El Calafate lays in the shore of Argentino lake at 2700km from Buenos Aires in Santa Cruz province. This little town of almost 22000 habitants, is surrounded by the steppe of the Argentinean Patagonia. The turquoise colour of the Argentino Lake makes a contrast with the colours of the dessert (steppe). The name “El Calafate” emerged from a small bush with yellow flowers and dark blue berries (the legend says that if you try the berries then you will return to Calafate) that is very common in Patagonia. Also known as the “National Capital of Glaciers”, received this name because of the many glaciers that are located next to the andes inside the “National Park Los Glaciares”. The Perito Moreno Glacier is the most famous one because it is located in front of Magellanic Peninsula and visitors can watch it from the footbridges that were constructed next to the glacier. Other glaciers can be seen in different excursions in Calafate. The biggest one of south part of the park is Upsala Glacier (receive its name because of the Sweden University); the tallest one is Spegazzini Glacier with a wall of 130 meters high. At 200km from Calafate it is located El Chalten, a great place for hiking and climbing. This little town is next to Fitz Roy Mount. Torres del Paine National Park (Chile) is almost close to Calafate.

We will drive 80km next to Argentino Lake until we reach Los Glaciares National park. It is incredible how different it is the vegetation next to Andes. We will drive following Brazo Rico (arm of Argentino Lake) till we arrive to the whisper turn, there we will find the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier.

We will park in the footbridge area where we will admire the Perito Moreno Glacier and witness the fall of ice blocks from a close distance.

At the beginning of the footbridge area, the guide will give us a brief explanation and show the way. Before reaching the first balcony, you will observe the plate with the statement of World Heritage of Mankind, granted by the UNESCO in 1981; and farther on, two informative stands about glacier processes and the formation of the Perito Moreno in particular.

Every viewpoint offers a new perspective. From the entrance of the footbridge area, there is a distance of 400 meters to the lowest balcony, the closest to the front of the glacier. The intermediate balcony is the best place to appreciate the northern area of the glacier with a good sight of the Canal de los Témpanos and towards the left of this viewpoint is the second balcony, right opposite the glacier.

Even if the largest glaciers in the Park are the Viedma and the Upsala, the Perito Moreno is a large sized glacier located only 200 meters over sea level, which enables to reach its very front easily, not like the other glaciers, which can only be accessed after trekking or sailing for a while.

The Perito Moreno is the only glacier that maintains its balance, that is to say, all the ice mass it receives from its source basin in the winter is gradually lost in its front during the summer.

Almost at hand reach, a strange set of dimensions and perception for the senses. At times, gentle, quiet, freezing both time and the atmosphere. Once in a while, some murmur, a roar growing from the depths… and suddenly, the solid 70-meter wall succumbs to pressure; it comes away and falls, collapsing clamorously. And one stays there, leaning on the railing, astonished and breathless, waiting for a new calving instance.

As the locals from El Calafate proudly announce, the Perito Moreno glacier has come to be considered as the eighth wonder in the world.

We will sail during 20 minutes till we arrive in the Southern side of the glacier and descended along an improvised staircase. After a brief chat in the shelter to coordinate the excursion, we will start the hiking, first across a little forest of lengas and ñires and then along the border of the lake to the edge of the ice.The guides will give you a full explanation about glacier formations and the Perito Moreno in particular.

Finally, you will get to the area where we will provide you the crampons and give you precise instructions to walk on ice. Now, the glacier was at our feet.

Countless cracks, drains, small lagoons and fragmented ice blocks called seracs, form a boundless and captivating space. A little bit more, and everything turned into the universes of Ray Bradbury. Sparkling whites, deep blues, light crystals. Small waterfalls below, threads of pure water that invite you to drink.

It seemed incredible to know that, even if it looked impossible, the Perito Moreno slides one and a half meter in its central part and 40 centimeters on its sides every day, thus changing its appearance day by day, and forcing the guides to modify their circuits periodically.

This movement does not imply advance, because the loss of ice mass in the front that is recovered with the new ice collected from the source causes the balance to be kept.

Perito Moreno Navigation

This excursion takes you on a cruise across Lake Rico, passing beside icebergs which have calved off the front of the Perito Moreno glacier. Reaching the Icebergs Channel, the boat will stop at a safe distance from the glacier, continuing to sail down all its front, allowing a spectacular view of the high wall of ice.

The embarkment takes place at the “Bajo de las Sombras” bay, about 6 km before the glacier Balconies, with hourly departures from 10 am to 4 pm.

From June to September the only departure is 12:00 hs

The excursion lasts approximately one hour and provides a totally different perspective of the Perito Moreno glacier, with almost constant falling walls of ice from its front. Unique opportunity for photographers and nature lovers alike.

A Mini Bus is on site to provide transportation to and from the port, to the main boardwalk in front of the Perito Moreno glacier.

Another extraordinary excursion recomended in El Calafate is the navigation to the northern arm of the Lake Argentino. In this excursion we will watch the amazing Upsala glacier, that is the biggest glaciar of the south area of the National Park.

Also we will se the Spegazzini Glacier that has the higgest wall of the park, 135 meters and the Onellis Glacier. Plenty of icebergs will be moving around the catamaran during the whole tour.

