Breathtaking landscape of impressive glaciers descending from the continental ice fiels. Thirteen glaciers of the Atlantic side brake into huge ice towers which plunge into the waters of lakes Viedma and Argentino. For sure of one of the greatest attractions in a country which is itself a great attraction.
Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre Mountain visit
Mount Fitz Roy, the highest mountain in Los Glacieres National Park, rises 3,405 m (11,168 ft) above the bare, sculpted mountains with blowing snow to a peak that only serious climbers will even consider. Its neighbor, 3,128 m (10,260 ft) Cerro Torre is no easier to crest, but their magnificent spires crown the parkland with its most recognizable formation
Enjoy a trakking to the base of the mountains and appreciate the unique and stunning landscapes.
Ice Mini trekking
The two hours circuit that follows introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses 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.
Perito Moreno National Park
Los Glaciares National Park is a protected area and is the southernmost part of the Argentine Patagonia. Limiting with Chile on its west side it has a surface of 115,000 has., covering a representative mix of the Patagonian Steppe and the humid Subantarctic Forest. Only the east side of the park is accessible with vehicles, the rest is not open to the public in order to guarantee the highest level of protection.
Big Ice Trekking
The Big Ice Perito Moreno glacier trekking tour is the ultimate adventure tour of the famous Perito Moreno glacier near El Calafate, Argentina. A unique full day trekking experience on the most famous glacier in Patagonia. Enjoy spectacular views of the breathtaking ice formations in Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park.
Restrictions: due to the strong physical demand and soil difficulties, this tour is only suitable for people between 18 and 60 who are physically fit, considering the hike will take 7 hours across ice and forest.
4 Days/ 3 Nights
DAY 1 CALAFATE
Upon our arrival in Calafate, we will meet the local staff that will assist with luggage and will drive us to the hotel for check-in procedures.
Overnight in Calafate
DAY 2 PERITO MORENO GLACIER W/ MINI TREKKING
Lunch is included.
We will embark for a 20 minutes navigation across the Rico Arm in Argentinean Lake, enjoying breathtaking views of the glacier’s front walls and Icebergs Channel. We will disembark on the opposite shore, very close to the Perito Moreno Glacier, where mountain guides will welcome us. Once on the ice, we will put a pair of crampons on to start walking following the lateral moraine towards the center of the Glacier. After an-hour walk, we will start walking on the ice. During our fascinated walk, se will find a lot of features within the ice: crevasses, caves, and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues. We will have the special feeling of exploring the middle of the ice. We will hike on the glacier for 3 hours, and then we will have lunch somewhere on the ice. During our journey, our guides will explain us 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 lunch we will start our descent to catch the boat. (Neither additional equipment nor previous experience needed. The minimum age request is 10 years old and the maximun age request is 60 years old).
Then, we will explore the viewpoints in front of the Perito Moreno Glacier. There are seven balconies or viewpoints, located at different heights and distances from the glacier, connected by paths and stairs. From the highest balcony, you will see the amazing surface of the glacier, the northern and southern face. As you go down, you will find the second balcony, closer to the ice. This is the place where on occasions the ice dam is formed. The lower balcony is the closest you can get to the glacier. We will then return to El Calafate in one of our vans.
Overnight in Calafate.
DAY 3 ESTANCIA CRISTINA
Lunch is Included
This tour combines the navigation to the Upsala glacier area with a picnic day in Estancia Cristina, located on the right bank of the glacier. The tour departs, after picking you up at your hotel in El Calafate at 7:00 Am, from port De la Cruz, which is in Punta Bandera. You sail in the north arm of Lake Argentino to the Upsala channel and reach the western front of the Upsala glacier where you can appreciate it from the boat. Enjoy browsing icebergs and stunning landscapes. Then, you will head by boat towards the Cristina channel and then to the estancia. When you get to the estancia, you will have a guided tour to the Costumbrista Museum (former shearing shed) and experience a 4×4 adventure journey, admiring panoramic views from the Upsala Balcony in a 9.5 km travel with a gradient of 550 meters above sea level. Then, you will get to the shelter of Hielos Continentales and undertake a 30 minutes’ walk on ground of glacial erosion. There, you will have a privilege view of the Eastern Front of the Upsala Glacier, Lake William, Southern Ice and Cordillera de los Andes.
Finally, you will go back to the estancia and to the boat towards port De La Cross at 19:00 Pm and then on to El Calafate.
Overnight in Calafate
DAY 4 CALAFATE
On due time, we will be driven to the airport to board the flight to the next destination.