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Highlights of Los Glaciares

Trek the two main hiking trails in Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina – Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre – with a warm and comfortable hotel to return to each evening. You'll discover the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier and surrounding fjords on a boat trip, with an option to try ice-hiking and kayaking.

Are you hoping to travel before March 2023?

Patagonia's a big trip and we know how crucial it is to get it right. As you’re considering travelling in the next couple of months, we want to be upfront with you…

Finding available accommodation is proving almost impossible in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks. While not uncommon, the pandemic has exacerbated the situation this year.

Alongside this, Swoop are also currently focused on ensuring that all of the logistics are in place for our booked travellers who are due to head south shortly.

Swoop has therefore decided to no longer accept any new bookings departing before the beginning of March 2023.

As alternative options, here’s what we suggest:

Option A:

Push your trip back and choose to travel instead in early 2023. April onwards has more accommodation options still available. The Patagonian autumnal colours are stunning and trails less crowded.

Option B:

Defer your Patagonia adventure by 12 months, benefitting by getting exactly the trip you want without compromise, and lock in plans now while there’s still good availability.

If you are able to be flexible on your travel dates, the next step would then be for us to arrange a time to talk through the options.

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Trip type


Trip length

5 Days




Los Glaciares

Highlights of Los Glaciares - 5 - $1,320

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate Airport to El Calafate

Day 2: Trip to Perito Moreno Glacier; El Chaltén

Day 3: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres; El Chaltén 

Day 4: Trek to Laguna Torre; El Chaltén

Day 5: Transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport

Start from El Calafate and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on Highlights of Los Glaciares

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from El Calafate Airport to El Calafate

After a transfer from El Calafate Airport to El Calafate, you'll be free to explore the town for the afternoon. The bustling centre is host to various restaurants, bars and shops, and a warm friendliness imbues the atmosphere.

Hostal Schilling is a friendly B&B with simple rooms, located two blocks from the main avenue.

Transfer duration: 25mins

Accommodation: Hostal Schilling or similar, El Calafate

Day 2: Trip to Perito Moreno Glacier; El Chaltén

You simply can't visit this part of the world without visiting the captivating Perito Moreno Glacier. The day will begin with a 1hr journey to Puerto Bandera that follows a beautiful route around the edge of Lake Argentino. There will be time for photo stops along the way and you may even spot condors and eagles.

From Puerto Bandera a boat will take you along Canal de Los Tempanos toward the northern face of the glacier. However, before you reach the glacier the lake branches off and you will enter Seno Mayo, following it to Bahia Toro where black sand meets glacial blue waters. You will hop out here and take a short walk through beautiful coihue rainforest, typical of the Patagonian Andean region.

Finally, you'll arrive at an impressive waterfall and fascinating rock formations. Your guide will tell you all about the fauna and flora, glacial formations and history of Perito Moreno.

Once back on the boat, you'll make a second stop for another forest walk before embarking once more for an hour's boat ride right up to the northern face of Perito Moreno. Here you can watch its spectacular display of calving ice and the formation of deep blue icebergs.

After disembarking at the bottom of the visitor walkways opposite the glacier, you'll have the opportunity to explore the walkways which offer brilliant views of the glacier from a different perspective.

Return to El Calafate to collect your luggage before taking a private transfer in the evening to El Chaltén.

You can add on the following excursions at an additional cost (please enquire for the latest rates). These excursions take a full day and are alternative options to the boat trip detailed above:

Ice hike on the glacier – Learn more of the behaviour of the glacier and its natural environment; you will be mesmerised by countless blue lagoons, deep cracks, and huge sinkholes. There are two ice hiking options which give you different amounts of time on the ice: the shorter 'Minitrekking' (1hr 40mins on the ice; age limit 10-65 years) and the 'Big Ice' which is aimed at more adventurous visitors (3hrs 30mins on the ice, age limit 18-50).

Kayak – See a different perspective of the glacier by paddling through the icy waters to get a closer look at the northern face (1.5hrs paddling time; minimum age of 14 years)

Transfer duration: 1hr to Puerto Bandera; 1.5hrs back to El Calafate; 3.5hrs to El Chaltén

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

Accommodation: Patagonia Hostel or similar, El Chaltén

Day 3: Trek to Laguna de Los Tres; El Chaltén

This trek begins with a transfer to the trailhead at El Pilar, located 17km to the north of El Chaltén. The journey itself is enjoyable for the lovely views of the valley, the Río de Las Vueltas, as well as the impressive Cordon de Los Condores. After about 20mins you'll start to see Mount Fitz Roy from a different angle.

You'll then set out on the trek, navigating through a dense forest of lengas that provide protection from the winds coming off the Continental Icefield. From the start, you'll be able to see various glaciers; Marconi, Electrico, Cagliero and in the distance, towards Lago del Desierto, Glacier Vespignani. The trail is easy as it's quite flat and the climbs are gentle.

After arriving at the first viewpoint, Glacier Piedras Blancas, walk on into a clearing where you can admire the peaks of 'S', Saint Exupery, Poincenot, Fitz Roy, Mermoz and Guillaumet, in all their splendour. From here, continue on for a few more minutes until you arrive at Poincenot campground, located in the beautiful lenga forest inhabited by countless varieties of birds which will accompany you with their song until the Río Blanco campground is reached. This is the base camp for the most adventurous climbers who will attempt to conquer these granite masses.

