can trek to Laguna de Los Tres for USD $195 per person. Please see details of this trek in the itinerary.


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinners
  • Accommodation: 4 nights (3 nights in lodge, 1 night in hotel)
  • All excursions included in itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • All private transport included in itinerary
  • English and Spanish-speaking guide


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Drinks during lunch or dinner
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Entrance fees to Perito Moreno Glacier (around USD $26 each)
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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