Welcome to the end of the world. Unparalleled expanses, dramatic isolation and striking color puts Southern Patagonia on a plane all its own. Lake Argentino will be the jewel bearing of your week’s journey; this turquoise giant is the largest freshwater lake in all of Argentina! Surrounded on all sides by beauty, your first three days will be spent nestled into the heart of the valley with a stunning view of the Chilean Torres del Paine, and a stone’s throw (which in Patagonia is about 70 km) from the most renowned glacier in the world, the Perito Moreno. Navigate through lakes, wind your way through the icebergs of the Upsala glacier, and surrender yourself to the remoteness of the region at the Estancia Cristina. Leave civilization behind at Lake Viedma, where you’ll find yourself as the gatekeeper of Los Glaciares National Park, with a view all your own of the majestic Fitz Roy, named after the captain of Charles Darwin’s vessel on his epic explorations of this imposing and untamed territory in the 1830s. Enjoy your adventure!Trip designed by Travel Expert Amanda Gary
Upon arrival in Calafate, you’ll quickly get the sense of just how different life is down here. After settling in at the Eolo, head out for a stroll through the Anita Valley to a lagoon perfectly positioned for a view of the Chilean Andes before a cocktail and dinner.
Head out early to take in views of the imposing and unforgettable Perito Moreno glacier in the morning light. After lunch in a quaint restaurant, we’ll make our way back to the Eolo by way of a working estancia. Here, we’ll get a taste of the no-frills labour that still goes on as a way of life in Patagonia.
Get ready for a full day of exploring the lesser known glaciers just south of Lago Argentino, both by water and over land. Thanks to years and years of slowly shifting ice, your hiking efforts will be rewarded with jaw-dropping panoramic glacier views, with one actually spilling down from the Chilean ice field.
Make your way through the bobbing icebergs that pepper the lake aboard a catamaran as you approach the Upsala and head on towards the estancia. After lunch, you'll explore the intense remoteness and wild expanses that surround your lodge in every direction. Should you wish, you could also choose to spend the afternoon taking the reins with El Gaucho, the horseback guide!
Taking advantage of the superb setting, you’ll set out this morning in 4x4s to conquer the surrounding mountain trails and find your way to the Lake Guillermo lookout. Dinner will be in town tonight, where you’ll get a taste of proper taste of Calafate.
You'll head north this morning on a scenic journey towards your new home, nestled at the foot of UNESCO-credited Glaciers National Park. After lunch, you’ll have for a lakeside stroll, taking in the stunning view of Fitz Roy—this legendary peak is just across the lake in El Chalten, and is considered one of the most challenging climbs in the world.
After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll set off on horseback, traversing up the hill just behind your lodge. Passing into a small forest, your horses will rest here while you continue on foot to the Blue Lagoon—a site that no photo could ever do justice. After a picnic lunch, meander your way back to the lodge for a cold beer by the fire before dinner.
This morning, be sure to nibble a Calafate berry before bidding farewell to this gorgeous landscape—local legend has it that a taste of one of these mystical fruits will ensure your return to Patagonia someday! After taking in some final views, you'll board your flight to Buenos Aires having fully experienced the majesty of Southern Patagonia.Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE
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