Wild Argentina: Hiking in Hidden Patagonia

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Overview

Remote and dramatic, the breathtaking setting of Argentine Patagonia provides the backdrop to this exceptional trekking adventure. Blessed with some of the most spectacular natural beauty anywhere in the Americas, this irresistibly wild landscape is filled with immense glaciers, turquoise lakes and some of the most powerful mountain vistas on earth....

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Example Itinerary

This is an example itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes and budget, or build a trip from scratch.

Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires

Upon arrival in BuenosAires, your private guide and driver will be waiting to meet and greet you before taking you to settle into your hotel in the trendy Palermo district. You can then take things easy for the rest of the day, giving you the chance to rest after the long arrival flight and before the active itinerary ahead.

Day 2 Buenos Aires - El Chalten

Leaving the bustle of BuenosAires behind, fly down to El Calafate this morning in the heart of Argentine Patagonia. On arrival, your private local guide will then be waiting to transfer you to the town of El Chaltén, the undisputed national capital for trekking. Nestled within the spectacular embrace of LosGlaciares National Park, the drive circumnavigates the glittering glacial lakes of Argentino and Viedma, taking around 3.5 hours to reach Argentina's youngest town. Time permitting, you'll be taken to the former house of famed Danish pioneer, Andreas Madsen, this afternoon for a tour and some tea.

Hosteria Senderos Breakfast

Day 3 El Chalten: Hike in World Heritage Landscapes

Waking refreshed this morning, the adventure begins with a full day's hike up to the giant geographical fault of PliegueTumbado. A relatively gentle introduction to your Patagonian trekking adventure, the trail leads up through the Los Glaciares national park’s World Heritage landscapes, decorated with ancient fossils and some breathtaking 360-degree views across the rugged granite peaks and dazzling glaciers of the vast South Patagonian Ice Field. Returning via the same route, this evening has been left free to explore the town at your own pace. 
*Approx. hiking stats: 20km/800m alt gain/approx. 7 hours. 

Hosteria Senderos Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 El Chalten: Mount Fitz Roy

A short drive this morning is followed by a gentle walk up through the forest towards the beautiful lake of Laguna de losTres. Today's hike has it all: glacial valleys, endemic forests, lagoons and bewitching glaciers. The final 400-metre stretch is challenging, but the magnificent views of Mount Fitzroy, AgujaPoincenot and CerroTorre more than make up for it. After an unbelievably scenic lunch stop, the trail back down then takes you past the crystalline waters of Laguna Capri, before the final descent down to El Chaltén. 
*Approx. hiking stats: 22km/800m alt gain/approx. 8-9 hours.

Hosteria Senderos Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 El Chalten - Perito Moreno National Park

Beginning early this morning, the long but ultimately spectacular drive to Perito Moreno National Park takes you deep into the heart of some of Patagonia's wildest landscapes. The journey follows part of Argentina's legendary Ruta 40 (Route 40) and through towns that still feel a part of an undiscovered country. There will be a stop for lunch at rural place along the way, and the last section of the journey follows a gravel road into the park and on to the old sheep ranch that will be your home for the next three nights.

Estancia La Oriental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Perito Moreno National Park: Lake Belgrano Hike

Founded nearly a century ago, the Perito Moreno National Park is home to the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Colorada. Wild and remote, these towering mountains stand sentry over some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere in the Americas. Today you will hike around the beautiful turquoise waters of Lake Belgrano which, set against the backdrop of some of the highest mountains in the area, is one of the most spectacular treks in the park.  
*Approx. hiking stats: 16km/200m alt gain/approx. 6-7 hours.

Estancia La Oriental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Perito Moreno National Park: Monte Leon Summit

The plan today is to hike to the summit of Monte Leon to enjoy some truly spectacular panoramas across the Patagonian peaks and Lake Belgrano. Beginning at the trailhead next to your estancia, the path leads up past towering cliffs that are home to the mighty condor, one of the largest birds on the planet. It should take around four hours to reach the top, from where the views stretch out towards the snow-capped Andes and the Belgrano peninsula. Return to the ranch the same way.
*Approx. hiking stats: 10km/600m alt gain/approx. 5-6 hours.

Estancia La Oriental Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Perito Moreno National Park - El Calafate

Following breakfast, you’ll set out on the road once more heading back towards El Calafate and the outside world. Stopping en route to break the long journey up, you'll visit the site of some indigenous cave paintings close to Tres Lagos and enjoy a coffee stop at an old inn at La Leona. The inn is built close to the site where, allegedly, Perito Moreno fought a puma by hand, and survived! You should arrive in El Calafate in time to freshen up and relax a bit before dinner. 

Los Ponchos Breakfast

Day 9 El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier

A trip to Patagonia would not be complete without visiting one of Argentina’s most famous landmarks. After breakfast you will be picked up and taken out towards the Patagonian Andes where the immense Perito Moreno, amongst other glaciers, is located. Spanning 250 square kilometres and soaring out of the lake at over 60 metres, you’ll understand why this glacier has become a symbol of Patagonia. Viewing the glacier from both the water and the walkways surrounding it allows you to observe the natural wonder from all angles, hopefully catching the unforgettable moment a gigantic slab of ice calves from the glacier crashing into the water below. You will then return to El Calafate for your final evening in Argentina 
*For those interested, a stop at the Glaciarium Interpretation Centre can also be arranged for further insight or, alternatively, an hour-and-a-half trek on the glacier itself can be organised in advance for a more immersive experience. 

Los Ponchos Breakfast

Day 10 El Calafate - Depart Buenos Aires

This morning you will head back to the airport to catch your short flight to BuenosAires where a private guide and driver at your disposal can be arranged for a few hours to explore the city before a later flight back home. You can enjoy some of the capital’s highlights and perhaps get a bite to eat in a fine steakhouse before returning back to the international airport, where your adventure ends. 

EXAMPLE ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

10 days from £8,520

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 13796 Wild Miles

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on two people travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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Patagonia’s iconic peaks beckon, but the Argentine Patagonia also offers an infinite steppe cut by windswept coastal cliffs, bathed by a wild Atlantic, reminding us at every glance how small we are.

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