Go hiking amid the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia! Take in views of pristine glacial lakes, iconic snowcapped peaks, and dramatic glaciers and learn about the region's natural wonders as you trek amid Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, both World Heritage sites.

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Hiking Through Patagonia

14 days from $7,245

Go hiking amid the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia! Take in views of pristine glacial lakes, iconic snowcapped peaks, and dramatic glaciers and learn about the region's natural wonders as you trek amid Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks, both World Heritage sites.

or Call 833-254-6678

Tour Details

TOUR BROCHURE

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

We had a wonderful time in Patagonia with Smithsonian Active Journeys, and our guides made it especially memorable. They were friendly, knowledgeable and went above and beyond our expectations to ensure that our trip was a success. The scenery was breathtaking and fortunately, the weather cooperated enabling us to complete many of the hikes as planned. We particularly enjoyed seeing the national parks in Chile and Argentina. Just spectacular!

- Krissa, B.

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Activity Level 4:  Active 

Expectations: This trip is part of the Smithsonian Active Journeys collection. These trips feature a daily schedule of physical activities—such as walking, hiking, kayaking, rafting, or bicycling—in addition to activities designed to offer cultural or historical context. Each trip entails a different level of physical expectations. As some trips are more difficult than others, please review the following activity level description—and feel free to contact an Active Journeys Specialist to discuss the trip at more length—to ensure this Active Journey is right for you.

For this trip, daily walks and hikes of 2 to 14 miles (from two to seven hours a day) are taken at an active pace over varied terrain that ranges from city streets to rocky, steep trails with significant gain or loss. Sturdy hiking boots, hiking poles for steep ascents and descents, and day packs for daily necessities are a must. Some days feature a historic site associated with the walk, such as a prehistoric cave, culinary highlight, or meeting with a local archeologist or paleontologist.

Support vehicles are limited while hiking, but most days offer longer and shorter options based upon the group’s fitness and interests. It is often feasible to skip a day’s activities and relax at the hotel, if desired. During vehicle transfers, transport is by 15-passenger van. There is one long transfer day from Chile to Argentina that takes approximately 7 hours with stops along the way. Accommodations feature city hotels, comfortable lodges, and a working ranch (estancia).

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace, are comfortable participating in up to seven hours of walking/hiking per day, and enjoy a physical challenge.

We had a wonderful time in Patagonia with Smithsonian Active Journeys, and our guides made it especially memorable. They were friendly, knowledgeable and went above and beyond our expectations to ensure that our trip was a success. The scenery was breathtaking and fortunately, the weather cooperated enabling us to complete many of the hikes as planned. We particularly enjoyed seeing the national parks in Chile and Argentina. Just spectacular!

- Krissa, B.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Arrive Punta Arenas, Chile

Arrive in Punta Arenas and transfer to your hotel. Gather for a welcome dinner tonight with your adventure guide and fellow travelers. (D)

Day 3 — Punta Arenas

This morning, visit three important museums in Punta Arenas: the Regional Museum; the Maggiorino Borgatello, which focuses on natural history; and the Nao Victoria, which displays restored and replica ships, recapturing the culture, history, and ecology of the Strait of Magellan and Punta Arenas. You will also visit the cemetery, known to be one of the most beautiful in South America. An afternoon drive takes you across the Patagonian Plains to the small town of Puerto Natales. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Puerto Natales / Cueva del Milodon

Enjoy a stroll around Puerto Natales and the beautiful coastline then drive towards Torres del Paine National Park. On the way, visit the Cueva del Milodon Natural Monument, caves that have yielded important prehistoric finds. Set out on a short walk with a paleontologist across the valley from Cueva del Mylodon and Cueva del Medio. Then continue to Torres del Paine National Park and settle into your hotel featuring splendid views of the Paine Massif. Hiking 3-4 miles, 1-2 hours. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Torres del Paine National Park

This morning your guide will present you with two different hikes to choose from, starting right from your front door. The more challenging hike ascends above Lago Grey for fantastic views of the lake while the easier option is a flat hike following the shoreline. Return to the hotel for lunch. This afternoon, hop aboard a boat for a cruise on Lago Grey for up-close views of the three glacial tongues of the Paine Massif. Your boat then returns south to the hotel. Hiking up to 4 miles, 2-3 hours. Approximately 3 hours of cruising. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Torres del Paine National Park

Today is sure to be an epic day of hiking as you explore Torres del Paine National Park. Your guide will present two options for you to choose from. Hikers seeking a challenge can join their guide for an all-day hike along the Mirador Las Torres trail to the viewpoint of Torres del Paine’s sheer vertical granite towers. (12 miles hiking, 8–10 hours).

For a more relaxed option, join your guide for a more leisurely stroll on the outskirts of the Massif, taking in breathtaking panoramic views while hiking in undulated terrain on a less traveled trail. (Up to 8 miles hiking, 4 hours). (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Torres del Paine National Park / Sierra Baguales

An expert joins you today to explore the valleys of Sierra Baguales, a recently discovered fossil site dating from the early Cretaceous Era. Here you will learn about the land bridge between the South American continent and Antarctica and its ecological implications for the region. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — El Chaltén, Fitz Roy Mountains, Argentina

Today is a full travel day as we leave Chile and journey into Argentina. This morning you have an early departure from the estancia for a scenic drive across the Patagonian Steppe to the Argentinian border (approx. 6 hours driving). After stopping for lunch along the way, arrive this afternoon at the little village of El Chaltén at the foot of the great Fitz Roy Mountain Range. Dinner tonight is on your own in charming El Chaltén. (B,L)

Days 9 — Los Glaciares National Park

Today is the first of two full days we will spend exploring the northern section of Los Glaciares National Park, the largest national park in Argentina and a World Heritage site. Today’s hike offers spectacular views of the iconic Cerro Torre (10,278 feet). Hike to the shores of Laguna Torre with Cerro Torre as a dramatic backdrop- the perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Along the way, stop at an overlook to appreciate the Grande Glacier. Return to the hotel with time to freshen up before a well-earned dinner in town. Hiking 6 miles, 4-5 hours. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Los Glaciares National Park

Today you will embark on a fantastic day of hiking in the shadow of the impressive Monte Fitz Roy (11,073 feet). Follow along the Rio Blanco through lenga forests to fantastic views of the Piedras Blancas glacier. Hikers seeking a challenge can continue to ascend to Laguna de Los Tres for a closer view of Fitz Roy before rejoining the group. After returning to the hotel with time to unwind, celebrate a feeling of achievement over dinner at a fantasic local restaurant—one of our guides’ favorites! Hiking options 5-7 miles, 4-6 hours. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — La Leona Petrified Forest

Today, depart the northern area of the park near Lago Viedma and travel to the southern area near Lago Aregentino. En route, visit La Leona Petrified Forest, accompanied by an expert who guides you through this magnificent site of ancient trunks and fossils. In the afternoon, arrive in El Calafate and your posada. Dinner tonight is on your own. Hiking 5 miles, 2-3 hours. (B,L)

Day 12 — Los Glaciares National Park / Perito Moreno Glacier

Head out today to visit the active temperate Perito Moreno Glacier, situated in the southern area of the park, followed by an afternoon visit to the ice museum to learn more about this fascinating subject. This evening gather for a farewell dinner in town. Hiking 1-2 hours. (B,L,D)

Day 13 — Departure from Argentina

From El Calafate, catch your flight to Buenos Aires and board your homeward flight this evening. (B)

Day 14 — Arrive in U.S.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)