Highlights of Patagonia Argentina

Highlights of Patagonia Argentina

HIGHLIGHTS

Buenos Aires - Perito Moreno Glacier - Chaltén - Ushuaia

from 3400 USD
HIGHLIGHTS

Buenos Aires - Perito Moreno Glacier - Chaltén - Ushuaia

days 12
  • Visit Buenos Aires with a specialized local guide, enjoy an authentic tango show, and learn about our local cuisine.
  • Take a boat trip up to the icy wall of Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • See the awe-inspiring peak of Mount Fitz Roy in El Chaltén.
  • Go paddling through Tierra del Fuego National Park in Ushuaia. 
  • Best time to travel: From October to April
  Enjoy unique Patagonia tours in this 12-day travel itinerary to Patagonia Argentina. Discover the traditional manners in Buenos Aires, visit El Calafate, home of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, and then continue traveling to El Chaltén and Ushuaia. This Patagonia vacation was curated by experts to show you the best of Patagonia Argentina in just 12 days!

Itinerary
Day 1

Your Travel Itinerary Through the Best of Argentine Patagonia - Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - City tour - obelisco

 

  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel – Day at leisure

Upon arrival, we will drive you to the city and you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy Buenos Aires at your own pace. Buenos Aires is a marvelous, energetic, cosmopolitan city, full of color and different styles of architecture. 

The capital of Argentina, and described as the Paris of South America, Buenos Aires proudly embraces its title and shows off plenty of its own culture! Argentinians are usually eager to host visitors; if you walk the streets with a map, someone will surely stop and ask if you need directions…that’s our spirit! 

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • Our recommendations for your first day in Buenos Aires

Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, che! (“che” means “guy” in Argentina). For this first day, feel free to wander the cobblestone streets lined with outdoor cafes, enjoy the mouthwatering aroma of world-famous Argentine beef sizzling on an open parrilla (barbeque), and browse the local antique and artisan markets that offer plenty of bargain shopping.

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Buenos Aires - City tour - obelisco
Day 2

Buenos Aires, City Tour & Tango Show

Tango in Buenos Aires

 

  • Half-day city tour through Buenos Aires

In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel to enjoy our 5-hour Buenos Aires city tour—you will be swept away by the highlights of our beloved Buenos Aires! Over the course of a half-day, you will have the chance to visit the historical and political center of the city; Plaza de Mayo, and the Pink House (the presidential house).

Next, we’ll move on to San Telmo, with its cobblestone streets and the oldest residential neighborhood, and then to La Boca where Buenos Aires turns colorful and tango is ever-present. Walk Caminito Street and dance with the locals. The next stop is the chic and aristocratic Recoleta, where the big palaces remind us why Buenos Aires is called the “Paris of the South”.

 

  • Dinner and tango show 

In the evening we’ll pick you up from your hotel to take you to a mystical place where you’ll discover one of our most ancient traditions. Tango is more than our national dance… tango is our immigrant origins, our local artists’ talent, Argentine women’s sensuality, and our way of dealing with a broken heart; dancing our way through tragic, yet eternal, love stories.

Tonight you will enjoy a 3-hour professional display of tango and music with a group of local artists onstage immersed in an elegant and alluring place. The manners, ambiance, clothes, and dance steps that tango lovers used to practice 100 years ago will come to life again and you will travel back in time for a night.

This spectacular tango show in Buenos Aires will be accompanied by delicious Argentine and international cuisine. Dinner is all-inclusive, beverages included so you can lose yourself in the ethereal taste of Malbec wine. At the end of the evening, around midnight, you will be driven back to your hotel, entirely in love with the bohemian spirit of our incredible city.

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • What you have to know about tango culture in Buenos Aires

Tango is, all in all, a cultural experience that’s deeply rooted in Argentine hearts. Where do regular people go to dance tango? There are an immense number of dance halls or milongas in Buenos Aires. Some of our favorites are La Viruta -beginner-friendly- and Salon Canning -with more advanced clientele- in the Palermo neighborhood. Tango has evolved a big deal in the past years, and now there are also LGBT milongas that encourage a most inclusive practice. 

