(Buenos Aires, El Calafate)
An “al fresco” exploration, this tour takes adventurers to a charming Lodge located in Patagonia - one of the world’s most untouched gems. Start with a stay in El Calafate town for a day in the Glaciers National Park & the legendary Perito Moreno glacier. Then enjoy a few days amidst montains and lakes in an exclusive lodge that is the ideal place to encounter Patagonia’s awe-inspiring natural wonders or simply relax and take in all the beauty of the Patagonia region.
Discover rugged plains, sparkling glaciers, volcanic extrusions, pristine lakes & green forests. Enjoy horseback riding, mountain climbing, hiking, wildlife tours and a traditional BBQ.
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.
Hotel Madero is placed in the wistful and scenic Puerto Madero area, and is a beautiful hotel to stay in while getting to know the fiery city of Buenos Aires. The 197 rooms offer a vast space in which one can relax and unwind, with great views. The culinary skills of the French chef at Madero's Red Resto & Lounge, are showcased via French specialties fused with international. Spend time at the bars, sipping on cocktails, or drop by the pool for a refreshing swim.
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, driver and English speaking guide to Eolo Lodge.
Eolo Lodge is a unique place, that embodies the spirit of Patagonia: its indigenous roots, the personal experiences of the first Europeans and Criollo settlers and those of the adventurers of all over the world that still today reach this legendary land. Those who visit enjoy unique experiences, taking unforgettable images back with them.
Eolo boasts a staff who have already lived in Patagonia, thus knowing the area, its customs and its history. Eolo's professional team is skilled and prepared to transmit and share all the secrets of these lands. It is a human group willing to make Eolo your home, and willing to live Patagonia from within with you and those dear to you.
Following is a list of avtivities available at the lodge, some are included in your package price and some are not. Please ask your sales consultant if you wish to pre-book any of the activities.
Activities Indoor:Getting acquainted with the Eolo experience: welcome meeting and programming of activities.Discussions on glaciology, regional flora and fauna.Tales of local and indigenous legends: customs and traditions.Reading and research material on Patagonia, in the library.Thematic films and documentaries on DVD and VHS.
Activities Outdoor: Horse back riding on Mount Frías, different levels of expertise and tour duration (aditional cost).Trekking on Mount Frias, and in La Anita valley.Mountain biking over unique lanes and trails.Observation of stars with telescopes.Sightseeing and identification of flora and fauna.Birdwatching.
Enjoy another day of activities at Eolo Lodge, perhaps some trekking or mountain biking in this beautiful property amidst montains and lakes.
Say good-bye to the Eolo Lodge, as you are taken by shared transfer with driver and lodge vehicle to the Airport.
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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