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Patagonia Tours with Hiking, Mountains & Glaciers

In the deepest reaches of South America, lies a rugged land of jagged mountain faces, pristine alpine lakes, whipping winds and an untouched beauty, known as Patagonia. The vast scope of this region spans between Argentina and Chile and is an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts, avid naturalists or simply those with a thirst for adventure. Let our South America Travel Specialists create your perfect expedition and request a Patagonia tour quote today!

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Best of Patagonia: Lakes, Glaciers and Peaks (12 days)

Experience the best of Patagonia on this 12 day adventure of a lifetime. From the Lake District around Bariloche across one of the lakes to Chile's Torres del Paine National Park back to the Glaciers of El Calafate, this trip highlights the many wond
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Experience Patagonia (7 days)

This itinerary focuses on the wonders of the Argentine Patagonia. From the beautiful little town of El Chalten, visit the famous Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy mountains. Awe at the majestic rocks as they surge toward the sky.
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Explore Argentina (8 days)

This 8-day Argentina Adventure has it all! From the majestic waterfalls of Iguazu in the north to the delicious Malbec wines of Mendoza to ice trekking on a Glacier in El Calafate.
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Heart of Patagonia (11 days)

From the incredible hiking in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile to the stunning views of the Fitz Roy Mountains in Argentina, this is the heart of Patagonia.
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Multi-Sport Adventure in Patagonia (6 days)

Kayak, cycle, horse back ride, and hike your way through the world's most impressive landscapes. Enjoy fantastic food and unique accommodations at Patagonia EcoCamp.
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Natural Argentina: City, Country, Glaciers & Falls (11 days)

Leave the city behind, and discover Argentina's rugged landscapes from Patagonia, to Tierra del Fuego and Iguazu Falls. Three of South America's natural treasures!
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Patagonia Explorer (10 days)

Explore the natural beauty and embrace the thrilling adventures of Argentina on a 10 day exploration of Argentina's most rugged landscapes! From Buenos Aires you will travel to the southern most point on earth, Ushuaia, home to Tierra del Fuego.

Wild Argentina (10 days)

This 10-day exploration of Argentina showcased famous natural wonders such as Iguazu Falls but also lesser known locations just as magnificent. From Iguazu, venture to the wetlands of Iberia to have a unique experience at Puerto Valle. From there, he
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Highlights of Patagonia

Glaciers & Fitz Roy Massif

Glaciers & Fitz Roy Massif

Perito Moreno and Los Glaciares National Park, located just outside of El Calafate, are a must see for any visit to Patagonia. This expansive national park is home to virgin forests of indigenous trees, massive southern ice fields and dozens of glaciers. The most popular glacier is Perito Moreno, which can be admired from the shore, on board a boat or even by foot on an ice trekking adventure. If you want to relax and enjoy views of the famous Fitz Roy massif, head to the small town of El Chaltén.

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Lake District

Lake District

Located on the shores of Nahuel Huapi Lake lies the charming town of Bariloche, an ideal base camp to explore the surrounding trails, activities and mountain vistas. During December to February in the summer, is a great time to escape the cold of the northern hemisphere and enjoy activities such as mountain biking, kayaking, hiking and soaking up the warmer weather. If you are interested in snow sports, such as skiing or snowboarding, winter runs are best between mid June to early October.

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Tierra del Fuego

Tierra del Fuego

Heading down the southern coast of Patagonia showcases a rich marine life and rugged coast lines. Southern Right Whales can be observed calving in the southern winter, July to September, just off the coast of Puerto Madryn. Other wildlife species such as elephant seals, orcas, sea lions and fur seals call this region home as well. In fact, it houses the largest colony in the world of the famous Magellanic penguins, making it a premiere wildlife destination for viewing and learning.

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Chilean Excursions

Chilean Excursions

Crossing over the Andes into Chile, you can gain an entirely different perspective of the Patagonia region. Home to the famous Torres del Paine National Park, Chile's Patagonia offers a diverse set of activities and accommodations. From hexagonal yurt domes at EcoDomes, which constitute a rustic boutique lodge with stunning views, to the luxury and new age architecture of Tierra Patagonia, Chilean Patagonia offers a perfect blend of extravagance and adventure.

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Extend Your Trip

Extend Your Trip

Argentina is a land of dramatic contrasts. Not only home to Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia, Argentina offers a wide variety of things to see and do, such as wine tasting in Mendoza or getting up close and personal with the massive waterfalls of Iguazu. As the eighth largest country in the world, there are plenty of sights to see and explore. Argentina’s culture is rich in history and is a melting pot of immigrants from around the world. Our Travel Specialists have hundreds of ways for you to extend your time in Argentina, so don't hold back any longer...and start planning today!

