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Buenos Aires, Tierra Del Fuego & Argentine Patagonia: Discover spectacular Southern Argentina

Days: 13 | From: $5,890/per person

After a few days in the vibrant metropolis of Buenos Aires, head south to Tierra del Fuego, “land of fire,” and discover Patagonia's stark, sweeping vistas and unique wildlife.

  • Includes accommodations at first class hotels that reflect the best of local culture
  • Includes excursions and tours with superb private guides
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At a glance

  • Buenos Aires
    3 nights: explore Argentina's bustling capital city
  • Ushuaia
    3 nights: discover the world's southernmost city, gateway to Tierra del Fuego National Park
  • El Chalten
    3 nights: hike the land of legendary climbing peaks Fitzroy and Cerro Torre
  • El Calafate
    3 nights: stay in a unique estancia in picturesque Los Glaciares National Park

  • All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.

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Sample itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - Puerto Madero at Dusk

Arrive to Buenos Aires, Argentina’s colorful capital, where your private guide will take you to your boutique hotel in the fashionable Palermo district. This is one of the best areas of town for walking around, with charming boutiques and top restaurants.

Accommodations: Mine Hotel

This small, modern boutique hotel has an excellent location in the vibrant Palermo SoHo neighborhood, with many cafes and restaurants right outside the front door. The 20-room hotel offers a restaurant and a private green space with a garden and small pool; most rooms overlook this quaint backyard area.

Upgrades available: Legado Mitico, Alvear Palace, Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt, and others
Day 2

Get to Know Vibrant Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - Street View

Explore Buenos Aires with your private guide, a bilingual local who will take you through the city’s unique neighborhoods. Discover the charms of Palermo, the Recoleta, the Teatro Colon, the Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo, and La Boca. With your private guide, you have the flexibility to explore at your own pace and make detours and stops along the way.

After your tour, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own and trying out the city’s excellent restaurants – we’ll provide a list of our top recommendations!

Accommodations: Mine Hotel

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 3

Relax and Explore the City

Argentina - Couple Dancing

Enjoy a day at leisure to delve into the city’s offerings; we’ll give you some of our favorite suggestions for things to see and do. We can also arrange privately guided day excursions to nearby sites, such as the town of Colonia, Uruguay (a well preserved 17th century Portuguese colonial town that is a UNESCO World Heritage site), or up to Tigre and the Delta (there are also biking excursions up to Tigre).

You might also enjoy an excursion to one of the traditional estancias of San Antonio de Areco, about 1.5 hours from Buenos Aires. This is an area that has preserved gaucho traditions more than any other in Argentina, and the estancias offer an in-depth experience in this fundamental aspect of Argentine culture and history.

Accommodations: Mine Hotel

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 4

Tierra del Fuego, the “Land of Fire”

Argentina - Ushuaia

Fly to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. The city is located in Tierra del Fuego, so named by European sailors in the 1500s for their sighting of innumerable bonfires built by the native Yaghan people. Windswept Ushuaia is surrounded by the snowcapped Martial Mountains, and your charming boutique hotel offers views out over the Beagle Channel.

Accommodations: Tierra de Leyendas

Tierra de Leyendas is one of the top small boutique hotels in Ushuaia, with one of the best restaurants in the city and wonderful hosts. Its seven bedrooms have oversized windows offering views of the stunning landscape. The hotel is located 2.5 miles from downtown Ushuaia (taxis from the hotel are easily arranged), on a small hill overlooking the Beagle Channel and the Andes mountain range.

*Includes: Breakfast

Upgrades and alternatives: Los Cauquenes, Alto Andino
Day 5

Hike Tierra del Fuego National Park with Your Private Guide

Argentina - Tierra del Fuego

Enjoy a a private visit to Tierra del Fuego National Park with your local guide. Hike the coastal trail along the shoreline, with views of the surrounding mountains, forests, and bays. Your guide will help you make the most of your time: taking you to the best highlight areas of the park, identifying plant and animal life, and explaining the history and culture of the region. The hiking can be as active or relaxed as you like.

Accommodations: Tierra de Leyendas

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 6

Visit Historic Estancia Harberton and Boat Out to Beautiful Gable Island

Patagonia Wildlife - Penguins

Enjoy a small group excursion to Estancia Harberton, a historic hacienda located on the southeastern part of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The estancia was founded in 1886 by missionary/pioneer Thomas Bridges, whose descendants continue to operate the estancia. Continue by boat out to nearby Gable Island, a lovely place with great views of the Beagle Channel, for some light hiking. On your return you will pass Martillo Island, home to a Magellanic penguin colony and a variety of other marine and birdlife.

Please note: On this excursion you will travel by boat close to the Martillo Island penguin colony and will be able to observe the penguins from the boat. If you prefer an excursion where you disembark at the penguin colony and where there is less hiking involved, we can also arrange that. There are various options for exploring this area, including sea kayaking and more relaxed canoeing. If you are interested in learning about the different options in this area, just let us know!

