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4 Days / 3 Nights Classic El Calafate Tour

Country: Argentina
City: El Calafate
Duration: 4 Day(s) - 3 Night(s)
Tour Category: Classic Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Day 1: EL CALAFATE (FTE)

Transfer in from El Calafate Airport or bus station to your Hotel, in English Hotel of your choice with breakfast

Day 2: EL CALAFATE

Full day visit to Perito Moreno Glacier National Park in English with national park tickets and English-speaking guide.

This park has been declared as Mankind Heritage by UNESCO. Those glaciers that named it (about 47) show us a 10 thousand-year-old world: cold and wild. The most famous one is Perito Moreno Glacier in the southwestern end of Argentino Lake at 80 km away from El Calafate. This glacier is so-called due to a great Argentinian explorer from the last century and is one of the few glaciers that is still moving in the world.

That is why it has become one of the most spectacular natural shows in South America. From time to time its 60-m-high snout releases some ice walls as huge as buildings that fall into Rico Bend or Canal de Los Témpanos (Ice floes Channel) and then they continue sailing along the channel to the main area of the lake. However, that is not all. The glacier, while moving forward, comes closer to the Magallanes Peninsula, in the opposite lake bank as well as footbridge and viewpoint area.

This cycle takes from 4 to 6 years and it eventually separates the lake into two areas. Rico Bend is dammed up and it increases about 35 m over its average level. Its water slowly pierces its way through the glacier snout until it makes it fall down. This show is breathtaking. Water becomes into terrific waves so the whole process restarts again.

SIB Safari Nautico (01-hour navigation to the walls of the glacier)

We depart from Bajo de las Sombras Pier at 75 km away from El Calafate. We sail opposite the glacier southern wall at about 500 m away with the possibility of watching the ice slides in the 60-70-m-high glacial wall. Then we return to the pier.

Hotel with breakfast

Day 3 EL CALAFATE

Shared Half-day 4WD “Balcones de El Calafate tour -Calafate balconies-” (4 hours) with lunch

Leaving from El Calafate, we will climb up on 4WD the Huyliche range up to 3.300 feet. There is a beautiful landscape to see: the Cordillera de Los Andes, the Patagonian steppe, and all Argentino Lake’s branches. In the surroundings we will see fantastic rocky formations, showing the geological evolution of the area.

If the day is clear, we will see the Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre mountains. We might also contemplate the flight of the condor which is very common in this area. On the summit you will taste the "mate tea", and then take a short walk to the edge of the balconies. The way down will be by the south side of the mount. Crossing the Labyrinth of the Stones, curious rocky formation product of the erosion of the wind during thousands of years, where we will find marine fossils, indigenous remains, and diverse rocks and particular stones.

In this area we will arrive at our shelter in the mountain, where we will have lunch (or dinner): beef-steaks or lamb stew with vegetables, wine, homebaked bread, and local desert. Vegetarian option available if required. After the meal, we return to our hotel.

Operation: Every day

Hotel with breakfast

Day 4: EL CALAFATE - NEXT DESTINATION

After breakfast, we will pick you up for your transfer to the local airport or bus station for your next destination. Assistance, farewell, and end of our services.

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