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EL CALAFATE & EL CHALTEN

Cruising by Perito Moreno Glacier

Trekking in El Calafate

Enjoying the Views from El Chalten's Trails

FROM 600 USD 6 Days / 5 Nights
Highlights

Travel to Patagonia
Patagonia Tours: El Calafate
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
Trekking in El Chalten, Fitz Roy and Mt. Torre

EL CALAFATE & EL CHALTEN

Visit Perito Moreno Glacier & Mt. Fitz Roy - 6 days

El Calafate and El Chalten are home to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and Fitz Roy Mountains, they embody the true spirit of adventure in Patagonia. On this 6-day adventure, you will tour Perito Moreno Glacier (the most famous in Patagonia) before continuing to the lovely mountain town of El Chaltén. Chaltén is a hiker’s paradise, home to the Fitz Roy Mountains and Cerro Torre. In this trip you will have plenty of time to hike the mountain trails at your own pace, and, once back to town, sample a delicious Patagonian asado (barbeque) and locally brewed beers.

Day 1 – Your Patagonia Adventure starts in El Calafate

 

Today, Southern Patagonia welcomes you with open arms. El Calafate is a jumping-off point for adventure travelers who chace to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia, like the Perito Moreno Glacier.

 

 

The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that’s still advancing.  Though it’s not the only glacier in the area, it’s the one that made the city of El Calafate famous worldwide. For many years now, El Calafate has been considered capital of the glaciers. Located at the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) it’s also home of the Spegazzini Glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala Glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s glacier) upon its discovery, which is the biggest glacier that sits at the mouth of Lake Argentino.

 

 

Is El Calafate all about the glaciers? Well, yes and no…glaciers are the main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride. But you have lot more to discover about Argentine rural culture. From Calafate you can also visit a typical Patagonian finca (ranch) and learn all about the gaucho (Argentine cowboy) culture  and enjoy a great asado. You’ll soon realize that Calafate is much more than the gateway to the Perito Moreno glacier. Upon arrival you will be taken to the hotel where you will have the rest of the day to relax or explore the surroundings.

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Take a look at our Calafate Travel Guide to find more practical information about the city. Our advice: if you feel like exploring a bit on your own, you can take de 1 km hike to Laguna Nimez, an ecological reserve where you can spot 80 different kind of birds like flamingos, black-necked swans. Is not for free, but it’s really cheap!

 

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Day 2 – El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

 

In the morning, we’ll drive you to Glaciers National Park to take the 6 hour long Perito Moreno Glacier tour. Get prepared to play with the giants!

 

Glaciers National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and is home to 200 approximately glaciers. Half of this park is occupied by the campo de hielo patagónico (Patagonian ice field), the largest ice field after Antarctica. You will travel 40 km (about 25 miles) from El Calafate to the park, enjoying the views of the Patagonian steppe. Once inside the park you will take the walkways to explore the different viewpoints, you’ll feel really close to the Perito Moreno Glacier! If you’re lucky, you may get to see a piece of ice break off and fall from the glacier wall to sink forever into the lake. During about one hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know…and you will learn things you might have never thought about.

 

After this visit you will take a boat ride that will take you close enough to fully appreciate the 80 meter (262 feet) high ice walls of Perito Moreno! You’ll never feel closer to this gigantic and impressive natural masterpiece.   

 

 

Say Hueque tips

 

Have you ever imagined walking over the the back of a glacier? Well, if your answer is yes, take a look to the Mini Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier…We’re sure you won’t regret it.    

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Day 3 – From El Calafate to Hiking in Chalten

 

During the morning a minivan will pick you up at your hotel to start your 3 hour long trip to El Chaltén. You’ll travel along the famous Route 40, surrounded by the Patagonian steppe, pass through La Leona River, which connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma and where La Leona Road house stands, the chosen spot by the famous thieves, Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid to hid for a while. We’ll make a stop so you can enjoy the bar and see the historical center.

 

 

After discovering other rough gems of this particular landscape (we’ll make some photo stops if the weather is nice), you’ll reach El Chaltén and we’ll leave you at your hotel.

 

 

El Chaltén is the top rated hiking destination in Argentina. This charming little village sits at the foot of Mount Fitz Roy and it’s surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forest. It’s also the jumping-off point for most hiking trails. A paradise for sunny walkers and hikers alike.

