Hike to Patagonia’s highlights on our most popular trekking trip.
This adventure holiday takes you to a walker’s paradise; jagged Andean mountains, blue glaciers and gauchos.
On our Patagonia Highlights small group trekking tour you visit three Patagonian National parks in two weeks.
You travel to the best sites in Argentina’s Los Glaciares (Fitzroy), Chile’s Torres del Paine, and Tierra del Fuego in Ushuaia.
This small group tour includes walks with amazing views of the towering peaks of these national parks.
We start in El Calafate, Argentina, and head to El Chalten.
From here, we trek into our fully-equipped camps in the park – sleeping bags and tents already set up for you, as well as a dining tent and toilet facilities.
You are rewarded, for your efforts, with superb views of Fitzroy, Cerro Torre and the Torre Glacier.
Leaving the park, we dedicate an entire day dedicated to seeing the enormous Perito Moreno Glacier.
Paine National Park and Tierra del Fuego
Cross to Chile and Paine National Park and its mountain and ice gems: the base of the triple towers of Torres, the French Valley and trek to the Grey Glacier.
Those short on time can leave on day 12 and return to your Calafate hostal, leaving from Calafate on day 13.
Or, for the full trip, travel overland to Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia.
En route we stay in mountain lodges and estancias, experiencing the life of the gauchos while visiting stunning lakes and crossing the Magellan Straits.
In Ushuaia, the wildlife comes thick and fast as we visit Tierra del Fuego National Park and the Beagle Channel, home to much marine life and a suitable end to this fantastic Patagonia Highlights trip.
Read our blog about what makes this one of our most popular tours.
Tailor made, bespoke, private, customised – many ways to describe our unique holidays to South America.
Essentially, you decide what you want to see and do, and we put it all together for your perfect adventure travel tour.
You may join up with a group of people for a trek or eco-lodge trip and then enjoy some city tours.
Or perhaps it’s a fully private tour, for that extra special service, or be on your own on a beach for a few days.
Andean Trails is completely flexible and can offer services that are tailored to your exact holidays needs.
Whichever way you want to travel, we organise all the logistics, and you enjoy the journey – your way.
Choose a destination and an activity to see the tailor made tours we have to offer.
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We had an absolutely amazing trip and everything was perfect.
Highlights – there were loads of highlights. We loved Quito – especially the morning we went up the Teleferico. We could see for miles over the city to snow capped Volcanos beyond. Our Equador guide and driver were brilliant – Miguel and Memo. They went out or their way to make sure we saw as much as possible – we wouldn’t have seen or learned as much without them. We saw humming bird, toucans, tangers and a fantastic bird of prey sanctuary that wasn’t on the original schedule.
The Galapagos Islands were amazing. Again we saw so much and the guides were brilliant. They were so enthusiastic about their islands, the animals and conservation.
Accommodation etc – the hotels were all excellent. We loved the quirkyness of the hotel in Quito. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The Septimo Paraiso eco lodge in the cloud forest and the Hacienda Las Palmeras near Otavalo were great – the food at Las Palmeras was really excellent. The airport hotel was spotless and friendly but the set meal of Spaghetti bolognese wasn’t great to be honest. We ate in some lovely restaurants and the guides picked some lovely places to stop for food.
Sol y Mar on Santa Cruz was lovely too.
We loved Hotel Albemarle on Isabela. It was a perfect place to spend 5 nights. The rooms were comfy, clean with lovely balconies and views. There were some really good local restaurants, especially Coco surf, recommended by Tania, our Isabela guide.
The company that did our trip to Los Tuneles were fantastic. The guide was so enthusiastic and determined that we would see loads of wildlife. He took loads of photos with his gopro then downloaded them all for us for free when we got back. The lunch on the boat that day was chicken and rice which all three of my kids said was the best lunch they’d had all holiday. It might have been because they were all cold and knackered – they even took the hot sweet tea on offer.
I hope we benefitted the local communities. We enjoyed our trips to the coffee plantation and the chocolate factory and certainly brought plenty of chocolate and coffee back with us. I would like to think that the money we spent goes in someway to help conservation efforts and to keep the cloud forests and the Galapagos Islands as special and unique as they clearly are.
We picked Andean trails because you are based in Scotland and seemed to understand out requirements and came up with a perfect sounding itinary. Flying from Galsgow via Amsterdam worked well and for us was definitely the quickest and easiest way to get there.
Everything worked out perfectly. We had a totally brilliant time. I think it is all still sinking in...
L. Keany, UK, Aug 2019
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The highlight of the climb was the whole experience from meeting the crew to training on the glacier to getting as far as I did.
Hats off to the crew. They all did a great job - everyone of them. Osvaldo was great throughout the entire few days; Alex the cook made some great food with some of the other climbers in the high hut commenting about how good the food looked. Thanks also to the porter Adrian.
I thought the climb was pretty tough overall considering the altitude. Had to catch my breath a few times. Osvaldo was great though and went at a pretty steady pace with lots of guidance.
I chose Huyana Potosi because it was an achieveable 6,000m peak. I didn't summit but enjoyed the whole trip.
Mike Stringfellow, Aug, Aug 2019
» Climb Huayna Potosi in Bolivia
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