(Buenos Aires, El Calafate, El Chaltén, Lago Del Desierto)
Travel to El Calafate for an exciting day of Ice trekking on the Perito Moreno glacier, right in the Glaciares National Park. Then move up to El Chalten, world renown for Fitz Roy Mount and its numerous hiking trails. Lago del Desierto is right on the border with Chile, but still a part of the Argentinian Patagonia. A unique lodge set along the mountain range and giving you the opportunity to enjoy some fly fishing! (Available seasonally only from November to May)
This trip encompasses adventure, lovely peaceful walks and the rewarding experience of hiking high mountains.
A private transfer between the airport (International) and city of Buenos Aires with a professional driver and an English-speaking guide is provided.
The Argentine National Immigration Directorate (DNM) has launched an online method of payment to enable payment of the reciprocity fee via credit card. Travellers can now pay this fee through the Provincia Pagos payment system. US, Australian and Canadian citizens can pay the reciprocity fee before entering Argentina by accessing the following websites: www.provinciapagos.com.ar and www.migraciones.gov.ar.
How can I pay the Reciprocity Fee Online?
1.Register at www.provinciapagos.com.ar and obtain an entry code. 2.Complete the form including personal and credit card details . This information and the entry code will be sent electronically to the DNM. 3.After payment is processed, print the receipt. 4.Upon arrival in Argentina, go to the DNM Office and present the printed receipt. 5.The receipt will be scanned by DNM staff and the data will be validated to enable entry to Argentina.
Subject to change without notice.
The Mine Hotel is a beautiful and modern boutique hotel placed in the bohemian Palermo Soho, the main center of art and entertainment of Buenos Aries. The friendly staff, gorgeous gardens, the unique decoration and the most comfortable rooms will make this hotel the best choice to stay in this beautiful city.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
A private transfer between the airport and the city of Buenos Aires with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is provided.
Fly from Buenos Aires domestic airport to El Calafate. Please note that flights are subject to changes based on availability. The flight duration is approximately 3 hours and 11 minutes.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with your very own vehicle, driver and English speaking guide.
Alto Calafate Hotel is fortunate to have are unbelievable view of sunrises and sunsets as the sky takes over the Patagonia region. The 103 rooms are welcoming, with excellent bedding and contemporary furnishings accompanied by gorgeous views. The hotel's chef is responsible for the succulent grilled meats and other specialties which are enjoyed by guests. One may choose to easily take the shuttle bus into town to sample the local restaurants. Make use of the hotel swimming pool, steam room, and sauna, or simply wander the area. The Perito Moreno glacier lies not far off from the hotel, and it is definitely one of the most interesting sights to catch.
One of the best things to do in El Calafate, today you will go on a navigation in front of the Southern wall of the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier, tour through the captivating forest and do the minitrekking over the glacier!
You will be picked up at your hotel and taken by private transfers to the Bajo de las Sombras quay (port). Here you will board a ship for a 20-minute ride to cross the arm Rico of Lake Argentino (shared service on boat). The ship arrives at a cottage where guides will divide all passengers into groups made up of around 10 people. Each group is assigned two guides, one walks at the front an another at the back.
Together wih your group and guides, you will begin a 20-minute walk towards the glacier that begins on the lake’s shore and once you arrive at the edge of the ice, you wil be provided with crampons and instructions about how you should use them on the ice. The trek over the Glacier lasts about 1 hour and a half during which you will be able to see the crevasses, seracs, drains and small lakes. The walk is slow, as you walk over an uneven but firm and safe ice surface. Guides will give short talks about the flora, fauna and general glaciology facts of the region and also some information about the unique phenomenon that takes place at the Perito Moreno Glacier and eventually produces its breaking-off. When the walk ends, you will return to the cottage walking through the lush magallanic forest.
On its return to the pier the ship navigates through the channel of ice floes and then approaches the glacier’s walls. You will then be able to get to the glacier's viewpoint where you will have the opportunity to walk along the pathways and admire it from different viewpoints for about one hour before returning to El Calafate.
