Day 1: Arrive Calafate. Explore. Evening estancia visit.
This trip starts in el Calafate. We will collect you either from the bus station (buses arrive daily from Puerto Natales if you are coming from Chile) or the airport to start the trip. Private transfer to the Hotel Kapenke or similar (3* Hotel). After lunch and checking into our hotel, we will spend some time relaxing in this quaint mountain town with its cute shops and cafes before we drive out to a local estancia, called Estancia Cerro Frias. This is a beautiful estancia with great views that offers horseriding, mountain biking or 4x4 off road driving with an outside barbeque dinner. After dinner, return to the hotel: www.kapenke.com.ar Accommodation is based on twin share with en suite facilities.
Day 2: Excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier. Night hotel
After breakfast, the group will be enjoying a guided excursion to the awesome Perito Moreno Glacier with ice hiking included. Just far enough from the bounds of civilization and urban dwellings of Calafate, veiled by towering mountains and an expansive lake, the Perito Moreno Glacier epitomizes the natural beauty and splendor of Argentina. Unique in a variety of facets, including its size, scientific significance, and accessibility, the glacier is an essential stop for any visitor to Patagonia. We will have plenty of time exploring the wonder of the natural spectacle as we walk the wooden walkways with its breathtaking views of ice and water and even don crampons and walking out onto the ice itself exploring the ice caverns and crevices from up close. The Moreno Glacier is one of the largest glaciers in south America with ice walls that tower over 200 verticle feet from the ground (60 metres) where the ice meets Lake Argentina: taller than a 15 story building. It is also of scientific significance as it is one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the area, said to be 'growing' at a rate of about seven feet a day. Afternoon return to Calafate for more exploring and a chance to relax. Breakfast and lunch included. Dinner will be at leisure giving you a chance to choose from a great selection of restaurants. Night Hotel Kapenke as above.
Day 3: Drive to Los Glaciares. Night el Chalten
After breakfast we will today transfer across the Argentine pampas crossing the river Santa Cruz and with luck we will spot the Viedma glacier and views of today's destination: the peaks of Fitzroy and the Los Glaciares National Park. Founded in 1937 the Glacier National Park is located in the southwestern segment of the Santa Cruz region of the Argentinean Patagonia. With its towering peaks, the most prominent of which is Mount Fitzroy at 3,405 metres, the Park offers a fantastic natural landscape consisting of lakes, forests, granite mountains and glacial structures. An obvious draw to hikers, horseback riders and climbers who all assemble in the nearby el Chalten village. We will stop in lovely el Chalten to check in our bags at the Hotel Poincenot or similar (3* hotel) before choosing from the day's activities of either biking, hiking, sailing or a half day kayak trip (please ask for more information on the excursions). There are also lots of opportunities for wildlife spotting and short walks in the area so the day can be kept completely flexible depending on both the weather and energy levels. Afternoon return to your Hotel in el Chalten. Breakfast and Lunch included, dinner at leisure. Accommodation based on twin share with en suite facilities.
Day 4: Drive to el Calafate.
After breakfast, private transfer back to Calafate. Clients can be dropped at the airport or their hotel. Breakfast only.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
This trip can run as a group trip, with prices starting from $0 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.