The Quetru Crossing - the back way from Aysen to Fitzroy

This is so much more than just a border crossing. After sailing through the turquoise blue of Lago O'Higgins (the deepest lake in South America) you will enjoy an easy trek in remote and untouched forest, surrounded by native Lenga trees and Calafate berries. Legend has it that if you eat a Calafate berry, you will be sure to return to Patagonia and having done this trip, we know you will want to eat more than one berry to guarantee your return!

8 Days

$1,670

The Quetru Crossing - the back way from Aysen to Fitzroy - 8 - $1,670

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

  • Cruise across Lago Higgins
  • Trek across the Chile/Argentina border from Candelario Mansilla to Lago Desierto
  • Cruise across Lago Desierto
  • Day hikes from El Chalten
  • Visit Perito Moreno glacier

Start from Caleta Tortel and end at El Calafate

Landmarks visited on The Quetru Crossing - the back way from Aysen to Fitzroy

Operator's Itinerary

Day 1:

You will have a free morning in Caleta Tortel before taking a private afternoon transfer from Caleta Tortel to Villa O'Higgins.

Accommodation: Lodge Robinson Crusoe, Villa O'Higgins

Meals: Breakfast


Day 2:

A chance to explore the area; you can choose from a number of great self-guided treks around Villa O'Higgins including: a half day to Cerro Santiago, a half day to Mirador del Valle, a full day to Cerro Alta Mira or a full day to Refugio Rio Mosco.

Accommodation: Lodge Robinson Crusoe, Villa O'Higgins

Meals: Breakfast


Day 3:

Take a shuttle to the port at Villa O'Higgins and sail across Lago O'Higgins to Candelario Mansilla

Accommodation: Farmhouse, Candelario Mansilla (basic)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 4:

After completing border control to exit Chile, you will trek the easy 24km trail between Candelario Mansilla (in Chile) to Lago del Desierto (in Argentina) 

Arriving on the Argentine side, you will complete border control to enter Argentina and then sail from Punta Norte to Punta Sur, across Lago del Desierto. Once you reach the shore, a vehicle transfer will take you on to El Chalten.

Accommodation: Senderos Hosteria (or similar), El Chalten

Meals: Breakfast


Day 5:

From El Chalten, you can take a self-guided-trek in Los Glaciares National Park, choosing from Laguna de los Tres, Laguna Torre or Loma del Pliegue Tumbado.

Accommodation: Senderos Hosteria (or similar), El Chalten

Meals: Breakfast


Day 6:

A free day to explore more around El Chalten with more self-guided trekking or for an additional fee, you might like to strap on crampons and explore the Viedma Glacier.

A vehicle transfer to the local bus station to catch the 6:30pm public bus from El Chalten to El Calafate. Once in El Calafate, a vehicle transfer will take you from bus station to your accommodation.

Accommodation: Madre Tierra Boutique Hotel (or similar), El Calafate

Meals: Breakfast


Day 7:

Take part in a group guided excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier, take to the boarded walkways to see this vast and spectacular natural wonder. 

Accommodation: Madre Tierra Boutique Hotel (or similar), El Calafate

Meals: Breakfast


Day 8:

Take the public bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales or a transfer to El Calafate Airport.

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $1,670 per person for a complete group. If you are looking to join a group or you are a solo traveller we will help to form likeminded groups of travellers. Please let us know your travel plans.

The trip can also run on a private basis to fit around your plans. Departures may be tailored and can be set up on a date of your choice. Please note that there is a higher price for smaller groups. Please enquire for further details.

Please note:

Prices are based on two people sharing and include private transfers and superior accommodation options.

Prices for basic accommodation and travel without private transfers are available on request.


Includes

  • Private transfer from Caleta Tortel to Villa O'Higgins
  • Boat crossings: Lago O'Higgins and Lago Desierto
  • Transfer to El Chalten
  • Excursion to Perito Moreno glacier

Excludes

  • Entrance fees to National Parks (about U$S25 for Chalten and U$S25 for Calafate)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Personal expenses and equipment
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Any visa, passport and vaccination expenses

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