Argentina: Southern Patagonia

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Argentina

Southern Patagonia

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From your home base of El Calafate, a stunning five-star hotel surrounded by the epic panoramas of the Patagonian Steppe, you’re perfectly poised to explore some of the region’s most memorable spots. The Perito Moreno Glacier offers unparalleled views of an active and enormous river of ice—brought up close and personal with a guided walk on its sculpted surface.* For a different perspective, board the Estancia Cristina for a ride around the blue-grey waters of Lago Argentino, where you can navigate fields of whimsical icebergs and even witness titanic chunks of ice calving from the ends of glaciers.

 

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4 days, 3 nights Trip Includes 

Trip Includes

  • Three breakfasts, two lunches (days 2 and 3), and three dinners
  • Accommodations at a luxury property
  • Local day guides lead all of the activities featured on this Select Experience (some are employed by the Eolo Lodge, while others are affiliated with our local outfitters)
  • Afternoon activities at the lodge facilitated by lodge guides
  • Full-day guided small-group excursion to Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier
  • Full-day guided small-group excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier (*age restriction applies to the glacier walk)
  • Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point, including airport transfers
  • National park fees
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff
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Surcharges may apply for solo travelers as well as for trips during New Year’s, Christmas, or national holidays.

Call 800.234.6900 to book this trip.

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Itinerary and Accommodations

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Day 1

Southern Patagonia

Arrival in El Calafate. Optional activities at the lodge: walks, horseback riding, and swimming

Upon your early-afternoon arrival in El Calafate, you will be met and transferred to Eolo Lodge. After settling in at the lodge, you have the choice of participating in a variety of activities, from a guided or self-guided walk to horseback riding. Please check in with the reception to request a guided walk or for information on other activities. The walk to Cerro Fras (Mt. Frias) is gradual and offers wonderful views of the surrounding mountains, lakes, glaciers, and, if the weather is clear, a glimpse of the famous Torres del Paine in Chile, only 28 miles away as the crow flies but on the other side of the Andes. The total excursion is 4 to 5 hours and is easy to moderate in terms of activity rating. Or, you may choose to stretch your legs with a walk from the lodge to a nearby lagoon—home to flocks of bright pink flamingos—an incredible contrast to the steppe around you. Alternative activities include horseback riding (at your own expense) amongst the flora and fauna of the area; if you are lucky you will spot armadillos scattering about. Or perhaps you may elect to swim in the hotel’s pool or browse their library. The evening is yours to relax and take in the beauty that surrounds you before dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.

Eolo Lodge

El Calafate, Argentina

A five-star Relais & Châteaux lodge newly constructed to evoke the grand ranches of the Patagonian steppe, with stunning views in all directions; comfortable and spacious, with all amenities and an indoor pool and sauna. Less than an hour’s drive from the El Calafate airport, the lodge is nestled on 7,500 pristine acres.

Day 2

Southern Patagonia

Estancia Cristina and Upsala Glacier; 30-60 minute trek or 5-hour trek

This morning, an early drive (approximately 7:15 a.m. departure from the hotel) takes you to Puerto Bandera to board the boat to Estancia Cristina. The 8:15 a.m. boat navigates the blue glacial waters of Lago Argentino, passing massive icebergs and offering striking views of the western front of Upsala Glacier ahead. One of the largest glaciers in South America, Upsala Glacier measures a stunning 6.2 miles wide and over 31 miles long! You continue on Cristina Channel for an afternoon at Estancia Cristina, in one of the most fascinating and remote Patagonian valleys. After a three-hour cruise, you reach the remote and historic Estancia, where guests joining the shorter (30-60 minute) trek option will enjoy a picnic lunch, a guided walk highlighting the ranch’s impressive history and explaining the sheep and wool tradition in Patagonia, and a visit to a small museum, which holds many original pieces related to ranch life and work. You will travel via 4x4 vehicle to the Upsala Glacier for a once-in-a-lifetime experience—exploring the valley in the way gauchos and pioneers did. Guests seeking a challenging trek (5 hours total) continue via 4x4/jeep and, from a panoramic view of Upsala Glacier, begin a hiking excursion to the Canyon of the Fossils, named for the abundant fossils in the area. Upon returning to the main house, both groups depart by boat at 5:30 p.m. to navigate back to the mainland, reaching the lodge at approximately 7:45 p.m. This evening you enjoy another wonderful meal at the lodge.