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Many a travelers’ eye has turned Patagonia of recent. Straddling Argentina and Chile, the region of Patagonia’s name and Fitz Roy mountain skyline (think “iconic outdoor gear company with an unparalleled social business model”) have become symbolic of adventure, linking environmental stewardship and sustainable travel, and making positive impacts on the world around us. As trips to Patagonia have grown in popularity over the last decades, Global Basecamps has been proud to partner with operators dedicated to good management of this area’s rich natural and cultural resources. The Patagonian landscape is full of adventure, and we’ll help you select those that are best for your, your group or your family!

Argentine Patagonia rises more slowly in elevation, covers a greater land area and is dominated by grasslands and low vegetation and wide open, far-reaching vistas. Chile’s more compact portion features steeper terrain, forests with different sets of wildlife, and heavier precipitation leading to more glaciers, lakes and rivers. The landscape and climate conditions of Patagonia can be reminiscent of Canada, Iceland and New Zealand, but the culture and wildlife of Patagonia are special and unique. Some Patagonia trips will visit just one of these regions (which can be plenty – each is huge and has a TON to offer!), while others will sample both sides. Some will focus more on adventure sports and activities and others will provide more refinement and luxury, but all will visit Patagonia’s variety of parks, beautiful nature and cultural hubs.

Patagonia vacation packages have become not just a standard “alternative” to those long offered to the Alps; this is no second rate destination! The Southern Andes, with spectacular peaks and Old World-influenced architecture, can rival and surpass the majesty of the highlands of France, Switzerland and Italy. Jagged summits and turquoise lakes are set among meandering glaciers and regionally unique animal life, creating visuals and experiences beyond one’s wildest dreams.

Buenos Aires, centrally located on the Atlantic coast next to Uruguay, is where many Patagonia tours begin. Geographically far flung from its Spanish roots in Europe, this romantic city is a haven for the classical buildings, dance and late-start nightlife of its motherland. The food (beef-centric, though there are vegetarian options, too!) is savory, the neighborhoods alive with color and culture, and everywhere you look are memories to be made. The historic Recoleta, delicious fare of Palermo, and festive La Boca top the list, but be ready to explore.

The gem of the far north of the country is Iguazu Falls. This largest waterfall system in the world has access points from both the Argentina and Brazil sides of the Iguazu River, and the sets of cascades leave onlookers in awe. Walk a circuit of trails that provide views from the forested river shores and take in the grandeur of this tremendous force of nature!

Patagonia’s ability to satiate the senses doesn’t stop at its amazing sights, however. As in Buenos Aires, the palate will not be neglected at Mendoza’s rightfully trendy farm-to-table restaurants, delectable regional fare right at your hotel (including asado, whole grilled lamb) and the charming wine country of Valle De Uco are on offer. Located just over the Andean ridgeline from Santiago, Chile, bring your appetite and appreciation for fine gastronomy - Mendoza will bring the rest! The feast here isn’t just for the stomach, but for the eyes as well: close to Aconcogua, South America’s tallest peak, the Mendoza province’s outstanding scenery and cuisine will indeed satisfy the traveler.

To the south, El Calafate is a place of geographical treasure with sights and activities for even the most passionate lovers of the outdoors. Every mountain outdoor activity imaginable can be found at the adjacent Los Glaciares National Park, with its Perito Moreno Glacier and knifelike spires of the Cerro Torre and the famed Fitz Roy. From its glacier trekking, cycling and horseback riding by land to kayaking, fishing and cruises by water on Lake Argentino, the offerings are endless. Witnessing the scale of calving glaciers and peaks soaring into the sky leaves no doubt that this place is unlike any other on Earth. Nearby but over the border into the Chilean Torres Del Paine National Park, the mountain scenery, mate sipping gaucho cowboys on horseback and alpine atmosphere continue. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, condors can frequently be seen soaring among its cliffs, high above grazing sheep and crafty foxes on the slopes below.

The original inhabitants of southern Patagonia preceded European explorers Ferdinand Magellan and Charles Darwin in the most southerly region, the Tierra Del Fuego. Magellan’s renaming of the area was inspired by the Yaghan fires seen ashore near Cape Horn, a stretch of rough seas and rocky islands. The main town of Ushuaia, capital of the Tierra Del Fuego province, is the planet’s southernmost permanent settlement. Native wildlife such as penguins, sea lions and seasonal whales on Gable Island and in the Beagle Channel are a highlight of this area that blends so many raw and powerful elements of nature. Ushuaia itself combines the history of European exploration with its role as a prison colony with the striking ecological surroundings into a compelling blend of features, and are a common leg of Patagonia travel tours. Between here and Antarctica lies but 500 miles of the Great Southern Ocean, and Tierra Del Fuego truly feels like the ends of the Earth!

The best Patagonia tours will lead the traveler through the broad array of landscapes, activities and cultural experiences this diverse country, reminiscent of the American West and central Europe, has to offer. Our itineraries can be tailored to fit whatever your priorities are, with our travel specialist team connecting you and our local expert operators and guides. We put together awesome suggested itineraries, but your dream trip is what we’re here for! Contact one of our specialists online to learn how we can search out and blend themes and group and private activities to your heart’s content, coming up with the perfect trip at the price that’s right for you.
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