Eco Tour to Patagonia
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Welcome to Argentina! Upon arrival you will begin your journey with a welcome dinner and the opportunity to try some of Argentina’s most delicious foods. Spend the afternoon getting to know your guide and their story. We’ll start practicing our Spanish as we learn greetings, thank yous, and other basic customs.
Take an early morning flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, the gateway to Patagonia and Los Glaciares National Park. Once settled in, take a quick trip to one of the many nearby estancias – or ranches – to get a feel for the authentic gaucho way of life. Spend your evening wandering through the quaint souvenir and chocolate shops that line El Calafate’s main strip. For dinner, be sure to try the local specialty – succulent Patagonian lamb!
Wake early and head to Glaciers National Park, home of the famous Perito Moreno glacier. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Los Glaciares contains an enormous freshwater reservoir and incredible views of Perito Moreno’s mammoth blue and white glacier walls. Travel by boat across Lake Argentino and explore the ice sheet’s network of walkways to awe-inspiring lookout points. At dusk, return to town and head out for a dinner of traditional Argentine cuisine.
Start your day with a bus ride to the mountain village of El Chaltén, where you’ll spend the next few days of your Patagonian adventure. Situated on the northern end of Los Glaciares National Park, El Chaltén is known to many as the “hiking capital of the world” and is the stepping-off point for some of Patagonia’s most famous hikes. Grab a view of the Cerro Torre, whose iconic shape is the inspiration behind the logo for the Patagonia clothing brand, before spending some time exploring the small town and resting up for the adventures that lie ahead.
Spend the next two days hiking from El Chaltén to the awe-inspiring vantage points that surround this almost completely uninhabited area of the world. If you’re looking for more challenging hikes, the popular Laguna de Los Tres and Laguna Torre treks are not to be missed! Set a day aside for each hike, starting with the spectacular Laguna de Los Tres. “Los Tres” refers to the peaks of Cerros Fitz Roy, Poincenot and Torre, all three of which can be seen from the shores of a crystal blue lake. The next day, take on Laguna Torre, a long but much less strenuous hike that leads you to the breathtaking Mirador Maestri lookout point.
If gentle hikes are more your speed, stay closer to town and wander through the Los Huemules Reserve or Piedra del Fraile. Although you won’t get to experience the spectacular views you would get from the more strenuous hikes, you will enjoy days of pure unrivaled solitude in pristine landscapes, with a diversity of flora and fauna you won’t find in any other part of the world. With the variety of treks available right outside your hotel room door, it won’t take you long to see why El Chaltén is known as the home to the best hiking in the world!
Get some much needed rest and sleep in a bit before taking your return bus trip to El Calafate. Once back in town, take one of the many half-day tours available through local vendors. From horseback trail rides to sunset kayaking and ATV tours, you’ll have plenty of tours and activities to choose from as you enjoy your final full day in Argentina. Don’t go to sleep without savoring one last Argentine steak before ending your trip to magical Patagonia.
After a relaxing breakfast, catch a flight back to Buenos Aires. Get in any last minute shopping and enjoy the last few empanadas before catching your connecting flight back home.
At the end of the world lies Patagonia, a wild and rugged land filled with breathtaking landscapes and eye-catching flora. Come alive as you spend eight days exploring this wild frontier, from areas of pure isolation and vast emptiness to tourist-filled camping towns and waters teeming with wildlife. Sail across a blue lake full of glaciers and trek through icy trails to vantage points rarely seen with the human eye. Get up close with massive condors and eagles, wild culpeos and an innumerable host of other Patagonian wildlife along the way. Experience world-class outdoor adventure as you travel from El Calafate through Argentine Patagonia and come back with stories you’ll be telling your friends and family for years to come!
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