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Excursions - EL Calafate

  • Excursions SAILING ALONG THE LAKES OF THE GLACIER

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Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier - Upsala Glacier

Glaciar Upsala & Estancia Cristina

Description: The Upsala Glacier is one of the largest in Los Glaciares National Park. To sail through the
Argentino Lake among icebergs and mountains and then visit Estancia Cristina is an interesting
combination of nature, adventure, history, and pleasure.
This full day program offers alternatives such as those who prefer a quite day of touring and history as well as those who look forward to activities with adventure like trekking and riding a four wheel drive.
The excursions that are surrounded by the Andes mountains, glaciers and Argentino Lake leads us to get in touch with a natural, unique, remote environment, with culture and lifestyle of the pioneers and the interesting relationship of them with famous explorers of past century.
01 Classic - 02 Discovery - 03 Cañadón de los fósiles.

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01 Estancia Cristina - Classic

Glaciar Upsala & Estancia Cristina

UPSALA GLACIER+ EstanciaCristina+Museum+historic visit and tour


Description: Include: Boarding and departure at port Punta Bandera (NPC) 08.15 hours in our modern and comfortable boat.
Sailing among icebergs and stunning scenery overlooking the western front of the Upsala glacier and then through Cristina Canal to the point of disembark at the Estancia.
Arrival Estancia Cristina 11:30 hs.
Stay at the Estancia for 6 hours.
Guided walk up to Caterina River and Chapel and tour around the Estancia.
Return to the boat 17:30hs. Arrival to Puerto Bandera approximately 19:00hs.

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02 Estancia Cristina - Discovery

Glaciar Upsala & Estancia Cristina

Upsala Glacier + Estancia Cristina +4x4 Upsala Viewpoint + Museum.
Duration of 4 wheel drive: 3 hours
Drop: 550 m.s.n.m.

Description: Include: Boarding and departure at port Punta Bandera (NPC) 08.15 hours in our modern and comfortable boat. Sailing among icebergs and stunning scenery overlooking the western front of the Upsala glacier and then through Cristina Canal to the point of disembark at the Estancia. Arrival Estancia Cristina 11:30 hs. Stay at the Estancia for 6 hours. Guided visit to the Costumbrista museum (old shearing shed). Ascent in all-terrain vehicles, travelling 9.5 km through mountainous roads. Arrival to the Continental ice shelter. 30 minute walk. Visit the oriental front of Upsala Glacier. Lake Guillermo, Southern Patagonian Ice and Andes Return to the farm house of the Estancia and board at 17:30 hs. Arrival to Puerto Banderas at 19: hs approximately.

NOTE: If the maximum number of passengers is exceeded, visitors will be divided in turns by the tour coordinator of the Estancia.

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03 Estancia Cristina - Cañadón de los fósiles.

 

Description: Total of the path: 10 kilometers.
Duration: 5 hours and 30 minutes (both ways).
Difference in height: 550 mts.
Level of difficulty: medium. If the weather conditions allows, lunch will be at the viewpoint.

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Glaciers Gourmet Experience

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Daily departures - Duration: Full Day

