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Argentina, Chile: Hiker's Patagonia

Trip Length 14 days

From $6,195

  • See the best of the region on moderate to strenuous day hikes in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks on our most popular Patagonia adventure
  • Enjoy a full-day excursion to famous Perito Moreno glacier, including an optional hike on the massive ice cloak itself
  • Gaze at spectacular vistas of the Towers of Paine, Cerro Torre, and the awesome Fitz Roy Massif—some of the continent's most hypnotic landscapes!
  • Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital and the "Paris of South America"

Patagonia’s jagged peaks and majestic glaciers rise dramatically above the horizon, thousands of feet above the Chilean and Argentinian steppes. This pristine beauty is preserved in two exceptionally scenic parks: the breathtaking mountain environs of Torres del Paine in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. MTS pioneered commercial trekking in Patagonia in the 1970s and our itinerary is the most comprehensive route available, showcasing the very best of the region, from the ice-clad peaks of the Torres del Paine (including a portion of the famous “W”) to the sheer-walled granite shark fin of the Fitz Roy Massif, to the renowned Perito Moreno glacier. Every day you’ll hike through breathtaking beauty, taking in views of pristine glacial lakes, iconic snowcapped peaks, and swaying grasses of the desert steppes—all with highly experienced naturalist guides, who know every inch of the region. At night the charm and comfort of luxurious hotels, a traditional estancia, cozy cabins, and a remote mountain lodge await. As a bonus, your amazing adventure wraps up in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, where you can explore the Recoleta district and maybe even take in some tango!

Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas

Upon your arrival in Punta Arenas, on the northern shore of Chile's Strait of Magellan, your trip leader will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. In the evening the group will gather for a briefing on the adventure ahead.

  • Accommodation:Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Day 2: Take a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park

From Punta Arenas we’ll drive about three hours across the Patagonian plains to the quiet fishing town of Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Here we’ll stretch our legs a bit and have lunch before continuing on to Torres del Paine National Park, where we'll take in the first spectacular views of the Paine Massif (weather permitting). There is also a very good chance of seeing guanacos—small cousins to the camel and llama—on the way to the park. Because the sun sets late in Patagonia's summer, there's plenty of time to admire and photograph the amazing landscape. In the evening we'll settle in at Hostel Las Torres, ideally situated for our exploration of Paine at just 5 miles from the base of the Torres del Paine.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Las Torres

Day 3: Explore majestic Torres del Paine

We´ll get an early start for our all-day hike to the Torres del Paine lookout. We follow the Asencio River over a low pass into the Ascencio Valley, passing through beautiful beech forests, talus-covered slopes and finally boulders before arriving at a spectacular viewpoint, where the towers rise majestically before us and the glacial lake is visible below. This is one of the most scenic spots in the world and very fitting for our first impression of the National Park. We´ll enjoy our packed lunch en route before hiking back to our hotel.

Tonight you will be given a waterproof bag (approx. 620 cubic inches) In this bag you must pack clothing and other essential items you’ll need for the upcoming two nights. This bag will be carried by porters while you carry your own day pack—with your camera, extra layers and raingear, personal papers and medication, lunch etc. Meanwhile your duffel, containing the rest of your belongings, is taken to a safe place and will meet up with you again at Hotel Lago Grey on Day 6. The waterproof bag is limited in size. Bring only the essentials.

(Hiking time: Approx. 9 hours, 11½ miles; Start: 400ft/ End 400ft Elevation gain: 2,500ft)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Las Torres

Day 4: Hike beneath the jagged Cuernos del Paine

Today we'll begin our trek deep into the park, hiking at a relaxed pace along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjold to Los Cuernos, following the Paso Los Cuernos trail beneath the jagged Cuernos del Paine. The views throughout this hike are magnificent including seeing for the first time the Southern Patagonia Ice Field! Tonight we’ll stay in cozy cabins set on the mountain side right next to a waterfall on the most isolated spot of our journey. The early arrival gives us time to enjoy a soak in the hot tub with privileged views. Overall, this is an excellent staging area for tomorrow's hike to the French Valley.