Accommodations: Tierra de Leyendas

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 7

Fly to El Calafate and Transfer to El Chalten, on the Edge of Los Glaciares National Park

Patagonia - El Calafate - Cattle

Fly north to El Calafate and take a scenic private drive to El Chalten, located on the northern end of Los Glaciares National Park. This is the home of legendary climbing peaks Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. A visit to this part of Patagonia is a chance to hike and explore in the midst of some of the most extraordinary mountain scenery on earth.

Accommodations: Hosteria Senderos

Hosteria Los Senderos sits within Los Glaciares National Park in the mountain town of El Chalten, and is just a few minutes' walk to trail heads for some of the continent's most magnificent day hikes. Inspired by the Patagonian farms of the 1920s, the hotel and its 21 rooms blend nostalgia with modern amenities. This is one of the top small boutique-style hotels in town.

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 8

Hike Los Glaciares National Park with Your Private Guide

Patagonia - El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier - Ice Trekking

Spend the day hiking with your knowledgeable private guide, a local who will help you get a deeper understanding and appreciate of this remarkable area. There are plenty of hiking options in this area, most notably the strenuous and rewarding hikes to Fitzroy and Cerro Torre. There is also a shorter hike to scenic Lake Capri. You can discuss your preference with your guide and tailor the day to your interests and preferring activity level.

Accommodations: Hosteria Senderos

Hosteria Los Senderos sits within Los Glaciares National Park in the mountain town of El Chalten, and is just a few minutes' walk to trail heads for some of the continent's most magnificent day hikes. Inspired by the Patagonian farms of the 1920s, the hotel and its 21 rooms blend nostalgia with modern amenities. This is one of the top small boutique-style hotels in town.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Time to Hike and Explore More of El Chalten

Patagonia - El Chalten

Take advantage of another day to hike and discover this spectacular area. Hiking trails are well-marked and easy to follow, so you have the option of self-guided exploration or arranging another day with your private guide.

Accommodations: Hosteria Senderos

*Includes: Breakfast

Day 10

Transfer to El Calafate, Land of Towering Glaciers

Argentina - Nibepo Aike - Estancia - Sheep Herding

Drive to El Calafate and head deep into the scenic countryside to your traditional estancia, a favorite among our travelers. Bordering the national park, this estancia offers a view into traditional Patagonian life and access to some rarely-visited and beautiful areas of Argentine Patagonia.

Accommodations: Estancia Nibepo Aike

Nibepo Aike was established as a functioning ranch at the beginning of the 20th century. Located on the southern bank of Lake Argentino, it has a privileged location inside Los Glaciares National Park. The estancia offers easy access, on horseback or via hiking or biking, to places with magnificent, off the beaten path views of the surrounding glaciers and mountains. The estancia has 10 guest rooms: eight double rooms and two triple rooms, all with private bathrooms. The dining room serves traditional meat and vegetable dishes made mostly from home produce.

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Alternative lodging options: Estancia Helsingfors, Eolo
Day 11

Up Close and Personal on Perito Moreno Glacier

Patagonia - Perito Moreno Glacier

Enjoy a unique excursion to the iconic Perito Moreno Glacier. You won’t just view the glacier from a distance – you’ll take a catamaran ride to the front of the glacier and do a short hike on the ice itself. (Crampons will be provided; this is a non-technical and non-strenuous walking excursion. We can also arrange more challenging and strenuous treks on the glacier.) Afterward, visit the viewing areas for great views of the glacier before returning to your estancia for a traditional Patagonian asado dinner.

Accommodations: Estancia Nibepo Aike

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12

Free day on the Estancia: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Ranching Activities, or Relaxation

Patagonia - El Calafate - Estancia

Enjoy a day to explore your estancia. This is an outstanding area for hiking and horseback riding, and the staff at Nibepo Aike will take you riding or help you find the best trails to hike. There are also typical ranching activities that vary by day, such as sheep-shearing.

Accommodations: Estancia Nibepo Aike

*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13

Depart for Home or Your Next Destination

Today you will say goodbye to your local guide and head to the airport for your flight home or to your next destination.

*Includes: Breakfast

More Photos From This Trip

Buenos Aires viewed through a windowBuenos Aires BridgeBuenos Aires - Teatro ColonTierra del Fuego National ParkTierra del Fuego - UshuaiaEl Chalten River with Mt. Fitz Roy in the backgroundNibepo Aike - diningPerito Moreno Glacier at Dusk

Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary

  • Add a few extra nights in Buenos Aires or Bariloche. We can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to historical sites, and active options such as hiking, biking, boating, and horseback riding.

  • Take part in a day of polo at an estancia outside Buenos Aires: Spend the morning on a horse learning the basics of this popular equestrian sport, enjoy a traditional lunch, then put your new skills to use in a relaxed polo match in the afternoon. Great for beginners and experienced riders alike!

  • Enjoy an extra day or two in El Calafate. There are plenty of great excursions and beautiful places to visit, such as the isolated Estancia Cristina, located next to the spectacular Upsala Glacier and only reachable by boat.

  • Spend some time at Estancia Helsingfors, a first class boutique property in Los Glaciares National Park. The estancia has a stunning location and remote feel, and is a great option for those who prefer to explore Patagonia with a higher emphasis on luxury.

  • Extend your visit with time at Iguazu Falls or the Lake District and Bariloche.

  • Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.

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