EL CALAFATE – 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
El Calafate It is one of the Patagonian provinces preferred by tourists and it receives an important and increasing number of visitors in its Southern region. 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 magnificent ice river which is among the few glaciers that are not retreating, is the most visited place in the Los Glaciares National Park and it is one of the two Patrimonies of Mankind of the province.
- All services, transfers and excursions detailed in the programme, in regular or private services as it is specified with English speaking guide
- Navigations mentioned
- 03 Nights accommodation as its described in the programme in the mentioned hotel or in similar, according to availability at the moment of the booking request
- International flights
- Entrance fees
- Meals and services not mentioned in the programme
- Early check in/Late check-out at hotels (except where it is specified) Optional tours
- Any kind of insurances
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.
EL CALAFATE: PERITO MORENO GLACIER
Breakfast. Today we offer Perito Moreno Full Day Tour (SIB).
This park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The famous Perito Moreno Glacier is in the extreme southwest of Lago Argentino 80 kilometers from El Calafate. It has become one of the greater natural spectacles of South America. From time to time walls of ice fall from the 60-meter-tall face into the waters of Brazo Rico or to the Canal de los Témpanos, navigating the channel to the principal body of the lake. This cycle will take 4 to 6 years ending with the lake divided in two. The Brazo Rico remains retained and elevates approximately 35 meters above its current level. The water slowly makes a tunnel in the glacier until the pressure makes it collapse. This spectacle is indescribable. The waters precipitate in gigantic waves only to start the process all over again. Bring or purchase a box lunch or drink. Navigation and trekking tours are available year-round to purchase on site. State of paths: completely gravel.
We leave through route number 11, bordering Lake Argentino. From El Calafate to the Moreno Glacier there is 80km, through tarmac road. From the beginning, the journey offers very pleasant surprises. Leaving El Calafate, we can see at the right the Lake Argentino with its Redonda Bay. In it we can appreciate an important variety of bird fauna, from which the black neck swan, the flamingo, the vapor duck, the coot and the cauquen stand out. The eye-catching yellow color of the countryside is due to its “coiron” pasture, and among them the white and short “coiron” stands out. During the first 40km we travel through the Patagonian Steppe , then enter the National Park to observe the tree area vegetation that is mostly made of the “notofagus” family (ñires, guindos and lengas), seldom cinnamon trees, and flowers of different colors, among which the “notro” stands out because of its intense red color that corresponds to the Patagonian Andean Forest. We arrive at the “curva de los suspiros” (sigh curve), named this way because it is the first panoramic viewpoint of the Perito Moreno Glacier. There is a short stop to take pictures and we move forward to Bajo las Sombras Port.
There is an option of doing an additional Navigation through the southern arm of the Iceberg Channel in order to have different views of the Perito Moreno Galcier wall. (Duration: 1 hour)
Back to the Port, we go to the footbridges where we have a service area for visitors and a system of balconies and footbridges that allow you to enjoy walks along different paths and to have amazing views of the Glacier. After some free time for walking and lunch (which is optional), we begin our way back to El Calafate.
Recommendations: wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes (windbreaker, jacket and windbreaker and / or raincoat). Sunglasses, sunscreen and gloves. Also, sun hat or coat in case it gets very cold.
State of paths: completely gravel. Regular tour departs at 08:00 am, returns at 05:00 pm.
Entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park is not included. Lunch is optional.
Duration: 9 hours.
Overnight in El Calafate, standard room. (B)
EL CALAFATE: ESTANCIA CRISTINA DISCOVERY NAVIGATION
Today we will enjoy a Full Day Navigation to Upsala Glacier at Estancia Cristina.
After sailing from Punta Bandera Pier, you will start the navegation thought the Nortern arm of the Agentino Lake so you can reach Upsala Channel and get a panoramic view of the front of Uspala Glacier.
After disimbark in Estancia Cristina, thanks a 4×4 vehicle, you will start ascending thought the Feruglio cord. There, you will hike so you can reach the lookout point of Upsala Glacier where you can appreciate the Guillermo Lake, the East fronf of the Uspala Glacier and the Southern Patagonian Continental Ice Field.
After lunch, you will be surrounded by ñires woods until you reach the Dog’s river fall. After that, you will visit the Costumbrista Museum, an old shearing shed, where you will hear the history of the master’s family. You will take a guided walk to Caterina River, La Noria, the Chappel so you can tour the hull of the Estancia.
Note: If the maximum number of passengers is exceeded, visitors will be divided in turns by the tour coordinator of the Estancia.
Lunch is optional. Entrance fee Los Glaciares National Park is not included. Duration: approx. 11 hours.
Overnight in El Calafate, standard room. (B, L)
EL CALAFATE - DEPARTURE
Regular transfer to the airport to take your flight. (B)