Day 1: Travel in Chile
Arrive in Santiago, Chile after an overnight flight from your hometown. Transfer planes to Punta Arenas, Chile. Get a bus or shuttle to Puerto Natales. Overnight in Puerto Natales.
Day 2: Arrival & Introductions
Starting at Puerto Natales we drive onwards to the Cerro Castillo border crossing where we meet the regular bus to El Calafate in Argentina (287 kms/180 miles). Arriving in El Calafate we transfer to our hotel. Calafate is a small village set on the edge of Los Glaciares National Park amid dramatic scenery. At the evening (around 3PM) we take part in a guided excursion to the Perito Moreno glacier, a very active glacier on the south arm of Lago Argentino.
The Perito Moreno Glacier, a 60m-high relic of the Ice Age, creates a unique geographic event approximately every three or four years. As it advances, it pushes out across the surface of the lake, cutting the lake into two separate sections. As water pressure builds up on one side over the years, the glacier eventually explodes open with a torrent of water and a fury of calving icebergs. Although this spectacular event no longer occurs as cyclically as it did during the past 50 years, the Moreno Glacier is constantly moving, calving, crackling an incredible sight and sound at any time. Later we return to Calafate for overnight in the Hotel Libertador, Lar Aike or similar.
Day 3: Monday: Calafate to El Chalten and Fitzroy
Early breakfast and continue with the regular bus from Calafate to Chalten (220 kms/138 miles). We drive on isolated dirt roads across the pampas and along the northern end of Lago Viedma and reach the settlement of El Chalten, a tiny outpost beside Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and on foot of the impressive mount Fitzroy. Time permitting, we will do a walk by river Electrico along a side trail with some of the most beautiful Lenga forest of Patagonia. Overnight at Hosteria in Chalten. (B, L, D).
Day 4-5: Trekking in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares
We will have the next two and one half days to explore the park. We shall undertake two main treks into the nearby mountains. One trek will take us to the Fitzroy Base Camp (about 6-7 hours) and the other trek in the direction of Cerro Torre (6-7 hours), but this will depend on weather conditions at the time. Most of these treks are on well established trails so that shorter options are often available.
While trekking in the park, the trails will take us to places such as Laguna Torre, the base camp of Cerro Torre climbs; Laguna Capri and Laguna Madre, Laguna de los Tres and directly to the front of Fitzroy and Piedras Blancas. The scale of the scenery, with its jagged peaks and glimpses of glaciers suspended between them makes these treks extremely rewarding. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Trekking & Travel: Fitzroy to Calafate
You are free this morning to relax at the hotel or trek on your own in the Fitzroy area. Lunch at the hotel. Around 5PM you are transferred to Chalten's bus terminal on time to board the regular bus back to Calafate. Overnight in Calafate at Hostal Libertador, Lar Aike or similar. (B, L)
Day 7: Calafate to Puerto Natales
We take the early morning regular bus to Puerto Natales (5 hours). Arrive around 1PM with enough time to visit the town. Overnight in hotel Aquaterra, Francis Drake or similar.
Day 8: Puerto Natales to Punta Arenas
Transfer from your hotel in Puerto Natales to the bus station and board the regular bus that will leave you at Punta Arenas' airport on time for your departure flight. (B)
Included: Five nights in hosteria in Calafate and Chalten w/private bathroom, 1 night in hotel in Puerto Natales w/private bathroom, all local domestic transportation, all meals at Chalten, park fee, one English speaking trekking guide each for 8 persons.
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