El Calafate & Torres del Paine Tour

El Calafate & Torres del Paine Tour

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  • Hike and discover the amazing nature of Patagonia on our El Calafate and Torres del Paine tour.
  • Meet massive glaciers, rugged mountains, and wide open, star-lit skies.
  • Best time to travel: From October to April.
 

Some things are impossible to imagine until they are right in front of your eyes. In this 5-day tour to El Calafate and Torres del Paine come to stand side by side with some of the most magnificent natural spectacles. Our Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres Del Paine tours help you enjoy this true Patagonian adventure where you´ll discover the very best of Argentina and Chile.

Itinerary

Welcome to Your 5-Day Tour to El Calafate
Day at Leisure

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  • Transfer from El Calafate airport to your hotel – Dat 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 is a starting point for travelers in search of adventure and treks to unearth the most fascinating natural wonders of Patagonia, such as 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 the 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.

 

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Our recommended activities in El Calafate for your free day:

  • Glaciers are the main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride, but you have a 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 are really into knowing more about Perito Moreno Glacier and other famous icy giants of the region, you can visit The Glaciarium Museum and learn about the history of glaciers and their first explorers. Getting to the museum is really easy— There is a transfer you can take to the Tourist Office in downtown Calafate.
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Day1
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Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
El Calafate

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  • 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

  • Hike over the Big Ice

Have you ever imagined hiking 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. 

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Day2
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El Calafate, Day at Leisure

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  • Day at leisure in El Calafate – Optional tour: 4×4 and mountain biking

El Calafate adventures come in many different shapes and sizes. For your free day, we have an adventure suggestion that will get your wheels in motion to keep on exploring. Just ten minutes outside of town, you’ll find a 3000-foot-high hill, where you’ll have stunning views of Lake Argentino, Mount Fitz Roy and Torre. 

Take a day tour to ride in a 4×4 right to the top of this hill, where you will spot the Perito Moreno Glacier emerging little by little from La Cordillera de los Andes (The Andes Range). This is also a place to find archeological treasures (like millenary shark teeth or petrified oysters) from different geological periods of Earth. 

For the second part of the trip, you’ll hop on a mountain bike to get back to El Calafate. On the way you’ll stop to grab a bite, take pictures, spot wild guanacos and challenge your riding abilities with various types of terrain as you cross marshes and rocky pathways until you reach civilization again. Nature, history and adventure, all in one trip!

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

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Day3
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Torres del Paine Hike
Chile

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  • Torres del Paine National: Hike inside the National Park (Chile)

 

In the early morning, we’ll pick you up from your hotel to start your 15-hour trip to Chile and your full-day visit to Torres del Paine National Park. It’s going to be a long day of hiking, but it’s worth every minute every minute 

First, we’ll drive through the Patagonian steppe for 2hr 30min (you might be able to see rheas, guanacos, Patagonian hare, and even condors!) until reaching the border of Chile in Cancha Carrera, where we’ll go through customs. 

We’ll keep traveling through isolated and windy landscapes, occasionally dotted by guanacos and native green-orange-tinted bushes; you’ll truly feel the momentous solitude that characterizes Patagonia. Torres del Paine is a gift that keeps on giving; little by little it will reveal its fascinating nature, and prepare to hike this amazing park!

Along a winding road, we’ll make different stops to have a close-up view of various attractions like Cascada Paine (Paine Waterfall), Paine Range at Lake Sarmiento, and the Paine Horns at Lake Nordenskjold. Depending on the weather, we’ll depart on a 1-hour hike to reach the lake and get closer to the striking mountain peaks. At midday, after having stopped by the Lago Pehoé Viewpoint to gaze at the vastness of the French Valley, we’ll have our boxed lunch with this mountainous backdrop. 

At the end of this dreamy travel experience, we’ll drive you back to El Calafate to enjoy your last evening in town. 

 

Say Hueque Tips

  • What to wear and what to bring for this tour?

Dressing like an onion is probably the key – since weather is so variable – always be ready for some rain, wind, and sun (an extra pair of socks can be crucial!).  Bring some extra snacks and  Ziploc bags (for taking your trash back), enough water, and sunblock too! Have it handy to use.

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Day4
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The End of Your 5-Day Tour to El Calafate

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  • Transfer from your hotel to El Calafate airport

At the appropriate time, we will drive you to the airport where you’ll take your flight to your next destination. 

This is the end of your tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier and the city of El Calafate.  Don’t be discouraged! You can return whenever you want (we will welcome you with open arms) or…continue your trip towards the North area of Argentina, to the beautiful Salta region, or the wine area in Mendoza. We have still a lot to offer!—Check out our travelers’ favorite itineraries throughout Argentina and Chile.

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If this trip doesn’t meet your expectations we can tailor it to your needs and budget.

Prices per person

INN & B&B

From

USD 1235

Comfort

From

USD 1440

Superior

From

USD 1585

PRICING

  • Prices in US Dollars.
  • Valid until April 2024 (ask for prices at 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.
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PEACE OF MIND: THIS IS A REGENERATIVE TRIP 

We deeply care about our planet, just like you do. When you book with us, you’re not only fulfilling your travel dreams but also leaving a positive impact on the destination you’re about to discover. We are proud to plant 10 trees in damaged zones of Patagonia for every traveler. It feels good to do it right. Let’s move beyond sustainable! Learn more here

INCLUDED

  • 4-night accommodation in El Calafate
  • Daily breakfast
  • Meals according to the itinerary: Boxed lunch (day 4)
  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

NOT INCLUDED

  • National Parks Entrance Fees
  • International or domestic flights
  • Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quote please follow this link: World Nomads
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FLIGHTS NEEDED
FOR THIS ITINERARY

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

ESTIMATED COST FOR THE FLIGHTS ON THIS TRIP: Local flights cost from $150 per person per segment. We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.