I recently returned from our first group trip to Patagonia after my initial reconnaissance back in March 2023. This journey was an unforgettable adventure accompanied by an incredible group of people. From the awe-inspiring Los Glaciares National Park in Argentine Patagonia to the rugged beauty of Chile's Torres del Paine National Park, every moment of this expedition was filled with wonder and discovery.

Sunrise over the Patagonia Steppe

Exploring Argentine Patagonia:

Our adventure commenced when I met with the group on a sunny Monday afternoon in El Calafate. After our trek briefing we headed into the town to explore. El Calafate's town center bustles with activity, offering a range of cafes, shops, and markets. We enjoyed strolling through its streets, sampling local cuisine, and browsing unique souvenirs. The town's relaxed vibe made us feel right at home.

After an early breakfast the minibus picked us up and we ventured to La Leona, approx. 2 hrs from El Calafate where the vast expanse of the Patagonian steppe stretched before us. The Petrified Forest Trek offered a unique opportunity to step back in time and marvel at ancient fossilized trees and dinoseur bones, a testament to the region's rich geological history.

La Leona
Fossilised forest remains
Team Patagonia

For the next two nights, we called Estancia Estela our home base, situated perfectly on the shores of Lago Viedma, allowing us to explore the surrounding area.

The following day took us to El Chaltén, a laid-back town with a backdrop of Mount Fitzroy and Cerro Torres, it offers easy access to a network of trails, making it the perfect base for outdoor exploration. Our day hike took us to Mirador Fitzroy & Laguna Capri, it was a cold day without fabulous views but nonetheless we had a great time. We headed back late afternoon to our cosy estancia.

El Chalten from the trail
Mirador Fitzroy
Snow at Laguna Capri

An early start, we said goodbye to La Leona and hit the road to the Perito Moreno glacier. After a scenic drive back into the Los Glaciares National Park, we arrived at the glacier's impressive sight. We walked along designated walkways to get a close view of the glacier's towering ice formations and watch and listen to the sounds of cracking ice as the glacier calves into the lake. It's an unforgettable experience that showcases the raw beauty of nature in this remote corner of the world.

Perito Moreno Glacier

Our evening was spent back in El Calafate with preparation for the following day and the next part of our adventure.

Tomorrow Chile, Puerto Natales... the O circuit and the Torres del Paine National Park were waiting for us! More to follow in our next blog.

For more information on our Patagonia trek please contact me at sara@montblanctreks.com