Full Day Upsala (barrier of ice floes) and Spegazzini glaciers
  • Boarding time: 9:00 a.m. - Landing time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Description: 09:00 a.m.: Boarding at the company’s own dock La Soledad (Bahía Tranquila, Paraje Punta Bandera) | Navigation to the barrier of ice floes in Canal Upsala (which at present does not allow to get closer to Upsala glacier) | Spegazzini glacier | Lunch | Visit to Puesto de las Vacas with landing | Navigation back to the company’s owns dock La Soledad | Landing at 6:00 p.m.
    Detailed itinerary
    Transfer from the hotels in El Calafate to Paraje Punta Bandera. Boarding time at 9:00 a.m. at the company’s own dock “La Soledad” (Bahía Tranquila, Paraje Punta Bandera). The navigation starts towards the northwest, crossing Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo, the narrowest passage in the lake with almost 800 meters.
    After two hours of navigation, the series of ice floes, of the most varied colors and shapes, anticipates the proximity of Upsala glacier. We will stop in front of the barrier of ice floes which, at present, is blocking the entrance to Canal Upsala. If the weather conditions are good.
    We continue navigating Lago Argentino towards the South, taking the Canal Spegazzini in order to reach the glacier that bears the same name. The navigation allows us to get closer to the glacier, which has front walls between 80 and 135 meters (262 – 443 feet) above lake level. Lunch is served amidst this stunning landscape.
    Towards the afternoon, the Crucero Leal will arrive at Puesto de Las Vacas (an extremely quiet bay in the Canal Spegazzini), where its engines will be stopped to let passengers share an amusing walk coordinatedby our team of guides. In this stop, it is possible to see stunning panoramic views of the Spegazzini glacier. Once onboard, we will return through Brazo Norte and get back to the boarding dock La Soledad at 6:00 p.m.

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    Adicionales: Existe la posibilidad de embarcar la noche previa a la salida del programa regular de los Lunes, Miércoles y Viernes,
    embarcando a partir de las 19 hs, pasando la noche y cenando a bordo.

    All Glaciers !!!

    Todo glaciares

    Duration de la excursión: Día entero
    Opcional: Box Lunch

    Description: Amazing navigation to the heart of the ice cap, suitable for all ages. The tour starts at the Punta Bandera quay (47 Km from El Calafate) sailing the northern arm of Lake Argentino toward the Upsala glacier, the biggest of the Patagonian ice cap (with walls over 20 meters high) you will sail along its six-kilometer front wall, and then head for Onelli bay, where you will disembar to have lunch. After lunch you will start a short walk through a typical Andean-Patagonian forest, with abundant “lenga” and black cherry trees, leading to Lake Onelli, where you will see the convergence of the glaciers Onelli, Bonelli and Agassi. Then, you will start the navigation, this time, toward the biggest of all glaciers: the Upsala. Return to the port to go to El Calafate.
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    Navigation Rich Lake

    NAVEGACIÓN LAGO RICO

    Description: The excursion consists of a navigation for the Rich Lake that allows to estimate the floes provenientes of the walls of ice of the Skillful glacier Moreno.- Coming up to the south end of the Channel of the Floes, the ship is located to a prudential distance of the wall of the glacier, crossing it in all his(her,your) extension and allowing to sight the detachments that take place This service is effected by the craft Yagán, by capacity for 130.pasajeros. The loading is realized in the port located in the bay " Down the Shades ", approximately to 6 km from the Viewing-point of the glacier, by schedule of exits from 11 a.m. hs and until 4 p.m. hs, by trips every hour. This excursion has an approximate duration of 1 hour and offers the possibility of observing with a totally different perspective the impressive walls of the Skillful Brown glacier and his continuous precipices on the waters of the Rich Lake. Interesting for photographies and filming. He arranges of a Mini Bus that effects the link of the port of loading and the Viewing-point of the glacier.

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    Perito Moreno Glacier

    Glaciar Perito Moreno

    Duration: half-day.

    Description: In front of the imposing Perito Moreno Glacier, they are developed to different levels, allowed paths and gangplanks to visualize from different angles, and always in first line the noisy ice and the most spectacular detachments.

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    Alice's stay, the barn Glacier

    Estancia Alice, el Galpon del Glaciar

    Duration: half-day

    Description: To the arrival in the stay, you will be entertained offering you a warm reception accompanied by a tea, with a variety of cakes, maces and homemade candies, or a coffee-break in case the visit is during the morning. The journey begins with a visit guided the old Galpón de la Esquila, continued by a walk to the Lagoon of the birds, interpretation path of the patagonic ecosystem and to an old indigenous "picadero", place where archaeologists of the University of La Plata have carried out important discoveries. Then the visitors will be able to appreciate the sheeps' trapping carried out by shepherds dogs and the demonstration of it shears. The traveled will conclude with a magnify lunch or dinner of patagonic lamb accompanied by salads of the vegetable garden, homemade dessert and coffee in our living room with view to the Lake.

