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Patagonia Highlights

El Chalten, El Calafate, Torres del Paine and Puerto Natales

Patagonia Highlights
Patagonia Highlights
Patagonia Highlights
Patagonia Highlights
Patagonia Highlights
Patagonia Highlights
Patagonia Highlights
Patagonia Highlights
Patagonia Highlights
Patagonia Highlights

Are you wishing to get a full Patagonian experience? You can begin your trip arriving to El Calafate airport and then going to El Chalten, Argentina´s hikers paradise. There you can explore on your own the northern section of Los Glaciares National park. After El Chalten there is a bus connection to go back to El Calafate to be able to visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier, the jewel of the park. After some days there, the next part of the trip is Puerto Natales, a small town in southern Chile, gateway of Torres del Paine national park, a natural wonder of endless beauty.

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DAY 1: El Chalten

Arrival to El Calafate airport. Transfer to El Chalten. Check in at selected accommodation. If arriving by bus, bus from El Calafate to El Chalten.

DAY 2: El Chalten

Free day to discover the self guided treks of the Glaciers Nationl Park, north section. From the village you can take a series of marked trails that will lead you to the Laguna de los Tres, to the base of Mount Fitz Roy or to Cerro Torre. Beautiful, easy and you can trek as much as you want. 

DAY 3: El Chalten - El Calafate:

Another free day to go to the spots you missed the day before. In the evening, at 6 pm, bus to El Calafate. Arrival at 9 pm, accommodation at selected accommodation.

DAY 4: El Calafate

Breakfast. At 7 am or 9 am depending on season, 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 only 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 landscapes, 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.

DAY 5: El Calafate:

Free day to relax before moving south or to take an optional tour in the area.

DAY 6: El Calafate – Puerto Natales 

Breakfast. Take the morning bus to Puerto Natales in Chile. Arrival and accommodation. Free afternoon.

DAY 7: Puerto Natales

Breakfast. At 8 am departure to Torres del Paine: Full Day Torres del Paine Excursion: Departs: 08:00 – 08:30hs in the morning. Arrives: 20:00hs

Be impressed with the beauty of Torres del Paine, in a day full of adventure close to nature. Approximately 350 kilometers of travel. Tourist Attractions visited

  • Road to Cerro Castillo, Laguna Figueroa, Mountains surrounding.
  • Milodon Cave Natural Monument.
  • National Park Torres del Paine, Serrano River, Lake and Glacier Grey, Cordillera Paine, Laguna Amarga, Cerro Castillo.
  • Watching various species of flora and fauna.

Included: Hostel pick up, shared transportation, bilingual guide (Spanish and English) Not included: Entrance ticket to Torres del Paine National Park, Milodon Cave and lunch box.

DAY 8: Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas

Breakfast and check out. Punta Arenas Airport drop off or bus back to El Calafate 

Included

  • El Calafate airport shuttle to El Chalten or bus from El Calafate to El Chalten
  • 2 nights Accommodation in El Chalten at selected room with breakfast
  • Bus El Chalten To El Calafate
  • 3 nights Accommodation in El Calafate at selected room with breakfast. 
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Full Day Tour 
  • Bus from El Calafate to Puerto Natales
  • 2 Nights Accommodation in Puerto Natales at selected room with breakfast
  • Torres del Paine Full Day Excursion. 
  • Punta Arenas Airport Drop Off or Bus from Puerto Natales to El Calafate

Not Included

  • Entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park (aprox 22 USD per person)
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park (aprox 38 USD per person)
  • Entrance fee to Milodon Cave
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Towels, in case of Hostel Dorm Room
  • Transfers to and from bus stations.
  • Bus from Puerto Natales to El Calafate has an additional of 30 USD per person.
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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Puerto Natales


Torres del Paine

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