This itinerary focuses on the wonders of the Argentine Patagonia. From the beautiful little town of El Chalten, visit the famous Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy mountains. Awe at the majestic rocks as they surge toward the sky. From El Chalten, venture to El Calafate to do some glacier trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier. If interested in other Patagonia trips visit our Patagonia tours destination page.
Welcome to Argentina! Upon arrival at the airport in Buenos Aires, you will be greeted by a local representative and transferred directly to your hotel, for a smooth and comfortable start to your adventure. Get settled into your room, freshen up and enjoy your first evening amidst the lively streets of this colorful city! (This service is on a private basis.) (This service is on a private basis.)
The cosmopolitan city of Buenos Aires is the colorful capital of Argentina. Known as the "Paris of South America", Buenos Aires is steeped in culture, unique to this extraordinary country. Feel the rhythm with tango dancers in the streets of La Boca, discover the history behind Recoleta's neighborhood attractions and wake your senses up with delicious flavors in the Palermo district. Buenos Aires is a great base from which to explore a variety of iconic Argentine experiences.
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in 4:00PM and transferred to the airport in good time to board your domestic flight to 4:00PM. Upon arrival in 4:00PM, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver and transferred to your hotel in El Chalten. (This service is on a private basis.)
El Chalten is nestled in the heart of the Southern Patagonian Andes, at the base of the iconic Fitz Roy Mountain. This destination is an adventure lover's paradise, with close proximity to the Los Glacieres National Park in the north. The region offers everything from leisurely walks that showcase epic lookout points, to expedition style trekking and even mountaineering. Other activities include camping, climbing, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching or visiting the legendary Estancias in Santa Cruz. No matter what you are here for, El Chalten promises to keep you captivated.
Mount Torre, often known as Cerro Torre, is famous for its pristine beauty and notorious for the difficulty of its climb. Countless expeditions attempt to master its summit every year, with Cerro Torre widely considered to be one of the most challenging mountains in the world. With vertical walls, dramatic changes in weather and winds of more than 100 kilometers per hour, this is not a place for the faint hearted or inexperienced, if looking to reach the top!
Not to worry though, as your moderate hike adventure today, will be far less strenuous! The trail begins with a gradual and gorgeous ascent towards El Mirador. This scenic lookout point will be the perfect chance to catch your first unhindered glimpse of Mount Torre. From El Mirador, you will hike the short distance down to the Fitz Roy river valley along flat land, trekking among shrubs and other native flora, adapted to this pristine environment. The trail will lead you into an enchanting woodland and eventually, you will reach the last great glacial area surrounding the lake. Finishing up on the banks of Laguna Torre, you will be welcomed with a reward of the breathtaking view of Mount Torre and the Torre glacier. No photograph could ever do justice to this truly memorable sight, so take your time to admire it to the fullest!
Today, you will embark on a guided tour of the most sought after trek and viewpoint, with spectacular sights of the Fitz Roy massif. This is a private trek, however your transfers to and from your hotel, will be based on a shared service. This natural viewpoint is undoubtedly the most famous of all walks situated close to the imposing walls of Mount Fitz Roy and its surrounding granite peaks. A medium on the difficulty scale, this trek takes about 5 hours in each direction and will be at an elevation of 700 meters from El Chalten. The best time of year for this excursion is normally from October to May.
The headtrail begins at the end of Avenida San Martín, where El Chaltén town ends and your guide will be leaving the car. The slope is quite steep during the first hour, until you reach Del Salto stream valley, towards Mount Fitz Roy. You will notice that the Antarctic Beech trees become more and more visible along the path, and approximately an hour and a half further down the way, you will reach a well marked natural viewpoint. There, you will find a sign that interprets the whole landscape that lies before your eyes. Great photo opportunity!
The trail continues up along the Del Salto stream, until reaching the drainage of the Lagunas Madre e Hija. Four hours away from the starting point, you will arrive to Poincenot base camp (big free campsite) and after crossing the Río Blanco, you will arrive to Río Blanco base camp (only for climbers). From there, the path continues in ascent approximately 400 meters, until you reach Laguna de los Tres. Congratulations, you made it! The trail finishes at the old moraine ridge with an extraordinary view of the lagoon and De los Tres Glacier. This is the closest view to the granite wall of Mount. Fitz Roy and the peaks around that you can get. Heading down the moraine, you can take a trail that surrounds the lagoon until its outfall, where it is possible to admire the emerald waters of the Laguna Sucia and its hanging glaciers.
Note: Although the access to this viewpoint is possible during the months listed above, the access to this trek can vary depending on the accumulation of snow, especially in its last stretch. We always recommend to check the condition of the trail at the Visitors' Center of Los Glaciares National Park located just before the entrance to El Chalten. (This service is on a private basis.)
