Hiking Patagonia

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Patagonia’s pristine beauty is preserved in two exceptionally scenic national parks: the Torres del Paine in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. Set out to explore both on foot—from the black-tipped “horns” of Cuernos del Paine to the ice-clad pinnacles of Monte Fitz Roy. Hike along sapphire-colored lakes strewn with incandescent icebergs in Torres del Paine...
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Strenuous
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Trek to the base of Torres del Paine’s sheer granite walls, and surround yourself with twisting peaks in Chile’s French Valley.
    • Experience close-up the power and magnificence of Grey and Perito Moreno Glaciers, two of the most impressive in the world.
    • Hike to serene lakes at the foot of spectacular Cerro Torre and the Fitz Roy massif.
    • Stay in cozy mountain lodges, hotels, and eco-camps.

What's this trip about?

    Patagonia’s pristine beauty is preserved in two exceptionally scenic national parks: the Torres del Paine in Chile and Argentina’s Los Glaciares. Set out to explore both on foot—from the black-tipped “horns” of Cuernos del Paine to the ice-clad pinnacles of Monte Fitz Roy. Hike along sapphire-colored lakes strewn with incandescent icebergs in Torres del Paine. In Los Glaciares, part of the third-largest ice cap in the world, walk among active glaciers and watch as they calve ice into alpine lakes. Spot wildlife from Andean condors to guanacos and eagles, and travel across the sweeping Patagonian steppe. Cap off your hiking adventure with a day in beautiful Buenos Aires.

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Details

Itinerary focusActive
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 16 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityPunta Arenas
End CityBuenos Aires

Travel Themes

  • Hiking & Walking

Destinations

  • South America
  • Argentina
  • Chile

Attractions

  • Buenos Aires
  • El Calafate
  • Los Glaciares National Park
  • Patagonia
  • Punta Arenas
  • Torres del Paine National Park

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Hiking
  • Historic sightseeing

Trip includes

    • Accommodations and meals as indicated in the itinerary
    • Pre-departure information
    • Entrance fees, excursions, and sightseeing noted as included in the itinerary
    • All gratuities except those for train or ship's crew, unless otherwise noted on the itinerary page
    • Ground transportation during the expedition
    • Services of National Geographic experts and/or local guides, lecturers, expedition leaders, and any other staff
    • Taxes, port charges, baggage handling, and service charges

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1: Punta Arenas, Chile

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Cabo de Hornos

Arrive in Punta Arenas and meet your trip leader for the transfer to our hotel. Gather for a welcome dinner tonight.

Day 2: Torres del Paine National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Lago Grey

Cross the Patagonian plains to the quiet fishing town of Puerto Natales at the edge of Torres del Paine National Park. Set out on our first hike, across the valley from Cueva del Mylodon a...

Day 3: Grey Glacier

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Lodge Paine Grande

Cross Lago de Grey by boat to the foot of the glacier. Our trail traces the lakeshore, offering spectacular views of the glacier and the dramatic Paine massif. Continue to our hiking lodge, set on

Day 4: French Valley

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Cabañas en los Cuernos

Today we’ll have two hiking options in magnificent French Valley, a natural basin ringed by the black slate “horns” of the Cuernos del Paine. Walk beneath the glacier-covered slopes...

Day 5: Paso Los Cuernos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres

Follow the Paso Los Cuernos trail along the north shore of Lago Nordenskjöld, hiking at a relaxed pace between the soaring Cuernos del Paine massif and the sapphire lake. Continue to the base of the Torres mountains and check into our hotel. (7 miles hiking, 4–5 hours)

Day 6: Torres del Paine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Las Torres

Rise early for our all-day hike to the Torres del Paine, sheer walls of granite that thrust vertically into the sky. Our path cuts through beech forests and up to the barren slopes below ...

Day 7: El Calafate, Argentina

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Mirador del Lago

Today, we depart Torres del Paine National Park and drive across the border into Argentina. Cross the vast steppe, keeping your eye out for rheas and flamingos, and Andean condors in flight. Our destination is the town of El Calafate, the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Day 8: Perito Moreno Glacier

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Mirador del Lago

Los Glaciares National Park is part of the third largest ice cap in the world after Antarctica and Greenland. Head to Perito Moreno, an active glacier on the southern arm of Lake Ar...

Day 9: La Leona Petrified Forest

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Cabañas Fitz Roy

After an early breakfast, we’ll travel north across the steppe, stopping along the way for a hike and a picnic lunch in La Leona Petrified Forest, a surreal maze of ancient trunks and fossils. Then trace the northern edge of Lago Viedma to the little town of El Chaltén. (5 miles hiking, 2 hours)

Days 10, 11, & 12: Los Glaciares National Park

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Destino Sur Hotel

Spend three full days exploring this ice-laden park on a variety of hikes into the interior. Climb to pristine glacial lakes at the base of the park’s most famous sites, Monte Fitz Roy (...

Days 13 & 14: El Calafate/Buenos Aires/U.S.

Meals: Breakfast (day 13 & 14) and Lunch (day 14)

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Drive back to El Calafate to catch our flight to Buenos Aires. Enjoy some free time to see the sights of Buenos Aires before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

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13 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches and 12 Dinners

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