The dazzling glacial waters and cathedral-like peaks of Patagonia beg to be experienced up close, and this multi-sport itinerary lets you truly immerse yourself in the region's dazzling beauty. Explore the striking Nahuel Huapi Lake in Argentina's verdant Lake District. Take in arresting views of legendary Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre during treks through Los Glaciares National Park. Sail across Lago Argentino for an unforgettable walk on the Perito Moreno glacier, and ride horses through the Andean foothills at a traditional estancia. Finish your trip in beautiful, cosmopolitan Buenos Aires.
Arrive in Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Meet your MT Sobek representative at the airport and transfer to your hotel in the Recoleta neighborhood. After an orientation, explore the traditional neighborhoods of the city by foot, stopping to see the Plaza de Mayo and the Montserrat, as well as the art district of San Telmo, with its lively street fair. Gather in the evening for a welcome dinner.
Board a morning flight to Bariloche. Bordering a glacial lake and surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes, Bariloche is one of the most celebrated towns in Argentina's Lake District. Stroll the beautiful promenade and see the town´s civic center. After lunch at one of the typical restaurants, check in to your cozy hotel on the shore of Nahuel Huapi Lake, a few miles away from Bariloche. In the evening, enjoy the hotel's traditional Argentinian restaurant, where dishes are cooked in a clay oven or on the grill.
After breakfast, depart for a kayaking adventure on Gutierrez Lake, a protected lake at the foothills of the Cathedral mountain range. Paddle on flat water following the shoreline, then enjoy a picnic lunch on a pristine beach before returning. Afterwards, hike through a magnificent forest in Llao Llao and enjoy great views of the surrounding lakes and mountains before returning to your hotel in the late afternoon. The rest of the evening is free to relax and dine on your own at one of the many fine restaurants in Bariloche.
After breakfast, hit the trails at Mt. Lopez. Ascend gradually alongside a forest of Cohihue and Lenga trees, and stop for astonishing panoramic views of Nahuel Huapi Lake and the surrounding peaks of the Andes. Avid hikers can walk the optional stretch to La Hoya Basin before returning to our hotel. Dinner is on your own.
Return to Bariloche airport and board a flight to El Calafate. Enjoy a scenic 2.5-hour drive past Viedma Lake and the Fitz Roy Massif, stopping en route for lunch at a well-known crossroads in the middle of the Patagonian Steppe. Arrive in the village of El Chaltén, your home for the next three nights and base for some of the most fabulous hiking trails in Patagonia. Take a short walk to nearby lookout points for astonishing views of the massif, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
Trek along a glacial valley to Cerro Torre Base Camp and revel in one of the most stunning views in Patagonia: the south face of Cerro Torre, with its iconic pointy spires and hanging glaciers. In the afternoon, return to your hotel in El Chaltén and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure.
After a scenic morning drive, hike into the valley of Rio Electrico and enjoy great views of Marconi and Piedras Blancas Glacier (weather permitting). Enjoy a picnic lunch at Poincenot Camp before continuing on to Laguna Capri, enjoying incredible views of Mount Fitz Roy, Mount Saint Exupery, and Poincenot Peaks. If you're feeling ambitious, take an optional hike up one last steep hill to Laguna de los Tres - a challenging effort, but worthwhile for its superb views of Mount Fitz Roy and its hanging glaciers.
Visit Estancia La Estela, an authentic sheep ranch located on the east shore of massive Lake Viedma, and experience the vast solitude of the Patagonian Steppe. Saddle up for a horseback ride by the lake shore and through dunes to the birth of Río Guanacos. In the early afternoon, continue to the town of El Calafate, your home for the next two nights. Check in to your hotel and take some time to relax and enjoy the spa or pool before walking to a local restaurant and enjoying a traditional lamb barbecue and sipping earthy Argentine Malbec.
Sail across Lago Argentino to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. Strap on crampons and walk into a surreal expanse of jagged peaks and neon-blue crevasses. (Available for guests aged 65 or younger. Alternatively, walk extensive footbridges for different viewpoints of this amazing natural wonder.) In the afternoon, stop at a scenic overlook facing Canal de los Tempanos, a narrow water channel that separates the peninsula from the huge mass of ice.
After breakfast, drive back to El Calafate to enjoy some leisure time in town before boarding an early afternoon flight to Buenos Aires. After checking into your hotel, gather together for a farewell dinner.
Explore Buenos Aires on your own and enjoy a last bite of Argentinian cuisine. Transfer to Buenos Aires airport in the afternoon to board your flight home.
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We have over 40 years' worth of expertise in the region of Patagonia, which means you'll be in excellent hands.
This unique, multi-sport itinerary lets you experience the distinctive landscape of Argentinian Patagonia up close.
Our itinerary showcases different aspects of Argentinian life, from Patagonian ranch life to glaciers and ice fields to the cosmopolitan capital.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Moderate hikes with one strenuous option in Chalten, kayaking on glacial lakes, easy horseback riding, and sailing on a catamaran.
Stay in a variety of accommodations, including cozy mountain lodges, boutique hotels, and an elegant Buenos Aires hotel.
October to March are the best months to travel in Patagonia with moderate to warm temperatures during the days and cool nights.
An MT Sobek representative will meet you at the Buenos Aires Airport (BUE) and transfer you to our hotel.
Most of our hikes take place within protected environments so weather conditions rarely disrupt them. We will shorten or skip hikes if there are safety concerns.
Plan to bring multiple layers to stay warm and dry in variable weather. You might also want to have swimwear, as some hotels will have indoor pools.
Yes, tap water is safe to drink during the trip. Mineral water will also be provided during transfers and with picnic lunches.
Yes, indeed! We will explore the hidden corners of the cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires and get to know the locals, both in the cities and rural areas.
No, there are no vaccinations required for this trip. Patagonia is also an area free of poisonous snakes or insects. Bees and yellow jackets may be present during warm months.
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"An extremely varied trip giving an authentic feeling for the Lake District of Patagonia. Jorge was an exceptional guide, sensitive to each individual's needs during this sometimes strenuous trip. Would highly recommend it to anyone intrigued by Patagonia."
MT Sobek Guest, Argentinian Patagonia: Hiking Glaciers & Exploring Lakes
"A truly awesome and enlightening experience. I will feel and remember Patagonia for many years to come."
MT Sobek Guest, Argentinian Patagonia: Hiking Glaciers & Exploring Lakes