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El Calafate & Torres Del Paine tour
El Calafate Los Glaciares National Park El Calafate & Torres Del Paine Trip

El Calafate & Torres Del Paine

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
From: $ 615 $ 123 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy Travelling to Patagonia
  • Experience Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
  • Explore Torres del Paine National Park
  • Travel in Argentina & Chile

Short Description

Patagonia evokes images of massive glaciers, rugged mountains and wide open, star-lit skies. El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres Del Paine National Park represent the most stunning natural landscapes of Argentina and Chile. Tour Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres Del Paine and enjoy this true Patagonia adventure that discovers the best of Argentina and Chile.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City El Calafate
End City El Calafate

Trip Includes

  • Transfers and tours mentioned in the itinerary

  • Daily breakfast
  • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)
  • 4 night accommodation in a hotel (El Calafate)
  • Meals according to itinerary: box lunch (day 4)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Travel to Patagonia: El Calafate

 Today, Southern Patagonia welcomes you with open arms. El Calafate is a jumping point for adventure travelers who strive to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia, like the Perito Moreno Glacier.

The Perito Moreno glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that’s still advancing. Though it’s not the only glacier in the area, it is the one that made the city of El Calafate famous worldwide. For many years now, El Calafate has been considered capital of the glaciers. Located at the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) it’s also home to the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s glacier) from its discovery, it is now the biggest glacier that sits at the mouth of Lake Argentino.

Is El Calafate all about the glaciers? Well, yes and no… the glaciers are the main attractions accessible through hiking or boat but you have a lot more to discover about Argentine rural culture. From Calafate you can also visit a typical Patagonian finca (ranch) and learn all about the gaucho (cowboy) culture and enjoy a great asado (barbecue). You’ll soon realize that Calafate offers much more than being just the gateway to the Perito Moreno glacier. 

Upon arrival, you will be taken to the hotel where you will have the rest of the day to relax or explore the surroundings.

Day 2: El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier Tour

In the morning, you will be driven to the Glaciers National Park for your 6 hour long Perito Moreno Glacier tour. Get prepared to play with the giants!

Glaciers National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to 200 approximately glaciers. Half of this park is occupied by the campo de hielo patagónico (Patagonian ice field), the largest ice field after Antarctica. You will travel 40 km (about 25 miles) from El Calafate to the park, enjoying the views of the Patagonian steppe.

Once inside the park you will take the walkways to explore the different viewpoints, and you’ll feel really close to the Perito Moreno Glacier. If you’re lucky, you may get to see a piece of ice break off and fall from the glacier wall, sinking forever in the lake. For about one hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you want to know…and things you might have never thought about.

After this visit you will take a boat ride that will take you close enough to fully appreciate the 80 meter (262 feet) high ice walls of Perito Moreno! You’ll never feel closer to this gigantic and impressive natural masterpiece.

Day 3: El Calafate: your free day

Adventure in El Calafate has different kind of colors and shapes. For your free day, our suggestion is to get those wheels in motion and keep on exploring.

Ten minutes away town stands a 900 metres high hill from where you can get stunning views of Lake Argentino, Mount Fitz Roy and Torre. Take a day tour (not included) to ride in a 4×4 right to the top where you will spot the Perito Moreno Glacier emerging little by little form La Cordillera de los Andes (The Andes Range).

It’s also a place to find archeological treasures (like millenary shark teeth or petrified oysters) from different geological periods of Earth. For the second part of the trip, you’ll get on your mountain bike to get back to El Calafate. On the way you’ll stop to grab a bite, take pictures, spot wild guanacos and challenge your riding abilities through climbing or crossing marshes and little lagoons till reaching civilization again—Nature, history and adventure, all in one trip!

If you would like to add this tour for your free day, just let your travel agent know.

Day 4: Torres Del Paine Tour

In the early morning, we’ll pick you up to start your trip to Chile and your full day visit to Torres del Paine National Park. It’s a long day but it worth every minute.

First, we’ll drive through the Patagonian steppe in an overland during 2.30 hours (you might be able to see rheas, guanacos, Patagonian hare, and even condors!) till reaching the border to Chile at Cancha Carrera, where we’ll go through customs. Things to take into account: it is not allowed to take any fresh food, plants, seeds, etc. from Argentina to Chile. They are very strict, and fines can be high. If you are not sure if something is allowed or not, please declare it (they will provide you with a form) and they will inform you if you can carry it or not.

We’ll keep on traveling amid isolated and windy landscapes, occasionally punctuated by guanacos and native green-orange tinted bushes: Here you’ll truly feel the momentous solitude which characterized Patagonia.

The park won’t amaze you at first sight. Like a shide lover, it will unveil its enthralling natural beauties little by little. Through winding road, we’ll make different stops to have a close up view of Cascada Paine (Paine Waterfall), Paine Range at Lake Sarmiento and of Paine Horns at Lake Nordenskjold. Depending on the weather, we’ll perform a 1 hour long walk to reach the lake and get closer to the striking horns. At midday, and after having stopped by the Lago Pehoé Viewpoint to gaze the vastness of French Valley, we’ll have our box lunch at this mountainous backdrop.

 At the end of this fabled excursion, we’ll take you back at El Calafate and leve you at your hotel. Rest a litlle and go out to enjoy your last evening in town. 

