Marvel at glaciers, trek to expansive lakes and most importantly escape the crowds on this nine-night expedition through the breath-taking landscapes of El Chaltén in Argentina’s southern territory. Fast becoming a mecca for budding adventurists, now is the perfect time to head to the atmospheric and quirky town of El Chalten. We’ve tried and tested the treks, sourced out expert guides and uncovered the very best luxury lodges and camps to bring you an authentic experience in one of Latin America’s most beautiful regions. From chic Buenos Aires to the charm of El Calafate and the secluded splendour of Lago del Desierto and the dramatic scenery of Mount Fitz Roy, this is how Argentina does adventure. You’ll return feeling revitalized in both mind and body, and with plenty of tales to tell…
Soak up the charm in El Calafate
First stop: Buenos Aires, where you’ll spend two nights staying at the luxurious Four Seasons set in the chic neighbourhood of Recoleta. From the hotel, you’re perfectly situated to explore the sights of the city as well as taking part in a tango lesson or two. You’ll then start your adventure in El Calafate, Patagonia’s beating heart and a launch pad for exploring the surrounding scenery. You’ll be met at the airport and whisked by private transfer to Eolo Patagonia Spirit Hotel, a picturesque lodge designed to reflect the traditional Patagonian estancias by combining indigenous culture with contemporary luxury to give you a real taste of the area and heritage. After a good night’s sleep in one of the hotel’s panoramic suites, you’ll don your crampons and embark on your first mini trek to the famed Perito Moreno glacier. Here you’ll soak in views of the azure ice formations and lose yourself in sweet-smelling pine forests, with the sounds of freshwater rivers the soundtrack to your journey. Here you’ll also be able to ride on horseback out to Mount Frías with local riders to show you the essential skills for riding in this harsh terrain.Read more
Trek in the raw beauty of El Chaltén
The following day will start bright and early with a transfer to the eco-friendly Aguas Arriba lodge, set on the shores of the emerald green Lago del Desierto of El Chaltén that’s built entirely from natural wood and stone. It’s so remote that access is only by boat or a rewarding three-hour hike to the very heart of the forest. All rooms have stunning views of the lake, Mt. Fitz Roy or the dramatic Vespignani glacier, which call you to get out outside and get involved. Try your hand at fly-fishing, take a boat trip, or embark on a personalized trek out into the wild mountains. And, when you return weary but content, kick off your hiking boots and indulge some gourmet, locally-sourced home cooking in front of the stone fire. The perfect way to experience rural Argentina at its very best.
Go back to basics at the Fitz Roy Eco Camp
The next day will take you back to your childhood with a bike ride and a picnic packed with local delights. Set off along the shores of the Lago del Desierto towards Laguna Condor, breathing in rocky crevasses, snow-capped mountains and the sparkling lake along the way. You’ll be welcomed into your wilderness cabin with a firewood stove and watch the sunset from your private deck; luxurious camping at its very best. With mountain-bikes, canoes and kayaks at your disposal, you’ll be kept as active as you desire for the duration of your stay.
A hearty breakfast will set you up for the expedition you’ve been building up to – the most classic trek in the Fitz Roy Valley, famed for its splendour and the dwarfing peaks which can’t help but make you feel insignificant. At the highest point, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of Fitz Roy, the Glacier de Los Tres and its beautiful lagoon. You have to see it to believe it.
Scale the Viedma Glacier
Try out your new skills with ice climbing in the Viedma Glacier. Perfect for beginners, you’ll explore bluey crevasses, scale shimmering ice walls and feel truly alive. Relax after your excursion with an overnight stay at the quaint Hosteria Senderos, where peace and privacy are the order of the day and nothing is too much trouble. And with that, you return home. But you can’t stop thinking about your adventure. You’re hooked. The only question now is where you will next become a part of the world…