Comenzamos el pick up por los hoteles  07:15 am , un bus y guía los pasaran a buscar para recorrer 48 km que nos separan del Puerto De la Cruz, en Puerto Banderas.
Luego de abonar el ingreso al Parque Nacional Los glaciares se embarcan en un catamarán para realizar la excursión Ríos de Hielo: El barco zarpa a las 9 am , puntualmente. Navega el brazo norte del Lago Argentino, luego de cruzar la Boca del Diablo comienzan a avistarse témpanos que pueden superar en tamaño al barco unas 10 o 15 veces el destino final del brazo norte , es aproximarse al frente del Glaciar Upsala, el más grande en la zona sur del Parque Nacional. Para finalizar el recorrido, se toma rumbo sur y navegando el Canal Spegazzini se logra apreciar el frente del glaciar amónimo que se caracteriza por ser el más alto dentro de este Parque nacional con 134 mts de altura sobre el nivel de las aguas del  lago Argentino.

Finalmente se retorna al puerto a las 14 hs aproximadamente.

Allí estarán esperando un guía con un vehículo de la empresa para realizar la excursión al Glaciar Perito Moreno.

Se recorren otros 40 km para llegar frente al GLACIAR Perito Moreno y disfrutar de su majestuosa vista en el sector de las pasarelas con un tiempo aproximado de 2 hs para recorrerlas.

Se regresa a los hoteles entre las 19.00 y 20hs.

Un día para disfrutar del Lago Argentino, los glaciares más importantes del sector sur del Parque Nacional y las pasarelas del Glaciar Perito Moreno

 

Tener en cuenta que quien toma la Exc al glaciar Perito Moreno , en su horario de la tarde, deberá pasar previamente por Puerto Banderas a recoger los pasajeros que regresan de la excursión Ríos de Hielo y no podrán tomar la navegación Safari Náutico que es una aproximación en barco al frente del Glaciar Perito Moreno

9 AM – 6 PM
We will depart from Soledad Pier at Punta Banderas in the Morning.
We will navigate to the Northwest of Lago Argentino going next to Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo. We will visit Spegazzini Glacier (tallest glacier in the park with 135m), and later we will land at Las Vacas Station, in the Spegazzini Canal Bay. Here our guides coordinate a trek with a view of the old Settlers’ Station identifying flora and fauna.
Lager, we will visit the Upsala Canal and navigate to Herminita Peninsula – limit of the navigation zone allowed by National Parks – panoramic view of the Glacier.
We will returnt through the same route and will have a gourmet lunch during navigation.
After mid-day we will navigate to Canal de los Tempanos to visit PERITO MORENO GLACIER.
Return to La Soledad private port.

9 AM – 6 PM
We will depart from Soledad Pier at Punta Banderas in the Morning.
We will navigate to the Northwest of Lago Argentino going next to Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo. We will visit Spegazzini Glacier (tallest glacier in the park with 135m), and later we will land at Las Vacas Station, in the Spegazzini Canal Bay. Here our guides coordinate a trek with a view of the old Settlers’ Station identifying flora and fauna.
Lager, we will visit the Upsala Canal and navigate to Herminita Peninsula – limit of the navigation zone allowed by National Parks – panoramic view of the Glacier.
We will returnt through the same route and will have a gourmet lunch during navigation.
After mid-day we will navigate to Canal de los Tempanos to visit PERITO MORENO GLACIER.
Return to La Soledad private port.

Navigation route

Day 1
Embark at Puerto Privado La Soledad, Bahía Tranquila (Paraje Punta Bandera 47 km far away hotel) at 9:00 am. Check in will be on board. We will navigate towards Perito Moreno Glacier, through Canal de los Tempanos. Disembark and Walk on balconies. Embark and lunch in front of these Glacier. We will navigate to Bahia Alemana/Puesto de Las Vacas. Disembark to a hike. Dinner and spend our rst night.

Day 2
After breakfast the passengers will disembark to a hike in Puesto de Las Vacas. Once on board we will start to navigate towards Canal Spegazzini, where we will have lunch facing the Spegazzini Glacier, we will then head towards Upsala Glacier where we will also view icebergs. Expedition ends at Puerto Privado La Soledad, Bahía Tranquila, Paraje Punta Banderas. At 4:00 pm we will be landing and transferring the passengers back to El Calafate.

Rate includes
· One night on-board in a cabin with private room and external view.
· Full board service with alcoholic beverages at meals.
· Service of soft beverages and infusions during navigation.
· On-board activities conducted by a bilingual guide (English / Spanish).
· Transfers FROM and TO Hotel in El Calafate.
· Entrance fee to Parque Nacional los Glaciares.

The big Ice runs from mid September up to end of April.

The excursion begins in the embarking pier located in “Bajo de las Sombras” port, about 6 km before the glacier Balconies- where you embark for a 10 minutes navigation across the Rico Arm, enjoying breathtaking views of the Perito Moreno glacier’s front walls.

After checking the gear, we get ready, pick up the crampons and walk following the lateral moraine, for an hour and a half, until we reach the access to the glacier. After fitting harnesses and crampons on our footwear we start the ice trekking.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 bilingual 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 a half, and spend some time having lunch somewhere on the ice. Back on the moraine we start our descent back to the port, to take the boat and navigate for 20 minutes, very close to the southern wall.

