Iconic Sights of Southern Patagonia Tour

This active group tour takes you to the highlights of Patagonia: the Fitz Roy massif in the north, via Perito Moreno glacier to Torres del Paine, then south to Ushuaia with a boat trip in Darwin's wake along the Beagle Channel. This active group tour takes you to the highlights of Patagonia: the Fitz Roy massif in the north, via Perito Moreno glacier to Torres del Paine, then south to Ushuaia with a boat trip in Darwin's wake along the Beagle Channel.
14 Days
$4,999

Iconic Sights of Southern Patagonia Tour - 14 - $4,999

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Day 1: Buenos Aires

Day 2: Buenos Aires to El Chalten

Day 3: Hiking in El Chalten

Day 4: Heading to El Calafate

Day 5: Guided tour at Perito Moreno glacier

Day 6: Transfer to Puerto Natales 

Day 7: Torres del Paine Trek Day 1

Day 8: Trek into the French Valley

Day 9: Hike to Glacier Grey

Day 10: Cross into Argentina, arriving at Ushuaia

Day 11: Explore Ushuaia 

Day 12: Explore Ushuaia and surrounding areas

Day 13: Fly to Buenos Aires

Day 14: Buenos Aires

Start from Buenos Aires and end at Ushuaia

Landmarks visited on Iconic Sights of Southern Patagonia Tour

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires

As there are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting, you can explore the city after checking into the hotel. If time allows, opt to visit the districts of La Boca, Recoleta, and San Telmo, or catch a tango show. Booking pre or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience this vibrant city.

The adventure begins tonight. Arrive back in time to meet the group where you will have introductions and your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will share the details of the days ahead. Throughout the trip you'll be accompanied by both the CEO and the local guide, benefiting from the knowledge of both. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our first night hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation: Hotel Dazzler San Telmo


Day 2: Buenos Aires to El Chalten

Fly to El Calafate and continue by bus to El Chalten and Glacier National Park. Enroute, marvel at the towering Andean mountains. Enjoy some free time in the town or head out on some short hikes. Fly south to the province of Santa Cruz and the town of El Calafate before transferring overland to El Chalten. Warm up for the upcoming hike with optional short treks to nearby lookouts or explore around town.

Length of journey: 3 hours 30 minutes by plane, 3 hours by bus 

Accommodation: Hosteria Vertical Lodge


Day 3: Hiking in El Chalten

Enjoy a full-day guided hike in Glacier National Park through scenic terrain of lakes, tree covered trails and snow-covered mountains. If you are lucky you'll get a glimpse of Fitz Roy. See granite pinnacles spiraling upward from the third largest ice field on earth. Hike to Laguna de Los Tres to fully appreciate majestic Cerro Fitz Roy/Chalten (3441m/11290ft), it's probably the most famous and popular viewpoint of the mountain.

Length of hike: 8-9 hours 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hosteria Vertical Lodge


Day 4: Heading to El Calafate

Enjoy a free morning before heading to the quaint little town of El Calafate. Explore the area as you wish: hike to take in spectacular views or kick back and relax to prepare for the adventures yet to come.

Length of journey: 3 hours by bus 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hosteria Posta Sur


Day 5: Perito Moreno guided tour 

Travel to Perito Moreno glacier for a guided tour, inlcuded in your trip. Experience the natural wonder of the glacier, one of the world's few "advancing" glaciers. Head to the southern end of Los Glaciares National Park (Glacier National Park), where Moreno's 60m (197 ft) wall of ice sporadically chokes off the narrow Canal de los Tempanos (Iceberg Channel) creating a natural ice dam, eventually exploding in a dynamic display of force.

There is an option for an additional activity to take a boat ride on the lake and get a different view of the stunning landscape, marvelling at how large the glacier actually is up close. Embark on the floating dock in the south arm of Argentino Lake and navigate along the Iceberg Channel towards the front wall of the Perito Moreno glacier where most of the ice calving takes place. This boat trip, which lasts approximately one hour, is one of the most popular excursions and is not to be missed (additional cost of USD $25 per person).

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hosteria Posta Sur


Day 6: Transfer to Puerto Natales 

Travel by bus into Puerto Natales to prepare for the upcoming days of included hikes with expert mountain guides. Continue the journey south along an unpaved road to the border of Chile. Spend a relaxing evening in scenic Puerto Natales before heading into spectacular Torres del Paine National Park.

Explore the town, eat a hearty meal for energy, and rest well for the hike ahead. Do any last minute shopping here and rent all equipment required. Any extra gear not required for the hike can be stored here. Any necessary hiking gear like poles, sleeping bag, rain gear etc. can be rented in town.

Length of journey: 5-6 hours by bus

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Capitan Eberhard 


Day 7: Torres del Paine Trek Day 1

Cross the pampa Patagonica first on asphalt roads to Cerro Castillo, stopping for a quick break. Continue by dirt road with some photo stops at the most beautiful viewpoints. Start checking for wildlife - you'll see lots of guanacos and (likely) condors, geese, and other birds as well. Enter the national park and continue for another 30 minutes to the start point of the trek.