 

Enjoy your first afternoon of leisure in Patagonia by relaxing in the local brewery or exploring the surrounding areas—Maybe stroll around a little waterfall…

 

 

Say Hueque Tips

 

Take a look to our favorite hikes in our Chaltén Travel Guide, and take note of our travel advices on how to visit the area.

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Day 4 – Your free day in El Chalten

 

Today you can take one of the self-guided hiking trails around town and discover El Chaltén by your own, which is always an excellent idea. But, if you want to do something different, you can take a full day trip to Lago del Desierto (not included).

 

We’ll take you in a bus through the valley and along the Las Vueltas River till reaching the Natural Reserve Lago del Desierto, and then we’ll sail for 50 minutes in a comfortable catamaran crossing the lake from south to north.

 

What will you see on the way? The Crestón Glacier and the Huemul Glacier lying shyly over the mountains. After a short 15-minute stop, we’ll continue sailing to Vespignani Glacier where we’ll go ashore to take one of the hiking trails nearby.

 

You can choose between an easy, interpretative trail through the forest, or a 45 minutes hike to get to the Vespignani Glacier’s base and a jaw-dropping view of Mount Fitz Roy. It’s up to you, you can count on the assistance of the tour coordinator at any time. After the hike, we’ll take a snack in our geodesic tent just before sailing back to Punta Sur and take our bus back to El Chaltén.

 

If you would to add this tour for your free day, just let your travel agent know.

 

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Day 5 – From El Chalten, back to El Calafate

 

Enjoy an early walk around town or a short easy 3-hour hike during the morning: you can walk to El Chorrillo del Salto, 1 hour away from the village and get to a Little waterfall encircled by native trees and flora, like the Patagonian Orchid.

 

Bear in mind that in the afternoon you will board your minivan to El Calafate, so you need to be back in time.The 3 hour long drive will be a good opportunity to rest or just relax and enjoy the passing landscape at your window.

 

 

Once you arrive at El Calafate, the minivan will leave you at your hotel. It’s your last evening in town, your last chance to try the tender and exquisite Patagonian Lamb or a heavenly tasting Calafate ice-cream. At Calafate, food options are varied: from veggie delicacies to the best demonstration of international cuisine. You can choose a fancy  restaurant or a traditional local tavern to spend an unforgettable time.

 

 

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Day 6 – El Calafate: farewell Patagonia

 

Today we’ll take you to the airport and this trip will come to an end. Don’t get gloomy, if you liked this short adventure in Patagonia, a lot is yet to be discovered. Take a look to our travelers favorite trips in Patagonia and start planning your next dream vacation.

 

Plan your next adventure in Argentina

 

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Included

 3 night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate), 2 night accommodation in a hotel (El Chaltén)

 Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

 Daily breakfast

 Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

Not Included

 National Park Entrance Fees

 International or domestic flights

 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

 Please note- while in El Chalten trekking / hiking the mountain trails is a very popular activity. Most trails are clearly marked and well-maintained, however, if you would prefer to be accompanied by a local mountain guide, just let us know and we will be happy to arrange it (cost to be confirmed at the time of booking).

Accommodation & Prices

EL CALAFATE & EL CHALTEN


INN/ B&B

USD 600

COMFORT

USD 720

SUPERIOR

USD 870

*Prices in US Dollars.
*Valid until April 2020 ask for prices in Christmas and New Year).

*The Perito Moreno Glacier mini-trekking tour is available from September – April.

*Prices are per person, based on 2 people in double occupancy. Single rates are available on request. Flights are not included in the price, but can be arranged on request.

*Please note that this tour is also available in Luxury Category. Ask your Travel Advisor for the details and quotation on this category.



Flights needed for this itinerary

No flights needed for this trip. Trip starts and finishes at El Calafate.

Flights in South America cost approximately $100 to $250 USD per segment (destination). We offer special rates on flights for this tailor-made itinerary.

Included

 3 night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate), 2 night accommodation in a hotel (El Chaltén)

 Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

 Daily breakfast

 Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

Not Included

 National Park Entrance Fees

 International or domestic flights

 Travel / Medical Insurance – To get a free quotation please follow this link: World Nomads

 Please note- while in El Chalten trekking / hiking the mountain trails is a very popular activity. Most trails are clearly marked and well-maintained, however, if you would prefer to be accompanied by a local mountain guide, just let us know and we will be happy to arrange it (cost to be confirmed at the time of booking).

