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El Calafate & Torres del Paine 12 days

from $3,650

On this trip, you will discover the Argentine and Chilean Patagonia Circuit. In 12 days you will enjoy unforgettable adventures, walking at the foot of the Fitz Roy Mountain, sailing through the Argentino Lake and the famous Perito Moreno Glacier, and trekking in Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.

Price per person on a double basis, in US dollars


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  1. Day 1 Flight to El Calafate and bus to El Chaltén

    Welcome to El Calafate and the land of glaciers.

    Upon arrival, you will take a local bus (included) to El Chaltén, the ”paradise” of trekking of Argentina.

    After about a 3-hour drive through the steppes of Patagonia, you will arrive at the village where you can admire the famous Mount Fitz Roy. ”Chalten” is the name with which the Tehuelches of the area called the hill that Perito Moreno will later name as Fitz Roy. In the Aonikenk language, it means ”smoking mountain” and the natives, like many early explorers, assumed it was a volcano. 


    Free afternoon to discover this picturesque village and its surroundings on your own.

  2. Day 2 Free day at El Chaltén: Laguna Torre trek

    Today we suggest hiking to Laguna Torre, one of the most classic walks of the place. 

    It is a valley walk from 8 to 9 hours, which will give you an overview of the mountains and glaciers around. At only 15 minutes there is a viewpoint with a panoramic view of the Solo Hills, Cord Adela, Cerro Torre and Mount Fitz Roy. Cerro Torre stands out as one of the most incredible views of the area. 

    Duration: The round trip from the center of El Chaltén is approximately 9 hours.

  3. Day 3 Free day at El Chaltén: Laguna de los Tres trek

    We suggest you do this unforgettable experience: trekking and a picnic in Laguna de los Tres.

    It is one of the most beautiful in the area; it starts at the end of the main street San Martin, after the car park. A sign ”Senda al Fitz Roy” marks the starting point. After about 5 hours excluding the stops (10.2 km), you will get to the end, you will be at 1,170 meters high. Mount Fitz Roy pops up in front of you and a turquoise blue lake stretches out at your feet. The path is fully marked and well laid out. The hanging Piedras Blancas glacier and the Capri Lagoon are two strategic points to contemplate the beauty and tranquility of the place.

    Do not forget to bring your picnic to enjoy in this amazing setting. 

    At 7 pm, you will take the local bus (included) back to El Calafate.


  4. Day 4 Trekking on Perito Moreno glacier

    Get ready for one of the most exciting adventures in southern Patagonia: you will walk on the ice giant Perito Moreno!

    The tour begins at the port ”Bajo de las Sombras” where you will board on a boat to cross the Rico Lake. After 20 minutes of navigation with a view of the Canal de los Témpanos and the south wall of the glacier P. Moreno, you will reach the south-west coast.

    After the disembarkment, you will start the first hike along the shore of the lake for about 20 minutes to the glacier. When you reach the edge of the ice, you will put on the crampons.

    The hike on the glacier lasts about 1h30, and you will enjoy various ice formations such as cracks, seracs, sinkholes, small lagoons, etc. The guide will talk about local flora, fauna and general glaciology of the region.

    At the end of the walk, you will return to the refuge through the exuberant forest of Magellan. You can also take a walk on the footbridges to enjoy magnificent views of the glacier.

    Restricted activity: people + 65 years old, children – 10-years old, people with serious health problems, pregnant women.

    Consider taking: sunglasses – sunscreen – comfortable and warm clothes – sun hat – waterproof jacket – gloves – hiking boots – backpack – picnic and a bottle of water


    Group activity, with English/Spanish speaking guide. 


  5. Day 5 Hike at the heart of Los Glaciares National Park

    You will board a modern and comfortable boat at Puerto Bandera in direction to the Upsala canal.

    You will navigate among the icebergs surrounded by magnificent landscapes with a view of the western front of the Upsala glacier. You will arrive at the Estancia at 11 a.m.