Built in 1912, receiving a traditional course: you can taste the typical Argentine mate, our hot chocolate or tea varieties. Then we invite you to experience a field day in Patagonia, participating in typical rural activities and learning more about the history of southern Argentina.

Harnesses kelpies sheep with dogs and gauchos on horseback race ring, demonstrations of sheep shearing shed in the old Creole and traditional skills are part of this proposal.

It may also undertake a guided walk to the shore of Lago Argentino, recognizing the flora and fauna and going through the R eserve Natural Laguna de los Pajaros, which each year reach over 40 species of migratory birds.

To the end of the day we will try a typical Patagonian lamb on the grill and we will enjoy a folklore show and a tour of the most traditional Argentine dances by local artists.

Starting from 07.30 pm Bilingual guide our staff began searching for passengers by the hotels. After traveling about 30 km to the east take the Mythical Route 40 northbound along much of our journey the east bank of Lake Argentino and the shores of Santa Cruz River, then we will find the La Leona River that gives the hostel and hotel name at the Estancia La Estela. There we will stop to learn a little more of the history of La Leona Roadhouse and where they can, our expedition, enjoy a hot tea with homemade cakes and recognized. Then we will go to El Chalten, we begin to skirt the Lake Viedma, we will make photo stops along the tour to enjoy the mountain landscape and panoramic views of the glacier Viedma and the mountains Chalten (Fitz Roy) and Torre. Around 11.00 pm we arrive at the port of Bahia Tunel, there fall the paxs who want to take the tour Viedma Ice Trek (with its corresponding viand) The rest of the group continue to Chalten, there will decline to make the hike to Laguna Capri, and within the national park’s glaciers will welcome his guards to give us a lecture informing us about El Chalten “National Trekking Capital.” The group is made up Chorrillo Light Viedma del Salto. Option A: Hiking to Laguna Capri For those who have opted to walk to the lake, will be accompanied by mountain guides specializing in the area. It is a walk of a trip time of approximately 2 hours and a distance of 7 km of which the first km are of medium difficulty because they have a steep slope, which is why They can not do the walk * People who have heart problems * People who have problems in spine, knees, ankles * People who are recently had surgery * People who suffer from vertigo * Pregnant women * Children under 10 years * If you suffer from any allergies (insect stings / dust, etc.) to recommend to take the usual medication. Along the way one can feel part of the forest and once arrived at Capri take our meal and time to enjoy the magnificent views of Cerro Torre, Chalten, guillomet, Mother and daughter Lagoons and its wonderful surroundings. At 15.30 pm approximately The sail back to the village of Chalten where we will be waiting for the bus to retrace your steps and return to El Calafate, we will be in the hotels at approximately 20.00/20.30 hrs. Option B: Navigation Light Viedma (from mid-October – exact start date to be confirmed) Upon arrival to El Chalten we head trickle Leaping about 4 km from the town to continue to enjoy the landscape and as a framework a natural waterfall in the middle of the mountains, Leaping Chorrillo. Already a long way to travel and new experiences will continue way into the restaurant La Tapera where we expect a rich and necessary lunch. Recharged energy we will bound Harbour Tunnel Bay where we will embark to become spectators of the Viedma Glacier, the largest glacier of the more than 300 within the National park and the largest in Argentina. During the 2 hours 30 minutes of live navigation magnificent experience, enjoy the 40 meter high wall of blue ice glacier Viedma. When finished, our bus will be waiting to retrace your steps and return to El Calafate, we will be in the hotels at about 20.00/20.30. This tour has no physical restrictions. Option C: Viedma Ice Trek Upon arrival at El Chalten we will enter the Port of Bay Tunnel where explorers set sail to become Viedma Glacier. On this walk on the glacier for a period of three hours and a medium difficulty will be accompanied by qualified guides who will provide us the necessary technical equipment and give us all the indications for use granpones, ice axes, harnesses, etc.. During the walk we will stop for the lunch meal and then the continued enjoyment of the inner life of a glacier: to recognize cracks, drains, remains greasers, caves, etc. After the expedition back to the pier where the boat waiting for us to return us to the Bay Tunnel. When finished, our bus will be waiting to retrace your steps and return to El Calafate, we will be in the hotels at about 20.00/20.30.

La vieja ruta de Estancias conecta la cultura patagónica. Pueblos originarios, estepa y pioneros. En el recorrido vemos estancias y pinturas rupestres. Dentro del PNLG, en el bosque de ñires del camping Lago Roca, en un lugar asigna-do para pasajeros de Glaciar Sur, disfrutamos de vistas privilegiadas y de un almuer-zo típico en un domo especialmente preparado. Por la tarde navegamos los brazos Sur y Rico del Lago Argentino. Un cruce de cerca de una hora, con vistas de los cordones Adriana y Moreno. Desembarcamos entonces en la Playa de las Monedas, para realizar una agradable caminata por el bosque. Al final la imponencia del Glaciar Perito Moreno visto des-de el mirador del Glaciar Sur, la navegación y las mismas pasarelas dónde estaremos cerca de 2 horas en un atractivo horario con menos público. Finalmente emprendemos el regresa por la ruta del Lago hasta El Calafate habiendo realizado un circuito que une estancias, el Lago Roca, parte del Argentino y el Gla-ciar Perito Moreno. Naturaleza, historia y cultura de la zona. Glaciar Sur Pioneros. Pick up 09:00. Drop Off alrededor de las 19 horas. El almuerzo, sirvido en un sitio privilegiado del Camping Lago Roca, esta compuesto por empanadas, bifes al disco, verduras grilladas, ensalada, postre típico, bebi-das y vino. Es importante para realizar estas excursiones contar con indumentaria adecuada. Básicamente ropa cómoda, para caminar en ambiente de montaña. Abrigo suficiente para soportar tempe-raturas de 0°C y hasta lluvias intensas. También lentes y crema para protección solar.

