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Great Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia

Argentina’s Realm of Peaks and Glaciers

Great Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia route-map

Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5795  
Length: 12 days
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lodging: 6 nights in hotels and lodges, 5 nights in estancias
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 9 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 2-5 hours a day, altitudes below 5,000 feet
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Highlights

  • Hikes to Patagonia’s celebrated peaks, including Fitzroy and Cerro Torre
  • Incredible mountain scenery, and an exciting hike with crampons on the Viedma Glacier
  • Historic estancias, fine lodges, and Patagonian hospitality


This was an adventure of a lifetime.Todd J.—Austin, TX

Choosing the Right Trip

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References

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Departure Notes

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Some of the most spectacular mountain peaks on the planet are in Argentina’s Glacier National Park, and we’ve created a journey of the very best hikes in this grand-scale paradise, where rivers of ice pour down from the Patagonian Icecap and granite towers soar above the pampas. Our hikes bring us across wild steppes and along azure lakes for extraordinary vistas of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre as well as the park’s exalted glaciers, some of the world’s biggest, and they are a treat for the eyes (and the ears, with their creaks and pops). At our welcoming estancias, including Cristina and Helsingfors, both in superb and impossibly remote locations, we feast on Patagonian fare and enjoy hearty red wine at the end of each fine day of hiking.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Buenos Aires / Calafate / Chaltén / Glacier National Park

After enjoying Buenos Aires’ Old World style, we head to amazing Glacier National Park, a kingdom of ice fields and 47 major glaciers. Hiking beneath the pinnacles of Fitzroy (11,703'), we reach Laguna Torre or Laguna de Los Tres for jaw-dropping vistas of the slender spire of Cerro Torre (10,280'), then don crampons for a thrilling walk on the Viedma Glacier.

Days 5-7
Estancia Helsingfors / Perito Moreno

Lakeside Helsingfors offers great food and classic Patagonian ambiance, and our trails bring us to sublime Lago Azul for magnificent views of the Fitzroy Massif. We also enjoy up-close views of the Perito Moreno Glacier, with its ice blocks plunging into turquoise Lago Argentino.

Days 8-12
Estancia Cristina / Calafate

To reach Estancia Cristina, we boat across Lago Argentino, navigating around blue-white icebergs along the Upsala Glacier, South America’s longest. From this beautiful estancia, with its outrageously picturesque location, one of our hikes brings us up Cerro Carnero for glorious views of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. Depart on Day 12 via Buenos Aires, or join our Iguazu Falls or Estancia extensions.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous. The hiking will be physically demanding at times (but we do offer shorter hiking options on the two longest hiking days). Most of the hiking takes place below altitudes of 5,000 feet. For the most part, the trails are not overly rugged or difficult, but the approaches and descents can be steep, and the trail conditions rocky or muddy. There are also some long driving days across the steppes, and everyone should be prepared for bumpy, dusty road conditions. Please note that your leader may make adjustments to the itinerary and hiking routes, depending on local weather and trail conditions. We recommend you make a special effort to get in good physical condition for this trip. The better condition you are in, the more you will enjoy your experience. We suggest you begin training several months before departure. Start gradually by doing hikes, running, using a Stairmaster, or riding bikes. The object is to improve your overall aerobic capacity and get your hiking muscles limbered up. Even a brisk 30-45 minute walk every other day over moderately steep terrain can do wonders for your conditioning.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2014
Nov 23-Dec 4, 2014  Bernardita De Negri
Dec 26, 2014-Jan 6, 2015  Jose Argento
2015
Jan 31-Feb 11, 2015  Jose Argento

Trip Cost

Prices valid through Spring 2014
$5795 (10-14 members)
$6295 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $995
Forced single supplement: $825
Internal airfare: $820 (subject to change)

Argentina Reciprocity Fee for US citizens: $160 (must be obtained in advance online)

Please call for Winter 2014-Spring 2015 prices
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Extension Costs
Iguazu Falls Extension
   from: $985
Estancia Extension
   from: $685

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations in comfortable lodges, inns, and hotels
  • All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
  • Land and boat transportation, airport transfers, and baggage handling as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, internal flights, meals not specified after each itinerary day, travel insurance, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), and expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20%
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Minimum fee: None per person
46-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Nuss Hotel

Nuss Hotel

Day 1 (1 night), Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Nuss Hotel enjoys a superb location, right in the heart of Palermo Soho, the most bohemian and atmospheric neighborhood of the city. A former ...
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Estancia El Pilar

Estancia El Pilar

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), El Chalten, Argentina

A charming 10-room country inn surrounded by native lenga forests on the edge of Glacier National Park, this is the best place to stay in the ...
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Estancia Helsingfors

Estancia Helsingfors

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Lago Viedma, Argentina

This century-old estancia has a magnificent setting on Lago Viedma surrounded by world-class Patagonian scenery. There’s nothing else like it ...
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Hotel Kau Yatun

Hotel Kau Yatun

Day 7 (1 night),
Day 11 (1 night), El Calafate, Argentina

Located on the outskirts of El Calafate town, the hotel has attractive grounds and gardens, two restaurants, and a wood-paneled bar. The rooms are ...
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Estancia Cristina

Estancia Cristina

Days 8 to 10 (3 nights), Lago Argentino, Argentina

Founded in 1914 as a sheep ranch and surrounded by the wild mountain and glacier scenery of Glacier National Park, Estancia Christina, accessible ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Jose Argento

Departure Dates: December 26, 2014-January 6, 2015, January 31-February 11, 2015

Jose Argento grew up in a tiny farming community in Argentina and developed a deep passion for nature at a young age. After completing his degree in Tourism, he moved to Patagonia, where he began working as a mountain guide. For the last 10 years, he has guided Patagonia journeys for half the ...
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Bernardita De Negri

Departure Dates: November 23-December 4, 2014

Bernardita de Negri, born in Buenos Aires, grew up in a family that had immigrated from Europe to Argentina. Her family loved travel, books, and languages, and her international background, combined with living in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, helped her develop a lust for world travel and a ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Argentina

Estancia Extension

A Countryside Retreat

Cultural Adventures
2 days  -  Level 1

Iguazu Falls Extension

One of the World’s Spectacular Natural Wonders

Wildlife & Natural History
3 days  -  Level 1

Client Comments

This was an adventure of a lifetime. Todd J., Austin, TX
Wonderful trip—exceeded expectations. Leo R., Mahwah, NJ