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El Calafate & Torres Del Paine

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  • Tour Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Explore Los Glaciares National Park
  • Discover the amazing sights in Torres del Paine National Park
  • Rates valid until December 2019
Patagonia is a wilderness region known for its luscious landscapes and staggering peaks and evokes images of massive glaciers, rugged mountains and wide open, star-lit skies. Join us for a short exploration around some of the best parts of Patagonia. A perfect trip for the adventurous at heart or for those who are just curious about this unique region of the world.

Stay in El Calafate, the interesting town that acts as a gateway to some of Patagonia’s awesome natural wonders, including Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres Del Paine National Park. Visit both of these awe-inspiring sites and enjoy the views and the guided tours.

Prepare to enjoy this true Patagonia adventure that discovers the best of Argentina and Chile.
customer reviews about Say Hueque Argentina Journeys
4.9 - Excellent Based on 41 reviews
Helen's review for another Say Hueque Argentina Journeys tour
5 - Excellent
“Deborah,

We had a great time. It was perfect.

You did a wonderful job. It is another amazing part of beautiful Argentina. Thank you soo much!

We will send everyone we know to you for side trips.”
Catherine's review for another Say Hueque Argentina Journeys tour
5 - Excellent
“I heard about Say Hueque, from searching the internet for local travel agents in South America.
I like to use local businesses when i travel. That way i know i'm contributing to the economy and the locals like to present their country the best way possible.

My favourite destination was El Calafate. I loved the little town. My hotel was upgraded and the excursions to Perito Moreno and Torres Del Paine day trips were excellent.

My favourite hotel was Mirador Del Lago in El CalafatE. Very good service.The meals in the restaurants were delicious. The facilities and location was also very good and suited my needs

About the excrsion, it is hard to choose between Perito Moreno & Iguasu day trips. Both were excellent. But the organisation in El Calafate was probably the better out of the two.

Guides, They were all pretty good.

Thanks again to Say Hueque and especially to you & Lucia and all the other people who helped me have a wonderful holiday.”
Shannon's review for another Say Hueque Argentina Journeys tour
5 - Excellent
“We cannot thank you and everyone at Say Hueque enough for the fantastic experience we had in Argentina. We will (and already have) recommended you to any of our friends looking to travel to Argentina, and Patagonia in particular. All we had to do was pack and show up! It was so easy, and so much fun. The one thing that maybe would have been helpful was if the prices for taxis/park entrances/food allowances etc. were listed in the itinerary in the local currency instead of USD, but this wasn't a big problem. There was something we loved about every hotel that we stayed at, but I think my favourite was the Cauquenes de Nimez in El Calafate... The afternoon tea, the wonderful staff, and the proximity to the wildlife reserve were the icing on the cake for this already charming and cozy place.

Attached is a picture of us at the Laguna de Los Tres... We were so lucky to have such fantastic conditions!

Again, thank you so much for this unforgettable experience... we absolutely cannot wait to visit again.”
2 Star Hotel at Cauques de Nimez
Today, Southern Patagonia welcomes you with open arms. El Calafate is a jumping-off point for adventure travelers who chace 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 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 of the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s glacier) upon its discovery and the biggest glacier that sits at the mouth of Lake Argentino.

Is El Calafate all about the glaciers? Well, yes and no…glaciers are main attractions that you can visit via hiking or a boat ride. But you have 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 culture and enjoy a great asado (barbecue). You’ll soon realize that Calafate is much more than the gateway to the Perito Moreno glacier. Upon arrival you will be taken to the hotel and have the rest of the day to relax or explore the surroundings.
2 Star Hotel at Cauquenes de Nimez
In the morning, we’ll drive you to Glaciers National Park to take the 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 to sink forever into the lake. During about one hour, a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might 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.
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  • Breakfast
2 Star Hotel at Cauquenes de Nimez
Adventure in El Calafate has all colors and shapes. For your free day our suggestion is to get those wheels 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 and 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 to add this tour for your free day, just let your travel agent know.
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  • Breakfast
2 Star Hotel at Cauquenes de Nimez
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 excursión, 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.
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  • Breakfast
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, a lot is yet to be discovered. Take a look to our travelers favorite trips to Patagonia and start planning your next dream vacations.
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  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • 4 nights accomodation in El Calafate
  • Daily breakfast and meals mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All transfers mentioned, including to and from airports
  • Torres del Paine full day tour with lunch
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Tour and cruise
  • Bilingual local guides (English / Spanish)
what's excluded
  • Other flights or buses not in the itinerary
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Travel / medical insurance
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 5 days
Tour Type Private Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
Age Requirement 5 +
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English & spanish
Maximum altitude 2884 meters
Trek difficulty Moderate
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in El Calafate, Argentina
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A deposit of 40% is required when booking this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 45 days prior departure. For any bookings within 45 days of departure, the full tour amount will be charged upon booking.

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Other Practical InformationIt is the responsibility of the client to be in possession of a valid passport, visa permits, inoculations and preventive medicines as may be required for the duration of the tour. Information about these matters or related items is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of Say Hueque.
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