Deep south of Chile and Argentina, this 8-day itinerary explores some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. First, head to Chilean Patagonia's Torres del Paine for snow-capped peaks and thundering waterfalls. Next, bus to Argentine Patagonia for a glacier hike and other activities while based in El Calafate—a traveler hub with a range of services. Kick off the whole trip in Santiago for a taste of big-city culture.
This glacier has a 250 square-km (96-square-mile) surface area with massive 60-meter-high walls that run five km (three miles) along the southwest arm of Lago Argentino. Staring at it from one of the many viewing platforms nearby, you can witness "calving," the awe-inspiring sight of ice breaking off the facade and crashing into the tranquil waters below. Every time ice hits the water a thundering crash reverberates in the ears.
Believe it or not, this excursion involves trekking on top of Perito Moreno. It's a full-day trip walking over the ice while fully equipped with crampons and an ice ax. And while traversing this glacier is certainly an active adventure, it's perfectly safe as you'll be accompanied by certified bilingual guides. So enjoy crossing deep blue ice crevices and hiking over meltwater streams as you experience Perito Moreno up close.
Itineraries with El Calafate to Los Glaciares National Park - Perito Moreno Glacier Trek
This 15-day trip combines outdoor attractions around Chile and Argentina's spectacular far south, also known as Patagonia. You'll start with penguins, horses, and glaciers before entering Torres del Paine National Park for three days of guided tours. Then head across the border for Los Glaciares National Park where you'll go ice trekking and partake in several jaw-dropping trails near Mt. Fitz Roy.
Two weeks is a fantastic length of time to experience Southern Argentina. After kicking off in Buenos Aires, fly to Patagonia for glaciers and treks around Los Glaciares National Park (and iconic Mt. Fitz Roy). Then head to Ushuaia—the southernmost city in the world—for canoeing, channel cruising, and frolicking with penguins. Each night is another opportunity to taste the region's best food, wine, and local culture.
Explore the highlights of Argentine Patagonia on this 5-day adventure. Begin in Buenos Aires before heading south to El Calafate. From here, you'll travel to Los Glaciares National Park to get an up-close look at the famed Perito Moreno glacier. Next, take a trip to Estancia Cristina to visit the local folkloric museum as well as the Continental Ice Field Refuge, where you'll be treated to incredible views of Upsala Glacier and Lake Guillermo.
Argentina, particularly the Patagonia region, offers some of the continent’s best hiking opportunities and this 10-day trip hits the top three spots. Starting in Buenos Aires, you'll head to El Calafate for ice trekking on an advancing glacier. Next is El Chaltén, Argentina's ground zero for iconic peaks like Mt. Fitz Roy. Finish in Bariloche—a Swiss-rooted hub in the Lake District offering a plethora of trails and chocolate shops.
If you love hiking, this active 14-day trip highlights Patagonia's best trails with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world (thanks to two UNESCO-listed parks). Start off in Argentine Patagonia for Los Glaciares National Park—home to 13 glaciers and the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy. Then head across the border to Torres del Paine National Park, dominated by snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, and rare wildlife.
In this nature-focused adventure, you get the best of both Chilean and Argentine Patagonia. First, travel to far south to Punta Arenas for a visit to an island inhabited by penguins. Next, spend a day exploring Torres del Paine - one of the world's most beautiful national parks. Top your Patagonian experience off with a glacier walk over the most impressive mass of ice in the region, Perito Moreno. Then, journey north for a visit to Iguazú Falls, the largest network of waterfalls in the world. These falls are located on the border of Argentina and Brazil, so you'll get to experience the majesty of the falls from both the Argentinian and Brazilian sides. Finally, it's off to Buenos Aires where you'll enjoy some city time in the "Paris of South America" before your journey home.
If you want to experience the heart of Argentine Patagonia, come to Los Glaciers National Park. It's not only home to a whopping 13 major glaciers (47 total), but the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy as well. Begin in Buenos Aires, where you'll have the day to explore the city. Then, travel to El Calafate, where you'll visit the region's most famous glacier: Perito Moreno. Top it all off with a visit to the town of El Chaltén for hiking excursions around the famous Mt. Fitz Roy.
This 13-day tour of Argentina's far south covers the classics. Starting in Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Patagonia for a range of outdoor activities and wildlife. On the itinerary are two national parks: Tierra del Fuego (rivers and ancient settlements) and Los Glaciares (glaciers and iconic mountains). There's also whale watching and a visit to South America´s largest Magellanic Penguin colony for the ultimate photo ops.
Experience Argentina's top highlights during this all-encompassing 16-day itinerary. Begin your adventure in the capital city of Buenos Aires, then head south to the untamed wilds of Patagonia. At the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, you will visit remote ranches and walk on glaciers. On wildlife excursions, you'll spot southern right whales, orcas, and Magellanic penguins while traveling the same waterways as Charles Darwin. Then it's off to the largest waterfall system in the world—Iguazú Falls—before returning to Buenos Aires and ending your journey with an epic tango show.