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Tango in Buenos Aires
Day 3

Go Hiking in Argentinian Patagonia - Travel to El Chaltén 

El Chalten mountain with hiking trails

 

  • Transfer from your hotel to Buenos Aires airport

Time to travel to legendary Patagonia! We’ll pick you up from your hotel and drive you to the airport to take your flight to El Calafate. 

 

  • Transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén – Day at leisure

Upon arrival at El Calafate airport, we will start our 4-hour trip to El Chaltén. Let the Argentine Patagonia hiking adventure begin!

You’ll travel along the famous Route 40, surrounded by the Patagonian steppe, and pass through La Leona River, which connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma, and where you’ll get to see La Leona Roadhouse, where the famous thieves Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid for a while. After discovering some other gems along your journey, you’ll reach El Chaltén and we’ll drop you off at your hotel.

El Chaltén is the top-rated hiking destination in Argentina. This charming little village sits at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy and it’s surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers, and forests. It’s also the jumping-off point for most hiking trails in the area. A paradise for sunny walkers and trekkers alike.

Enjoy your first afternoon of leisure in Patagonia by relaxing in the local brewery or strolling around a little waterfall…

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • Our recommended hike for your first day in El Chaltén:

There is a quick hike you can enjoy to warm up and discover El Chorrillo del Salto, just 1 hour away from the village. Reach its little waterfall encircled by native trees and flora, like the Patagonian Orchid.

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El Chalten mountain with hiking trails
Day 4

Patagonia Tours: Self-Guided Hikes - El Chaltén

Say Hueque hikers at Laguna Torre

 

  • Recommended hike- Cerro Torre

Today, we have a recommendation for true hiking lovers: trek all the way to Cerro Torre and Laguna Torre, one of the most famous hiking trails in the area. Step into the wild for about 8 hours and 12 miles. This is a moderate-difficulty hike, but there is no steep climbing involved, so no previous experience is required!

The journey starts at a notable wooden sign that reads ‘Laguna Torre’ and features a  woodpecker; you probably already saw the sign if you visited the Cerro Torre Viewpoint the previous day. From there, you will continue through a stunning, multi-colored landscape; snow-capped mountains will rein over the native forest of lenga and ñire trees. You’ll pass by the De Agostini campsite and continue to the front moraine…you can hit the summit in 15 minutes! From here you can descend to the lagoon and watch the floating icebergs, or continue to the Mascardi viewpoint, 1 mile up the hill.

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Say Hueque hikers at Laguna Torre
Day 5

Patagonia Argentina Hikes - Self-Guided Trails

hikers in el chalten

 

  • Recommended hike: Laguna de los Tres and base of Mt. Fitz Roy

If you liked the Laguna Torre hiking trail, you’ll love our next hiking favorite: Laguna de los Tres and the base of Mount Fitz Roy. Go for a medium-difficulty, 9-hour hike to the most impressive views of Rio de Las Vueltas Valley. You’ll cross Del Salto Stream, with its icy waters cradled by orange-tinted rocks that frame the breathtaking views of Mount Fitz Roy.

And here’s a little secret: You can also reach Laguna Sucia from Laguna de los Tres… It’s only a 5- minute walk away. Though this hike increases in intensity during the last bit, it’s totally worth it. This is one of the best day hikes in the world!  

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • A little secret to enjoying this hike

Seize the day, wake up early, and watch the sunrise at Laguna de los Tres (see Fitz Roy’s peaks turning red) — this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You can depart from the town of El Chaltén during the night or stay one night at Poincenot campsite, just 1 hour away from Laguna de los Tres.

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hikers in el chalten
Day 6

Travel Back to El Calafate 

Hiking near Perito Moreno Glacier

 

  • Transfer from El Chaltén to your hotel in El Calafate – Day at leisure

Time to continue with your Argentine Patagonia travel itinerary and get ready to board your bus back to El Calafate in the afternoon. The 3-hour drive back will be a good opportunity to relax while enjoying the passing landscapes out your window.

