Patagonia Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Argentina!

Get ready for an epic adventure of trekking through the mountains on Patagonia. You’ll find yourself surrounded by mountains and glaciers at every turn in Patagonia, making this one of the most unique places in all of Argentina!

Duration: 6 days & 5 nights

Start: Please be ready to depart El Calafate Airport (FTE) at 3:00 pm.

Finish: Trip ends at the El Calafate Airport (FTE) at 11:00 am.

Airfare booking details will be sent after registration--please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions.

What's Included

  • 6 days & 5 nights shared accommodations in boutique hotel rooms
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 box lunches, & 3 dinners
  • Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier & Safari Nautico Boat Experience 
  • Private Transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén
  • Full-Day trekking in Laguna de Los Tres 
  • Half Day Condor & Eagle Tour 
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Private airport drop-off upon departure
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

Travelers are responsible for international flights to and from Argentina.

Public transportation and optional activities are not included.

Highlights

  • Enjoy vibrant Buenos Aires
  • Take in Perito Moreno Glacier by land and water 
  • Trekk the Laguna de Los Tres 
  • Half-Day Hike to a Condor & Eagle Viewpoint
  • Enjoy authentic Argentinian cuisine

Is this Trip for You?

Looking for a little cultural immersion and a lot of adventure? Then this is the trip for you! We suggest having an active lifestyle to allow you to enjoy the trekking portion of this trip, though anyone is welcome.

-Age requirement: 21+

-Group size: 16 max, average 12-14

-Physical rating: Challenging. Some activities include full days of physical activity like hiking.

Travel Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Before your trip, you'll have the opportunity to join a custom WhatsApp Group and connect with other members of your group. Many travelers meet in the airport, or for pre-trip drinks if they are from the same city. Others coordinate plans to stay in a country after their trip.

During your adventure, our Trip Leaders do their best to foster an open, supportive environment, where people feel safe to truly be themselves.

After your trip, you'll be an official U30X Alumni, and part of our larger online Travel Community where you'll have access to our network of thousands of past travelers. We are constantly hosting meetups that range from simple happy hours to hikes to outdoor movie nights in local cities around the US and Canada.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo, but they all leave with friends.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it, and on occasion, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and are subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Breakfast: In Argentina, breakfast is a thoroughly simple affair. The options rarely, if ever, move beyond the two key staples: tostadas (toast) or medialunas (similar to a croissant). They'll be served with coffee and orange juice. Establishments serving anything extravagant, including yogurt, fruit, or any form of cooked eggs are catering to tourists.

Lunch and Dinner: Asado is a method of grilling. It is a multi-step process that often lasts several hours. Expect to find beef, pork, ribs, sausages, blood sausages, and sweetbreads hot off the fire. 

Chimichurri is an herbaceous green salsa made of finely chopped parsley, oregano, onion, garlic, chili pepper flakes, olive oil, and a touch of lemon or vinegar, which is classically paired with grilled meats, especially beef, or used as a marinade. 

Grilled provoleta (provolone) cheese is popular before a meal or as a side to barbecued meats.

Empanadas are stuffed dough pockets, deep-fried or baked, then filled with sweet or savory stuffing, depending on the province.

Transportation

You will be traveling by private, air-conditioned ground transportation throughout your trip.

Private ground transportation to and from the airport. (Included)

Some optional activities do not include transportation.

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared boutique hotel rooms for the duration of the trip.

Laundry is available at the hotel for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.

Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.

Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability for an extra charge.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance with at least $200,000 USD in medical coverage is required to participate on our trips. This must include coverage for repatriation.

Please note that travel insurance covers trip related issues such as trip interruption, lost luggage, theft, etc. Travel medical insurance covers things like repatriation, medicine, ambulance rides, and hospital visits/stays. 

We strongly suggest that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ensure that all of the activities you plan on participating in are covered by your travel insurance.

Here are a few options for travel insurance that meet our minimum medical coverage requirements: Wanderwell, SafetyWing, and World Nomads. Some plans do not cover certain “high-risk” activities. Please make sure to read your plans coverage and make a selection based on your planned trip.

Wanderwell donates at least one percent of your insurance purchase to Explore Austin, a sustainable youth outdoor education program, via 1% for the Planet, selected by Under30Experiences.

We receive a fee if you purchase products through links on this page, at no extra cost to you.

We receive a fee when you get a quote from World Nomads using our affiliate links. We do not represent World Nomads. This is not a recommendation to buy travel insurance.

Cancellation Policy

Very Flexible

Give us at least 30 days’ notice and you can switch your trip for free, or we'll hold your Experience Credits for future use.

If you have an emergency cancellation that is less than 30 days before your trip, please refer to your travel insurance company as they may cover you for some expenses. We are not able to transfer trips or hold experience credits within 30 days of the trip because we have already secured reservations on your behalf.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues, and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious, and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly!

  • Bring a reusable water bottle to refill from the tap.
  • Bring a reusable straw to limit the use of single-use plastic waste.
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping.
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment.
  • Bring "reef safe" sunscreens that do not contain oxybenzone and octinoxate because they kill coral.

A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with! All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and organically inspired when possible.

Do not forget a water bottle, sunscreen, waterproof rain jacket, sunglasses, and a hat!

Some links on this page are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, Under30Experiences will earn a small commission if you make a purchase.

Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders:

A visa is not required to enter Argentina for US passport holders.

Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the last date of your trip. Please consult the U.S. Department of State with any more questions.

Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn-out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

Check out our Travel Alerts Page for up-to-date COVID requirements.

Please consult with your doctor before traveling regarding physical activity and vaccinations.

No inoculations are required to enter Argentina from the United States but the Center for Disease Control suggests vaccinating for Covid-19, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B. 

More specific health information for Travelers to Argentina can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

We suggest bringing $400 USD in cash to be used at establishments that do not accept credit cards.

We recommend bringing USD with you to Argentina to exchange into Pesos. Your Trip Leader will be able to find a much better exchange rate than offered by banks at home, or ATMs in Argentina.

This is not a total cash amount that you should expect to spend on your trip. Please consider your own spending habits for additional expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

The official currency of Argentina is the Pesos Argentinos (ARS).

If possible, pay with cash when you can while in Argentina to get the best exchange rate.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company to let them know you will be traveling overseas.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the XE Currency Exchange App.‍‍

Most likely, you will only be able to exchange US dollars on the unofficial currency market. It’s best to bring larger bills (US$100) – smaller bills (US$20 or below) will likely yield lower exchange rates

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance, vaccination card, and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in the safe at the hotel.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

Leave flashy jewelry at home.

US Citizens please consider registering with the US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Make sure you have the address of your hotel in the event that you're separated from your Trip Leader.

Weather

Patagonia: The weather in Patagonia in November is chilly with temperatures between 37°F ( 3 Celsius) and 51°F (11 Celsius).

The temperatures in Patagonia in January and February are a bit warmer with temperatures between 41°F (5 Celsius) and 55°F (13 Celsius).

cultural information

Key Phrases

  • Hello -- Hola
  • Excuse me -- Perdon
  • How are you? -- ¿Como esta?
  • Thank you -- Gracias
  • Please -- Por favor
  • A beer please -- Una cerveza por favor

Optional Activities

El Chalten - Visit Casa Madsen: $20 USD (per person)

Mini Trekking at Perito Moreno: $262 USD (per person)

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, Trip Leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip Leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Extend your stay in El Chaltén at Hotel Poincenot .

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