Mount Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina

Argentinian Patagonia

This is a place where stunning carved valleys, electric blue glaciers, aquamarine rivers and ancient wind-blasted beech trees combine to create an epic landscape. The town of El Calafate, surrounded by majestic peaks, is the gateway to some incredible experiences in the nearby Los Glaciares National Park.

Here, you can try some typical Patagonian food like Calafate berry stews, purchase local handicrafts or prepare for outdoor activities such as trekking and fishing in this incredible terrain. Trek a spectacular route, flanked on one side by the gargantuan Perito Moreno Glacier and on on the other by lush forests and small waterfalls.

The glacier, a huge chunk of ice that seems to extend beyond the horizon, makes for stunning photography opportunities. Wearing sturdy crampons, plot a route over the shimmering blues, reds and greens of the ice field or, for the ultimate adventure, try your hand at an unforgettable ice-climbing expedition up the side of the glacier.

Old Patagonian Express Railway, Argentina
Old Patagonian Express Railway, Argentina

Lake District & the Old Patagonian Express

From the picturesque Lake District of the north to the wild glaciers of the south and the soaring Andes of the west to the wildlife-rich Atlantic of the east, this journey traverses the extremes of Argentinian Patagonia.

16 days

from £6,845 pp

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Iguazu Falls, Argentina
Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Highlights of Argentina

From the crashing Iguazu Falls of its northernmost tip to the Perito Moreno Glacier of its Patagonian south, this Argentinian discovery takes in some of the country’s most iconic highlights with remote estancia stays to boot.

12 days

from £3,445 pp

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Hiking, Patagonia, Argentina

Hike Patagonia’s Trails

Disappear for a day (self-guided or with an expert naturalist) with a picnic packed to explore the trails that afford 360-degree views of majestic Patagonia.

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Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

See the Perito Moreno Glacier

Witness the advancing Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, perhaps sailing over its turquoise waters and trying a whiskey cooled with glacial ice.

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Mount Fitz Roy at Sunrise, Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Self-Drive to El Chalten

Travel overland on a world-renowned route from Calafate to El Chalten to trek in Patagonia’s Fitzroy National Park, revelling in the colours, silence and solitude en route.

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4x4 self-drive adventure, Patagonia, Argentina

Patagonian 4×4 Expedition

Travel in your own 4×4 on an off-road adventure to find incredibly remote places, supported every step of the way by advanced technology and added extras.

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Penguin Island, Beagle Channel, Ushuaia, Argentina

Sail the Patagonian Coast

Sail to Penguin Island to see its colonies of Magellans, or alongside Malaspina Cove to discover its noisy sea lion population.

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Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

El Chalten Lodge £££££

  • Argentina
  • Wilderness

El Chalten lodge gives access to Patagonia’s most remote and spectacular wilderness. The property is designed to take full advantage of the serenity of the Los Huemules Conservation Reserve, while minimising its impact on the environment. This sustainably designed property looks out over Electric Valley and the Marconi Glacier, with its spectacular position making it ideal for exploring Argentinian Patagonia. It lies within reach of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

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Bahia Bustamante Lodge £££££

  • Argentina

Perched on the flabbergasting Patagonian coastline within 100,000 spectacularly biodiverse acres, Bahia Bustamante Lodge is a unique seaside lodge that has earned the feat of Argentina’s little-known answer to the Galapagos Islands. Surrounded by petrified forests, sandy beaches, moonscapes and crystal-clear water, this area attracts everything from penguins and armadillos to sea lions and guanacos.

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Estancia Cristina £££££

  • Argentina
  • Farmstead and Ranches

Only accessed by water, Estancia Cristina is a remote, imposing and enchantingly peaceful place that acts today as it did in the past by providing shelter from the wilds of Patagonia. Travel by boat across Lake Argentina past the impressive Upsala Glacier to the private port. Offering 20 cosy rooms, distributed between five lodges, the hotel offers a homely environment with excellent meals using local produce and a choice of excursions amidst the wide-open spaces of Patagonia.

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Aguas Arriba Lodge £££££

  • Argentina

Nestled into the shores of Lake Desierto sheltered from Patagonia’s notorious winds, the lodge has been built in a log-cabin style. Offering just six rooms, Aguas Arribas Lodge is a delightful hotel in a unique location inaccessible by road and 37kms away from El Chalten, the gateway to Fitzroy National Park.

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Paul Bird

Paul has visited Argentina several times, taking in everything from the mighty Iguazu Falls to the dazzling Perito Merino Glacier. According to him, any country that boasts one of Earth’s most dramatic waterfalls, magnificent salt flats, exquisite wines and a vibrant capital is more than worth a visit.

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