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El Calafate & El Chalten.

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El Calafate & El Chalten.
El Calafate & El Chalten.

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The package includes 3 nights accommodation in El Calafate and 1 night in El Chalten at selected hostel/hotel plus airport pickup and drop off plus Perito Moreno Glacier Full Day Tour plus Bus Transfer to El Chalten, return.

 

Day 1: El Calafate

Arrival in El Calafate. Regular transfer to accommodation. Check in

 

Day 2: El Calafate

Breakfast. 7.00 hs - Perito Moreno Glacier Full Day Tour:

People from all over the world come to this remote place in Southern Patagonia to be a witness of the Ice Age. This is one of the moving glaciers in the planet, and a visit is not only worth, is a MUST.
You start from El Calafate early in the morning to enjoy the landscape, the nature, the fauna and the wide variety of birds (trying to arrive to the glacier before everyone). Through the gateways you visit the north face of the Perito Moreno Glacier, in different viewpoints from different altitudes. Back at the hostel or hotel at 4-5 pm.

 

Day 3: El Chalten

Breakfast. Check out. Bus to El Chalten in the morning. Check in at accommodation. Free day for self-guided treks

El Chalten is the capital of trekking in Argentina, voted as the best Patagonian destination by Lonely Planet readers. Just being there is a privilege. Very close from the village there are self guided trails that can take you to the base of Mt. Fitz Roy or to Mt. Torre, or even the ice filed. Just walk about the forests and enjoy the spectacular landscapes. 

 

Day 4: El Chalten-El Calafate

Check out.  Free day for self-guided treks. In the evening, bus to El Calafate and check in at accommodation.

 

Day 5: El Calafate

Breakfast. Check out. Transfer to airport. End of services

 

Included

  • 3 nights accommodation at selected basis with breakfast in El Calafate
  • 1 night accommodation at selected basis with breakfast in El Chalten (Dorm option has no breakfast in El Chalten) 
  • El Calafate Airport pickup and drop off.
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Full Day Tour
  • Bus Transfer from El Calafate to El Chalten and return.

 

Not Included
  • Entrance fee to Glaciers National Park (aprox 20 USD per person)
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Breakfast, in case of Dorm option only in El Chalten
  • Towels, in case of Hostel Dorm Room

 

Destination

El Calafate

In El Calafate you will find yourself at the gateway to the majestic world of glaciers.

This town is near Lake Argentino, a green water surface covering 1,600 km2, with a length of 60 km and a width between 12 and 14 km. It also has great mysterious depths, like all lakes orginated from glaciers, ranging from 35 m in Feruglio, on the southern shore, to 300 m off the Avellaneda Peninsula.

El Calafate connects you with the most unknown and magical features of our geography. It is 316 km. from Río Gallegos, 185 m.a.s.l. and receives its name from the small bush calafate, indigenous of Patagonia. Its fruit is a delicious berry very good for the elaboration of jam. According to tradition, whoever eats calafate will return for more. But reality indicates that whoever visits Calafate wants to stay there forever.

It is a tourist resort of both national and international importance, since it is the start of all glacier circuits. It is an oasis of poplars, willows and pines at the border of the steppe.

This small town and all its magic are a must for lovers of glaciers.

El Calafate presents a dry climate, with an average maximum temperature of 19ºC, and an average minimum of -2º in winter. The length of the day changes according to season. In summer, the sun rises at 5.30am and sets at 11pm. In winter the day is shorter as there are only 8 hours of daylight.

El Calafate is the main supplier in the area. It has a population of around 8,000 inhabitants on a 155,000-hectare surface, with rivers and creeks draining into the Atlantic Ocean through the Santa Cruz River.

The Glaciers National Park covers a surface of some 600,000 hectares with 47 glaciers, such as the Viedma, the Moyano, the Marconi, the Upsala, the Agassiz, the Bolado, the Onelli, the Peineta, the Spegazzini, the Mayo, the Ameghino, the Moreno and the Frías, all of them located within the Atlantic basin.

El Calafate can be visited thanks to a significant bus fleet used for excursions and modern boats that allow you to enjoy the classical viewpoint of the Perito Moreno Glacier or the audacious expeditions to cross the glaciers from one side to the other. The International Airport of El Calafate, inaugurated on November 17, 2000 and located 23km away from the city, receives direct flights from Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Pto.Madryn, San Carlos de Bariloche, and Puerto Natales, among other cities.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Spending the day just sitting and looking at the fabulous Perito Moreno Glacier. The sound, the movement, the blue...unforgetable!
  • Minitrekking over Perito Moreno glacier
  • Guided trips to meet the different and unforgettable. Glaciers included de impressive Upsala Glacier
  • Trekking at El Chalten searching for Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Fishing in the Roca lake inside the national park Los Glaciares
  • Navigating on Brazo Rico in Lake Argentino
  • El Calafate Regional Museum
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El Chaltén

ituated in the Departament called Lago Argentino, El Chaltén is on the northen margin of Lago Viedma, in the confluence of rivers De las Vueltas and Fitz Roy, in the National Reserve Zona Viedma in Los Glaciares National Park.

In this landscape combine the magic of glaciers, hidden lagoons, estancias, Lake Viedma, and the magnetic presence of mount Fitz Roy. The summit of its unmistakable majestic silouete is almost always covered in a cloud that the Tehuelche thought was smoke, mistake that gave origin to the name Chaltén, which means volcano.

Two hundred people live in this town, distant 220 km. from El Calafate on provincial route Nº11, national route 40, and provincial route Nº 23.

El Chaltén is contiguous to Lake Viedma and its reserve, and has been declared National Hiking Capital for the variety of activities performed by hikers and climbers.

Most outings start in town, and it is not necessary to be an expert to follow the circuits if you walk on a current trail.

The granitic towers of mounts Torre and Fitz Roy compose spectacular panorama together with glaciers Viedma, Upsala and Moyano, which drain in Lago Viedma, with a surface of 106.000 has.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mount Fitz Roy
  • Trekking to "La laguna del Desierto"
  • The beautiful "Laguna Capri"
  • Trekking to "Lago Viedma"
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