On the Trail of Argentina's Patagonia

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Argentina Patagonia Hiking Tour BikeHike Lead image 1
Argentina Patagonia Hiking Tour BikeHike Lead image 1
Argentina Patagonia Hiking Tour BikeHike Lead image 1
On the Trail of Argentina's Patagonia
Duration:
7
Days
Priced from:
2799.00
USD

On the Trail of Argentina's Patagonia

Trip Overview

Argentina Patagonia Adventure Trek with Bikehike Adventures as featured in the LA timesThis 7-day jaunt through Argentina’s Patagonia combines hiking is designed for adventure seekers who want a taste of rugged Patagonia. Our adventure tour starts in the small town of El Calafate, and then continues onwards into Los Glaciares National Park. We will hike to the Mount Torre viewpoint with views of glaciers, the Adela Range and Mount Torre. We will then visit Perito Moreno Glacier, hiking alongside majestic mountains and through pine forests to the famed Mount Fitz Roy. Our nights of slumber combine small hotels, cozy log cabins, and camping below the starry southern sky. For this Patagonia hiking tour, bring along your spirit of adventure and expect to be mesmerized by dramatic beauty.

HIGHLIGHTS OF CHOOSING TO HIKE ARGENTINA'S PATAGONIA

  • More rugged and less crowded than Chile's Patagonia
  • Hiking to the Mount Torre viewpoint with views of glaciers, the Adela Range and Mount Torre
  • Hike across the forests and pampas (lowlands) of Argentina's Patagonian Fitz Roy National Park
  • Upsala Glacier, the largest in South America 

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Day 1

El Calafate - Los Glaciares National Park
Optional Biking and Canoeing
In the morning, you’ll be picked up at the airport and transferred to El Chalten. Please make sure your flight arrives no later than 11:00am. There is some free time in El Chalten for lunch, and then you’ll be transferred to the Patagonia Adventure Camp. This wilderness adventure camp is located 17 km/10 miles north of El Chalten. The lodge is built on the shore of Rio de Las Vueltas with native beech tree forest and stunning views of Mt. Fitz Roy’s north face. It is the epitome of Argentina adventure travel. The lodge has a fabulous dining room, offering delicious local cuisine, and of course, robust Argentine wine. Mountain bikes, canoes and kayaks are available for all guests wanting to enjoy the outdoors, although some might choose to relax by the fireplace gazing at the granite walls of Fitz Roy. Overnight in cabins at Patagonia Adventure Camp.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2

Fitz Roy Trek
Hiking
After breakfast we have a 10 minute drive to the trailhead. We’ll ascend gradually all morning along the Rio Blanco to the base camp of the same name. This is the camp where climbers wait for a break in the weather when attempting the always-difficult ascents of the granite monolith named after Darwin’s ship Captain (The Beagle). We’ll ascend more steeply to Laguna De Los Tres where we will have close-up views of several of the routes used to climb Fitz Roy, weather permitting. Overnight in tents at Poincenot Camp. 

Hiking: 17 km / 11 mi 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Laguna Torre
Hiking
We’ll start with a hearty breakfast and then start hiking, across the Madre e Hija Trail that leads to Torre Lagoon. Here we will have time to enjoy panoramic views of the most well known peaks in Fitzroy National Park, including Mt. Solo, Adela Cordon and the dramatic Mount Torre.  The forests here are filled with a variety of southern bird species singing their unique melodic tunes. We'll break for lunch midday in a picturesque location. We'll eventually reach our campsite for the night, where we can relax and dine on a delicious Argentinan feast preperared by our cooks. Overnight in tents at Thorwood Camp. 

Hiking: 16 km / 10 mi 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

Mount Torre - El Calafate
Hiking
This morning from Thorwood campsite we’ll start our hike back to El Chaltén. We’ll walk for 2 hours through magnificent Lenga forests, crossing old glacial moraines and wet plains formed by the previous courses of the river. In this section, there is always the possibility of spotting a wide range of birds, including the Magellanic woodpecker. We’ll arrive at the Mount Torre viewpoint and take a short break to admire our view of the Adela Range and Mount Torre. From here, the hiking trail starts to level off along the Fitz Roy River until we arrive at a viewpoint of the river canyon and the Margarita waterfall. After resting here, we have another 30 minutes of hiking before reaching the town of El Chaltén. In the late afternoon, we’ll take the bus to El Calafate. Upon arrival into El Calafate, we’ll transfer to our comfortable hotel. This evening dinner will be on your own in El Calafate. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Estancia Cristina - Canadon de Los Fosiles
Hiking
This morning we’ll transfer to Estancia Cristina, sailing through the north arm of Argentina Lake. Upon arrival, we’ll jump in 4x4 jeeps and drive 9.5km/6mi on a mountain road. This area was once covered by a glacier. We'll arrive at the continental ice refuge and there we'll start our hike admiring the local flora and fauna, as well as fossils leftover from glacier activity. On our hike, we’ll have impressive views of Lake Guillermo, Patagonian ice fields and Upsala Glacier. Our hike finishes in a the valley of the estancia, and then we head back by boat to El Calafate. Overnight at same hotel in El Calafate.

