A perfect combination of soft adventure activities, to enjoy two
unique destinations in Patagonia: El Calafate and El Chalten
212 - SOFT ADVENTURE IN EL CALAFATE AND EL CHALTEN - 6 NIGHT TOUR
El Calafate and El Chalten
Season: We suggest to take this tour from September to April.
Notes: It´s important to make bookings in advance
The incredible Perito Moreno
Glacier and the mini trekking over the ice
Argentino Lake, glaciers and icebergs
in Los Glaciares National Park
El Chaltén and Fitz Roy Massif
04 nights of accommodation
in El Calafate
02 nights of accommodation
in El Chalten
All transfers between airport, bus station,
and hotels in each city
Round trip bus tickets El Calafate to El Chaltén
All excursions detailed in the itinerary
ITINERARY DAY BY DAY
Arrival to El Calafate Airport and transfer to your hotel. 4 nights of accommodation with breakfast. Free time to enjoy El Calafate. May be a good time to taste the local gastronomy?
After breakfast, we will start one of the most amazing excursions in Patagonia. The visit to Perito Moreno Glacier.
El Calafate is 80 km from Perito Moreno Glacier along a paved road (50 km.). The last 30 are within Los Glaciares National Park.
From de very beginning, the trip brings you many pleasant surprises. Upon leaving El Calafate, to your right, you encounter Redonda Bay, in Argentino Lake teeming with a great variety of fowls: black neck swans, flamingos, flying steamer ducks, Southamerican coots and upland geese. The distinctive yellow hue of the country side is due to a course grass that grows in this area called the broom sedge.
During the first 40 km you travel through the Patagonian steppe. Then, once you enter the National Park there is a noticeable change in the vegetation, now basically formed by nires (nothofagus antartica), guindos (nothofagus betuloides) and lengas (nothofagus pumilio); some isolated canelos (drimys winteri) and many colored flowers, among them the intense red colored notro (embothrium coccineum), the typical flower of the Andean Patagonian Forest.
Once at the Glacier, the visitor is overwhelmed by the impressive spectacle and can appreciate the many unforgettable vistas of the glacier from the walkpaths.
We include an incredible Minitrekking over Perito Moreno Glacier. Only for people up to 65 years old.
Get ready for a day full of fun and an adventure unlike any other in the world! On this tour you get to see the glacier from actually walking over it!
The excursion begins in the town of El Calafate where we will pick you up at your hotel. You will ride about 1.5 hours outside the city to the port in “Bajo de las Sombras”. Upon arriving at the port you will have the chance to board a boat to enjoy about 20 minutes of navigation, enjoying views of the famous Perito Moreno glacier.
After your short boat navigation you’ll disembark, where specialized bilingual mountain guides will be waiting for you. Once on the ice, the guides will help you with your special pair of crampons and explain how to use them. Crampons are special shoes that help to walk on the ice.
The two hour hike that follows will show you the landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses and the hues of the blue ice. As our hike comes to an end we will all cheers to our accomplishment with whisky and ice from the glacier.
After the hike you will return to the original point to enjoy your picnic lunch. After lunch we will cross again the Rico Arm of the Argentina Lake for some additional sailing to see the south face of the glacier. You will be able to observe the glacier and see its massive structures for about an hour. After time for photos and some relaxation you will return to El Calafate.
After breakfast, we start a horseback riding to Balcones de El Calafate, in a half day trip. Return to the hotel and free time to enjoy the village, or relax with hotel services
After breakfast, transfer to Puerto Bandera, to start a full day trip, with a combination of boat navigation in Argentino Lake, and some trekking activities in Estancia Cristina.
The tour starts when embarking and departs from the port of Punta Bandera at 08.30 hours in a modern and comfortable boat. It will navigate among icebergs and stunning scenery overlooking the western front of Upsala Glacier and, hence, by Cristina Canal to the point of landing at the farm.
It will arrive at Estancia Cristina at 11:30 pm. and will remain there for a period of 6 hours while it lasts all activity. Following the landing, it will amount ATVs, traveling 9.5 km through mountainous roads. A landscape that until recently was covered by glaciers and has a great geological interest, while you can enjoy from the viewpoint of Upsala a privileged view of the eastern front South Upsala Glacier, Lake Guillermo, Patagonian Ice It will travel of the Cerros Murallón and Don Bosco and the Andes.
From here begins the trek to enter Fossil Canyon, an area where a large concentration of fossils, vestiges of the last marine ingression is observed and have been exposed by glacial action. The trek takes place for about 4 hours at a steady pace until arriving back at the ranch.
Those opting for this activity, have lunch during the tour, and return to the ranch and then board the boat at 17.30. Arrival to Puerto Bandera approximately 19.00.
This trekking, due to the physically demanding and difficult terrain, is only suitable for people in good physical condition, considering that walk on uneven ground, and can not be performed by children under 12 years. In the event coordinator trips Estancia Cristina determines that passengers who have chosen this activity are not physically fit or lack the appropriate clothing for trekking, may not develop, not accepting claims or refund.
return to the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to El Calafate bus station to take public bus to El Chaltén. Arrival to El Chaltén, starting point to enjoy the incredible Fitz Roy Massif. Check in. 2 nights of accommodation with breakfast. Free time to walk the village.
After breakfast, we will start a self guided excursion to Fitz Roy Massif. We will provide a box lunch, and some advices to enjoy one of the most exciting trekkings in the area.
After breakfast, transfer to bus station to take public bus, back to El Calafate Airport. If you want, we can add an extra night in El Calafate.