This tour lasts approximately 5 hours (between navigation and trekking)
Recommendations:a) Age: Due to the level of effort and difficulty that it entails, this excursion is not allowed for the following: people over 65 years old, children under 10, people with overweight or some type of disability.b) Footwear: Any type of sport footwear, for example running/ tennis shoes or trekking boots. Thick woolen or cotton socks are reccommended. Rubber boots and high heels in women are not admitted. Passengers are only provided with crampons.c) Clothing: Sportive (long trousers for both sexes). It is advisable to wear a t-shirt, a sweater and a waterproof jacket/coat. Sunglasses, sunblock and gloves are also reccomended as well as a cap or a hat in case it is too cold.d) Lunch: Passengers must take their lunch boxes and only the groups which take the excursion during the morning have 40 minutes to have lunch at the cottage. Once embarked towards the Glacier, there are no purchasable products. Lunches are easily provided at most hotels, just ask them to prepare this for you.e) Smoking: It is forbidden to smoke during the excursion; neither on the boat, the forest, or the ice nor at the cottage.f) Physical state: Normal. Passengers must know that they will walk slowly for approximately three hours through varied and irregular ground such as ice, forest and stones. Pregnant women, people with heart condition or other serious health conditions are not admitted. g) Difficulty: It is easy, but relatively more complicated for elder people with vertigo or unhealthy physical conditions
Enjoy a private transfer with your own vehicle and driver from El Calafate to El Chalten. The journey is approximately 3 hours.• please note that the driver will speak little or no English. English speaking drivares are sometimes available at an additional cost.
The Hotel Los Cerros is located in El Chaltén at the foot of one of the most imposing mountains of Patagonia. Its large windows allow you to enjoy panoramic views of the valleys, lakes and mountains that surround this young Patagonian town founded in 1985. The warmth of the personalised attention of the staff and the regional food of international level pleasantly surprises even the most exacting travelers. The hotel offers lodging, services and cuisine of international level. Lingering all day long in the hotel is really tempting but the rustic nature that surrounds it calls you to enjoy scores of activities in the land of the legendary Cerro Fitz Roy and the imposing Viedma glacier. The outings to the Lago del Desierto, to the base of the Fitz Roy, to the lake and to the glacier of the Cerro Torre are real musts to have a full picture of this region, where much still remains greatly undiscovered.
Enjoy a full day trekking on Cerro Torre or Fitz Roy with a Professional Trekking Guide. Enjoy lunch en route (included).
El Chalten is the "capital of hiking" in the Argentinian Patagonia, and hiking trails are abundant. The choice is yours! You can find your way around to enjoy this day hiking on your own, or just speak to you Sales Consultant if you wish to pre-book the assistance of one of our private guides to come with you.
Meet your driver for a private transfer from El Chalten to South Point in Laguna del Desierto.
Boat transfer from South Point to Aguas Arriba Lodge. (15’ boat ride along the East shore of the lake). The Lodge is accessible only on foot or sailing from Punta Sur (South Point). There are two ships each with up to 6 people plus luggage, one has a small cabin the other is open. Schedules for the boat are as follow:
From South Point to Aguas Arriba Lodge:
Arrival at the
Aguas Arriba Lodge has various hikes you can enjoy!
Following is a summary of the activities available. Some are included and others need to be booked separately. Please call us if you have any questions or wish to pre-book any activities.
TREKKING: Trekking may be enjoyed around forests, river creeks, wetlands, glaciers and fly-fishing trips. Walks circuits may vary from 1 to 8 hours. They are of low and medium difficulty and without major drops. In the longer runs you will bring a Lunch Box to enjoy along the way. In some cases, as defined by the site guide, you can combine boating with walk excursions.
