Argentina: Hikes and Estancias of Patagonia

Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, and the Perito Moreno Glacier

Overview

Some of the most spectacular mountains on our planet are found in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, home to the sky-piercing peaks of the Fitz Roy massif. Our adventure reveals the very best of this grand-scale paradise where rivers of ice pour down from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. With two options most days, our hikes lead to azure lakes for stunning vistas of the spires of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, and magnificent glaciers, and we’ll visit the massive ice wall of Perito Moreno, one of Argentina’s natural wonders. Back at our renowned estancias, including Helsingfors and Cristina, with their exclusive locations, we’ll celebrate each hiking day with home-cooked Patagonian fare and fine Argentine wines.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-4
Buenos Aires / Los Glaciares National Park

From Buenos Aires, we fly to El Calafate and cross the pampas to reach Los Glaciares National Park, a sublime landscape dominated by the glaciers of the largest temperate ice sheet in the Southern Hemisphere. From our inn, Hostería El Pilar, we’ll hike right from the front door to beautiful Laguna de Los Tres for panoramic views of the jagged pinnacles of Fitz Roy (11,073'), and to Laguna Torre for vistas of the slender spire of Cerro Torre (10,280'). Our inn has phenomenal Fitz Roy views right from the dining room.

Palladio Hotel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 1 (1 night)
Hostería El Pilar
El Chaltén, Argentina
Days 2 to 4 (3 nights)
Days 5-7
Estancia Helsingfors / Perito Moreno

Family-run Estancia Helsingfors is a historic retreat with a stunningly remote location. In this region, we can immerse ourselves in the wild, isolated expanse of Patagonia. We’ll have the trail all to ourselves as we climb up to Lago Azul, a pristine glacial lake that truly earns its name. Near El Calafate, we take in views of the huge icewall of the Perito Moreno Glacier—it’s a thrill to watch the giant ice blocks plunging into Lago Argentino.

Estancia Helsingfors
Lago Viedma, Argentina
Days 5 to 6 (2 nights)
Xelena Hotel
El Calafate, Argentina
Day 7 (1 night), Day 10 (1 night)
Days 8-11
Estancia Cristina / El Calafate

We cross Lago Argentino by catamaran, navigating around drifting icebergs to Estancia Cristina, accessible only by boat. From this remote inn, we hike up Cerro Carnero for glorious views of snow peaks and hanging glaciers, and through a canyon where marine fossils are embedded in the rock walls. At night, we enjoy fine meals and warm hospitality in this estancia at the end of the world. Return to El Calafate on Day 10 and depart on Day 11 via Buenos Aires, or join our extensions to Iguazú Falls or Paine National Park.

Estancia Cristina
Lago Argentino, Argentina
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Xelena Hotel
El Calafate, Argentina
Day 10 (1 night)

Highlights

Highlights

Fantastic day hikes (with two options each day) to Patagonia’s most celebrated peaks, including Fitz Roy 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 usually exclusive to our group

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $7195  
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lodging: 6 nights hotels and lodges, 4 nights estancias
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch and 1 dinner as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

8 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails (some steep sections), 2-7 hours a day, altitudes below 4,000 feet. Patagonia can experience extreme weather changes.

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