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Highlights

  • Magnificent, unspoiled open landscapes
  • Cruise to the foot of the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Stay on a remote, family-owned estancia
  • Visit Los Glacieres National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Hike the Mount Fitz Roy Trail

Explore the magnificent, sweeping vistas of Argentinian Patagonia with our Walk in this incredible paradise for hikers. This trip has so many exciting highlights.

We cruise by boat to the foot of the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier, where chunks of ice regularly "calve" from the main ice sheet and thunder into the water, creating waves that rock the boat. We visit an original pioneer ranch where we see a demonstration of sheep shearing, there is the opportunity to take a horseback ride over the estancia and we see a rich array of wildlife from flamingos to guanacos.

Three nights are spent at a remote but comfortable hotel in the Anita Valley, here we can walk directly from the hotel doors out into the wilderness. Wayfarers who love unspoiled frontiers will exult in the unmatched majesty and silence of the surroundings.

Monday Overnight: Hotel Kau Yatun

We will meet you at El Calafate Airport when your flight arrives, and take you to Hotel Mirador del Lago. We'll reconvene for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner in the hotel tonight

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Don Los Cerros

Today we set our sights on the Eolo Lodge, our stunning hotel in La Anita Valley. This is a unique location, almost overwhelming in its magnificence with 360-degree views of the surrounding land. We'll hike nearby, beside Nimez Lagoon, which throngs with birdlife.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Don Los Cerros

After a wonderful night's sleep, we'll make our way to the renowned Perito Moreno Glacier, a highlight of our visit to Patagonia! Walk the length of the pasarelas (catwalks) to marvel at vistas of this amazing force of nature. Then board a boat and sail to almost touching distance of this gigantic wall of ice.

Thursday Overnight: Hosteria Helsingfors

Today we explore the lodge's surroundings, hiking in the Anita Valley along the river, then to Mount Frias. The views are unforgettable, with a good chance we'll see flamingos in the valley, and guanacos and hares in the hills.

Friday Overnight: Hosteria Helsingfors

Head out of town on famous Route 40 bound for El Chalten. En route we stop at La Leona, the inn made famous as the hiding place of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Then spend the afternoon walking in the wild beauty of the borderlands between Argentina and Chile in Los Glaciares National Park.

Saturday Overnight: Eolo Lodge

Follow the river on the Fitz Roy Trail and climb with ever-wider views of Mount Fitz Roy and its glacier - a thrilling day's hike. Finish our route in El Chalten where we have time for a well-earned beer or ice cream.

Sunday Overnight: Eolo Lodge

Leave for Lake Viedma and a very special stay at a family-owned estancia. On arrival at Helsingfors we are welcomed with a traditional asado (barbeque) followed by a gentle afternoon of walking absorbing the peace and beauty of our surroundings

Monday Overnight: Eolo Lodge

Today we set out on a full day's hike to the Blue Lagoon via the gradual ascent of the River Alfredo. After a slow climb we reach the sweeping view of the lagoon, deep bright blue water, contrasting against the dark mountain and the glacier. It is beautiful and still, just as appears in photos but teeming with life.

Tuesday Overnight: Hotel Kau Yatun

Enjoy a leisurely morning, then transfer to El Calafate, about a three hour drive. We settle into Hotel Kau Yatun and enjoy a farewell dinner here.

Wednesday

We will meet you at El Calafate Airport when your flight arrives, and take you to Hotel Mirador del Lago. We'll reconvene for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner in the hotel tonight

Moderate-Energetic
"I feel lucky to have had such an enthusiastic and accommodating guide through Patagonia. Her sudden outbursts of song, nightly history lessons and all-round good humor were appreciated by all." SM
Terrain: Well marked trails and paths, some hills with steep inclines/declines. Paths can be rocky. Up to 12 miles walking per day

TRIP DETAILS

9 nights from
$6,925.00
Per Person Double Occupancy
(Single Supplement $0.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $0.00

Dates

From Mar 12 to Mar 21 (more dates)
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Arrival and Departure: El Calafate

Activities

Walk ExplorerPre-historic monument visitNational Park VisitLocal expert talkBoat Ride
Patagonia: O'Brien Group March 2018 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Hotel Mirador del Lago

Hotel Mirador del Lago

Mirador del Lago Hotel is located on Libertador Avenue in the city of El Calafate, Santa Cruz province, in the unparalleled Argentine Patagonia. A few steps away from the commercial center and exactly in front of Redonda Bay, our rooms are lakeside, spacious and modern.
Eolo Lodge

Eolo Lodge

Thirty minutes away from El Calafate, on the way to Perito Moreno Glacier, Eolo is strategically located in La Anita Valley, on the eastern side of Mount Fras. It stretches over a 3,000 hectare property. From Eolo's ample and comfortable facilities, which evoke ancient Patagonian "estancias", one can observe Lago Argentino towards the north, La Anita Valley towards the east, and the Torres del Paine and the Rico branch of the same lake towards the south. The place is unique. All the rooms in this Relais and Chateaux property are postioned with exceptional views. Facilities include the main living room, overlooking La Anita Valley, bar and restaurant overlooking Lago Argentino, library overlooking Torres del Paine, TV room (purposely the only TV in the hotel) overlooking Lago Argentino, indoor swimming pool and sauna. Rooms are large and have every conceivable comfort including WiFi and hairdryers. The restaurant serves superb cuisine and its barbeque nights are particularly special!

Hotel Don Los Cerros

Hotel Don Los Cerros

Los Cerros is a delightful chalet-style hotel in the Los Glaciares National Park, which affords a fabulous panoramic vista of the Fitz Roy mountain range and the Ro de las Vueltas. The 44 large guest rooms combine natural, rustic materials in contemporary colors, with huge windows to take in the view. Each features TV, WiFi, shower and bathtub, hairdryer, heating, telephone, minibar and safe. The hotel has a small spa. The restaurant offers gourmet cuisine, showcasing many regional flavors, including specialties such as Patagonian lamb and hare stew, accompanied by fine Argentine wines.

Hosteria Helsingfors

Hosteria Helsingfors

Perfectly positioned at the foot of the Andes Mountains in Los Glaciares National Park, with a panoramic view of the lake and peaks, The Lodge is on an estancia originally settled by a Finnish adventurer who named it after Helsinki. With just nine individually decorated deluxe rooms, it is now an intimate and superbly appointed hotel within a majestic natural landscape. Each heated bedroom has a private bathroom with either a whirlpool bath or hydrotherapy shower, and bathrobes are provided. Renowned for a unique dining experience and its sophisticated gourmet cuisine, Helsingfors offers the best of regional specialties like Patagonian lamb or local trout, accompanied by produce from its own vegetable garden.

Hotel Kau Yatun

Hotel Kau Yatun

Located on one of the area's original estancias and six blocks from downtown El Calafate, Kau Yatun provides the perfect launching pad for our Patagonian adventure. Rooms overlook the estancia and all are equipped with King size beds, Wi-Fi, toiletries, safes, hair dryers and heating with individual control.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants