Arrival at Buenos Aires airport, private transfer with
guide to the hotel. Afternoon free to explore the overwhelming
city. Overnight in a 4 star hotel..
In the morning 9 am city tour (3 hours) visiting the city
center of Buenos Aires. Private transfer to the domestic
flight to San Martín de los Andes in Northern Patagonia,
Lanin National park. Meeting with the driver and guide.
Day excursion to Tromen lake, passing through an old
Araucarian forest, which lays on the feet of impressive Lanin
volcano. Overnight as day before.
We leave San Martín on the "Road of 7 lakes" towards
Bariloche, on huge Nahuel Huapí lake. Overnight stay at cozy
Drive distance: 170
Full day trekking with mountain guide. Overnight as
Drive southwards to El Bolsón, visit of a famous beer
producer, than further on to Esquel, a fly fishing paradise.
1 overnight stay.
Distance covered: 320
km on pavement.
The trip continues southwards, crossing the Chilean border,
along the Carretera Austral through sub-tropical rainforest,
a road lined by giant ferns and leaves of wild rhubarb. We stay
overnight at Puyuhuapi, a small harbor lying on the
Ventisquero fjord, surrounded by the Queulat National Park.
The inhabitants are principally descendants from German
immigrants, who have built a flourishing trade here and a carpet
weaving industry which continues to prosper to this day.
Overnight stay at a cozy Bed & Breakfast at Frau Ludwig's.
Distance covered: 200
km gravel road.
A short road trip and a two-hour hike through the forest,
at the end of which one is suddenly rewarded with an
incredible view of a glacier, which seems to appear out of
thin air from above, bulldozing its way down through this thick
forest and coming to a halt against a vertical rock face. With
some luck we may experience the thunderous reports of huge
blocks of ice breaking free crashing into the depths below.
Same overnight stay as previous day.
Today we continue southward until we reach Coyhaique. On
this stretch of road we notice the forest becoming denser and
more humid in the Queulat National Park, which eventually
turns into a more open agricultural region. Overnight stay in a
Distance covered: 240
km, partly pavement, partly gravel.
We continue along the Carretera Austral, through
wonderful meadow landscapes up through a pass and past Cerro
Castillo, impressive because of its shape (Castillo means
castle). To our right lies the Hudson Volcano, which covered
wide tracts of land in both Chile and Argentina in volcanic
ashes during the last eruption in 1991. Overnight stay in
Puerto Guadal on the huge General Carrera Lake. 3 overnights
at Terra Luna Lodge.
Distance covered: 280
km mostly gravel road.
Flight to Laguna San Rafael, over flying the Northern
ice field, one of the greatest attractions of Chilean Patagonia.
The San Valentín Glacier (also called the San Rafael Glacier)
flows into this lagoon. For a few hours the boat is left adrift
close to the glacier face among floating icebergs, which
makes it possible to observe the breaking off of ice blocks from
very close quarters. We are presented with one of the most
"polar scenes" ever. Overnight stay same as previous day.
Half day visit on a boat of pure granite caves along the
lake shore of Puerto Tranquilo.
An incredible road along the lake shore, followed by the
border crossing to Argentina and reaching the
legendary Ruta 40, takes us to Estancia Telken, one of the
first estancias in Patagonia. Here we now find ourselves in the
endlessly far-reaching Patagonian steppe, on the horizon
the ever present ice-capped mountain tops.
Distance covered: 210
Short drive and 2 hour walk along the Rio Pinturas canyon to
cave paintings "Cueva de las Manos". The easily discernible
paintwork - mainly hands but also hunting scenes - are a
testimony of ancient Indian cultures, dating back more
than 9000 years. Overnight as previous day.
Today we reach one of the nicest national parks of Argentina,
the Perito Moreno NP, where we will stay for the next three
nights on Estancia La Oriental.
Distance covered: 290
Day hike to Peninsula Belgrano, a real paradise of wild
animals and views over the snow covered mountains of the area.
Day trip to the base camp of the notorious Cerro San Lorenzo,
well known by mountaineers world wide. A short drive, then a
hike led by a local guide, which is also possible on horseback
(however only in good weather, otherwise a different excursion).
During this hike we can observe the very
rich fauna of the region, mainly guanacos, pampa hares,
armadillos, foxes and a variety of birds.
Same overnight stay as previous day
We travel in an easterly direction, where after 90 km, run onto
legendary Ruta 40 southwards, through the vastness of the
Patagonian steppes, until reaching the estancia La Angostura,
where we stay for one night.
Distance covered: 230
Returning to Ruta 40, southwards, then along Viedma lake
towards the mountains, we reach El Chaltén. This brand
new site is the starting point of all expeditions to the
renowned peaks of Fitz Roy and Torre. Overnight stay at
Drive distance: 270
km gravel and paved road.
Hiking tour to Laguna de los Tres, at the foot of Cerro Fitz
the most famous peak of the southern -Patagonian Andes. For
three hours we wander through wonderful forest and mountain
landscapes until we reach the base camp Rio Blanco, with
Cerro Fitz Roy and neighboring granite peaks always in sight. We
then set out on a continuous and steep one-hour climb up the
moraine until we reach Laguna de los Tres, directly in front
of Cerro Fitz Roy, a grandiose observation point of the
impressive Fitz Roy.
Easy 6-7 hour hiking, which may also be interrupted after
a maximum of 2 hours hiking, specially considering that from
this point on hikers will be feasted with incredible
panoramas of the mountains. Overnight stay same as previous
Hiking to Laguna Torre, at the foot of legendary Cerro
Torre, one of the most demanding mountaineering targets
worldwide. Its 1400m high steep walls of flat granite are
proof of this, the climate being the main factor, which is why
mountaineers must often wait for months before the final assault
can be made. The suggested hike extends only to Laguna Torre
which lies directly at the foot of the mountain. From here
one has breathtaking views of a series of windswept granite
spires and huge glaciers. At the afternoon drive to El Calafate.
Overnight stay at estancia Huyliche.
220km gravel and pavement
Day tour by boat, visiting the Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini
glaciers. Countless house sized ice blocks are floating in
the huge Argentino lake. Overnight stay same as previous day.
Tour to the Perito Moreno glacier, unquestionably one of
the greatest attractions Patagonia can offer. From terrace
vantage points directly opposite the glacier face, one can
thundering breaking off of ice blocks crashing down into
the waters of the vast Lago Argentino below. At the afternoon
flight back to Buenos Aires, transfer to the hotel.
Optional: tango-show in typical tango bar in San Telmo.
Overnight stay at Wilton Palace hotel.
Day 24: Transfer to the international airport and
Includes: Accommodation in
double or triple bed rooms with private bathroom, breakfast
included. Tour in minibus Mercedes Sprinter with driver and
bilingual tour conductor. All fuel costs. Local guides in
Bariloche, to the San Lorenzo base camp and to the cave
paintings. Boat excursion on Argentino lake to the glaciers.
Flight over the Northern icecap to Laguna San Rafael. National
park entrance fees. City tour in Buenos Aires. Transfers from/to
airports in Buenos Aires.
Not Included: flights,
airport taxes, optional excursion and activities, insurance,
medical insurance, extras, not specified meals, extras tips and
gratitude to the guides.
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