Classic Hikes of Patagonia

15 Days | Trek past glaciers, mountains and waterfalls on these classic hikes of wild South America

5 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
Walking & trekking
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Travel from the heaving streets of Buenos Aires to the remote wilderness of Argentina and Chile on this 15-day trekking tour. Hike to the clear waters of Laguna de Los Tres and see a glacial lake surrounded by jagged peaks when you explore Laguna Torre. Spend a few days deep in the wilds of Torres del Paine National Park, hiking past glaciers and watching rhea birds and pink flamingos preen in front of a snowy mountain backdrop. Finish up with a lagoon hike in Ushuaia and a night in Buenos Aires – the perfect end to an active adventure through the wilderness of South America. If you’re looking to tick off all the classic hikes of Patagonia (and then some!) – this trip is perfect.

Trip overview

Map of Classic Hikes Of Patagonia including Argentina and Chile
Start
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Finish
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Theme
Walking & trekking
Destinations
Chile, Argentina
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
GPXU
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Witness Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier and listen to the symphony of thundering ice cracking along the 30 km-long expanse of electric blue. This is one of the few glaciers left that isn’t shrinking!
  • Spend three days camped among the peaks of Chilean Patagonia – a great opportunity for a true digital detox. Sleep under an untouched sky and witness vast, ever-changing landscapes by day.
  • Trek past the most beautiful waterfalls and glaciers of Torres del Paine National Park with your trip leader, and spot wildlife like guanacos, flamingos, foxes and rhea birds along the way.
  • Explore Laguna Esmeralda – arguably the best hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park. Near Ushuaia (The End of the World), this is the nation’s only park with an ocean coastline.
  • Begin and end your trip with time in bustling Buenos Aires – the perfect place to reconnect with the urban world after a remote adventure in the wild. Try local Argentinian food, dance the tango and hit the nightlife!

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a hiking trip, you should come prepared as the fitter you are, the more enjoyable all the hikes will be.
  • Please read the packing list carefully and bring all essential items with you. Your suitability to the weather in Patagonia is an important factor to consider before you travel. Be prepared for all elements – rain, wind and extreme cold.
  • The three-day camping adventure in Torres del Paine National Park is one of our favourite parts of this trip but remember facilities will be more basic on this part of the tour than others. We've sourced our accommodation very carefully and picked the best possible hotels in line with the Intrepid style of travel, but please note that service and accommodation in Argentina and Chile may differ from standards at home.
  • In order to make the most of our time in Patagonia, this trip includes two particularly long travel days (Days 7 and 11). Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates. The reward for your patience comes in the form of jaw-dropping glacial scenery.

Itinerary

Map of Classic Hikes Of Patagonia including Argentina and Chile

Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Plane, local bus, private vehicle, boat

Accommodation

Hotel (11 nights), Camping (3 nights)

Activities
  • Buenos Aires - Leader-led orientation walk
  • El Chalten - Laguna de los Tres guided hike
  • El Chalten - Laguna Torre guided hike
  • El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier day trip
  • El Calafate - Los Glaciares National Park
  • Torres del Paine - 3 nights fully supported camping experience
  • Torres del Paine - Base las Torres guided hike
  • Torres del Paine - French Valley guided hike
  • Ushuaia - Laguna Esmerelda guided hike
Add on activities
  • Buenos Aires - Tango show including tango class & dinner - USD120
  • Buenos - Aires - Gran Cafe Tortoni Show - ARS20000
  • Teatro Colon - USD14
  • Buenos Aires Short Break Adventure (GGAA) - USD422
  • El Calafate - Lago Argentino boat trip - USD40
  • Perito Moreno - Guided trek (65 yrs old is the maximum age permitted) From Price - USD495
  • Penguin tour - USD200
  • Martial Glacier hike - approx USD 15 (payable in ARS, taxi to the start of the trail) - ARS500
  • Ushuaia - Beagle Channel cruise - USD40
  • Buenos Aires - Football game (subject to availability) from - USD120
  • Buenos Aires - Polo day - USD185
  • Buenos Aires - Tigre day trip (prices from) - USD95

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Important notes

1. Full passport details are required at the time of booking in order to purchase entrance fees to certain National Parks as well as flights and overland transfers.
2. This trip starts with a welcome meeting at 3 pm on Day 1.
3. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 7, 8 and 9 (Camping) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
4. We highly recommend you take US Dollars with you to Argentina and change it locally. While ATMs are widely available in the cities, they are limited in the countryside or certain regions such Patagonia. There is also a daily limit for withdraws of around USD80. The exchange rate does fluctuant.
5. This trip includes domestic flights. Argentina is particularly strict on excess baggage and usually enforces a maximum allowance of 15 kilograms for checked luggage.

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Reviews

5 out of 5 based on 15 reviews submitted.
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Kinga · Traveled March 2024
An amazing trip! Patagonia is magical and the trip was well organised. Gus, our guide, was amazing, making the trip an unforgettable experience for all of us. We had a great group and people made the trip even better! The Perito Moreno booking went wrong, but Intrepid has investigated the issue, so hopefully it won’t repeat.
Review submitted 27 May 2024

Yulia · Traveled March 2024
Well-organized trip through amazing Patagonian scenery! The hikes provided great highlights of the landscape and views. Our journey was made special by incredibly knowledgeable and caring tour leader Agustin Galetto who shared so many interesting facts, his enthusiasm for the region was inspring! We felt support of Augustin at each step and he accomodated various requests of the group so that our journey was very smooth and enjoyable.
Review submitted 07 Apr 2024

Agnieszka · Traveled March 2024
Classic Hikes of Patagonia - absolutely must trip for hikers! Insane views and incredible nature!! Our tour guide Agustin Galetto was fantastic, very knowledgeable and caring person, great photographer and passionate hiker! Gus made massive difference to my experience!! If you want to go and hike Perito Moreno Glacier, however, make sure you book it outside Intrepid, firstly they messed it up so no one from our group was able to do it ( and it was too late to fix it when in Patagonia as it got sold out and there’s just one day you can do it) and secondly they tried to change us for mini hike the same amount local operator charges for a Big Ice.
Review submitted 10 Apr 2024

Mirjam · Traveled March 2024
I had an incredibly great time in Patagonia. Discovering the landscape in Patagonia on various hikes was great. Our guide Augustin knows so much about Patagonia and you can tell that he takes great joy in his work. Traveling Patagonia with him and our group made this experience even more unforgettable.
Review submitted 09 Apr 2024

Margaret · Traveled March 2024
Wow, what an adventure we had with Intrepid in Patagonia. Apart from the amazing environment, our superb hikes, wonderful glaciers, we got to meet some interesting locals, sampled the foods, wines and lots of delicacies of the area.
Review submitted 31 Mar 2024
Classic Hikes of Patagonia
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USD $8,900