Patagonia - Argentina
Patagonia - Argentina
- Round-Trip Airport Shuttle
- 7 Nights Lodging in Small Mountain Hotels
- All Meals - except 1 lunch on Day 6
- Private Shuttles & Taxis as Needed
- 2 Fit 4 Adventures Guides
- Ice Hike w/Local Guide
- Ice Hike Shuttle and Boat Ride
- National Park Entrance Fees
- Luggage Transport
- Tips for Local Guides
- Not included: Airfare, F4A Guide Tips, Incidentals, Optional Excursions
Trip Dates: February 6-13, 2021
Trip Price: $3,970 per person
One of the most iconic landscapes on earth. The name alone carries a mystique, a mythical aura of adventure.
‘Patagonia’- The wild unknown, the rugged unexplored. Raging rivers, towering peaks, jagged rock faces, massive sheets of ice- all cast against the backdrop of vast expanses of untamed wilderness…
Sound enticing? Guess what? We’re going. And you can come with us…
Join us in February, 2021 as we explore one of the world’s premier adventure destinations.
This 8-day/7-night itinerary encompasses the greatest adventures Argentina has to offer ... hiking on the massive Perito Moreno glacier in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares and trekking in the shadow of the imposing Mount Fitz Roy near the Andean outpost of El Chaltén.
This trip has it ALL, and then some…
We’ll gather in the mountain town of El Calafate, Argentina, on the shores of the magnificent Lago Argentino. Guests will have the first afternoon to recover from the long travel day while exploring the quaint lakeside village- then it’s ‘Adventure: ON’ for the next 7 days.
Click the Itinerary tab above for daily details.
FLIGHTS: You are responsible for booking your own flight. Your destination airport in Argentina is El Calafate (FTE). Plan to arrive at your convenience on February 6th. We'll arrange for airport shuttle. You'll plan to depart on February 16th. Choose whatever flight time suits you best. It's only a 20 minute taxi back to the airport.
PAYMENTS: A $500 (per person) deposit is due when you submit the reservation form. Your 2nd payment (50% of remaining balance) will be due November 1, 2020 . The remaining balance will be due December 15, 2020. You’ll receive a reminder email when these are due.
CANCELLATIONS: If cancelling before September 1, 2020, your deposit is refundable, less a $150 cancellation fee. Your deposit will become non-refundable after September 1, 2020. All other payments are non-refundable after they have been paid.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: The cancellation policy above will be strictly adhered to. Travel insurance is always a good idea to prevent loss of funds in case of an unexpected cancellation or even injury while on the trip. The easiest way to get insurance is to purchase along with your flight purchase.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: This is the right trip for energetic people who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. To enjoy this trek it is essential to be in shape before you arrive. It is not wise to regard this trek as a means of getting into shape or losing excess weight. Start a program of conditioning well before departure.
Day 1, Feb. 6: Travel Day. Arrive in El Calafate.
El Calafate is near the edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and is known as the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, home to the massive Perito Moreno Glacier.
Airport: Comandante Armando Tola International Airport (Airport Code: FTE) is located 21 km east of the city of El Calafate, in the Santa Cruz province of Argentina. Upon arrival, you’ll be met at the airport by Fit 4 Adventure personnel who will escort you to the hotel.
Once settled, take time explore the town and/or relax after the long journey. We will gather in the hotel prior to heading out for our Welcome Dinner.
Arrival day options Include:
- Explore the shores of Lago Argentino- a short walk from our hotel provides magnificent views of the spectacular Lago Argentino.
- Head to town and visit markets, chocolate shops, cervecerias, see the local artwork at the Paseo de los Artesanos and crafts at La Aldea de los Gnomos.
- Visit the Ecological Reserve of Laguna Nimez- a wild bird sanctuary near town; home to over 80 species of birds; a boardwalk with informative signs winds among a handful of small lakes; rent binoculars if desired. (Also offered on day 7 as an optional group activity)
- Check out the Centro de Interpretacion Historica- a small museum provides the natural and human history of Patagonia; enjoy a traditional 'mate' and talk with the guides.
Lodging: Blanca Patagonia Hostería Boutique y Cabañas (we will be here 2 nights)
Day 2, Feb. 7: Perito Moreno Glacier Ice Hike
Breakfast is included at the hotel. We will pack snacks and sack lunches for the day (think local bakeries with empanadas, yum!)
If you only visit one glacier in your life, Perito Moreno should be the one you see. This stunning mass of ice spans 121 square miles and, remarkably, is still growing. It towers above the turquoise glacial water of Patagonia’s Los Glaciares National Park, beaming a blinding white and exuding cold blue hues.
This day of adventure on Perito Moreno Glacier includes all necessary hiking equipment, including crampons. Local guides ensure your comfort and safety while teaching about the glacier's ecology, geology and wildlife. Upon entering the park, we will take a boat across the lagoon, providing spectacular views of the glacier’s towering face. Once fitted with gear, we will spend about 2 hours on the glacier itself. After a sack lunch, a boat will ferry us back to port where we’ll have an opportunity to explore various walkways and boardwalks overlooking the ice field and offering different vantage points. We then return to our hotel in El Calafate and enjoy a group dinner in town.
Lodging: Blanca Patagonia Hostería Boutique y Cabañas
Day 3, Feb. 8: Transfer to El Chaltén & Mirador de los Condores Hike
Breakfast included at hotel, prior to departure for El Chalten.
