Tierra del Fuego and the Mountain Splendor of Chile and Argentina

Overview

The granite-and-glacier realms of Paine and Fitzroy and remote Tierra del Fuego are like no other in the world. These unspoiled landscapes that shelter marvelous wildlife stretch to the ends of the continent. On our insider’s journey, explorations in Tierra del Fuego reveal penguin colonies, secluded islands, and sweeping views of the Beagle Channel, while in Patagonia, inspiring day hikes—many starting right from our lodges—grant spectacular panoramas of the great shark fin of Fitzroy and the needle-like spire of Cerro Torre, the crown jewels of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, and the soaring rock towers of Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. This is the ultimate hiking adventure to the “uttermost ends of the earth.”

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Buenos Aires / Ushuaia / Tierra del Fuego

After exploring Buenos Aires, we head to Ushuaia for hikes along the secluded bays of Tierra del Fuego, keeping an eye out for the abundant birdlife including the Magellanic woodpecker and the regal Andean condor. On the Beagle Channel, a Zodiac ride brings us to a remote island for a hike and lunch at a shepherd’s hut (complete with a locally produced red wine!) and a visit to a Magellanic and Adélie penguin colony.

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Days 4-7
Los Glaciares National Park

Up-close perspectives of Fitzroy (11,703') and the slender granite pinnacle of Cerro Torre (10,280') are the thrill of our adventures in this famed park. One hike brings us through a valley of native lenga trees to Laguna Torre, a serene glacial lake with the spire of Cerro Torre soaring directly above it. We also journey across deep Lago Viedma by boat, navigating amid floating icebergs, then head out on foot right on the vast Viedma Glacier for a chance to peer into its fantastic ice caverns.

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Days 8-9
Estancia Helsingfors

From renowned Estancia Helsingfors, a former sheep ranch set on the shores of glacier-fed Lago Viedma, our trails bring us through beech forests to stunning Lago Azul, a pristine lake with magnificent Fitzroy views, and possible sightings of Patagonia’s exotic creatures, including guanacos and rheas.

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Day 10
Moreno Glacier / Lago Argentino / Calafate

Crossing rolling Patagonian steppes to turquoise Lago Argentino, we follow a boardwalk with phenomenal views of the spectacular 20-story-high icewall of the Moreno Glacier, with its icebergs calving right into the lake—the sounds are as amazing as the views.

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Days 11-16
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

With its granite spires, azure lakes, and massive glaciers, Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park is one of the natural masterpieces of the planet. Our lodges give us great access to the best areas of the park, with hikes starting right outside our front door, including the trail through the Ascencio Valley to the base of the three giant monoliths of the Paine Towers, a landmark of the park. Depart on Day 16 via Punta Arenas.

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Highlights

Highlights

See the best of Patagonia, from Tierra del Fuego to its greatest national parks
Amazing views of Fitzroy and Paine, choice of hiking options on many days
Remote islands of Tierra del Fuego
Comfortable inns, including Estancia Helsingfors, a historic Patagonian estate

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $8195  
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Punta Arenas, Chile
Lodging: 15 nights hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level:

10 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 5-8 hours a day, altitudes below 5,000 feet