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Heart of Patagonia

For those with limited time, this trip offers visitors a chance to see some of Patagonia’s most special corners in a limited amount of time. Day hikes out of the adventure town of El Chalten will take you to the classic viewpoints for FitzRoy and Cerro Torre, the very icons of Patagonia. Your time will also include a boat ride across a corner of Lago Viedma to the glacier of the same name and even offer the chance to walk on this massive piece of ice.Much less visited than the overrun Perito Moreno Glacier, this river of ice holds treasures we’ll discover on foot both atop and beneath the glacier. The sub-glacial walk reveals a color of blue you’ll not likely see anywhere else.

This itinerary has been used as a base for many of our clients - and they add on additional locations, like time in Mendoza or Buenos Aires to round out their time in Argentina. Feel free to look at this as a jumping off point to base your exploration of this beautiful country!

Ashley backdropped by a clouded Fitz Roy.
Eagle and FitzRoy
Two handsome friends
Underneath Viedma Glacier
Viedma Glacier
Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Depart USA | Day 2: Arrive Buenos Aires, hotel | Day 3: Fly Buenos Aires-El Calafate, drive El Chalten | Day 4-7: Day hikes from El Chalten | Day 8: Drive to El Calafate | Day 10: Fly Ushuaia | Day 11: Full day exploring the southern most city in the world | Day 12: Fly to Buenos Aires, hotel | Day 13: Depart Buenos Aires | Day 14: Arrive home

A Note From An ATC Alumni Who Did This Trip:

"Working with Above the Clouds was ideal. I reached out to them with a rough idea of when I wanted to go and even less detail about what it was in Patagonia that was most important for me to see. After getting proposals with a wide variety of options of sights to see and activities to do, I was able to customize my itinerary to fulfill exactly what I wanted to experience and exactly in the time line that I had available. Being able to structure the dates, content and context of my itinerary set up my trip for success - on top of which their pre-departure materials are superb. The great hotel choices, guides and wonderful experience on the ground in Patagonia fulfilled all my expectations and more. From start to finish, working with Above the Clouds was a great experience and I hope to go on another journey with them in the future."
~ Eric H.
Burlington, VT

Eric in El Chalten with his guide Martin

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  • Patagonia's most dramatic peaks
  • Great day hikes
  • Easy to customize itinerary

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