• Hidden Patagonia: Hiking the Lake District in Argentina

    Patagonia's renowned Lake District & Los Glaciares National Parks in Argentina

    Here's a blend of fun and adventure with insights into Patagonia's colorful history, culture, flora, and fauna. Explore the Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Perito Moreno Glacier, and El Chalten.

    best times to go: January - March, November - December

    departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

    pricing: from $5,595 see detailed pricing

    Patagonia

    Moderate
Avaliable as a private trip. Call for details

Patagonia's renowned Lake District & Los Glaciares National Parks in Argentina

Patagonia's Lake District is a scenic wonderland of deep blue lakes, brilliant wildflowers, and the craggy peaks of the Andes, while the lands to the south offer even more scenic surprises—sprawling glaciers and an array of lakes and mountains of unimaginable beauty.

Your active days will include kayaking on sparkling waters, walking on glaciers feeding into luminous lakes, and hiking and riding horses (in true Gaucho style!) on the vast golden Patagonian steppe with foxes, guanacos, and soaring condors as your only companions. At the end of each day, you'll unwind in remote, beautifully restored, historic estancias or small intimate hotels that reflect Patagonia's engaging charm and ambiance.

 

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Activities

Moderate hiking and lake kayaking (no previous experience required), optional horseback riding

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover Patagonia's beautiful Lake District—"The Mediterranean of Patagonia!"
  • Explore the impressive Perito Moreno up close, including a walk on the Perito Moreno glacier itself!
  • Enjoy tremendous vistas of the spectacular peaks of Fitzroy and Cerro Torre!

Duration: 12 days Start Location: Buenos Aires End Location: Buenos Aires

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    Day 1 : Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and enjoy an afternoon tour of this cosmopolitan city.

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    Day 2 : San Carlos de Bariloche

    Fly to San Carlos de Bariloche in Patagonia's Lake District. Transfer to your hotel in a natural mountain setting overlooking a lake on the San Pedro Peninsula. Afternoon nature hike through the surrounding woodlands.

  • Day 3 : Trek Bella Vista

    Morning drive to El Tambo (2,800'), the trailhead for the day's hike. Before hitting the trail we'll have a briefing on the journey, and then start hiking at a slow pace to warm up. The trail starts in woodland, following a trail sourrounded by dense vegetation, and then ascends slowly to the first lookout. From there we'll continue our steady ascent until we reach the second part of the trail at 5,248', surrounded by lengas and colorful almancay. Here the vegetation begins to thin out, opening up the trail to some truly stunning panoramic views. When we reach our destination, the pre-summit, we'll see that the views do justice to Bella Vista's name!

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    Days 4 - 5 : Kayaking on Lago Nahuel Huapi

    Kayaking allows us to reach the most remote and virgin areas in nature, experiencing the Andes from another angle and explore new sensations.We will sail down the waters of lake Nahuel Huapi and Moreno, discovernig its youres and crystal clear water.

  • Day 6 : El Calafate

    Today we'll transfer back to San Carlos de Bariloche and from there fly to Calafate, on the shore of Lago Argentino. From the Calafate airport we'll have a 30-minute drive to Eolo lodge, located in the vast Patagonian steppe near renowned Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park.Transfer to San Carlos de Bariloche and fly to Calafate, on the shore of Lago Argentino and then drive to the charming Estancia Alta Vista, located in the vast Patagonian steppe.

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    Day 7 : Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trekking

    Short cruise past the three-mile-long face of the glacier, then take an easy hike on the glacier (crampons provided—no experience needed). Afterward, you'll go to a viewpoint for fabulous vistas of the glacier face and a chance to watch huge chunks of ice calve into the lake.

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    Day 8 : Transfer to El Chalten

    After breakfast we’ll mount Alta Vista’s tame horses and—in best gaucho style—ride to nearby Estancia Anita to learn a bit about sheep farming in Patagonia. (If you’re not up for horseback riding, you can either hike, bike, or take the van to Estancia Anita.) This afternoon we'll  then transfer to El Calafate and continue to El Chalten.

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    Days 9 - 10 : To El Chalten. Los Glaciares National Park

    Two days to enjoy the tremendous vistas of the spectacular peaks of Fitzroy (11,072') and Cerro Torre (10,280'), the masterpieces of Los Glaciares National Park. There are a variety of day hikes to suit all abilities, including Laguna Torre, the base camp of Cerro Torre climbs, situated on a beautiful glacial lake with the stunning monolith framed behind the lake; Laguna Capri and Laguna de los Tres, directly in front of Fitzroy; Piedras Blancas and Laguna Sucia, which boast large glaciers calving into beautiful alpine lakes with Fitzroy as a backdrop; Piedra del Fraile, looking towards the north face of Fitzroy and the east entrance to the famous Patagonia Ice Cap. Where we hike is weather dependent, but with all these great options, we can’t miss!

  • Day 11 : Buenos Aires

    Drive back to Calafate and fly to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for overnight.

  • Day 12 : Depart Buenos Aires

    Depart anytime today, we'll transfer to Ezeiza Airport for homeward-bound flights.

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DATES: Best time to go: January - March, November - December Departures: Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availability. Call us for details.

PRICING:

2013- 2014 PRICES
$5,595 (2 + members)

Price does not include flights within Argentina (Buenos Aires to Bariloche;  Bariloche to El Calafate; El Calafate to Buenos Aires.
 

  • Loi Suites Recoleta

    This five star hotel is located in the most elegant area of the city, at walking distance from museums, art galleries, shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks.

  • Hosteria Los Cerros
    El Chaltén

    Overlooking the young town of El Chaltén, Hosteria Los Cerros offers a cozy stay with unique décor that harmonizes with the natural environment. Expansive windows open onto dramatic views of the Río de las Vueltas and the surrounding landscape.

  • Eolo Lodge
    El Calafate

    Eolo Lodge is a 30-minute drive from the Patagonian town of El Calafate, nestled in a private property of 3000 hectares, on the eastern face of Mount Frías. It has 17 comfortable and very generous rooms, with exquisite views of the Patagonia steppe and mountains. Built with all the modern amenities, it is designed to evoke the nostalgia of the estancias (ranches) built by the first settlers in the early 1900s. The lodge also has an intimate gourmet restaurant; a small heated indoor pool and a truly outstanding staff eager to make out of your stay your most treasured memory.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

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