The magnificent silence and vast expanses of this gorgeous landscape make it easy to imagine a 23-year-old Charles Darwin rowing his boat up this very same river and uncovering the turquoise water of Lago Argentina, then unknown and unnamed. Nestled in the foothills overlooking the Anita Valley with the Torres del Paine in constant view, spend your days rapt and beholden by the majesty of the local glaciers, including the legendary Perito Moreno. Hike, boat, and zip line in and around the land, and take advantage of your privileged access to UNESCO world heritage site, Los Glaciares National Park, exploring both on foot and by horse. Let the remote and perhaps unimaginable reality of the Patagonian steppe come alive this week as you experience, firsthand, the grand adventures sought by explorers for centuries gone by.Trip designed by Travel Expert Amanda Gary
Upon arriving in Calafate, you’ll be welcomed at the airport by your local host. Your driver will shuttle you to your hotel, stopping along the way so you can dip your toes in the simulated glacier at the Glaciarium—the who’s who of ice information!
Adventure always seems to be calling in Patagonia—take full advantage of it today as you head up Cerro Frias in 4x4s, strap in and cruise down the longest zip line in South America! Afterwards, spend the day exploring all 240 glacial feet of the unforgettable Perito Moreno.
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 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.
Spend the day on an easy rafting route, stopping at the legendary La Leona, so named for the puma that chased Darwin along the river (fear not, the river has been vetted for pumas by your local guide). Relax before dinner as you take in the stunning view of Fitz Roy—this legendary peak just across the lake in El Chalten is considered one of the most challenging climbs in the world.
Today, you’ll explore the national park the way the locals do—on horseback. Spend the day getting to know your trusty steeds as they gently ferry you from the lodge towards stunning views of the Milodón glacier on your way to the Condor Lookout point. For those who choose to remain on foot, spend the day getting to know the inner workings of a true Patagonian ranch.
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 and rest your feet by the wood-burning 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 make your way back to Calafate having fully experienced the majesty of Southern Patagonia.Show All Days VIEW MAP CLOSE
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