    In a 4X4, you will ride about ten kilometers through the mountain roads. You will discover landscapes of great geological interest. When you get to the top you will get a privileged view of the eastern face of the Upsala glacier and Lake Guillermo.

    Then you will begin your descent on foot towards Estancia Cristina by the Fossil Canyon and observe unique rock formations, encrusted with various marine fossils.

    Duration of the hike: 5h00. Difficulty: medium

    Finally, you arrive at the Estancia, where you will make a brief historical visit, and the Costumbrista museum.

    You can relax before boarding around 5 p.m. to reach the port of Puerto Bandera again.

    Return to El Calafate at 8 o’clock.

    Duration of the excursion: 11 hours

    You will need to plan your Picnic for lunch in the Fossil Canyon.


    Group activity, with English/Spanish speaking guide. 

  6. DAY 6 Kayak in La Leona River

    Departure at 7:30 towards the River ”The Leona”. After an introduction to the conditions of the activity, you will start the adventure by the river. The route is 14 km long.

    Halfway, you will stop for trekking on ”Cerro Los Hornos” which lasts about two hours. You will be able to observe petrified logs, fossils and one of the oldest formations on the planet.

    Lunch break is made in one of the best points of view of the area (not included). Then, you will continue your kayaking trip to the ”Arroyo Turbio”.

    The return to El Calafate is scheduled at 16:30. 


    It is not necessary to have prior experience. 

    Kayaks are double.

    Small group activity, with English/Spanish speaking guide. 

  7. Day 7 On the road to Chile

    Today you will take a local bus to Puerto Natales, in Chile (duration 5 to 6 hours, depending on the customs procedures).

    Upon arrival, private transfer to your hotel and afterwards you will already begin your adventure in the Chilean Patagonia. 

    Half an hour away from Puerto Natales, you will discover Estancia Laguna Sofía, where you will discover the fascinating world of the Patagonian ranches, riding through the incredible valleys and trails that surround this place.

    You will enjoy a horseback ride through the surroundings, observing the majestic flight of the condors that live on the nearby cliffs, while you enter different types of forests and landscapes that are unique in the world.


    This activity has a 4 hour duration

    Group activity with Spanish-speaking guide


  8. Day 8 Torres del Paine National Park: Navigation to the Balmaceda and Serrano Glaciers

    You will begin your discovery of Torres del Paine National Park by navigation through the Ultima Esperanza Fjord, where you will admire the Balmaceda and Serrano glaciers. 

    The navigation begins by entering the Señoret channel, heading towards the Guanaco Island, where it is sometimes possible to appreciate the small and pretty Magellanic Dolphins (Toninas).

    The navigation continues to Estancia la Peninsula where you will appreciate rocky walls where an important population of Cormorants lives. The trip continues to Punta de Lobos where you found some specimens of the mammal that gives its name. Afterwards, you will visit waterfalls and cliffs where you will be able to see condors. At each point of interest, the boat will stop for travelers to enjoy the scenery and attractions.

    The navigation continues to Monte Balmaceda (2035 meters altitude) where you will appreciate the glacier of the same name. 

    At this moment, you will disembark in Puerto Toro to begin the hour-long trek back and forth along the  Témpanos lagoon, accompanied by your bilingual guide.  Through a native forest of coihues, ñirres and plum trees, on direction towards the Serrano glacier, you will walk along a path between native flora and fauna to reach the glacier wall.

    As you return, you will visit a ranch, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch.

    After having witnessed a unique, wild and virgin landscape, you will be driven back to Puerto Natales.


    Group excursion with English/Spanish-speaking guide

    Duration of the excursion: 12hs total

    You need to go to the local operator office, located in the city center

    Lunch included

  9. Day 9 Torres del Paine National Park, Cuevas del Milodón

    Unforgettable excursion to Torres del Paine National Park. In one day, you will visit and learn about the main attractions of the Park in a comfortable vehicle, with a guide and a specialized driver.

