Ultimate Patagonia: Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine

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You crest a rugged glacial peak, surrounded by a jigsaw of snow-capped mountains lording over windswept valleys and cobalt-blue lagoons, and it hits you. You’re in Patagonia, jewel of the Southern Hemisphere, trekking through areas few others have set foot. Every inch of the sprawling steppes and deserts, the fairytale forests and fjords feel likes it’s all yours. Tonight, relaxing in luxury at a century-old estancia, dining on a well-earned feast roasted over an open flame with a glass of local Malbec wine, you watch as the sunset gives way to a dazzling night sky ablaze with the light of a million stars.

Over 11 unforgettable days in Argentina and Chile, we’ll experience the sublime wonders of Patagonia: hiking for five days past the towering glaciers and meandering rivers of Los Glaciares and Torres del Paine national parks, with our nights spent in sophisticated luxury in some of Patagonia’s most stunning estancia lodgings. We travel from El Calafate near the edge of Argentina’s Southern Patagonian Ice Field, to our journey’s end at Punta Arenas in Chile. Every step of the way is the perfect combination of epic trekking and Patagonian hospitality—delicious meals, fine wines and authentic gaucho life at our idyllic estancia retreats.

If you crave adventure in pristine wilderness, this trip is for you. Each day brings a new adventure—from learning the gaucho way of life to tracking pumas in the wild—as we venture into one of the world’s most spectacular settings, our evenings spent in cozy elegance for the perfect mix of adventure and style.

Patagonia Highlights

Who It’s For

If you seek epic adventure and stunning landscapes, plus the finest estancia accommodations, this trip is for you. We’ll hike amidst serene lagoons and snow-capped mountains, through vast forests in parts of Patagonia few others have visited.

Activity Level: Moderate

Our Patagonia is accessible for most age levels who maintain good physical fitness and are prepared for the demands of hiking in remote mountainous areas. We’ll hike for five days, covering 5-12 miles per day, and conquer wind, rain and sunny skies—sometimes all in the same day.

How We Travel

In style! We sleep each night in some of Patagonia's finest estancia lodges. We carry our own day packs (20-30 pounds). All food, including box lunches on hiking days, is prepared for us and includes chef-led meals and wine pairings.

Day by Day

Day 1

¡Bienvenidos a Argentina! Our Patagonia adventure begins in El Calafate, a small gateway town on the southern shore of Lago Argentino. We’ll meet and load up and then head out on iconic Ruta 40, Argentina’s longest road, passing through the majestic Southern Patagonian desert as we make our way to El Chatlén. Here, we’ll be welcomed with a traditional picada (charcuterie and cheese). After settling in, we’ll reconvene for another tradition: a welcome asado (open-fire grill) at a local steakhouse, enjoying a full-bodied Malbec as our handpicked cut of the finest Argentinian beef cooks to perfection. Salud to our first day, and to the many adventures yet to come!

Day 1
Accommodations: Hostería El Pilar

Day 2

Today we lace up our boots and, starting from our hotel, set our sights on a day hike to the base of Cerro Fitz Roy (11,171′), along the Río Blanco river on the border between Argentina and Chile. Our route goes deep inside Los Glaciares National Park, with beautiful forest surrounding us. We’ll pause to take in the views of Piedras Blancas glacier before continuing up, up, and up to Laguna de los Tres. Our reward is a spectacular view of the iconic Fitz Roy mountain peak. We’ll return the way we came and relax at our hotel this evening, and rest up for another full day of hiking tomorrow.

Day 2
Accommodations: Hostería El Pilar
Hiking: 8-9 hours, 12 miles, 2,297′ gain/loss

Day 3

Today’s trail leads to Laguna Pollone, a picturesque lake in Pollone Valley with sweeping views of glaciers and the north face of Cerro Fitz Roy in one direction, Marconi glacier and Lago Eléctrico in the other. We’ll continue hiking through the Eléctrico river valley, following the meandering river through lush forest. We’ll break at Piedra del Fraile, then continue into a terrain vastly different than what we just traversed—here the forests and rivers give way to dramatic glacial moraine as we finally reach Laguna Pollone, a truly astonishing landscape. Tonight, we’ll celebrate our final evening in El Chatlén with a private dinner at Casa Madsen, home of 19th-century Danish pioneer Andreas Madsen, who built El Chaltén’s first settlement. Dinner at this historic mountain cottage, nestled in the forest, is truly spectacular.

Day 3
Accommodations: Hostería El Pilar
Hiking: 8-9 hours, 13 miles, 1,575′ gain/loss

Day 4

We have one last view to conquer this morning: the iconic Cerro Torre viewpoint. It’s possibly the most photogenic (and famous) of Patagonia’s trademark mountainscapes, the towering granite peaks in jagged majesty high above a glacial lake. We’ll be on the lookout for Magellan woodpeckers and soaring condors overhead, as we hike our way along the panoramic Torre Valley trails.