(Hiking time: Approx. 5 hours, 7 miles; Start: 400ft/ End 200ft Elevation gain: 1,400ft)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cabañas de los Cuernos

Day 5: Hike through the spectacular French Valley

Today we'll hike into the French Valley, one of the most spectacular cirques in the Paine Range. We'll walk below the glaciers that descend from the massifs highest summit in the Paine range, Paine Grande, and marvel at the gray granite peaks of the Cuernos del Paine, which are topped with fantastical black “horns” of slate. Two different hiking options are available today. We can take an 11-mile hike back to camp (approximate hiking time is 6 hours, with a 1,300ft elevation gain) or up to the mirador (viewpoint) above Camp Británico—another 4 hours roundtrip hike—for one of the most impressive views in the park (weather permitting)!

We'll overnight at the Lodge Paine Grande located in the heart of the park on the shore of Lago Pehoé. Your luggage will be carried in by porters.

(Hiking time – option 1: Approx. 10-12 hours, 15 miles; Start: 200ft/ End 250ft Elevation gain: 2,000ft)
(Hiking time – option 2: Approx. 8 hours, 10 miles; Start: 200ft/ End 250ft Elevation gain: 1,200ft)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Refugio Paine Grande

Day 6: Take a boat to Grey Glacier

We’ll arise early and hike along the Paine Grande Mountain towards the face of stunning Grey Glacier, at the southern end of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. We'll enjoy our packed lunch en route, before boarding a catamaran that takes us close to the front of the glacier and then down to the southern shore of the Lago Grey (Grey Lake)—where our hotel for the night is located.

(Hiking time: Approx. 4 hours, 7 ½ miles; Start: 250ft/ End 200ft Elevation gain: 800ft)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Lago Grey

Day 7: Travel to Argentina and explore El Calafate

Today we depart Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and drive across the border into Argentina (please be prepared for delays of up to a few hours while crossing the border). We'll proceed over the flat grassland steppes to the town of El Calafate, located on the southern shore of glacial lake called Lago Argentino. El Calafate is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and is a great town to explore. You trip leader will recommend restaurants for your dinner on your own tonight.

(Driving time: approx. 7 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Mirador del Lago

Day 8: Marvel at the famous Perito Moreno Glacier

Today we'll enjoy a full-day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park to see the renowned Perito Moreno glacier. At this very active glacier, a 200-foot-high headwall continually calves massive blocks of ice into the lake with a thunderous roar—an awesome spectacle of nature's power at work. Hiking options are available, depending on the weather, and include a walk on the glacier itself  (this walk is available for travelers under 65 years of age). This is an outstanding but easy glacier hike among the great ice peaks and towers. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch and return to El Calafate at the end of our day. Dinner tonight will be on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Mirador del Lago

Day 9: Drive to Los Glaciares National Park

After an early breakfast, we’ll continue our drive across the steppes and along the northern end of Lago Viedma to the little town of El Chaltén—our base for  the following days' excursion into the park. The views get better and better as we approach the mountains and glaciers, and we'll soon appreciate why we have traveled so far! We’ll stop for a picnic lunch en route, and once we arrive at our lodging we might do some hiking if time permits.