The following trail options are available:
From South Point: After being transfered from El Chalten by car to South Point, you can arrive to the lodge by foot. This is a 2-3hr hike – 6 km distance. Amazing, we strongly recommend this access! It is the best way to wash off all accumulated stress; nature’s embrace re-energizes the body and soothes the soul. The hint that indicates you’re already close to the lodge is the scent of lunch waiting to welcome our trekkers! Luggage is transported via boat to the lodge. A snack is provided. Another option is leaving the lodge by foot, or simply hiking towards the south point during your stay. This walk can be combined with the ascent to Huemul hanging Glacier (entrance is not included, to be paid locally USD 5). Coming back to the lodge by boat can also be arranged.
North Point of Lago del Desierto and Chilean Border: North Point can be accessed on foot from the Lodge. Duration 2:30 / 3:00 pm approx. or by boat. When arriving to the gendarmerie station in North Point, you continue to Laguna Larga, where fly fishing aficionados are often spotted.
To the West: Juana Sepulveda’s Pampa: A 40’ walk towards the west, arriving to a mainland where an old mountain cabin remains standing and was home to Juana Sepulveda, the first pioneer to live in this area. The Rio Diablo basin is 200 mts away from Sepulvedas’ Pampa; the river flows west into a beautiful valley that finishes at the Chilean Continental Ice Field. This area offers many possible hikes of different duration and difficulty. One of the most accessible treks is walking along the riverside until the Diablo Refuge-shelter.
Fitz Roy View Points: These trails begin at the doorstep of our lodge, guiding walkers into the untouched forest that surround us. Some trails begin around the lakes’ shoreline and then climb up passing river creeks and marshes to higher areas where one can appreciate the magnificent views!
Hanging Glaciers: During those days when the winds are calm, we hop on to the boat and cross the lake towards the beaches that lay in front of the lodge. Walking around the river stream we begin the ascent to the Vespignani hanging glacier. A beautiful walk that offers a new perspective of this astonishing area.
FLY FISHING: *** At time of booking, please advise your sales consultant if you wish to practice fly fishing. This is another of the great attractions in Aguas Arriba Lodge. According to the wind and the state of the lake, you can reach different beaches and practice cacth & release fishing or depending on the size of the fish, you may bring it into Aguas Arriba's kitchen to enjoy as a meal! If you want to go without a guide, the only additional cost is the fishing permit which is requested from the lodge and paid on the spot. The cost for the permit is of USD 30 per person and may be pre-booked. The price is subject to change without notice. Upon request, you can also hire the services of a guide and equipment rental (at an additional charge).
Aguas Arriba Lodge is located at the Estancia Río de las Vueltas, 37 km away from El Chaltén; with 900 meters of shore along Lago del Desierto, and 700 acres of mountain ranged forests. Its construction was a true odyssey due to its remote location. Hand built out of natural wood and noble stones, its ample window sills portray the beauty of its natural surroundings: an emerald green lake, hanging glaciers, forests’, and spectacular views of The Fitz Roy. Its eco-friendly construction assures to preserve nature in its pristine state. Accessing the lodge is either by boat or by foot. It is a 15 minute boat ride from the south point of the lake along its eastern margin, or a 2-3 hr hike. The trail guides you into the heart of the forest, home to centenarian trees of the Nothofagus family (Lenga, Ñire and Coihue trees). A unique experience; indulge the senses with nature, fine gourmet, and adventure!
Enjoy one of the many hikes offered at Aguas Arriba Lodge, or practice some fly fishing!
Return boat transfer from Aguas Arriba Lodge to South Point Port (15’ boat ride along the East shore of the lake). Schedule from Aguas Arriba Lodge to South Point:
Arrival at South
the Lodge (*)
Meet your driver for a private transfer from South Point in Laguna del Desierto to El Chalten.
Enjoy a private transfer with your own vehicle and driver from El Chalten to El Calafate. The journey is approximately 3 hours.• please note that the driver will speak little or no English. English speaking drivares are sometimes available at an additional cost.
Fly from El Calafate to Buenos Aires domestic airport. Flights are subject to changes based on availability. The flight duration is approximately 3 hour.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Argentina for the most up to date visa information.
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