Luxury Patagonia Expedition

Journey through the pristine landscapes of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Park on this luxury group tour. Stay in the best hand-picked luxury accommodation along the way and choose from a diverse range of excursions. Expect the highest level of service throughout.

10 Days

$9,795

Luxury Patagonia Expedition - 10 - $9,795

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Spend three nights in each of these luxury properties: Estancia Helsingsfors, Eolo Lodge and Hotel Explora
  • Enjoy the highlights of Patagonia including Torres del Paine & Los Glaciares from a luxurious setting
  • The difficulty of trekking depends on your preference as the choice of excursions varies each day
  • This group tour is run & organised by an established US-based luxury tour operator 

Start from El Calafate and end at Punta Arenas

Landmarks visited on Luxury Patagonia Expedition

Operator's Itinerary

Days 1: Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

This morning you'll meet in the lobby of the hotel and bid farewell to civilisation. Venturing out into the wilds of Patagonia, you'll take to the open road and head north. After a brief stretch at La Leona (named after the puma that chased Charles Darwin along the river during one of his explorative voyages) you'll arrive at Hosteria Helsingfors, nestled at the foot of UNESCO site, Los Glaciares National Park.

After lunch, you'll have time to relax and go for a lakeside walk before dinner, taking in the stunning views of epic Fitz Roy, the legendary granite peak just across the lake in El Chalten--one of the most challenging climbs in the world.

Accommodation: Estancia Helingsfors, Los Glaciares National Park 

Meals: Lunch, dinner


Day 2: Blue Lagoon

After a leisurely breakfast, head out on foot to witness nature at its most generous. Alongside your guide, you'll climb the hill just behind Helsingfors (by foot or by horseback, your choice!) and through the lenga (southern beech tree) cemetery. Passing into a small forest, you'll continue upwards to the Blue Lagoon, a site that no photo can do justice.

After lunch in the company of nature, you'll make your way back to the lodge (perhaps with some curious guanacos and condors by our sides) for a game of komikan by the fire before dinner. Should you wish to continue walking, there will be several trails to choose from.

Accommodation: Estancia Helingsfors, Los Glaciares National Park 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 3: Lake Viedma

You'll have the privilege to become part of the astounding panorama today, witnessing the intense isolation and surprising diversity of the Patagonian steppe.

Setting out on a beautiful hike, you'll traverse a former cattle trail that leads to Punta del Viento, the first viewpoint of the Moyano arm of the lake. On the road lies the ruins of Alfred Ramstrom's home, one of the first settlers in the area and the founder of the lodge. Arriving at the Wind Peninsula along the lakeshore, you'll witness the vastness of Lake Viedma with its stunning azure waters, the characteristic colour of glacial lakes. You'll have the option to turn back here or continue toward the Laguna del Morro.

Accommodation: Estancia Helingsfors, Los Glaciares National Park 

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 4: El Calafate

This morning, be sure to nibble a Calafate berry before bidding farewell to Lago Viedma - local legend has it that a taste of one of these mystical fruits will ensure you return to Patagonia someday.

After saying goodbye to the pink flamingos and lesser rhea lingering on the shore, you'll head back to Calafate for lunch at friend's house, offering insight into the rural reality of life in Patagonia; its distances, limitations, possibilities and demands.

Continuing on, you'll get a glimpse of the town centre before arriving at hotel Eolo and settling in to you new home for the next three day. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

Accommodation: Eolo, El Calafate

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 5: Perito Moreno glacier

Today, you'll head out early to take in views of the imposing and unforgettable Perito Moreno glacier in the morning light. A short drive from our hotel brings you to Lago Argentino, where you'll cross a small section of the lake by boat and reach shore just beyond the glacier itself. A short walk through a Magellanic forest takes you to the base of the ice where, if you're lucky, you may even see the ice wall calving into the lake. From here, you'll learn all about this natural wonder from what is the less frequently visited side.

Later, you'll enjoy your Eolo-packed lunch at a local establishment alongside a rushing river; hopefully that southern sun will be shining enough for you to enjoy your meal outside! Later, as you wind your way down and around the face of this ice mass (big enough to fit all of Buenos Aires within its borders), you'll gain a certain understanding of just how small we truly are. Dinner tonight is at Eolo.

Accommodation: Eolo, El Calafate

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 6: Choose between a 4x4 ride or a trip to Lago Frias

On your last day in Argentina, you will dig deeper into the steppe to carve out an understanding of what it takes to make it here. For those who are land lovers, you can head out in 4x4s to the outlying, even more remote areas and learn about the indigenous cultures that sprung from such extreme circumstances.

For those who can't get enough of the ice, you can head further south into the much less travelled glacial valley of Lago Frias, just a puma's lunge from the border of Chile. This evening, enjoy a lovely meal at Eolo.

Accommodation: Eolo, El Calafate

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Days 7: Torres del Paine, Chile

Today, you'll set out on the open road south and cross the border into Chile, your end destination being the majestic Torres del Paine National Park. Your drive will take most of the morning, but will give you a fantastic introduction to the wilds of Patagonia.

As you leave the Patagonia steppe behind, you will almost feel as if you are slipping into a different era, still unhurried and less inhabited, but a landscape that changes at every turn. You'll arrive at the Explora Lodge in time for an afternoon exploration. Then, we meet up for cocktails before sitting down for a lovely dinner.

Accommodation: Explora Hotel, Torres del Paine

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Days 8 & 9: Excursions in Torres del Paine, Chile

You'll awake next morning to dramatic views (clouds permitting!) of the Torres del Paine's three imposing granite peaks. Your privileged location in the national park itself means that you have two full days of exploring ahead of you.

UNESCO has recognised the park as a Biosphere Reserve and for good reason; it may be one of the most beautiful sites in the world, but it's also home to a huge array of birds and mammals, some endangered, that live amidst the forests, rocks and ice. In the company of the lodge's supremely qualified local guides, you will have the opportunity to visit the Laguna Verde, the incredible hanging Glacier Frances, the Salto Grande waterfall and, of course, the Torres del Paine themselves.

Options abound here, ranging from laid back activities to full-day excursions by foot or horseback. Soak in the atmosphere as you enjoy everything this amazing lodge has to offer.

Accommodation: Explora Hotel, Torres del Paine

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner


Day 10: Homeward Bound

This morning, take in your last panoramic views of the Torres del Paine at the Explora Lodge. A complimentary transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas will be available if you wish.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

Prices quoted below are per person based on 2 people.  Availability changes all the time so please contact us for up-to-date details and information on specific availability.

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $9,795 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Single supplement: $2,000

Includes

  • All hotel accommodation
  • All meals, including wine Services of guide(s) and support van
  • All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
  • Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
  • All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
  • All baggage transportation
  • Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
  • All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service

Excludes

  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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