Explore the highlights of famed Los Glaciares National Park of Argentine Patagonia on this classic adventure. Unlike more extended Patagonia tours, this itinerary is designed specifically for travelers with a limited timeframe. Begin in elegant Buenos Aires, where you will spend a full afternoon exploring the capital before flying to the heart of Patagonia. Enjoy a full day of exploration on the pristine Perito Moreno glacier, with an option to don crampons and hike on the glacier. Experience Patagonias stunning mountains, crystal clear lakes and hike two classic treks to Mt. Torre and to Mt. Fitz Roy. Our Classic Patagonia Adventure is an excellent introduction to all that the region has to offer.
Upon arrival in Buenos Aires, a Southern Explorations guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, enjoying the many sights and sounds of this sophisticated metropolis. If you like, add in our Four Balconies tour extension for an excellent guided overview of the capital.
Morning transfer to the aiport for your flight to El Calafate and El Chalten, the gateway town of Fitz Roy. If the weather is clear, this three to four hour drive is a beautiful part of your Patagonia tour, filled with vistas of the Fitz Roy mountain range. Upon arrival in Chalten, transfer to your hotel. After getting settled, enjoy an hour's hike to Piedras Blancas glacier on your own, an ideal warm-up for some of the Patagonia trekking ahead. You'll travel through a beech forest where you may see the amazing Magellanic woodpecker and view the Marconi glacier, the gateway to the Continental Icecap. Alternatively, you may choose a five-hour roundtrip hike to Cerro Polo on your own instead, which offers a panoramic view of the Poincenot, Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre and the Continental Icecap. Overnight at your charming hotel. (B,D)
e the image of Mt. Fitz Roy is reflected, you'll stop en route for lunch and then resume the hike to Laguna de los Tres, at the base of Mt. Fitz Roy. Three glaciers drain into this emerald lagoon with majestic Mt. Fitz Roy towering above. You'll enjoy spectacular views of Lake Viedma, the sweeping Patagonian steppe and unrivaled Fitz Roy, highlights of any Patagonia tours. If you choose to continue down the steep trail to the natural balcony onto Laguna Sucia, you'll also gaze on the Saint Exupery and Poincenot spires. Return to your hotel for a good meal and night's sleep. (B,L,D)
A full day of hiking another Patagonian classic: Mt. Torre, famous for its beauty but also for its climbing difficulty. This is the pinnacle of trekking Patagonia. Every year, countless expeditions attempt to reach the summit, but only a few succeed. After a forty-five minute climb, you will reach a level area surrounding an old lagoon where vegetation is starting to grow again. The trail enters a forest with a slight descent leading to a lookout facing the Cerro Torre and the Adelas ranges. The trail ends on the shores of Laguna Torre, offering a stunning view of Mt. Torre surrounded by the Egger and Standhard spires and the Adelas range as a backdrop together with the glacier Torre. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you'll have time for more Patagonia hiking including a short trek from town to view Mt. Torre. In the afternoon, a private van will transfer you to El Calafate where you'll have the rest of the day and evening to tour this charming city on your own. Overnight at a local hotel. (B)
On today's portion of your Patagonia tour, you will go by boat on Lake Argentino to reach the Perito Moreno glacier and get an unforgettable view of its massive front wall of blue ice, looking out for icebergs along the way. There you'll make a beach landing and walk along an ancient beech forest that meets the glacier, a great location to photograph this impressive natural wonder. After hiking an hour or so, you'll embark on a short glacier hike (equipment provided) and perhaps witness an ice wall calving into the lake. In the afternoon, enjoy a picnic lunch within earshot of melting and popping glacial ice. In the evening, return to your hotel for another comfortable night's rest. (B,L)
Your tour of Patagonia ends with a morning departure for El Calafate in time to connect with your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival transfer to the international airport. (B)
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