Calafate

Argentina. Inmensity.

El Calafate is a small town with a big privilege: to be the access to the Glaciers National Park. It is  80 kms far from the National Park, located near the Argentino lake. In the park you will experience the main attractions of this area worldwide known as The Eternal Ice, such as the Perito Moreno Glacier, Upsala Glacier and The Fitz Roy Peak. You will understand the real meaning of immensity.

El Calafate as destination is Adventure assured…

This package includes:

Accommodation
Hotel from 3 to 5 stars (With breakfast)
Excursions EXCURSION GLACIAR PERITO MORENO (DC)
RIO DE HIELOS EXPRESS (DC)
Transfers Aeropuerto / Hotel / Aeropuerto

Itinerary

Day 1: As you arrive at the airport in Calafate your transfer will be waiting at the airport and you will be taken to your hotel. You will have free time to rest or walk around the hotel to have the first impression of this unforgettable destination. Lunch and dinner could be taken in the hotel or down town (see our recommendations on meals). We highly recommend a visit to the GLACIARIUM opened until 07 or 08 o´clock in the evening (depending on the season).

Day 2: Around 07:30 am you will be picked up at your hotel and start a 80 km ride to Perito Moreno Glacier. Though this excursion does not demand physical state, you should wear comfortable shoes and do not forget to take a coat, suscreen and gloves. Remember that the entrance fee to the National Park is not included. After that ride, you reach the area of the walkways in front of the Perito Moreno glacier, located inside “Los Glaciares National Park”. The trip gives you the pleasure to enjoy a succession of lakes, streams, forests and snowy mountains and takes you to the west end of the Magallanes peninsula, where you start walking on the runways of 3 km long. There are balconies at different levels and allow you to contemplate the glacier from different angles. According to your fitness, you can reach the lower balcony and stay close to the glacier or get to the first balcony which is practically accessible for anyone. There is also access for disabled tourists who can get and stay at the first balcony which has a spectacular view. For lunch, you can take a lunchbox or have it at the restaurant located into the Park. You can take an extra tour within this one, called SAFARI NAUTICO in which you will sail in front of the southern wall of the Perito Moreno glacier. It takes one hour and it is not included. After filling your eyes and heart by the energy of this incredible place, you will be arriving back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. To have dinner you can stay at the hotel or try any of our recommended restaurants.

Day 3: After breakfast, at 8:30 a.m. the tour transfer will pick you up to start this new experience: SAILING THROUGH RIVERS OF ICE. You will be taken to Punta Bandera (50 kms far), where the boat departs at 10:30 am. Bring coats and sunscreen. Again the entrance ticket to the park is not included. You will begin sailing in the northern arm of Lake Argentino across the Boca del Diablo, the narrowest part of the lake. Then you will go to the Upsala channel and the Spegazzini channel and at the end of them you will see the Upsala and Spegazzini glaciers. The first one is the largest and the second one is the highest in the National Park. You will navigate between huge and varied shaped icebergs. Something relevant to have in mind is that boats are very well heated and the deck is a great place to take pictures but you do not need to stay there too long. For lunch, you can take a lunchbox. For those passengers interested in a more exclusive service, we could offer the VIP Captain's Club. It is a special room with preference location, with capacity for 18 people; it includes Open Bar with cafeteria and drinks, a 4 steps menu (breakfast, appetizer, lunch and toast with the captain). The mystic trip ends around 4:00 pm, after which you will have free time to rest or to do any of the optional excursions or Visit any chocolate bar to warm the soul after navigating among the spectacular ice. For dinner have a look at our recommendations on meals or you may have it at your hotel.

Day 4: The transfer will be picking you up to take you to the airport according to the time of your flight. Free time until that moment.



EXCURSION GLACIAR PERITO MORENO (DC)


Departure: Every days – from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Duration: 11 hours
Description: Trail through walkways from where you can enjoy the most exciting panoramic views the Perito Moreno glacier offers. You can take an additional trip “SAFARI NAUTICO”, getting 150 mts far from the southern Wall of the Glacier Perito Moreno.
Included: Transfers and bilingual guide.
Not included: Entrance fee to the National Park (general fee for no residents USD 30 & for residents USD 15.40)
Recommendations: Coats, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and gloves.
Relevant additional information: The footbridges have balconies at different levels and angles connected by footpaths and stairways that can be fully covered during the tour and thus be able to appreciate this impressive   glacier from different points. There is access for disabled tourists.     


