What To Expect
Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Argentina: Patagonia Hiking Journey is rated 3+, moderate to strenuous, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). Southern Patagonia's towering peaks, seemingly limitless ranchlands, and colorful lakes, lagoons, and ice fields offer low to moderate elevations ranging from about 650' to nearly 2,300'. Our walks and hikes range from 2 to 9 hours (up to 12.5 miles), on everything from paved city streets and well-trod forest paths to more rugged mountain trails.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Traveling To and From
Most Convenient Airport:
Ministro Pistarini International Airport (airport code: EZE)
Meeting Time and Place:
Your guide(s) will meet you on the first day at the airport upon your arrival.
Departure Time and Place:
Your guide(s) will provide drop-offs at the airport after breakfast.
Argentina is a large country (nearly 2,300 miles long) and its climate varies greatly from region to region. Buenos Aires has a subtropical climate, and summers are generally hot and humid. The low/high temperatures range from 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit, with the potential for heat waves in the low 100s. The warmest months are January, February, and December. March and November are warm-to-hot in the afternoons, while nights and mornings are mild.
In the southern towns of El Calafate and El Chaltén, the weather can be summed up in one word — unpredictable — but strong, relentless winds are one constant of life in Patagonia. The climate here is semi-arid, but frequent, light precipitation during the day is common, particularly in the mountains around El Chaltén. Weather here changes quickly, with frosts and light snow showers possible even in the summer months. Temperatures at this time of year are cool, ranging from 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit from December to March.
Please come prepared to walk in rain or shine, packing a range of warm, waterproof layers of clothing, even if the weather appears fine. We will do daily activities as planned, unless weather conditions make it dangerous to do so. You may obtain more detailed weather information at www. weatherbase.com.
When to go
Summertime (December through February) typically offers the best weather. Even then, be advised that the Patagonian wind is prevalent, and temperatures rarely rise higher than 70 degrees. At the beginning of fall in March, there will be fewer visitors and the landscape will begin to change colors.
Like the country itself, Argentinean cuisine is reflective of its melting pot of cultures. European traditions — primarily Spanish and Italian — are frequently combined with indigenous influences, both in cooking techniques and the use of local ingredients. Throughout Argentina, food is culturally important, and social gatherings typically occur around a meal, especially Sunday afternoon 'family dinners.'
If there is one universal feature of Argentinean cuisine, it's beef (or carne) — in fact, the country has the highest consumption of red meat in the world. Typically, in the north, cuts of steak and ribs are prepared on the traditional asado barbecue, while in Patagonia, lamb and goat are more common. Sometimes, an entire animal is cooked on an open fire in a technique known as asado a la estaca. In both cases, asado meats are typically served along with vegetable sides and a chimichurri sauce of fresh herbs, garlic, and vinegar.
On most menus, you are also likely to find milanesas, or thin cuts of breaded and fried meats, various sausages (like chorizo) and sweet breads, and empanada pastries filled with everything from beef to cheese and sweet corn. Italian transplants, such as pizza and pasta, are also common, while salads and vegetables such as squash, eggplant, tomatoes, lettuce, and onions are typically served as side dishes. For dessert, the nationally-beloved dulce de leche (a caramel-like spread made from heated, sweetened milk) is used to flavor cakes, toasted bread, ice cream, and more.
Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited.