Part of the
Hurtigruten Group

Patagonia's Wild Landscapes and Gaucho Life (Pre)


Price from


Available all year
Min. number
4 travellers
Booking code

Experience gaucho life and wild Patagonia on an exhilarating four-day tour before your expedition begins.
  • Visit a Patagonian estancia, or ranch, for a unique insight into gaucho life and culture

  • Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier in the Parque Nacional los Glaciares

  • Explore Tierra del Fuego National Park and Ushuaia, the world's southernmost town

  • Experience the spectacular natural extremes of Patagonia's wild landscapes

Planned Itinerary:

Day 1: Buenos Aires to El Calafate 

Your day begins with a transfer to the airport and a flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, where you’ll meet your local guide. After checking into your hotel, you’ll be taken to a Patagonian estancia for an authentic taste of gaucho life. Walking around the working ranch, you’ll see a demonstration of the strength and skill needed for sheep shearing. Afterwards, you'll enjoy local wine and a traditional meal before returning to El Calafate for the night. 

Day 2: The glaciers of Patagonia 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Argentine landscape on today's visit to Parque Nacional los Glaciares. Watch for the frequent weather changes across the Patagonian Steppe – there might be rain, or even snow! You'll visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, part of the Patagonian continental ice field and one of the few remaining glaciers still moving forward. After dinner at the hotel, you'll spend the rest of the night at your leisure. 

Day 3: Fly to Ushuaia 

After breakfast, you’ll fly to Ushuaia, where a local guide will take you to your hotel. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time to enjoy an afternoon boat tour on the Bay of Ushuaia and the Beagle Channel with its spectacular mountain backdrop. You'll have dinner at the hotel, and the evening is yours to spend as you wish. 

Day 4: Embark at Ushuaia 

Enjoy a leisurely start this morning as we pick you up at noon to take you on a tour of Tierra del Fuego National Park. Just under seven miles from Ushuaia, the protected area of this extraordinary landscape runs from the mountains to the sea. Your Pre-Programme ends at the port of Ushuaia, where your expedition ship awaits. 

Please note that we may visit sites in a different order.

Practical information


  • 2 nights in El Calafate with breakfast and dinner 

  • 1 night in Ushuaia with breakfast and dinner 

  • Transfers 

  • Dinner at a Patagonian estancia and excursions as per itinerary 

  • English-speaking local guides 

  • Economy class flights from Buenos Aires to El Calafate and Ushuaia, including current taxes and charges 

The overnight stay in Buenos Aires before the start of this tour is part of your Antarctica expedition cruise. 

Not included 

  • Lunch on Day 1, 2 and 3, and drinks 

Remarks and requirements 

  • This tour is available as a Pre-Programme in combination with expedition cruises starting in Ushuaia and Buenos Aires. 

  • This tour includes walking over uneven ground and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. 

  • Excursions included in this programme are subject to weather conditions. 

  • The excursion in Ushuaia on day 3 also depends on the flight schedule from El Calafate to Ushuaia. 

  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up to 6 weeks before departure.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

Sign up for our newsletter

Be the first to hear about our latest offers, exciting itineraries and inspirational articles.

Sign up here