(Driving time: 3 to 4 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cabañas Fitzroy

Days 10-11: Explore Los Glaciares National Park

On these two days, we'll enjoy long day hikes into the park's interior. We'll be treated to some commanding views of the spectacular peaks of Fitz Roy (11,072') and Cerro Torre (10,280'), both sought after by photographers and climbers the world over. Where we hike is weather and group dependent, but with so many great options, we can’t miss! If conditions permit, we'll visit the base camp for Cerro Torre climbs, Laguna Torre, which is situated on a beautiful glacial lake with the stunning monolith framed behind it. Other possible destinations include Laguna Capri and Laguna de los Tres, as well as Piedras Blancas and Piedra del Fraile, the east entrance to the famous Southern Patagonia Ice Field.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cabañas Fitzroy OR Destino Sur

Day 12: Return to El Chaltén

We'll rise early to enjoy one last hike in Los Glaciares National Park before returning to El Chaltén in the afternoon. Tonight we'll gather for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Destino Sur

Day 13: Fly to Buenos Aires

This morning we'll transfer to the town of El Calafate, where we bid farewell to our guide, before catching a flight to Buenos Aires—the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, often referred to as the "Paris of South America." Upon arrival in Buenos Aires we'll transfer to our hotel in the city's stylish Recoleta district. Dinner will be on your own in Buenos Aires, where there is no shortage of tempting culinary offerings!

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Loi Suites Recoleta

Day 14: Take in the sights of Buenos Aires and depart

The day is free for shopping and sightseeing. You may wish to explore the Recoleta district in the northwest sector of the city, famous mainly for its nightlife but also well worth a visit by day. Close by are the Museum of Fine Arts and the National Cemetery, which holds the tombs of many famous people—among them, Argentinian first lady Eva Peron. The downtown district, especially along Calle Florida, contains many galerias (huge enclosed shopping malls) with dozens of stores and colorful stands.

In the evening, we'll transfer to Buenos Aires airport for homeward-bound flights. Your international flight can depart at any time on this day, but we highly recommend staying on a few extra days to take in Buenos Aires.

  • Breakfast

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pricing

Fall 2016 -  Spring 2017

$6,195 (10-16 members)
$6,595 (5-9 members)

$400 internal airfare (subject to change)
$2,100 single supplement

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Cabañas Fitzroy — El Chalten

These wilderness cabañas are located in a private forest setting about 10 miles north of El Chalten. The cosy timber lodge is built on the shore of Rio de Las Vueltas and boasts unique views of Mt. Fitzroy’s north face. It has a fabulous dining room exudes a warm feel, just right for those Patagonian nights.

Cabañas de los Cuernos — Torres del Paine National Park

After trekking through Torres del Paine, you'll undoubtedly be ready to rest your head someplace comfortable and inviting, and these cabins more than do the trick. Located at the base of Los Cuernos del Paine, eight charming cabins offer spectacular views of Los Cuernos and Nordenskjöld Lake. Recharge your battery with a good night's sleep in the cozy beds, a warm meal, or with a soak in the wood-heated hot tub.

Destino Sur — El Chaltén

Strategically located just steps from the main street of the town yet close to trailheads, Destino Sur Hotel offers both convenience and an escape to nature. Guests can choose from standard or superior rooms, each colorfully decorated and equipped with wooden furniture, a king size bed, 32" LCD TV with satellite connection, telephone, minibar, heating, safe and Wi-Fi. There is also a spa on the premises where you can indulge in a massage or relax in the sauna or Jacuzzi.

Hotel Cabo de Hornos — Punta Arenas

Recently renovated modern European style, this large hotel offers spacious rooms, some with sea views, and is the perfect stop off before heading out on your adventure (or before returning home). Modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and room service are provided. There is a restaurant on-site, but the flavors of Punta Arenas await just outside your door. For the culturally curious, museums and other attractions are nearby. Or you could just indulge in a nap; the beds are exceedingly comfortable.

Hotel Lago Grey — Torres del Paine National Park

Surrounded by the majestic beauty of this unique landscape, Hotel Lago Grey is the perfect base for discovering Torres del Paine National Park in all its glory. The hotel has 60 spacious rooms, including 36 Superior rooms that have lake, mountain and glacier views. All rooms are warm and comfortable, with Wi-Fi, personal safe, direct dial national and international phone. There is a breakfast buffet, and the restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

Hotel Las Torres — Torres del Paine National Park

Surrounded by towering mountains, this hotel sits in a grassy field at a considerable distance from nearby towns. Simple, comfortable rooms come equipped with all the essentials and have windows showcasing the awe-inspiring surroundings. While the hotel does have a small shop that provides some trekking equipment, snacks and toiletries, it's best to come prepared as this property is in a remote location. The on-site restaurant serves food that is authentic to the Patagonia region, featuring organic produce and beer from their microbrewery.

