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Small Group Tours

Patagonia: Southern Route 40

Argentina, Chile, Patagonia

11 days

Summary

Patagonia Southern Route 40 is an 11-day small group tour that includes the highlights on the iconic Route 40 in Patagonia Argentina.

The tour starts in Buenos Aires where you’ll have a city tour and Tango dinner and show. Then you’ll fly to Comodoro Rivadavia where you will travel overland to the small town of Los Antiguos, stopping at Petrified forest on the way. From Los Antiguos you will cross the border (migratory process) and arrive into Chile Chico. Where you will sail the Lake General Carreras to the remarkable Marble Caves.

After your boat expedition to see the Marble Caves, return to Argentina and visit Cueva de las Manos before arriving at El Chalten. There is a free day in El Chalten so you can do your own preferred hike. Continue to El Calafate where you will have a free day and a guided tour of Perito Moreno Glacier, the main highlight of Los Glaciares National Park.

Patagonia Southern Route 40 has regular departures from November to March. However, this tour can also be organized in private. Please contact us for more information.

Highlights

  • Buenos Aires city tour and Dinner & Tango Show.
  • Cross the international border to Chile and visit the majestic and unique Marble Caves.
  • Explore the amazing Patagonia visiting the Petrified Forest and De Las Manos Cave.
  • Lake Viedma Boat Trip and Torre Lagoon tour.
  • Full day touring the Perito Moreno Glacier with option to sail for a closer look at the glaciers.

Inclusions

  • 10 nights accommodation in First Class hotels with breakfast daily
  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary

ITINERARY

Day 1 Buenos Aires

Arrival at the airport and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, depart on a panoramic tour of the city. Start in Plaza de Mayo, scenery of the most important events of the country since 1810, then continue to the neighbourhood of La Boca and finish in Palermo and Recoleta. Tonight you will have a dinner show to appreciate the magnetism of tango.

Day 2 Buenos Aires

Day at leisure to explore Buenos Aires on your own, or ask us about your preferred tour.

Day 3 Buenos Aires/Los Antiguos

Transfer to the airport to board the flight to Comodoro Rivadavia. After our arrival, we begin the trip to Los Antiguos, a town near the border with Chile. On the way, we stop at Petrified Forest of José Ormachea where in addition to taking lunch (box lunch), we walk through this desolate and astonishing landscape. Afternoon arrival at Los Antiguos, located on the coast of Lake Buenos Aires (called General Carrera Lake on the Chilean side), the largest lake in South America after Titicaca. Total travelled distance: 490 km. Time travelled: 7-8 hours

Day 4 Los Antiguos

Today we cross the border with Chile to reach Chile Chico and once we carry out the migratory process, we begin to border Lake General Carrera by a cornice road.
As we advance, we enter a zone of wooded vegetation and then reach a bay, where we embark to sail to the curious formation of the Marble Chapels. This natural monument, formed by the erosion of water, is composed of three mineral formations of about 4 meters high: The Marble Cathedral, the Marble Chapel and the Marble Cave. During the boat trip, we have the chance to access some of its corners. At the end we take lunch (box lunch) and then return to Los Antiguos. Total travelled distance: 490 km (304 miles) Travel time: 9-10 hours
IMPORTANT NOTE: Boat trip to the Marble Chapels is subject to weather conditions. In case that the boat trip needs to be taken from Puerto Tranquilo, the night in Los Antiguos might be replaced for Chile Chico.

Day 5 Los Antiguos/El Chalten

Depart from Los Antiguos towards Perito Moreno town and on along Route 40, that leads to Cuevas de las Manos (Painted Hands Cave), declared a Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO. These paintings acquire importance due to their antiquity that render them into the main archaeological site in Patagonia. Take a guided tour along a boardwalk that leads to the main areas. After lunch (box lunch), return to Los Antiguos to board the overnight bus to El Chaltén (ovenight on the bus).
Travelled distance: 1.040 kms (360 km in excursion + 680 km in bus to El Chaltén). Travel time: 9 hours in excursion + 11 hours in bus to El Chaltén (at night).

Day 6 El Chalten

Free day to take an optional hike, such as Cóndor Lagoon or De Los Cóndores Viewpoint. You can also take a Safari to Lake Del Desierto, to enjoy the dazzling landscape of the leafy forests of Lengas (Nothofagus Beech), a paradise of centenary trees.

Day 7 El Chalten/El Calafate

Today you’ll spend the day walking along one of the emblematic paths of El Chaltén: Torre Lagoon, where you’ll get an impressive view of Mt. Torre, Adela Mountain Range, Mt. Solo and several glaciers. In the afternoon, continue to el Calafate.
Difficulty: intermediate. Walking time: 7-8 hours Walked distance: 22 km

Day 8 El Calafate

Today’s highlight will undoubtedly be the Perito Moreno Glacier. It is located within Los Glaciares National Park and was declared Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO. During the tour, a stroll along the walkways located in front of the glacier provides views from different perspectives. The visit can be optionally complemented with a sail, that helps to acquire a better dimension of the height of its peaks. Free time for lunch (not included).

Day 9 El Calafate

Full day at leisure to take an optional tour. There are several optional tours in the area to choose from such as glacier hiking, estancia day, or visit the Glaciarium Patagonian Ice Museum.

Day 10 El Calafate/Buenos Aires

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Buenos Aires. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel.

Day 11 Buenos Aires

Today you will be transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight.

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