(Buenos Aires, El Calafate)
(Puerto Bories, Santiago)
Feel the exhilarating rush of an ice trek as you ascend the slippery slopes of world famous Perito Moreno Glacier to reveal panoramic views over the frozen landscape as the pure mountain air fills your lungs.
This is a typical portrait of the stunning Patagonian natural environment that will amaze and delight you at every turn of this excellent trip. Immerse yourself in cosmopolitan city life in sophisticated Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile where you’ll sip coffee in bohemian neighborhoods, shop at designer boutiques and feast at atmospheric local restaurants. Outside of the cities, enjoy the serene mountain lakes and rocky peaks of El Calafate, kayak across beautiful fjords in Torres del Paine National Park, and ride a horse through the majestic alpine environment.
Patagonia is one of those rare places that defies description and the best way to experience it is by diving into the wealth of outdoor experiences it offers. The beauty of this immersive trip is its flexibility to fit with your level of fitness and hiking experience. You can choose from basic, medium and expert level hikes so you can experience the glacial environment any which way you choose, and your team of expert local guides will ensure you get the most out of every minute.
Patagonia is a seasonal destination, best visited between September and February. With limited hotel & lodge space, and because of this relatively short travel window, we strongly recommend you book early to avoid disappointment.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
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.
A private transfer between the airport (International) and city of Buenos Aires with a professional driver and an English-speaking guide is provided.
A private airport transfer with a professional driver and English-speaking guide is included (between Buenos Aires' hotels and domestic airport or vice versa)
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with your very own vehicle, driver and English speaking guide.
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 to the Bajo de las Sombras quay (port), where you board the ship for the 20-minute ride to cross the arm Rico of Lake Argentino. 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 required, this excursion is not allowed for the following: people over 65 years of age, children under 10 years of age, or people that have any kind of difficulty walking or 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
You will be picked up at your downtown hotel and transferred to Cerro Frias, where the group is divided into small groups according to the activity they have chosen. You will be taken to an incredible viewpoint over El Calafate. From this hill, panoramic views of Torres del Paine, Fitz Roy Hill, Cord of Crystals, Rich Arm, North Arm and the Argentine Lake, the Mouth of the Devil, the Peninsula of Magallanes and the Avellaneda Peninsula can be appreciated. Lunch is Included in your tour.
Cerro Frias Activities:
4X4: The panoramic view from the Cerro Frías offers and interesting geographic introduction to the region and its charm, from the top all the mountain range’s peaks can be seen as well as the National Park borders and the historic landmarks from different explorers. Descent is performed through the southern slope, with view to the Centinela Valley up to the base where the farm shed is located.
Limitations: This activity has no limitations; it may be performed by people of all ages and in different physical shape. Recommendation: Bring warm coats to step out from the car at the viewpoints.
ZIP LINE: The zip line activity consists in gliding along a sheave and cable lines system. The zip lines are located at the Cerro Frias’ southern slope and zigzag over a lower valley. After providing the mountain equipment necessary to perform the activity (harness, helmets and carabiners), the circuit begins by ascending in a full traction vehicle up to 540 meters high, where the first platform is located. From there, the descent begins through 5 cable lines, each of approximately 500 meters long, hung at a maximum altitude of 100 meters. With its 2500 meters long, the Cerro Frias’ zip line is the longest in South America.
Limitations: The activity may be performed by people 6 years old and up, in good physical shape. Maximum weight: 110 KG. This activity is NOT AVAILABLE for pregnant women, people who suffer organic or functional risk diseases, people suffering from cardiac diseases or motor impairment. This activity is not recommended for people with balance problems, asthma, disabilities, neck, shoulder or spinal cord problems. CERRO FRIAS reserves the right of admission due to safety reasons. If any person does not follow the safety guidelines that the staff indicates, he or she may be asked to leave the activity. Recommendation: Comfortable and warm clothes, suitable for the activity, trekking shoe ware.
HORSE BACK RIDING: Cerro Frías offers a horseback ride at a calm pace, suitable for beginners. The stables are located a few meters away from the farm shed and from there, the outing begins, performed circularly and reaching 600 meters high. Cerro Frias’ southern slope presents views to admire, facing the Centinela Valley and the Lago Argentino’s Rico branch. As the horse climbs, the height reveals views of the Lago Argentino, El Calafate and Torres del Paine.
Limitations: The activity may be performed by people 6 years old and up, in good physical shape. This activity is NOT AVAILABLE for pregnant women, people who suffer organic or functional risk diseases, people suffering from cardiac diseases or motor impairment. This activity is not recommended for people with balance problems, asthma, disabilities, neck, shoulder or spinal cord problems. CERRO FRIAS reserves the right of admission due to safety reasons.Recommendations: Comfortable and warm clothes, suitable for the activity, flat sole shoes.
TREKKING: From the Cerro Frias’ farm shed, explore several different trekking through the mountain’s southern slope, many panoramic points are reached that allow views of the Centinela Valley, Lago Argentino, the Lago Argentino’s Rico branch and the Torres del Paine. The landscape combines steppe and lenga trees forests that host different types of plants and animals ready to be discovered by the adventurous’ clever eyes.
