2031: Trekking Patagonia: Chile and Argentina

Date and Time

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - Saturday, February 29, 2020


Argentina and Chile


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


Join us on a spectacular 15-day adventure to remote southern Patagonia, land of superlatives-majestic pinnacle peaks, immense glaciers, fierce winds and exotic animals. Explore some of South America's finest national parks including the Los Glaciares National Park, home to some of the world's most stunning ice formations, and Torres del Paine National Park famous for granite pillars, lakes and mountains. Patagonia is the geographical region that lies at the southernmost tip of South America, in both Chile and Argentina. Patagonia has a well-deserved reputation for outstanding natural and scenic beauty. Spectacular treks will lead us to iconic massifs: Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Cuernos and Torres del Paine, and other dramatic sights. Join us on this exciting adventure to see jagged peaks, massive glaciers, icebergs, blue-green lakes and much more. A combination of day hikes, backpack with full-service backcountry refugios, and guided tours will provide us a unique opportunity to experience this rugged and beautiful area. Our adventure will begin in Punta Arenas, Chile where we will have an opportunity to check out some penguin colonies. Next is Puerto Natales, our jumping off point for the famous "W" trek. We will be doing a hut to hut backpack in Torres del Paine National Park, where we will take in views of Los Torres, tranquil lakes, Los Cuernos (The horns) and other jagged peaks, and a scenic boat tour to check out Grey Glacier. We then move on to El Chaltén, where we can do day hikes around the Monte Fitz Roy and the Cerro Torre areas. We then top off this amazing trip with a boat cruise up to Perito Moreno Glacier. Our adventure ends at El Calafate where we can relax at the shores of Laguna Nimez and visit the bird sanctuary there. This trip is designed for experienced hikers and several of the days are long (up to 13 miles) and strenuous. You must be able to hike for up to 8 hours a day, not counting breaks, at a moderate pace, with moderate elevation gains (up to 3,000 feet), while carrying enough equipment to keep you safe in the event of bad weather or injury. The accommodations provided on this trip are a mix of small hotels, hostels, & backcountry full-service huts called refugios. Price includes accommodations, local ground transportation, guides in some of the parks, some meals, and and three scenic boat tours to Magdalena Island (4 hrs), Grey Glacier (2 hrs) and Perito Moreno Glacier (8 hrs).

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $4,225 member / $4,225 non-member

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Adults (18+)


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Joan leads four-season hikes for the Hiking/Backpacking Committee of AMC Boston Chapter. She received the Winter Leader of 2009 award and was profiled in the July-August 2011 issue of AMC Outdoors magazine as an AMC volunteer leader making a difference. Since 2008, Joan has been leading AMC Adventure Travel trips to many US national parks, and abroad.


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Cliff has led domestic and international hiking trips for AMC Adventure Travel since 2008 including trips to California, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy, France, Australia, and Greece. Cliff has extensive traveling experience in most of the national parks in the United States. His interests are hiking, environmentalism, and astronomy. This will be Cliff's second trip to Patagonia and he is looking forward to sharing this adventure with fellow hikers again.