14 Days / 13 Nights
One of the most spectacular places on the planet, Patagonia is blessed with a unique ruggedness and natural beauty, pristine and reminiscent of times gone by, when the earth was formed and mountains, lakes and glaciers covered large parts of the planet. Here, the Southern Andes meet dramatic coastlines and the area is home to a number of unique animal, plant and sea-life species. The extreme weather conditions only add to the dramatic essence of the area, making it a trekkers and nature-lovers paradise. It is no wonder flocks of climbers and hikers head here every year to this remote region. This 14 day itinerary is perfect for those looking to experience the authenticity of Patagonia and really get off the beaten track.
Special features of our Patagonia- Lakes and Glaciers tour:
Type of Tourism: Adventure, Mountains and Nature, Geographical, coast and sea-life, remote and lesser-visited.
Places to Visit: Buenos Aires, Esquel, Los Antiguos, Lago Posadas, Calafate,
Duration: 14 Days and 13 Nights.
Type of Service: Private and shared tours.
Accommodation: 3 star accommodation at most destinations that you will visit. These hotels had been carefully chosen and we can guarantee that you will feel comfortable and your every need catered for!
On your arrival to the Buenos Aires airport, you will be greeted by your driver, who will take you to your hotel in the City. After some time to rest up a little, your guide will come to the hotel for an afternoon tour of this incredible city.
Buenos Aires is a big city! The cosmopolitan capital is steeped in history, excellent eateries and coffee shops and cultural attractions abound. Its centre is the Plaza de Mayo, lined with 19th-century stately buildings inclu...
Today we will head to the domestic airport for your flight to Esquel airport. Your guide will be waiting at the airport to take you to your hotel for a free afternoon.
Esquel is situated in the foothills of the Andean Mountain range. This is the southernmost stop on “La Trochita”, the steam train that once ran for more than 400km through Patagonia. Here also, is Los Alerces National Park, home to forests, lakes, waterfalls and the rare “pudu&rdquo...
Today we will visit the Los Alerces National Park, a UNESCO Natural Heritage Site, which protects the larch tree native to the area and in danger of extinction. This is one of the most beautiful Parks in Argentina, including the Lakes Futalaufquen, Verde, Rivadavia and Menendez. We will return to Esquel in the afternoon.
Today, we will take the 8 hour trip to Los Antiguos. Los Antiguos is a town in the Santa Cruz Province, located on the south shore of the Buenos Aires Lake, just 2 km from the Chilean border. It is connected to Perito Moreno and Caleta Olivia on the Atlantic coast by road.
Today we will visit the Marble Chapels. Crossing the border with Chile, we will get to Chile Chico. Here we will take the small boat that sails to the unique rock formation of the Marble Chapels, formed over time by water erosion. Later in the afternoon, we will return to Los Antiguos for the evening.
Today, we head to Lago Posadas via route 40. We will make a stop at Las Manos Cave, a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. This archaeological site is estimated to be over 9000 years old and has many cave paintings dating back to The Pretehuelches civilization, in prehistoric times. In the afternoon, we will head to Lago Posadas.
The highlight of today is the visit to Pueyrredon lake and Posadas Lake. A small strip of land separates both lakes, consisting of different coloured waters. Lake Posadas is located on the edge of the southern Andes, northwest of The Santa Cruz Province, near Chile's border. Its turquoise waters and a curious tunnel-shaped rock at the centre of the lake makes a distinctive landmark. These lakes have the stunning backdrop of The San Lorenzo Mount, the highest peak in the area.
Today we will head off to La Angostura Estate. Here we can enjoy the traditional experience of a typical Patagonia Estancia. We will spend the day with the family who run the estate, who will share with us their life stories and traditional hospitality.
In the morning we will head to El Calafate, 4 hours away. We will have a free afternoon to explore this picturesque town. El Calafate is situated near the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and is known as the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, the home of the impressive Perito Moreno Glacier. The glaciers ever-shifting icy structure is famous for hiking and glacier-spotting in Patagonia.
Today we will have a full day to experience the Moreno Glacier, yet another UNESCO Natural Heritage Site, found in The Patagonia region. We will get up close and personal to the glacier and see the immensity and size of this ever-changing mass of ice. After the glacier visit, we will sail to the Argentino Lake to see a different perspective of the glacier from the water. Later in the afternoon, we will return to EL Calafate.
Today we will head to the Calafate Airport, for our flight back to The Capital. We will head to our hotel, from where your final evenings' activities can be arranged.
We recommend a typical dinner and tango show in one of the famous tango houses, for one of the most authentic Argentinian experiences.
Today, we will take you to the airport for your departing flight back home or onto your next exciting destination!