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El Calafate & The Glaciers Day Tours

  • Minitrekking Moreno Glacier

    Highlights

    • Discover the fascinating landscape of the glaciers and learn about the specific procedures that cause them to break.
    • Sail in front of the iceberg to get a different view.
    • Scale the impressive glacier with specialist climbing gear.

    The excursion begins by boarding the "Bajo de las Sombras" where you embark on a 20 minute sailing trip across the Rico Arm, enjoying breathtaking views of the glacier's front walls and Icebergs Channel.
    You disembark on the opposite shore, where specialized mountain guides welcome you and lead you to a small shelter. After a short briefing, groups of 10 follow their guides along the lake's shore towards the edge of the glacier. Once on the ice the guides give each participant a pair of crampons, and explain how to use them.
    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 in the most incredible blue colours. The flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region will be explained to you and also the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier that eventually produces its rupture. After the walk, a stroll through the forest brings you back to the shelter after which you will eat.

    EVERY DAY
    Schedules: 07.00 hs.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Price: $159

    What's Included:

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
    • Services of an expert bilingual local guide
    • Transportation

    What's Not Included:

    • Optional activity costs
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities

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  • Big Ice Trekking: Moreno Glacier

    Highlights

    • Experience the incomparable; a hike both on and through the world famous Perito Moreno Glacier.
    • Sail past the front of the glacier to get a different view.

    At 09.00 am we sail across the Rico Arm on board our boat "The Tehuelche".
    10 minutes later mountain guides will welcome you at the opposite shore, very close to the Perito Moreno Glacier.
    After checking the gear, we get ready pick up the crampons and walk following the lateral moraine towards the centre of the glacier.
    After an hour's walk we reach the point where we leave terra firma and start our walk on the ice. There is a breathtaking view of the immense plateau of ice.During the walk you will be introduced to a number of features within the ice; huge moulins, crevasses, caves, and above all the special feeling of exploring the middle of the ice.
    Expert mountain guides will always lead you, looking after your safety and teaching you the "ways of the ice". You will hike for about 3 hours, and spend some time having lunch somewhere on the ice. Back on the moraine we start our descent to catch the boat around 3.00pm.
    Please note: This walk is aimed at fit people between 18 and 45 years of age. There are 7 hours of walking through diverse terrains.
    What to bring: Sunglasses-sun screen-gloves-hat-raincoat jacket-hiking boots-backpack (40lts)-food and water bottle.
    OBS.: Not included: National Park entrance fee, lunch, clothes and personal stuff.

    EVERY DAY
    Schedules: 07.00 hs.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Price: $245

    What's Included:

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
    • Services of an expert bilingual local guide
    • Transportation

    What's Not Included:

    • Optional activity costs
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities

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  • DISCOVERY: Upsala Glacier + Estancia Cristina + 4x4 Upsala Viewpoint + Museum

    Highlights

    • Sail among icebergs and mountains through the Argentino Lake.
    • Marvel at the wonder of the Upsala Glacier, one of Argentina's biggest glaciers.
    • Visit Estancia Cristina for an interesting combination of nature, adventure, history, and pleasure.

    Depart from Punta Bandera (NPC) at 8am in our modern and comfortable boat. Settle down to sail among icebergs and stunning scenery overlooking the western front of the Upsala glacier and then through Cristina Canal to the point of disembarkation at the Estancia. You will arrive at Estancia Cristina at 11 am where you will spend about 6 hours enjoying the grounds and house. You will have a guided visit to the Costumbrista museum (old shearing shed). Next up is a fun ride in an all-terrain vehicles, travelling 9.5 km through mountainous roads after which you will arrive at the Continental ice shelter.
    After a pleasant 30 minute walk you will reach the oriental front of Upsala Glacier. Lake Guillermo, Southern Patagonian Ice and Andes are also within visiting distance.
    Return to the farm house of the Estancia and get the boat back at 5pm. Arrive at Puerto Banderas at approximately 7pm.
    NOTE: If the maximum number of passengers is exceeded, visitors will be divided in turns by the tour coordinator of the Estancia.

