Discover the real Patagonia on a unique multi-sport itinerary.
The dazzling glacial waters and cathedral-like peaks of Patagonia beg to be experienced up close. If you like the idea of earning your Malbec and barbecue with a range of outdoor activities, this trip is for you. In Argentina’s verdant Lake District, you’ll explore the striking Nahuel Huapi and Gutierrez lakes by kayak, catamaran, and on foot. In Los Glaciares, you’ll get arresting views of legendary Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre on moderate 6-hour treks. You’ll sail across Lago Argentino for an unforgettable walk on the Perito Moreno glacier, and ride horses through the Andean foothills at a traditional estancia. With our 40+ years of expertise in the region, you’ll be in excellent hands, so join us and discover the real Patagonia.
- Trek, kayak, horseback ride, and sail through the Lake District and Los Glaciares National Park
- Hike the famed Perito Moreno glacier and breathe in the rugged beauty of the Fitz Roy massif
- A complete North to South experience that lets you enjoy cozy mountain lodges, one of the finest traditional estancias, and a luxurious Buenos Aires hotel
Duration: 11 days Start Location: Buenos Aires End Location: Buenos AiresDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Buenos Aires
Today you arrive in Cosmopolitan Buenos Aires. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, group transfer to your hotel in the elegant Recoleta district. Afternoon orientation meeting, and then we explore by foot some of the traditional neighborhoods of the city, including Monserrat with Plaza de Mayo main square and San Telmo, the art district with its lively street fair. Welcome dinner.
Day 2 : Onward to Bariloche
This Morning we'll walk through the city’s northern neighborhoods, the famed Recoleta Cemetery, and the traditional cafés by Plaza Francia. Then transfer to Buenos Aires airport to board flight to Bariloche. Upon arrival we'll drive to your hotel on the shore of the Nahuel Huapi Lake, a cozy inn surrounded by nature, a few miles away from Bariloche.
Day 3 : Kayaking and Hiking
Depart this morning to the shore of Gutierrez Lake, where our kayaking guide will be waiting for us. After familiarizing with the gear and a safety talk, we start paddling following the shore of the lake. We will stop at a pristine beach for a picnic lunch and return. Following, we will head for the Llao Llao hill, where we will hike throughout a magnificent forest and enjoy great views of the surrounding lakes and mountains.
Flat water kayaking: paddling time 2 hours, effort level, easy. Hiking: 2 to 3 hours, effort level, easy/moderate, elevation gain 600'.
Day 4 : Villa La Angostura - Quetrihue Peninsula
After breakfast, we depart for a scenic drive (1.30 hours) to Villa La Angostura, a small village within superb scenery on the northern shore of the NahuelHuapi Lake. We start trekking on the Quetrihue Península, 7 miles on a beautiful path with several lookout points, our goal, the cinnamon tonalities of the Arrayanes Forest, a small natural reserve at the tip of the peninsula. Along the way we enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch. Early in the afternoon we board a catamaran and navigate the Nahuel Huapi back to the village, where we stop for some fantastic gelatto. Return to the lodge and evening at leisure.
Hiking time: 3.30 hrs, on rolling hills, effort level: moderate
Day 5 : El Chalten
Morning transfer to Bariloche airport to board flight to El Calafate. Transfer to El Chaltén (2 ½ hours) traveling past Viedma Lake and Fitz Roy Massif • Stop en route for lunch at a well-known crossroads in the middle of the Patagonian steppes, and a meeting point for the first wool caravans that traveled across the region. The village of El Chaltén is our home for the next three nights, and base for some of the most fabulous trekking / hiking trails in Patagonia. Upon arrival, opt for short walks around town or a stop by the local pup before dinner.
Day 6 : Trekking to Lake Torre
After breakfast, we start trekking along the glacier valley that takes us to Cerro Torre base camp. From there we enjoy one of the most amazing views of Patagonia.... the Southern Face of legendary Cerro Torre with its Lake and Hanging Glaciers, and theEgger and Standhard spires.
Hik: 6 hours, moderate.
Day 7 : Poincenot Camp and Laguna Capri.
This morning a scenic drive north of town takes us to the starting point of our hike. We start walking into the valley of Rio Electrico. Weather permitting, we get great views of Marconi and Piedras Blancas Glacier. As we follow the path, keep an eye to spot the Magellanic Woodpecker. Picnic lunch at Poincenot camp. Later on we continue to Laguna Capri enjoying along the way, incredible views of Mt. Fitz Roy’s mountain range, Mt. Saint Exupery and Poincenot peaks.
Optional: From Poincenot camp, based on good weather conditions, we can opt to go up the last steep hill to Laguna de los Tres. Superb views of Mt. Fitz Roy hanging glaciers. Only for very fit individuals.
Hiking time: 6- 8 hours, moderate rolling hill. Level: Moderate
Day 8 : Hike at La Leona
This morning we leave El Chalten and drive south to Estancia La Leona where we hike through an amazing petrified forest and enjoy a picnic lunch. During the early afternoon we continue to the town of El Calafate where we visit Glaciarium, the Ice Museum. One hour of winding gravel roads separates us from Estancia Nibepo Aike, a true Patagonian cattle ranch located within a superb setting at the heart of Los Glaciares National Park, and our home for the next two nights.
Day 9 : Ice trek over the Perito Moreno Glacier
Morning drive along the southern leg of Lago Argentino, where we’ll set sail by catamaran across the lake to begin our ice trek over the Perito Moreno Glacier (*Note: please see below for detailed description of activity for guests age 65 +)
The first part of our trekking is on the Moraines by the lake shore, until reaching the side of the Glacier. From here we wear crampons and walk into the surreal experience of jugged peaks and neon blue crevasses. We enjoy our box lunch and return by catamaran, snapping photos of the glacier’s front wall and fallen icebergs. During the early afternoon we stop at the main balconies facing the Canal de los Tempanos, the narrow water channel that separates the peninsula from the huge mass of ice. Back at the ranch horses will be ready for an easy ride to some of the Estancia’s most amazing corners, at the foothills of the Andes. This evening we learn the secrets of a traditional lamb barbecue as we sip ArgentineMalbecs.
Day 10 : Back to Buenos Aires
Morning drive back to El Calafate and enjoy some leisure time in town before continuing to the airport to board an early afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. Arrival in Buenos Aires and transfer to your hotel for check in. Tonight we enjoy farewell dinner at our favorite restaurant.
Day 11 : Homeward Bound
Morning at leisure to explore the city on your own, its museums and parks. Afternoon transfer to Buenos Aires international airport to board flight back home.
DATES: Best time to go: January - March, November - December Departures: Jan 18 - 28, 2015 Feb 8 - 18, 2015 Mar 8 - 18, 2015 Nov 1 - 11, 2015 Dec 13 - 23, 2015
$5,295 (7-14 members)
Hosteria Los CerrosEl 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.
Buenos Aires Grand HotelBuenos Aires, Recoleta
Buenos Aires Grand Hotel located in the neighborhood of Recoleta is perfect for travelers looking to get the most out of their visit to Buenos Aires. The hotel is at the heart of this bustling district with historical landmarks, excellent shopping and fine dining a short walk away.
Estancia Nibepo AikeEl Calafate
Estancia Nibepo Aike is situated on the southern arm of Lago Argentino, just 35 miles from the town of El Calafate, within “los Glaciares” National Park, in utterly unspoilt countryside of incomparable natural beauty. Standing within “Los Glaciares” National Park, Nibepo Aike is a typical pioneer estancia of the early twentieth century. Its chief production is beef cattle, with sheep as a secondary line.
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.