Just across the border from the marvels of Torres del Paine is another testament to the awesome power of nature: Argentine Patagonia. Home to Mount Fitz Roy, the Perito Moreno glacier, Cerro Torre, and more, the opportunities for adventure and thrills are never-ending, with something for every kind of explorer.
From the dizzying heights of granite spires that pierce the sky to surreally blue lakes walled by landscaping forming glaciers, it’s a place of challenges and wonders that test the limits of human endurance and stimulate the spirit.
Get to know El Calafate and El Chalten
These two villages, tucked away in the grassy pampas, valleys, and mountains of Argentine Patagonia, are the gateways to all the natural wonders that the region holds. Your Argentine adventure begins in El Calafate after crossing the border from Chile to Argentina at the Cerro Castillo border crossing, where you’ll have lunch. Then you’ll be transferred to El Chalten, the last outpost before the wilds of Los Glaciares National Park. You’ll retire to the Hosteria Senderos for a relaxing night sleep - you’ll need it for the exciting days to come!
Hike to Laguna Torre
Today’s hike will take you through peaceful forests of beech, alongside a gushing river, and to an unbeatable viewpoint of one of the park’s most awe-inspiring peaks: Cerro Torres. The dizzying heights and sheer challenge of scaling its dangerous spires to the summit are a siren’s call to mountain and alpine climbers all over the world, and because of its technical difficulties and history as a climbing peak, it’s also the source of much controversy within the climbing community. You’ll follow the Cerro Torre trail to Laguna Torre, where Cerro Torre and the Adela range can be seen and marveled at, before returning along the same trail and to El Chalten for dinner at one of the town’s cozy restaurants.
Hike to Laguna Los Tres
After a relaxing night’s sleep, it’s time to hit the trails again, this time to see Mount Fitz Roy in all its iconic glory! After hiking past Laguna Capri, you follow the Fitz Roy trail to the Blanco River. By now, your legs should be good and warmed up, which is perfect for the quick, steep trail that leads up to the pure, turquoise waters of Laguna de Los Tres and its views of Fitz Roy. After lunch, it’s time to return the way you came and head back for the final night in little El Chalten.
Pliegue Tumbado Trek & El Calafate
Before continuing on the grand tour of Argentine Patagonia by heading to El Calafate, you’ll walk through forests of native trees such as lenga to pay a visit to the relatively unknown but well-worth-it Pampa de las Carretas viewpoint, from which you will be surrounded by views of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, and the Huemul Glacier. For those who love history and archeology, the next part of the hike will be a real treat, as 100 million year old marine fossils of ammonites and belemnites are plentiful on this stretch of trail. Next, you’ll stop at the Pliegue Tumbado viewpoint for the ultimate panoramic: Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Torre Glacier, the Fitz Roy river canyon, the area’s impossibly blue lagoons, and even the Paso del Viento, the entrance to the great Southern Patagonian Ice Field. After such a visual feast, rest your eyes on the semiprivate ride to El Calafate.
Perito Moreno Glacier
Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time seeing a glacier, the experience is always indescribably poignant, a rush of emotions and thrills. Now, imagine seeing one of the most incredible glaciers on Earth and then being able to WALK across it. Today is your chance to do just that at the Perito Moreno Glacier, a wonder of nature renowned for its immense breadth, spectacular color, and accessibility. After the drive from El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park, the group will stop at the Bajo de las Sombras bay to board the ride to the glacier’s southern wall. Along the way, a guide will give a short lecture about glaciers and local geology. After disembarking and walking to the edge of the glacier, you’ll put on your crampons, and set off across the ancient ice for a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. A bit later, at an ice bar, you can raise a glass to the wonderful memories you’re creating with a whisky over freshly chopped glacier ice. Then you’ll continue to the footbridges, stopping for lunch along the way, all the time encountering the best views around. Then, it’s back to El Calafate for the night at the Hosteria Sierra Nevada.
The adventure’s come to an end, but you’ve have plenty of souvenirs to take home; memories of crossing glaciers, being dwarfed by mighty peaks, and conquering the rugged wilderness of Patagonia. After a filling breakfast, you’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight out of El Calafate.
*Torres del Paine extension. Instead of going home, why not extend your trip to Torres del Paine since you have made the long journey! Contact us for more information.
Dates & Rates
Departures: Departs every Thursday and Sunday, contact us for availability.
Rates: from $2,100
• All activities as indicated on your itinerary
• All meals as indicated on your itinerary
• 2 glasses of wine or a soft drink per meal
• Tea and coffee served at the bar all day long
• Transfer to and from El Calafate airport
• All accommodations as indicated on your itinerary
• Services of professional guides
• All necessary outdoor equipment
• Gratuities for guides
• Items of a personal nature
• Drinks (anything beyond the 2 provided each meal) and souvenirs
• Tour Extensions
Your booking is based on Chilean pesos (CLP), but you pay in US$ (USD), using the exchange rate valid on the day of payment which will be shown on your invoice. This exchange rate may vary between the date you pay your deposit and the date you pay your outstanding balance, but rest assured this is the best way to keep our prices competitive and ensure the best rate for you!