El Calafate & El Chaltén

Plan your adventure

  • Travel to Glacier National Park from El Calafate and meet the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • Take a boat trip and sail Lago Argentino to get closer to Perito Moreno giant icy wall.
  • Travel to El Chaltén, the hiker’s paradise of Argentina, and walk through pristine woods and mountains. Discover the amazing views of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.
  • Best time to travel: From October to April

During this 6-day tour, stay in El Calafate, known as the “capital of the glaciers” and home to the famous Perito Moreno. Travel to the lovely mountain town of El Chaltén, and hike the mountain trails at your own pace. Discover the most famous peaks of the area, and, once back to town, sample a delicious Patagonian barbeque and locally brewed beers.

 

Itinerary

Day 1

Your Patagonia adventure starts in El Calafate

  • Transfer from El Calafate airport to your hotel

 

  • Transfer from El Calafate airport to your hotel – Day at leisure

Southern Patagonia welcomes you with open arms. Upon arrival, we will bring you to your hotel and have the remainder of your day to relax or explore the surroundings.

El Calafate and its glaciers tours are famous in Argentina. It is also a starting point for adventure seeking travelers who chace to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia, like the Perito Moreno Glacier.

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that’s still advancing. Though it’s not the only glacier in the area, it’s the one that made the city of El Calafate famous worldwide. For many years now, El Calafate has been considered capital of the glaciers. Located at the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) it’s also home to the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala Glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s glacier) it’s the biggest glacier that sits at the mouth of Lake Argentino.

But there is much more to see in El Calafate than glaciers. Make the most of your free day and discover other secret gems of the region.

 

Say Hueque Tips

Our recommended activities in El Calafate for your free day:

  • Glaciers are main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride, but you have lot more to discover about Argentine rural culture. On your free day, you can visit a typical Patagonian finca (ranch) and learn all about  Argentine rural culture, the traditions of the gaucho (cowboy) and enjoy a great asado (barbecue).
  • If you feel like exploring the surroundings of town, you can enjoy a half-mile walk to Laguna Nimez, an ecological reserve where you can spot 80 different kinds of birds like flamingos, black-necked swans. There is an entrance fee you have to pay, but it’s really cheap!
Day 1

Day 2

El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier tour

  • Full-day Perito Moreno Glacier tour with boat trip

 

  • Perito Moreno Glacier tour, meet the icy giant of Patagonia

During the morning, we will pick you up from your hotel and drive you to Glaciers National Park to enjoy the 6-hour Perito Moreno Glacier tour.  You will travel about 25 miles from El Calafate to the park, enjoying the views of the Patagonian steppe. Once inside the park, you will take walkways to explore the different viewpoints, and you’ll feel unbelievably close to Perito Moreno Glacier. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see a piece of ice break off and fall from the glacier wall, sinking forever into the lake below.

Over the course of about one hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know…and things you may have never thought about. After this visit, you will take a boat ride that will bring you close enough to fully appreciate the 262-foot ice walls of Perito Moreno! You’ll never feel closer to this gigantic and impressive natural masterpiece. At the end of the day, we will drive you back to your hotel.

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • Walk over the Big Ice

Have you ever imagined walking across the surface of a glacier? Well, this is your chance! The Mini Trekking tour will allow you to trek on Perito Moreno Glacier… This is one of our favorite Patagonia outings; we’re sure you won’t regret it.  This is an optional excursion you can add to this day.

Day 2

Day 3

El Chaltén, The Hikers' Paradise

  • Transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén - Day at leisure

 

  • Transfer from El Calafate to El Chaltén – Day at leisure

We will pick you up from your hotel to start your 4-hour trip to El Chaltén. You’ll travel along the famous Route 40, surrounded by the Patagonian steppe, and pass through La Leona River, which connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma, and where you’ll get to see La Leona Road house, where the famous thieves Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid for a while. After discovering some other gems along your journey, you’ll reach El Chaltén and we’ll drop you off at your hotel.

El Chaltén is the top-rated hiking destination in Argentina. This charming little village sits at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy and it’s surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forests. It’s also the jumping-off point for most hiking trails in the area. A paradise for sunny walkers and trekkers alike.