Loi Suites Recoleta — Buenos Aires

This high-end hotel is located in one of the most elegant areas of the city, steps from Eva Peron's grave at the Recoleta Cemetery and walking distance from museums, art galleries, shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks. Rooms are sober yet stylish, with comfortable beds, fast Wi-Fi and other modern amenities. The property features a restaurant and pool, and the staff is exceedingly helpful.

Mirador del Lago — El Calafate, Argentina

With beautiful views of Lake Argentino and the Andes range, and two lush acres of greenery lined with poplars, Mirador del Lago Hotel lodge-style accommodations in a breathtaking atmosphere that's only a 10 minute walk from downtown El Calafate. Featuring 68 elegantly appointed rooms, a gourmet restaurant and a business center with computer access, Mirador del Lago is a comfortable base for your Patagonian adventures.

Refugio Paine Grande — Torres del Paine National Park

This mountain lodge is located on the banks of the Pehoé Lake, and is only accessible via Lago Pehoé or by hiking trails through the park. With this pristine, remote location, it's an ideal "W" circuit base camp for those looking to experience Torres del Paine in its natural state. With 22 dormitory rooms with comfortable bunks for six, four and two people, the building can accommodate up to 100 hikers. Rooms have drawers to put away gear and a safety box is available if required. The toilets are on the first and second floor and have wash basins, toilets and hot water showers, separated for men and women. The rooms have stunning views of the lake and mountains, and the on-site restaurant offers American cuisine, including a buffet dinner and boxed lunches for those heading out on hikes during the day. The bar is is a great place to meet fellow travelers and exchange stories over pisco sours or beers.

"We have done many trips with MTS. They have never let us down—always providing an excellent experience." Eugenia Grandstaff

"Best trip I have ever taken." Monica Bethencourt

"Thank you MTS for the trip of my lifetime! The Patagonia adventure exceeded my expectations in all respects and has renewed my spirit and filled my heart with joy! My dream is to visit all the natural wonders of the world and MTS is hired to take me there." Maria Spinelli          

"Perhaps the most beautiful mountains in the world and shared with great new hiking companions and led by the best guides!" Fletcher Shives

"MTS has created a marvelous experience into the heart of Patagonia, exposing the hiker to all the wonderful scenery, people and history this incredibly beautiful place has to offer." Coleen Stice      

"We strongly encourage anyone planning a trip in Patagonia to take this trip. The scenery is magnificent and the trip organization and logistics were flawless. Our lead guide, Rodrigo Bahamondez, was exceptional. A once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will not forget! Joanne & Jeanette Schneider

"Patagonia—a great travel experience with expert guides, very strenuous and rewarding hiking, lots of laughter, seamless arrangements, and fabulous scenery! Joanne Medak 

"This trip makes you feel like you're at the end of the world, in a scenic and secret place. Excellent guides, wonderful hiking, and special destination make this a "must do" trip for serious hikers." Susan Cook 

"This trip is a classic hiking experience, and MTS delivered with outstanding guides taking us on the best trails." Bruce Foudree  

  • See the best of the region on moderate to strenuous day hikes in Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks on our most popular Patagonia adventure
  • Enjoy a full-day excursion to famous Perito Moreno glacier, including an optional hike on the massive ice cloak itself
  • Gaze at spectacular vistas of the Towers of Paine, Cerro Torre, and the awesome Fitz Roy Massif—some of the continent's most hypnotic landscapes!
  • Visit Buenos Aires, Argentina's cosmopolitan capital and the "Paris of South America"

