Argentina’s Realm of Peaks and Glaciers

Overview

Some of the most spectacular peaks on the planet are in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, a World Heritage Site. Our hiker’s journey reveals the very best of this grand-scale paradise, where rivers of ice pour down from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and granite giants soar above the pampas. Our hikes—with two options each day—lead across wild steppes and along azure lakes for extraordinary vistas of Fitzroy, Cerro Torre, and the park’s exalted glaciers, including the massive ice wall of Perito Moreno, one of Argentina’s natural wonders. At our renowned estancias, including Helsingfors and Cristina, both set in incredible and remote locations, we’ll sit back and enjoy savory Patagonian fare and hearty Argentine wines, celebrating each fine day of hiking.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Buenos Aires / Los Glaciares National Park

After an overnight in Buenos Aires, we fly to El Calafate and head across the pampas to magical Los Glaciares National Park, where our options include a hike to Laguna de los Tres for panoramic views of the jagged pinnacles of Fitzroy (11,703') and to Laguna Torre for jaw-dropping vistas of the slender spire of Cerro Torre (10,280').

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Days 5-7
Estancia Helsingfors / Perito Moreno

Lago Viedma is the setting for some of our most exhilarating hikes, including one to remote Lago Azul, a sublime glacial lake that truly earns its name. Our lodging is family-run Estancia Helsingfors, a historic retreat that is exclusive to our group, and we’ll enjoy the welcoming atmosphere. Near Calafate, we take in the magnificent views of the Perito Moreno Glacier as we follow a boardwalk trail near the towering wall of ice, with the immense ice field stretching into the distance. It’s a thrill to watch the giant ice blocks plunging into Lago Argentino.

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Days 8-12
Estancia Cristina / Calafate

From our remote inn, Estancia Cristina, surrounded by glaciers and snowy Andean peaks, our hikes bring us up Cerro Carnero for glorious views of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, and through a fascinating canyon where marine fossils are embedded in the walls. At night we enjoy fine meals and warm hospitality in this estancia at the end of the world. Return to Calafate on Day 11 and depart on Day 12 via Buenos Aires, or join our extensions to Candelaria del Monte Estancia or Iguazú Falls.

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Highlights

Highlights

Fantastic day hikes—with two options a day—to Patagonia’s most celebrated peaks, including Fitzroy and Cerro Torre
Incredible mountain scenery, and an up-close walk to see the towering Perito Moreno Glacier
Historic estancias and fine lodges—two of our three lodges are exclusive to our group—and welcoming Patagonian hospitality

Details

Length: 12 days
Cost From: $6295  
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lodging: 6 nights hotels and lodges, 5 nights estancias
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

9 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails (some steep sections), 2-8 hours a day, altitudes below 5,000 feet

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