Enjoy your first afternoon of leisure in Patagonia going for an easy 2-mile walk to Cerro Torre viewpoint — it will only take you around 1 hour. Enjoy the sounds of Rio de las Vueltas, take in some amazing views of the lenga forest, and be prepared to see all kinds of birds—this is a great woodpecker-spotting opportunity!

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • What you must bring to El Chaltén?

This is a little village, so we recommend that you take cash with you since ATM’s are not usual, and the few they may be, could be out of order.  It’s better to be prepared! Though credit cards are accepted in Argentina, little grocery stores or restaurants may accept only cash.

Day 3

Day 4

Your free day in El Chalten

  • Self-guided hiking trails in El Chaltén
  • Optional tour to Lago del Desierto

 

  • Self-guided hiking trails in El Chaltén

Today you can take one of the self-guided hiking trails around town and discover El Chaltén by your own, which is always an excellent idea. But, if you want to do something different, you can take a full day trip to Lago del Desierto (not included).

 

  • Optional tour to Lago del Desierto

We’ll take you in a bus through the valley and along the Las Vueltas River till reaching the Natural Reserve Lago del Desierto, and then we’ll sail for 50 minutes in a comfortable catamaran crossing the lake from south to north.

 

What will you see on the way? The Crestón Glacier and the Huemul Glacier lying shyly over the mountains. After a short 15-minute stop, we’ll continue sailing to Vespignani Glacier where we’ll go ashore to take one of the hiking trails nearby.

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • Hiking trail you can choose in the Lago del Desierto optional tour

You can choose between an easy, interpretative trail through the forest, or a 45 minutes hike to get to the Vespignani Glacier’s base and a jaw-dropping view of Mount Fitz Roy. It’s up to you, you can count on the assistance of the tour coordinator at any time. After the hike, we’ll take a snack in our geodesic tent just before sailing back to Punta Sur and take our bus back to El Chaltén.

If you would to add this tour for your free day, just let your travel agent know.

Day 4

Day 5

Travel back to El Calafate

  • Self-guided hiking trails in El Chaltén - El Chorrillo del Salto
  • Transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate

 

  • Self-guided hiking trails in El Chaltén

Enjoy an early walk around town or a quick 3-hour hike this morning. We recommend that you walk to El Chorrillo del Salto, 1 hour away from the village, and reach its little waterfall encircled by native trees and flora, like the Patagonian Orchid.

 

  • Transfer from El Chaltén to El Calafate

Bear in mind that in the afternoon you will board your bus back to El Calafate, so you need to be back in time. The 3-hour drive back will be a good opportunity to relax while enjoying the passing landscapes out your window. Once you arrive in El Calafate, the bus will drop you off at your hotel and you will have the rest of the evening at leisure.

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • What do you need to taste in El Calafate?

Now is your chance to try some tender Patagonian Lamb, or maybe a heavenly Calafate ice-cream. In Calafate, food options are varied and plentiful; from veggie delicacies to the best demonstration of national steaks, there really is something for everyone. You can choose a fancy restaurant for dinner or a more traditional local tavern to spend an unforgettable night.

 

Day 5

Day 6

The end of your 6-day tour to El Calafate and El Chaltén

  • Transfer from your hotel to El Calafate airport

 

  • Transfer from your hotel to El Calafate airport

At the appropriate time, we will pick you up from your hotel and bring you to the airport, where this trip comes to a close. Don’t get gloomy, if you liked this short adventure in Patagonia check out some of our other tailor-made trips in Patagonia and the rest of Argentina, and we’ll be glad to help you design your next travel adventure.

Day 6

Prices per person

INN & B&B

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USD 570

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Confort

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USD 698

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USD 831

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  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2022 (ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).
  • Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request.
  • Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.
  • We care deeply about our planet, as we know you do. When you book with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100% offset. We are working to create more sustainable, responsible and meaningful ways of exploring South America.

INCLUDED

  • 3-night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate), 2-night accommodation in a hotel (El Chaltén)
  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Daily breakfast
  • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED

  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • International or domestic flights
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads
  • Guides during your days in El Chaltén are not included as the trails are well-marked. However, if you would like to be accompanied by a guide, please let us know at the time of booking and we will advise you of the additional cost

FLIGHTS NEEDED
FOR THIS ITINERARY

No flights needed for this trip. Trip starts and finishes at El Calafate.

Flights in South America cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination). We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

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