RIO DE HIELOS EXPRESS (DC)


Departure: Every days – from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Duration : 7 ½ hours
Description: Sailing excursion that covers only the northern arm of Lake Argentino. When we reach the Upsala Channel, we will find a spectacular Ice Bar from which we will have a panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier. Then we will sail through the Spegazzini Channel and enter the bays that both glacieres form. The Spegazzini Glacier is the highest point of the National Park. It also includes sailing in the cord of icebergs.
Included: Transfer and bilingual guide.
Not included: Entrance fee to the National Park (general fee for no residents USD 30 & for residents USD 15.40).
Recommendations: Coats, comfortable shoes, sunscreen and gloves.



MINITREKKING (DC)


Departure:  Todos los días. From August 01 until May 31.
Duration: Full day (From. El Calafate) 1 ½ hours aprox over the Glacier.
Description: This is the most complete tour to visit the Perito Moreno glacier as it includes the trekking on the ice, a short sailing by the south wall of the glacier and a tour in the runways. After a 75 km ride, you embark and after 20 minutes sailing, we arrive in a shelter in the forest where we will be organized in 20 people groups. The trekking on the glacier is about an hour and a half, in which cracks, sinks and small lakes can be appreciated. Approaching to the walls of the glacier, we can enjoy a Scotch glass with ice from the glacier. Once at the port, you are taken to visit the runways located in front of the glacier, where you can have a different view of the landscape. 
Included: Equipment, transfers and bilingual guide in regular service.
Not included: Lunchbox and Entrance fee to the National Park.
Recommendations: Good physical conditions, coats, comfortable, sunscreen and gloves.
Relevant additional information: Allowed for people up 10 to 65 years.


GLACIARIUM + PUNTA WALICHU (MD)


Departure: Every day.
Duration: 4 hours.
Description: We start al Punta Walicho, in which natural caves will be visited and where neolithic men left their footprints 4500 years ago (according to investigations done by the Nature Museum from La Plata). Then we will go to the Glaciarium, center of interpretation, where you will live an educational visual experience. The beginning of the tour will be “From snow to ice ", then the" History of the planet "and "The glaciers in the world ", all these topics will be explored. You will also be able to know the anatomy of a glacier with the help of models and interactive material. In the “central room” you will find a model of the Patagonian Ice Field of colossal dimensions.
Included: Entrance fee.
Not included: Transfer.
Recommendation: Once in El Calafate, this museum is the first visit you should do to understand the landscape you´ll enjoy in destination.


ESTANCIA NIBEPO AIKE (MD)


Departure: From October to April, twice per day. 08.30 a.m. or 04:30 p.m.
Duration: 5 hours.
Description: It will allow you to experience the life of a typical Patagonian Estancia. On arrival, we will be waiting for you with tea, coffee or mate accompanied with homemade pastry. Then you can get to know the facilities of the stay, walking around. Through a demonstration of shearing you can see the skills of the Patagonian “gauchos”. You can also see the milking in the morning or the herding of sheep in the afternoon. Menu for lunch or dinner: Lamb roast to the stick with salad and dessert, a glass of wine and soda during the meal.
Included: Lunch or dinner and transfer.
Not Included: Additional activities.


ESTANCIA 25 DE MAYO (MD)


Departure: Every day.
Duration: 2 ½ hours
Description: Reception with mate or coffee and fried cakes. Sheep with dogs and shearing demonstration. Visit to the sheep pens. Visit to the old shearing house, pens and sheep baths, sample photographs. Hike through Sendero Arroyo Calafate. Wine tasting in Mirador del Arroyo. Walk through the organic garden and nurseries of the estancia.
Included: Transfer, reception and wine tasting.
Not included: Dinner.



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Neuquén/Argentina

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