Tonight we swap our glorious hostería in El Chaltén for a stunningly situated estancia near El Calafate. This fourth-generation working ranch is one of the few inside Los Glaciares National Park. We’ll experience the traditions and hospitality like few others can, starting with a home cooked dinner, with produce from our estancia’s vast orchards making their way into every family recipe.

Day 4
Accommodations: Estancia Nibepo Aike
Hiking: 4-5 hours, 5 miles, 656′ gain/loss

Day 5

Today is a rest day—although, as we’ll soon discover, there is no rest day for a gaucho! After a leisurely estancia breakfast, we’ll head out to explore our working ranch and the daily rituals of gaucho culture: everything from sheep shearing to cattle wrangling, depending on the day. We’ll work up an appetite worthy of a ranch hand, and sit down to a traditional Patagonian cordero al palo lunch: lamb butterflied and stretched along a makeshift cross, roasting directly over a wood fire, fruits and vegetables grown on the estancia and, of course, local wines.

After lunch we’ll travel by boat to explore Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is named after 19th-century Argentinian explorer Francisco Pascasio Moreno. The glacier is 19 miles long and covers a staggering 158 square miles. It’s an important part of the South Patagonian Ice Field, which spans both Argentina and Chile, and serves as the third-largest freshwater reserve in the world! Hear that sound? That’s not thunder—it’s the cracking of those ethereally blue glaciers as they calve into the milky waters of the vast Lake Argentino. We’ll toast to them with a shot or two of locally produced liqueurs before heading back to the ranch for dinner. 

Day 5
Accommodations: Estancia Nibepo Aike

Day 6

After a hearty breakfast, it’s farewell to Argentina. Today we’re headed across the border to Torres Del Paine in Chile for the next chapter of our Patagonian adventure. We’ll stop for lunch at El Ovejero, right on the border, before continuing through the high-mountain desert, vying for glimpses of guanacos and rheas, Patagonia’s answer to the llama and the ostrich. We’ll settle in at our 100-year-old estancia, perched on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, and meet up for a dinner inspired by traditional pioneer recipes drawing on ingredients from the estancia’s own greenhouse and orchards.

Day 6
Accommodations: Estancia Cerro Guido

Day 7

Lace up your boots, we’re back on the trail today to Base Torres in Torres del Paine National Park. After a short transfer to Cerro Paine Ranch, the jumping-off point of our hike, we’ll take the road heading to the valley, crossing an old pendant bridge over the Ascencio river. We’ll follow winding green slopes to Almirante Nieto Hill, with panoramic views over the foothills of the moraine. Our path gets steeper as we ascend toward stunning views of the three towers: Central, Monzino and Dagostini.

Today is one of our most challenging hiking days, and we’ll cap it off with a crucial rite of passage for any visitor to Chile: a hands-on lesson in how to make the perfect pisco sour, the national cocktail of grape brandy and foamy egg whites that Chilean hosts tend to serve by the pitcherful. Salud!

Day 7
Accommodations: Estancia Cerro Guido
Hiking: 9-10 hours, 11.8 miles, 2,461′ gain/loss

Day 8

Today we turn from flora to fauna, learning all about the elusive puma, the largest cat in Patagonia. We’ll meet with professional trackers who study pumas through the Estancia Cerro Guido Conservation Project, whose mission is to bring traditional cattle-raising methods in line with conservation efforts. These trackers will let us into their world, sharing their wisdom and insights, and the tricks of the trade—pumas are largely solitary, noctural creatures, and difficult to spot without a professional on hand who knows their ways. After a traditional asado (barbecue) lunch with our trackers, we’ll head back to our as we hear more of their stories. Our dinner tonight starts with a private, chef-led tour of the estancia’s gardens, before we sit down to an exclusive dinner under the stars. 

Day 8
Accommodations: Estancia Cerro Guido

Day 9

It’s our last full day of hiking, and we’ll savor every moment! First, we set sail for Grey Glacier, one of Torres del Paine’s most spectacular. Much like Perito Moreno, Grey Glacier is part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the largest extension of continental ice in the world after Antarctica and Greenland, edged with fairytale-like billows of turquoise ice tumbling slowly, over decades, into the serene waters. In the afternoon we’ll hike along the lakeshore to Paine Grande Refuge, followed by a quick catamaran ride (30 minutes) to the other side of the shore where we’ll be picked up and delivered to our estancia in time for a delicious dinner.

