Ushuaia to El Calafate: penguins and glaciers

Trip ideas
Duration (in days): 7

From: Ushuaia

To: El Calafate



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
Get a quote
or Call +44 1273 320580


Discover wild Argentina on this Patagonia journey from Ushuaia to El Calafate, Tierra del Fuego to the glaciers! Begin with three days in Ushuaia, the world’s most southerly city from where you’ll explore the windswept peninsula, looking out for birdlife including the black-chested buzzard eagle, albatross, Magellanic woodpecker, and mammals like the Red fox, beaver and rabbit. Visit a traditional Patagonian ranch – Estancia Harberton, then sail to Gable Island and Hammer Island to spot the Beagle Channel’s resident penguin colony! 

Next, you’ll fly north to El Calafate to explore the glaciers, including a boat trip over the deep, glacial lake to see the 70m-high blue ice walls of the Perito Moreno glacier. Experience first-hand how nature has sculpted Argentina’s landscapes and get an insight into Patagonia’s fascinating history on this six-day journey.

This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements, please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Discover Tierra del Fuego & the glaciers
  • Hang out in Ushuaia, the world’s most southerly city         
  • Sail to Isla Martillo and visit the Magellanic penguin colony
  • Savour an Argentinean barbecue at a traditional estancia 
  • Take a boat trip to see the Perito Moreno glacier up close
  • Explore the glacier from above using the paserelas (walkways)



Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights in Ushuaia          
  • 3 nights in El Calafate     

Day 1: Arrive in Ushuaia        

After landing in Ushuaia, you’ll be met and driven to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free to explore the world’s most southerly city!

Day 2: Tierra del Fuego national park

Today you’ll be exploring Tierra del Fuego National Park – the only National Park in Argentina that combines sea, mountains and forests.

We’ve included a tour that leads you deep into the park’s natural beauty; admire the glacial lakes and coppery beech forests under the Andes, with a dose of adventure on top. You’ll get to take a guided walk through wildlife-rich forests, sail out in a small Zodiac craft or paddle a canoe along the park’s beautiful rivers, with a picnic lunch included in the tour.

Day 3: Estancia Harberton, Gable Island & penguins         

With today’s tour, you’ll get to discover the history of the Yamana people who were the first dwellers here and visit the uninhabited Gable Island.

Begin your adventure at Harberton Ranch, the first estancia built in Tierra del Fuego back in 1886. From the ranch, you’ll continue to Gable Island by boat where you’ll be served lunch at another historic estancia. After lunch, you’ll go on a short trek and a take a boat ride to Hammer Island (Isla Martillo) who’s best-known residents are a colony of penguins! You’ll see many other animals and get to appreciate the Argentinean and Chilean scenery along the way.

Day 4: Fly to El Calafate        

After breakfast, you’ll be met at your hotel and accompanied to the airport to catch the short flight to El Calafate, in the glacial region of Patagonia. When you arrive, you’ll be met and taken to your hotel.    

Day 5: Perito Moreno glacier       

Today’s adventure takes you to a less-visited, untouched area of the Glaciares National Park.

Driving across pure steppes, you’ll pass some old Patagonian ranches until you reach the lovely Estancia Nibepo Aike where you’ll have a traditional barbeque. After lunch, you’ll take a boat trip out to the remarkable Perito Moreno glacier, Patagonia’s most famous. You will also walk the glacier’s paserelas – walkways that offer a fantastic view over the 70m high glacier face.                

Day 6: Optional tour to Estancia Cristina  

Today is a free day for you to relax. If you’d prefer, we can add a visit to Estancia Cristina. The journey, by land and boat, takes you across beautiful landscapes including mountains and the majestic Upsala glacier, one of the largest in the region. Lunch is included, and in the afternoon, you can choose from some activities like trekking or 4WD vehicle driving. 

Day 7: Departure   

After breakfast, you’ll be collected and driven to El Calafate airport for your next flight.


You can travel to southern Patagonia all year round, however, to enjoy this itinerary to the fullest, you should plan your trip between late September and early April. Avoid the months of June, July and August especially, as it is the Patagonian winter with cold temperatures and snow.              

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Domestic flight from Ushuaia to El Calafate
  • 6 nights’ accommodation with daily breakfast      
  • All transfers and transportation  
  • Meals and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary            

Not included: 

  • International flights        
  • Flights not mentioned    
  • Meals and excursions not mentioned in the itinerary          
  • Tips and personal expenses


6 nights in 4* standard accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Cilene del Faro Ushuaia

  • Kosten Aike El Calafate


Request a quote