Patagonia’s Peaks, Fjords & Glaciers

Combine the iconic peaks and, glaciers of Patagonia’s most famous National Parks: Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares, with the contrasting scenery of the Chilean Fjords, and the vibrant capitals of Buenos Aires and Santiago. Get up close to pottering penguins, visit enormous glaciers, gaze up at dramatic peaks, sail along glistening waterways, and land on the historic Cape Horn!

18 Days

$7,509

Patagonia’s Peaks, Fjords & Glaciers - 18 - $7,509

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Enjoy a half day private guided tour of Santiago, experiencing the city's diverse highlights
  • Choose from a selection of excursions on the Torres del Paine W-trek 
  • Navigate the Beagle Channel and Glacier Alley; hike to viewpoint of Pia Glacier
  • Step ashore and learn about Wulaia Bay's history; land on Cape Horn
  • Explore the Los Glaciares National Park for immense views of the Perito Moreno Glacier 
  • Trek to Laguna Torre, an other major trek which ends with a beatiful view of Cerro Torre
  • See the sights of Buenos Aires

Start from Santiago and end at Buenos Aires

Landmarks visited on Patagonia’s Peaks, Fjords & Glaciers

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1: Santiago & Sensations city tour

Upon arrival in Santiago, a private transfer will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to your hotel.

After a leisurely check-in, you will enjoy a half day private guided tour of Santiago, experiencing the city's diverse highlights with all your senses.

Visit historic Santa Lucia Hill, in Barrio Bella Vista. Consisting of parkland, rising 69 metres above the surrounding areas and now adorned with ornate facades, stairways and fountains, it was on this hill that the city was founded in 1541.

Continue to the Paris-Londres neighbourhood, home to some of the most impressive colonial architecture before slowing down to briefly unwind with the locals and take in a curiosity unique to Santiago as you enjoy coffee at one of the notorious and racy "cafe con piernas".

From there, you pass through some of the most interesting streets of the city, filled with history from the different waves of immigrants in this ethnically diverse city. Then wander around the art nouveau Mercado Central (Central Market), considered by National Geographic as one of the top ten food markets in the world and known for both its cuisine and exotic fish stores. You will also visit the Vega Chica Market boasting some of the best flavours, scents and colours of this metropolis where you will try a traditional Chilean drink, the Cola de Mono.

The penultimate highlight is a walk through a renowned flower market filled with colourful displays and beautiful scents before ending your tour by exploring the lovely Lastarria neighbourhood.

Excursion: Half day private guided tour

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Santiago


Day 2: Santiago at leisure

You have a day at leisure in Santiago

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Santiago


Day 3: To Torres del Paine

You will be transferred to the Santiago Airport for your departure flight to Punta Arenas.

After being transferred to your hotel in Torres del Paine, you will be free to choose whether to go straight to the spa or restaurant, or head out for a gentle independent stroll to explore the area, or, if time allows, an afternoon excursion.

Accommodation: Luxury Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, dinner, open Bar


Day 4: Choice of Guided Excursions

Suggestion: Boat Trip & Walk to Glacier Grey Viewpoint

This classic trek begins with a 30-minute boat ride across Pehoe Lake. From here the trail winds up to the west, through Lenga forests and over rocky outcrops, towards Glacier Grey.

The culmination of this excursion is an impressive viewpoint from which you can see the Southern Patagonian Ice field, and the icebergs that bob and float on the lake's surface. You'll return along the same path and transfer back to the hotel

Difficulty: medium

Length of hike: 5 hours

Accommodation: Luxury Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, open bar


Day 5: Choice of Guided Excursions

Suggestion: Boat Trip & French Valley Hike

This excursion starts with a 30-minute boat ride across Pehoe Lake. You will walk along a winding trail that passes the slopes of Paine Grande and the shores of Lago Skottsberg. There are Upon reaching the Italian Camp, you will cross a bridge over the French river and head up the French Valley to the viewpoint that sits below the world famous French Glacier. You'll return along the same trail and take the boat for the last 30 minutes to the point where a transfer will take you back to the hotel.

Difficulty: high

Length of hike: 8 hours

Accommodation: Luxury Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, open bar


Day 6: Choice of Excursions

Suggestion: Hike the Torres del Paine

This world famous hike demands stamina, but the rewards are the impressive views of the three granite towers. This hike ascends strongly for one hour bordering the Rio Ascensio until reaching the Paso de los Vientos. From here it takes 30 minutes to reach Campamento Chileno where you can have a little rest.

The walk continues to ascend through the forest for 1.5 hours, gaining altitude very quickly and with amazing views of the geological formations in the area such as folds, fractures and granite intrusions. The last hour is the most challenging, where the trail winds up through a moraine section of loose pebbles, there is exposure to the wind and the weather can be unpredictable.

Arriving at the lookout you will have the classic view of the Torres del Paine and if the weather allows, you can have lunch with this fantastic landscape in front of you.

You will descend along the same trail and it takes about four hours to reach the starting point, so it definitely requires good knees and you need to be in good shape.

