Days
4
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€1,045EUR

It's impossible not to feel small next to Patagonia's spectacular glaciers

From the town of El Calafate, visit the world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier to witness the spectacle of icebergs calving from the face of the glacier and crashing into the icy waters below. Combine this with a boat ride on Lago Argentino to absorb the wide expanses of Argentina's largest lake, and visit the massive Upsala Glacier. This short independent experience takes in a remote and incredibly beautiful part of the world, where the forces of nature are at their best.

Independent Experiences

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Start
El Calafate, Argentina
Finish
El Calafate, Argentina
Country
Argentina
Style
Independent Experiences
Code
PSPUX
Physical rating
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 1, Max 4

Why we love this trip

  • Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few advancing glaciers in the world, is an amazing place to witness the forces of nature at work before your very eyes.

  • Enjoy a cruise on Lago Argentino, Argentina's largest lake, fringed by several of the world's greatest glaciers.

  • Travel across the wide expanses of the Patagonian plains and keep an eye for condors soaring overhead.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

On arrival at El Calafate Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in town - a distance of 20 kilometres. El Calafate is a small remote community that is named after a small dark berry that grows in abundance around the area. It was officially founded in 1927 and has a population of 6000.
In the evening you will be free to wander around and absorb the lively atmosphere in the main street (Avenida del Libertador General San Martin), accentuated by the long twilight of the southern summer.
This evening you will have a briefing with your tour guide outlining the plans for the next few days.
Accommodation
  • Kau Yatun Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary arrival transfer
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
After breakfast you will set out on a day trip to Perito Moreno Glacier. You will travel 160 kilometres to get there and back, mainly on paved roads and over an area of wide barren plains known as Peninsula Magallanes. If you look up, you may be lucky enough to see condors soaring overhead.
Upon arrival, you will view arguably the world's most famous glacier from various vantage points. The spectacle you encounter here is not only one of sight, but also of sound. Thunderous cracks are followed by equally tremendous splashes, as great chunks of icebergs from the glacier wall break off intermittently and crash into the waters of the channel.
Please pay attention to the signs around the site warning about the dangers of 'flying' ice. You will have three to four hours to explore this fabulous region. Those interested can book on an optional mini-trekking excursion where, after being provided with crampons and pick-axes, we get to actually walk on the glacier itself. The additional cost for this optional excursion is approximately US$145. Your local representative can help to arrange this activity for you, but this will need to be arranged on arrival. (Please note that if you opt to join this excursion, lunch can be purchased at the site; alternatively, you may like to bring along your own picnic lunches).
Accommodation
  • Kau Yatun Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Full-day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
Optional Activities
  • Perito Moreno - Mini-trek on glacier including short cruise to glacier base (Max age permitted 65yrs). Pre-bookable through agent [Recommended] Approx - ARS2300
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Early in the morning you will drive 45 kilometres to Puerto Bandera, on the northern branch of Lake Argentino, where the boat "Upsala Explorer" will be waiting for you. The average depth of the lake is 150 metres, although the deepest point is up to 500 metres.
The boat will navigate to Upsala Glacier, cruising past several impressive ice bergs. Photographers in particular will delight in taking photos of these amazing white formations set against the backdrop of the mountains and the sky.
You will also cruise along the 10-kilometre face of the glacier, which extends back 50 kilometres, making it the largest in the area. However, unlike Perito Moreno, this glacier is retreating.
Upon arrival at Estancia Cristina, you are invited to visit the museum that focuses on the foundation and development of the ranch. Next comes a guided walk to the Caterina River and the chapel, and a tour of the historic centre of the estancia. After this, visitors are taken on a short trek, lasting about two and a half hours, to Cascada de los Perros, a surprisingly beautiful waterfall surrounded by copses of Antarctic beech, and from where you can enjoy a bird's eye view of the Caterina River valley and the estancia.
Lunch will be included at the estancia, and afterwards there will be time for an optional walk with one of the local guides. On your return boat journey, you will be served afternoon tea, and continue to your hotel in El Calafate, arriving around 8 pm in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Kau Yatun Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Boat tour to Upsala Glacier + Estancia Cristina
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
After breakfast you will need to check out from your hotel room. You will then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Your Independent Experience will finish on arrival at the airport.
Included Activities
  • Complimentary departure transfer
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

3 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private van, Boat, Bus

Accommodation

Hotel (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary arrival transfer
  • Full-day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
  • Boat tour to Upsala Glacier + Estancia Cristina
  • Complimentary departure transfer

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Important notes

INDEPENDENT EXPERIENCE:
This program is for independent travellers and is not a group tour.

PERITO MORENO MINI-TREK:
The Perito Moreno Mini Trek is now pre-bookable (Recommended due to availability). Please consult your booking agent for more information. Note: Maximum age permitted is 65 years old.

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