15 day tour
Adventure in Argentina
- Dance the tango in Buenos Aires
- Sail alongside iceberg and glaciers
- Trek thorugh Torres del Paine in Chile
In 15 days you will travel and hike through the heart of Patagonia. Visit the bustling city Buenos Aires, admire the spectacular Perito Moreno glacier, walk through the National Park ‘Los Glaciares’ in Argentina and do the famous ‘W-hike’ in Torres del Paine in Chile. Throughout the entire trip you will be surrounded by amazing landscapes.
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15 day tour of Argentina:
Buenos Aires – El Calafate – Perito Moreno – Estancia Cristina – El Chalten – El Calafate – Puerto Natales– Torres del Paine – Buenos Aires
Day 1 – Arrival in Buenos Aires
Our transfer service will meet you at the airport and accompany you to your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, take the time to explore the streets of Buenos Aires and familiarize yourself with this bustling metropolis. The city’s many bars, clubs and restaurants can surely cater for an entertaining night. Or if you are looking for some culture, take a look at the program of the ‘Teatro Colón’.
Day 2 – Buenos Aires: City Tour and Tango
Take the day to see the highlights of one of South America’s most charming cities. Whether it’s watching dancers perform tango in the streets of the colourful neighbourhood La Boca, admiring the governmental palace La Casa Rosada (“The Pink House”) on Plaza de Mayo, or enjoying the bohemian atmosphere and antique shops of cobblestoned San Telmo—Buenos Aires is sure to enthuse even the most experienced of travellers.
Take a tango class in the evening and learn all about the traditions and rules of the Milonga (the local tango dance saloon) while trying out your newly acquired skills on the dance floor.
Day 3 – Buenos Aires to El Calafate
A transfer service will bring you to the airport, where you can catch your flight to El Calafate. This will be your base to visit the Perito Moreno glacier. After arrival you have the day off to stroll through the city, to make a short horse riding trip along the Argentina lake or to visit the Glacier museum.
Day 4 – El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier
Spend the day exploring the world’s most famous glacier, the Perito Moreno. Today’s excursion takes you right onto the ice: put on your crampons and start your short hike over the glacier. You can enjoy beautiful views of the enormous glacier, while observing some deep blue cracks in the ice. In the afternoon you will stand right in front of the immense ice wall of the Perito Moreno glacier and can see and hear how big blocks of ice break off and crash into the water of the lake below.
Day 5 – El Calafate to Estancia Cristina
In the morning you will be picked up at your hotel and taken to Punta Banderas port, where your boat leaves at 08:15 to Estancia Cristina. Sail the famous lake Argentina among stunning scenery of icebergs and glaciers, arriving at Estancia Cristina in the early afternoon. Spend the rest of the afternoon relaxing and getting to know your surroundings. You will have plenty of time to visit the Museo Costumbrista (Museum of Traditional Habits), and other attractions in the area. If you enjoy long walks, you can take the two and half hour hike to Cascada de los Perros, a waterfall that’s sure to surprise you with its beauty.
Day 6 – Estancia Cristina to El Chalten
This morning you will take the bus from El Calafate to El Chalten; a ride that takes about 3 to 4 hours. During the trip you can enjoy some great views of the Andes.
After arrival you can get into the national park Los Glaciares to make your first trek. The park has many hiking trails, offering something for everyone.
Day 7 – El Chalten: Los Glaciares
Take the day to complete the famous hike to the Laguna de los Tres.
The trek starts through beautiful lenga forests, inhabited with countless varieties of birds. Climb 400m to get to the Laguna de los Tres, and enjoy the majestic views of Mount Fitz Roy, the glacier de los Tres and its lagoon from the highest point of the trek. From here you circle Laguna de los Tres and head towards the viewpoint of the Laguna Sucia and its glacier.
Day 8 – Los Glaciares to El Calafate
Spend the day enjoying another hike through Los Glaciares, or relax before catching a bus in the late afternoon to El Calafate.
Day 9 – El Calafate to Puerto Natales
Take the bus to Puerto Natales, your base for visiting Torres del Paine in Chile. Upon arrival to Puerto Natales, spend time getting ready for the famous W-hike tomorrow. During four hiking days you will visit all the park’s highlights; like the bicoloured rock formation “Cuernos”, the granite needles “Torres del Paine” and the huge Grey glacier. These three main treks together form the shape of a “W”, giving name to the circuit. You will walk between five and nine hours each day, and spend nights in dormitories of comfortable mountain cabins called ‘refugios’.
Day 10 – Torres del Paine: Grey glacier trek (20 km, approx. 8 hours)
Today marks the start of your hiking adventure through Torres del Paine. Take the bus to the entrance of the national park and cross Pehoe Lake by catamaran. The first hike in the direction of the Grey glacier lookout is on the program. With some ups and downs you reach the first lookout after about two hours hiking, then its another two to see the glacier from up close. From here hike back to Lodge Paine Grande, where you will spend the night.
Day 11 – Torres Del Paine: French Valley trek (26 km, approx. 9 hours)
During today’s hike from Lodge Paine Grande to Refugio Los Cuernos you will make a detour into the French Valley. This rough and narrow valley is dominated on one side by the east wall of the Paine Grande Mountain, and on the other side by the Cuernos. On the way up the valley, every now and then you can hear ice breaking off of the French glacier. With some luck you can even see one of these impressing ice avalanches!
Day 12 – Torres Del Paine – Refugio El Chileno trek (12 km, approx. 5 hours)
Today you will hike along the deep blue Nordenskjöld lake with the Cuernos on your side up to Refugio El Chileno. If the weather is nice, from the refugio you can catch a glimpse of the granite towers you will visit tomorrow.
Day 13 – Torres Del Paine – Hike To Granite Towers (14 km, approx. 6 hours) – to Puerto Natales
You could already spot the granite towers from afar, but today you will get to see these giants up close. After an uphill walk of about two hours you reach a small glacier lake from where the towers are within our grasp. The trek ends by walking the same way back and taking the bus to Puerto Natales where you will spend the night.
Day 14 – Puerto Natales via El Calafate naar Buenos Aires
The time has come to travel back north to Buenos Aires. A transfer service will bring you to the bus terminal in Puerto Natales, from where you will travel to the airport of El Calafate. You will be arriving in Buenos Aires in the early afternoon, with time left to enjoy one final evening in this bustling city.
Day 15 – Departure from Buenos Aires/ Return home
All good things come to an end, and so today marks the end of your hiking journey through Patagonia. Depending on the time of departure, spend one last morning strolling through the streets of Buenos Aires, before your transfer to the airport and flight back home.