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Often described as the trekking capital of Argentina, the small village of El Chaltén lies at the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, with its imposing peaks rising to 10,000 feet (3048m). There are numerous well-marked trails through the mountains of the Fitz Roy Range, and you can also go kayaking and mountain biking or simply enjoy Patagonian panoramas while staying in an eco-lodge or at a luxury campsite. 

The three-hour (one-way) hike to Laguna Torre leads from town to a majestic view of an iceberg-filled lake backed by saw-toothed mountains. A shorter walk leads up to Mirador de los Cóndores, where you can sometimes spy Andean condors gliding overhead. Another fine spot for adventure is at the Lago del Desierto, where you can paddle across the calm, clear waters of a forest-rimmed lake.
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A view of Fitz Roy from El Chalten
Ultimate Guide to El Chaltén

In the shadow of one of the most spectacular stretches of the Andes, El Chaltén is the undisputed trekking capital of Argentina. This guide will help you plan your trip and find the best that this Patagonian town has to offer.

Mount Fitz Roy
Map of El Calafate & El Chalten Grand Tour - 9 Days
El Calafate & El Chalten Grand Tour - 9 Days

Explore the rugged beauty of the icy wilderness of Patagonia on this adventure-filled 9-day itinerary that loops down from Buenos Aires through El Calafate and El Chaltén. Start off by learning about the culture of Argentina with a tour and tango show in Buenos Aires. Then, travel south to see the famous Perito Moreno glacier up close, raft down the Rio de las Vueltas, and hike on top of the secluded Cagliero glacier. 

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Map of Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 11 Days
Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 11 Days

In just 11 days you can experience the most famous highlights of Patagonia. Beginning in Argentina, you'll fly to the region around Los Glaciers National Park and visit legendary landmarks like Perito Moreno Glacier and Mt. Fitz Roy. Then you'll hope the border into Chile where you'll hit the hiking trails and conquer one of the most beautiful national parks in the world, Torres del Paine. 

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Map of Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 9 Days
Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 9 Days

When people think of Patagonia they think of ancient glaciers, alpine forests, snow-capped granite peaks, and vast expanses of unspoiled nature. You'll experience all of it over nine days in both Argentina and Chile that will take you from Buenos Aires to Chile's premier national park, Torres del Paine. Along the way, you'll enjoy some of the most memorable nature hikes and excursions the world has to offer.

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Map of Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 12 Days
Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 12 Days

In the southern cone of South America lies Patagonia, an unspoiled region home to some of the best hiking and most beautiful national parks in the world. On this 12-day adventure, you'll see these highlights, starting with Los Glaciers National Park and Mt. Fitz Roy, in Argentina. Then you'll cross into Chile for tours of its premier Patagonian national park, Torres del Paine.

View of Mt. Fitz Roy
Map of Trekking in El Calafate & El Chalten - 8 Days
Trekking in El Calafate & El Chalten - 8 Days

This adventure-packed 8-day itinerary takes you to the heart of Argentine Patagonia: Los Glaciares National Park. Take a day to experience the vibrant metropolis of Buenos Aires, then fly south to El Calafate and the famous Perito Moreno glacier. Then, take in the breath-taking scenery around nearby El Chaltén with several hiking excursions around the vertiginous Mt. Fitz Roy.

The Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park
Map of Best of Argentine Patagonia - 15 Days
Best of Argentine Patagonia - 15 Days

Come discover the cultural, culinary and natural wonders of Argentina over 15 action-packed days. After touching down in Buenos Aires and enjoying a live tango show, you'll fly south to El Calafate and not only visit the massive Perito Moreno Glacier, but hike across it on a glacier trek. Then you'll conquer the most famous hiking routes around El Chalten before venturing further south to Tierra del Fuego for a cruise up the legendary Beagle Channel and visits to penguin colonies.

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Map of Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 10 Days
Los Glaciares & Torres del Paine - 10 Days

This 10-day adventure in Argentina allows you to enjoy city life in Buenos Aires while also visiting one of the most beautiful regions in the world, Patagonia. In Buenos Aires, you'll discover the city on a walking tour before jetting to Patagonia and hiking near the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy. Besides visiting awe-inspiring glaciers, you'll also go hiking in Torres del Paine, the crown jewel of national parks in Chilean Patagonia.

