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Patagonia Walking & Hiking Tour

Argentina's Epic Patagonia, Peaks & Glaciers

From $5,498 - $6,298 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,080 to $1,430 for sgl. occ.)

The "time flies" theory doesn't work here. Imagine ferrying through a majestic fjord on Lake Argentino toward Upsala Glacier. Time has slowed, but you can't take in the scenery fast enough. The Andes look like petrified ocean waves against the blue sky. Framing everything perfectly. Time freezes in Patagonia when you're having so much fun.

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Highlights

  • Hike in Los Glaciares National Park below Cerro Fitz Roy's jagged granite spires to impossibly blue Laguna Capri
  • Cruise in crystalline waters among towering aquamarine icebergs, in and out of fjords and right next to famous Upsala Glacier
  • Learn about fascinating geological history at Perito Moreno Glacier and gawk at ancient fossils on Fossil Canyon Trail
  • Horseback-ride in the awe-inspiring Patagonian landscape—no better place than this to play gaucho!
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Itinerary

Days 1-3 Hike to spectacular vistas of glacier-fed Lake Viedma and to gorgeous Laguna Capri | Mirador Cerro Torre reveals mammoth views over the Torre and Fitz Roy peaks | Witness glaciers spilling dramatically down ice-carved valleys and massive blue icebergs floating atop glacial melt | Malbec, pinot noir, torrontés and more—discover delectable Argentine vintages at a wine tasting | In El Calafate, try homemade ice cream flavored with calafate, a local berry.

Days 4-6 Get ready for unforgettable boat rides among icebergs and fjords, and a close encounter with famous Upsala Glacier | Watch for soaring condors along Cristina Bay before ascending through lenga forests | 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 | Enjoy a tour of an estancia and learn about its history from the family's private museum collection | Sip yerba maté, the local beverage, like Patagonian cowboys.

Days 7-8 Experience magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier from the unique perspective of viewing balconies—prepare to be awestruck! | Luxuriate at the guest favorite Eolo Hotel, a Relais & Châteaux with sweeping views, and relax in the indoor pool and sauna | Relish a last walk on the Patagonian steppe, with Cerro Frías as the backdrop.

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy.

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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 from the selection of dates below for your group of 8 or more. If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you. Call or email us to reserve your date.

2018 Private Trip Pricing
  • 10 or more guests: from $5,498 pp dbl occ
  • 8 - 9 guests: from $5,898 pp dbl occ

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Prices

From $5,498 - $6,298 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,080 to $1,430 for sgl. occ.)

Premiere Hotels

Los Cerros
Don Los Cerros Boutique Hotel & Spa

El Chaltén (2 nights)

Posada Los Alamos
Hotel Posada Los Alamos

El Calafate (1 night)

Estancia Cristina
Estancia Cristina

Upsala Glacier (2 nights)

Eolo
Eolo

La Anita Valley (2 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 2-5

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Argentina

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Premiere Hotels

Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Los Cerros

Don Los Cerros Boutique Hotel & Spa

El Chaltén (2 nights)

Enjoy spectacular views of the Chaltén Valley and the Río de las Vueltas from your room, and access stunning hikes right out your doorstep. (spa)

Posada Los Alamos

Hotel Posada Los Alamos

El Calafate (1 night)

Beautifully constructed from timber and stone, this hotel is set in the heart of El Calafate. (pool, spa)

Estancia Cristina

Estancia Cristina

Upsala Glacier (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.

Eolo

Eolo

La Anita Valley (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. (pool)

This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-5

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 (drag to see full )

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 2 200 4 700 6 800
2 5* 700 10 1200
3 5 700
4 4 300 6 1300
Cruise on Lake Argentino (3 Hours)
5 3 300 6 900 9 2300
Horseback Riding (2 Hours)
6 2* 200 8* 1000
Boat & Shuttle to Eolo (2 Hours)
7 2 300
Perito Moreno Glacier Balconies (1.5 Hours)
8 2 700
 

Note: The terrain on this trip includes rolling oak-lined paths and mountain trails along streams and fjords.

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources (such as Map My Ride and Garmin devices) may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies. Readings from a Garmin or a smart phone are influenced by other factors such as air pressure.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners

Also Included

  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain & Trail Support

Our hikes through Patagonia's captivating rugged terrain climb rocky and sometimes uneven paths, many of which are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles will get us to and from the trailheads, but due to the nature of these trails, we won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.

Hiking on Your Own

Like all Backroads Walking trips, this trip has been designed to offer as many hiking options as possible. Since many of the trails are unmarked, we recommend that you hike with the company of a Backroads leader or one of our local support staff.

Leaders & Local Guides

Trips with a small number of guests may be supported by one Backroads Trip Leader and a team of knowledgeable local guides. Rest assured that there will always be at least two people hiking on the trail with you.

Itinerary Changes

Because of Patagonia's extreme weather conditions and strong winds, mid-trip itinerary changes are possible on this trip. Boat crossings can be canceled, which may delay our arrival to or departure from the hotel Estancia Cristina. Rest assured that if severe weather affects our planned activities, your Trip Leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy. Expect the unexpected in this remote region, including slow or no internet and the occasional ATM possibly running out of cash. It's all part of the adventure!

Why Travel with Backroads in Argentina

Your Room Almost Equals the View

This journey through rugged wilderness presents many dramatic contrasts—and that extends to the exceptional quality of the hotels. We stay at the best the region has to offer, including Eolo lodge, the only Relais & Châteaux member in Southern Patagonia, and Estancia Cristina, an intimate resort and working farm in a stunning location amid the fjords. Of course, it's all about the superb hiking at your doorstep, but it's nice to come home to a very good doorstep.

The Best Leaders in Argentina

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Argentina, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

The Right Local Pairings

Our Trip Leaders combine deep local expertise with a firm grasp of North American expectations around quality of service. By the same token, we pair experienced Backroads leaders with local guides who know how to cater to your needs while cracking open the culture or natural history in ways that are meaningful, memorable and often magical.

Experts with Secrets to Share

In choosing the ideal experts to enrich your travel experience, we look for people with a wealth of local knowledge, but also the ability to convey their insights in English. Too often travelers find themselves smiling politely, not quite understanding what they're being told. Our experts share intriguing facts, anecdotes and inside stories that stay with you forever.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Argentina, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

We've Set the Standard

For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Argentina are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Argentina that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Terrain & Trail Support

Our hikes through Patagonia's captivating rugged terrain climb rocky and sometimes uneven paths, many of which are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles will get us to and from the trailheads, but due to the nature of these trails, we won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water, snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.

Hiking on Your Own

Like all Backroads Walking trips, this trip has been designed to offer as many hiking options as possible. Since many of the trails are unmarked, we recommend that you hike with the company of a Backroads leader or one of our local support staff.

Leaders & Local Guides

Trips with a small number of guests may be supported by one Backroads Trip Leader and a team of knowledgeable local guides. Rest assured that there will always be at least two people hiking on the trail with you.

Itinerary Changes

Because of Patagonia's extreme weather conditions and strong winds, mid-trip itinerary changes are possible on this trip. Boat crossings can be canceled, which may delay our arrival to or departure from the hotel Estancia Cristina. Rest assured that if severe weather affects our planned activities, your Trip Leaders will find alternate activities that you're sure to enjoy. Expect the unexpected in this remote region, including slow or no internet and the occasional ATM possibly running out of cash. It's all part of the adventure!
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