Argentina's Patagonia Family Walking & Hiking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

From $6,499 - $6,799 /person

8 days

7 nights

Activity Levels 2-5

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

Argentina's Patagonia Family Walking & Hiking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

8 days

7 nights

Activity Levels 2-5

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Premiere Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Dec 2025: Dec 2026: Mar

From $6,499 - $6,799 /person

Epic Lakes, Peaks & Glaciers

It's one of the most remote places on the planet. An expanse of diverse landscapes stretching from high desert to forests and lakes to glacier-wreathed mountains. And yet there is a welcome in its isolation. The warmth of a fresh empanada at a frontier lodge. A yerba maté tea by the fire. And the mesmerizing cycles of the ecosystem, in which we too play our part. Turns out, one of the most disconnected places on Earth is the perfect place to find connection.

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Highlights

  • Trek in Los Glaciares National Park below Cerro Fitz Roy's spires to Laguna de los Tres and Capri, and witness the spectacular calving of Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Boat through crystalline waters among towering aquamarine icebergs in the Upsala Glacier channel with views of the famous Upsala Glacier
  • Learn about fascinating geological history, glaciology and even gawk at ancient fossils along Estancia Cristina's epic Fossil Canyon Trail
  • Explore the awe-inspiring Patagonian landscape on horseback—no better place than this for you and your family to play gaucho!
Argentina Patagonia Family Walking and Hiking Tour map

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Start/End El Calafate

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Itinerary

Days 1-2

Description

Hike with your family to spectacular views of 50-mile-long, glacier-fed Lake Viedma • Walk in Los Glaciares National Park through lenga forests and along ice-carved valleys on the outskirts of the small mountain town of El Chaltén • Take in panoramic vistas on our hike to Mirador de los Cóndores and Mirador Aguila • Conquer the challenging rocky switchbacks to Laguna de los Tres • Gaze upon the famed Fitz Roy peaks mirrored in the impossibly blue waters of Laguna Capri • Discover delectable Argentine vintages at our wine reception—Malbec, Pinot Noir, Torrontés and more.

Accommodations

Nights 1-2

Los Cerros del Chalten Boutique Hotel
El Chaltén
Premiere Hotel

Enjoy sensational views of the Chaltén Valley and the Río de las Vueltas from your room, and access memorable hikes from your doorstep. (spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Day 3

Description

Our Mirador Cerro Torre hike showcases the panorama of a spectacular glacial valley and impressive Cerro Torre, leading us along glacial moraines and over the Fitz Roy River • Try homemade ice cream flavored with the local berry, calafate, and visit craft shops in El Calafate.

Accommodations

Night 3

Hotel Posada Los Alamos
El Calafate
*Casual Plus Hotel

Beautifully constructed from timber and stone, this historic hotel can trace its origins back to the early days of the Argentinian National Park Service. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-5

Description

Hop in for an unforgettable boat ride among icebergs and spectacular views of the famous Upsala Glacier • Enjoy your stay at remote Estancia Cristina for the ultimate authentic Argentine ranch experience • Look for soaring condors along Cristina Bay • Trek to Fossil Canyon for jaw-dropping views of mountains, lakes, glaciers and multicolored rock formations • Tour our estancia and learn about its history from the family's private museum collection.

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

Estancia Cristina
Upsala Glacier
Premiere Hotel

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. (This hotel is solar-powered; no electricity 11 p.m.–6 a.m.)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 6-8

Description

Try on gaucho life with a guided horseback ride across the pampas • Sip yerba maté, the local beverage, like Patagonian cowboys • ​Get ready to be awestruck on a walk to see Perito Moreno Glacier, a stunning ice mass with 200-foot-high, blue-hued walls • Relish a traditional Patagonian lamb asado (barbecue) • Hit the trails for a final hike with the magnificent Andes as your backdrop.

Accommodations
Eolo

(2 nights)

Nights 6-7

Eolo
La Anita Valley
Premiere Hotel

"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.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. 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 snacks and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leaders and local guides.

Hiking in National Parks
Most hikes on this itinerary are inside Argentine national parks and unlike other Backroads Walking & Hiking Trips, regulations require a certified local guide to accompany us. We offer flexibility by dividing into several groups of different paces, with each group hiking in the company of a local guide.
Travel Time

In order to experience the full grandeur of Argentina's Patagonia region, we spend more time shuttling and on boat crossings on this trip than on a typical Backroads trip. This enables us to explore the incredible variety of ecosystems and scenery this region has to offer.

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. 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 cancelled, which may delay our arrival to or departure from the hotel Estancia Cristina. 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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Hotels

World-Class Hotels

Our hand-selected Premiere hotels offer exceptional hospitality and experiences as special as the regions we explore.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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Nights 1-2

Los Cerros del Chalten Boutique Hotel
El Chaltén

Premiere Hotel

Enjoy sensational views of the Chaltén Valley and the Río de las Vueltas from your room, and access memorable hikes from your doorstep. (spa)

Night 3

Hotel Posada Los Alamos
El Calafate

*Casual Plus Hotel

Beautifully constructed from timber and stone, this historic hotel can trace its origins back to the early days of the Argentinian National Park Service. (pool, spa)

Nights 4-5

Estancia Cristina
Upsala Glacier

Premiere Hotel

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. (This hotel is solar-powered; no electricity 11 p.m.–6 a.m.)

Nights 6-7

Eolo
La Anita Valley

Premiere Hotel

"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.

From $6,499 - $6,799 /person

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