WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU
Day 1 | Buenos Aires – Walking Circuit – Historic Center
Arrival at the International Airport. Reception and transfer to the selected hotel. Our guide will provide you with a briefing of the trip, to help you familiarize with Buenos Aires, and with what you will be seeing in Argentina and Chile. Night at the Hotel.
Day 2 | Buenos Aires - El Calafate
After breakfast, transfer to the Airport, flight to El Calafate, arrival and transfer to the selected hotel.
Day 3 | El Calafate - Los Glaciares National Park – Minitrekking
After breakfast, transfer to Puerto Banderas inside Los Glaciares National Park, where you will do one of the most amazing experiences in Argentina, Minitrekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier, The excursion begins in the embarking pier located in “Bajo de las Sombras” port, about 6 km before the glacier Balconies- where you embark for a 20 minutes navigation across the Rico Arm, enjoying breathtaking views of the Perito Moreno glacier’s front wall. You disembark on the opposite shore, where specialized bilingual mountain guides welcome you and lead you to a small shelter. After checking the last details, groups of not more than 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 fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses 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.
WHAT TO BRING
Outfit: Sport shoes or trekking boots. Rubber and apres ski boots, as well as high heel shoes are not allowed. Comfortable sports wear, long trousers, warm sweater or pile, water or windproof jacket, sun glasses, sun block, gloves.
Lunch: Passengers must bring their lunch boxes.
Restrictions: due to the degree of effort and difficulty that this excursion presents, is NOT allowed for; pregnant women, people with overweight, some type of disability, or health problems.
Age: Between 10 and 65 years old.
* Ticket fee to National park included
*Box Lunch not included
Day 4 | El Calafate - Upsala Glacier + Ea. Cristina + 4X4 Upsala Viewpoint + Trekking Cañadón de los Fósiles
Duration: 5.30 hs (Departure and Return). Drop: 550 m.a.s.lLevel of demand: Medium-High.
We recommend good physical conditions.
**For wheel, drive crossing 4×4 of 9.5 km. through mountainous roads.
**Tour through a landscape that until recently was covered by glaciers and has a great geological interest.
**View of Lake Guillermo and of the stunning oriental front of Upsala Glacier, Southern patagonian ice and hills Murallón and Don Bosco.
**Descents through the Cañadón de los Fósilesarea where we can find fossils, remains of the last marine ingression, which has been uncovered by glacial action. Valley of unique characteristics.
**This activity can not be performed by children under 12 years; must be accompanied by their parents.
**It is very important to bring the appropriate gear for this kind of trek: comfortable clothes for walking, hiking shoes or rubber soled shoes and sun protection
Note: The manager of Estancia Cristina or designee will determine whether passengers who have chosen this activity can actually participate in it.
* Ticket fee to National park included
* Lunch not included
Day 5 | El Calafate - El Chalten
After breakfast, transfer to the bus terminal, you will take a 3 hours bus to the village of El Chalten, from the bus terminal transfer to Ecocamp Chalten.
El Chalten is known worldwide like the Capital of trekking of Argentina, every summer thousands of trekkers from all over the world come to explore the different trails that start right there, El Chalten, home of Fitz Roy Mt., has probably the most stunning landscapes of the Argentinean Patagonia.
Recently opened wilderness tented camp, or adventure camp is a private property 17 km north of el Chalten. The lodge is built on the shore of Rio de Las Vueltas at it has unique views of Mt. Fitz Roy’s north face.
EcoCamp has 8 wilderness cabins. Each has two beds, firewood stove, private deck and they offer all the privacy to enjoy the beautiful forest and setting. It´s a mixture between camping and a hotel, with intimate contact with the peace of the surroundings.
The grounds have native beech-tree forest, lots of birds and cattle have been removed to protect the environment. Ecocamp also have mountain-bikes, canoes, kayaks for those who wish to enjoy the outdoors, although some might to choose to stay by the fire-place with eyes fixed on the granite Walls of Fitz Roy. You might also meet some of the llamas, these animals are there as part of a plan to train them as pack-llamas, and introduce them to the trails of the National Park, to diminish the erosion produced by pack-horses.
In the Afternoon, we will go to do Kayak Fom Laguna del Condor.
