Discover El Calafate
Named by Travel + Leisure as one of the Sexiest Affordable Destinations El Calafate, A formerly rough-and-tumble wool-trading outpost in southern Patagonia, has now been discovered by adventure junkies and celebrities such as Francis Ford Coppola. This is a place where you can have grilled steak and Mendoza wine for just $25 a person after a day spent exploring the region’s natural beauty: towering glaciers, deep fjords, and grassy steppes.
For a once in a lifetime experience, travel back in time to the Ice Ages and discover the amazing power of the glaciers at El Calafate. Perito Moreno, Upsala, Mayo, and Spegazzini are the best known glaciers here. Get your hiking shoes ready, and make sure you pack the whiskey!
The moment Perito Moreno Glacier comes into view is breath-taking. As you get closer and closer you can’t help but feel that you are driving into a movie scene where the whole Earth had frozen over and was locked inside the huge pieces of ice.
The physical beauty would have been more than enough to bring everyone to silence, but in combination with the sounds of the ice crackling right before your eyes and ears, it is more than words can describe. And the best part is that you can actually step on a Boat and walk over this amazing glacier in our Mini trekking Tour.
Day 1: Buenos Aires – El Calafate
Departure from Aeroparque at 11.00 AM, arriving at 14.20 Pm at El Calafate. Transfer to hotel.
Superior double room including full pension (breakfast, dinner and lunch), outdoor activities inside the Estancia (trekking, bird watching, mountain bike).
Concept double with breakfast.
Balconies of El Calafate
In El Calafate you can travel through the patagonian steppe in an off-road circuit to some imposing and exclusive landscapes where no other motor vehicle has driven before in a 4×4 pick up fully equipped for this kind of terrain.
The truck will pick you up where you indicate it to start your 15 km. expedition through these winding roads you will never forget.
Leaving from El Calafate you reach 1050 m. above sea level through the clay and pebble trail on the east face of Huyliche range. While travelling cross-country the vehicle will go up and down and incline to the sides.
When you reach the Balcony you will have a panoramic view of the village and the east part of Lake Argentino, and if the sky is clear you can also see mounts Chaltén and Torre, and watch the condors fly. You will have time to take pictures and contemplate the fabulous landscape while you feel the characteristic patagonian wind.
During this circuit you are very likely to come into guanacos and wild horses called “cimarrones” You will go on climbing to the Stone Labyrinth, an 85 million years Cretacean formation where you can find fossils.
You will be enchanted at this place where you will find rocks of different shapes resembling wordly objects.This route has been traced to cross the best looking places and fully enjoy the experience.
The driver has been trained by the best professional instructors in England to use all the equipment and sort out any kind of obstacles.
Day 2: El Calafate
Minitrekking over glacier Perito Moreno
We invite you to take part of an inforgettable, unique and exciting adventure, walking with us on the Perito Moreno Glacier.
The excursion begins in the pier located in “Bajo de las Sombras” bay- about 6 km before the glacier Balconies- where you embark for a 20 minutes navigation across the Rico Arm, enjoying breathtaking views of the glacier’s front walls and Icebergs Channel.
You debark on the opposite shore, where specialized mountain guides wellcome you and lead you to a small shelter. After checking the last details, groups of 20 follow their guides along the lake’s shore towards the edge of the glacier. Once on the ice the guides put each participant a pair of crampons on, and explain how to use them.
The two hours circuit that follows introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers: strems, small lagoons, gullies, cravasses and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues.The trekking is moderate. The ice surface over which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe. You will receive explanations about flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region and also about the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier and eventually produces its rupture.
After the walk, a stroll through the forest brings you back to the shelter. Land transportation from El Calafate is available if required, and it includes a one hour visit to the glaciar Balconies.
All these services are provided daily. Activities are permanently supervised by bilingual mountain guides.
Day 3: El Calafate
Sailing Upsala glacier + Full day at Estancia Cristina
Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier tour starts at 6.45 am and first heads towards Punta Bandera port, where visitors sail off along the North Arm of Lake Argentino, surrounded by icebergs and magnificent landscapes.
Sailing goes on along Cristina Arm towards Estancia Cristina, which is the best land access to the glacier and the Continental Ice Fields, and offers a viewpoint overlooking Upsala Glacier. This glacier has two lower ends, which are approximately 4 kilometers (2.5 mi.) wide each, an area of around 900 square km (347 square mi.), and 60 kilometers (37 mi.) long. Front height reaches 60 meters (196 ft.) above lake level.
This proposal includes trekking involving different distances and difficulty, depending on weather conditions, and visiting the different points of interest in the historical estancia and its forests and valleys.
During lunch, a typical delicacy can be enjoyed: roasted Patagonian lamb with drinks and desserts, and also a special tea. Visitors sail back to Punta Bandera, arriving at about 6.30 pm.
Estancia Cristina Full day Discovery.
Glaciar Upsala + Ea. Cristina + 4×4 Viewpoint Upsala + Museum.
Day 4: El Calafate – Buenos Aires
Transfer to airport to take flight to Buenos Aires. Departure at 15.10 PM, arriving at 18.06 Pm.