BUENOS AIRES, EL CALAFATE & EL CHALTÉN
Tango and patagonian glaciers
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Medium Group
Ushuaia always changes drastically with each season. The late spring brings the first hints of colors that in summer will completely invade grasslands, forests and peatlands. During autumn, lengas and ñires turn into thousand ochre shades that make forests and woods look like fire at sunset.
In winter, a long white veil comes from the peaks and covers almost everything. Admiring the southern nature’s beauty is always breathe-taking.
El Calafate Lakes, glaciers, forests, mountains and steppe constitute the beauty of this inhospitable but capturing landscape.
Between September and May, El Calafate becomes the most important touristic center receiving tourists from every nationality, motivated to know the imposing and legendary Perito Moreno Glacier, close to the Magallanes Peninsula, barely separated by a narrow deviation of the Lago Argentino.
This is the most visited place in the Los Glaciares National Park and it is one of the two Patrimonies of Mankind of the province.
You will also visit Chaltén, the name "Chalten" comes from the Tehuelche language and means "steaming mountain", because the clouds that almost always crown its summit, which together with the ancestral denomination has led to a creator erroneously that it was a volcano.
The mountain Is considered sacred for the local Indians and is part of its cosmogony.
It is a small tourist village founded in the National Park Los Glaciares.
- All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the itinerary, in regular service with English speaking guide
- 03 days Car Rental: Pick up: El Calafate Town – Dropp off: El Calafate Airport.
Chevrolet Celta or similar with Basic Insurance, 200 kilometres free per day, 100 kilometres additionals, AC
- 08 Nights’ accommodation as its described in the itinerary in the mentioned hotels or similar, according to availability at the moment of the booking request
- International flights
- National Flights (please ask)
- Entrance fees
- Meals and services not mentioned in the itinerary
- Early check in/Late check-out at hotels (except where it is specified)
- Optional tours
- Any kind of insurances
Arrival in Buenos Aires, welcome at the airport and private transfer from Ezeiza International Airport to the hotel with English Speaking guide. Overnight in Buenos Aires, standard room. (B)
BUENOS AIRES - CITY TOUR
After breakfast, Half Day Buenos Aires City Tour (SIB) We will visit Buenos Aires’ most traditional and picturesque points. Buenos Aires is a city that combines the European style with the Latin American spirit. In this tour, you will discover its characteristics, its history, its architecture, its culture and its best stories. We will visit the center of the city, San Telmo, La Boca, Puerto Madero and Palermo, with stops in Plaza de Mayo, Caminito and La Recoleta. Afternoon return to the hotel. In the evening, Tango Dinner- Show (SIB). Before Dinner you will take the opportunity to learn some about this beutiful dancing in a Tango Lesson. International cuisine, regional dishes, desserts and a wide selection of Argentine wines will be offered to accompany the Tango show, where guests will experience the sensual dance of Tango, which reveals the spirit of Buenos Aires’ beginnings. All this held in a romantic and intimate atmosphere. Transfers Hotel / Restaraurant/ Hotel are included. Duration : 4 hours Overnight in Buenos Aires, standard room. (B)
BUENOS AIRES - EL CALAFATE
After breakfast, private transfer from the hotel to the airport in Buenos Aires to take the flight to El Calafate (without guide) Flight to El Calafate (it is not included). Upon arrival, regular transfer from El Calafate airport to the hotel with English Speaking Guide. Rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight in El Calafate, standard room. (B)
EL CALAFATE: MINITREKKING PERITO MORENO GLACIER