Once you arrive in El Calafate, the bus will drop you off at your hotel. Now is your chance to try some tender Patagonian Lamb, or maybe a heavenly Calafate ice cream. In Calafate, food options are varied and plentiful; from veggie delicacies to the best demonstration of national steaks, there really is something for everyone. You can choose a fancy restaurant for dinner, or a more traditional local tavern to spend an unforgettable night.

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Hiking near Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 7

Patagonia Tours: Perito Moreno Glacier - El Calafate

Beautiful view at Perito Moreno Glacier

 

  • Full-day Safari Azul to Perito Moreno Glacier

We’ll pick you up at your hotel and start our trip to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares where Perito Moreno Glacier awaits! At Bajo de las Sombras port, embark on a 20-minute sail crossing Lago Rico. Enjoy a 30-minute walk to approach the amazing spectacles of the Southern icy walls.

Continue walking through a greenwood and lakeshore and admire the Perito Moreno Glacier. Hop on the boat again and sail closer to the glacier. Get the most amazing views from the water.

Finally, the boat will leave you on the walkways, the lookout trail to traditionally observe the glacier and all its unpredictable movements. At the end of the day, we’ll drive you back to your hotel in El Calafate.

 

 

Say Hueque tips

  • Walk over the Big Ice

Have you ever imagined walking across the surface of a glacier? Well, this is your chance! The Mini Trekking tour will allow you to trek on Perito Moreno Glacier… This is one of our favorite Patagonia outings; we’re sure you won’t regret it.  This is an optional excursion you can add to this day.

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Beautiful view at Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 8

Optional Patagonia Tours - El Calafate

Horseback riding in Calafate

 

  • Optional tours in El Calafate – 4WD and Biking

“Adventure” in El Calafate has different kinds of colors and shapes. For your free day, our suggestion is to get those wheels in motion and keep on exploring. Ten minutes outside of town stands a 3000-foot hill from where you can get stunning views of Lake Argentino, Mount Fitz Roy, and Mount Torre.

Take a day tour and ride in a 4×4 right to the top, where you will spot the Perito Moreno Glacier emerging little by little from La Cordillera de los Andes (The Andes Range).

It’s also a perfect place to find archeological treasures (like millenary shark teeth or petrified oysters) from different geological periods of Earth 

For the second part of the tour, you’ll get on your mountain bike to ride back down to El Calafate. On the way, you’ll stop to grab a bite, take pictures, spot wild guanacos, and challenge your riding abilities by climbing or crossing marshes and little lagoons until you reach civilization again. Nature, history, and adventure, all in one tour!

If you would like to add any Patagonia tours to this day, just let your travel advisor know.

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Horseback riding in Calafate
Day 9

Continue Your Travel Itinerary to Argentinian Patagonia - Ushuaia 

View of the Ushuaia Lighthouse from a boat excursion in Beagle Channel.

 

  • Transfer to El Calafate airport – Transfer from Ushuaia airport to your hotel

Today we’ll drive you to the airport to take your flight to Ushuaia, the popular “End of the World” destination. Upon arrival at the airport in Ushuaia, we will drive you to your selected hotel.

 

  • Half-day Beagle Channel Navigation

In 1833 Charles Darwin sailed the Beagle Channel, today it is your turn! At the appropriate time in the afternoon, you will go on your own to the tourist pier (located in the center of the city). Embark on a 3-hour long boat trip along the famous Beagle Channel. Gain panoramas of Ushuaia Bay, where the city lies proudly crowned by the Martial Glacier. Unearth the diverse marine wildlife, such as cormorants (flying birds, closely related to penguins) and fur seals that frolic their time away on Alicia Island.

Reach the iconic Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, the ancient guard of the bay. On our way back, we will stop at Bridges Island to walk a wildlife interpretative path, hear about Yaman’s history (the native inhabitants), and see the largest shelly deposits of the region. During the excursion, you can enjoy a delicious hot chocolate with cookies or try the Mate (strong green tea) the favorite Argentine drink. Once we get back to the port, you will make your own way back to your hotel.

Ushuaia is a small town, really easy to get around on foot. The Yamanas, its first inhabitants, called it Ushuaia which means “protected bay” in their language. It was officially incorporated into the Republic of Argentina in 1884, and it soon became a penal colony, in order to establish a permanent Argentine settlement.