After the campground, you'll climb for about an hour (400m) until you arrive at Laguna de Los Tres. On arriving at the highest point on the path, majestic views of Fitz Roy, and the Glacier de Los Tres will reward you. There will be time to soak up the view before circling Laguna de Los Tres and heading to the viewpoint of the Laguna Sucia and its glacier. Again, the stunning views are unforgettable.

After resting for a picnic lunch, you'll start the descent and walk back to El Chaltén. En route, you will pass varied landscapes, crystal clear streams and Laguna Capri – a favourite spot for photographers. After visiting this lagoon, drop down into the valley where El Chaltén is located.

Transfer duration: 30mins

Length of hike: 8-9hrs, 20km

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

Accommodation: Patagonia Hostel or similar, El Chaltén

Day 4: Trek to Laguna Torre; El Chaltén

From El Chaltén, head off on the Laguna Torre footpath and after a short climb you'll enter a small ñire wood. From here, the path starts to gain height and straighten up alongside the River Fitz Roy until it arrives at a viewpoint of the river canyon and the Margarita waterfall. The panorama presents the valley of the River Fitz Roy and its meandering course with the backdrop of the unique Mt Solo, the Adela range and the impressive Mt Torre.

After about an hour of walking, you'll arrive at the Mount Torre viewpoint. Make the most of the magnificent views of Mount Torre, the Adela range and glaciers while having a short break.

You'll then walk onwards for around 2hrs through grand lenga forests, crossing old glacial moraines and wet plains formed by the previous courses of the river until you arrive at Laguna Torre. On this section there is always the possibility of spotting a wide range of birds, including the Magellanic woodpecker. At Laguna Torre, it is usual to see huge icebergs that have calved from the face of Glacier Torre.

Laguna Torre is also the source of the River Fitz Roy. This river may be crossed by using the Tyrolean rope; used by the climbers to access Glacier Torre and to get to the base of the mountain they aim to climb. Walk to the Agostini camp, where climbers from all over the world stay – it's a lovely route with a chance to see the abundance of wildflowers endemic to Patagonia, if visiting in the spring.

After a rest and lunch at Laguna Torre, you'll commence the trek back to El Chaltén for another evening at Patagonia Hostel.

Length of hike: 7–8hrs, 18km roundtrip

Meals: Breakfast, picnic lunch

Accommodation: Patagonia Hostel or similar, El Chaltén

Day 5: Transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport

After a final breakfast at the hostel, take your shared transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate Airport, ready for your onward flight.

Transfer duration: 3hrs

Meals: Breakfast

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What our customers think of Highlights of Los Glaciares

Highlights of Los Glaciares trips scored 4.7/5 from 20 reviews

Hiking to Lagos De los Tres to see Mount Fitz Roy. It was an incredibly beautiful and clear day. Also, Perito Moreno Glacier was quite memorable.

Travelled: March 2022

TJ Devine - USA

This is the most beautidul place I've ever been to!

Travelled: October 2022

Debbie Knaub - USA

Thanks again for a fantastic trip; itinerary was perfectly customised to my preferences, answers were quick and insightful, service was friendly. My trip was a dream come true!

Travelled: November 2015

Jon -

Amazing experience. Accommodation excellent, the 2 best guides we've ever had and the area breathtakingly beautiful. Juli and Pablo our guides looked after everything. Their explanations of what we were doing, their timings, making sure we had everything, their walking pace for our group and Juli organising some delicious snacks for our border crossing, every detail was covered. Not only that, they were extremely knowledgeable and fun!

Travelled: December 2018

Lena Altinger - Australia

Summiting the steep climb to Laguna de los Tres to find the magical lakes and mountains and feeling on top of the world.

Travelled: December 2021

Greg Schipper - USA

Loved our guided walks (Sofia was fab), especially to the base of Fitzroy! We only went to the Mirador Torre on the second walk as we wanted to enjoy the town a bit more before we left; however, this was perfect as I got the view of Cerro Torre that I wanted!

Travelled: December 2018

Anne Marie McGonigal - United Kingdom

The day hike up to the lakes on Day Two was our favorite but we enjoyed all three days very much.

Travelled: December 2021

Denise - USA


Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Basic hotel

2 people: USD $1,320 per person

1 person: USD $1,990 per person


Mid-range hotel

2 people: USD $1,415 per person

1 person: USD $2,180 per person


High-end hotel

2 people: USD $1,595 per person

1 person: USD $2,540 per person


Please get in touch for information on departures.

Additional Notes

Accommodation options – See our guide to hotels in El Chaltén.

Optional activities – Ice-hiking on Perito Moreno Glacier costs USD $220 per person for the 'Minitrekking' option and USD $560 per person for the 'Big Ice' option. Kayaking at the glacier costs USD $210 per person. All activities must be booked in advance.

El Chaltén hikes – These hikes will be small group guided excursions.


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches
  • Accommodation: 1 night in hotel in El Calafate; 3 nights in hotel in El Chaltén
  • Boat trip to Perito Moreno 
  • Two guided group day hikes
  • Private transfer from El Calafate–El Chaltén
  • All excursions included in itinerary
  • Transfer from/to El Calafate Airport/bus station
  • All private transport included in itinerary
  • English and Spanish speaking guide
  • National park entrance fee


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Any extra/optional excursions
  • Personal equipment (see our recommended kit list)
  • Bus terminal tax (around USD $2 in El Chaltén and USD $2 in El Calafate)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International and domestic/in-country flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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