 

La vieja ruta de Estancias conecta la cultura patagónica. Pueblos originarios, estepa y pioneros. En el recorrido vemos estancias y pinturas rupestres. Dentro del PNLG, en el bosque de ñires del camping Lago Roca, en un lugar asigna-do para pasajeros de Glaciar Sur, disfrutamos de vistas privilegiadas y de un almuer-zo típico en un domo especialmente preparado. Por la tarde navegamos los brazos Sur y Rico del Lago Argentino. Un cruce de cerca de una hora, con vistas de los cordones Adriana y Moreno. Desembarcamos entonces en la Playa de las Monedas, para realizar una agradable caminata por el bosque. Al final la imponencia del Glaciar Perito Moreno visto des-de el mirador del Glaciar Sur, la navegación y las mismas pasarelas dónde estaremos cerca de 2 horas en un atractivo horario con menos público. Finalmente emprendemos el regresa por la ruta del Lago hasta El Calafate habiendo realizado un circuito que une estancias, el Lago Roca, parte del Argentino y el Gla-ciar Perito Moreno. Naturaleza, historia y cultura de la zona. Glaciar Sur Pioneros. Pick up 09:00. Drop Off alrededor de las 19 horas. El almuerzo, sirvido en un sitio privilegiado del Camping Lago Roca, esta compuesto por empanadas, bifes al disco, verduras grilladas, ensalada, postre típico, bebi-das y vino. Es importante para realizar estas excursiones contar con indumentaria adecuada. Básicamente ropa cómoda, para caminar en ambiente de montaña. Abrigo suficiente para soportar tempe-raturas de 0°C y hasta lluvias intensas. También lentes y crema para protección solar.

 

Visiting the Patagonia without running the Torres del Paine is almost a sin. From 7:30 am the tour take the course from your accommodation in Puerto Natales to Torres del Paine National Park. The first stop will be the millenary Milodon Cave, a huge natural accident incalculable anthropological value, which is thought primitive man lived in Patagonia and the Milodon, an extinct herbivore. Continuing the journey visitors can see the most spectacular World Biosphere Reserve at the end of the world, the Torres del Paine National Park covering an area of 242,242 ha, lavishly hosting a fertile combination of lakes, ponds, waterfalls, glaciers, mountains and peaks, where you can see different ways of life in its natural state. Within the area, the road passes dozens of lakes covered with grass and waterfowl, contrasting with small hills where herds of guanacos graze during the course of the day will have the opportunity to enjoy and discover the highlights of this beautiful park as are the Nordenskjold lake with its colorful bathing emerald bases of the mountains and gives life to the impetuous Salto Grande lake Pehoe form of simulated stillness. You also have the opportunity to walk along the river about 1 hour Pingo an established trail that crosses the river, then the sand that marks the margins of the lake, appreciating ancient ice stranded on the shores and the imposing Glacier Grey which forms a unsurpassed landscape surrounded by hills, forests and mountains of the Paine. The trip back to Puerto Natales arriving concludes around 19:00 hrs., Leaving passengers at their place of accommodation or the bus terminal.

(Español) Únete a nosotros y experimenta, desde una perspectiva única al glaciar más famoso en el mundo, considerado Patrimonio natural de la UNESCO, el impresionante Glaciar Perito Moreno.
La experiencia comienza en el punto de encuentro Perito Moreno Kayak Experience, ubicado cerca del estacionamiento principal, donde nuestro equipo lo recibirá y le informará sobre la experiencia.
Le damos la bienvenida en nuestro Domo, base de operaciones, donde se vestirá, y nuestros guías le informaran todo lo referido a seguridad. No se requiere experiencia previa en kayak. Nuestros expertos en kayak explicarán cómo remar entre estas asombrosas aguas glaciares.
Una vez preparados e informados, saldremos cada uno con su kayak desde la playa de Los Témpanos. Remamos hacia el glaciar para que esté frente a nosotros. Nos detendremos para tomar imágenes únicas de este momento, mientras aprendemos más sobre este fascinante lugar.

Full Day: Pick up a partir de las 8am, regresando a las 6pm aprox.
Incluye traslado desde El Calafate + Lunch Box

IMPORTANTE
• Mínimo para confirmar salida: 2 pax
• Capacidad máxima: 20 pax por turno
• Tiempo en kayak: 2 horas (puede variar según las condiciones climáticas)
• Edad mínima requerida: 14 años. Las personas entre 14 y 18 años deben estar
acompañadas por sus padres o tutores legales
• Política de cancelación: los guías pueden cancelar la actividad si las condiciones
climáticas se consideran inadecuadas.
• No se necesita experiencia previa en kayak.
• Equipo incluido: traje seco estanco, traje térmico, botas, chalecos salvavidas
• Nivel de dificultad: medio
• Entrada al Parque Nacional Los Glaciares: Excluido.

