In Patagonia

Tierra del Fuego, Chile, and Argentina

Experience the Best of Patagonia


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, Argentina / Ushuaia / Tierra del Fuego

After exploring Buenos Aires we fly to the southernmost city in the world, Ushuaia. Here we hike in lenga (beech) forests, explore by Zodiac on the Beagle Channel, and walk among thousands of penguins at Martillo Island.

CasaSur Bellini 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

This realm of rock and ice is home to 47 major glaciers and crowned by the seven-summited Fitz Roy massif (11,073'). From Hostería El Pilar, our cozy 10-room lodge, 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 Loma del Pliegue Tumbado trail brings us unconventional views of both the Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy massifs.

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

From Estancia Helsingfors, with its extraordinary location, we’ll have the trail to ourselves as we hike up the narrow arm of Lago Viedma, with Cerro Norte looming above, and through alpine terrain to Lago Azul.

Estancia Helsingfors
Lago Viedma, Argentina
Days 8 to 9 (2 nights)
Day 10
Perito 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 Perito 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.

Kosten Aike
El Calafate, Argentina
Day 10 (1 night)
Days 11-16
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. Paine’s famed peaks are known as “The Towers” for their vertical spires. Paine Grande, the highest tower, tops 10,000 feet, its dazzling rock pinnacles rising from snow and ice. Our day hikes include the Lago Nordenskjöld trail, with the Paine massif wonderfully reflected in turquoise waters, and the Valle Ascencio trail to the lake at the base of the Paine “towers.” Our lodges give us great trail access, with several hikes starting right outside our front door. Depart on Day 16 from Punta Arenas.

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



Hike in the world-famous national parks of Los Glaciares (Argentina) and 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 alone


Length: 16 days
Cost From: $9295  
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, Wildlife & Natural History
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 rain storms