A hiker enjoying the views in Patagonia
Map of Discover Argentine Patagonia: El Calafate, El Chaltén, Bariloche - 15 Days
Discover Argentine Patagonia: El Calafate, El Chaltén, Bariloche - 15 Days

Perfect for hikers and excursionists, this 15-day itinerary highlights Argentine Patagonia. After touring Buenos Aires, you'll head south to El Calafate, home to Los Glaciers National Park and its star attraction Perito Moreno. Next, you'll travel to El Chaltén for day hikes around the granite peaks of Mount Fitz Roy before finishing the adventure with more hiking, plus kayak trips around the Lake District town of Bariloche.

A highway in Patagonia
Map of Best of Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, & Ushuaia - 16 Days
Best of Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, & Ushuaia - 16 Days

This 16-day itinerary is perfect for active travelers looking to experience the natural wonders of Patagonia. After three days in Buenos Aires, you'll transfer to El Calafate to hike glaciers before heading to El Chaltén for more extensive guided treks in the mountains. For the final leg, you'll transfer to Ushuaia for more hiking, canoeing, and a cruise to an island filled with penguins.

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Map of Los Glaciares & Fitz Roy - 6 Days
Los Glaciares & Fitz Roy - 6 Days

In less than a week you can enjoy two of the highlights of Argentine Patagonia plus have a bit of fun in Buenos Aires, too. After a night in the capital, you'll fly south to El Calafate and not just see the Perito Moreno Glacier but you'll hike across its surface. To cap the trip you'll hike around the famous Mt. Fitz Roy and up to glacial lakes for incredible views. 

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Map of Patagonia Adventure: Los Glaciares National Park & Fitz Roy - 9 Days
Patagonia Adventure: Los Glaciares National Park & Fitz Roy - 9 Days

Take a break from the daily grind and escape to a place where there isn't an office in sight: Patagonia. You'll visit the highlights of this unspoiled wilderness in Argentina, including the glaciers around El Calafate and the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy, where you'll embark on nature hikes. Beyond that, you'll get to have some city fun in Buenos Aires plus travel up the Río de la Plata to a beautiful river town.

The Perito Moreno glacier
Map of Classic Argentina: El Calafate, El Chalten, & Iguazú - 11 Days
Classic Argentina: El Calafate, El Chalten, & Iguazú - 11 Days

See the highlights of Argentina with this complete 11-day itinerary that will give you a chance to explore the country's natural wonders at a relaxed pace. From tango in Buenos Aires to hiking in the Los Glaciares National Park to gazing down the Devil's Throat at Iguazú Falls, you'll experience the most quintessential attractions the country has to offer. 

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Map of Los Glaciares & Fitz Roy - 10 Days
Los Glaciares & Fitz Roy - 10 Days

Eschew the uneventful resorts for an 11-day adventure in Patagonia that will be the vacation you never forget. It begins in Argentina with city tours and a day trip to a river town. Then you'll fly to Patagonia and not only tour the most impressive glacier in the region—Perito Moreno—but go on hikes around the most famous mountain in the area: Fitz Roy.

See glaciers up-close on a Patagonia tour
Map of Best of Argentine Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Tierra del Fuego - 11 Days
Best of Argentine Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Tierra del Fuego - 11 Days

Perfect for adventure travelers and outdoor lovers, this 11-day tour through Argentine Patagonia is designed for you. After 24 hours in Buenos Aires, you'll fly to Los Glaciers National Park where you'll visit Perito Moreno Glacier and traverse the glacier on a guided hike. After, you'll travel to Tierra del Fuego to enjoy nature hikes, a canoeing trip and a boat tour up the Beagle Channel.

Torres del Paine
Map of Patagonia Trekking Adventure: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine, & More - 13 Days
Patagonia Trekking Adventure: Los Glaciares, Torres del Paine, & More - 13 Days

This 13-day Patagonian trek is designed for adventurers and includes the best outdoor viewpoints in two countries. Explore the peaks, valleys, and glaciers of Torres del Paine, and then cross the border from Chile into Argentina to discover more of the stunning panoramas through hikes, boat tours, and more in El Calafate and El Chaltén. You’ll also have time in two capital cities—embark on a sightseeing tour in Santiago and wind down the trip on your own in Buenos Aires.