Patagonia’s jagged peaks and majestic glaciers rise dramatically above the horizon, thousands of feet above the Chilean and Argentinian steppes. This pristine beauty is preserved in two exceptionally scenic parks: the breathtaking mountain environs of Torres del Paine in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. MTS pioneered commercial trekking in Patagonia in the 1970s and our itinerary is the most comprehensive route available, showcasing the very best of the region, from the ice-clad peaks of the Torres del Paine (including a portion of the famous “W”) to the sheer-walled granite shark fin of the Fitz Roy Massif, to the renowned Perito Moreno glacier. Every day you’ll hike through breathtaking beauty, taking in views of pristine glacial lakes, iconic snowcapped peaks, and swaying grasses of the desert steppes—all with highly experienced naturalist guides, who know every inch of the region. At night the charm and comfort of luxurious hotels, a traditional estancia, cozy cabins, and a remote mountain lodge await. As a bonus, your amazing adventure wraps up in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, where you can explore the Recoleta district and maybe even take in some tango!

review

"We have done many trips with MTS. They have never let us down—always providing an excellent experience." Eugenia Grandstaff

"Best trip I have ever taken." Monica Bethencourt

"Thank you MTS for the trip of my lifetime! The Patagonia adventure exceeded my expectations in all respects and has renewed my spirit and filled my heart with joy! My dream is to visit all the natural wonders of the world and MTS is hired to take me there." Maria Spinelli          

"Perhaps the most beautiful mountains in the world and shared with great new hiking companions and led by the best guides!" Fletcher Shives

"MTS has created a marvelous experience into the heart of Patagonia, exposing the hiker to all the wonderful scenery, people and history this incredibly beautiful place has to offer." Coleen Stice      

"We strongly encourage anyone planning a trip in Patagonia to take this trip. The scenery is magnificent and the trip organization and logistics were flawless. Our lead guide, Rodrigo Bahamondez, was exceptional. A once-in-a-lifetime experience that we will not forget! Joanne & Jeanette Schneider

"Patagonia—a great travel experience with expert guides, very strenuous and rewarding hiking, lots of laughter, seamless arrangements, and fabulous scenery! Joanne Medak 

"This trip makes you feel like you're at the end of the world, in a scenic and secret place. Excellent guides, wonderful hiking, and special destination make this a "must do" trip for serious hikers." Susan Cook 

"This trip is a classic hiking experience, and MTS delivered with outstanding guides taking us on the best trails." Bruce Foudree  

DAILY itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Punta Arenas

Upon your arrival in Punta Arenas, on the northern shore of Chile's Strait of Magellan, your trip leader will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. In the evening the group will gather for a briefing on the adventure ahead.

  • Accommodation:Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Day 2: Take a scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park

From Punta Arenas we’ll drive about three hours across the Patagonian plains to the quiet fishing town of Puerto Natales on the shores of Seno Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope Sound). Here we’ll stretch our legs a bit and have lunch before continuing on to Torres del Paine National Park, where we'll take in the first spectacular views of the Paine Massif (weather permitting). There is also a very good chance of seeing guanacos—small cousins to the camel and llama—on the way to the park. Because the sun sets late in Patagonia's summer, there's plenty of time to admire and photograph the amazing landscape. In the evening we'll settle in at Hostel Las Torres, ideally situated for our exploration of Paine at just 5 miles from the base of the Torres del Paine.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Las Torres

Day 3: Explore majestic Torres del Paine

We´ll get an early start for our all-day hike to the Torres del Paine lookout. We follow the Asencio River over a low pass into the Ascencio Valley, passing through beautiful beech forests, talus-covered slopes and finally boulders before arriving at a spectacular viewpoint, where the towers rise majestically before us and the glacial lake is visible below. This is one of the most scenic spots in the world and very fitting for our first impression of the National Park. We´ll enjoy our packed lunch en route before hiking back to our hotel.

