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Tailor-made tours

El Calafate & El Chalten

Argentina, Patagonia

5 days

Summary

Bordered by large cattle estates with roaming gauchos, the duo-townships of El Calafate & El Chaltén are the gateway to Argentina’s fabled Los Glaciares National Park. A realm where mighty glaciers rumble off the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Remote yet well-connected and serviced, this magical region possesses some of the most epic and dynamic landscapes of Latin America.

On the shores of Lake Argentino, El Calafate is the hub for tours out to one of Argentina’s most mesmerizing facades, Perito Moreno Glacier. It glows, grinds and grumbles until it suddenly cracks and erupts. Within an instant, a millennium of dense iceberg calves off, plunging into the turquoise depths below, then disappears. Moments of unease later, an icy leviathan gradually emerges, rolls in triumph, and unleashes a powerful tsunami to assert its long-awaited liberty. Nothing makes quality whisky taste even better than with unshackled ice. Elsewhere on a gentler note, the birdlife is surprisingly prolific with Magellanic woodpeckers, black-headed swans, and the elusive torrent duck.

Set back from Lake Viedma, El Chaltén is the mecca for several self-guided hikes up into an ancient battleground between rock and ice. Here granite outcrops of the Andes thrust up against the pulverising ice sheet on the continent. While towering spires and jagged ridges may still prevail, tumbling scree slopes foreshadow their doom. Rivers and streams gush out from this thrilling arena carrying glacial flour, the milky blood of vanquished rock. Amidst this unfolding drama, the surrounding age-old Ñire and gnarled Lenga forests provide serenity. Here you may encounter soaring condors, pumas stalking wary guanacos, crafty grey foxes, or a scampering pygmy armadillo.

Bear witness to this saga and let our expert team connect you with Argentina’s Southern Patagonia.

Highlights

  • Let Argentinian Patagonia marvel you with its beauty
  • Visit Los Glaciares National Park. This Park covers a total surface area of 600,000 hectares
  • The park owes its name to the numerous glaciers covering roughly half of the World Heritage property
  • Observe how The Upsala, Onelli and Perito Moreno Glaciers calve into the icy and milky waters of Lake Argentino
  • Get the most striking sight of the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, one of only three glaciers in the world that grows rather than retreat

ITINERARY

Day 1 El Calafate

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 El Calafate

Today’s full-day tour to Los Glaciares National Park will surely be an unforgettable experience. This National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty, with rugged, towering mountains and numerous glacial lakes, including Lake Argentino, which is 160 km long. You can choose a mini-trekking or full trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier. Alternatively, you could do kayaking, or take a boat ride along many channels with close-ups to several glaciers.

Day 3 El Calafate/El Chalten

Travel overland to El Chalten today and check in to your lodge. El Chaltén is a town within Los Glaciares National Park, and it is considered the gateway to trails surrounding the peaks of Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy to the north-west. Accommodation can be basic, mid-range or deluxe. Talk to your travel consultant about the type of accommodation that is right for you.

Day 4 El Chalten

Enjoy a half-day trek to Laguna Capri. At the viewpoint, you will have stunning views of Mt. Fitz Roy, flanked by Poicenot, Saint Exupery, Mermoz and Guillaumet. There are many longer treks available – please contact us for more options.

Day 5 El Chalten/El Calafate

Return to El Calafate and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. Alternatively, continue overland to Torres del Paine National Park.

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