Lakes & Glaciers of Patagonia

An incredible group tour that takes in a remarkable range of Patagonia's top sights. Everything is arranged in advance to take you 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.

15 Days

$3,999

Lakes & Glaciers of Patagonia - 15 - $3,999

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Guided hike to Laguna de los Tres from El Chalten to fully appreciate Cerro Fitz Roy
  • 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
  • Make your way through the gorgeous region to Glacier Grey
  • Cruise along the Beagle Channel to observe marine wildlife among small islands
  • Pass by Isla Martillo and see the penguin colonies that inhabit the island

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, check into the hotel and enjoy the city. With any extra time, 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. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start 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. Enjoy this free time any way you want, 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. Get out there and explore 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 $25 USD 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: Bus to Punta Arenas 

Take a bus south to Punta Arenas and enjoy an orientation walk of the city and take some free time in the evening to explore this charming city.

Length of excursion: 3 hours by bus (240 km)

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hostal Oro Fueguino 


Day 11: Cross into Argentina, arriving at Ushuaia 

From Punta Arenas head to the Magellan Strait before hopping on a ferry for 20-30 mins and then re-boarding the bus on arrival to Tierra del Fuego. Stock up on snacks and settle in - it's a long journey. Cross the border then continue to Ushuaia, 'the end of the earth'.

Return to Argentina and head to the province of Tierra del Fuego and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world located on the shores of the Beagle Channel.

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

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cliene del Faro Hotel


Day 12: Beagle Channel Cruise to Isla Martillo

Included boat cruise on the Beagle Channel to see penguins at Isla Martillo. Back on land there are various options, including bird watching, 4x4 rides, day hikes in Tierra del Fuego National Park, helicopter rides, and horseback riding.

Cruise along the Beagle Channel to observe marine wildlife among small islands and inlets before using your free time to explore all Ushuaia has to offer. Pass by Isla Martillo and see the penguin colonies that inhabit the island. A fun mountain and port town, you can also experience the comings and goings of ships to and from Antarctica. Breeding season for the penguins is from November to March.

Leave the local port and head to the famous Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse. See rock cormorants and sea lions sharing a resting spot on cliffs. Stop for a visit on Birds Island where the king and imperial cormorants live. Look for local flora and fauna before visiting an archaeological site of the Yamanas. During the trip, enjoy a snack, including tea, hot chocolate, coffee, biscuits, and, of course, the typical Argentine mate.

Length of excursion: 6 hour cruise 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cliene del Faro Hotel


Day 13: Free day in Ushaia

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 - Ride around Ushuaia on horseback for amazing views of the landscape.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Cilene del Faro Hotel


Day 14: Fly to Buenos Aires.

Opt for a tango show and dinner ($80 USD per person). Discover the passion of tango. 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.

Length of excursion: 4 hours by plane 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel Dazzler San Telmo


Day 15: Buenos Aires

Depart at any time.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Start date Price (pp)
September 2018
29-Sep-2018 $3,999* Guaranteed Date
October 2018
13-Oct-2018 $3,999 Guaranteed Date
22-Oct-2018 $3,999* Guaranteed Date
27-Oct-2018 $3,999 Guaranteed Date
29-Oct-2018 $3,999* Guaranteed Date
November 2018
3-Nov-2018 $4,299 Guaranteed Date
5-Nov-2018 $4,299 Guaranteed Date
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December 2018
1-Dec-2018 $4,399 Guaranteed Date
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January 2019
5-Jan-2019 $4,299 Guaranteed Date
12-Jan-2019 $4,299 Guaranteed Date

* Note: Prices are per person. Paid in USD ($) - figure above is based on today's exchange rate. Actual cost $3,999

Includes

  • 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).
  • Internal flights.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Excludes

  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions
  • International Flights
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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