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Untouched Patagonia

Buenos Aires, Valdes Peninsula, Calafate, Estancia El Condor, Buenos Aires

Discover Patagonia’s wild side on this exciting adventure that takes you from the desolate beauty and incredible wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula to the amazing glaciers, lakes and peaks of El Calafate and a very special remote estancia deep in the Andes.

At a Glance

  • This itinerary takes you right off the beaten track to experience Patagonia at its wildest

  • Riding or walking into the Andes from Estancia El Condor is simply memorable

  • The incredible marine wildlife of the Valdes Peninsula - whales, sea lions, penguins, elephant seals and more

  • The journey from El Calafate to Estancia El Condor is outstanding

  • Best from November to April

Off the beaten track, Wildlife, Adventure, Couples


Begin in the capital Buenos Aires and discover the city’s energy and charm, from its wide boulevards and parks to its museums, superb restaurants and sultry tango shows. Stay at the Buenos Aires Grand Hotel, perfectly located in exclusive Recoleta and superb value for money.

From here fly south to Puerto Madryn and drive across the hauntingly beautiful Valdes Peninsula and across to the remote but welcoming El Pedral Lodge, an original 19th century Norman style lodge overlooking the ocean and a perfect base for discovering the amazing wildlife of the peninsula. On the shoreline you can find elephant seals, sea lions, orcas and Southern Right Whales, while inland are foxes, armadillos, skunks and guanacos.

Drive back to Puerto Madryn and fly to El Calafate for a stay at the Esplendor, from where you can visit the world-famous Perito Moreno glacier and take a breathtaking boat trip along Lago Argentino.

The climax of this amazing journey is a stay at the ultra-remote historic Estancia El Condor, set in a spellbinding location amid majestic mountain scenery on the jade-colored waters of Lago San Martin. This superbly hospitable estancia allows you to enjoy some of the continent’s finest walking and horse riding.

Finally head back to Buenos Aires and take your overnight flight to London, arriving home the following day.

Please see our Original Itinerary below. It is a suggested itinerary and can be tailored to suit your individual needs.





Fly to Buenos Aires
2 nights

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Recoleta Grand
3 nights

Peninsula Valdes, Argentina

El Pedral Lodge
2 nights

El Calafate, Argentina

Esplendor El Calafate
3 nights

Lago San Martin, Argentina

Estancia El Condor
Fly home from Buenos Aires

Location & Directions

Buenos Aires, Valdes Peninsula, Calafate, Estancia El Condor, Buenos Aires

Your Vacation begins and ends at Mine Hotel, located on Gorriti (between Armenia and Malabia) at the heart of Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires. Three nights at El Pedral in Punta Ninfas, the southern edge of Golfo Nuevo (New Gulf), by the Atlantic Ocean in the Chubut Province of Argentina. 46 miles from Puerto Madryn and 62 miles from Trelew. Then onto Esplendor El Calfate in the town of El Calafate, 80km from the Perito Moreno glacier, the area’s most important tourist attraction. Before heading to Estancia El Condor, overlooking Lago San Martin, in the South of Argentinian Patagonia.

When to go

Buenos Aires is a year round destination although October through to April is considered the best time to visit as temperatures are warmer. January is the hottest month with an average temperature of 25°C (76°F) and the coldest is July at 12°C (53°F).

Southern Patagonia is best visited from November to March when temperatures are milder but visitors should be prepared for strong winds and changeable weather at any time. It is worth considering traveling outside this time, especially rewarding in April (for autumn colors) or October (for spring flowers) because winds can drop significantly and there are fewer visitors in the National Parks. May to September is winter and many hotels in Southern Patagonia close for the season.

There is wildlife on the Valdes Peninsula year round. Southern right whales can be spotted during their breeding season from June to mid-December, killer whales can be spotted from November through to April, and August to October is the best time to observe the elephant seals. A vast colony of Magellanic penguins at Punta Tombo is also a wonderful spectacle from September to March, especially after November when the chicks are born.

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