Total distance 35 km Departing from El Calafate, climb to 1050 meters above sea level (ASL), get to the first balcony where guests enjoy a panoramic view of El Calafate and the east side of Lake Argentino, if clear see Mount Chalten, Cerro Torre and we can contemplate the flight of the Condors. Then we continue our ascent to the Stone Labyrinth, a product of the Company MIL, this is a formation that has Cretaceous 85 million years where we can find fossils. From there begin to decline and reach the stone where the hats take a snack. Return to El Calafate by the north side of the cord without losing sight of the imposing Lake Argentino. Includes: Stop with refreshments on the terrace (coffee, tea and muffins) Duration: 3 hours. Three daily departures

Level of demand: Low

Include:
•Boarding and departure at port Punta Bandera (NPC) 08.15 hours in our modern and comfortable boat.
•Sailing among icebergs and stunning scenery overlooking the western front of the Upsala glacier and then through Cristina Canal to the point of disembark at the Estancia.
•Arrival Estancia Cristina 11:30 hs.
•Stay at the Estancia for 6 hours.
•Guided visit to the Costumbrista museum (old shearing shed).
•A two and half hour hiking (approximately) to Cascada de los Perros, a waterfall that will take you by surprise because of its beauty, surrounded by woods of ñires and with a aerial view of the valley of the Catenna river and the Estancia Cristina.
•Return to the farm house of the Estancia and board at 17:30 hs. Arrival to Puerto Banderas at 19:00 hs approximately.

Let’s bring back life as it was here back in 1914, entirely isolated from the rest of the world. After sailing Lake Argentino, we will have plenty of time to visit the Museo Costumbrista (Museum of Traditional Habits), the Main House, the Waterwheel, the Chapel and the Cemetery. For those enjoying long walks, they will be able to reach Los Perros waterfall. Optional lunch at the quincho.

Duration of 4 wheel drive: 3 hours
Drop: 550 m.s.n.m.
Level of demand Low

Include:
•Boarding and departure at port Punta Bandera (NPC) 08.15 hours in our modern and comfortable boat.
•Sailing among icebergs and stunning scenery overlooking the western front of the Upsala glacier and then through Cristina Canal to the point of disembark at the Estancia.
•Arrival Estancia Cristina 11:30 hs.
•Stay at the Estancia for 6 hours.
•Guided visit to the Costumbrista museum (old shearing shed).
•Ascent in all-terrain vehicles, travelling 9.5 km through mountainous roads.
•Arrival to the Continental ice shelter.
•30 minute walk.
•Visit the oriental front of Upsala Glacier. Lake Guillermo, Southern Patagonian Ice and Andes.
•Return to the farm house of the Estancia and board at 17:30 hs. Arrival to Puerto Banderas at 19: hs approximately.

NOTE: If the maximum number of passengers is exceeded, visitors will be divided in turns by the tour coordinator of the Estancia.

If you would like to visit the Upsala glacier and the Estancia, the Discovery is the most suitable option. It is certainly an ideal combination of adventure, glaciers and history. The 4×4 ride uphill runs through a mountain trail among forests and rivers, until reaching the viewpoint of the Upsala glacier, with views to the South Patagonic Ice Field. The immensity of the landscape is very moving. Tour to the Estancia, Museo Costumbrista, Chapel. Optional lunch at the Quincho.

Duration: 5.30 hs (Departure and Retrun).
Drop: 550 m.a.s.l
Level of demand: Medium-High.
We recommend good physical conditions.
•For wheel drive crossing 4×4 of 9.5 km. through mountainous roads.
•Tour through a landscape that until recently was covered by glaciers and has a great geological interest.
•View of Lake Guillermo and of the stunning oriental front of Upsala Glacier, Southern patagonian ice and hills Murallón and Don Bosco.
•Descents through the Cañadón de los Fósilesarea where we can find fosiles, remains of the last marine ingression which has been ucovered by glacial action.Valley of unique characterisitics.
•Available for child from 12 years old.
•It is very important to bring the appropriate gear for this kind of trek: comfortable clothes for walking, hiking shoes or rubber soled shoes and sun protection.

Note: The manager of Estancia Cristina or designee will determine whether passengers who have chosen this activity can actually participate in it.

When disembarking the Boat, the 4×4 vehicles will be waiting to start the ride towards the viewpoint of the Upsala glacier. The descent will be through the Cañadón de los Fósiles, a deposit of sea fossil remains. This is a valley with UNIQUE characteristics within the National Park, which made this an unforgettable experience, among forests, lagoons, lakes, glaciers, and surrounded by the typical fauna and flora of the region.

If guests do not have enough time to spend the night at the estancia, this program is perfect to experience the Patagonian rural life and complements the on. It includes: tour to the glaciers. There are two daily trips, either in the morning or the afternoon and they include breakfast or tea, tests for horse reins and sheep shearing demonstration. The trip ends with an exquisite lamb grilled on a traditional Patagonian cross stake (lunch or dinner).
In the morning trip, a 3-hour horseback riding session can be added after lunch. In case of special groups, some specific gaucho skills demonstrations can be added.

