Patagonian Peaks and Glaciers

Argentina Private Journey

Argentina

9 Days

From $5,695

Level 3

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    The mountain majesty of Patagonia is truly awe-inspiring, with sheer granite peaks soaring to the sky above tumbling blue-white glaciers and gleaming turquoise lakes. On this Private Journey, explore the lively city of Buenos Aires, with its charming Old World architecture and tango halls, then head south to Glacier National Park, a World Heritage Site that protects some of the most impressive mountain scenery on the planet. Here the shark fin of the Fitz Roy Massif (11,703') and its surrounding satellites rise from the golden pampas, sculpted from solid granite into fantastic spires and towers by the tremendous force of glaciers. Some of the largest and most accessible glaciers in the world are here, including the mighty Moreno, with its 10-story-high ice wall calving icebergs into the cobalt waters of Lago Argentino. The wild beauty of Patagonia is unmatched anywhere on earth, and our Private Journey brings you into the heart of it on daily guided hikes—you decide how far you want to go! In the evenings, enjoy wonderful meals and cozy accommodations where you can raise a glass of fine Argentine wine and toast your amazing adventures.

    Arrive: Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Depart: Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Highlights

    • Hike to the base of the towering monolith of Mt. Fitz Roy, the jewel of Patagonia
    • Explore the fantastic Perito Moreno Glacier, with its spectacular calving icebergs
    • Visit Estancia Cristina, a historic ranch in an exclusive glacial valley, only accessible by boat

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      Itinerary

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      Explore the delights of Buenos Aires on a private guided visit, then head to Los Glaciares National Park, a spectacular realm of phenomenal granite spires, opaque blue lakes, subantarctic forests, and 47 major glaciers, all crowned by the great shark fin of Fitz Roy (11,703'). On exhilarating day hikes, revel in stunning up-close views of Fitz Roy, needle-like Cerro Torre (10,280'), and dozens of other breathtaking peaks.
      Walk on a boardwalk with views of the 10-story-high headwall of the famous Moreno Glacier (watching from a safe distance!) as massive icebergs crash into the deep blue of Lago Argentino. As you hike a path atop the glacier, this creaking, groaning river of ice offers some of the most amazing sights and sounds in South America. Take a catamaran across Lago Argentino to a wonderfully remote location on the north arm of the lake. Spend two nights at a traditional estancia, where you'll enjoy day hikes to incredible viewpoints that reveal the vast scale of Patagonia's mountains and glaciers. Depart on Day 9.

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: November to March. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      90 Days prior to departure: Balance

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $500 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • All meals as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary
      • Accommodations in hotels and estancias
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from arrival until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Visa fees
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Palladio Hotel

      Buenos Aires, Argentina

      Day 1 (1 night)

      Located in the heart of the Recoleta neighborhood with its indie boutiques, hip enclaves, and architectural charm, the Palladio Hotel features modern guest rooms, an outdoor heated pool, and a spa and fitness center. The restaurant serves continental breakfast along with Mediterranean cuisine,...

      Destino Sur

      El Chalten, Argentina

      Days 2-4 (3 nights)

      With a convenient location near the main street and only a short walk to all the trailheads, including famous Laguna de los Tres, Destino Sur is a wonderful hotel that combines a bit of rustic charm with modern amenities. You'll find guest rooms to be spacious, with a small seating...

      Xelena Hotel

      El Calafate, Argentina

      Day 5 (1 night)

      Set near Lago Argentino and surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Patagonia, the Xelena Hotel has a welcoming lobby and spacious rooms with great views of the lake. Feel free to take a walk around the property, enjoy a swim in the hotel's indoor pool, or simply relax at the...

      Estancia Cristina

      Lago Argentino, Argentina

      Days 6-7 (2 nights)

      Founded in 1914 as a sheep ranch and surrounded by the wild mountain and glacier scenery of Los Glaciares National Park, Estancia Cristina is accessible only by a boat ride across vast Lago Argentino. This charming place is the last estancia before one reaches the great icefields of the hielo...