Day 5: El Calafate, end of your Patagonia adventure

Today we’ll take you to the airport and this trip will come to an end. Don’t get gloomy, if you liked this short adventure in Patagonia, there is so much more to be discovere. Take a look to our travelers favorite trips to Patagonia and start planning your next dream vacation.

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Great location, excellent

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I researched Say Hueque on Trip Advisor and read the reviews on your website and decided to make contact. The booking process was excellent. Our travel advisor was Agustin and he gave us some great advice about where to go and what to do. He also helped us with advice on flight times and airlines to use.

Our favorite hotel was Arena Ipanema in Rio. Great location, excellent room and service. Least favorite was La Cantera in Iguasu Falls. Huge room but no tea/coffee facilities in the room. Staff were great but no room service and we had some noise from surrounding rooms.

I think the 2 day at Iguasu Falls was our favorite tour. Just seeing the magnitude of the falls and being able to get so close to them was amazing. Favorite memory (and photo) was at Ipanema Beach and the Christ Redeemer statue.
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Trip to the Great Salt Flats

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Lujan was extremely helpful from booking our internal flights when I could not find good pricing to buying us tickets for the performance at the Colon Theatre. She also answered all of my many questions.

It is hard to pick a favorite excursion between Buenos Aires, Salta area and the Iguazu Falls. If pushed to make a decision we loved the mountains – both the trip to the Great Salt Flats and the Humahuaca and Conchas Gorges. We were probably most blown away by the drive through the Conchas Gorge to and from Cafayate but, at the same time when we were at the top of Humahuaca Gorge the view was unbelievable. And we saw a condor!

We liked the mix of tour and time on our own to explore.

I went with a very open mind so there was nothing that did not fulfill my expectations. I already miss the croissants and empanadas and hope to return one day to explore the central region and Patagonia.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our trip

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The places we visited were just breathtaking, and the Argentinians were very friendly and welcoming. It was one of our best trips ever and one we will remember and talk about for a long time.

We chose Say Hueque because of the positive reviews on Trip Advisor, and after talking with Maria we knew she was very knowledgeable about her country and had lived and traveled around there extensively.

The booking process with Maria was excellent. She made many wonderful suggestions about which areas to visit, how long we should stay in each area, and which excursions would be best for us. She was also very prompt in answering our many emails.

My favorite excursion was the Marpatag Glaciares Gourmet boat trip. Seeing the glaciers up close was an unforgettable sight. The Gourmet lunch was excellent and we enjoyed the company of other travelers.

I would like to mention our guide in Buenos Aires, Ceci Martire. She was our very best guide, very knowledgeable and a lot of fun! She sent us emails throughout our trip to make sure everything was going as planned. Thank you, Ceci.

One negative thing that I need to mention was our all day excursion from El Calafate to Torres Del Paine. We expected to be picked up in a comfortable van for such a long ride, but instead we were picked up in a small SUV. This was too small for 3 adults in the back seat. And on top of that our driver decided to take a short cut over very bumpy gravel roads. This did reduce our travel time by 1 1/2 hours each way though.
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Our wonderful trip to Argentina that we enjoyed so much

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My husband and I have traveled a great deal in Europe and Mexico and we agree that this was one of the best trips ever.

We decided to travel with Say Hueque after reading the great things travelers had to say about them on line. We worked with travel advisor Maria Szlafsztein through e-mails and phone calls and we’re very pleased with her service. She was very informative, helpful and quick to respond to our every inquiry. Maria really was invaluable in putting together this wonderful trip and almost everything about it ran smoothly without problems.

Our favorite hotel on this trip was the Cacique Inacayal in Bariloche because of its beautiful lakeside setting, restaurant and atmosphere. But we also really like Kau Yatsun Hotel in El Calafate.

Our least favorite was our stay at the Alden de la Selva in Puerto Iguazú. It was really isolated in its location and, due to its rainforest setting, seemed to have a mold problem. The food was not very appealing either. We would not stay there again.

We thoroughly enjoyed all the excursions, among them, the Argentine Experience, the Tango Show, Iguazú Falls, the day spent at Estancia Ombu. But probably my favorite was the Glaciares Gourmet cruise to see the magnificent glaciers of Argentina. It made for unforgettable memories.

All the guides we had with us during our trip were outstanding, very knowledgeable, fun and very accommodating. We have to mention Maria Cecilia Martire, Marcelo, Romulo Melo, Ezequiel Gonzalez, and Nicolás who drove us to Torres del Paine. We enjoyed our excursions with every one of them.
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We enjoyed the trip very much; wish we had more time

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Pudu Hotel in El Chalten was our most favorite hotel since the location was perfect, the staff was very knowledgeable and friendly and helpful. We loved the town of El Chalten. The other favorite was the Las Torres in Torres Del Paine. It is a beautiful lodge, though expensive. The least favorite Design Suites in El Calafate. It was quite far from the town. The food was of medium quality.

The most favorite activities were treks in El Chalten (Cerro Torre), Base of the Towers (Torres Del Paine) and Perito Morino (El Calafate). All because of their natural beauty and the fun of trekking. The only suggestion I have for Perito Morino is I would have preferred a trek upto the glacier rather than only the boat excursion.
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Our wonderful trip has ended

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We returned home yesterday from our fabulous trip to Chile and Argentina. Thank you for planning such a great itinerary - we saw so many great sights and met many helpful and friendly guides and drivers. We feel fortunate to have seen and learned so much about these two beautiful countries. This is a trip will remember fondly forever.
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  • International or domestic flights
  • Travel / Medical Insurance

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