This morning, we'll pack our bags before hopping a private transfer to the Andean outpost of El Chaltén, about 3 hours north of El Calafate. Upon arrival, we’ll drop our luggage at the hotel, grab lunch in town and head to the Visitors’ Center to prepare for today’s hike. The easy trail leads to a spectacular viewpoint with panoramic views over El Chaltén, the surrounding valley and the mountains beyond. If we’re lucky, we may spot Andean condors riding the mountain breeze! After the hike, we’ll have ample time to settle in. Later in the evening, we will eat a hearty dinner to prepare for tomorrow’s hike!
Hiking: Mirador de los Condores- 2 miles round trip; min elevation: 1380 ft, max elevation: 1708 ft; duration: 1-2 hours.
Lodging: TBD (staying here 4 nights)
Day 4, Feb. 9: Laguna Torre Hike
Breakfast included at hotel. We'll pack snacks and sack lunches for the hike.
One of the best hikes in El Chaltén, this trail winds along the valley of the Fitz Roy River, leading to the gorgeous, glacially-fed Laguna Torre, located at the foot of the amazing Adela Range. Along the way, we’ll come to the Cerro Torre viewpoint, providing one of the of the most magnificent views in all of El Chaltén.
Upon arriving at the lake, the scenery will take your breath away. Giant icebergs float in the lake, massive chunks calved from the Torres and Grande glaciers which come cascading down the mountainside. The impressive Cerro Torre towers above, standing watch over the valley below. It is spectacular, and a ‘Must Do’ in every Patagonian trekker’s logbook.
We’ll enjoy lunch by the lake, hike along the lakeside up to another viewpoint, and then descend through the forest and back to El Chaltén.
Hiking Time: 7 Hours (steady pace, including lunch and snack breaks). 11-miles out and back; min elevation: 1397 ft., max elevation: 2107.
Day 5, Feb. 10: Laguna de los Tres
THIS is what we came for- an epic hike to the foot of the incomparable Mount Fitz Roy- iconic Patagonia at its very best.
Our hike starts with a moderate climb, with ever-changing views of the De las Vueltas river valley as we mount the ridge. Upon reaching the top, we round a corner, and there it is, towering in the distance- Mount Fitz Roy. We will continue along rivers and streams, eventually coming to the foot of the climb to Lago de los Tres. This climb is no joke- rocky terrain, steep switchbacks and lots of sweat, but oh-so worth it! The scene at the top is other-worldly! if the climb didn’t take your breath away, the power, beauty, and majesty of Mount Fitz Roy most certainly will. The climb ends with an extraordinary view of the lagoon, several glaciers and the impossibly rugged Mount Fitz Roy towering above it all.
After lunching on the rocks and soaking up the scene, we will descend from the lake, passing by Lake Viedma on our return to El Chaltén. A cerveceria awaits just beyond the trailhead ... a perfect spot to raise a toast to the day’s adventure.
Hiking Time: 8 Hours
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult (trail ends with a steep climb to the lake)
14.2 miles (RT- out-and-back), min elevation: 1328 ft, max elevation: 3870 ft.
Day 6, Feb. 11: Free Day in El Chalten
Enjoy a free day to take in all this wonderful mountain town has to offer. Optional activities include additional hikes, organized mountain bike tours, rafting trips and more. Alternatively, relax, take a leisurely stroll along the streets, soak up the scenery while exploring the shops, cafes and galleries. Your F4A guides will help coordinate activities, making reservations as needed.
Day 7, Feb. 12: Transfer to El Calafate, Laguna Nimez Reserve
After breakfast, we will pack our bags and take a private transfer back to El Calafate. Upon arrival, we will drop our bags at the hotel and have the afternoon to explore town and shop for souvenirs. An optional group outing to Laguna Nimez Reserve, a wonderful estuary within walking distance of downtown Calafate, will be offered to those who wish to participate. This is a great opportunity to stretch your legs after the van ride and learn more about the flora and fauna you have seen on your hikes.
A group sendoff dinner tonight will celebrate our time together in Argentina.
Those participating in Week 2 in Chile will prepare to depart in the morning. Those returning to the U.S. will have airport transfers arranged by the F4A staff per their airline reservations.
Day 8, Feb. 13: Travel Day
Either head to the airport or on to other destinations.
The Fit 4 Adventure trip to Argentina was beyond amazing. Every hike is memorable, but the hike to Laguna de los Tres is one of the most spectacular hikes that I have ever done. Hiking the glacier was so unlike anything that I have ever done. The towns of El Chalten and El Calafate are charming. The accommodations were very comfortable and the food delicious. Nick and Marie were wonderful guides whose knowledge of the area and the language was very helpful. As always in my experience with F4A, the relationships developed with the fellow participants and guides are just as rewarding as the activities and last well past the trip. If you want to visit one of the most beautiful, pristine places on the planet, GO! This trip exceeded expectations!
This was one of the best adventures in which I have ever participated! The views were absolutely stunning, the accommodations fantastic and the food was wonderful. Marie & Nick were the best guides. The participants on the trip were an absolute great bunch to spend a week in paradise with.
Jon and I had a blast on another Fit 4 Adventure Vacation. What a journey we had! It was a great vacation and a nice break for sure! We felt safe and the accommodations and food were all excellent. I loved meeting Nick and Marie and found them nothing but nice and accommodating. The hikes were perfect for us. They handled adaptations to the day well. The group dynamic was good. Loved the long meals and that they had picked out places ahead of time. The whole experience was beautiful and delightful! You attract some really great humans and it’s always a pleasure to go on trips and have fun with them. Thanks for letting us be a part of your first trip to Patagonia ! It’s one we won’t soon forget!!
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