Breakfast. This trek is of medium physical demand and is inconvenient for persons with difficulty moving. The state permits only people with ages between 7 and 70 years to attend this trek. Leave from the “Bajo de las Sombras” Pier about 75 kilometers from El Calafate. From this point observe the glacier for approximately 500 meters at the southern wall of the glacier until arriving at the edge opposing where the water falls to arrive at the Rio Moreno Waterfall where visitors begin the use of pickets and snowshoes enabling them to walk on the glacier. Tour is offered from October to May according to climate. Bilingual guides specializing in ice formations offered daily. There is a two hour transfer to the port from Calafate and from this point, there are several daily minitrekking excursions throughout the day. Overnight in El Calafate, standard room. (B)
EL CALAFATE: ESTANCIA CRISTINA DISCOVERY NAVIGATION
Today we will enjoy of a navigation to Upsala Glacier + Estancia Cristina +4x4 Upsala Viewpoint + Museum. Regular transfer to the port without guide. Boarding and departure at port Punta Bandera (NPC) 08.15 hours in our modern and comfortable boat. Sailing among icebergs and stunning scenery overlooking the western front of the Upsala glacier and then through Cristina Canal to the point of disembark at the Estancia. Arrival Estancia Cristina 11:30 hs. Stay at the Estancia for 6 hours. Lunch is included. Guided visit to the Costumbrista museum (old shearing shed). Ascent in all-terrain vehicles, travelling 9.5 km through mountainous roads. Arrival to the Continental ice shelter. 30 minute walk. Visit the oriental front of Upsala Glacier. Lake Guillermo, Southern Patagonian Ice and Andes. Return to the farm house of the Estancia and board at 17:30 hs. Arrival to Puerto Banderas at 19:00 hs approximately. Transfer to the hotel. NOTE: If the maximum number of passengers is exceeded, visitors will be divided in turns by the tour coordinator of the Estancia. Lunch is included. Overnight in El Calafate, standard room. (B, L)
EL CALAFATE - EL CHALTEN
Brekfast. Today you will pick up a car rental and drive 220 km to El Chalten. Upon your arrival, we suggest to make the SELF-GUIDED TREKKING to Laguna Torre. From El Chalten there are two headers that target path Laguna Torre. The road enters the river valley Of the Round and continues tracing the course of this river to its source. A halfway you reach a viewpoint with unparalleled panoramic view of the cord Adela and Cerro Torre and needles accompanying granite. The road eventually crosses the DeAgostini base camp where you can stay overnight, and 15 minutes later concludes Laguna Torre. This gap usually grouped on its banks numerous icebergs off the front of the Great Glacier. Approx. 7 hours. Difficulty: Easy Overnight in El Chalten, standard room. (B)
Breakfast. Day at your leisure. We suggest to make the SELF-GUIDED TREKKING to Laguna Los Tres. The head of the trail starts at the end of Avenida San Martín, in the area of free camping Madsen. During the first hour is somewhat steep slope to enter the Del Salto stream valley towards the Mount Fitz Roy. The ñires begin to become more numerous around the trail and about an hour and a half journey leads to a natural viewpoint well marked on a rock, a sign that interprets the landscape that appears before us. The road always continues up the creek Hop up the drainage of the Mother and Daughter lagoons. Approximately 4 hours of the game is reached first base camp Poincenot (ample free camp) and after crossing the White River, Rio Blanco base camp (for climbers only). From here the trail continues on an upward slope of about 400 meters to the Laguna de los Tres. The road ends at the old moraine ridge, with an extraordinary view of the lake and glacier Three. This is the closest of the granite wall of Mount Fitz Roy and the peaks view. Down the dark, you can take a trail around the lagoon to its mouth, where Laguna Sucia and its hanging glaciers. Approx. 9 hours. Difficulty: Easy Overnight in El Chalten, standard room. (B)
EL CHALTEN - EL CALAFATE
Breakfast. Day at your leisure in El Chalten. Return to El Calafate and flight to Buenos Aires. Flight to Buenos Aires (it is not included). Arrival in Buenos Aires and private transfer from Jorge Newbery National Airport to the hotel (without guide). Overnight in Buenos Aires, standard room. (B, D)
Breakfast and private transfer from the Hotel to Ezeiza International Airport (without guide). (D)