Take in vistas of glaciers in Argentine Patagonia
Map of Discovering Argentine Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Bariloche - 12 Days
Discovering Argentine Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Bariloche - 12 Days

Perfect for active travelers, this 12-day itinerary highlights both Argentine Patagonia and Argentina's Lake District. You'll begin in El Calafate, the heart of Patagonia, to explore the region's impressive landscapes, including the towering Perito Moreno glacier. Then, you'll travel to El Chaltén to enjoy day hikes and stunning vistas featuring the iconic Mount Fitz Roy. Top it all off in the beautiful Lake District with a visit to Bariloche, where you'll be treated to tasty hot chocolate as well as hiking and kayaking adventures.

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Map of Los Glaciares & Fitz Roy - 12 Days
Los Glaciares & Fitz Roy - 12 Days

If you want to experience the heart of Argentine Patagonia, come to Los Glaciers National Park. It's not only home to dozens of glaciers but the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy, too. This eight-day itinerary begins with your arrival in Buenos Aires before jetting off to Los Glaciers for trekking around Fitz Roy and even a hike across the surface of the region's most famous glacier: Perito Moreno.

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Map of Los Glaciares & Fitz Roy - 11 Days
Los Glaciares & Fitz Roy - 11 Days

Patagonia is famous for its many glaciers. On this 11-day adventure, you'll not only get to see them up close but you'll actually be able to walk across them on a glacier hike. Beyond that, you'll hike up to glacial lakes around the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy plus enjoy some city fun in Argentina's sleepless capital of Buenos Aires.

Enjoy vistas of glaciers in Argentine Patagonia
Map of Discover Argentine Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Bariloche - 16 Days
Discover Argentine Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Bariloche - 16 Days

Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, this active itinerary will take you to the highlights of Argentine Patagonia. After a walking tour and a tango show in Buenos Aires, you'll head to El Calafate where you'll traverse the towering Perito Moreno glacier with a guide.  Next, you'll travel further south in Patagonia to El Chaltén for long hikes near the iconic Mount Fitz Roy. Then, you'll visit the charming city of Bariloche for a kayak tour on Lake Macardi.

Beautiful vistas of glaciers in Argentine Patagonia
Map of Discover Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, & Bariloche  - 13 Days
Discover Patagonia: Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, & Bariloche - 13 Days

Perfect for travelers and active hikers who love the outdoors, this trip puts nature center stage. Start off in the charming city of Buenos Aires before heading to El Calafate, the heart of Patagonia, to explore the region's impressive landscapes, including the towering Perito Moreno glacier. Then, you'll travel to El Chaltén to enjoy hikes around Mount Fitz Roy before ending with a visit to Bariloche in the beautiful Lake District, where you'll have plenty more hiking opportunities and a kayaking adventure.

Perito Moreno glacier in Argentina
Discover Argentine Patagonia - 10 Days

Discover the highlights of Argentine Patagonia on this exciting 10-day trip that features hiking on a glacier, boating through an ice field, kayaking on a pristine lake, and so much more! You'll start with a quick stay in Buenos Aires, watching tango dancers perform in the street and experiencing traditional café culture. Then catch a flight south to El Calafate, the jumping-off point for exploring Los Glaciares National Park. You'll trek on the surface of Perito Moreno glacier — an unforgettable experience — before enjoying the scenic drive to El Chaltén, a hot spot for hikers, rock climbers, and outdoor enthusiasts. Finish with a few days in Argentina's Lake District, tasting artisanal chocolates in charming Bariloche and kayaking through the crystalline waters of Lago Nahuel Huapi.

A whale breaching near Puerto Madryn
Map of Wildlife & Nature in Argentine Patagonia - 15 Days
Wildlife & Nature in Argentine Patagonia - 15 Days

This 15-day tour in Argentine Patagonia hits the highlights between Puerto Madryn in the north to Ushuaia in the south 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 hikes). There's also whale watching, snorkeling with sea lions, and a visit to South America's largest Magellanic Penguin colony.

