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CALAFATE & CHALTEN ADVENTURE – 5 DAYS

1,550 / 5 days

Highlights

  • 5 days of adventure in the Los Glaciares National Park
  • Visit the gorgeous city of Calafate and the tourist town of Chalten
  • See the Perito Moreno glacier and enjoy a sea life safari
  • Trek to the Los Tres lagoon (Laguna de los Tres)  and the Torre hill (Cerro Torre)

Overview

On this program, you will go on a 5-day adventure in Argentinean Patagonia! You will explore the city of Calafate and the tourist town of Chalten, both located within the Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

There, you will go on several excursions over the Patagonian steppe, and see some of the region’s main attractions: the Perito Moreno glacier, the Los Tres lagoon, and the Torre hill, all unmissable destinations.

DAY PLACE HIGHLIGHTS HOTEL OPTIONS
1 Airport - Calafate Arrival to Calafate Kosten Aike Hotel
2 Calafate - Chalten Perito Moreno Glacier Los Cerros Hotel
3 Chalten Trek to "Laguna de los Tres" Los Cerros Hotel
4 Chalten Trek to "Cerro Torre" Los Cerros Hotel
5 Chalten - Calafate Airport Las Day! -

Itinerary Details

DAY 1:
AIRPORT - CALAFATE

Once you arrive at Calafate airport, an agency rep will be waiting for you along with your driver, to take you to your hotel in Calafate. Once you have checked in, you will have the afternoon free to rest or explore Calafate. Its attractions include the amazing Patagonian ice museum the “Glaciarium”, the archeological site of Punta Walichu, various estates such as Nibepo Aike and the Estancia Cristina, and a variety of restaurants and breweries where you can sample some local traditional produce.

Hotel Options
Kosten Aike Hotel
ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 2:
FULL DAY TOUR: PERITO MORENO GLACIER AND SEA LIFE SAFARI / PRIVATE TRANSFER TO CHALTÉN

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, a van will pick you up to begin your excursion towards the Perito Moreno glacier, located 80 km from the city center.

The journey will take us along the edge of Lake Argentino, and you will be able to observe a range of birdlife flying over the region. Of particular note are the black-necked swan, flamingo, condor and eagle. You will be able to admire the Patagonian steppe and learn about the area’s history. Once we arrive at the Los Glaciares National Park, we will go through the “curva de los suspiros” or “sighing curve”, which will be your first viewpoint for a panorama of the Perito Moreno glacier. Then we will head for the port, where we will embark on a 1-hour sail through ice floes and observe the glacier up-close, watching the glacier calving into the waters of Lake Rico.

Finally, we will disembark in front of the Perito Moreno glacier, where we will have access to a series of walkways and viewpoints and will be able to look at the glacier from several perspectives. After exploring the area, there will be time for lunch at a restaurant (not included) before finally returning to the hotel to pack your bags and get ready to head for the town of Chalten, our next destination.

Hotel Options
Los Cerros Hotel Boutique & Spa
ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 3:
FULL DAY TOUR: TREKKING TO THE "LAGUNA DE LOS TRES"

  • Duration: All day ( 8 to 9 hrs)
  • Technical difficulty: Beginner
  • Personal level necessary: Moderate
  • Departure: 08:00 –  Return: 17:00 -18:00 hrs

The adventure will begin departing from your hotel at 8am, heading for one of the National Park’s unmissable hiking paths, famous for its impressive views made up of forests, lagoons, and glaciers. The path will take you to the base of the legendary Fitz Roy hill. From the town, we will cover 18km back to our starting point, during which time we will spend around 20 minutes enjoying the landscape in the area around Chalten.

Once we are back at our starting point, we will begin to enter the dense beech forest alongside the River Blanco. After 1 hour’s hiking, we will arrive at the first mirador, with excellent views of the Piedras Blancas Glacier. There, you can rest and enjoy the view, before continuing on the path for around 45 minutes to the Poincenot camp, contained within a beautiful beech forest. Then we will cross the river over a small rope bridge to the Base Camp of Rio Blanco. From there, if you have energy left, we can continue on to the Los Tres Lagoon viewpoint, which includes a 420-meter uphill walk and a 1-hour hike. Once we reach the highest point of the path on the moraine, you will be able to observe the majestic granite hill of Fitz Roy, the Los Tres glacier and its lagoon, which we will walk alongside to the Sucia Lagoon viewpoint and the glacier of the same name. There, you will have time to have lunch, rest, and enjoy the panorama.