Difficulty: high

Length of hike: 7-9 hours

Accommodation: Luxury Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, open Bar


Day 7: Transfer to Punta Arenas to Board Cruise

Enjoy a delicious breakfast before being taken to Punta Arenas port where you will check in for your cruise between 13:00 and 17:00. Depending on arrival time, you'll have the afternoon to explore the town before boarding the M/V Stella Australis cruise ship at 18:00.

After a welcoming cocktail reception hosted by the Captain and his crew, the ship will depart for some of the most remote corners of the planet.

Your journey will take you through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel to explore one of the most breathtaking wilderness regions in the world.

Accommodation: Stella or Ventus Australis

Meals: Breakfast, dinner, open bar


Day 8: Cruise to Ainsworth Bay & Tuckers Islets

At dawn, the ship will be navigating through Almirantazgo Sound, before arriving at Ainsworth Bay, within Alberto De Agostini National Park. It's the perfect spot from which to see the Marinelli Glacier descending from Darwin Mountain Range in the distance and to appreciate how the land returns to life after glacial retreat.

You'll have the opportunity to take a walk to a beaver dam in the stunning sub-polar Magellan Forest. Whether on the beach or the island, there's a good chance of sighting southern elephant seals.

In the afternoon the ship will sail to Tuckers Islets, and after lunch, you will board well-equipped Zodiac boats to get close to a colony of Magellanic penguins (indigenous to the Southern Hemisphere) and cormorants.

* In September and April, this excursion is replaced by a short walk to a nearby glacier at Brookes Bay.

Excursion: 2 excursions with a shared guide

Difficulty: Choice of Low/ High

Accommodation: Stella or Ventus Australis

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Open Bar


Day 9: Cruise to Pia Glacier & Glacier Alley

Today you will sail along the northwest arm of the Beagle Channel before disembarking at Pia Fjord. From there, you'll take a short hike to a panoramic viewpoint from where we can enjoy spectacular views of the awe-inspiring Pia Glacier whose main tongue extends from the mountaintops down to the sea.

After this memorable experience, you will continue your voyage along the Beagle Channel through the majestic Glacier Alley, a narrow channel flanked with dozens of cascading glaciers.

Excursion: 2 excursions with a shared guide

Difficulty: Choice of Low/ High

Accommodation: Stella or Ventus Australis

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, open Bar


Day 10: Cruise to Wulaia Bay & Cape Horn

During the morning you will be sailing through Murray Channel, going ashore at historical Wulaia Bay, originally the site of one of the region's largest Yamana aboriginal settlements. Charles Darwin landed there in 1833 during his voyage on the HMS Beagle. This area is also renowned for the mesmerizing beauty of its vegetation and geography.

You will take an enchanting walk through the Magellan Forest of lengas, coihues, canelos, ferns, and other endemic vegetation, to reach a panoramic viewpoint.

In the afternoon you will go South through Nassau Bay to reach Cape Horn National Park, where, weather permitting, you'll get to go ashore.

The legendary Cape Horn was discovered in 1616 and is a sheer 425-meter (1,394-foot) high rocky promontory. For many years it was an important navigation route between the Pacific and the Atlantic, and is referred to as the "End of the Earth". The park was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2005.

Excursion: 2 excursions with a shared guide

Difficulty: Choice of Low/ High

Accommodation: Stella or Ventus Australis

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, open bar


Day 11: Disembark in Ushuaia, fly to El Calafate

Disembark in Ushuaia between 08:30 and 09:30 and take a transfer to Ushuaia airport for your flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival at Calafate airport, you will be met and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, El Calafate


Day 12: Perito Moreno Glacier Excursion

Today's adventure takes you into Parque Nacional Los Glaciares for views of the immense Perito Moreno Glacier. En route to the glacier, you stop at the pier for a short boat trip to the south wall of the glacier. From the water level you'll get an amazing feel for its sheer size, more than 3 miles wide and over 20 stories high - a true highlight of Patagonia.

We can organise a gourmet picnic lunch to enjoy on the walkways overlooking the glacier. The trip includes national park entrance fee, a packed lunch to enjoy with views of the glacier, and the boat trip.

Excursion: Full day excursion with a shared guide

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, El Calafate


Day 13: Transfer from El Calafate to El Chalten

You'll be taking the morning public bus to El Chalten where someone will be waiting to meet you and assist you to the hotel for the next three nights.

For those raring to get out on the hiking trails, we recommend an afternoon hike to Loma del Pliegue Tumbado.

For those looking to relax, we suggest exploring this charming town and perhaps dropping by the chocolate shop/tea house and the craft beer pub!

Excursion: Public bus from El Calafate to El Chalten

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten


Day 14: Trek to Laguna de los Tres

This is the most popular trek in El Chalten, and it is certainly one of the prettiest. It leads to the viewpoint for Cerro Fitz Roy. "Los Tres" refers to the three peaks that you can see from the laguna's shore: Fitz Roy (3,405m), Poincenot (3,002m), and Saint-Exupry (2,558m), but the view is magnificent around all 360 degrees.