Hiking: 12 km / 7 mi
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Balconies of Perito Moreno Glacier
Hiking
This morning we’ll then set off to see one of the most famous geological sights in the world, the Perito Moreno Glacier, located in Los Glaciares National Park. It is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and is a protected UNESCO site. Perito Moreno is one of the few glaciers that is still stable with seasonal fluctuations in the position of its snout. It calves into Lake Argentino and sometimes the terminus creates a natural dam and part of the lake becomes landlocked. Every so often it is possible to see huge lumps of ice break off and fall into the lake and float away as icebergs.  With some luck we’ll spot some wildlife in this area including condors, buff-necked ibis, black-chested buzzard eagles and ashy-headed geese. In the afternoon, we’ll return to our hotel in El Calafate for dinner and overnight. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

El Calafate
Departure
You will be transferred to the airport to connect with your flight onwards.

Meals: Breakfast

What's Included

TRIP INCLUSIONS:
All accommodation (twin shared), meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), internal transportation, equipment, airport transfers and English-speaking guides.

TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International airfare, internal air to and from El Calafate, airport departure taxes, gratuities, meals not indicated and items of a personal nature.

MEALS:
6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners

ACCOMMODATION:
Hotel: 3 Nights
Tent: 2 Nights
Cabin: 1 Night

Trip Facts

Weather in Argentina

Buenos Aires
October to November: Pleasant afternoon temperatures, 20-26°C (69-79°F) with six to eight hours of sunshine daily.
December to February: Hot summer season with average afternoon temperature of 29°C (84°F) with nine hours of sunshine daily.
March to April: Pleasant afternoon temperatures, 20-26°C (69-79°F) with six to eight hours of sunshine daily.
June to August: Winter months bringing mild afternoon temperatures of 14°C (57°F) with only four hours of sunshine daily.

Patagonia
The weather in Patagonia, though extremely variable, can often be wet, cold and windy. Throughout the country, the proximity of the Pacific and the Andes creates numerous pockets of localized weather patterns known as microclimates. The average temperature during the day is 11°C (51°F). At night, the temperature drops to 3°C (38°F).

October to April: Cool, cloudy and dry.
May to September: Cold. Although there are no snowfalls, the influence of the ocean reduces the severity of winter.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required for Canadian and American citizens to travel into Argentina. There is an entry fee of $131 US for US citizens and $70 US for Canadians. This is payable in pesos or US dollars and can be paid in cash or credit card. Citizens of other countries should contact the embassy or consulate for entry requirements.

Food and Water

A great part of Argentina adventure travel is the food. Some of the must-tries in Argentina include carbonada (beef stew with rice, sweet potatoes, squash, maize and chopped apples and peaches), matambre relleno (stuffed and rolled flank steak served cold or baked) and almendrado (ice cream rolled in crushed almonds). You should exercise caution with food sold in the streets. Tap water is treated in Buenos Aires, although to be on the safe side it is advisable to drink only bottled water, which is available widely. Fruit drinks, soft drinks, coffee and tea are all widely available and safe to drink.

FAQ

How big are BikeHike's groups?

Our adventures are built for small groups, with a maximum of 12 travellers on each guided tour. Each group is diverse, comprised of men and women of many different nationalities and ages. By travelling in small groups we leave minimal ecological impact, cause less disruption to the native life and are able to gain a better appreciation for our surroundings. 

How fit do I need to be to join this trip?

We understand that people come in many fitness levels, so we've graded our trips accordingly. There are four difficulty levels on our trips: Easy, Moderate, Challenging, and Strenuous. 

This is a “challenging” trip.

Although the hikes themselves are not particularly strenuous, their length and challenging terrain will be more taxing than expected. Days are full, average 6-9 hours per day. The terrain is along trails of rolling hills, through forests, along coastlines and partly scrambling over rocks and boulders (sometimes in the snow). The winds can be extremely strong and the temperatures change from one moment to the next. For the most part, you are only expected to carry your daypack on the trail while hiking. The rest of your gear will be carried by the included porter service. Your daypack should be large enough to include your lunch, water, camera, sunscreen and any layer clothing you may need to adapt to the changing weather on the trail.

We strongly recommend that you begin a regular fitness program - that is if you are not already doing so. Four times a week, 60 minutes per session should be a minimum to prepare you for this adventure. The optimal workout would include weight training and cardiovascular activities such as walking, cycling and aerobics.

Has this trip been run before?

BikeHike Adventures has been operating since 1994. 

