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Begin your adventure by visiting Buenos Aires' main attractions and get a taste of life in the city. Continue on your trip to explore the wild beauty of Patagonia at the charmingly, rustic Estancia El Galpon del Glaciar, the working homestead in a unique ecosystem of rivers, lakes and lagoons. Explore one of the largest advancing glaciers in South America, Perito Moreno, up close and personal. Hike Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, one of the world's most spectacular parks to enormous glaciers, turquoise lakes, and verdant temperate rainforests. A quintessential Patagonia adventure!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Buenos Aires
Day 2 : Meet the City | Dinner and Tango Show
Day 3 : Fly to El Calafate
Day 4 : Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 5 : Transfer to EcoCamp
Days 6-7 : Torres del Paine National Park
Day 8 : Punta Arenas
Day 9 : Magdalena Island Penguin Colony | Fly Santiago
Day 10 : Free day in Santiago | Evening Flight Home


  • Enjoy a dinner and Tango show at the famous Esquina Carlos Gardel
  • Explore Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in South America
  • Hike in the majestic Patagonian landscape with views of Torres del Paine
  • Visit a colony of Magellanic penguins on Magdalena Island

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  • Adventure Life Exclusive

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UM Logo Photo Size Adventures in Patagonia! Beautiful wildflower fields Torres del Paine scenery Adventures in Patagonia! Sharing a meal with other guests at Ecocamp Perito Moreno Glacier An amazing penguin experience! Adventures in Patagonia!

Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires

Arrive to Argentina today on the flight of your choice and transfer to your comfortable hotel.   Buenos Aires, the country's largest city, is famous for its colorful neighborhoods and amazing architecture. Spend your free time exploring the city, or simply relax after your long international flight.  Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner with your group and guide!

Day 2 Meet the City | Dinner and Tango Show

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tour the exciting and seductive city of Buenos Aires! This tour includes a bilingual guide and visits to typical neighborhoods like La Boca, Palermo, Recoleta, as well as the Colon Theater, the National Congress and the Presidential Palace. Experience the highlights of Buenos Aires, and gain an appreciation for this great city. This is the perfect introduction to some main sites of interest. Stop for a typical Argentinian lunch along the way.

It is hard to imagine a visit to Buenos Aires without attending a tango show. In the evening, your driver will meet you at your hotel and whisk you away to one of the city’s most famous events! At Esquina Carlos Gardel, experience the intimate dance that unifies the city and its people together in a passionate embrace. The tango expresses the heart and the spirit of Argentina. The night includes dinner and a drink, as well as the transfers to and from the show.

Day 3 Fly to El Calafate

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today you will fly to the lively town of El Calafate. Head to the working sheep ranch of El Galpon del Glaciar.  The estancia is warm and welcoming with delicious homemade food, located just 15 minutes from downtown El Calafate. The rustic homestead resides in the Patagonian Steppe, a unique ecosystem of rivers, lakes and lagoons with amazing views of the Andes. While at the homestead, visit the nature reserve and enjoy its many trails - over 40 species of migrating birds pass through here, so keep your eyes skyward! El Galpon del Glaciar is also a working ranch, so you'll have the opportunity to tour the shearing sheds and watch the working sheepdogs in action. For those who want to explore by horseback this is also an option - just let us know!

Day 4 Perito Moreno Glacier

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest advancing glaciers in South America (more than 3 miles wide at its front and over 20 stories high). Depart from the estancia early in the morning, allowing you to enjoy the landscape, flora and fauna, before the park becomes too busy. Explore the footbridges and balconies, over 5000 feet of walkways that expand near the face of the glacier. Listen as the great masses of ice crash into the lake with resounding roars. Your guide will share with you information about the surrounding forest, glaciation in the area, and about the birdlife.

Take a ferry trip in the Canal de los Tempanos on the north face of the Perito Moreno Glacier, passing beside icebergs which have calved off the front of the glacier. The boat will stop at a safe distance, continuing to sail down its entire front and allowing spectacular views of the high wall of ice. This provides a totally different perspective of the Perito Moreno Glacier, with almost constant falling walls of ice from its front.  This is a unique opportunity for photographers and nature lovers alike.  Return to El Galpon after your tour. The rest of your day is free to relax or explore the grounds.

Day 5 Transfer to EcoCamp

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, it's off to Chile!  Depart from the Estancia for the eight hour scenic drive to Torres del Paine National Park. Along the way, enjoy the magnificent geography of the region as you drive through the mountains, passing stunning lakes and winding rivers. Arrive at EcoCamp, a deluxe camp of large geodesic-dome yurts built to minimize environmental impact while providing a comfortable setting. Your suite domes at EcoCamp feature electricity, feather comforters, ensuite bathroom, wood burning stove and plenty of quiet to enjoy your spectacular surroundings.

