Ultimate Patagonia

Hiking in tierra del Fuego, Chile, and Argentina

Experience the Best of Patagonia

The Absolute Best of Patagonia — We’ll get you to the most iconic mountains and glaciers, hiking by day and relaxing at boutique accommodations by night.

The Right Pacing — Patagonia’s changeable weather and vast distances mean this trip cannot be rushed—we take the time to do it right.

Insider Access to Exclusive Accommodations — We give you special access to some of Patagonia’s most renowned estancias and historic lodges.

Superb Trip Leaders and Expert Local Guides — They provide an insider’s perspective, sharing deep knowledge of the region’s ecosystems and culture.

Tierra del Fuego: Gateway to the Antarctic — Hike through ancient lenga forests and one of the southernmost penguin rookeries in the world.

Overview

With over four decades of exploring Patagonia, we’ve honed our journeys to perfection. There is so much to see that we feel strongly you shouldn’t rush this trip. We take the time to get you to all the iconic highlights, from the storied Beagle Channel to the soaring spires of Fitz Roy in Argentina and Torres del Paine in Chile. You’ll visit penguin colonies in Tierra del Fuego, and in Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine national parks, hike the classic trails plus our “secret hikes” with Patagonia’s grandeur all to ourselves!

Itinerary at a Glance

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

After exploring Buenos Aires, we fly south to Ushuaia, only 600 miles from Antarctica. We’ll get a taste of this austral realm on our coastal hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park along the Beagle Channel.

Palladio Hotel
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Day 1 (1 night)
Hotel Los Yamanas
Ushuaia, Argentina
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Days 4-7
Los Glaciares National Park

Fitz Roy, the crown jewel of Los Glaciares National Park, is a granite shark fin sheering out of the pampas. From our remote 10-room lodge, Hostería El Pilar, we hike to the blue lagoon below the towering spires of the Fitz Roy massif. Another hike brings us to a glacial lake below the granite spike of Cerro Torre.

Hostería El Pilar
El Chaltén, Argentina
Days 4 to 7 (4 nights)
Days 8-9
Estancia Helsingfors / Los Glaciares National Park

We are welcomed like family at the charming 9-room Estancia Helsingfors and we normally have it all to ourselves. In this extraordinary location, one of our hikes brings us up the narrow arm of Lago Viedma through alpine terrain to picture-perfect Lago Azul.

Estancia Helsingfors
Lago Viedma, Argentina
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Day 10
Perito Moreno Glacier / Lago Argentino / El Calafate

We’ll visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, a 200-foot-high brium. The sounds of creaking ice are as amazing as the sight of this three-mile-wide ice wall dropping huge chunks of ice into the lake below.

Xelena Hotel
El Calafate, Argentina
Day 10 (1 night)
Days 11-16
Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

In Chile, we enter the spectacular realm of Torres del Paine National Park, a surreal world of stone carved by ice. Paine Grande, the highest tower, tops 10,000 feet. Our day hikes include the Lago Nordenskjöld trail, with the Paine massif wonderfully reflected in turquoise waters, and a grand finale hike right to the base of the three massive towers that form the central Paine massif. Depart on Day 16 via Santiago.

Hotel Lago Grey
Paine National Park, Chile
Days 11 to 12 (2 nights)
Hotel Las Torres
Paine National Park, Chile
Days 13 to 14 (2 nights)
Hotel Cabo de Hornos
Punta Arenas, Chile
Day 15 (1 night)

Highlights

Highlights

Hike in the world-famous national parks of Los Glaciares (Argentina) and Torres del Paine (Chile)
Enjoy a choice of shorter or longer hiking options on many days
Explore Tierra del Fuego at the very tip of South America
Stay in boutique estancias and lodges—many exclusive to our group

Details

Length: 16 days
Cost From: $10,295  
Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Depart: Punta Arenas, Chile
Lodging: 15 nights hotels and lodges
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
Trip Level:

10 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 5-8 hours a day, altitudes below 4,000 feet, possible extreme wind and sudden rainstorms

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