On the way back, you will visit the Capri lagoon, highly popular with photography aficionados, before arriving back in Chalten at around 5-6pm.

Hotel Options
Los Cerros Hotel Boutique & Spa
ROOM Double - Twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 4:
FULL DAY TOUR: TREKKING TO THE "CERRO TORRE"

  • Duration: All day ( 6 to 7 hrs)
  • Technical difficulty: Beginner
  • Personal level necessary: Moderate
  • Departure: 9:00  Return: 16:00

On this day, we will go on another of the region’s unmissable hikes, exploring the Torre lagoon and contemplating the impressive views of the Torre massif, Cordón Adela, Solo hill and the various glaciers there.

The path leaves from the town itself, with a mild incline for the first few minutes, following the route of the Fitz Roy River. After 20 minutes, you will be able to see the Fitz Roy canyon and its gorgeous waterfalls. The views from here include the unique Solo hill, the Cordón Adela and the imposing Torre hill.

After the first hour hiking, you will arrive at the Torre hill viewpoint where you will rest for a short while and enjoy the gorgeous views of the massif and its glaciers. From there, we will continue walking for 1 hour through a beautiful valley until you reach the Agostini Base Camp. For a few more minutes we will carry on walking until you reach the Torre lagoon, seeing impressive beech forests, ancient glaciers, and a wide variety of birds, including, with a little luck, the Magellanic woodpecker!

Once at the Torre lagoon, we will enjoy the incredible sights of the ice floes caused by the frontal part of the glacier calving. After a rest, time to explore, and lunch, we will begin our return to Chalten.

Note: If passengers want to, the visit can be extended from the Torre lagoon to the Maestri viewpoint. This is 2 kilometers further away, around 45 minutes, along the lagoon to the edge of the forest, which forms a natural balcony over the Torre lagoon and glacier.

 

Hotel Options
Los Cerros Hotel Boutique & Spa
ROOM Double - twin
MEALS Breakfast
CATEGORY 4 Stars
STYLE Boutique
DAY 5:
LAST DAY: CHALTEN - CALAFATE AIRPORT

After 4 days of adventure, depending on your flight time, you will have time to enjoy the hotel’s facilities before a van picks you up to take you to Calafate airport.

LOW SEASON RATES: NOVEMBER 2018 / MARCH 2019

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$1,420  /Per person
  • Price with Single Supplement included – From USD$1,605  / Per person

LOW SEASON (SD): NOVEMBER 2018 (Friday 16 – Sunday 18 / MARCH 2019 (Friday 1 – Tuesday 5)

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$1,500  /Per person
  • Price with Single Supplement included – From USD$1,705  / Per person

HIGH SEASON: DECEMBER 2018 / JANUARY – FEBRUARY  2019

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$1,550  /Per person
  • Price with Single Supplement included – From USD$1,770 / Per person

HIGH SEASON (SD): DECEMBER 2018 (December 28 – 31)

  • Price based on Double Occupancy – From USD$1,620  /Per person
  • Price with Single Supplement included – From USD$1,870  / Per person

Important!: The hotel is close between April and October 2019

 

*SD: Special Dates **This listed price is based on two people sharing a double room. ***The price may vary due to the time of year you travel, the size of your group and accommodation availability   ****Solo travelers or guests staying in single rooms must pay the Solo Traveler or Single Supplement price. ***** The single supplement is based on Regular tours, availability of which must be confirmed prior to reservation of the trip. ****** If the mentioned hotels are not available, alternative hotels will be provided of a similar standard

Price Includes

  • Accommodation
  • Professional Bilingual Guide
  • All activities as listed
  • Entrance Fees (according the itinerary)
  • Private Transfer IN and OUT (Between Hotels and Airport)
  • Transfer during the tours
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip

Meals

  • Day 1: 0
  • Day 2: Breakfast
  • Day 3: Breakfast
  • Day 3: Breakfast
  • Day 4: Breakfast
  • Day 5: Breakfast

Not Included

  • Insurances
  • Airplane tickets
  • Backpack
  • Tips
  • Lunch in Perito Moreno Full Day

 

CALAFATE & CHALTEN ADVENTURE – 5 DAYS

Duration: 5 days

Price: 1,550 / person

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