Patagonia Trip Itinerary & Hike: Torres del Paine Argentina

Into Patagonia

Escape to Serrated Mountains, Glacier Fed Lakes, and Remote Wilderness

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Into Patagonia

Group Travel | 13 Days
  • Patagonia’s must-see sights on a trip built with GeoEx’s 20-plus years’ experience
  • Incredible adventures through awe-inspiring mountain scenery
  • Estancia Cristina: entrancingly beautiful, incredibly wild, graciously welcoming
  • Bookend glorious wilderness with civilized Buenos Aires
  • Optional extension to the majestic Fitz Roy range already built in

Of earth’s 37 billion acres, very few are as stunning as those we savor on this classic trip into Patagonia, where the Andes explode upward into one of the world’s most spectacular mountain clusters. Traveling in a small group (no more than 12), we hike amid the jagged, iconic peaks of Torres del Paine, marvel at calving Perito Moreno Glacier, and revel in a remote wilderness ranch found for us long ago by Patagonian sage Yvon Chouinard. Move between Argentina and Chile, beginning your adventures in sultry Buenos Aires and capping off the trip in mountain-ringed Santiago. An optional Fitz Roy extension allows even more time to glory in the remarkable landscape.

Trip Overview

We were impressed with the uniformly excellent local guides, the flow of the itinerary, and the consistently excellent logistics.


This trip exceeded every expectation. Patagonia has long been on my mind, but I could not have anticipated the level at which being there would affect us. I had started out thinking we were taking the trip of a lifetime; now I think it is just the first of its kind.


Arrive in Buenos Aires and spend the afternoon exploring the city before overnighting in your luxury hotel.

2 – 4

The optional Fitz Roy extension gives you two full days to hike this magnificent range Fly to El Calafate and drive to the mountain village of El Chaltén, the base for your explorations  Travelers not doing the extension arrive in Buenos Aires on Day 4.


The extension ends with the drive back to El Calafate to meet the rest of the group Los Glaciares National Park is “the best place in South America to see glaciers in action,” according to UNESCO Behold Perito Moreno Glacier calve into an icy lake.

6 – 7

Boat across turquoise Lago Argentino to Estancia Cristina, an isolated wilderness ranch and glorious place to wander, fish, ride horses, and gaze at massive peaks.


Ferry across Lake Argentino back to El Calafate  Visit one of the few glacier museums in the world and have a drink at the bar—made completely from glacial ice!

9 – 11

A remote road leads to Chile and Torres del Paine National Park Spend two full days of breathtaking hikes (or other activities), savoring views of jaw-dropping summits, and watching for condors and silver foxes.

12 – 13

Travel to Santiago de Chile, check out the sights of the city with a view, and perhaps savor a pisco sour before departing for flights home.


Meet Our Leaders

Merlin Lipshitz

Living most of his life in El Chaltén, Argentina, Merlin has been a mountaineer since age 15. He has done countless expeditions on the Patagonian Ice Cap and climbed the Bolivian Andes, Yosemite's El Capitan, Mont Blanc, and more.


Departures Magazine

“Figuring out Patagonia’s complex logistics requires the help of an outfitter...[Geographic Expeditions] is an ideal choice for an out-there destination because of its risk-management program, with security and emergency assistance built into every trip.” –Departures magazine, which explored this region with the assistance of GeoEx



Interested in adding time in Buenos Aires, Iguazu Falls, moai-dappled Easter Island, Uruguay (with colonial masterpieces and gaucho culture), the wildlife-thronged Peninsula Valdez, the Argentine Lakes District, or beyond? We're happy to make the arrangements.


Dates & Prices


01/31/21 – 02/09/21   (Extension 1/28–31) – Led by Merlin Lipshitz; Limited space; please call

03/19/21 – 03/28/21   (Extension 3/16–19)

10/23/21 – 11/01/21   (Extension 10/20–23)

01/31/22 – 02/09/22   (Extension 1/28–31)

03/07/22 – 03/16/22   (Extension 3/04–07)


From $10,475 per person

Fitz Roy Extension: From $2,575 per person


  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Most meals
  • Bottled or filtered water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of a GeoEx trip leader, local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • Some gratuities
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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