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Holiday 2016 Hiking Los Glaciares

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From Buenos Aires we head south to the mountains, lakes and glaciers of Argentina's Parque Nacional los Glaciares. Spend two full days hiking in one of the most beautiful landscapes on earth, where we'll see stunning vistas stretching out in all directions. Next you'll stay in a small Estancia. Visit Los Glaciares National Park and explore the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Buenos Aires
Day 2 : Fly El Calafate, onward to El Chalten
Day 3 : Laguna de los Tres
Day 4 : Laguna Torre
Day 5 : Back to El Calafate
Day 6 : Perito Moreno Glacier
Day 7 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Hike in the majestic Patagonian landscape with views of Mount Fitz Roy
  • Search for Patagonian wildlife, like the rare Andean condors
  • Explore Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the largest glaciers in South America
  • Climb through dense beech forest to Laguna Torre

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Trip Type

  • Adventure Life Exclusive

Activity Level

Challenging

Trip Snapshots

Gorgeous Scenery on a Patagonia Tour Nearing our lunch spot on Monday. Perito Moreno Glacier Admiring the glacier A small village Exploring Glaciar Torre Fitz Roy

Day 1 Arrive Buenos Aires

Upon arrival, check into your hotel and embark on an afternoon cultural and architectural tour of Buenos Aires. Walk through historic streets, visit the city's famous landmarks, and wander through the area called the "Paris of South America" before choosing one of the many restaurants for a delectable dinner.

Day 2 Fly El Calafate, onward to El Chalten

A morning flight takes you to the lively town of El Calafate to begin your Argentina travels. Upon arrival, begin the four-hour drive across the rugged landscape toward Chalten. Along the way, enjoy the magnificent geography of the region as you drive through the mountains, passing stunning lakes and winding rivers. This evening, settle in to your comfortable room in your hotel in Chalten.

Day 3 Laguna de los Tres

You'll awake early this morning to begin a full day hike to Laguna de los Tres. The first 10 km gradually ascend through open and forested areas, with stunning views of Mt. Fitz Roy as you proceed. Your route crosses the Rio Blanco before you begin the toughest part of your trek - a fifty-minute climb that zigzags up a 45º slope. Your efforts are more than rewarded when you arrive at the eerily still glacial Laguna de Los Tres, where one of Patagonia's (and, quite possibly, the world's) best panoramic vistas stretches out before you! Enjoy lunch and feast on the views of the colossus of granite, ice, and sky, before heading back down to El Chalten for a free evening and a good night's sleep. 8 hrs hiking covering 13 miles (21 km).

Day 4 Laguna Torre

Today is another full day of hiking up to Laguna Torre. Ascend from the De las Vueltas River Valley through dense southern beech forests, and enjoy views of the jagged Mount Torre-Adela range in the distance. You'll continue climbing gradually until you reach Laguna Torre, where you'll be rewarded by a stunning vista: majestic Mount Torre, flanked by the Adela mountains, high peaks, and glaciers spilling blue-white towards the lagoon. Eat lunch by the shores of the lagoon before hiking back to El Chalten for the evening. 6 hrs hiking covering 11 miles (17 km).

Day 5 Back to El Calafate

Enjoy a leisurely morning in El Chalten before the four-hour transfer back to El Calafate this afternoon. Overnight at a hotel on the edge of town. The rest of the day is free for you to wander as you like. Upgrade to a nearby working sheep ranch if you would like a taste of the el gaucho lifestyle!

Day 6 Perito Moreno Glacier

Today you drive into Parque Nacional Los Glaciares for views of the stunning Perito Moreno Glacier. This huge advancing glacier is more than 3 miles wide at its front and over 20 stories high. You'll take a boat across Lago Argentino and pass the massive front wall of blue ice, all the while watching for icebergs. After landing on a small beach you start hiking through the beech forest to the icepack of the glacier and have the opportunity to walk on the glacier with crampons (This Glacier trek has a minimum age of 12 and a maximum age of 65. Alternate excursions are available for those under 12 or over 65 years of age.). You'll eat your lunch sitting on the lateral moraine of the glacier, where you can absorb the magnificence of the glacier's anatomy and listen to its thunderous concerto of groaning and cracking ice dropping into the lake below.

Day 7 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Catch your flight to Buenos Aires and connecting flights homeward, or with more time, take a trek on the Perito Moreno Glacier, cross into Chile to visit Torres del Paine or head north to Iguazú Falls to continue your Argentina travel adventures.

Buenos Aires - Hotels

El Calafate - Hotels

El Chalten - Hotels

Per person starting at
$1,875

Notes

$520 single supplement

On December 27 departure, includes special holiday dinner on December 31

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 6 Nights Hotel
  • 2 Days Private Guide Service
  • 1 Day Locally Hosted Guide Service

Excluded

  • Internal Flights
    • $535 Buenos Aires-El Calafate-Buenos Aires
    • Flight cost is subject to change
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Recommended Budgeting

  • $120 Meals not Included
  • $39 Airport Departure Tax
  • $30 Park Entrance Fee
  • $60 Optional Excursions
  • $160 Argentina Visa Reciprocity Fee
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