Hike the Classic Trails of Patagonia
Welcome to Patagonia—the heart and soul of outdoor adventure in Argentina. Enveloped by oceans and dominated by the Andes, this rugged region in the south of the country boasts some of the wildest landscapes in the world.
Your journey starts in El Chaltén, a quaint village nestled in the eastern part of the UNESCO-protected Los Glaciares National Park. Enter Argentina’s world-renowned hiking haven and enjoy the staggering scenery, abundant wildlife and easy access to the most glorious hiking trails in South America.
Patagonia’s iconic landscapes unveiled
DISCOVER THE TREKKING CAPITAL OF ARGENTINA
Far from the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Buenos Aires, southern Argentina is an area of exceptional natural beauty. Nowhere is this more evident than on the classic hiking trails of Patagonia.
This multi-day backpacking journey around El Chaltén will take you through the majestic bucket list sites of the Southern Patagonian Icefield and Los Glaciares National Park.
Witness the striking, cloud-piercing peaks of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy, where colossal icebergs crash into the glacial lakes below with a thunderous splash.
As you pass through the vibrant landscapes surrounding the massifs of Patagonia, you’ll encounter countless animals unique to this part of the world.
These diverse ecosystems are home to many different species of flamingos, condors, guanacos, huemul (endangered Andean deer), pumas, foxes, and the rabbit-like viscacha.
Landscapes for every taste
Following pathways across mountains, valleys, and forests, you’ll explore all the hidden gems of southern Argentina, such as the ethereal Laguna Torre and the rocky vantage point of Mirador del Maestri.
Rocks dappled with red and green hues; glaciers streaked with ribbons of aquamarine; shimmering turquoise lakes set against the sun-kissed walls of Fitz Roy—these astonishing trails will take you on a hiking journey bursting with color!
LAGUNA DE LOS TRES
This natural viewpoint is the closest site to the steep walls of Mount Fitz Roy and its towering granite peaks. Enjoy the undisturbed views of the mountains and glaciers in this serene lagoon.
SOUTHERN PATAGONIAN ICEFIELD
Even in person, it’s hard to understand the sheer scale of the Southern Patagonian Icefield! It is the largest of the South American icefields, stretching over 350 km/217 miles, and one of the largest non-polar glaciers on Earth.
Lenga forests provide a habitat for many animals—here you might spot Magellanic woodpeckers, parakeets, and even pumas that are known to roam the area. After crossing several small streams, you’ll arrive at a lush valley that fills with daisies in the springtime.
This is another classic you cannot miss—a site of majestic mountains and glaciers. The nearby Cerro Torre massif is one of the most extraordinary climbs in the world.
MIRADOR DEL MAESTRI VIEWPOINT
Get a closer look at the glaciers and Cerro Torre from this outlook located at the far end of Laguna Torre. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped onto the cover of National Geographic.
Found at the northwest corner of Lago Viedma in Los Glaciares National Park, this is one of the last areas you will reach when trekking the Huemul Circuit.
FITZ ROY MASSIF
The Fitz Roy Massif is the crowning jewel of Los Glaciares National Park. Its gigantic, jagged granite towers have been enchanting adventurers for centuries.
LOMA DEL PLIEGUE TUMBADO
This optional trek will take you up a scenic trail from which you can appreciate the vastness of Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Lake Viedma, and the Patagonian steppe.
A soul-stirring adventure awaits
Uncover the beauty of Patagonia with a guide
Explore the rugged wilderness together
Prepare your mind and body for a completely new kind of challenge and set off on a journey with a group of like-minded trekking enthusiasts. From the moment you set foot on the trail to the day of departure, you’ll be creating lifelong memories and friendships.
These treks host up to 10 people ready to cross glaciers, climb mountains, wade through streams, and navigate the steppe in one of the most spectacular corners of our planet.
- SCENIC FOOTPATHS
- DIVERSE LANDSCAPES
- ABUNDANT WILDLIFE
- ENDLESS HIKING
- LIFELONG MEMORIES
Julián is a Patagonia local who has been hiking, climbing up and skiing down its mountains his whole life. He’s one of the expert guides operating in Patagonia, Peru and Bolivia.
Not only does he take his clients on adventures of a lifetime, he makes sure to pass on invaluable experience which can only be gained from years spent in the great outdoors.
“Julian is the best guide we have had to date.
After backcountry trips ranging from New Zealand to Norway we have seen a lot and Julian put together a terrific trip for Patagonia. We spent 4 nights and 5 days in the El Chalten backcountry lucking into near perfect weather with sun and mild winds.
This was a family trip with 6 of us so we did not technical climb but did glacier trek and reached many of the hardest to hike points in the range area. As a bonus, we also learned a lot on the geology and fauna of the area while we rested as Julian explained in detail how this remote area came about.
The private campgrounds were well run, the food was terrific and we even had wine and champagne available for New Years. I heartily recommend Julian as your guide to anyone including those like us on a family trip to those looking to summit Poincenot or Fitz Roy.
You will also quickly learn he is the unofficial \””Mayor of El Chalten\”” because everyone in the backcountry and around town knows him.
Lastly, congrats to Julian who learned he earned a scholarship for an advanced avalanche forecasting course taught in Alaska later this year. Might be enlisting him for some backcountry skiing soon.”