Day 6-7 Torres del Paine National Park

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
For your first full day at EcoCamp, set off with your guide across the park to Grey Glacier. Along the way, stop to visit the Salto Grande waterfall and take a quick hike (one hour roundtrip) to the Mirador Nordenskjold for stunning views of Los Cuernos and the French Valley. In the afternoon, board a ferry and set off across the Lago Grey for amazing views of the towering blue walls of Grey Glacier.

On January 15, after a hearty breakfast, venture up Ascencio Valley on the Tower's eastern face. Climb the steep moraine to the foot of the gigantic spires of Torres del Paine. Weather permitting, witness one of the most famous views of Torres del Paine - the three granite monoliths reaching 9,400ft (2,900 m) - a testament to the massive glacial forces that carved them out of the earth.

Or you may choose your day's activities from a daily menu based on your interests and energy level. Options range from easy-paced to strenuous hikes or even cycling tours. Click here for the weekly excursion schedule.

Day 8 Punta Arenas

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy one last breakfast in this beautiful environment before taking the scenic six hour drive to Punta Arenas.  Stop along the way to have lunch and explore Milodon Cave, which holds ancient secrets of saber tooth cats, giant sloths, and elements of ancient human habitation. Arrive to Punta Arenas in the mid-afternoon with the rest of the day free to explore the town.  Enjoy a dinner tonight with your group to say adios to Patagonia.

Day 9 Magdalena Island Penguin Colony | Fly Santiago

Take a morning zodiac trip from Punta Arenas through the Strait of Magellan to Magdalena Island, where you will see over 100,000 Magellanic penguins!  Spend your time along the shore of the island, or take a walk to the lighthouse located up a winding trail through the penguin colony.  Return to Punta Arenas to enjoy lunch together on the pier before transferring to the airport for your flight to Santiago.

Day 10 Free day in Santiago | Evening Flight Home

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Free day to explore Santiago with the option of choosing your own adventure! Let us know which full day tour you would like to join.  Options for exploring this unique region include:

Visit Valparaiso + Vina del Mar
This chic beach region, Viña del Mar, is a great place to spend an afternoon. Fashionable shops are found throughout downtown. Enjoy local Chilean cuisine along the shoreline. Continue onto Valparaiso, Chile's principal port and second-largest city. Located on the narrow strip of land between the waterfront and the nearby hills, its cobblestone streets lead you through a labyrinth of colonial buildings, churches and museums. Visit La Sebastiana Museum, one of the homes of famed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Tour includes: English Speaking Guide & Private transportation + Ticket to La Sebastiana museum​. Please note lunch is not included.

Explore Santiago City
Explore the beautiful city of Santiago! Visit historic downtown, including La Moneda and the main square. The tour also includes famous Cerro Stana Lucia; a visit to La Chascona, one of the homes of famed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda; and a visit to the Precolumbian museum with artwork and artifacts from Central and South America. With your guide, make your way through the web of pathways and lush landscaped plazas, exploring the residential areas of Bellavista, Providencia and Las Condes. Tour includes: English Speaking Guide & Private transportation + Ticket to La Chascona & Precolumbian museums + lunch in Bellavista area

Wine tasting in the Maipo Valley
Drive south along the foothills of the Andes and explore some of the best wineries in the Maipo Valley. This valley is Chile’s most traditional wine valley. It is also one of the most internationally recognized, as the Maipo Valley produces many of Chile’s finest red varieties. The valley is also capturing attention for the exciting new boutique wineries emerging in the region known as the "Alto" Maipo due to vines being grown at higher altitude.
Tour includes: English Speaking Guide & Private transportation + Wine tasting at Concha & Toro and Perez Cruz + lunch in local restaurant

Foodie tour of Santiago
Discover Chile’s rich gastronomical culture on a day trip to Santiago’s world-famous seafood markets. Here you will sample fresh produce and traditional dishes before preparing your very own Chilean feast in the home of Franciso Klimscha, one of Chile’s best-loved chefs! 
Tour includes:  English Speaking Guide & Private transportation + Bilingual chef-sommelier guide + Cocktail, wine & lunch

Return to your hotel after the tour to get ready to be transferred to the airport for your international flight home.

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Discount of $500 per person for those wanting a standard dome at EcoCamp. Standard domes are a bit smaller and lack electricity and wood burning stoves. They also have shared bathroom facilities with the other standard domes.


  • 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 8 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
    • 4 Nights Hotel
    • 5 Nights Lodge
  • 4 Days Private Guide Service
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are included.


  • Internal Flights
    • $750 Buenos Aires-El Calafate & Punta Arenas-Santiago - Pending group booking rates please inquire
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursions

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  • $20 Meals not Included
  • $30 Park Entrance Fee
    • Entrance fee to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
Meyer Smolen

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