Buenos Aires & Patagonia Full Itinerary

Day 1

Buenos Aires

Afternoon:

  • Welcome to Buenos Aires! Meet at Ezeiza International Airport at 2:00 pm where your adventure will begin!

Evening:

  • Start off with a briefing by your Trip Leader then head out to your first dinner with your new friends.
  • Take in the vibrant city of Buenos Aires as you get to know your new group of friends over dinner then head back to your hotel to rest up for the adventures that await!

Day 2

Welcome to El Calafate

Morning:

  • Wake up in Buenos Aires and enjoy a hearty breakfast before boarding your included flight to El Calafate.

Afternoon:

  • After settling into your new home away from home, set out to visit the Glaciarium Museum which gives a unique glance into the world of glaciers.

Evening:

  • After exploring the museum, head over to the famous Glaciobar and have a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) with us to kick-off for an awesome Argentinian adventure!
  • Ask your Trip Leader for their recommendations on restaurants for dinner and enjoy some local dishes before returning to your hotel for the night.

Day 3

Perito Moreno Glacier

Morning:

  • Rise and shine with some breakfast at your hotel before heading out for another day of fun!
  • Take in the beautiful scenery as you drive from El Calafate to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • Ride along the edge of Lake Argentino, snap some gorgeous pictures, and keep an eye out for condors and eagles soaring above.
  • Take different hiking paths, each rewarding you with different vantage points of the glacier. You might even see a few ice falls!

Afternoon:

  • It’s time for an up close and personal look at the glacier!
  • Board a boat for a one-hour cruise along the south face of the glacier. 
  • The boat will make frequent stops along the massive glacier for you to appreciate the spectrum of colors that appear in the ice walls. 

Evening:

  • Enjoy the scenic drive back to El Calafate.
  • Freshen up in your hotel room and enjoy dinner as a group. 
  • Compare glacier photos before tucking in for the night.

Day 4

El Chaltén

Morning:

  • Enjoy breakfast in your hotel before saying goodbye to El Calafate.
  • Embark on a 3.5-hour journey to El Chaltén…the Argentine Trekking Capital!

Afternoon:

  • As you begin to get close to El Chaltén, you’ll begin to see why this region is so special as the mountains and glaciers pierce the horizon. 
  • Take a walk around the town with your Trip Leader and get to know your new location.
  • Enjoy an optional visit to Casa Madsen located along the Río de las Vueltas and learn about the pioneer Andreas Madsen, a Dane who arrived more than 100 years ago and built the first house in El Chaltén.

Day 5

Trekking Laguna de los Tres

Morning:

  • Eat a hearty breakfast at your hotel and fuel your body for a long day of hiking that lies ahead of you!
  • Head to the trailhead at El Pilar, just north of town, where your adventure will begin.
  • The path is quite flat and with gentle inclines to ease you into the day of hiking.
  • Arrive at our first viewpoint, Piedras Blancas glacier, then a bit later you will leave the forest and end up in a clearing where you can view the peaks of “S”, Saint Exupéry, Poincenot, Fitz Roy, Mermoz, and Guillaumet.
  • Climb 1,300 feet (400 meters) in about an hour and arrive at Laguna de Los Tres.
  • This part of the trek will be steep and the path will be rocky with steps, but what waits for you at the top will all be worth it!
  • Reach the top of the path and take in the majestic views of Fitz Roy, the glacier de Los Tres, and its lagoon. The large scale of this location will make you feel tiny in comparison.

Afternoon:

  • Continue your hike and circle Laguna de Los Tres to head towards a viewpoint of the Laguna Sucia and its glacier. 
  • Stop to rest your legs and refuel with an included box lunch before starting your descent back down.
  • Along the way, you’ll venture through varying landscapes, crystal clear streams, and you’ll pass by Laguna Capri—a favorite spot for photographers. 
  • After visiting the lagoon, we continue down into the valley where El Chaltén is located.

Evening:

  • What a day! If you still have some energy left, head out for dinner on your own and enjoy an optional beer in a microbrewery or sip some hot chocolate.
  • Tomorrow is another day of hiking, so an early bedtime might be your best plan here.

Day 6

Half-day Trek

Morning:

  • Have breakfast at your hotel before venturing out on day two of your trekking adventure!
  • Leave El Chaltén by crossing Fitz Roy River then continue up to the National Park offices where you’ll find the trailhead.
  • Start off easy with a 40-minute gentle climb to arrive at a viewpoint strategically placed to view condors in flight.

Afternoon:

  • Take in the stunning granite peaks and glaciers that surround El Chatlén.
  • Continue along the path to Las Aguilas to see sprawling views of the Patagonian Desert and Lake Viedma before making your way back to town.

Evening:

  • Enjoy one final dinner as a group as you rest your legs and reminisce on the Argentine adventure that you just experienced. 

Day 7

Departure

Morning:

  • Wake up to one last Argentine sunrise, enjoy breakfast, and make your way back to El Calafate.
  • After a scenic three-hour drive through Argentina, we’ll arrive back at the El Calafate airport at 12:00 pm where your adventure will come to an end. 
  • Say your farewells to your new friends before boarding your flight back home.

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