Three flights (longest 3.5hrs); 2 road journeys (longest 4hrs).
In El Chaltén you stay in an alpine-style lodge at the base of snow-capped mountains. There is one night spent camping in tents on the M Trek. In Ushuaia the accommodation is in a homely hotel/guesthouse used to receiving trekkers and travellers.
During the trek in Tierra del Fuego you will spend two nights camping. The tents are lightweight and spacious - you can just about stand up in them. After a demonstration on the first night, you erect your own tent, whilst dinner is being prepared. In the rare instance that they blow over in a gale, the crew carry spare poles.
N.B. Sleeping mats are provided but not sleeping bags – you need to hire one in advance. Our tip: bring an inflatable pillow.
Breakfast daily; lunch days 8; full board; 6, 7, 10, 11.
We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 25 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise by the latter on their return.
- Guided excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier.
- Hike the Fitz Roy Mountain trek.
- ‘End of the World Trek’ in Tierra del Fuego.
Summary of nights
14 days, 13 nights: Buenos Aires 2; El Calafate 2, El Chaltén 3, El Calafate 1, Ushuaia 1, camping in Tierra del Fuego National Park 2, Ushuaia 1, Buenos Aires 1.
Included in the journey price
• Services of our team of experts in our London office.
• Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides.
• All land and air transport within Latin America.
• Accommodation as specified.
• Meals as specified.
• Excursions as specified, including entrance fees.
Not included in the journey price
• International flights to Latin America.
• Tips and gratuities
• Meals other than specified.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
• Optional excursions.
The unit of currency in Argentina is the Argentine peso.
How to take it
Credit/debit cards are useful for day-to-day expenses eg restaurant bills, hotel extras etc. However it is not a good idea to rely solely on plastic in Argentina: you will need Pesos cash too. Getting Pesos from ATMs in Argentina can be frustrating: many are faulty, have low daily withdrawal limits or high handling fees. A reliable way is to take part of your funds in US Dollars cash for exchange into Pesos at a bank or casa de cambio locally (please note denominations below US$50 are not widely accepted). Queues in banks can be long but it is at least a safeguard against unreliable ATMs. Sterling is sometimes accepted by banks but rates may be poor. Be mindful of your insurance limit for carrying cash and avoid having lots of Pesos left over: these are accepted at the duty-free shop in Buenos Aires airport but once outside of Argentina it’s hard to exchange unwanted Pesos.
NB When using an ATM with a debit card you may be offered a choice of account type from which to make your withdrawal. Select ‘credit card’ (not ‘checking account’ or ‘savings account’ options).
Tips are expected and local guides often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income.
Most service industry workers will expect a tip of some kind and so it is useful to have spare change for hotel porters, taxi drivers and the like. It is common to leave 10 - 12% in restaurants.
Travel insurance is essential.
Details of our recommended policy can be found at Briefing Dossier.
If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.
This is an active hiking trip. There are a couple of public bus rides, and three internal flights.
This holiday includes hiking in rocky and hilly terrain. You need to be fit but no special equipment or extra training are necessary. If you have a disability or other special requirements, please call us.
Be prepared for camping in basic, but comfortable tents.
Winter in the Southern Hemisphere is between May and September. In Santiago and Buenos Aires, temperatures can be cool (5°C – to 15°C). While sunshine is possible, so is rain. Spring and autumn temperatures, October to November and March to April respectively, are between 15 and 25°C and there is a good deal of pleasant sunshine. January and February are hot, around 30°C.
In Los Glaciares and Tierra del Fuego National Parks the best months for hiking are March and April, when the autumn foliage is stunning. Many hikers also visit in summer – December to January - along with non-trekkers so it can be busy. Days are long and mild then but it can be windy, as in spring (September to October).
Clothing and special equipment
For towns and cities bring practical, comfortable clothing and a light-weight jumper. If you plan to eat in smart restaurants, although clothing is not formal (no need for jacket and tie), something quite smart would be appropriate.
In Los Glaciares National Park, for the M Trek we recommend a rucksack to carry your personal items, sleeping bag and lunch. All camping gear will be provided. (Note that you will be carrying your own personal gear during the 2 days of trekking).
In Tierra del Fuego, you carry your own personal gear, including your sleeping mat (we suggest a thermalite self-inflating mat rather than just a polystyrene one) and sleeping bag. Weight and size will be a factor in your choice but you should have a minimum 3 season bag, a 3/4 season one would be ideal, some very compact ones are available at specialist shops or on the internet. A blow up pillow is a nice addition for comfort.
You will also need light walking poles - Leki are an excellent brand - they both assist you on steep climbs and paths with loose stones, and help you keep your balance.
Your backpack should be neither too big nor too small - you will be carrying it full on days one and three. Assemble the gear you are taking then you will have a good idea how big a sack you will need (probably around 60L).
It is essential to have good, well-worn and waterproof walking boots with good grip and ankle support. You may like to take a pair of light pumps to wear in the evenings.
Clothing for the Patagonia trekking should cater for the fact that you may come across any kind of weather conditions from balmy sunshine and 25 degrees to blizzards and gale force winds. Items you can wear in layers are best: start with some thermal underwear, then T shirts, long sleeved shirt, sweater, fleece and rain and windproof jacket. Take at least 2 pairs of trousers - if you have them, the kind which unzip into shorts are good because they save on space as you don't need to take shorts as well. A couple of changes of underwear, several pairs of socks, hat, gloves and scarf/buff. Don't forget toiletries, a small towel (you can wash in the lake at the camp site), a water bottle, a torch, maybe a book to read and any medication. Put your gear in plastic bags to protect it from the rain.
Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts. Good equipment is very important and hard to come by in Latin America.
Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following; typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. For specific requirements you must consult your GP.
You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website.
Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. Anyone with a different nationality should enquire with us or check with the relevant consulate.
APIS and ESTA - important flight information:
ESTA - if flying to the US, or via the US you will need to fill in your application to ESTA online
This costs $14 per person. This must be done by you personally.
Passports must also be machine-readable (MRP). Avoid locking suitcases if transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them.
APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.