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Mountains & Glaciers: El Calafate and Torres del Paine

7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS

This program visits the best of the southernmost part of the continent. We first visit Torres del Paine National Park in Chile, taking advantage of our Full Camps in the heart of the National Park. We hike and visit here the 3 most important valleys of the area. We then drive south across the Magellan Strait into Tierra del Fuego. We visit a typical Patagonian ranch and eventually discover the secrets of the “city of the end of the world”. We take a boat trip in the Beagle Channel and hike in Tierra del Fuego National Park.

– On one side and the other of the Andes Mountain range, prepare yourself to marvel with the blue of the glaciers of southern Patagonia in Argentina and Chile

– Discover the secrets of the glaciers in El Calafate. Perito Moreno Glacier and its unique rupture process is waiting for you. 

– Sail along the Rico Lake to get the best views of Perito Moreno Glacier. 

– Visit one of the most beautiful national parks in south patagonia: Torres del Paine with its impressive geography made up of massifs, lakes, icebergs, glaciers and rivers. 

– Do you want even more? It is possible to trek on the glacier by adding a supplement

Day 1 – El Calafate Airport – El Calafate 

Welcome to the land of glaciers: El Calafate, located in Santa Cruz province, in south Patagonia.

Upon arrival we transfer from El Calafate airport to our accommodation. The rest of the day is al leisure to visit the city or to do any optional excursion that this increible place has to offer us.

We suggest to do “Nativo Experience” tour (Optional tour – non included) which is ideal for the day of arrival as this is half day tour. During this tour you will be able to focuses on the first contacts of those expeditionaries with the natives, and then enter the Tehuelche world. On the banks of the lake are the caves where thousands of years ago that culture left its marks on the rock and that today induce us to its interpretation. Finally, the excursion culminates in another cave where dinner is included that will transport us to those remote years. After that we go back to our accommodation.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: None 
Optional Excursion Recommended: Nativo Experience with Lunch or Dinner

Day 2 – Perito Moreno Glacier with Safari Nautico Boat Trip

We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Moreno glacier. This ice field- type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Icefield, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Because unusual favorable local conditions, this glacier is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience.

Then we wil go up to “Bajo de las Sombras” from where, you will board the catamaran boat to navigate the Lago Rico where your will be able to appreciate the amazing ice wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier and its icebergs. Then we go back to our accommodation in El Calafate.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch
Optional Supplement Recommended: Minitrekking – Ice Trek on Perito Moreno Glacier 

Day 3 – El Calafate 

Free day to visit El Calafate on our own or to do any of the optional excursions that El Calafate has to offer us. We suggest to visit El Chalten on a full day tour, a picturesque village at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy. 

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast
Optional Excursion Recommended: Full Day Tour to El Chalten 

Day 4 – El Calafate – Puerto Natales 

After breakfast we transfer to the bus station to take our bus to Puerto Natales in Chile.

We will cross the border and upon arrival a transfer will be waiting for us in the bus station to take us to our hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 – Torres del Paine National Park 

Today we will visit Torres del Paine National Park, World Heritage by the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). In this adventure through Chilean lands, it has as its main attractions the Mirador del Lago Sarmiento de Gamboa, Saltos del Río Paine, Upper Mirador Cerro Almirante Nieto, Cuernos del Paine, Entrance of Laguna Amarga.

Once inside Torres del Paine National Park, we are ready to start with the different trekking trails. Where, accompanied by our local experts, a lunch box is provided. Then we will continue exploring and knowing the southernmost part of Patagonia, we will learn about its flora and fauna. Then we return to Puerto Natales.

Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 

Day 6 – Puerto Natales 

Free day in Puerto Natales to visit the city on our own or to do any of the optional tours. 

Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double or Single Base
Included Meals: Breakfast
Optional Excursion Recommended: Balmaseda and Serrano Navegation  

Day 7 – Puerto Natales – Punta Arenas´s Airport 

At the indicated time we transfer to Puerto Natales´s bus station to take your bus to your next detination. We can also coordinate a transfer to Punta Arenas´s airport. 

Included Meals: Breakfast

Note: You can go back to El Calafate in Argentina or you can op to do an extension to Ushuaia, the city of the end of the world.
INCLUDED SERVICES

– Transfer from / to El Calafate Airport
– 3 Night´s Accommodation in El Calafate – Double / Single Base
– Full Day Tour Perito Moreno Glacier with Safari Nautico Boat Trip
– Transfer from / to Bus Station in El Calafate and Puerto Natales 
– Bus from El Calafate – Puerto Natales 
– 3 Night´s Accommodation in Puerto Natales – Double / Single Base
– Full Day Tour Torres del Paine National Park 
– 6 Breakfast, 2 Box Lunch

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

– Entrances to National Parks
– Tips
– Flights 
– Meals not detailed in the program
– Services not detailed in the program

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