    RESERVE Price per person: consult
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    Balcon del Calafate 4 x 4

    Balcon del Calafate 4 x 4

    Duration: 3 hs.

    Description:Total tour 15 km. Going out from The Caulker, we will promote even 1.100 mts. On the level of the sea for the face this one of the cord Huyliche, we will come up to the Balcony where we will enjoy the panoramic sight of the Lake Argentina, The Caulker, Hill Chalten and Tower. Then we will come to the labyrinth of Stones in the Az. Anita, Formation of the cretaceous one of 85 million years. Then we will descend up to coming to the Stone of the Hats. It is tackled I return The Caulker.
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    • ADVENTURE TRAVEL

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    Horseriding in Patagonia

    Cabalgatas en Patagonia

    Description: To come astride to the Skillful Brown Glacier, the imnensa to cross Patagonian plateau, to penetrate in the forests of ñires and lengas, to cross creeks, to ride for the coast of the Argentine Lake, observing floes of incredible colors and sizes, they are a part of the great adventure that will live in the Patagonia. Always with specializing guides, the excursions are of great variety not only for the places to visit but for the great variety of possibilities.
    • Cavalcades to Bay Redonda. I walk along the zone of Bay Redonda, where are observed Patagonian birds (Flemings, swans of black neck, gulls, herons). Panoramic sight of The Caulker and the Argentine Lake from surrounding hills. It(he,she) includes movement from the hotel and service of mate and regional cakes of return.


    Cavalcades to Bay Redonda. I walk along the zone of Bay Redonda, where are observed Patagonian birds (Flemings, swans of black neck, gulls, herons). Panoramic sight of The Caulker and the Argentine Lake from surrounding hills. It(he,she) includes movement from the hotel and service of mate and regional cakes of return. DURATION: 2 hs.

    Cavalcade to Caves of the Gualichu. (With picnic incluído) Walk bordering on the coast of the Argentine Lake up to the Caves of the Gualichu (approximately 2 hs. of march), place where are observed cave paintings and geological very interesting formations. I have lunch in the place close to the lacustrine coast. I return with panoramic sight of The Caulker from the surrounding hills and Lagoon of the Swans. Includes movement of going and return to the hotel. DURATION: FULL DAY

    RESERVE Price per person: consult
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    Minitrekking: Hiking on the Perito Moreno Glacier.

    Trekking sobre el Glaciar Perito Moreno

    Duration: Full day

    Description: This is an exceptional excursion!! The itinerary starts with the embarking in “Bajo de las sombras” bay: Navigation to the south of the Glacier, to desembark in the coast. You will start the walk over the glacier for two hours, in a surface safe. During the walk the bilingual guides gives you instructions and explanations of the flora, fauna and general glaciology, introducing you to the fascinated landscape of the ice.

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    BigIce, Trip to the center of the glacier

    Big Ice, Viaje al centro del glaciar

    Description: This safe experience, it begins in the Port " Down the shades " at 9 a.m. AM. There there takes the craft "Tehuelche" to cross the Rich Arm, and to land 10 minutes later on the coast west. The guides of mountain will lead them furthermore near the glacier to take the grampones and to initiate the voyage of approximation.

    The path passes for the south brown bread of the Skillful Brown glacier, and in little more than one hour encontraran a spectacular viewing-point, where they will accede to the ice.
    Once in the glacier and with the put grampones, the world takes a new perspective: blue lagoons, deep cracks, enormous sinks, magic caves, and the only sensation of feeling in the center of the glacier. Always accompanied and instructed by expert guides, who close to you were exploring for three hours the corners of the most special glacier of the world. During the tour the guides were helping to know better the ice and his environment. Besides, they were counting with half an hour for the pic nic on the white mantle and to be surprised in a place of incomparable beauty.
    Once in the brown bread, they were walking another hour to take the craft on returning to the "civilization" approximately at 15:00 hs., after one of the treks has enjoyed on ice mas spectacular the world … … .. we wait for them!!!!
    Importantly: this excursion due to the physical exigency and difficulty of the area is alone suitable for persons between 18 and 45 years of age and that possess a physical acceptable condition considering that should travel about 7 hour in ice and stonecutters.
    That to take: Spectacles for the Sun - lot - clothes cremates commode and sheltered cap for the Sun outdoor raincoat - guantes-botas of trekking-rucksack of 40lts approximately - cantimplora-vianda and you gain many of walking and enjoying!!

    Not included this one the entry to the National Park, vianda, neither clothes, nor personal equipment being able to be acquired in places of rent of apparel of the locality

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    Excursion Calafate - CHALTEN FOR THE DAY

    Excursión Calafate - Chalten

    Description: This tour is designed for those who want to visit the El Chalten but do not have enough time to know it entirety we offer an option to visit the northern section of Glacier National Park and some of its main attractions. Traveling in comfortable minibus, the tour offers the opportunity to visit the largest glacier in Argentina and also spend some quality time in the Fitz Roy Eco Adventure Camp, a site located in a dreamlike landscape along the Rio de las Vueltas and overlooking the north face of Fitz Roy.

    DETAILS OF THE PROGRAM
    Parque Nacional Los Glaciares - El Chaltén Área

    PERIOD
    October thru April

    REGULAR DEPARTURES
    Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

    ITINERARY
    7:45hs Pick Up in the Hotel.

    8:00hs Departure from El Calafate to El Chaltén.
    Bordering the Lago Argentino east side, following the road until the junction with the famous Route 40. Here we turn north, leaving the lake to our left and out of sight as we move into the steppe. It is very possible to see herds of llamas and rabbits here and there, wrapped in this landscape delineated by the wind. Halfway El Chalten we will find El Parador La Leona, a former inn that used to greet travelers, today restored and an almost obligatory stop on the road to El Chalten. Located beside the River Leone, was built in 1894 by a Danish immigrant family, the Jensen’s. It is located in the same place where 17 years earlier had been attacked Francis P. Moreno (the "Perito Moreno", the renowned scientist and explorer Argentine) by a puma, or "lion" as the locals call it, giving name to the river that runs through the area. Continuing north, we begin to skirt the Lake Viedma turning west and approaching little by little into the mountains along the north shore of Lake Viedma.

    11:15 Arrive to Puerto de Bahía Tunel-Shipping
    The groups separates to do the activities the have chosen.



  • OPTION 1: Lunch at Fitz Roy Adventure Eco Camp and Viedma Light
  • OPTION 2: Viedma Ice Trek

  • 17:45hs Departure of Bahía Túnel to El Calafate
    20:00hs Arrive to El Calafate.
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    OPTION 1- Lunch at Fitz Roy Adventure Eco Camp and Viedma Light

    Almuerzo en el Fitz Roy Adventure Eco Camp y Viedmo Light
    To enjoy Fitz Roy Adventure Eco Camp and admire the beauty of Viedma Glacier from the water.
      Activities:
    • Visit Chorrillo del Salto
    • Local lunch in Fitz Roy Adventure Eco Camp. type Buffet, consists of:
    First Course: casting of several delis and cheeses.
    Main Course: Steak or chicken with salad
    Dessert - Tea/ Coffee
    Drink. Cup of wine or soda
    • Sailing Lago Viedma
    • Lectures regarding the area of Glaciares National Park los and southern ice.
      Includes:
    • Guide authorized by APN Turing the entire program.
    • Lunch.
    • Snack on board.
      No includes:
    • Personal gear (coat, gloves, sunglasses, footwear)
    • All service not specified.
    Physical requirements: None.