    EVERY DAY
    Schedules: 07.00 hs.
    Duration: 8 hours

    Price: $205

    What's Included:

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
    • Services of an expert bilingual local guide
    • Transportation
    • National Park Entrance Fee

    What's Not Included:

    • Optional activity costs
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities

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  • Cerro Frias

    Highlights

    • Have the real Patagonian experience by conquering this mountain on foot, on horseback or in a 4x4.
    • Choose from a variety of activities once you are on the mountain.

    Choose how you prefer to tackle the mountain.Either on guided horseback, trekking or 4x4 excursions for all ages though well marked paths on the Cerro Frías mountain (1030 mt. height). Be awestruck by the wild and natural surroundings and panoramic views of Torres del Paine, Monte Fitz Roy and the northern and southern arms of Lago Argentino. Lunch and dinner are included at the Estancia at the bottom of the hill.

    EVERY DAY
    Schedules: 09.00 hs/ 14.00hs
    Duration: 6 hours

    Price: Horse riding: $95 with lunch / $70 without lunch - Zip line: $95 with lunch / $70 without lunch - Trekking: $95 with lunch / $70 without lunch - 4 x 4: $95 with lunch /$70 without lunch

    What's Included:

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
    • Services of an expert bilingual local guide
    • Transportation

    What's Not Included:

    • Optional activity costs
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities

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  • Day Ranch - Nibepo Aike

    Highlights

    • Experience the change in landscape as you make your way from the flat steppe to the rugged mountains where the estancia is located.
    • Take a tour of a typical estancia and its surroundings and familiarize yourself with the Patagonian way of life.
    • Gain firsthand knowledge of sheep shearing and horse handling with displays of both.
    • Savour the fantastic flavours of famous Patagonian lamb.

    Depart from El Calafate (9:00 a.m or 5:00 p.m) along the rural road of the Provincial Route 15, also known as "the road to the estancias". Along the way it is common to come across condors, foxes and hares, with Cerro Frías taking centre stage. After crossing over the Río Rico, the landscape changes suddenly from the steppe-land to mountain scenery.
    The estancia is reached after travelling along the edge of Lago Roca and entering Los Glaciares National Park.
    The host guide welcomes you to the Estancia and takes you to the Quincho [rustic dining room] where you will be invited to have a hot drink (tea, coffee or mate) accompanied by home-made cakes and pastries. This is a good moment to pause and enjoy a magnificent view of the Andes mountain range.
    The walk starts around the main building, the perfect example of a typical Patagonian estancia which was formerly devoted to sheep rearing and nowadays has become the most prestigious Hereford breeding ranch of these latitudes, while still retaining a small herd of sheep.
    At the stables, those who have opted to do a horse-ride will be given a mount and will go out to explore the surroundings accompanied by a guide.
    Meanwhile the rest of the group has a good long walk during which there are excellent views of the Southern Arm of Lago Argentino, discovering the diverse rocky outcrops eroded by glacial action and the changes of water level in the lake (due to the periodic closure of the way out by the Perito Moreno glacier and its subsequent breaking). The folds of the earth's crust can clearly be appreciated there, differentiated by the variety of sediments from which they originate. These formations continue until they reach a point where the rocks form a natural amphitheatre, creating quiet beaches of curious shapes. The footpaths lead through native woodland of lenga and ñire, a habitat for caranchos, Austral parakeets, hares, woodpeckers, eagles and an abundant variety of native flora and fauna. The route may vary according to weather conditions.
    After the walk or horse-ride, the group meets up again at the door of the shearing shed. This is a chance to see inside such a shed with all its skilled hands and understand the work of the shearing teams. The process is described from the shearing of the animal to the baling of the fleece, ready for the wool to be stored and transported. Manual shears are used for the shearing as they were on all the estancias until the appearance of the mechanical handle with cutting comb, a much faster and more practical system, although not so kind to the animal and does not give such a good cut.
    Then a demonstration is given of horse handling skills, or according to the rural activities of the day, working with the herd in the corrals close to the main buildings. These activities are subject to the weather conditions.
    Returning to the Quincho where a whole lamb is being roasted on a vertical stake in traditional Patagonian fashion, emphasis is on the history of the place, retelling anecdotes and stories from the early settlers. Crossing through the vegetable plot where most of the vegetables consumed on the estancia are grown, we arrive at the Quincho where the person doing the roasting has the meat ready to delight the diners with tasty Patagonian lamb while enjoying the impressive view of the mountain range. Meanwhile the life of the estancia carries on and it is not uncommon to see the gauchos ride past herding the cattle and/or sheep and disappearing over the horizon.

