5 days in Argentina
Duration: 5 days.
The price is per person in double base and in american dollars.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeActive, Nature
Activity Level Intermediate
Arrival in Ushuaia
Arrival to Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon you will part of a half day small-group guided excursion to the breathtaking Tierra del Fuego National Park, with its dramatic scenery, waterfalls, forests, mountains and glaciers including parts of the Fagnano and Roca lakes. The Senda Costera (Coastal Path), connecting Ensenada Bay to Lapataia Bay on Lago Roca, is a popular hiking trail within the park. English speaking guide and entrance fees to the national park are included.
San Pablo Cape & Estancia Rolito
In the morning a transfer will pick you up from your hotel and take you to a new adventure to discover some of the unique pearls buried in this land. You will appreciate Lake Escondido, the little town of Tolhuin and by midday we come to the Provincial Route “A”, where we take a gravel road heading toward the Atlantic Ocean and the San Pablo Cape. At this point, we hike up to an isolated mountain with an abandoned lighthouse at the end. There, you will appreciate the Desdemona, a ship abandoned almost 40 years ago. Later, we continue to the Estancia Rolito; a lovely ranch that keeps the spirit of a family business based on sheep farming tradition. You can also take some time to walk around part of the gorgeous 500-hectare ancient lenga forest, taking thick green pathways, visit the shearing shed, where there are already some wool bales from the first shearing. Transfer back to your hotel after having enjoyed a unique experience.
Services included: group transfers, English-speaking guide and 3-step box lunch
Ushuaia to El Calafate
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to El Calafate. Transfer to the hotel in town.
Free day to explore the city.
El Calafate – Visit to a local Estancia + Navigation to the Perito Moreno Glacier
You’ll have an early start today for drive across the old estancias road on a small-group excursion. The guide will explain you about the rural life of the Patagonian farms and the indigenous influence. Then, you will arrive to the Estancia and enjoy a typical barbecue with the best wines of the country (included)
After lunch, we´ll navigate the South and Rico arms of Lake Argentino and disembark at Las Monedas beach for a walk in the wood (low level of difficulty). After sailing again you will reach the Perito Moreno Glacier. It is an enormous ice mass covering a 250 square km area and is one of the most wonderful glaciers in the world.
It is easy to approach the front of the glacier by walking along the footbridges (free time, around 2 hours)
Return to El Calafate during the evening by minibus.
Transfer to the airport and end of our services.
This trip begins in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, has long summer days to explore the city and its surroundings: You will walk through the forests of the Tierra del Fuego National Park. You will also make an excursion to La Senda Costera,Cabo San Pablo and Estancia Rolito. The stunning landscapes will leave you speechless.
The adventure continues in El Calafate. You will make a non-traditional excursion through the route of ancient ranchs, enjoy a day at the Nibepo Aike Ranch with equestrian demonstrations and a barbecue. You will end the day sailing the South and Rico arms of Lake Argentino and disembark at Las Monedas beach for a walk in the wood (low level of difficulty). After sailing again you will reach the Perito Moreno Glacier. Appreciate the immensity of this wonder of nature. It is an enormous ice mass covering a 250 square km area and is one of the most wonderful glaciers in the world. An experience impossible to forget.
- 4 nights accommodation in a double room.
- Breakfasts included in all hotels.
- Meals when “included” are mentioned: Lunch in Ushuaia (Day 2) + Lunch in El Calafate (Day 4)
- Guided tours and mentioned excursions English / Spanish speaking.
- Transfers to the airport – hotel – airport – excursions/activities.
- Entrances to the National Parks
- Meals (except when mentioned) and additional staff.
- Air transport (national and international), optional.
- Excursions indicated as optional.
At Mater we know that accommodation is much more than a place to sleep. It is an opportunity to experience the local culture. Because of this, our itineraries are designed to stay in local hotels and, whenever possible, have an experience in the family home.
The published price is in standard hotels, but we have options in superior and luxury category hotels. We work with inns, rooms, and charming hotels.
At Mater we always search for alternative activities to those usually chosen by large groups of tourists so that you can have more intimate and authentic experiences, without missing out on the most emblematic places in Argentina.
In this tour we have small groups for activities, for you to have a better experience. You’ll visit the most outstanding places in Ushuaia and El Calafate, accompanied by guides that specialize on local natural heritage. You’ll go to unconventional places, promoting an authentic exchange between responsible travellers and the Patagonian people.
On top of our general sustainability policies (see here), there are some specific sustainable actions we take in this particular tour.
At Cabo San Pablo, a little known place in the Tierra del Fuego island, you’ll visit the beach while the guide explains the importance of protecting the places you visit and their biodiversity. You’ll also visit an estancia that is far from the classic touristic circuit, where the owners will tell you all about their rural life in Southern Patagonia. Additionally, we avoid the use of plastic in meals and buy our lunch boxes from local entrepreneurs.
In Calafate you will visit a local estancia that still works as one (not only for touristic purposes) and learn actively about the different activities they practise, such as sheep shearing. By doing this, we create an atmosphere of cultural exchange in which you’ll get to know the Patagonian pioneers’ customs and their agricultural and breeding practices.You’ll reach the Perito Moreno glacier through an unconventional navigation, helping to prevent overtourism. By doing this, you will also get unique views and reaching the glacier will be an experience itself.
Buenos Aires – El Calafate: 3.30h flight.
Buenos Aires – Ushuaia: 3.30h flight.
El Calafate – Ushuaia: 1.30h flight.
El Calafate – Nibepo Aike Estancia: 1.30h. in a minibus.
The ideal time to take this tour is between October and March (spring or summer) because temperature is more pleasing. Yet, the weather in Patagonia is quite windy and unstable and your can have either slightly hot or very cold days, even during the summer.
Ushuaia’s average annual temperature is 5,7 °C (42.26 ºF). During the summer maximum temperatures go around 20 °C (68 ºF) at daytime, with colder mornings and nights that go to about 10°C (50 ºF).
In El Calafate the average annual temperature is 7,5 °C (45.5) and in January, the warmest time, temperatures go about 15°C (59 ºF) during the day.
You can take a direct flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate or from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia. During the summer, there are also direct flights between Ushuaia and El Calafate every day.
Yes, it is safe. Yet, just like in any destination, we suggest that you pay attention to your belongings, avoid dark and deserted streets (especially at night), and don’t wear jewelry that’s too flashy.
In Ushuaia we suggest that you try centolla (a crab species). You’ll also love to try the cordero patagónico (lamb), and asado (Argentinian barbecue).