Tierra del Fuego and the Mountain Splendor of Chile and Argentina

Overview

Wilderness Travel has been exploring Patagonia for 40 years, and we know this magical realm at the “uttermost ends of the earth” like no other company! Our signature journey to both the Argentine and Chilean sides of Patagonia explores the secluded bays of Tierra del Fuego along the Beagle Channel, and the stupendous granite-and-glacier realms of Paine and Fitz Roy, two of the mountain masterpieces of the world. In Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, we’ll hike spectacular trails below the spires of the Fitz Roy Massif, and we cross into Chile’s phenomenal Paine National Park, with its azure lakes and unique wildlife, for hikes below the soaring granite monoliths of Torres del Paine. Historic estancias and lodges, many of which are exclusive to our groups, welcome us along the way.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

After exploring Buenos Aires, we fly to Ushuaia on the Beagle Channel, where our explorations include a Zodiac ride, coastal hikes, and a visit to a Magellanic penguin colony.

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Days 4-7
Los Glaciares National Park

Up-close perspectives of Fitz Roy (11,703') and the slender granite pinnacle of Cerro Torre (10,280') are the thrill of our hikes in this famed park. We hike to deep blue Laguna Torre, with Cerro Torre soaring directly above it, and through forest and steppe environments on the Pliegue Tumbado trail for a spectacular and unconventional 360-degree view of the Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy massifs.

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Days 8-9
Estancia Helsingfors / Los Glaciares National Park

From our historic lodge, Estancia Helsingfors, we hike through beech forests to stunning Lago Azul for magnificent Fitz Roy views, with possible sightings of native Patagonian wildlife, from guanacos to rheas.

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Day 10
Moreno Glacier / Lago Argentino / Calafate

Crossing rolling Patagonian pampas to turquoise Lago Argentino, we follow a boardwalk trail near the 20-story-high ice wall 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

Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park is one of the scenic wonders of the planet. Our lodges give us great access, with several hikes starting right outside our front door, including a classic hike through the Ascencio Valley to the base of the three giant monoliths of the Paine Towers. Depart on Day 16 from Punta Arenas.

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Highlights

Highlights

Enjoy Patagonia’s full wonder in the world-famous national parks of Los Glaciares (Argentina) and Paine (Chile)
Choice of hiking options on many days
Explore remote islands and bays of Tierra del Fuego
Historic accommodations, including Estancia Helsingfors, a former sheep ranch

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 (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=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