El Calafate & El Chalten - Trekking the Fitz Roy

El Calafate and El Chalten are home to the famous Perito Moreno Glacier and Fitz Roy Mountains, and they embody the true spirit of adventure in Patagonia. On this 6 day adventure, you will tour Perito Moreno Glacier (the most famous in Patagonia) before continuing to the lovely mountain town of El Chalten. The heart of Patagonia and a hiker’s paradise, Chalten is home to the Fitz Roy Mountains and Cerro Torre, and you will have plenty of time to hike the mountain trails or horseback ride with Argentine gauchos before sampling a delicious Patagonian "asado" (barbeque) and locally brewed beers.

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Supplier Tour ID: FTESIP/167544
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: El Calafate, Argentina
  • Finishes: El Calafate, Argentina
  • Age requirement: 18 +
You will Visit
  • El Calafate



Day 1

El Calafate
Welcome to Southern Patagonia!
El Calafate is located in the Patagonian steppe, dry and dramatic.
It is on the border of Lago Argentino (Argentina’s biggest lake), considered capital of the glaciers. It is the gate to visit world wide known Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the only glaciers in the world that is still advancing.
Upon arrival you will be taken to the hotel (shared service) and have the rest of the day to relax or explore the areas around the town or if possible, make the 1km hike out to Laguna Nimez for a beautiful Patagonian sunset.


Day 2

El Calafate: Perito Moreno Glacier
This day you are visiting a National Reserve. Please remember that National Park Fees are not included. Check at the end of your itinerary the corresponding fee, to be paid locally in national currency.
After an appropriate time you will leave on a full day excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier (shared service), in Los Glaciers National Park. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1981 and home to one of the most awe inspiring landscapes in Argentina, Perito Moreno Glacier is a site to behold.
During about 1 hour a bilingual guide will provide you with all the information you might want to know, and things you might have never thought about. On arrival you will have the chance to enjoy stunning views of the glacier from the nearby walking trail and viewing platforms.
But not just that, you will also enjoy the included Perito Moreno Glacier boat cruise that will take you close enough to fully appreciate the 80m high ice walls! In the early evening, you will return to you hotel in Calafate.
Duration: 6 hours
Meals included: Breakfast
For even more adventure, you may want to consider either taking the Big Ice or Mini-Trekking excursion (at an extra cost ). Both allow you to hike on the glacier!! Ask Say Hueque´s travel advisor for more information, but be sure to let us know in advance because it is highly requested.
If you prefer to have a private tour (private vehicle and private guide) ask our travel advisors, so they can add it.


Day 3

El Calafate / El Chalten
In the morning you will take a comfortable public bus, where for during about 3 hours you will be able to enjoy the desert of Southern Patagonia on the famous Route 40.
You will pass through La Leona river, that connects Lake Argentino and Lake Viedma.
By the river you will see La Leona Road House where once Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid after robbing a bank where hidden for almost a month.
Usually on arrival to El Chalten, the bus stops 15 minutes at the Park Ranger office to give you general explanations about the park, recommendations, etc. They are very informative and enthusiastic to share their love for the Park.
El Chalten is the top rated trekking destination, the Argentinean capital of trekking. Located at the foot of the Fitz Roy Mountain, surrounded by glaciers, lakes, rivers and forest, it is still a hidden gem of our south. The charming little village, that is also the start point for most paths, is a paradise for walkers and trekkers alike.
On arrival you can explore the surroundings, have a stroll around a little waterfall, or just relax in the local brewery.
Meals included: Breakfast.


Day 4

El Chalten - Mountains and Lakes- Self Guided
Be prepared for an exciting day in the wild Nature. El Chalten offers a range of options for all kind of difficulty of trekking.
From the door of your hotel, you can go for a short 3 K walk, with views of the Rio de las Vueltas, lenga forest and the chance to see all kind of birds (great woodpecker spotting opportunity). If you are looking for great mountain views, in one hour and a half you can be at the Cerro Torre view point.
For trekking fans, continue all the way to Torre base or go for the 8 hours trekking for the most impressive view of Fitz Roy and the whole massif by Laguna de los tres path (Highhly recommended!!). This is a trek that becomes difficult in the last bit but totally worth the effort.
You can choose where and when to go, and at your own pace, since the paths are self-guided and very well marked and maintained. We will provide you with complete trekking information of the park, so that you can decide the best plan to make the best of your day.
Note; If you prefer to have more details about the self guided trekking or to have a guide, ask our travel advisors.
Meals included: Breakfast.


Day 5

El Chalten/ El Calafate
This morning you can choose any other trek from a great variety that this National Park offers.
Bare in mind that in the afternoon you will board your bus back to El Calafate. The three hours driving back will be a good opportunity to rest enjoying the views from your window.
Meals included: Breakfast.


Day 6

El Calafate
At appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport or bus terminal (shared service).
You can choose to extent your travels purchasing any of our available offers in the rest of Patagonia or Buenos Aires.
Meals included: Breakfast

    • Transfers mentioned in the itinerary
    • 3 nights in El Calafate, 2 nights in El Chalten
    • Breakfast
    • Round trip bus El Calafate / El Chalten / El Calafate
    • Tours described in the itinerary
    • Bilingual guide (English / Spanish)

      Accommodation will depend on availability at one of the following:
      - El Calafate: Calafate Hostel, Hostel del Glaciar Libertador, Hostel del Glaciar Pioneros or similar.
      - El Chalten: Rancho Grande Hostel or similar

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