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Patagonia Walking & Hiking Tour
Patagonia Walking & Hiking Tour

That whole "time flies" theory just doesn't work in Patagonia. Imagine traveling slowly on a small ferry through a tremendous fjord on Lake Argentino toward Upsala Glacier. Time is moving so slowly but you can't possibly take in the scenery fast enough. The Andes are so windswept they almost look like petrified ocean waves, white caps and all. The lake is bouncing a clear blue sky back up at you. Framing everything perfectly. It's like time freezes in Patagonia even though you're having fun.

Days 1-3 Hike below Cerro Fitz Roy's jagged granite spires to gorgeous Laguna de los Tres  Mirador de los Cóndores reveals mammoth views over the Torre and Fitz Roy peaks Marvel at the sight of ancient forests and otherworldly surroundings Witness glaciers spilling dramatically down ice-carved valleys and massive blue icebergs floating atop glacial melt - a sight that's sure to take your breath away Malbec, pinot noir, torrontés and more - discover delectable Argentine vintages at a wine tasting.

Days 4-5 Ice-trek on Perito Moreno Glacier - crampons and our expert guide give you the edge Learn to make authentic Argentine empanadas from a local expert In El Calafate, try the homemade ice cream flavored with a local berry, calafate, after which the town is named  Explore the World Heritage site of Los Glaciares National Park, a frozen landscape of crevasses and extraordinary blue ice.

Day 6 Unforgettable boat rides among icebergs and fjords - get ready for a close encounter with famous Upsala Glacier  Watch for soaring condors along Cristina Bay before ascending through lenga forests to a stunning panorama of lakes, mountains and ice fields Sip yerba mate, the local beverage, like Patagonian cowboys Enjoy a tour of an estancia and learn about its history from the family's private museum collection.

Days 7-8 Try on gaucho life with a guided horseback ride across the pampas A rocky trail leads to Fossil Canyon, featuring startlingly colored stones and ammonite fossils believed to be millions of years old.


Trip Highlights
  • Hike in the shadow of the Fitz Roy's jagged granite spires
  • Ice-trek on Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Cruise on crystalline waters among icebergs and fjords
  • Savor regional varietals at an exclusive Argentine wine tasting
  • Horseback ride in the vast Patagonian landscape - no better place than this!
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Premiere Inns

Los Cerros (3 nights): Enjoy sleek modern style and spectacular views of the snowcapped granite spires of Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

Eolo (2 nights): "Sophisticated yet homey - the kind of place where you don't worry about kicking off your muddy boots when you return from a hike," says Travel + Leisure about this remote country lodge on the Patagonian steppe. A Relais & Châteaux member. (pool)

Estancia Cristina (2 nights): A favorite among our guests, this remote historic ranch founded in 1914 offers the perfect launching point for hikes into Patagonia's wilderness; it's accessible only by boat, after a cruise on Lake Argentino past the dramatic Upsala Glacier.


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 2 100
3 300
2 6 600 11 1900 13 2500
3 7 800 10 1400 13 2800
4 3 0
5 3 100
Perito Moreno Glacier Mini-Trek (2 Hours)
6 4 300 6 1300
Boat Cruise (3 Hours)
7 5* 700 8* 1000 10 1600
Horseback Riding (2 Hours)
8 3 300 9 2300
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2014 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 12/20-27 Price: $6198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/22-29 Price: $6298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/29-1/5 Price: $5898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/31-1/7 Price: $5898 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 1/4-11 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 1/11-18 Price: $5798 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 1/18-25 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 1/25-2/1 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 2/8-15 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 2/21-28 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 3/8-15 Price: $5598 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 3/22-29 Price: $5198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 3/29-4/5 Price: $5198 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/19-26 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/21-28 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/23-30 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/26-1/2 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/28-1/4 Price: $5698 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)
  • 12/30-1/6 Price: $5398 pp dbl. occ., (+ $980 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick any open date for your group of 8 or more except for trips departing during the last two weeks of December, where a 16 guest minimum is required. Call us for date availability.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

8 - 9 guests from $5,898 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,598 pp dbl. occ.

2015

8 - 9 guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,298 pp dbl. occ.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.


Guest Trip Reviews

The walk on the Perito Moreno Glacier was one of the best experiences of any we've had. We were able to climb up and down over peaks and valleys, jumping across crevasses and spending three hours of unadulterated excitement and personal satisfaction on the glacier... We count this as the best vacation we've ever had.
Janet Liberman- Thousand Oaks, CA

This was my favorite of all of the Backroads trips I have taken. What a great adventure! The food and wine on this trip were incredible at every location. It far exceeded my expectations, and every meal made my taste buds dance with happiness. I have never found a company I like more than Backroads. It truly is my number one travel company!
Patsy Gleason- Green Valley, AZ

One of the best trips I have experienced. The hotels were fantastic. The guides were the best. Loved the glacier walking - wow! Enjoyed the horseback riding. Liked that there were several hiking distance options, and local guides to assist so that the Backroads guides could accommodate all the hikers interests in the hikes.
Nancy Russell- Titusville, NJ

This was my first group travel experience, having always traveled independently in the past. I didn't quite know what to expect and whether I would like it or not...I loved every minute!! From our Backroads Trip Leaders to the local guides, I felt like I was in excellent hands doing incredible things in spectacular natural surroundings. I particularly liked traveling with my fellow Backroads travelers and getting to know them. Without exception, they were an interesting and extremely well-traveled group, and I loved our interaction. And I hope to see some of them again sometime, either on another Backroads trip or just a local visit. This Patagonian trip was a wonderful experience for me and thanks to you, Backroads, for making it so.
Richard Tigner- Atlanta, GA

I just loved every aspect of the trip. The hiking and the views were unbeatable. I particularly loved the remoteness of all the locations. All of our guides were wonderful and very knowledgeable.
Julie Jenkins- Holderness, NH

The Eolo Lodge was fantastic and Estancia Christina was also a unique experience; especially the Fossil Canyon hike (I've never seen such a stark landscape as at the beginning of that hike at Upsala...looks like photos of Mars in total silence). Overall another excellent Backroads trip.
James Thompson- Atlanta, GA

Exploring Argentina is like getting a new present every day...Surprises are beyond every bend in the trail, and beauty and charm beyond anyone's imagination lie in the quiet villages and the natural terrain.
Jack McLeavy with Elise Lipoff- Tallahassee Magazine