The Lakes District near Bariloche
Map of Buenos Aires and Patagonia: Ushuaia, El Calafate & El Chaltén - 11 Days
Buenos Aires and Patagonia: Ushuaia, El Calafate & El Chaltén - 11 Days

This amazing 11-day trip will give you a chance to see some of the most spectacular scenery that Argentine Patagonia has to offer. After exploring Buenos Aires, you'll head to Ushuaia—famed for being "the Southernmost City in the World," where you'll get the chance to see penguins up close and go canoeing in Tierra del Fuego. Then head to El Calafate, the jumping-off point for Los Glaciares National Park to see the Perito Moreno glacier. Finish off your adventure with a day of hiking in El Chaltén at the foot of the spectacular Mt. Fitz Roy. 

Hike to the mountains and lakes of Los Glaciares National Park
Extreme Patagonia: Glaciers, Mountains & Fjords - 16 Days

If you love adventure, nature, and active excursions, this 16-day itinerary is one for the bucket list. Journey to Argentina’s spectacular far south, where the remote destinations and gorgeous landscapes of Patagonia are waiting to be discovered. Trek the Perito Moreno Glacier, hike to azure lakes and rugged peaks in El Chaltén, and bike through winding river valleys. From Ushuaia, you’ll sail the Beagle Channel, canoe through the sub-antarctic forests of Tierra del Fuego, and hop over to Chile for a breathtaking cruise through icy fjords.

Join an unforgettable ice trek across the Perito Moreno Glacier
Argentina Adventure: Buenos Aires & Patagonia - 16 Days

Trek, kayak, and canoe your way through Patagonia's most spectacular scenery on this active 16-day adventure. Starting in Buenos Aires, you'll explore the capital by bike before heading south to the breathtaking Alpine landscapes of the Lakes District. Hop over to El Calafate to trek across ice fields and glaciers, then continue to the hiker's paradise of El Chaltén to discover a land of rugged peaks and pristine mountain lakes. After finding the "end of the world" on Tierra del Fuego's southern coast, return to Buenos Aires for a farewell evening of tango and local cuisine.

Mount Fitz Roy
Map of Patagonian Adventures in Argentina: Bariloche, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Ushuaia, & More - 17 Days
Patagonian Adventures in Argentina: Bariloche, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Ushuaia, & More - 17 Days

This 17-day trip through Patagonian Argentina provides a scenic, action-packed adventure. Begin in Buenos Aires for some sightseeing, before flying to Bariloche to do some trekking, rafting, and boating in the Lake District. Then, head to El Calafate to tour—and walk on—the incredible glaciers, and visit a local estancia. Next is El Chaltén, home of Mount Fitz Roy, where you can do some epic trekking to stunning lakes, followed by a visit to Ushuaia for more boating and trekking, along with an off-roading adventure and a trip to visit native penguins. The grand finale is dinner and tango back in the capital city.

The Lakes District near Bariloche
Map of Buenos Aires and Patagonia: Ushuaia, El Calafate, & El Chaltén - 13 Days
Buenos Aires and Patagonia: Ushuaia, El Calafate, & El Chaltén - 13 Days

This amazing 13-day trip includes some of the most spectacular scenery that Argentine Patagonia has to offer. After exploring Buenos Aires, you'll head to Ushuaia, famed for being "the city at the end of the world." Then you'll head to El Calafate—the jumping-off point for Los Glaciares National Park—where you'll get up close to Perito Moreno. End the adventure in El Chaltén, the Patagonia hiking capital.

Tierra del Fuego National Park
Argentina for Adventurers: Tierra del Fuego, Beagle Channel, Iguazú Falls - 12 Days

Perfect for adventurers hoping to explore Patagonia, one of the last unspoiled regions of the world. You'll discover its splendor over 12 days, beginning in El Calafate with tours of the El Perito Glacier and hikes around the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy. You'll travel further south and visit penguin colonies in Tierra del Fuego and cruise the famous Beagle Channel before heading north to visit an altogether different—yet no less impressive—natural wonder: Iguazú Falls.

The Perito Moreno glacier
Map of Buenos Aires and Southern Patagonia - 12 days
Buenos Aires and Southern Patagonia - 12 days

This amazing 12-day trip gives you a chance to see so much of what Argentina has to offer: from the cultural richness of Buenos Aires to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country, with stops in El Calafate, El Chaltén, and Ushuaia. Sway to the dramatic tempos of tango, sail through the Beagle Channel, gaze out on the icy vastness of the Southern Patagonia Ice Field and hike around the spectacular Mt. Fitz Roy on this spectacular itinerary. 

Patagonia's Tierra del Fuego National Park
Map of Patagonia Adventure: Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, El Calafate, El Chaltén - 12 Days
Patagonia Adventure: Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, El Calafate, El Chaltén - 12 Days

This twelve-day Patagonian adventure combines a wide range of fun outdoor activities like snorkeling with sea lions, canoeing in Tierra del Fuego National Park, and trekking on top of a glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. Start your trip off with a day in Argentina's capital, then head south to Puerto Madryn and its diverse marine eco-system. After that, it's time for a stop in Ushuaia, the "Southernmost City in the World," before a visit to Los Glaciares National Park for hiking through stunning, glacier-filled scenery. 

Torres del Paine National Park
Adventure in Patagonia - 18 Days

There's a primal beauty to South America's Patagonia region that you'll discover over 18 adventure-filled days. You'll visit all the highlights including the massive glaciers of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field plus the mountains around El Chaltén. Even better, you'll head to Torres del Paine to embark on the famous W circuit trek before venturing to the far south of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego for even more nature excursions.

Sea Lion Colony in Peninsula Valdés
Map of Patagonia Adventure: Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, El Calafate, & El Chaltén - 13 Days
Patagonia Adventure: Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, El Calafate, & El Chaltén - 13 Days

This thirteen-day adventure is perfect for nature-lovers who want to experience more of Patagonia's amazing landscapes and diverse eco-systems. Start with an eco-friendly tour of Buenos Aires on a bamboo bicycle, then head to the Atlantic coast to see whales, sea lions, and more in Peninsula Valdés. Then, go say hello to Magellanic penguins in Ushuaia, and spend a day trekking through Tierra del Fuego National Park. Finally, head to El Calafate for the chance to walk on top of Perito Moreno glacier, and spend a final day in "hiker's paradise" before flying home.

Patagonia's Mt. Fitz Roy at sunrise
Map of Argentina for Adventurers – 14 days
Argentina for Adventurers – 14 days

Travel from Buenos Aires to Iguazú Falls with this itinerary filled with Argentina's natural wonders. Start in the cosmopolitan capital with dinner and dancing before traveling south to Patagonia. You'll explore glaciers, hike with views of Mt. Fitz Roy, and finish in the far north—at the Brazilian border—to explore hundreds of waterfalls for a real taste of adventure.

The Perito Moreno Glacier
Map of Active Argentina Adventure: El Calafate, El Chaltén,  Ushuaia, Iguazú Falls - 15 Days
Active Argentina Adventure: El Calafate, El Chaltén, Ushuaia, Iguazú Falls - 15 Days

On this 15-day excursion into Argentina's Patagonia region, you'll see ancient glaciers, vast lakes, and mountains. The adventure kicks off with hikes and boat rides in two highlights of the region—the Perito Moreno Glacier and El Chalten and its adjacent Mt. Fitz Roy. You'll continue south to Tierra del Fuego for a cruise along the Beagle Channel followed by a jaunt to the far north to see the massive cascades at Iguazú Falls.

View of Mt. Fitz Roy
Map of Argentina for Adventurers: El Calafate, El Chaltén, Ushuaia, Iguazú Falls  - 16 Days
Argentina for Adventurers: El Calafate, El Chaltén, Ushuaia, Iguazú Falls - 16 Days

This exciting itinerary highlights some of Argentina's most impressive natural wonders. After kicking things off in Buenos Aires, you'll venture to Patagonia to explore massive glaciers, hike near the iconic Mt. Fitz Roy, and partake in a range of outdoor activities in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. Finish in the far north, at the Brazilian border, where you'll explore the largest network of waterfalls in the Americas, Iguazú Falls.

Glacial lake in El Calafate
Map of Best of Argentina: Ushuaia, El Calafate & Iguazú Falls - 12 Days
Best of Argentina: Ushuaia, El Calafate & Iguazú Falls - 12 Days

Experience the sophistication of Buenos Aires, the mesmerizing force of the Iguazu Falls and the spectacular glaciers of El Calafate in a single trip. This 12-day itinerary travels to Argentina's historic capital and then across Patagonia, seamlessly blending urban bustle, outdoor adventure, and small-town charm.

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