    Itinerary
    11:30hs Transfer to Fitz Roy Adventure Eco Camp
    Following Route 23 heading north, passing through El Chorrillo del Salto, a natural waterfall 20 feet high to which is accessed through an internal path in a forest of lengas and ñires. The waterfall forms pools before moving on and flows into the Rio de las Vueltas. Bordering the Rio de las Vueltas and surrounded by the Cordon del Bosque, will arrive at ECO Camp, a location in the banks of the Rio de Las Vueltas and Laguna Condor and in native woodlands. You will be welcomed with a local lunch which we enjoy in front of the north face of Fitz Roy.

    14:00hs Departure from Eco Camp to Puerto de Bahía Túnel

    14:45 hs Shipping

    15:00hs Departure Puerto de Bahía Túnel to Viedma Glacier.
    Only 17 km north of El Chalten is the small, picturesque Bahia Tunel, situated on a natural bay repaired, a few hundred meters from the delta formed by the river. It sails across the bay heading south. The depth allows for a nice lake near-shore navigation, which allows observing the massifs of Mount Fitz Roy and Mt. Huemul.

    16:00hs Sailing in front of the walls of Viedma Glacier.
    The boat sails at the front of the glacier, passing icebergs you can see the blue sky and walls that rise over 40 feet above lake level. This sector is the ideal place for lectures on glaciology providing our guides.
    16:45hs depart from glacier to Bahía Túnel.
    (If necessary we will anchor at the rocky landscape in front of the glacier to load passengers from the excursion in the glacier).

    17:30hs Arrive to Puerto Bahía Túnel.



    RESERVE Price per person: u$d 185 (valid through el 30/04/2013)
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    Option 2 - Viedma Ice Trek

    Viedma Ice Trek

    Sailing on Viedma Lake, walk with crampons on the glacier crossing cracks, drains and other points of interest on the Viedma Glacier.

    Includes:

    • Mountain guide authorized by APN during the entire program.
    • Technical equipment needed for the activities on the glacier (crampons, harness, axes, etc.)
    • Snack a bordo de la embarcación.
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    Not includes:

    • Personal gear (Indumentaria de abrigo, guantes, lentes de sol, calzado)
    • Box Lunch
    • All service not specified

    Physical requierement:

    It is intended for people in good physical condition, used to moderate walks on uneven ground. Minimum age: 12 years (accompanied by parents or caregivers) Maximum age: No limit.

    ITINERARY
    11:45hs  Departure Puerto de Bahía Túnel to Viedma Glacier.
    Only 17 km north of El Chalten is the small, picturesque Bahia Tunel, situated on a natural bay repaired, a few hundred meters from the delta formed by the river. It sails across the bay heading south. The depth allows for a nice lake near-shore navigation, which allows observing the massifs of Mount Fitz Roy and Mt. Huemul.
    When arriving Cabo de Hornos (Rout East side of Camp Ventisqueros), the boat turns west and we meat the stunning Viedma Glacier.

    12:45hs Tour of the walls of Viedma Glacier.
    The boat sails at the front of the glacier, passing icebergs you can see the blue sky and walls that rise over 40 feet above lake level. This sector is the ideal place for lectures on glaciology providing our guides.

    13:15hs Disembark in the rocky lands to see Viedma Glacier.
    The passengers are invited to land and regroup in land.

    13:30hs walk up to the Gramponera.
    A brief walk through the field, which a few years ago was occupied by the glacier. After a few minutes you reach the edge of the glacier where all visitors are required to use crampons up the glacier.

    14:00hs Trekking Glaciar.
    Finally, start trekking for two hours and a half on the Viedma Glacier. The guides are responsible for the safety of the walk and share their knowledge about the area. During the course of the trek you can find sinks, cracks and caves. During the hike there will be a break for lunch (the lunch box not included).

    16:30 Return to the boat.

    16:45 Departure in destination to Bahía Túnel.

    17:30 Arrive to Bahía Túnel.
    Lake Viedma-Glacier: Drop in ascence: 100m

    OBSERVATIONS:
    Passengers that choose Option 2 of this program will have as base and point of reference our commercial office located in Av. San Martín 56.



    RESERVE Price per person: u$d 219 (valid through el 30/04/2013)
    • Excursions NAVEGANDO POR LOS LAGOS DEL GLACIAR

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    Excursion full day in Chalten

    Excrusión full day Chalten

    DEL DESIERTO LAKE EXCURSION
    DEPARTURE: 10:30 AM or 5:30 PM / DURATION: 2h. 15 min

    Description: Hidden among thick forests of southern beech, some 23 miles from El Chaltén, lays the del Desierto Lake, a paradise of trees, glaciers and waters of insurmountable beauty. This excursion goes across the Lake, includes all the information about the area, its history and geography, and an optional hike from the Border Police Post on the northern side to the Centinela viewpoint (this is a self-guided walk).

    RESERVE Price per person: usd 70
    EXCURSION NAVEGACION VIEDMA LIGHT

    VIEDMA LIGHT
    DEPARTURE: 3:30 PM / DURATION 2 h. 30 min.

    Description: We sail through Viedma Lake towards the front of the glacier, from where we can see the peak of the Huemul Mount. The face of the Glacier is a huge blue ice wall that rises as much as 131 ft. above the level of the lake.

    RESERVE Price per person: usd 67
    VIEDMA ICA TREKK

    VIEDMA ICE TREK
    DEPARTURE 9.00 AM / DURATION 6 hs.

    We arrive to the rocky ridge next to the Viedma Glacier. We get to the edge of the glacier and begin a 2 hs 30’ trek on the ice, reaching crevasses and caves. This is recommended for travelers in a good physical condition.

    Only for those 12 and older.
    Crampons and mountain guide (certified by the Argentine Association of Mountain Guides and the Admin. of National Parks) included. Lunch box not included.

    RESERVE Price per person: usd 141
    VIEDMA PRO

    VIEDMA PRO
    DEPARTURE 9.00 A.M / DURATION 9 hs.

    Description: The Viedma Glacier is an ideal place for ice climbing. Its walls and crevasses are ideal for a full-day exploring. This is a very attractive option for beginners in the sport or for anyone who simply loves adventure and would like to experience something unique.
     
    Full gear and mountain guide (certified by the Argentine Association of Mountain Guides and the Administration of National Parks) included. Lunch box is not included.

    RESERVE Price per person: usd 170
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    FULL DAY Torres del Paine from El Calafate

    FULL DAY Torres del Paine

    Description:It starts from the town of El Calafate Argentina from 5:30 am. Around 10 am, will reach Frontera (Cerro Castillo) and after completing customs formalities, there will be a pause in the Chilean town of Cerro Castillo, there can enjoy a traditional breakfast, chatting with locals, etc. Then he will transfer to smaller buses arrived at the first appeal of our journey at 11.40 pm: Lake Sarmiento. There will be a brief stop to take the first pictures and enjoy the breathtaking scenery.
    The next stop on this tour will be in Laguna Amarga, at approximately 12:30 pm. From this point, we will take course to Lake Nordenskjold, where you can enjoy this beautiful body of water, reflecting some of the main attractions of the park. Then, you will arrive at Pudeto, where there will be a hike to the Salto Grande, to continue after the Mirador of the Cuernos of Paine. This route has a Duration altogether about 1 ½ hours. This is a hike of low difficulty. After enjoying the ride, you will depart for the National Park Administration (CONAF), arriving around 16 pm. From there, back to El Calafate undertake arriving between approximately 22.30/23.00 hrs.

    Includeds: Box lunch
    Not included: Entrance to the National Park:

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