3D/2N EL CALAFATE - ARGENTINA
Perito Moreno Glacier – Los Glaciares National Park
DAY 1 – EL CALAFATE: EXCURSION IN PERITO MORENO / EL CALAFATE
- Arrival at El Calafate airport
- Reception and transfer to your hotel
- Visit to Perito Moreno
- Boat trip of about 1 hour: observation of the nearest glacier (300m).
- Hotel Check-in.
The City of El Calafate is a small town at the slope of mountains and the shore of the Argentine Lake. Its name comes from a shrub with yellow flowers and black berries similar to blueberries from which delicious jams can be made. It used to be just a small village but this city has developed itself, mainly since 2001, with the arrival of many tourists from all over the world, who have the desire to visit Los Glaciares National Park. The climate is dry throughout the year and quite cold.
The Los Glaciares National Park was declared Natural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO. It is located about 80km from El Calafate and it is the home of many glaciers that descend from the continental ice mass. This region now represents one of the largest reserves of fresh water in the world. It is 350km long from north to south and 50 km wide and covers an area of 600,000 ha. There are two large lakes: the Viedma Lake in the north and the Argentine Lake in the south.
Trip to Perito Moreno Glacier
Depart in the direction of Perito Moreno Glacier (80 km - duration: 1h30min to 1h45min depending on weather conditions). Private visit in english. We will follow the route that borders the Argentine Lake and then we will arrive at Los Glaciares National Park.
Perito Moreno Glacier is the best known glacier in the Argentine side at the southern part of the Andes. It is named after the Argentine explorer Francisco Moreno Pascacio in the late 19th century. In many scientific missions in order to demarcate the border between Argentina and Chile.
- With a height of 30 to 60 m. (equivalent to the Obelisk of Buenos Aires), Perito Moreno Glacier is not the largest in the area but certainly one of the most important ones and its access is easy comparing to other glaciers in the area. Its size (195 km2, 30 km long by 4 km wide) has not declined in the recent decades. On the contrary, since its birth at 1,500 m. altitude, it advances continuously on earth at a rate of approximately 2m per day.
- The bridges let us observe the glacier from different points of view and the opportunity to take spectacular panoramic photos or contemplate, in peace, this real natural monument.
- Be alert to the spectacular ice fallings!!
- *** trip to be booked in advance ***
DAY 2 – EL CALAFATE: NAVIGATION “TODO GLACIARES”/ EL CALAFATE
- Breakfast at the Hotel
- Private transfer to Perito Moreno Glacier
- Boat Trip on the Argentine Lake
- Lunch included on board
Let’s take a Boat trip on the Argentine Lake (shared English / Spanish speaking guide on board) – Observation of glaciers
– Arrive at Puerto de la Cruz, Punta Bandera. It is located in the Los Glaciares National Park. The Argentine Lake is the third largest lake in South America.
– Departure around 09h00min: boat trip for the observation of the different glaciers:
The Upsala - Although this glacier is significantly melting (like almost of all glaciers), the Upsala is the largest in this park and the longest in South America with a length of 60 km, an area of almost 600km2, a width of 5 km and a height of over 60m.
The Onelli Glacier (45km ²) and Agassi Glacier (31 km ²). The trip continues in direction to the Spegazzini Glacier, which has an area of 66 km² and a length of 25 km. Its slope of 135 meters in the highest part characterizes and distinguishes it as the glacier with the highest altitude in this national park.
Around 16h00min: return journey to Puerto Bandera, then visit of the “Canal de los Témpanos” and the important north side of the Perito Moreno Glacier.
- Return to El Calafate late afternoon
- Lunch box included on board
DAY 3 – El Calafate: Return Journey
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Transfer to the local airport in El Calafate
- End of our services
ATTENTION - Access to the Upsala Glacier is limited because of the amount of ice on the passage, as result of glaciers melting.
Boat trips are subject to weather conditions.
Recommendations: warm clothes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
- Balcones de El Calafate - Duration: 3 to 4 hours
- Regular service Spanish / English
- 4x4 tour of 35km.
- First stop at 1,050 m. above sea level: panoramic view of El Calafate and the Argentine Lake. (depending on weather conditions, it is possible to observe the condors).
- We will continue with the visit of the “Laberinto de Piedra” (Stone Labyrinth), geological formation of the Cretaceous –(85 million years) where fossils have been accumulated.
- Last stop at the “Piedra de los Sombreros”, where the eroded stone takes the form of Mexican hats.
- Transfer to the local airport of El Calafate.
Our services include:
- 2 nights at the chosen hotels with breakfasts included.
- All transfers mentioned in private services.
- All meals (breakfasts + lunch + dinner) mentioned above.
- All the excursions in Private Services. (regular when mentioned in the above itinerary).
- Assistance by our local.
- English speaking guide.
Our services don’t include:
- Other personal expenses.