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Marvel at the scenic and wildlife highlights of the immense treeless plateau of Patagonia in both Argentina and Chile!

From the lakes and glaciers around Calafate to the stunning peaks and burgeoning wildlife of Torres del Paine, en route to Ushuaia at the southern end of Tierra del Fuego. The best, however, is left till the end – with the astonishing marine life of the Peninsula Valdés.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK

  2. Days 2-3 : Arrive Buenos Aires, 2-nights. City tour and optional tango show with dinner

    This morning, you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for the next 2 nights. Buenos Aires is a very vibrant city and you have plenty of time to explore it at your leisure time. The next day you head out on a birdwatching trip at the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, with up to 90 different species including the unusual black-necked swan. In the evening you may opt for a dinner with tango show (optional).

  3. Days 4-5 : Fly to El Calafate, 2-nights. Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier

    Today you transfer to the airport and fly to El Calafate from where you will transfer to the beautiful Eolo Lodge. A full day excursion to the famous UNESCO site of Perito Moreno Glacier will bring the glacier to life with its thundering sounds.

    Accommodation: Eolo Lodge, 2-nights

  4. Days 6-8 : Transfer to Torres del Paine National Park (Chile), 3-nights. Optional excursions in Torres del Paine National Park

    Today you cross the border to Chile as you travel to Torres del Paine National Park (about 6 hours drive). The towering mountains are your base for three days with plenty opportunities of optional activities such as trekking or horseriding to the base of the towers.

  5. Day 9: Afternoon drive to Puerto Natales, 1-night

  6. Day 10: Drive to Estancia Olga Teresa to see condor nest, continue to Punta Arenas via Oway Bay penguin colony, 1-night hotel

  7. Days 11-13 : Bus across Magellan Strait to Ushuaia (Argentina), 3-nights. Walks in Lapataia National Park and on Redonda Island

    Over the next three days you can explore Ushuaia and its surroundings. A boat trip to the Beagle Channel brings you close to cormorants and sealions and walks in Lapataia National Park and Redonda Island are a real wildlife treat! Look out for delights such as North American beaver, muskrat, grey fox, austral parakeet, South Andean deer and southern river otter.

  8. Days 14-15 : Fly to Trelew and continue to Puerto Madryn, 2-nights. Explore Valdes Peninsula

    Today you transfer to the airport and fly to Trelew - from there it is a one hour to Puerto Madryn. This is your base to visit Valdes Peninsula, well-known for the northern right whales migration (September until December). In the area you are also likely to see interesting species including the soft guanaco, magellenic penguin, elephant seal and even orca.

  9. Day 16: Visit Punta Tombo Penguin Colony and fly to Buenos Aires, 1-night

  10. Day 17: Depart

  11. Day 18: Arrive UK

Key info

Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
  • Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 18 days from £5,595 pp
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 16 days from £4,645 pp
  • Single supplement: From £1,995
  • When to go: Oct-Apr
Featured locations:

El Calafate & Los Glaciares National Park

This small resort on the shore of Lago Argentino is the base for exploring the UNESCO site of Los Glaciares National Park, an area mostly covered by giant icefields. The five kilometre mouth of Perito Moreno Glacier towers 70 metres above the water, creating thunderous noises as blocks of ice break off.

  • Where: Santa Cruz Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Andean condor, black-faced ibis, black-necked swan, Chilean flamingo, torrent duck

Torres del Paine National Park

Chilean Patagonia’s premier attraction is a scenic mix of craggy peaks, glacial lakes, icefields and green valleys – a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The omnipresent Paine Massif, a magnificent set of rocky spires formed from granite and sedimentary rock, dominates the landscape.

  • Where: Última Esperanza Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Andean condor, South American grey fox, guanaco, puma, South Andean deer
  • Excellent for: Wildlife photography

Ushuaia & Tierra Del Fuego National Park

Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and the South Atlantic Islands, lies far south of Buenos Aires in a dramatic position overlooking the Beagle Channel. The world’s most southerly city is surrounded by the wilderness and lakes of Tierra del Fuego, a perfect location for activities and watching wildlife.

  • Where: Terra del Fuego province
  • Ideal for viewing: ashy-headed goose, austral parakeet, fur seal, magellanic penguin, magellanic woodpecker

Valdes Peninsula

Argentina’s foremost wildlife site is a flat peninsula at the northern end of Patagonia, lined with sandy beaches and rocky shelves. The beaches are home to prodigious numbers of marine wildlife, including the only colony of elephant seal on the South American mainland. Birdwatching is good year round.

  • Where: Chubut Province
  • Ideal for viewing: elephant seal, lesser rhea, mara, orca, southern right whale
  • Excellent for: Whale watching
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Eolo Lodge

This deluxe estancia-style lodge is located between El Calafate to Perito Moreno glacier, on a 3,000 hectare estate with wonderful views over Lago Argentino. The property has 17 suites, all with different views, and offers activities such as wildlife and bird watching, star gazing, walking and horse riding.

The Singular Patagonia

This historic building close to Puerto Natales has been meticulously transformed into a stunning, award-winning, luxury hotel that blends old and new in a triumph of design, and has been declared a national historic landmark. All its spacious rooms and suites have huge picture windows overlooking Last Hope Sound.