Tonight you will be given a waterproof bag (approx. 620 cubic inches) In this bag you must pack clothing and other essential items you’ll need for the upcoming two nights. This bag will be carried by porters while you carry your own day pack—with your camera, extra layers and raingear, personal papers and medication, lunch etc. Meanwhile your duffel, containing the rest of your belongings, is taken to a safe place and will meet up with you again at Hotel Lago Grey on Day 6. The waterproof bag is limited in size. Bring only the essentials.

(Hiking time: Approx. 9 hours, 11½ miles; Start: 400ft/ End 400ft Elevation gain: 2,500ft)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Las Torres

Day 4: Hike beneath the jagged Cuernos del Paine

Today we'll begin our trek deep into the park, hiking at a relaxed pace along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjold to Los Cuernos, following the Paso Los Cuernos trail beneath the jagged Cuernos del Paine. The views throughout this hike are magnificent including seeing for the first time the Southern Patagonia Ice Field! Tonight we’ll stay in cozy cabins set on the mountain side right next to a waterfall on the most isolated spot of our journey. The early arrival gives us time to enjoy a soak in the hot tub with privileged views. Overall, this is an excellent staging area for tomorrow's hike to the French Valley.

(Hiking time: Approx. 5 hours, 7 miles; Start: 400ft/ End 200ft Elevation gain: 1,400ft)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cabañas de los Cuernos

Day 5: Hike through the spectacular French Valley

Today we'll hike into the French Valley, one of the most spectacular cirques in the Paine Range. We'll walk below the glaciers that descend from the massifs highest summit in the Paine range, Paine Grande, and marvel at the gray granite peaks of the Cuernos del Paine, which are topped with fantastical black “horns” of slate. Two different hiking options are available today. We can take an 11-mile hike back to camp (approximate hiking time is 6 hours, with a 1,300ft elevation gain) or up to the mirador (viewpoint) above Camp Británico—another 4 hours roundtrip hike—for one of the most impressive views in the park (weather permitting)!

We'll overnight at the Lodge Paine Grande located in the heart of the park on the shore of Lago Pehoé. Your luggage will be carried in by porters.

(Hiking time – option 1: Approx. 10-12 hours, 15 miles; Start: 200ft/ End 250ft Elevation gain: 2,000ft)
(Hiking time – option 2: Approx. 8 hours, 10 miles; Start: 200ft/ End 250ft Elevation gain: 1,200ft)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Refugio Paine Grande

Day 6: Take a boat to Grey Glacier

We’ll arise early and hike along the Paine Grande Mountain towards the face of stunning Grey Glacier, at the southern end of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field. We'll enjoy our packed lunch en route, before boarding a catamaran that takes us close to the front of the glacier and then down to the southern shore of the Lago Grey (Grey Lake)—where our hotel for the night is located.

(Hiking time: Approx. 4 hours, 7 ½ miles; Start: 250ft/ End 200ft Elevation gain: 800ft)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Hotel Lago Grey

Day 7: Travel to Argentina and explore El Calafate

Today we depart Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park and drive across the border into Argentina (please be prepared for delays of up to a few hours while crossing the border). We'll proceed over the flat grassland steppes to the town of El Calafate, located on the southern shore of glacial lake called Lago Argentino. El Calafate is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and is a great town to explore. You trip leader will recommend restaurants for your dinner on your own tonight.

(Driving time: approx. 7 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Mirador del Lago

Day 8: Marvel at the famous Perito Moreno Glacier

Today we'll enjoy a full-day excursion to Los Glaciares National Park to see the renowned Perito Moreno glacier. At this very active glacier, a 200-foot-high headwall continually calves massive blocks of ice into the lake with a thunderous roar—an awesome spectacle of nature's power at work. Hiking options are available, depending on the weather, and include a walk on the glacier itself  (this walk is available for travelers under 65 years of age). This is an outstanding but easy glacier hike among the great ice peaks and towers. We'll enjoy a picnic lunch and return to El Calafate at the end of our day. Dinner tonight will be on your own.

