Join us for an exciting trip to Argentina to hike the dramatic mountainous landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park, a World Heritage site. From lodges in both the northern and southern areas of the park, you’ll follow trails that offer breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks, pristine glacial lakes, and dramatic glaciers and along the way learn about the region’s natural wonders.

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 Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park  Hiking closer to Perito Moreno Glacier  Mt. Fitzroy, Los Glaciares National Park  Above El Chalten, overlooking Mt. Fitzroy  Guanaco in Los Glaciares National Park  Hawk in flight in Los Glaciares National Park  Lake Perito Moreno, near Bariloche  Relaxing after a hike

Hiking Through Patagonia

Featuring Los Glaciares National Park

11 days from $6,995

Join us for an exciting trip to Argentina to hike the dramatic mountainous landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park, a World Heritage site. From lodges in both the northern and southern areas of the park, you’ll follow trails that offer breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks, pristine glacial lakes, and dramatic glaciers and along the way learn about the region’s natural wonders.

Overview

Join us for an exciting trip to Argentina to hike the dramatic mountainous landscapes of Los Glaciares National Park, a World Heritage site. From lodges in both the northern and southern areas of the park, you’ll follow trails that offer breathtaking views of snowcapped peaks, pristine glacial lakes, and dramatic glaciers and along the way learn about the region’s natural wonders.

Highlights Include

  • Mt. Fitz Roy in the North: Choose from hikes that take you to the base of the dramatic granite massif Fitz Roy and the beautiful glacial lake at the base of the famed Cerro Torre, as well as more remote trails around Lago del Desierto.
  • Estancia Stay: Get a true taste of rural Patagonian hospitality during a stay at a historic ranch. Enjoy a choice of activities as you immerse yourself in the gorgeous surroundings. As you hike through the beech forest to glacial Laguna Azul, watch for guanacos, rheas, black-necked swans, and other creatures. If you wish, you can even ride with gauchos across the pampas plains of this vast ranch. You’ll also savor delicious meals during your stay, including a traditional asado or Argentine barbecue.
  • Other Natural Wonders: Hike out to La Leona Petrified Forest to examine ancient fossils. Spend your last full day at Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest and most active glaciers in the world, where you’ll enjoy a boat trip and guided walk along the base of this commanding glacier.

Limited to 16 Smithsonian Journeys guests. Hikes from 2 to 5 miles.

Itinerary

Days 1 & 2 – Depart the U.S. for Buenos Aires, Argentina

Depart the U.S. on your overnight flight to Buenos Aires. Arrive at Buenos Aires International Airport the following morning and transfer to your hotel. Later, gather for a welcome reception, opening remarks, and dinner in the hotel. (R,D)

Day 3 – El Calafate and El Chalten

Depart the hotel early this morning for your group flight to El Calafate. Upon arrival, spend time at the Glaciarium Patagonian Ice Museum with a museum specialist and learn more about the icefields of Patagonia. Then drive north to El Chaltén, stopping en route for an authentic Patagonian lunch. El Chaltén is at the northern tip of Los Glaciares National Park and in the shadow of two breathtaking granite massifs, Mt. Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre and surrounded by two rivers, De Las Vueltas and Fitz Roy. This evening enjoy a group dinner and remarks to prepare you for your exploration of the Patagonian countryside. (L,D)

Days 4 & 5 – Los Glaciares National Park

Over two days explore Los Glaciares National Park, a World Heritage site and an area of exceptional natural beauty. Hikes will include forays to the base of Mt. Fitz Roy and the glacial lake at the base of Cerro Torre. Trek along more remote trails around Lago del Desierto. All along the way there will be spectacular views of glaciers and monumental mountain peaks. (B,L,D each day)

Hikes: 3-5 miles each day, some rocky and some well-groomed trails, hikes are from 3-5 hours

Days 6 & 7 – Estancia Helsingfors

Travel to the south side of Lago Viedma and check-in to the intimate 9-room Estancia Helsingfors tucked away in a lush woodland and adjacent to spectacular landscapes and scenery. Gather in the living room around the large fireplace then take to the trails on a group hike or horseback ride through a beech forest to glacial Laguna Azul. There will be opportunities to ride with gauchos for more views of the lake and the Patagonian Ice Cap. Look for wildlife like guanacos, rheas, black-necked swans, and Andean condors while you hike or ride. Estancia Helsingfors grows many of their own vegetables and their cellar features many South American regional wines to compliment the delicious chef-prepared meals. (B,L,D each day)

Hikes/Walks: Up to 5 miles or even longer each day depending on the group activity level and interest, some rocky and some well-groomed trails or easier walks can be taken from the lodge and along the shores of Lago Viedma, hikes range from 2 up to 5 hours or longer.

Day 8 – El Calafate

After breakfast, board the mini bus for the return to El Calafate. On the way stop for a hike in La Leona Petrified Forest at the foot of Cerro Los Homos. Petrified trees and archaeological remains suggest that dinosaurs roamed through this area 65 to 90 million years ago, when the climate was more tropical with leafy vegetation and immense trees. After lunch, there is time to explore El Calafate independently with dinner and the evening at leisure. (B,L)

Hike: 3 miles, mostly well-groomed trails, 2-3 hours

Day 9 – Perito Moreno Glacier

Depart for Perito Moreno Glacier, flowing out of the Andes into Lago Argentina it is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonia Ice Field and one glacier that is increasing in size rather than shrinking. Take a cruise to the base of the 200-foot front facing glacier wall. There will also be an opportunity for a guided walk for additional perspectives of this massive river of ice. Return to the hotel for an evening at leisure. (B,L,D)

Hike: 1-2 miles, mostly well-groomed trails, 1-2 hours.

Day 10 – El Calafate to Buenos Aires and departures to the U.S.

Depart for El Calafate Airport for the return group flight to Buenos Aires International Airport in time to connect to your overnight flight to the U.S. (B)      

Day 11 – Arrive in the U.S.

Arrive in the U.S. and connect to your domestic flight home.

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