The Ultimate Journey to Tierra del Fuego, the Fitz Roy Massif, and Torres del Paine National Park

Experience the Best of Patagonia

Special Event!

A special variation of this itinerary is part of our Patagonia! Epic Climbers and Conservationists Symposium and Tour Program in Nov-Dec 2018, featuring renowned Guest Speakers Kris Tompkins, Alex Honnold, Conrad Anker, and Rick Ridgeway.

Overview

Patagonia is an extraordinary landscape of granite towers, massive glaciers, and beautiful forests. Wilderness Travel has been exploring and sharing the wonders of Patagonia for four decades, and we’ve honed our journey here to perfection. Join us to experience incredible views of Cerro Torre and the Fitz Roy massif. See the massive ice wall of Perito Moreno Glacier, the soaring spires of Torres del Paine, and discover penguin colonies on hikes in Tierra del Fuego. Wonderful meals, including a private asado, are the perfect complement to our days of hiking. We take a bit more time to share Patagonia with you for a reason—you don’t want to come this far and miss the views because of a few days of bad weather, or spend your whole trip just getting from one destination to another. Our expert Trip Leaders have incomparable knowledge and a great gift for making you feel right at home in this spectacular and distant land. Join us for the hiking and natural history trip of a lifetime.

Itinerary at a Glance

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

After exploring Buenos Aires, a flight 1,500 miles south brings us to “the southernmost city in the world,” Ushuaia, set between the sea and the Cordillera Darwin (and only 600 miles from Antarctica). Here we hike lenga forests alive with birdsong, explore by Zodiac on the Beagle Channel, and walk through one of the southernmost penguin colonies in the world.

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Days 4-7
Los Glaciares National Park

This realm of rock and ice is home to 47 major glaciers and crowned by the seven-summited Fitz Roy massif (11,703’). We hike below the towering spires of Fitz Roy, and to Laguna Torre, set below the monolith of Cerro Torre (10,280’), which soars over a vertical mile out of an ice sheet. Our hike on the Pliegue Tumbado trail brings us unconventional views of both the Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy massifs.

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Days 8-9
Estancia Helsingfors / Los Glaciares National Park

From remote Estancia Helsingfors, we’ll have the trail to ourselves as we hike through alpine terrain to Lago Azul. You’ll have the chance to be a gaucho and ride the estancia’s horses part way up to the lake, then hop off and hike just the top portion of the trail.

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Day 10
Moreno Glacier / Lago Argentino / El Calafate

Crossing the pampas to turquoise Lago Argentino, we keep a lookout for Patagonia’s wildlife, which includes guanacos, rheas, flamingos, and condors. At spectacular Moreno Glacier, we’ll walk a boardwalk for views of the 200-foot-high wall of ice, listening to the creaking ice and watching icebergs calve into the lake.

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Days 11-16
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Crossing from Argentina into Chile, we enter Torres del Paine National Park, selected as one of the five most beautiful places in the world by National Geographic magazine. Here a host of spires soar 6,500 feet straight up from the Patagonian steppe. Our days are spent hiking along Lago Nordenskjold, along the iceberg-strewn shores of Lago Grey, and up the Valle Ascencio to the lake at the base of the Paine “towers.” Our lodges give us great access, with several hikes starting right outside our front door. Depart on Day 16 from Punta Arenas.

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Highlights

Highlights

Hike in the world-famous national parks of Los Glaciares (Argentina) and Paine (Chile)
Choice of hiking options on many days
Explore Tierra del Fuego at the very tip of South America
Enjoy boutique estancias and lodges in incredible settings

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $8595  
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 4,000 feet