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Patagonia: SkiingSkiing at the End of the Earth

Cool off your summer by heading south to explore the wilds of Patagonia on a winter student travel adventure to the “end of the world.” Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Buenos Aires, then venture toward the Antarctic Circle into the open, blue horizons of Patagonia. Explore the majestic power of azure glaciers descending from remote mountain peaks, snowshoe through the peaceful, snow-covered forests of Tierra del Fuego, and ski the varied terrain of Cerro Castor.


July 20–August 5, 2023July 27–August 12, 2023
17 days
$ 6,990 + airfare
Departs from Miami
16–18 students, 2 leaders


  • Ski and hike the backcountry slopes of Cerro Castor
  • Observe blue ice crevasses while trekking atop the Perito Moreno Glacier 
  • Dog sled and snowshoe through Tierra del Fuego’s forests
  • Roast your dinner outdoors in a traditional Argentine asado

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This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

  • Departure
  • Travel Day

Meet your fellow high school student travelers and one or more of your leaders in Miami, and fly together to Buenos Aires, Argentina. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

  • Buenos Aires
  • 3 days

Begin your program in Buenos Aires, where you get to know your group and learn about the history, art, and culture of Argentina's capital city. Hop on bicycles and explore the city and the cobblestone streets of El Tigre. Soak up the capital’s eclectic mix of European and South American architecture, listen to the beats and rhythms of a live tango orchestra, and savor the flame-grilled tastes of Argentina’s signature meal, the asado.

  • El Chaltén
  • 2 days

From Buenos Aires, fly south to El Calafate, then head north to El Chaltén, the “National Capital of Trekking” and a relatively new mecca for adventure travelers. Breathe in the fresh mountain air and take a guided hike around a frozen lake and through a high mountain forest. Eat lunch under two of the world's most famous peaks—Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre—while taking in glacier views, the first of many.

  • El Calafate
  • 3 days

Travel back to El Calafate, a mountain town in the heart of Patagonia. Situated on windswept bluffs along the shores of Lake Argentino, El Calafate is our base camp for exploration on and around the Perito Moreno Glacier. Learn about the Southern Patagonian Ice Field at the Glaciarium Museum. Strap on crampons and trek atop one of the world’s only advancing glaciers.

  • Ushuaia
  • 6 days

Take a short flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world and the winter adventure capital of Argentina. Surrounded by dramatic, snow-covered peaks and pristine fjords, explore this winter wonderland on skis and snowshoes. Gear up and lock in for five full days of downhill skiing on the slopes of Cerro Castor. Try either backcountry skiing or cross country skiing on the Martial Glacier. Mush through snowy meadows and frosty forests on dog sleds. Trace the history of early explorers and search for rare wildlife from a boat in the cold waters of Beagle Channel, the gateway to Cape Horn and the Southern Seas. Spend the evenings relaxing in cozy, warm accommodations, reliving memories made on each day’s adventures.

  • Return
  • Travel Day

Fly with your group and a leader from Ushuaia to Buenos Aires, where you will enjoy one final asado. Then, fly to Miami, arriving the following morning, and continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

"Using and improving my Spanish skills gave me the greatest sense of accomplishment, as well as skiing difficult terrain. My entire time at Cerro Castor stands out to me, because I pushed my skiing ability to the max, interacted with a wide variety of people in Spanish, and ate some delicious alfajores." 

— Allison J., John Burroughs School, St. Louis, MO

A Day in the Life: Ushuaia

  • Due to the traveling nature of this summer program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Ushuaia.
  • Enjoy breakfast at your hostel
  • Arrive at the slopes of Cerro Castor to catch the first chair up the mountain
  • Ski the groomed slopes and fresh powder of Cerro Castor with your group
  • Break for lunch at a mid-mountain lodge with magnificent views
  • Hike and ski the dramatic ridgelines of Cerro Castor
  • Drink hot chocolate or steeped mate around a warm fire
  • Return to Ushuaia to relax and shower before dinner
  • Go out to dinner in Ushuaia as a group
  • Group meeting to discuss the day and what’s ahead for tomorrow

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What to Expect

  • Physical Activity

The skiing program in Patagonia is a very active adventure travel experience. It’s important that you come prepared for winter weather and exposure to snow. Participants should arrive with an adventurous, can-do spirit, ready to experience a southern winter and possible snowfall during the trip. Program days are full of winter activities—downhill skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, hiking, dog sledding, and glacier trekking. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, that you enjoy winter weather, and that you are excited about trying all activities.

  • Accommodations

Accommodations in Argentina are varied, ranging from comfortable, family-run hostels with cozy communal areas for group meals and evening chats, to warm, rustic mountain refugios providing home-cooked meals and open common spaces surrounded by views of snowy peaks. Rooms are a mix of doubles, triples, and quads. Leaders reside together with the students throughout the program.

  • Meals

We begin each day with a traditional Argentine breakfast at our residence. For lunches and dinners we find small restaurants or hit the markets to purchase food for a picnic. Argentines savor their meals, taking time to gather with family and friends at the table, eat slowly, and enjoy one another’s company. One night on the program we prepare a family meal, cooking and enjoying it together as a group.

Explore the Destination

"Being from Georgia, there is little opportunity to ski. Given six days of skiing, my son had the time to greatly improve his skills. The natural wonders of the area completely awed him and he said it was something he will never forget." 

— Peggy & Holland Judkins, Savannah, GA

Next Steps

This program is directed by Mackenzie Grapes. If you have questions or would like to talk further about this program, please get in touch!

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