Itinarary:

Day 1 | Arrival to El Chaltén
Expedition briefing and equipment check: Arrival to El Chalten, a small town of 300 located at the foot of Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. We’ll meet with the group members and Expedition Leader. A General briefing about the schedule and instructions on how to use camping and technical gear will be provided by Fitz Roy Expeditions. We’ll check the personal gear with the guide and rent anything you may need.

Day 2 | Río Eléctrico Valley- “La Playita” Basecamp.
The day begins with a private transfer to the bridge over Eléctrico River, 15 Km northwest of El Chaltén, and the start point of our trek towards the base of Marconi Glacier. We will walk the first two hours on a well-marked path, through a forest full of Lengas and Ñires, alongside Eléctrico River. At the end of it, we’ll stop some minutes
in Piedra Del Fraile campsite (Refugio Los Troncos – property of Estancia Ricanor), last view of civilization before our return to El Chaltén, at the end of the expedition. We will then enter into a great glacier valley surrounded by different mountains like “Treinta
Aniversario” and “Marconi Sur”. From Piedra Del Fraile, we will follow the southern shore
of Lake Eléctrico, crossing moraines and rocky formations left by the glaciers less than 70 years ago. Along the way, we will cross Pollone River walking. From there, we will be
able to observe the North-west face of Fitz Roy. After one more hour of trekking, we’ll get to the western shore of Lake Eléctrico.
We will set-up our camp there, only 20 minutes away from Marconi Glacier. After a well-earned rest, we might have some extra energy to explore the area.
The participants, guides and other FRE supporting staff will carry the equipment and food. You can ask in advance for personal private porters to carry your gear.

Walking distance: 12 K (6 hours).
Elevation gain: 50 mts.
Services: Full board / Accommodation: Tent

Day 3 | Marconi Glacier – Marconi Pass
We will wake up with dawn to start our daily routine of the expedition: breakfast, packing up of camp and backpacks, and trekking.
Only after 30 minutes walking, will get to the Marconi Glacier’s front. A gigantic scree moraine is our first obstacle; the terrain here is unstable and moves constantly. Thus, there is no marked path. After this short but demanding stretch, we will climb on the glacier itself entering slowly in a kingdom of snow and ice. This day might be the toughest of the expedition. We will go up 2400 ft (800 m) on ice and snow, using crampons, with guide and his team’s help.
Marconi Glacier creates a “bottle effect” with the winds coming from the Ice Field and the Pacific Ocean. Hence, participants will need to be not only physically, but also
mentally prepared to hike in a rain or snowstorm. At the end of the day, we will arrive at our second campsite, in the shadow of Marconi South Mt and only an hour away
from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field itself. Our campsite offers fantastic sunsets and sunrises over the Fitz Roy Range, Cerro Pier Giorgio, and Gorra Blanca.

Walking distance: 10 Km. (7/9 hours)
Elevation gain: 800 mts.
Services: Full board / Accommodation: Tent

Day 4 | Ice Field: Marconi Pass– Circo de los Altares: In the morning, we will cross the Marconi Pass. Guide and assistants will use sledge for the first time, carrying most
of the general equipment (tents, food, gas…). After hiking for an hour with snowshoes, we’ll find ourselves in an isolated land of rock and ice.
The Patagonian Ice Field will open itself up offering us fantastic views (if weather allows it) of Lautaro Volcano (still active) and Mariano Moreno Range (almost higher
and much larger than Fitz Roy Range).
After a long day hiking on the ice, we’ll reach the famous “Circo De Los Altares”, at the foot of the mythic Cerro Torre’s West face. Here, we will set up our camp on the ice.

Walking distance: 12 Km. (6/7hs. Hours)
Elevation gain: 50 mts. – 100 mts. descent
Services: Full board / Accommodation: Tent

Day 5 | Ice Field: Circo de los Altares – Paso del Viento
We’ll hike to “De Los Esquíes Lagoon”, on the lateral moraine of Viedma Glacier. Here we will exit the ice itself. If the weather and group member’s physical conditions
allow it, we will continue up to Paso Del Viento.

Walking distance: 14 Km. (8 hours)
Elevation gain: 250 mts descent and 250 mts
ascent at the end of the day.
Services: Full board / Accommodation: Tent

Day 6 | Huemul Pass
After leading lots of expeditions for more than 15 year, we decided to change the “regular” end of the expedition. We have decided to continue the trip following Viedma Glacier towards Viedma Lake, instead of hiking up toward the “Paso Del Viento” and return to El Chaltén, as all companies do.
This new circuit, offered by Fitz Roy Expeditions, turns your experience more interesting and attractive as you keep in sight the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and
Viedma Glacier for two more days.
During this day, we’ll sightsee the Andean steppe and lakes around “Cerro Huemul” with lakes. Then, we will set up camp. Breathtaking views of the Glacier’s snout as it calves into Lake Viedma will be one of the last trip’s rewarding for us.

Walking time: 6/7 hours.
Distance: 8 Km
Elevation gain: 200 mts ascent and 100 mts
descent Services: Full board / Accommodation: Tent

Day 7 | Viedma Lake –El Chaltén
We’ll start our last trekking day towards the Viedma Lake and Cabo de Hornos Bay. Here, we’ll be picked up by our boat, where we’ll finally get some good rest and enjoy a
30 minutes boat trip. Once at “Tunel Bay”, a transfer will take us back to “El
Chaltén”.

Walking distance: 5 Km. (2/3 hs. hours)
Elevation drop: 600 mts steep descent
Services: Full board / Accommodation: Hotel
(not included)

Day 8 and 9| Weather Days
To be used at any point of the Expedition. If the extra days are not necessary, the expedition and services provided by Fitz Roy Expeditions will end the first
evening after arriving at El Chalten.

Services: Full board / Accommodation: Tent

Day 10 |
End of our services.

(Español) Descripción:
Orientada a todo tipo de clientes con y sin experiencia. El guía evaluará la experiencia de cada pasajero y desde allí se comenzara
la actividad.
Medio día de prácticas en diferentes paredes. Revisión de seguridad y técnicas.

Escuela Medio día.
El objetivo de esta escuela es que el alumno viva la experiencia de
escalar en roca adquiriendo conceptos básicos de la escalada y la
utilización de los distintos elementos de seguridad. Cuando la
escuela se tratara de medio día solo tendremos 4 horas para
introducirnos en la escalada en roca, aquellos que quieran una
escuela de día completo podrán dedicar más tiempo a los distintos
conceptos que se aprenderán.

Detalle del programa:
El programa comienza en el área del Chalten, donde encontraremos diferentes rutas de escalada deportiva para comenzar la actividad.
El guía comenzará con una charla de introducción sobre la escalada en la zona y el reconocimiento del equipo técnico.

Conceptos y prácticas a desarrollar:
• Charla sobre procedimientos y distintos tipos de
escalada.
• Colocación de arnés y funciones
• Concepto de escalada
• Técnica básica de progresión en roca
• Desplazamiento en travesía a baja altura.
• Nudos básicos
• Manejo de cuerda
• Escalada en top rope
• Dar seguro y comunicación
• Diferentes tipos de anclajes y usos.

SERVICIOS INCLUIDOS:
• Equipo técnico de escalada: Arnés, cuerda,
mosquetones, cintas express, Casco y cualquier otro
elemento de seguridad.
• Guía de montaña
• Zapatillas de escalada
• Comunicación con oficina

NO incluye:
• Vianda.
• Propinas
• Todo aquel servicio no especificado como incluido

Requerimiento Físico:
Un buen estado de salud y condición física razonable son
necesarios.
No es imprescindible contar con experiencia previa en caminatas o trekking en montaña en este nivel.
Cualquier persona acostumbrada a caminar diariamente, jugar golf, tenis, andar en bicicleta u hacer deportes de baja carga física puede realizar estas actividades sin mayores inconvenientes.
Estos programas combinan generalmente caminatas diarias con alojamientos en Hosterías, Estancias y hoteles o días de descanso entre caminata y caminata.
• Caminatas cortas de 3 a 8 horas retornando a Hoteles u
Hosterías.
• Poco desnivel en el terreno (100 a 400 mts.)
• Alojamiento en hosterías /Hoteles /Cabañas y ocasionales campamentos.
• Baja demanda física.

For those with little time to make a longer trek, this trek to reach the first Mirador Cerro Fitz Roy. It starts from the path at the end of the village, which begins with a steep slope somewhat, which is continued for 1h30 ‘saving a drop of about 350m, to reach the first lookout. From there you will have the first and spectacular view of Mount Fitz Roy, flanked by the needles Poicenot, Saint Exupéry, Mermoz and Guillaumet. After 15 minutes, you get to first base mountain camp Countryside Capri, where a meter is the homonymous lake, overlooking mountains and forests and Fitz Roy.

This is another classic walks in the area, which leads to one of the most beautiful and challenging mountains in the world: Cerro Torre. The trail starts from the village and went up the Rio Fitz Roy, with a slight slope at the beginning, which then continues in a quiet walk after reaching the first viewpoint of 1h 30 ‘. From there we will have a beautiful view of Cerro Torre cord, the cord and part of The Adelas Fitz Roy massif. The road continues with slight undulations approaching the cause of the river to the camp De Agostini, after a few 45’min. Continue for 10 ‘more to arrive, after crossing the moraines, the Laguna Torre. From here we will have a spectacular view of Cerro Torre, Egger flanked by needles, and Standhard Bifida and the Adelas cord with its stunning glaciers spilling into the lake.

A unique excursion, where you can enjoy one of the most rugged areas of Patagonia. It is an unforgettable tour in which you can enjoy nature with “the five senses”. This is a different option in which we can interpret nature, take many photos, visit historic sites, watch wildlife, boat on a lake, and trek through one of the most beautiful forests in the region. We will also enjoy a “Picada Argentina” (Mix of different cheeses, meat, olives, and bread) with some of the best products from Argentina, and of course, enjoy a good wine.

Includes:
Trekking Guide.
Transport there and back.
Lunch (A complete “picada Argentina”).
Drinks: Mineral water, sodas, and alcoholic beverages.
Afternoon Tea: Coffee, tea, mate with cookies and sweet snacks.
Entrance fees to private property.
Sailing (*).
Binoculars, trekking poles, magnifying glasses, maps, flora and fauna guides.
Transport: According to the size of the group, the vehicle can be a minibus or 4×4 car in a PRIVATE service.