After a transfer to the trailhead at Hosteria El Pilar, your guide leads you through a beech and nires forest bordering the Rio Blanco, and after 1 hour you get to the first viewpoint with excellent views of the Piedras Blancas Glacier.

Forty-five more minutes and you arrive at the Poicennot camp, where you cross a hanging bridge over the river into Rio Blanco camp, a base for climbers. From here, it is a 420 vertical metre hike up to the Laguna de los Tres viewpoint. The view of Fitz Roy Massif, the lagoon and its glaciers, is spectacular. A few meters away, you can also get a very good view of the Laguna Sucia. Then return to El Chalten on a path that passes past the Capri Laguna lookout.

Excursion: Full day, small group, guided excursion, 9 hours, 18km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten


Day 15: Trek to Laguna Torre

Next to the Fitz Roy, this is the other major trek, which ends with a beautiful view of one of the world's most difficult mountains to climb, Cerro Torre. The trail starts from the village, ascending alongside the river. After 20 minutes you get a view of the Fitzroy River Canyon and see beautiful waterfalls. From here, you begin to get stunning views of Cerro Torre.

After a rest at the first viewpoint, the hike continues for about an hour through a beautiful valley, with a few undulations, to De Agostini Base Camp, where some of the world's best climbers make base, waiting to climb the tower. After a few minutes more you reach the Lagoon Tower, with a magnificent view of Cerro Torre, the Egger, Standhard and Bifida peaks, and the Adelas cord with its stunning glaciers spilling into the lagoon. Then head back down the same path.

Excursion: Full day, small group, guided excursion, 7 hours, 16km

Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Hotel, El Chalten


Day 16: Travel to Buenos Aires, City Tour

You will be picked up at your hotel for a door to door shuttle transfer to El Calafate airport, in plenty of time for your flight to Buenos Aires.

You'll have a transfer waiting for you at Buenos Aires airport ready to take you to your hotel to drop off your bags before enjoying your three hour private guided city tour.

Soak up the atmosphere at Plaza de Mayo, the site of Argentina's most important historical events. Visit Mayo Avenue and San Telmo, the oldest residential neighbourhood in Buenos Aires. Live and feel the original Tango in the neighbourhood of La Boca: walk along Caminito Street and enjoy the dancers and souvenir shops.

See the mythical Boca Juniors soccer stadium. Visit Puerto Madero and the docks, bustling with offices, bars and restaurants. Pass through the Retiro neighbourhood and move on to see Palermo and its most exclusive residential area before finally arriving at Recoleta, the final resting place of Eva "Evita" Peron and wander through the grand Recoleta Cemetery where she is to be found.

Excursion: Half day private guided tour

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Hotel, Palermo


Day 17: Half Day Tour of Tigre and San Isidro

Enjoy a small group tour to the Tigre Delta, travelling from the heart of Buenos Aires by catamaran. You will have some of the best views of the city skyline from the River Plate, its northern areas and the channels of the Delta, whilst enjoying refreshments on board. Once in Tigre, visit Paseo Victoria, the Puerto de Frutos, the historical centre of San Isidro, the Cathedral and the Presidential Residence in Olivos, before returning to Buenos Aires.

This evening's highlight is the Argentine Experience: A unique blend of food, wine and interacting with the locals. Learn how to make traditional empanadas, dine on grilled provoleta cheese with sliced chorizo sausage, warm bread and homemade chimichurri. Order steak (reputedly the best in Argentina!) in Spanish and make your own traditional mate. A convivial atmosphere and great food! Your guides throughout the evening will answer questions on Argentine cuisine and culture.

Excursion: Half day shared guided tour to Tigre / Evening guided Argentine Experience

Meals: Breakfast, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel, Palermo


Day 18: Transfer to the airport

Today you will be transferred to the airport in plenty of time for your onward flight.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $7,509 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.

The price based on Standard Hotels is USD $7,509 per person 

The price based on Superior Hotels is USD $8,095 per person 

The price based on Luxury Hotels is USD $9,152 per person

Includes

  • 17 nights accommodation in Santiago (2), Torres del Paine (4), Cruise (4), El Calafate (2), El Chalten (3), Buenos Aires (2)
  • Meals as stated
  • Private airport transfers (Santiago, El Calafate, Ushuaia, Buenos Aires)
  • Half day private guided city tour (Santiago) Shared transfers in/ out of Torres del Paine
  • Small group guided excursions (Torres del Paine, Cruise, El Chalten, El Calafate, Buenos Aires)
  • Use of pool, sauna and jacuzzi in Torres del Paine
  • Entertainment and lectures on board cruise
  • Boat trip to Perito Moreno Glacier
  • National Park entrance fees (Los Glaciares)
  • Concierge assistance 24/7 from our Buenos Aires, El Calafate & El Chalten offices

Excludes

  • Any optional activities mentioned in the itinerary above
  • Massages and treatments in Torres del Paine
  • Flights
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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