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Southern Patagonia: El Calafate & Ushuaia

7 DAYS - 6 NIGHTS

Patagonia is one of the Argentine regions with the most beauty and secrets to discover. Large areas not yet populated, ice fields impossible to travel, stories of explorers not yet written, which make Patagonia a land of fascination and legend

– Visit the most iconic cities of South Patagonia all year round 

– This tour will allow you to visit El Calafate, entrance gate to Perito Moreno Glacier and the city known as the “end of the world”: Ushuaia. 

– Sail along the Rico Lake to get the best views of Perito Moreno Glacier and along the historic Beagle Channel in Ushuaia to get the typical postcard with the lighthouse behind you

– No visit to Ushuaia is complete without visiting the Tierra del Fuego National Park and its fuegian forest. 

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.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: None

Day 2 – Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier with Safari Nautico Boat Trip 

It is a full day excursion which consists of sightseeing of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

We will depart from El Calafate, go round the southern bank of Lago Argentino, past Bahia Redonda, where a great variety of avifauna can be seen. We will go along the Patagonic steppe during the first 40 km, and then enter Los Glaciares National Park, which is plenty of trees that are typical of this region such as the ones belonging to the family of Nothofagus (ñires, lengas, cohiues) and others such as calkers, notros and cinnamon trees.

Then we will go to “Bajo de las Sombras” port (at only 7 Km from the walkways), where we will get on board a ship to cross Lago Rico and descend on the opposite coast after a 20-minute navigation.

After walking for about 30 minutes, always with a view of the southern side of the glacier just in case there were thunderous ice calvings, and after reaching the ice, you’ll have an unforgettable experience.  At that point, you’ll also enjoy different and intense shades of blue and white colors, with capricious forms.

You will have enough time to take pictures and afterwards return to the embarking point. You’ll enjoy an hour-and-a-half walk along a natural surface of sand and stones, with some slopes and stairs. You’ll walk about 1.5 kilometers by the cost of the lake and through a greenwood with a view to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Finally, you’ll embark on the ship to enjoy, from the water and at only some meters away, every detail of the marbled side of the glacier.

After than we start our way back to El Calafate.
Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast, Box Lunch 

Day 3 – El Calafate 

After breakfast the rest of the day is at leisure to do any of the optional tours that El Calafate has to offer us. We recommend a full visit to El Chalten (Optional tour – non included), an unique small village at the foot of Fitz Roy.

Accommodation in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – El Calafate – Ushuaia 

At the indicated time we transfer to El Calafate Airport to take our flight to our next destination: Ushuaia. Upon arrival we transfer from Ushuaia Airport to the Hotel in the city center. The rest of the day is free do optional excursions or to visit the city center.

Accommodation in Ushuaia – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast
Domestic flight from El Calafate to Ushuaia is non included.

Day 5 – Beagle Channel Boat Trip 

After breakfast to go the pier from where we depart from the local seaport toward Alicia Island, where we will find a colony of South American sea lions. Then we sail to Bird Island to watch king shags and imperial shags living close to their nests, and from spring through fall we can even find their breeds. Again, we head east towards another small island that, depending on the season, we can view South American fur seals. Very close to this island is Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, an authentic symbol of Ushuaia, built in 1919. From there we have a view of the island where rock shags live. On our way back to Ushuaia, we disembark at Bridges Island to walk along a path for the interpretation of wildlife, while listening to the history of the native inhabitants, the Yamanas. On this island, we can find the largest Yamana’s “concheros” (shelly deposits) of the region. As this is the largest island, we reach the highest panoramic point from which we can enjoy amazing views of the Beagle Channel with the town of Ushuaia in the distance. Then we go back to our hotel.

Accommodation in Ushuaia – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 – Tierra del Fuego National Park 

In the morning we will visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. This National Park is in the south west corner of the argentinean side of the Island, thus in the border with Chile. The main attraction of the Park and the whole Island actually are the mountains coming down to the sea.

The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to visit the town by our own.

Accommodation in Ushuaia – Double or Single Base 
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 – Ushuaia – Ushuaia Airport 

At the indicated time we transfer to Ushuaia Airport to take our flight to our next destination. End of the services. 

Included Meals: Breakfast

INCLUDED SERVICES

– Transfer from / to El Calafate Airport 
– 3 Night´s Accommodations in El Calafate – Double or Single Base 
– Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier 
– Safari Nautico Boat Trip
– Transfer from / to Ushuaia Airport 
– 3 Night´s Accommodations in Ushuaia – Double or Single Base 
– Beagle Channel Boat Trip 
– Full Day Tour Tierra del Fuego National Park 
– 6 Breakfast, 1 Box Lunch 

NON INCLUDED SERVICES

– Entrances to National Parks
– Tips
– Flights
– Meals non Included in the itinerary
– Optional Excursions  

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