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From the town of El Calafate we visit the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier, where we witness the spectacle of icebergs calving from the face of the glacier and crashing into icy waters. A boat ride on Lago Argentino enables us to absorb the wide expanses of Argentina's largest lake and visit the face of the massive Upsala Glacier. This short trip extension takes us into a remote and incredibly beautiful part of the world, where the forces of nature are at their best.
On arrival at El Calafate Airport, you are met and transferred to our 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 we are 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.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
After breakfast we set out on our day trip to Perito Moreno Glacier. We 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 we look up, we may be lucky enough to see condors soaring overhead. Upon arrival, we view arguably the world's most famous glacier from various vantage points. The spectacle we 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. We 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. Our local representative can help to arrange this activity for you, but this will need to be arranged on arrival. (Please note lunch can be purchased at the site; alternatively you may like to bring along your own picnic lunches).
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch
Early in the morning we drive for 45 kilometres to Puerto Bandera, on the northern branch of Lake Argentino, where the boat "Upsala Explorer" will be waiting for us. 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. We also cruise along the 10-kilometre face the glacier which extends back 50 kilometres, making it the largest in the area. However, unlike Perito Moreno, this glacier is retreating. In the afternoon, we head to Estancia Cristina by 4WD vehicle. We cross Fossils Valley and visit a scientific base where we are able to access the shelter and see historical relics. We then head to Upsala viewpoint for another perspective of this massive, endless glacier. Lunch is included at the Estancia, and afterwards there is time for an optional walk with one of the local guides. On our return boat journey, we are served afternoon tea, and continue to our hotel in El Calafate, arriving around 800pm in the evening.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
After breakfast you need to check out from your hotel room. You are then transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Your trip finishes on arrival at the airport.
This program is for independent travellers and is not a group tour. Please note that on the day trips you may be joined by other non-Peregrine travellers.
• The services of an expert English-speaking local guide.
• Full-day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier.
• Boat excursion to Upsala Glacier.
• 4WD excursion to Estancia Cristina for lunch via Fossils Valley and a scientific base.
• 2-day entry fee to Los Glaciares National Park.
• Return airport transfers.
Flights, airport departure tax (aproximately 48 pesos), visas and reciprocity fees where required, meals not listed, insurance, laundry, any optional tours or activities during free time, excess baggage charges, tips and items of a personal nature.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.Visas and Permits
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Australians, Americans, British, Canadians and New Zealanders, do not currently require a visa for Argentina. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. Please note that when entering Argentine Territory, the following citizens must pay a "reciprocity fee": Australians USD100, Canadians USD75 and Americans USD160. From 20 December 2010, the fee will be valid for multiple re-entries within a period of one year as of the date of first entry. Previously the fee was only collected at Ezeiza International Airport and at Aeroparque Jorge Newbury Airport on arrival but this will now be done entirely ONLINE, effective October 31, 2012 (for arrivals to Aeroparque Jorge Newbury airport) and December 28, 2012 (for arrivals to Ezeiza airport). This fee also needs to be paid online if you are crossing the border into Argentina by land. This price is subject to change and the price on the below website will have the up to date costs. How to pay the reciprocity fee online: • Visit www.migraciones.gov.ar or www.provinciapagos.com.ar and register to start the process • Fill out the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information • Print the payment receipt • Present the printed receipt at Immigration Control on arrival in Argentina. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and entry to the country will be registered
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28 October 2013