The logistics of organizing tours to remote corners of the world can be very complex. Our trip development department spends long hours researching destinations, routes, ground operations and equipment. All itineraries are screened without clients before they are added to our growing repertoire of adventures. Nothing is untested. 

Can you tell me more about typical travellers on this trip?

Our travellers share a common love for outdoor adventure. Most are looking for a physical adventure in an unfamiliar destination. This trip attracts one of our most diverse groups. A typical trip is comprised of men and women of varied ages and nationalities. Most of our clients on this trip are regular mortals in good physical condition, who exercise regularly and are invigorated by a personal challenge.

The age range on this trip is typically from 30-55, although we occasionally get younger and older travellers as well. 

What should I pack for this hiking trip?

We have prepared a packing list that you can download by clicking the link to the right on this page. 

Which airport do we fly in and out of for this trip?

El Calafate, Argentina. On day 1 of the trip, please make sure your flight arrives no later than 11:00am into El Calafate. On day 7 of the trip you can depart El Calafate at anytime.  

Can I take this trip if...

I am a solo traveller? How does solo accommodation and costing work?

This trip is quite popular with singles. Unlike many adventure travel companies, we don't charge single supplement fees to solo travellers. Instead, we pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If we can't find you a roommate, you get your own room at no additional charge.  A single private room supplement fee is only required if you specifically request a confirmed private room for the duration of the trip. Learn more about solo travel with BikeHike

I have special dietary requirements?

We will do our best to accommodate special dietary requests (e.g. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.), but ask that you please discuss your request with us when signing up for a trip.

I am travelling with children? Is this trip children friendly?

This trip is generally not a family focused trip for young children. However, this trip could be suitable for strong and active older teenagers. 

We do offer many other Family Focused trips, some of which are able to accommodate children as young as six.

Accommodation

Most of our trips include comfortable mid-range accommodations. This includes accommodation that provides a clean and comfortable experience in characterful surroundings that reflect the destination. To build stronger connections with the communities and support the local economies, we avoid using large international chain brands on BikeHike trips. 

This trip includes the following types of accommodation:

CAMPING and ECOCAMP  

Camping on this trip does not involve pitching your own tent. It is more "glamping" than camping. The locations are luxury campsites with tents mounted on wooden platforms. You'll have access to a dining room and kitchen, a washroom with flush toilets and sinks. This is an incredible experience as you'll be tenting in Patagonia! 

MOUNTAIN CABINS

In places such as Argentina our cabin stays (or "mountain refuges") are very comfortable. In every case, your night's stay will showcase the natural character of the location.

HOTELS

In an effort to keep money in the communities we visit around the world, BikeHike prefers small hotels, bungalows, and haciendas that showcase the character and local flair of each destination.

Click HERE for more information about accommodation styles.

Adventure Dates

  • Oct 26 - Nov 01, 2019
  • Nov 17 - Nov 23, 2019
  • Dec 15 - Dec 21, 2019
  • Jan 12 - Jan 18, 2020
  • Feb 09 - Feb 15, 2020
  • Mar 08 - Mar 14, 2020
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Price

(Land only, based on twin/shared room)
2799.00
USD
per person

* No single supplement fees
* Guaranteed departures on two travellers

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Add-Ons

  • It's easy to add days before and after your tour. Just ask! 
  • A popular trip extension before or after our Argentina trips is visiting Mendoza, Argentina's famous wine region. (We actually do quite a few custom extensions for foodies and wine-lovers who want to fully embrace that aspect of the country). 
Day Destination Activity Distance Lodging Meals
1
El Calafate - Los Glaciares National Park​​​​​​​
Optional Biking and Canoeing
Cabin
d
2
Fitz Roy Trek
Hiking
17 km
11 mi
Glamping
b,
l,
d
3
Laguna Torre
Hiking
16 km
10 mi
Glamping
b,
l,
d
4
Mount Torre - El Calafate
Hiking
Hotel
b,
l
5
Estancia Cristina - Canadon de Los Fosiles
Hiking
12 km
7 mi
Hotel
b,
l
6
Balconies of Perito Moreno Glacier
Hiking
Hotel
b,
l,
d
7
El Calafate
Departure
b

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Kim P
January 10, 2016

Patagonia was one of the very best trips our family has ever taken!  Our guide, Lucia, was fabulous and truly became part of our family.  The scenery, the vistas, the icebergs/glaciers – all of it, were amongst the most spectacular we have ever experienced – magical.  Our trip was planned to include the right amount of hiking, sightseeing, adventure, and just experiencing the region.  Our only complaint was that we needed time to see more!

Morelan Hills, OH, USA
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Tracey M
January 5, 2015

The trip was great – I really liked the accommodations and the guides. My favorite might have been the adventure camp!!! That place is like a hidden treasure!!!

San Francisco, USA
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