Limitations: The activity may be performed by people 6 years old and up, in good physical shape. This activity is NOT AVAILABLE for people who suffer organic or functional risk diseases, people suffering from cardiac diseases or motor impairment. This activity is not recommended for people with balance problems, asthma, disabilities, neck, shoulder or spinal cord problems. CERRO FRIAS reserves the right of admission due to safety reasons.Recommendations: Comfortable and warm clothes, suitable for the activity, trekking shoe ware.
The activity schedule is subject to change according to weather conditions.
A driver from the Singular Patagonia will pick you up at the hotel lobby for a shared transfer from El Calafate, Argentina to the Singular in Patagonia, Chile. The transfer time takes approximately 5-6 hours, depending on the time spent at border controls.
Choose from a wide range of options during your stay at The Singular Patagonia.
Basic, Medium and Expert level activities are available, from trekking to horseback riding and kayaking. The following is a list of some of the expeditions available, for more details please ask you Sales Consultant:
Basic Level Full Day: Trekking Sierra Baguales, Trekking and sailing – Isla Focus, Discovering Torres del Paine National ParkHalf Day: Sailing to Punta Jamón, Visit to Shotel Aike Wetland – Cerro Castillo, Visit to Puerto Bories Industrial Museum, Puerto Natales, Land of Pioneers, Cycling around Puerto Natales
Medium Level:Full Day: Sailing around the Patagonia Fjords: Serrano and Balmaceda Glaciers and Lago Azul, Horse riding to Puerto BoriesHalf Day: Cycling around Laguna Sofía, Trekking Seno Ultima Esperanza or Last Hope Sound overlooking point, Trekking to the Mylodon Caves, Trekking and Watching Andean Condors, Horse Riding around Laguna Sofía – Las Cuevas, Horseback Riding to Mylodon Cave, Horse riding to Puerto Bories
Expert Level:Full Day: Trekking to the base of Torres del Paine and The Wonders of Torres del Paine National Park.
A variety of expeditions await for you to explore Patagonia today!
Upon checking out, you'll be met by a driver for your shared transfer to the airport in Punta Arenas. The transfer takes approximately 4 hours.
Private airport transfer in Santiago with a guide and driver.
After being met by your guide and private vehicle at your accommodation, you'll be brought towards Vitacura neighborhood to visit Alonso de Cordova Avenue boutiques, an elegant neighborhood where you will be able to visit the best shops in town and where you'll find “ Lapiz Lazuli “(semi-precious stone found only in Chile and some places in Afghanistan) jewellery shop. Continue on to Parque Arauco Shopping Centre, the largest shopping mall in the country. After getting your fill of shopping, relax on the drive to "Handicraft Los Dominicos town " where you'll find a plethora of traditional Chilean handicraft.
The Hotel Madero invites you to experience a unique new concept of contemporary comfort. Ideally situated in the strategic area of Puerto Madero, the most modern neighborhood of Buenos Aires and just 5 minutes from the city center. The intention was to design a hotel in Buenos Aires with atmosphere, generating a rich interior architecture. The acquisition of the contemporary art is also very significant. Paintings and sculptures were incorporated, most of them from local artists. The guest rooms offer a vast space in which one can relax and unwind, with great views. Personalized service makes the hotel feel as warm and welcoming as your own home. 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.
Welcome to Alto Calafate Hotel, where the beauty of the landscape is combined with the functionality of the ambiance, achieving the perfect combination of elegance, comfort, service and the most impressive views of Lago Argentino and Cerro Calafate. Alto Calafate Hotel is strategically located at the entrance to the city on the way to the airport and 3.5 kilometers from downtown. Built on a hill facing Lago Argentino, it features a panoramic view through the most beautiful patagonic landscapes. In the restaurant, guests may taste international and regional food, enjoying the privilege of a spectacular view of the Lago Argentino and the surrounding area. The hotel offers two transfers to the town at any time, laundry service, room service, and WiFi Internet throughout the building. Placed on a hillside, you will be able to admire the wonderful panoramic view of the lush landscapes of Patagonia.
The Singular Patagonia is a five-star luxury hotel located in Puerto Bories, Chile. The hotel is located in the converted “Frigorifico Puerto Bories”, a post-Victorian cold-storage plant built in 1915. Overlooking the Fjord of Last Hope Sound and the Andes Mountains off in the distance, The Singular’s oversized guestrooms provide plenty of room to unwind after a day of adventure. Best of all, your appreciation of Patagonia’s beauty can continue once inside your personal haven as each room features floor to ceiling, picture windows. A reminder that Mother Nature still makes the best artwork. This is an environment of simple luxury. It will be your home at The Singular Patagonia—the perfect setting to connect with authentic Patagonia.
Lastarria Boutique Hotel is situated in an area brimming with history and surrounded by the best museums, galleries, trendy shops, antique stores, cinemas, theatres and innovative restaurants, this boutique Hotel offers guests the chance to discover the tremendous diversity of the city on their doorstep. Lastarria Boutique Hotel is an offering for guests seeking premium accommodation in Santiago de Chile. Its principal characteristics are the refined architecture with which this historic house was originally built, its garden with an outdoor swimming pool, spacious bedrooms and the private areas that help make you feel so at home. Lastarria Boutique Hotel is committed to offering a personalized and friendly service that ensures their guests experience an unforgettable stay within the utmost comfort.
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