Wildlife of Southwestern Patagonia


9 days – 8 nights

Starts and ends in El Calafate


What our clients say!

On his 2010 Best of Argentina tour with Rockjumper Birding Tours

… “Just a note to thank you for a great trip. The countryside was wonderful, and the birds were over the top. Think that I particularly enjoyed birding the Ibera Marsh and El Palmar National Park. Favorite bird? That’s a tough one, although I’m always a sucker for woodpeckers. They also tend to stay still and are large! The Falls were far more impressive than either James and I expected them to be. We’ve talked up the trip to alot of our friends, And you and your expertise were a very strong part of the tour. Many thanks!”

Mark Legget – Palm Springs, California

Mark Leggett






This tour will take you to the most spectacular and iconic sites of Patagonia, where the dry steppe reaches its highest altitude above sea level, lying over an endless high plateau only interrupted by the Andean range. It is here where the most spectacular mountains, lakes, and glaciers give the perfect frame for one of the most beautiful temperate forests of them all: the Sub Antarctic Beech Forest. Join Trogon Tours in this breathtaking journey through Andean Patagonia, where Pumas and Condors make their home amidst mighty mountains and ancient glaciers. Our group size limit for this tour is 8 participants with one Trogon Tours’ leader.



Tour runs on request – Prices based on group size.

This tour will take you to the most spectacular and iconic sites of Patagonia, where the dry steppe reaches its highest altitude above sea level, lying over an endless high plateau only interrupted by the Andean range. It is here where the most spectacular mountains, lakes, and glaciers give the perfect frame for one of the most beautiful temperate forests of them all: the Sub Antarctic Beech Forest. Join Trogon Tours in this breathtaking journey through Andean Patagonia, where Pumas and Condors make their home amidst mighty mountains and ancient glaciers. Our group size limit for this tour is 8 participants with one Trogon Tours’ leader.

El Calafate is a charming village that sits on the shores of Lake Argentino. There is an international airport in town, and the quality of the hotels and restaurants is excellent. This is the main gateway to southwestern Patagonia, but overall to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO Worldwide Natural Heritage Site since 1981. Its 717,800 hectares harbor 47 huge glaciers, including the emblematic and worldwide known Moreno. This is the best known and most visited glacier in Los Glaciares, mainly because it is easily accessed by land, but also because it is one of the few in our continent that advances and recedes constantly. One huge vertical five-kilometers ice wall of this glacier sinks into the Canal de los Témpanos (Channel of the Icebergs), which connects one of the arms of Lake Argentino -called Rico- with its main body. Huge masses of ice constantly collapse from the front wall; their thundering fall being welcomed by people’s spontaneous applause at all times. The glacier was named after Francisco P. Moreno, a famous Argentine explorer, well known as the father of the National Parks in this country.

The small village of El Chaltén is located in the transitional zone between the Patagonian Steppe and the Sub Antarctic Forest, in the valley of the Río de las Vueltas, at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy. Called Chaltén by native Aonikenk, this is not an ordinary mountain. Its peak rises vertically in a sharp pointed spire, from the very heart of the Andes. Its needles and peaks have been named after the lucky ones who conquered them or the unlucky who never came back. The Fitz Roy (named after the legendary Captain of the HMS Beagle) and the adjacent Cerro Torre are part of the selected circuit for experienced mountaineers. The awe-inspiring wilderness of this remote corner of Los Glaciares National Park provides innumerable chances for nature photographers to enjoy taking pictures of dazzling wild flowers, against the spectacular backdrop of the Patagonian Andes.

Our Itinerary in a Nutshell

Your Trogon Tours’ leader will meet you at the airport of the Argentine city of El Calafate, in the afternoon of day 1. We will spend days 2 and 3 exploring the southern part of Los Glaciares National Park, including the Moreno Glacier area. We will also take a boat trip to see Lake Argentino and other spectacular glaciers like the Upsala, which is the largest in the park. On day 4 we will drive north to El Chaltén, stopping on the way to watch and photograph wildlife. Day 5 will be dedicated to explore Mount Fitz Roy area. On day 6 we will leave for Torres del Paine, where we’ll spend the last three nights of the tour. We will spend days 7 and 8 exploring Torres del Paine, looking for wildlife and enjoying the spectacular vistas of the lakes and mountains. We will leave Torres del Paine in the morning of day 9, and drive back to El Calafate where the tour ends at the local airport.


Wildlife highlights

Andean Condor, Puma, Magellanic Woodpecker, Guanaco, Grey and Culpeo Foxes, Larger Hairy Armadillo, Lesser Rhea, Chilean Flamingo, Andean Deer.


Best time to go

This tour runs well between late October and early April.


What is included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Boat excursions as per program. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 in El Calafate to day 9 in El Calafate. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners with one non alcoholic drink per person/meal. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.


What is not included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified in “What is included?”


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