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View of the Ushuaia Lighthouse from a boat excursion in Beagle Channel.
Day 10

Trekking & Paddling in the National Park - Ushuaia

Ushuaia - Trekking in the National Park

 

  • Discover Tierra del Fuego National Park wildlands

Today we’ll pick you up from your hotel to start a 10-hour, moderate-difficulty, hiking adventure in Tierra del Fuego National Park, another highlight of Argentine Patagonia. The National Park is just 7.4 miles away from the city and borders the shore of the famous Beagle Channel.

Upon arrival at Ensenada Bay, you will have time to enjoy the view over the Beagle Channel before you start hiking along the coast. Four miles of trail await you, where you’ll discover native flora, wild fauna, and the remains left by the Yamanas, the native inhabitants of the area. After this 3-hour hike, you will reach Lake Roca, where lunch will be served.

After a full homemade picnic, you will start the second part of this adventure. Take your oar and plunge into a 1hr 30 min paddling trip along the Lapataia River (only available for children over 5 years old). Make it all the way to Lapataia Bay, where the Panamerican Highway and National Route 3 end at an awe-inspiring landscape.

After discovering the unique vastness of this stunning setting, we’ll take you back to your hotel to rest and enjoy another Patagonian evening.

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Ushuaia - Trekking in the National Park
Day 11

Trek to Esmeralda Lagoon - Ushuaia

Women trekking to the Esmeralda Lagoon in Ushuaia.

 

  • Full-day Trekking to Emerald Lagoon

Enjoy a 7-hour trip to the Esmeralda Lagoon and explore a secret hideaway of Tierra del Fuego National Park. You’ll be picked up at your hotel in a minivan (up to 18 people) to start this trekking adventure. Take a 1-hour scenic drive through lengas and cohiues, the ancient trees of Fueguian forests, until you reach the welcoming refuge. 

Start your 2hr 30min trek to the Emerald Lagoon. This is a moderately difficult trek (7 miles and 700 feet of uneven terrain) which will lead you across streams and through dense forests. Reach the hidden lagoon, this is an excellent place for spotting foxes, condors, and beavers.

Marvel at the turquoise water while you take a 45-minute break to enjoy a delicious boxed lunch. After lunch, return to the refuge, from where you will be picked up and driven back to Ushuaia.

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Women trekking to the Esmeralda Lagoon in Ushuaia.
Day 12

Last day of your travel itinerary to Argentine Patagonia - Ushuaia - Buenos Aires

buenos-aires

 

  • Transfer to Ushuaia’s airport – Transfer to Buenos Aires International Airport

Get ready to leave Ushuaia and fly to Buenos Aires. We’ll pick you up from your hotel in Ushuaia and drive you to the airport. Upon arrival at the domestic flight airport in Buenos Aires, you’ll have a transfer to the international airport Ezeiza where you’ll take your flight back home, ¡buen viaje! (Good trip!).

If you want to continue traveling, Argentina still has plenty to offer! Check out some more of our travelers’ favorite trips to Argentina and Chile

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buenos-aires
Prices per person
Accomodation INN & B&B
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3400 USD

Accomodation Comfort
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3810 USD

Accomodation Superior
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4330 USD

Accomodation Luxury
pricing
  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2025 (ask for prices at Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price but can be arranged on request.
included
  • 2-night accommodation in Buenos Aires
  • 3-night accommodation in El Chaltén
  • 3-night accommodation in El Calafate
  • 3-night accommodation in Ushuaia
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals according to the itinerary: Dinner (day 2); lunch (day 10), box lunch (day 11).
  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Destination host local support
  • Bilingual local guide (English / Spanish)
not included
  •  International or domestic flights or buses
  •  National Park Entrance fees
  •  Por tax (day 12)
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – Follow this link to get a free quote (only available for U.S. Travelers)
Flights needed for this itinerary

plane-icon Buenos Aires – Calafate – Ushuaia – Buenos Aires

ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FLIGHTS ON THIS TRIP: Local flights cost from $150 per person per segment. We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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