Lakes & Glaciers of Patagonia

An incredible group tour that takes in a remarkable range of Patagonia's top sights. Travel seamlessly from the Fitz Roy massif in the north, via Perito Moreno glacier to Torres del Paine, then south to Ushuaia and a boat trip in Darwin's wake along the Beagle Channel.

An incredible group tour that takes in a remarkable range of Patagonia's top sights. Travel seamlessly from the Fitz Roy massif in the north, via Perito Moreno glacier to Torres del Paine, then south to Ushuaia and a boat trip in Darwin's wake along the Beagle Channel.

14 Days


Lakes & Glaciers of Patagonia - 14 - $4,199

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Hike the main trails in two of Patagonia's most iconic National Parks, Torres del Paine and El Chalten, alongside a local guide sharing regional expertise
  • Travel to the Perito Moreno Glacier for an included guided tour and explore the natural wonder of the world's few "advancing glaciers"
  • Cross Lake Pehoe by ferry and trek into the French Valley, taking in the dramatic scenery of the landscape 
  • See the Magellanic Penguins at Isla Martillo on a Beagle Channel Boat Cruise
  • You'll technically have two dedicated guides – one a local guide and one a Chief Experience Officer

Start from Buenos Aires and end at Buenos Aires

Landmarks visited on Lakes & Glaciers of Patagonia

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/El Chalten

Fly to El Calafate and continue by bus to El Chalten and Glacier National Park. En route 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 excursion: 3 hour 30 minutes by plane, 3 hours by bus 

Accommodation: Hosteria Vertical Lodge

Day 3: Hiking in El Chalten

Enjoy an included full-day guided hike in Glacier National Parkthrough the scenic terrain of lakes, tree covered trails and of course snow cover 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 excursion: 8-9 hour hike 

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 gear up for the adventures yet to come.

Length of excursion: 3 hours by bus (152 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hosteria Posta Sur

Day 5: Perito Moreno guided tour 

Travel to Perito Moreno Glacier for an included guided tour. Experience the natural wonder of Perito Moreno 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 different view of the stunning landscape and marvel at how large the glacier actually is up close. Embark in 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 excursion: 5-6 hours by bus (362km)

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 , the views here are beautiful! Start checking for wildlife - lots of guanacos and (likely) condors, geese, and other birds as well. Enter the national park and continue for another 30 mins to the start point of the trek.

Leave early and go by van to Torres del Paine National Park. 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. Hike about 4-5 hrs in and 4-5 hrs back - it's oh-so-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 excursion: 2 hour private vehicle transfer, 9-11 hour hike 

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 see the mountain range spread across the National Park. Take in the dramatic, contrasting greens and greys on the landscape and enjoy another full day of spectacular scenery and physical exertion. 

Length of excursion: 45 minute ferry boat, 8-10 hour hike 

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 gorgeous region. Make your way to the Glacier Grey lookout and back. After, catch the ferry and head back to Puerto Natales.

Length of excursion: 4-5 hour hike, 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. Re-board the bus on arrival to Tierra del Fuego. Stock up on snacks and settle in - it's a long journey. Cross the border, after a couple of hours, change to a van and continue on to Ushuaia, 'the end of the earth'.

Length of excursion: 12 hours by bus (831 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cilene del Faro Hotel

Day 11: Explore Ushuaia 

Enjoy this little mountain town at the End of the Earth with plenty of additional activities available including:

  • Birdwatching - Keep your eyes peeled and binoculars ready to spot some amazing birds.
  • Tierra del Fuego National Park Hike - Head out to Tierra del Fuego National Park for a scenic hike - make it as short or as long as you like! 
  • Horseback Riding (850 ARS per person) - Ride around Ushuaia on horseback for amazing views of the landscape.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cilene del Faro Hotel

Day 12: Explore Ushuaia and surrounding areas

Spend another day exploring the varied activities in the region, including bird watching, day hikes in Tierra del Fuego National Park, and horseback riding, as above, in addition to:

  • A Ushuaia Helicopter Ride (2300 ARS per person) - Sore above Ushuaia, admire the natural beauty of the landscape and gaze out at the touring mountains.
  • The Beagle Channel Boat Cruise - Cruise along the Beagle Channel to see penguins at Isla Martillo. Observe rock cormorants and sea lions sharing a cliff-side resting spot. Visit Bird Island where king and imperial cormorants live and Isla de Los Lobos to spot plenty of seals. Finally, stop at Isla Martillo to see Magellanic Penguins, before returning to Ushuaia. 
  • The Maritime Museum and Prison at the End of the World Museum (300 ARS per person) - Visit the Navy Museum, which was previously the Recidivist Prison. Learn about two different histories of seafarers and prisoners who both arrived at “the end of the earth.”

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cilene del Faro Hotel

Day 13: Fly to Buenos Aires

Experience life in Buenos Aires with:

  • A Tango Dinner Show (USD $80 per person) - Discover the passion of tango and watch the pros step and slide around the dance floor while you dine on a traditional Argentine dinner. Get lost in the music, savour the sensuality, and see why this traditional dance continues to ignite the senses of locals and visitors alike.
  • A Buenos Aires Bike Tour (USD $33 per person) - Experience this vibrant city cruising around on a bicycle with a local Argentine. Bike, helmet, knowledgeable tour guide, they've got it all taken care of, just come along for the ride and 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.
  • A Buenos Aires Guided City Tour - Enjoy a guided tour exploring beautiful, vibrant Buenos Aires. Be introduced to historic sites and districts, including Plaza de Mayo where Eva Peron's famed balcony presides over the square. See La Boca and San Telmo's colourful street life, painted houses, and the famed Recoleta Cemetery.
  • A Tour of Teatro Colón (250 ARS per person) - Explore this stunning opera house on a guided tour and find out why it is voted one of the best acoustic venues in the world.

Length of excursion: 4 hours by plane 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Park Royal Buenos Aires (or similar)

Day 14: Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

Meals: Breakfast

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  • 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)


  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Optional excursions in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal Equipment (request our recommended kit list for more details)
  • A sleeping bag liner is recommended
  • Gratuities/Tips
  • International flights
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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