      Xelena Hotel

      El Calafate, Argentina

      Day 8 (1 night)

      Set near Lago Argentino and surrounded by the stunning landscapes of Patagonia, the Xelena Hotel has a welcoming lobby and spacious rooms with great views of the lake. Feel free to take a walk around the property, enjoy a swim in the hotel's indoor pool, or simply relax at the...

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated Level 3, Moderate, according to our trip grading system. Although the pace of this trip is relaxed and you are free to choose the activities you like, this is an active vacation.


      The elevations on this trip are not particularly high. Unlike glaciers in other parts of the world that start at higher elevations, the glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park begin at a lower elevation (4,900 feet) due to the size of the ice cap. The elevation of El Calafate is 653 feet, and El Chaltén is 1,312 feet. Depending on the hikes you choose, you may experience elevation losses and gains of up to 3,000 feet in one day.

      Review Trip Level Details

      The shape you're in is an important factor in the enjoyment of your trip. We recommend that you make a special effort to get in good condition by walking, bicycling, swimming, or other forms of exercise.

      Buenos Aires is mild year-round, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s and moderate to high humidity from November through March. The ideal travel season for Patagonia and Glacier National Park is November through March (“summer” in the Southern Hemisphere). Temperatures average in the 50Fs to the high 60Fs during the day, dropping to as low as 40 at night. Patagonian weather is famously changeable—rain and snow can occur at any time.

      The enormous, unbroken stretches of ocean to the west and south of the tip of South America leave the Patagonian Andes exposed to strong and persistent winds. Winds circling the globe between latitudes of 40°S and 60°S have little obstruction when they reach the tip of South America. Experiencing these winds is almost inevitable on any Patagonian journey. For most part, you can expect winds of 9 to 13 miles per hour, but they can occasionally gust much higher, quickly "cooling down" an otherwise pleasant day.

      There's a saying that in Patagonia that you can experience all four seasons in one day, so be prepared for quickly changing weather. The best defense is proper clothing, and our Pre-Departure Booklet has a detailed list of recommendations for layering. An insulating base layer (top and bottom) beneath your hiking clothes will keep you warm and comfortable. Capilene, fleece, and other synthetic fabrics are excellent choices, as are lightweight wool layers by companies like Patagonia, Icebreaker, and SmartWool.

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      Client Testimonials

      "A beautifully planned and orchestrated trip. The hiking and scenery were fabulous. Thank you very much. WT runs a first class show."

      Alison F.

      Alton, NH

      "We could not have had a more pleasurable trip."

      Carol H.

      Colorado Springs, CO

      "We had a fantastic time. The guides were all very knowledgeable and friendly and the hotels were great."

      Charles H.

      Summit, NJ

      "The organization, promptness, and friendliness of everyone involved was most appreciated. We had a trip free of concerns."

      Delores H.

      Cedar Grove, NJ

      "We loved the trip and had a great time!"

      Dorothea von H.

      New York, NY

      "The trip was such a pleasure. WT did a splendid job of designing the itinerary, choosing lodgings, and outstanding guides."

      Linda L.

      Loveland, CO

      "This was among the best Wilderness trips we have taken, in part because it was our first truly private tour, and in part because of the unique beauty of Patagonia. In Chalten, we got a wonderful feel for the mountains and gained an appreciation for the connection between Patagonians and the land. Our guide had a deep passion for the natural environment and a deep respect for nature, and he shared that with us enthusiastically."

      Nancy and Chris D.

      San Francisco, CA

      "Wasn't sure what to expect for our first Wilderness Travel experience. You totally superseded all expectations."

      Natelle H.

      Mayer, AZ

      "Nice variety of surroundings and experiences. Food and lodging well presented and well situated."

      Pamela G.

      Falmouth, MA

      "Our first private journey but 4th WT trip. We really like the combination of guides, planned itinerary, and individual choices throughout the journey."

      Patricia B. and Doug J.

      Granite Bay, CA

      "Wonderful itinerary, great hikes, lovely accommodations. And the Explora extension was fantastic!"

      Sandra F.

      Carmichael, CA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">saito8.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $1,000<br>90 Days prior to departure: Balance <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Minimum fee: $500 per person<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost <br><br><em>Please note that this differs from our standard policy.<\/em><\/p>"}}