Today, you will be picked up at your hotel in 4:00PM and transferred to your accommodations in 4:00PM. (This service is on a private basis.)
The small town of El Calafate is located on the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the great Patagonia region of Argentina. This quiet little town is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and the Cerro Torre. The Perito Moreno Glacier is the largest advancing glacier in the world. Due to its idyllic location, the opportunities for outdoor adventure are unparalleled. From hiking through snow capped mountain peaks and cycling around wide open lakes, to trekking the icy surface of glaciers and paddling past ice blocks in kayaks, you can find it all!
Depart from the hotel towards Los Glaciares National Park entrance and Ventisquero Perito Moreno (westwards, 80km, 1 hr easy drive, paved route, no toilet on route).
This excursion begins in the embarking pier located in “Bajo de las Sombras” bay- about 6 km before the glacier Balconies- where you embark for 20 minutes navigation across the Rico Arm, enjoying the views of the glacier’s front walls and Icebergs Channel. You disembark on the opposite shore, where specialized mountain guides welcome you and lead you to a small shelter. After checking the last details, groups of 20 follow their guides along the lake’s shore towards the edge of the glacier. Once on the ice the guides put each participant a pair of crampons on, and explain how to use them.-
The two hours circuit that follows introduces you to the landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues. The trekking is moderate. The ice surface over which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe. You will receive explanations about flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region and also about the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier and eventually produces its rupture. After the walk, a stroll through the forest brings you back to the shelter, and onto the boat, to head back to the port.
Slow drive along panoramic zigzag road for 15 km to visit to main vista point, boarding Lago Roca lake shores. Upon arrival, stop for 2-3 hrs for short walks in the area along the 3.5 km “pasarelas” vantage point in front of the glacier (up and down wooden and fenced loop-trail). The Perito Moreno glacier was declared a "Mankind Heritage Site" by the UNESCO.
During the short walks, you will be able to witness the ice detachment phenomena, with the hollow sounds of ice falling and becoming smaller floating glaciers. Periodically the glacier advances over the L-shaped Argentino Lake forming a natural dam which separates the two halves of the lake when it reaches the opposite shore. With no escape route, the water-level on the “Brazo Rico” side of the lake can rise by up to 30 meters above the level of the main lake. The enormous pressure produced by the height of the dammed water finally breaks the ice barrier holding it back, in a spectacular rupture event. This dam/rupture cycle is not regular and it recurs naturally at any frequency between once a year to less than once a decade.
Return to Calafate is by the same route.
*Please note park entrance fee cannot be included and must be paid directly (currently 500 pesos, approximately $28)
Duration: 8 hours
Driving time: 80 km / 1.5 hours
Difficulty: moderate / requires no special skills
Restrictions for the minitrekking: + 10 years old and - 65 years old. Not advisable for pregnant women, people with overweight or some types of disability. (This service is on a group basis.)
Sadly, your journey must come to an end today. However, you will be leaving with unforgettable memories and the experience of a lifetime! After checking out of your hotel in 4:00PM, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport in good time to board your flight back to Buenos Aires. On arrival, check into your international departure flight home.
We hope you had an incredible trip and we wish you safe and pleasant travels onward! (This service is on a private basis.)
Nuss Buenos Aires Soho is located at one of the most emblematic corners of Palermo Soho, across from Plaza Serrano. Once a classic Spanish-style convent, it has been fully refurbished to become the most innovative premium hospitality option in Buenos Aires. The 22 rooms are located on three floors around a central patio (the old convent clusters). In one of the city's most interesting neighborhoods, surrounded by design and clothing stores, crafts shops, art galleries, and bars and restaurants, Nuss Hotel offers the perfect base in the city.
Located next to El Chalten’s world renowned trekking circuits and walking distance from the main road and the city center, Hosteria El Puma is the perfect place to call home. An explorers paradise, this property also features complimentary internet access in public areas and free transfers to and from the bus terminal, just 900 meters away. The comfortable guest rooms include a private bathroom, heating and picturesque views of the surrounding landscape. Hosteria El Puma also boasts a cozy bar and 24 hour front desk service to attend to your every need.
Kosten Aike Hotel features an unbeatable location in El Calafate, just two blocks from the mall and minutes from the International Airport. The property takes its name from the words, "Kosten", meaning "wind" and "Aike", meaning "place". Although, its name is not the only thing that comes from the Tehuelches. All of the bedspreads, curtains, covers, ironwork and paintings were specially created for by talented local Argentine artists. Their purpose was to recreate the ancestral designs of the Tehuelches, who were widely known for their perfect geometry and quality aesthetic concepts.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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