Head with the group to the base of Las Torres campsite; a local guide will lead the way and the CEO will act as sweep, keeping everyone together. The hike is about 4-5 hrs in and 4-5 hrs back - a long day but it is worth it! Transfer to the campsite at the end of the day for some spectacular food and time to reflect on the day.

Length of  journey: 2 hour private vehicle transfer

Length of hike: 9-11 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Refugio Laguna Amarga 


Day 8: Trek into the French Valley

Cross lake Pehoe by ferry and trek to the French Valley, from the lookout point you will see the mountain range spread out across the national park. Take in the dramatic contrasting greens and greys of the landscape and enjoy another full day of spectacular scenery and physical exertion. 

Length of journey: 45 minute ferry boat

Length of hike: 8-10 hours 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Lodge Paine Grande


Day 9: Hike to Glacier Grey

Lace up your boots for one last day of trekking in this beautiful region. Make your way to the Glacier Grey lookout and back. Afterwards you will catch the ferry and head back to Puerto Natales.

Length of hike: 4-5 hours

Length of journeys: 45 minute ferry boat, 2 hour private vehicle transfer 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Capitan Eberhard 


Day 10: Cross into Argentina, arriving at Ushuaia

Take a bus south to Punta Arenas and then head to the Magellan Strait before hopping on a ferry for 20-30 mins. Reboard the bus on arrival in Tierra del Fuego, where you will cross the border. After a couple of hours, you will change mode of transport to a van and continue on to Ushuaia, the city known as 'the end of the Earth'

Length of journey :12 hours by bus / ferry boat / van

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cilene del Faro Hotel


Day 11: Explore Ushuaia 

Enjoy this little mountain town with additional activities including:

* Birdwatching - keep your eyes peeled and binoculars ready to spot some amazing birds

* Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike -  a scenic hike in the antional park that is as short or as long as you'd like

* Horseback Riding (850 ARS per person) - ride around Ushuaia for amazing views of the surrounding landscapes

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cilene del Faro Hotel


Day 12: Explore Ushuaia and surrounding areas

Spend another day exploring the varied activities in the region. You can enjoy mmore of the acitivites above or choose from one of these amazing experienccs:

* Helicopter ride (2300 ARS per person) - soar above Ushuaia, admiring the natural beauty of the landscape and gazing out at the towering mountains

* Beagle Channel boat cruise - see penguins at Isla Martillo, observe rock cormorants and sea lions sharing cliffside resting spots

* Visit Bird Island  - home to king and imperial cormorants live; stop off at Isla de Los Lobos to spot plenty of seals. Visit Isla Martillo to see Magellanic penguins

* Maritime Museum & Prison at the End of the World Museum (300 ARS per person) - Visit the Navy Museum, which was previously the Recidivist Prison. Experience the histories of both seafarers and prisoners who arrived at “the end of the Earth.”

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cilene del Faro Hotel


Day 13: Fly to Buenos Aires

Experience vibrant Buenos Aires with some of the following activites:

* Tango Dinner Show (USD $80 per person) - immerse yourself in the passion of tango, watching the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you enjoy a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music and savour the sensuality; this traditional dance ignites the senses of locals and visitors alike.

* Buenos Aires bike tour (USD $33 per person) - what better way to experience this vibrant city than cruising around on a bicycle with a local Argentine? (Bike, helmet, knowledgeable tour guide - all included). Take in the many historical sights on offer: discover Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, colourful Caminito, and the working class neighbourhoods where tango was born. 

* Buenos Aires guided city tour - an introduction to the historic sites and districts of the city, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. Witness the colourful street life of La Boca and San Telmo with their painted houses, and wander around the famed Recoleta Cemetery.

* Tour of Teatro Colón (250 ARS per person) - explore this stunning opera house and discover why it is voted one of the best acoustic venues in the world.

Length of journey: 4 hours by plane 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Park Royal Buenos Aires (or similar)


Day 14: Buenos Aires

Depart at a time of your choice.

Meals: Breakfast

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* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $4,999

Includes

  • Meals: 12 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners (Days 7 & 8)
  • Accommodation: 2 nights camping in Torres del Paine and 11 nights in hotels 
  • Tents, sleeping bag and sleeping mat
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Domestic flights
  • Land and domestic transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • El Chalten and Glacier National Park hike (full-day)
  • Perito Moreno glacier guided tour
  • Torres del Paine National Park excursion including hikes with expert mountain guides
  • Boat cruise on the Beagle Channel to see penguins at Isla Martillo (Ushuaia)

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Optional excursions in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal equipment (our recommended kit list)
  • A sleeping bag liner (recommended)
  • Gratuities/tips
  • International flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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