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Hiking Los Glaciares

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From Buenos Aires head south to the mountains, lakes and glaciers of Argentina's Parque Nacional los Glaciares. Spend two full days hiking in one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, where you can see stunning vistas stretching out in all directions. Next stay in a small estancia. Visit Los Glaciares National Park and explore the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier.
Our hidden waterfallOnly the most incredible sight in the worldCouple on a trek to view FitzroyExploring Glaciar TorreGorgeous Scenery on a Patagonia TourFitz RoyPart of the sceneryA small villageLago de Los TresPygmy owlPerito Moreno Glacier is 5 km wideGlacial ice meets the sea at the end of the EarthView from the mirador at the top of Valle del FrancesRuta 40, towards ChaltenAdmiring the glacierNearing our lunch spot on Monday.El ChaltenPerito Moreno Glacier
  • Hike in the majestic Patagonian landscape with views of Mount Fitz Roy
  • Search for Patagonian wildlife, such as the rare Andean condors
  • Trek along the turquoise waters of glacial lakes through verdant valleys
  • Explore Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in South America
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Day 1: Arrive Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, check into your hotel and embark on an afternoon cultural and architectural tour of Buenos Aires. Walk through historic streets, visit the city's famous landmarks, and wander through the area called the "Paris of South America" before choosing one of the many restaurants for a delectable dinner.

Day 2: Fly to El Calafate | Onward to El Chalten

A morning flight takes you to the lively town of El Calafate to begin your Argentina travels. Upon arrival, begin the four-hour drive across the rugged landscape toward Chalten. Along the way, enjoy the magnificent geography of the region as you drive through the mountains, passing stunning lakes and winding rivers. This evening, settle in to your comfortable room in your hotel in Chalten.

Day 3: Laguna de los Tres

Awake early this morning to begin a full-day hike to Laguna de los Tres. The first 10 km gradually ascend through open and forested areas, with stunning views of Mt. Fitz Roy as you proceed. Your route crosses the Rio Blanco before you begin the toughest part of your trek - a fifty-minute climb that zigzags up a 45º slope. Your efforts are more than rewarded when you arrive at the eerily still glacial Laguna de Los Tres, where one of Patagonia's (and, quite possibly, the world's) best panoramic vistas stretches out before you! Enjoy lunch and feast on the views of the colossus of granite, ice, and sky, before heading back down to El Chalten for a free evening and a good night's sleep. 8 hrs hiking covering 13 miles (21 km).

Day 4: Laguna Torre

Today is another full day of hiking up to Laguna Torre. Ascend from the De las Vueltas River Valley through dense southern beech forests, and enjoy views of the jagged Mount Torre-Adela range in the distance. Continue climbing gradually until you reach Laguna Torre, where you are rewarded by a stunning vista: majestic Mount Torre, flanked by the Adela mountains, high peaks, and glaciers spilling blue-white towards the lagoon. Eat lunch by the shores of the lagoon before hiking back to El Chalten for the evening. 6 hrs hiking covering 11 miles (17 km).

Day 5: Back to El Calafate

Today transfer back to El Calafate. This can be an early transfer, arriving back in El Calafate with time to explore El Calafate further. You may explore the local museum, El Glaciarium, which offers great exhibits and insight into the environmental impacts involved with the formation and depletion of glaciers. Or this can be a late transfer, allowing for more time to hike again in El Chalten. There are various options, including waterfalls, smaller viewpoints, or the grand views from Pliegue Tumbado.

Day 6: Perito Moreno Glacier

Today you drive into Parque Nacional Los Glaciares for views of the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. This huge advancing glacier is more than 3 miles wide at its front and over 20 stories high. Take a boat across Lago Argentino and pass the massive front wall of blue ice, all the while watching for icebergs. After landing on a small beach you start hiking through the beech forest to the icepack of the glacier and have the opportunity to walk on the glacier with crampons. (This Glacier trek has a minimum age of 10 and a maximum age of 65. Alternate excursions are available for those under 10 or over 65 years of age.) Eat your lunch sitting on the lateral moraine of the glacier, where you can absorb the magnificence of the glacier's anatomy and listen to its thunderous concerto of groaning and cracking ice dropping into the lake below.

Contact us if you are interested in the Big Ice Adventure, a more active excursion that spends more time on the ice. Click here for more details. 

Day 7: Return Home

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Catch your flight to Buenos Aires and connecting flights homeward, or with more time, take a trek on the Perito Moreno Glacier, cross into Chile to visit Torres del Paine, or head north to Iguazú Falls to continue your Argentina travel adventures.


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  • 6 Breakfasts, 3 Box Lunches
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • 3 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Gear Rental: Crampons & Helmets
  • Gratuities
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  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Parque Nacional Los Glaciares Entrance fee (must be paid locally in Argentine pesos-approx. 700 per person). 
  • Internal Flights: Buenos Aires - El Calafate - Buenos Aires


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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!
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