Trip Reviews

EL CALAFATE & EL CHALTEN

Kalpana Merchant

Kalpana Merchant

(4 / 5)

We enjoyed the trip very much; wish we had more time

Pudu Hotel in El Chalten was our most favorite hotel since the location was perfect, the staff was very knowledgeable and friendly and helpful. We loved the town of El Chalten. The other favorite was the Las Torres in Torres Del Paine. It is a beautiful lodge, though expensive. The least favorite Design Suites in El Calafate. It was quite far from the town. The food was of medium quality.

The most favorite activities were treks in El Chalten (Cerro Torre), Base of the Towers (Torres Del Paine) and Perito Morino (El Calafate). All because of their natural beauty and the fun of trekking. The only suggestion I have for Perito Morino is I would have preferred a trek upto the glacier rather than only the boat excursion.


11.04.19

Elaine Boaz

Elaine Boaz

(5 / 5)

What a fabulously planned trip we had

Before any memories start to fade, we wanted to let you know right away what a fabulously planned trip we had. Karen and Say Hueque did a perfect job of following through on every single arrangement we had discussed.

Before our trip, we had lots of questions and concerns about how the arrangements would be made. The day by day itinerary, along with the overview itinerary, were extremely useful tools. Every single organization that Say Hueque worked with did exactly what was outlined in our itinerary every single time. We never had to wait for someone to show up. We never arrived somewhere unexpected. All the arrangements were handled smoothly and efficiently.

Throughout the trip we talked about how impressed we were with your work. Thank you for making this trip to a fascinating part of the world absolutely joyful. We were able to immerse ourselves in the beauty of the Patagonian area without needing worrying about mundane travel details. We know our time in Patagonia was enhanced due to the all the work you did to make our trip a success.

We send you heart filled thanks.


28.02.19

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Buenos Aires, Patagonia

Elaine Sidgwick

Elaine Sidgwick

(5 / 5)

Would like to say ‘thank you’ for making our trip so pleasurable

We had a fantastic trip, thank you!

We chose to travel with Say Hueque because you provided a bespoke itinerary in line with where we wanted to go, we were looking with a company with local knowledge. We saw your website and you offered what we were looking for.

2The booking process was very good. All changes were to itinerary were made / advice given speedily. The only issue was not paying by pay pal - although we did this by credit card in the end the process was more complicated.

Our favourite hotel was the Kaulem Hosteria in El Chalten - an intimate and cosy place with only 4 rooms, delicious breakfast, cakes and coffee - brilliantly located and the staff were really friendly. Out least favourite hotel was Hosteria Koi Aiken in El Calafate. This is mainly due to the location due to a 40 minute power walk to the outskirts of town and tthe rooms were a bit tired looking, although the breakfast was very good.

It's difficult to say which was our favourite excursion as they were all fantastic. The trip to Perito Merino glacier was amazing, simply because the scenery was so breathtaking and the glacier hike really interesting with informative and friendly guides. The paddle trip into the national park at Ushuaia was also great fun - again the guide spoke excellent English and made the trip enjoyable with his knowledge of the park and flora and fauna. And the excursion to the Iguazu falls was also great as the guide knew all the tricks to make sure we spent the least time queueing as possible - and again he was very informative and knowledgeable. Its really difficult to pick out a favourite memory as we loved all of the places we stayed. We hiked to the see Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre - this was also amazing. My memory will be the the diverse and stunning scenery - glaciers, mountains, waterfalls and wildlife (beagle channel cruise) the friendliness of all the people we met and the knowledge of the guides. oh and the great steak and huge portions of food!

Rene - the Iguazu falls guide - he saved us so much time queueing and was really knowledgeable about the birds and plants. But all our guides made the experience memorable.

I was a bit disappointed with the location of the Koi Aiken hosteria as we spent a lot of time walking to and from town - and I did expect that arrangements would have been made for our bags to be transferred between the Rebelde hotel. We asked and the lady at the Rebelled sorted this out for us, but an agent from Say Hueque did email to say this was our responsibility.

I would definitely recommend your company to any friends who are travelling to Argentina and would like to say ‘thank you’ for making our trip so pleasurable.


15.01.19

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Testimonials

Kalpana Merchant

We enjoyed the trip very much; wish we had more time

Elaine Boaz

What a fabulously planned trip we had

Elaine Sidgwick

Would like to say ‘thank you’ for making our trip so pleasurable

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