(Please advise at the time of your reservation request which Estancia Cristina excursion you wish to confirm.)

Eolo Lodge

El Calafate, Argentina

A five-star Relais & Châteaux lodge newly constructed to evoke the grand ranches of the Patagonian steppe, with stunning views in all directions; comfortable and spacious, with all amenities and an indoor pool and sauna. Less than an hour’s drive from the El Calafate airport, the lodge is nestled on 7,500 pristine acres.

Day 3

Southern Patagonia

Perito Moreno Glacier; 2 miles, easy to moderate

Today you embark on a full-day glacial excursion that immerses you in this truly unique land. You have the opportunity to hear the thunderous cracking sounds of Perito Moreno Glacier, extremely active as it moves, and, if you are lucky, you will witness massive pieces of ice breaking off the glacier and plunging into the blue-grey glacial waters of Lago Argentino. The day begins with a boat excursion across the “Brazo Rico” (the “rich” branch of Lago Argentino) to the boardwalks of Perito Moreno Glacier. The meandering boardwalks lead you to different balconies for striking up-close views of the glacier.

An optional walk on the glacier itself is available to guests under age 65—age restrictions are set by the local excursion company. After a brief orientation, a short walk through thick birch forests along the lakeshore leads you to the glacier. Here, professional guides will place crampons on your feet and give you an informative talk on glaciology before you begin the glacier walk. (Please note: It is imperative that you are properly outfitted with hiking boots and cold-weather clothing.) If this is your first time walking on a glacier, we assure you it is an amazing experience on seemingly endless ice, viewing crevices, underground rivers, waterfalls within the glacier, and ice caves of iridescent and electric blue hues. Once off the ice, you trek back to a small mountain hut to warm up with hot drinks before reuniting with the other travelers on this small-group excursion.

If you are not participating in the glacier trek, you join the group for the one-hour boat excursion along the face of the Perito Moreno Glacier and then head to the glacier’s balcony walkways via a tranquil forested trail to spend the afternoon walking to the different vista points. Both options include a picnic lunch with amazing photo opportunities. Afterward you return to the welcoming Eolo Lodge for your final evening in Patagonia.

Eolo Lodge

El Calafate, Argentina

A five-star Relais & Châteaux lodge newly constructed to evoke the grand ranches of the Patagonian steppe, with stunning views in all directions; comfortable and spacious, with all amenities and an indoor pool and sauna. Less than an hour’s drive from the El Calafate airport, the lodge is nestled on 7,500 pristine acres.

Day 4

Southern Patagonia

Flight from El Calafate to Buenos Aires

After breakfast this morning, you will be transferred to the El Calafate airport to board your flight to Buenos Aires. Upon arrival into Buenos Aires, you will be met at the domestic airport and transferred to the international airport to check in for your flight back to the US. If your travel plans require you to stay in Buenos Aires, you will find taxis available as you exit the arrivals terminal.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Bear in mind that this is a typical itinerary, and the actual activities, sites, and accommodations may vary due to season, special events, weather, or transportation schedules. We reserve the right to alter the itinerary since tour arrangements are made up to a year in advance, and unforeseen circumstances that mandate change may arise. Itinerary changes are made to improve the tour and your experience. If you are currently booked on a CW adventure, an itinerary has been sent to you for your exact departure date. Please call CW at 800.464.9255 if you have any questions about the exact itinerary or hotels selected for any of our tours.

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