     Departing from your hotel in Puerto Natales, you will see the Milodon Cave located 24 kilometers north of Puerto Natales. Before reaching the cave, the access road passes by the ”Devil’s Chair”, a name which comes from the popular imagination given to a rock structure with the appearance of an armchair which would have been the ”seat” of the Milodon and that the legend turns into ”devil”.

     You continue along the new access road to Torres del Paine National Park, where you can observe lakes and mountain ranges. Then you will admire the beautiful scenery near the Grey Lake viewpoint (you will see the Grey Glacier, the Paine, and the Toro Lake massif). After a few kilometers it is possible to observe the Cuernos del Paine. In this area, you can take a nice walk along the Grey Lake River and if the conditions are good, it is possible to access the Grey Peninsula viewpoint.

     On your return, you will have time to rest in a restaurant located inside the Park for a moment. There you will enjoy your lunch.

     After this break, you will continue to the last stop of your visit, towards the Salto Grande section. You will admire the Nordenskjold lake and the various views of the Laguna Amarga. After admiring the magnificent landscape, you will be dropped off at your hotel in the Park.

     You will sleep in Torres del Paine National Park


    Group excursion with English / Spanish speaking guide

    Lunch and dinner included

  10. Day 10 Torres del Paine National Park: Grey Glacier

    Today, you will discover one of the most famous glaciers in Torres del Paine National Park: the Grey Glacier. You will navigate in front of this ice giant. 

    It is one of the must-see excursions during your visit to Torres del Paine National Park. This 3-hour journey takes place on board the Grey III catamaran, with capacity for 90 passengers.

    From the boat you will enjoy an incomparable landscape composed of floating icebergs, lush vegetation and imposing mountains.


    Group excursion with English/Spanish-speaking guide

    Duration of the excursion: 4 hs total


    Lunch included in your hotel


    Private transfer to Puerto Natales.

  11. Day 11 Torres del Paine National Park: Trekking to Base las Torres

    New day at Torres del Paine National Park. Today you will live an unforgettable day of trekking to the base of the imposing Torres del Paine, a unique natural setting in the world.

    Departure from Puerto Natales at 07:00 am and direct transfer to Las Torres sector where you will arrive at “Reserva Cerro Paine”, the starting point of the trail. There you will receive a preliminary instructional talk from our local guide. 

    As you begin your trek you will take the road towards the Valley and after 10 minutes of walking, you will cross an old (but safe) suspension bridge that passes over the Ascencio river. 

    You will continue following a zigzag road for an hour. The ascent continues until you reach the Chilean Camping, on the opposite bank of the Rio Ascencio, in the shade of a lengas forest. After about an hour and 10 minutes from the Chilean campsite, at 700 meters above sea level, you will arrive at the first viewpoint. 

    You must continue ascending among the rocks, some of which are marked to show the route. After about half an hour later, the eastern end of the lagoon is reached, from where you have a wonderful view of the three towers (Central, Monzino, Dagostini) and of the Peineta and Nido de Cóndores hills. 

    After resting and enjoying your box lunch in this extraordinary and unique scenic context,  you begin your return along the same path until you reach the starting point. There your driver will be waiting to return to Puerto Natales at the end of the day.


    Group excursion with English/Spanish-speaking guide

    Duration of the excursion: 12 hs total

    Box lunch included

  12. Day 12 End of trip

    According to your bus schedule, a private transfer will be arranged to take you to the bus terminal of Puerto Natales. You can depart to Punta Arenas or to El Calafate.


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All about the El Calafate & Torres del Paine 12 days.

Travel dates: from 1st October 2020 to 1st April 2021

Blackout dates: none

Departures every day (subject to availability) 

Minimum 2 passengers (Extra cost applies for solo travelers)

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 11 nights accommodation (category: standard)
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts + 4 lunches + 1 diner
  • Excursions mentioned on the itinerary (group tours) 
  • English / Spanish speaking guide.
  • Transfers airport – hotel – bus terminal (private service) 
  • Entrance to all National Parks.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

  Meals (except when mentioned) and additional personal expenses.

Air transport (national and international), optional.

Excursions indicated as optional.



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