B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
Tuesday, 11 February - Arrive Buenos Aires, Argentina
Schedule arrival at your convenience. We will be transferred to our hotel where you'll have a chance to relax or do some exploring.
Wednesday, 12 February - Buenos Aires City Tour; Free Time; Dinner (B,D)
In this overview of the Paris of South America, we will visit the glamorous neighborhoods of Recoleta and its most famous cemetery, Palermo, May Square and the Pink House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the newest & trendiest Puerto Madero Area and many other buildings and palaces of unique architectural, historical, and cultural value. The visit would not be complete without the sights of the first settlements of the city of Buenos Aires. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to explore the city with your fellow travelers until we gather for dinner later.
Thursday, 13 February - Flight to El Calafate; ElChalten (B,D)
We will transfer to the airport for our flight to El Calafate. It is the declared national capital of the glaciers and is the starting point to visit this region. After checking into our hotel, we will have dinner at the hotel.
Friday, 14 February - Full Day at Fitz Roy and Laguna de Los (B, box lunch)
We begin our day on the Fitz Roy footpath on the way to the Valley of the Vueltas River viewpoint, a perfect example of the “U” shape valley carved by the glaciations in Patagonia. Our next viewpoint is at the Fitz Roy massif where we can appreciate the mountain peaks in all their splendor. We continue walking through beautiful lenga forests inhabited by countless varieties of birds. Laguna de los Tres is the highest point on the path where we are rewarded by the majestic views.
Saturday, 15 February - Full day hiking - Laguna Torre (B, box lunch)
We hike alongside the Fitz Roy River until it arrives at a viewpoint of the river canyon and the Margarita waterfall. We continue to the the Mount Torre viewpoint. Here we will make the most of the magnificent views of Mount Torre, the Adela range and glaciers. We then walk through grand lenga forests, crossing old glacial moraines and wet plains formed by the previous courses of the river until we arrive at Laguna Torre. In this section there is always the possibility of spotting a wide range of birds, including the Magellanic woodpecker. At Laguna Torre, we may spot huge icebergs. There are various paths over the glacial moraine, which allow us to visit other viewpoints; like the Maestri viewpoint. At the source of the River Fitz Roy, we can see a system of ropes and pulleys (Tyrolean), which are used by the climbers to access Torre glacier and to get to the base of the mountain they plan to climb. We will also be able to visit Throwood camp. This walk in springtime is lovely, as we will see a large variety of wild flowers indigenous to Patagonia
Sunday, 16 February - Guided transfer from El Chalten to El Calafate (B,D)
Possibly the most famous area of Argentina, El Calafate, and the neighboring El Chalten, sit right on the edge of the Southern Ice Field, the second largest body of ice on the planet.
Monday, 17 February - Full day Perito Moreno GlacierTour (B,L)
The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the largest and the only advancing glacier in the world, as well as the biggest attraction at Los Glaciares National Park. This is one of the largest and the only advancing glacier in the world, as well as the biggest attraction at Los Glaciares National Park,
We will start at the Patagonic Andean forest and make a first breathtaking stop at “Curva de los Suspiros” (Curve of Sighs), where we will enjoy a first view of this incredible natural wonder. We will be able to see varied-sized ice blocks loosen and fall into the water with a great thunder becoming beautiful ice flows in the deep waters of the Lago Argentino.
Tuesday, 18 February - Cerro Castillo; Puerto Natales (B)
Today we transfer to Cerro Castillo with our guide. We cross the Chilean border and transfer to our hotel in Puerto Natales.
Wednesday, 19 February - Serrano & Balmaceda Glacier (B)
We board our boat and depart for our first point of interest - the National Historic Monument of Bories. Its construction is remarkable due to the masonry and industrial architecture in post-Victorian English style. We head to Guanaco Island where small yet wonderful Dolphins or Toninas may be seen. A great number of birds are showcased ventilating their spread wings in the wind at The Cormorants Wall. Continuing our trip to Punta de Lobos (Sea Lion Peak), we visit the Cascade and cliffs where Condors are seen. The trip continues towards Mount Balmaceda where we can first see the glacier of the same name. Afterwards we will disembark at Puerto Toro in order to begin our hike along the Tempanos Lagoon shore. Through a native forest of native trees to the Serrano glacier, we will enjoy the vegetation and the contrast between the clear skies and the sea ice all accompanied with the Serrano glacier.
Thursday, 20 February - Full Day Torres Del Paine National Park (B,L)
Today we leave Puerto Natales and travel northbound driving through grasslands and forests with a stop at the Lake Sarmiento lookout for an awesome view of the Paine massif. We may see plenty of wildlife, like guanacos, condors, and rheas. Along the journey, we will make another stop at Lake Amarga for the best views of the lofty “Torres de Paine”, which, when reflected in the lake, makes it appear as if we were inside a postcard. We then continue to the “Lookout of the Lakes”, where we can see all the different colored lakes in the region. At the same point, there is an easy trail that takes us to Salto Grande Falls, a cascade that thunders down the mountainside. Our road trip continues as we pass Lake Pehoe on the way to Lake Grey, where we might be able to spy some of the handful of Patagonian Huemul living in the area.
Friday, 21 February - Torres Del Paine National Park (B,L,D)
After breakfast, we depart with out guide and visit the other side of the park to enjoy beautiful landscape of the Chilean Patagonia. We’ll see interesting places such as: Blue Lagoon and Paine waterfall. Late this afternoon, we return to our hotel at Puerto Natales for dinner at our hotel.
Saturday, 22 February - Depart for Home (B)
We depart the hotel at 9:00 today to Punta Areans Airport, arriving at around 1:00PM. Travel distance and time from hotel to airport: 230 KM, 4 ½ hours. Schedule your return flight no earlier than 3:00pm. One group transfer from the hotel to the airport will be provided.