Untamed Patagonia

Exploring and conserving a wild frontier

  • Hike from Chile into Argentina through a remote border outpost—there are no roads out here
  • In Chile’s most sparsely populated region, explore gorgeous mountains and support conservation efforts in the future Patagonia National Park
  • Get to know the charming climbing community of
    El Chaltén and the famous Fitz Roy peaks
  • Departures magazine explored this region with the assistance of GeoEx for its September 2016 guide to Patagonia
Patagonia with GeoEx
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Trip Length: 11 Days
Activity type(s): Day Hiking, Cultural Tour
Trip Extensions: Argentina & Chile Extensions

After decades of traveling to the southern tip of the Americas, we thought it impossible to get any farther off the grid in this part of the world. Until we did. This adventure takes us into the impressively remote Aysén region to explore a national park in the making, to hike across the Chile-Argentina border where there are no roads, and to luxuriate in a wonderfully isolated, welcoming lodge set on a pristine alpine lake.

After meeting in Santiago, the Chilean capital, and flying to the Aysén, we journey overland to the future Patagonia National Park. Based from its elegant, intimate eco-lodge, we go for awe-inspiring hikes and learn from our friends at Conservación Patagónica about efforts to protect vulnerable ecosystems, recover endangered species, and support local communities.

Next we follow the lonely Carretera Austral (or Southernmost Highway) to the frontier town of Lago O’Higgins, then boat across its namesake glacial lake to start an intrepid hike across the border. After two rewarding nights by Lago del Desierto, we make our way by boat, vehicle, and foot to the charming town of El Chaltén, where we ramble among peaks of the famous Fitz Roy range. A flight to Buenos Aires brings us back to civilization.

If you'd like to discover more of Patagonia, take advantage of our Torres del Paine extension. And if you’d like more time in Santiago or Buenos Aires, we’re happy to make the arrangements.

Patagonia tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Santiago, Chile
  • Day 2: fly to Aysén region, drive to Chacabuco Valley
  • Days 3 & 4: hiking in the future Patagonia National Park
  • Day 5: by road to Villa O'Higgins
  • Day 6: cross lake, hike to Lago del Desierto in Argentina
  • Day 7: Lago del Desierto outings
  • Day 8: boat, drive, and hike to El Chaltén
  • Days 9 & 10: Fitz Roy hiking
  • Day 11: drive to El Calafate, fly to Buenos Aires, depart.

  • Optional Torres del Paine Extension:
  • Day 11: Visit Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Day 12: by road to Torres del Paine
  • Days 13 & 14: Torres del Paine hiking
  • Day 15: fly to Santiago, depart.