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Mirador del Lago

Day 9: Drive to Los Glaciares National Park

After an early breakfast, we’ll continue our drive across the steppes and along the northern end of Lago Viedma to the little town of El Chaltén—our base for  the following days' excursion into the park. The views get better and better as we approach the mountains and glaciers, and we'll soon appreciate why we have traveled so far! We’ll stop for a picnic lunch en route, and once we arrive at our lodging we might do some hiking if time permits.

(Driving time: 3 to 4 hours)

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cabañas Fitzroy

Days 10-11: Explore Los Glaciares National Park

On these two days, we'll enjoy long day hikes into the park's interior. We'll be treated to some commanding views of the spectacular peaks of Fitz Roy (11,072') and Cerro Torre (10,280'), both sought after by photographers and climbers the world over. Where we hike is weather and group dependent, but with so many great options, we can’t miss! If conditions permit, we'll visit the base camp for Cerro Torre climbs, Laguna Torre, which is situated on a beautiful glacial lake with the stunning monolith framed behind it. Other possible destinations include Laguna Capri and Laguna de los Tres, as well as Piedras Blancas and Piedra del Fraile, the east entrance to the famous Southern Patagonia Ice Field.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Cabañas Fitzroy OR Destino Sur

Day 12: Return to El Chaltén

We'll rise early to enjoy one last hike in Los Glaciares National Park before returning to El Chaltén in the afternoon. Tonight we'll gather for a farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
  • Accommodation:Destino Sur

Day 13: Fly to Buenos Aires

This morning we'll transfer to the town of El Calafate, where we bid farewell to our guide, before catching a flight to Buenos Aires—the cosmopolitan capital of Argentina, often referred to as the "Paris of South America." Upon arrival in Buenos Aires we'll transfer to our hotel in the city's stylish Recoleta district. Dinner will be on your own in Buenos Aires, where there is no shortage of tempting culinary offerings!

  • Breakfast/Lunch
  • Accommodation:Loi Suites Recoleta

Day 14: Take in the sights of Buenos Aires and depart

The day is free for shopping and sightseeing. You may wish to explore the Recoleta district in the northwest sector of the city, famous mainly for its nightlife but also well worth a visit by day. Close by are the Museum of Fine Arts and the National Cemetery, which holds the tombs of many famous people—among them, Argentinian first lady Eva Peron. The downtown district, especially along Calle Florida, contains many galerias (huge enclosed shopping malls) with dozens of stores and colorful stands.

In the evening, we'll transfer to Buenos Aires airport for homeward-bound flights. Your international flight can depart at any time on this day, but we highly recommend staying on a few extra days to take in Buenos Aires.

  • Breakfast
lodgings

Cabañas Fitzroy — El Chalten

These wilderness cabañas are located in a private forest setting about 10 miles north of El Chalten. The cosy timber lodge is built on the shore of Rio de Las Vueltas and boasts unique views of Mt. Fitzroy’s north face. It has a fabulous dining room exudes a warm feel, just right for those Patagonian nights.

Cabañas de los Cuernos — Torres del Paine National Park

After trekking through Torres del Paine, you'll undoubtedly be ready to rest your head someplace comfortable and inviting, and these cabins more than do the trick. Located at the base of Los Cuernos del Paine, eight charming cabins offer spectacular views of Los Cuernos and Nordenskjöld Lake. Recharge your battery with a good night's sleep in the cozy beds, a warm meal, or with a soak in the wood-heated hot tub.

Destino Sur — El Chaltén

Strategically located just steps from the main street of the town yet close to trailheads, Destino Sur Hotel offers both convenience and an escape to nature. Guests can choose from standard or superior rooms, each colorfully decorated and equipped with wooden furniture, a king size bed, 32" LCD TV with satellite connection, telephone, minibar, heating, safe and Wi-Fi. There is also a spa on the premises where you can indulge in a massage or relax in the sauna or Jacuzzi.

Hotel Cabo de Hornos — Punta Arenas

Recently renovated modern European style, this large hotel offers spacious rooms, some with sea views, and is the perfect stop off before heading out on your adventure (or before returning home). Modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, cable TV and room service are provided. There is a restaurant on-site, but the flavors of Punta Arenas await just outside your door. For the culturally curious, museums and other attractions are nearby. Or you could just indulge in a nap; the beds are exceedingly comfortable.

Hotel Lago Grey — Torres del Paine National Park

Surrounded by the majestic beauty of this unique landscape, Hotel Lago Grey is the perfect base for discovering Torres del Paine National Park in all its glory. The hotel has 60 spacious rooms, including 36 Superior rooms that have lake, mountain and glacier views. All rooms are warm and comfortable, with Wi-Fi, personal safe, direct dial national and international phone. There is a breakfast buffet, and the restaurant serves lunch and dinner.

Hotel Las Torres — Torres del Paine National Park

Surrounded by towering mountains, this hotel sits in a grassy field at a considerable distance from nearby towns. Simple, comfortable rooms come equipped with all the essentials and have windows showcasing the awe-inspiring surroundings. While the hotel does have a small shop that provides some trekking equipment, snacks and toiletries, it's best to come prepared as this property is in a remote location. The on-site restaurant serves food that is authentic to the Patagonia region, featuring organic produce and beer from their microbrewery.

Loi Suites Recoleta — Buenos Aires

This high-end hotel is located in one of the most elegant areas of the city, steps from Eva Peron's grave at the Recoleta Cemetery and walking distance from museums, art galleries, shopping areas, historical architecture and beautiful parks. Rooms are sober yet stylish, with comfortable beds, fast Wi-Fi and other modern amenities. The property features a restaurant and pool, and the staff is exceedingly helpful.

Mirador del Lago — El Calafate, Argentina

With beautiful views of Lake Argentino and the Andes range, and two lush acres of greenery lined with poplars, Mirador del Lago Hotel lodge-style accommodations in a breathtaking atmosphere that's only a 10 minute walk from downtown El Calafate. Featuring 68 elegantly appointed rooms, a gourmet restaurant and a business center with computer access, Mirador del Lago is a comfortable base for your Patagonian adventures.

Refugio Paine Grande — Torres del Paine National Park

This mountain lodge is located on the banks of the Pehoé Lake, and is only accessible via Lago Pehoé or by hiking trails through the park. With this pristine, remote location, it's an ideal "W" circuit base camp for those looking to experience Torres del Paine in its natural state. With 22 dormitory rooms with comfortable bunks for six, four and two people, the building can accommodate up to 100 hikers. Rooms have drawers to put away gear and a safety box is available if required. The toilets are on the first and second floor and have wash basins, toilets and hot water showers, separated for men and women. The rooms have stunning views of the lake and mountains, and the on-site restaurant offers American cuisine, including a buffet dinner and boxed lunches for those heading out on hikes during the day. The bar is is a great place to meet fellow travelers and exchange stories over pisco sours or beers.

Dates and Pricing

Oct 30, 2016 - Nov 12, 2016 Guaranteed Departure

Nov 11 - 24, 2016 Guaranteed Departure

Dec 19, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017 Guaranteed Departure

Jan 22, 2017 - Feb 04, 2017

Jan 29, 2017 - Feb 11, 2017 Guaranteed Departure

Feb 19, 2017 - Mar 04, 2017

Feb 26, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017

Mar 19, 2017 - Apr 01, 2017 Guaranteed Departure

Mar 26, 2017 - Apr 08, 2017

Apr 02 - 15, 2017

pricing

Fall 2016 -  Spring 2017

$6,195 (10-16 members)
$6,595 (5-9 members)

$400 internal airfare (subject to change)
$2,100 single supplement

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