Days
5
Price from
€1,075EUR

Lace up your walking boots and explore the glacial wilderness of El Chalten, Patagonia

From the jagged glory of peaks like Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre to the immense and still-advancing ice-scape that is the Perito Moreno Glacier, this independent experience spans some of the most breathtaking and fascinating glacial scenery on the planet. Begin on the streets of El Califate, where the marvels of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field are just a hop, skip and a jump away. Conclude with a relaxing stay in the village of El Chalten – the perfect way to stretch your legs after exploring one of the world’s best glaciers and trekking through El Chalten National Park.

Independent Experiences

Independent travel, without the stress. Peregrine’s Independent Experiences are a range of short ‘mini tours’ that you can add to other Experiences or as an extension to a longer tour, to craft your perfect holiday itinerary. Independent Experiences are for 1-4 travellers, come accompanied by a local Peregrine guide and depart daily.


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

Why we love this trip

  • Spend a full day exploring one of southern Patagonia's most spectacular natural wonders - the Perito Morino Glacier

  • Choose from a variety of hikes throughout the gorgeous mountains of Los Glaciares National Park

  • Set eyes on Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre and hike to whichever of their base camps you wish

  • Enjoy plenty of free time to unwind in the villages of El Califate and El Chalten

Itinerary

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

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.
This morning your guide will pick you up at the agreed time (please take note of this at your meeting the evening prior). After breakfast you will set out on a day trip to Perito Moreno Glacier. You will travel 80 kilometres to get there, 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. At 250 square kilometres, it is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field (the world’s third-largest freshwater reserve).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.

After exploring the ice-scape, you will travel by comfortable bus to El Chalten for the evening. The drive from Perito Moreno to El Chalten will take about five-and-a-half hours.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Posada Barranco or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
  • Full-day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier (USD)
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
El Chalten is your base in the Glaciers National Park, where the Fitzroy Massif (3375 metres) towers above the surrounding peaks.

Walking allows you to see the majestic massif and other stunning vistas. Get up early to trek in Los Glaciares National Park – there are a variety of walks to choose from in Argentina’s ‘trekking capital’. Depending on weather and your interests, you may wish to hike to Fitz Roy base camp and on to the Laguna del los Tres, or perhaps head to Cerro Torre base camp and continue to Laguna Torre. Whatever your route, the mountain scenery is unforgettable.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Posada Barranco or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Day hike to Laguna de los Tres
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Relax and unwind in El Chalten after your day of trekking. Wander the streets of this charming village or simply rest your legs and enjoy the views.

Take an afternoon bus back to El Calafate, where you will spend the night.
Accommodation
  • Kau Yatun Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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

4 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Bus, Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary arrival transfer
  • Entrance to Los Glaciares National Park
  • Full-day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier (USD)
  • Day hike to Laguna de los Tres
  • 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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