    EVERY DAY
    Schedules: 09.00 hs/ 14.00hs
    Duration: 6 hours

    Price: $115

    What's Included:

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
    • Services of an expert bilingual local guide
    • Transportation

    What's Not Included:

    • Optional activity costs
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities

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  • Torres del Paine Full Day

    Highlights

    • Have your mind blown by the variety of landscapes and views on offer on this tour of Torres del Paine national park.
    • Various activities are on offer once you enter the park, such as treks to viewpoints and informative talks about local flora and fauna.

    After crossing the patagonian steppe from North to South, you will arrive at the border post "Cancha Carrera" (2 hours trip). There, you will start to travel through the beautiful South Chile until you arrive at the "Torres del Paine" National Park ("Blue Towers" in the Tehuelche language due to the predominant color). From the entrance of the National Park we can alternate the route in the car or on foot.
    Between the different places and belvederes that are possible to reach, you will be able to see:
    "Lago Sarmiento de Gamboa" (Sarmiento de Gamboa Lake: viewpoint)
    "Laguna Azul- Panoramica de las Torres" (Blue Lagoon - Panoramic view of the Towers) One-hour optional trekking to "Sierra Masle"
    "Saltos del Rio Paine" (Paine River Falls) (walking down beside the river: 30 minutes)
    " Cerro Almirante Nieto/ Cuernos del Paine- Mirador Superior" - top viewpoint
    "Porteria Laguna Amarga"(Amarga Laggon's entrance): optional trekking by the Fauna's footpath to the Sarmiento's entrance :1.30 hour
    " Salto Grande" - viewpoint ( Big Fall).
    "Mirador Lago Nordenskjold de los Cuernos del Paine"-(Nordenskjold Lagoon's point view of the Paine Horn) (Trekking of 2 hours)
    "Lago Pehoe" Pehoe Lake (Optional trekking to Condor Lagoon / Top viewpoint of the Paine's massif)
    "National Park Interpretation Center"-- Explanations about geological phenomena, fauna/flora and glaciation.
    After a short trek, the adventure continues to "El Lago and Glaciar Grey" (The Lagoon and Grey Glacier)
    At midday we provide a picnic in the mountain then, an afternoon snack with a coffee or tea.

    EVERY DAY
    Schedules: 06.00 hs
    Duration: 12 hours
    Departure time from the National Park: 6 pm
    Arriving time in el Calafate: approx. 9.30 pm

    Price: $185

    What's Included:

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
    • Services of an expert bilingual local guide
    • Transportation

    What's Not Included:

    • Optional activity costs
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities

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  • Upsala Kayak Experience with transfers

    Highlights

    • Kayaking in the Upsala Glacier
    • Argentine Lake

    The Upsala Glacier is one of the most important in the National Park and the second largest in Argentina. With a surface of approximately 850 km2 and the high of its front of 60meters over the level of the lake. Its main front was previously visited by sailing the Upsala channel and had been unseen for several years because of huge lumps of icebergs impeding it. This glacier is famous worldwide due to the amount of ice bergs that break away and float as large ice rafts in the Argentine Lake gathering together side by side.
    The Upsala Kayak Experience program is done totally in the Upsala cannel of the Argentine lake and allows sailing in double touring kayaks with the possibility to view giant icebergs, always following safety protocols. With professional guides and small groups of passengers, a two hour guided excursion, with slow paddling and adapted to the levels of each group and weather conditions. You will also be able to see flora and fauna of the area (condors, eagles, wild cows, and lenga and ñire trees) as well as passing closely to many cliffs and mountains.

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    Minimum 2 passengers
    Duration: 12 hours
    Difficulty: Moderate
    Minimun Age: 16 years old

    Price: $341

    What's Included:

    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off service
    • Services of an expert bilingual local guide
    • Transportation

    What's Not Included:

    • Optional activity costs
    • Personal expenses
    • Gratuities

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