Patagonia Hiking Through Torres del Paine and Estancia Cristina

Into Patagonia

Savor Serrated Mountains, Glacier-Fed Lakes, and Wildlife

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Into Patagonia

Group Travel | 9 Days
  • Patagonia’s must-see sights on a trip built with GeoEx’s 20-plus years experience
  • Incredible hikes through awe-inspiring mountain scenery
  • Top-rated trip leader Merlin Lipshitz, an El Chaltén local
  • Estancia Cristina: entrancingly beautiful, incredibly wild, graciously welcoming
  • Santiago (with wine tasting) and Buenos Aires

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 16), 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. And if seeing the spiky Fitz Roy range is a must, don’t miss our handy El Chaltén extension.

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.


Upon arrival in Santiago, Chile, we visit a vineyard and Pompeian-style manor house to taste acclaimed and lesser-known varietals from the region.

2 – 4

Fly south and go for breathtaking hikes in Torres del Paine National Park, savoring views of jaw-dropping summits and watching for condors and silver foxes.


A remote road leads us to Argentina and Los Glaciares National Park, “the best place in South America to see glaciers in action,” according to UNESCO Behold Perito Moreno Glacier calve into an icy lake.

6 – 9

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 Fly to Buenos Aires and depart.

9 – 12

On the optional El Chaltén extension, we explore the Viedma Glacier and hike in the sublime Fitz Roy range before traveling to Buenos Aires for flights home.


Meet Your Trip Leader

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, Iguassu 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


02/09/20 – 02/17/20   (Extension 2/17-20) – Limited space, please call; guaranteed*

*Guaranteed departures will not be cancelled due to low enrollment; you can sign up and be confident that your plans will not change.


2020 Group Trips: From $11,625 per person

Optional El Chaltén Extension: $2575 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 water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of a GeoEx trip leader, local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • All 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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