Day 9
Accommodations: Estancia Cerro Guido
Hiking: 4-5 hours, 6.8 miles, 241′ gain/loss

Day 10

We say farewell to Torres del Paine, and head to the frontier town of Puerto Natales for an afternoon and evening to relax in the sophisticated luxury of our accommodations, and maybe take in a spa treatment or massage before reconvening for a private wine tasting followed by a farewell dinner to remember, featuring the finest of Patagonian-sourced ingredients and recipes. It’s been an unforgettable journey, and or celebration is well and truly earned.

Day 10
Accommodations: The Singular

Day 11

It’s time to say adios to Patagonia, and to our fellow travelers. After breakfast, we’ll head to Punta Arenas for our connecting flights, our minds and hearts full of glaciers, pumas, gauchos, and that very special magic that is Patagonia. 

Where We Sleep

Sophisticated luxury and centuries-old traditions—our elegant boutique hotels are a well-deserved chance to rest, relax and reflect on the rugged beauty of Patagonia.

Hostería El Pilar

El Chaltén

Stepping into this cozy river-valley lodge, surrounded by pristine forests, is like stepping back in time. Sit in front of the roaring fire, warm your feet in a pair of handmade house slippers, and let the quiet of Patagonia settle into your bones. There’s no Wifi here, and that’s by design. It’s time to unplug with the stars.

Estancia Nibepo Aike

El Calafate

This elegant fourth-generation working ranch is set along the shores of Argentino Lake inside Los Glaciares National Park. Savor the views, and the unique opportunity to experience Patagonian traditions firsthand, from sheep shearing and herding to horseback riding through the estancia grounds. The family's orchards and gardens are abundant; every meal is an ode to farm-to-table ranch cooking.

Estancia Cerro Guido

Torres del Paine

It's a 100-year-old estancia perched on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. The beautifully restored farmhouses once housed ranch workers; today, the impeccably designed bedrooms, piled high with down comforters, carry the spirit of that storied past. Curl up in one of the three living rooms for a spot of tea, a card game, or a good book with a sweeping horizon-wide view.

The Singular

Puerto Natales

You wouldn't believe that a refurbished cold-storage warehouse could be this inviting. And yet this design-forward property—part of the Chilean National Heritage registry—has all the comforts you'd expect and stunning views, with every room boasting views of the Patagonian fjords.

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  1. What does the price include?

    Ten nights of elegant, boutique hostería and estancia accommodations; all ground and ferry transportation; daily breakfasts, lunches and dinners; expert local guides; wine tastings, experiences, and activities included in itinerary; gratuities for local guides and staff.

  2. What does the price not include?

    Roundtrip airfare; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s meeting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; personal incidentals including room service, laundry, etc; personal gear; gratuity for tour leader.

  3. How difficult is this adventure?

    This is considered a ‘moderate’ adventure accessible for most age levels who maintain good physical fitness and are prepared for the demands of hiking in remote mountainous areas. We’ll hike for 5 days, covering 5-12 miles per day and carrying our own day packs. We recommend that participants have a good level of fitness and have at least some hiking experience.

  4. What are the arrival and departure details?

    This adventure begins in El Calafate, Argentina. The closet airport is El Calafate (FTE), which has daily direct flights from Buenos Aires’ international Ezeiza (EZE) and domestic Aeroparque (AEP) airports. We recommend arriving one day early and spending the night in Buenos Aires to avoid travel delays. Our trip ends in Punta Arenas, Chile; on our last day we’ll organize group transfers to Punta Arenas’ PUQ airport to catch onward flights to Chile’s main international airport, Santiago de Chile (SLC).

  5. What are the accommodations on this adventure?

    We sleep in true comfort, spending each night in boutique hostería and estancia accommodations. There is no camping on this adventure.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    Each departure is limited to 14 people, plus our local and hiking guides and a Modern Adventure trip leader. This trip is recommended for travelers aged 18 and above who are in good health and have some experience with backpacking. You can expect to be joined by a variety of guest including couples, friends traveling together and solo travelers.

  7. What if I am a solo traveler?

    Prices are based on double occupancy. If you are a solo traveler and want to have your own accommodations, a $1,500 supplement will apply at checkout–these spots are very limited due to the type of accommodations on our adventure and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

  8. What travel documents are needed?

    U.S. citizens staying for less than 90 days do not require a visa to enter Argentina or Chile. The passport must have at validity for the entirety of your stay to be allowed entry. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Chilean or Argentine Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.

  9. Do I need Travel Insurance?

    We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.

  10. What is the cancellation policy?

    For all departures, you may cancel up to 121 days of travel and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel within 120 days of travel, there is a 50% cancellation fee; within 60 days of travel there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being cancelled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).

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