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Fitz Roy Trek & Perito Moreno Minitrekking

8 days | 7 nights
Private tour
From 1749USD per person
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Hiking in the valleys of Patagonia is an experience like no other. The southern region of Argentina is a wild environment where the height of snow-capped peaks and the icy-cold waters of the lakes fed by giant glaciers will remind the adventurous hiker of the sublime power of their natural surroundings. A short flight from the Argentinean capital will take you to the town of El Calafate, your port of entry to discover the many facets of Argentinean Patagonia. Start with a short hike on the Perito Moreno glacier, counting among the world's few glaciers that keep expanding to this day. After exploring Lake Argentino and its marvels by boat, you will go to El Chalten where some of the finest day treks in the region can be found. The Laguna de Los Tres will take you close to the unique Mount Fitzroy through moraines and valleys with spectacular views all around you. Another trek to the Torre Glacier will top this incredible 8-day itinerary before flying back to the country's capital, leaving you invigorated after your adventure in one of the world's most isolated region.

Destinations

Patagonia

Trip at a glance

Visits

El Calafate: mini trek on Perito Moreno Glacier, cruise on Lake Argentino, Estancia Cristina. El Chalten: Laguna de Los Tres, Laguna Sucia, Mount Fitz Roy, Torre Glacier and Lake

Accomodation

7 Nights in 3 or 4* Premium Hotels

Transportation

Lake Argentino (Estancia Cristina, El Calafate))

First category private tourist vehicule for all transfers: except on day 2 (Minitrekking), day 3 (Estancia Cristina), day 4 & 7 (Bus from El Calafate to El Chalten)

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Calafate

Morning

Morning transfer to Buenos Aires domestic airport and assistance with check-in (30 min).

Direct flight to El Calafate (3 hours 20 min).

Meet and greet with your local host, transfer to your hotel (25 min) and assistance with check-in.

Afternoon

Free afternoon

Evening

Free evening

Day 2 Minitrekking on Perito Moreno Glacier

Morning

Morning transfer to Los Glaciares National Park (40 min).

Start your adventure at the Bajo de las Sombras pier, about 4 miles (6 km) before the Perito Moreno viewpoint. A 20-minute cruise across Lake Rico's glacial waters will take you to the south face of the imposing glacier.

As you hop off the boat at the glacier's foot, your guides will equip you with crampons and show you how to hike on ice. In addition to safety instructions, they will provide you lots of interesting facts about the local flora and wildlife as well as general notions of glaciology about Patagonia with special attention to the unique Perito Moreno, one of the world's rare glaciers that keeps expanding.

The hike on the glacier takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes to complete across the uneven ice surface that is firm and safe to walk on. Your expert guides will explore with you the many facets during this breathtaking adventure.

Depending on the time of the day, your box lunch will be handed before or after your hike.

Afternoon

You will also have one hour to view the glacier from a distant viewpoint either before or after your hike.

Transfer back to your hotel (40 min).

Evening

Free evening

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Box Lunch

Day 3 Cruise on Lake Argentino, Estancia Cristina

Morning

Morning transfer to Puerto Punta Bandera (40 min) to board your cruise.

Accessible only by boat across Lake Argentino and via the Cristina Channel, Estancia Cristina stands on an exclusive and privileged place in Argentinean Patagonia.

Strategically built on a glacial valley formerly occupied by the Upsala Glacier, one of the area’s most spectacular natural settings, the Estancia is surrounded by picturesque views of snow-capped mountains, lakes, rivers, and hanging glaciers.

Lunch at the Estancia

Afternoon

Transfer back to your hotel (40 min).

Evening

Free evening

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Box Lunch

Day 4 Bus to El Chalten

Morning

Meet with your private driver who will take you to the bus terminal from where you will catch your bus to El Chalten (10 min).

Bus to El Chalten (3 hours).

Afternoon

Free afternoon.

Evening

Free evening.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 5 Laguna De Los Tres, Fitz Roy Trek

Laguna de los Tres is an emblematic and unforgettable place in a visit around El Chaltén. It offers spectacular views of the Fitz Roy and several glaciers in the area.

The trail begins where the urban area of El Chaltén ends. There you will make your way uphill to a natural viewpoint of the valley of the River De las Vueltas.

The trail then continues along the stream Del Salto following the valley towards Mount Fitz Roy with many vantage viewpoints over stunning landscapes before reaching Poincenot Base Camp (the most popular camp site in the National Park).

While the trek is suitable for most people, the last bit ascending to Laguna de Los Tres will require an extra effort. You will then return going through a moraine with breathtaking views of hanging glaciers over the Laguna Sucia.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 6 Cerro Torre hike

One of the classic day hikes in El Chalten, which allows getting close to the Torre Glacier and the mountain peaks of the Cordon Adela.

From El Chalten, there are two main paths that head toward Torre Lake. The trek begins in the valley of the Las Vueltas River leading upstream towards the river’s origin. Halfway through the hike, you will stop at a natural viewpoint overlooking the Cordon Adela, the Torre Glacier and the granite walls of the valley.

The trek ends on the shores of the Torre Lake, where the sight of small icebergs moving slowly is not unusual.

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 7 Returning to El Calafate

Morning

Go to the Bus Terminal in order to catch your bus back to El Calafate.

Bus to El Chalten (3 hours).

Transfer from the bus terminal to your hotel (10 min).

Afternoon

Free afternoon

Evening

Free evening

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 8 Flight to Buenos Aires

Morning

Transfer to El Calafate airport (25 min).

Flight to Buenos Aires (3 hours 20 min).

MEALS
  • Breakfast at the hotel

Services

What's included

Accommodation

Nights
7 Nights in 3 or 4* Premium Hotels

Meals

Bed & Breakfast plan
7 Breakfasts + 2 Box Lunches
Full board plan
7 Breakfasts + 9 Lunches (Including Box Lunches) + 7 Dinners

Transportation

Cruise
Lake Argentino (Estancia Cristina, El Calafate))
Vehicule
First category private tourist vehicule for all transfers: except on day 2 (Minitrekking), day 3 (Estancia Cristina), day 4 & 7 (Bus from El Calafate to El Chalten)

Orientation

Guide
A private (or shared) local guide for all excursions mentioned: Private transfers with guide from airports to hotels (only) in el Calafate | Shared local guides for excursions on day 2 (Minitrekking) & day 3 (Estancia Cristina)

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees included for all sites mentioned

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights
  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals
  • Drinks
  • Tips
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