The experience of travel Patagonian lakes and rivers will enrich your visit to the area. These activities are aimed at people with good fitness but not necessarily with experience in rowing. We have designed programs for both beginners and experienced kayakers alike can enjoy our programs. The River turns its headwaters in Lake Desert and as the name implies descends into Lake Viedma making numerous turns through lush Lenga forests and vertical walls, transporting the product water from melting glaciers in the region, including the high glaciers of Mount Fitz Roy. Our day starts with our Fitz Eco Camp and ends at the town El Chalten. From our privileged position in the kayak and over 20 miles we can enjoy the best views of Fitz Roy and its needles satellites, with a completely different from what can be seen from a trail.
**Box Lunch included.
Day 6 | El Chalten – Hike Laguna de los Tres (Fitz Roy)
After Breakfast, Departure from Eco Camp by the Fitz Roy path. After 20 minutes of ascent we will arrive to the viewpoint of Rio de Las vueltas valley. After walking further more in ascent you will arrive the first viewpoint of Fitz Roy where you will be able to view the most important sights and needles of the famous Mts in the area such as “S”, Saint Exupéry, Poincenot, Fitz Roy, Mermoz and Guillaumet. From there we continue walking two hours more through beautiful beech and lenga forest until reaching Rio blanco. After an hour of ascent in a drop of 400mts you will reach Laguna de los tres. Once reaching this point, the maximum point of the trail we will be able to see before us the majestic sight of Mt Fitz Roy, Los Tres glaciers and its lagoons. The feeling of such greatness makes us feel so small in font of this great and stunning nature. Return to el Chalten and overnight.
**Box Lunch included.
Day 7 | El Chalten – Viedma Pro (In Viedma Glacier)
The glacier is an ideal place to practice ice climbing. Its cracks and walls allow a full day activity and make this program a highly attractive alternative hen starting to practice this sport or just simply live a different experience for those adventures and outdoor lovers.
Located 17 km south of El Chalten a small picturesque bay called Tunel Bay is located, in a natural bay a few hundreds of meters away from the delta that forms the river.
We will sail south by the bay allowing us to sail by the shore so we can see the stunning Mt. Fitz Roy as well as Mt. Huemul. Once we arrive to Hornos cape (Far south east), the boat turns west and we will set our eyes on the stunning Viedma glacier. We will sail by the front of the glacier and we will be able to enjoy the sight of huge icebergs, the warm blue skies and walls that reach 40mts over the level of the lake. Disembark on the rocky promontory and passengers are invited to descend and regroup. The guide in charge of the group will introduce himself. Walk up to the school area. Once the technical gear is assigned and distributed, our guides will go through caves and crack to reach the School area were we will begin the climbing. Once the team is introduced and security mechanism explained the activities will begin. The guides will teach basic skills in a correct order so passengers can progress easily. People who take this course will be astonished by the improved and quick techniques learned. Later on we will stop for lunch (box lunch is not included). We will return to the rocky promontory and sail back to the port. Arrival to Tunel Bay port.
**This product is suggested for people with good physical condition, who are used to do moderates walks on irregular terrains.
**Minimum age: 12 years old
**Box Lunch included.
Day 8 | El Chalten - El Calafate
After Breakfast, Transfer to the Bus Terminal to take a regular bus to El Calafate, from the bus terminal, transfer to the Airport, where you will take your flight back to Buenos Aires, arrival and transfer to the hotel.
This is going to be a long journey as you have to cover 3 hours bus + 3 hours flight aprox.
Day 9 | Buenos Aires - Walking tour
After breakfast, day at your leisure in Buenos Aires, a day to discover the city on your own, we suggest a visit to Recoleta neighborhood (Recoleta Cemetry) and Palermo, full of pubs, restaurants, art galleries and independent clothing designers, it became the coolest area of Buenos Aires…don´t miss it!
Day 10 | Buenos Aires - Free day
Last day in Argentina. Transfer to the International Airport.
END OF OUR SERVICES
**All the services descripted on the Itinerary.
**Breakfast at the hotels
**Tickets to National Parks.
**Small group tours with English speaking guides
**Meals only when mentioned.
**Ecocamp includes breakfast, box lunch and dinner, drinks not included.
SERVICES NOT INCLUDED
** Meals only when they are mentioned
** Travel Insurance.
** Services subject to availability at the time of booking
** Prices per person double occupancy.
** Prices in US Dollars