Activities: Stops for panoramic photographs (Lakes, waterfalls, historic landmarks, etc.)- Bird watching at Cóndor Lagoon – A tour of the viewpoints at Lago del Desierto – Trekking and Huemul lake – Sailing on Lago del Desierto (*) or a coastal walk by the lake.
* Sailing is subject to the service provider. In the case that the service is not running, it will be compensated by a coastal trek along the lake.

Not included:
Tips.
Services not specified in the programme.
Recommended Personal Equipment:
Small backpack.
Snack.
Water.
Hat.
Sunglasses.
Waterproof jacket.
Fleece sweaterr.
Gloves.
Sunscreen.
Hiking shoes.

Notes:
Restriction: Minimum age: 8 years.
Minimum of 2 passengers needed for the trip to run.

The most spectacular and unforgettable camping trek in the region. A trek that has great views and takes you through lovely forests until you arrive at the mystical Mt Fitz Roy and the famous Mt Torre. You will also see lagoons of various colours, imposing glaciers and camp grounds of some international famous climbers.

Itinerary
Day 1: Trek to Laguna De los Tres and camp at Poincenot

This trek is one of the highlights in the area and starts from El Pilar. We will leave El Chaltén in a transfer to the trailhead, half an hour away. We then start this lovely walk in a forest on a path that ascends gently and first arrives at Piedras Blancas Glacier viewpoint. We´ll have a brief stop here to enjoy the view of the hanging glacier.
After a bit more gentle climbing the challenging section of one hour of steep uphill to get to Laguna de los Tres, starts.
The effort is all made worthwhile by the breathtaking views we get at the top, of Mt Fitz Roy, its satellite mountains and the valley we have just been walking along.
Weather permitting; we will have lunch at the lagoon.
We will then start the descent and head towards Poincenot, our home for the night and from where we can continue to admire Fitz Roy massif!

OVERNIGHT: Camping at Poincenot
Distance: 12 Km
Walking: 6/7hs.

Day 2: Trek to Laguna Torre

You may want to get up early to take some sunrise shots of Fitz Roy in its beautiful hues of red (weather permitting!) After breakfast we will head off again. We trek along past some beautiful lagoons Madre and Hija before dropping down into Torre valley. This glacial valley is loved by geologists and photographers for its perfect shape. At the end of the valley we will find Laguna Torre, its glacier and the famous Mt Torre – one of the most difficult mountains in the world to climb.
Sometimes floating on the lagoon are some icebergs that have broken off the Torre glacier. The Fitz Roy river starts from this lagoon too and here is where there is a Tyrolean rope that is used by climbers to access the mountains that they plan to climb. We will also have time to visit D’Agostini Camp ground – where lots of famous climbers have spent a night or two!

After lunch at the lagoon we will head back towards Chaltén, along the Fitz Roy river valley and crossing over a couple of old moraines. If we are lucky we may spot a Magellanic woodpecker, the nearly extinct deer – Huemul and lots of beautiful wild flowers

Distance: 20 Km.
Walking: 7/8 hs.

Programme details

Requirements:
Fit – be able and willing to carry a back pack weighing 6/8 Kg..
Trekking experience.
No technical experience is required.
Prior to the participating in the trek the Personal Information Questionnaire must be filled in and sent to us.

Includes:
Mountain Guide(AAGM/EPGAMT-APN).
Transfer from hotel to trailhead at El Pilar.
Group camping and cooking equipment.
Meals during the trek (*): 1 breakfast, 2 pack lunches, 1 afternoon tea y 1 dinner.
National Park permission of Tourist activities (P.N.L.G.)

Doesn’t include:
Personal equipment (check recommended Kit List).
Additional porters.
Alcoholic drinks or fizzy drinks.
Insurance.
Gratuities.
Anything not mentioned in the programme.

Equipment and logistics:
Camping and Safety equipment are provided (may be shared with other trekkers).
Eating is in 7m wide domes with tables and stools.
Sleeping in 2/3 man tents with sleeping bag and sleep mat.
Any equipment that you don’t have or you forget may be hired in El Chaltén.
Clients help with the carrying of group equipment and food.
Clients can contract a porter (up to 15kg) for transfering personal/group kit.
We have available digital cameras, GPS, Walkie Talkies and VHF radios for hire if you wish.
Campsites are basic (they have no conventional infrastructure).
Campsites don’t have electricity, toilets or showers.
First aid Kit.
VHF Radio.

Recommended Personal Kit List:
Back pack (30 litres).
Warm hat.
Cap/sun hat.
Buff/scarf (something to keep your neck warm).
Short and long sleeved t-shirts (synthetic).
Thermal layers – top and bottom.
Fleece.
Waterproof jacket with hood (like Gore-Tex).
Trekking trousers (preferably convertibles).
Waterproof trousers.
Warm gloves.
2 pairs of trekking socks.
Light waterproof trekking boots.
Trekking poles (optional – or hire locally).
Sunglasses with UV filter.
Sun block (SPF 40) and lip balm (it’s dry in Patagonia).
Water bottle – 1 litre.
Tape/Compeed – something for blisters.
Personal hygiene kit.
Personal basic first aid kit.
Penknife.
Head torch (plus extra batteries).
Toilet paper.

Notes:
(*) All meals have been prepared and calculated according to the energy output of each day of the trek. We only use top quality produce that has been recommended by the nutritionist Ma. Eugenia Sánchez (Mat.Prof.LN-025)