El Calafate - Lago Argentino A La Carte - 4D/3N
El Calafate is a nice tourist village with good hotel facilities that lies on the hillside of the plateaus that surround it. It is surrounded by small farms of vegetables and fruit trees that form the belt of the small urban center. The city is crossed by the El Calafate stream which divides the village in two. A few meters from the center of the city, a path of stones leads to the Nimes Lagoon, better known as the Birds Lagoon, with an important population of black-necked swans, flamingoes and upland goose on a fine dark sand beach. El Calafate is the National Capital of the Glaciers and the most important city of the area. The Argentino Lake and the Viedma Lake are the only lakes that, after the last glaciation of the quaternary period, are still fed by glacial water. Their particular turquoise color is due to the sediments and minerals from the mountains that remain suspended on the lake since their specific weight is lower to the water’s. This allows natural light to penetrate only to a certain depth. Both lakes are in the Los Glaciares National Park, one of the largest national parks of the country and perhaps the only truly untouched area in the southern continent, where nature is preserved intact due to the natural barrier that represents the huge steppe that precedes it. It is an area covered with ice, whose origins go back to the quaternary era when the last glaciation period took place. It was declared Monument of the World Patrimony by UNESCO. Colonies of seals play on the islets and sandbanks. A visit to these regions allows us to discover the wonders of nature in constant creation.
Meeting Point: El Calafate Airport.
Hotels: Choose: Eolo, Esplendor Calafate, Park Plaza Unique, Cerro CAlafate, Alamos, Kapenke, or Patagon.
Notes: Season: All year round. Services: S.I.B. (Seat In a Bus). Languages: Spanish - English.
Included: Hotel accommodation (3 nights) with local hotel taxes - Meals as listed in the program (B= Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) - Transfers and tours. Full day excursion to Perito Moreno with National Park Entrance.
Not Included: Any airfares - Passport and visa expenses - Any personal expenses and any items not specifically mentioned as included in the program.
Day by day Itinerary:
- Day 1 El Calafate - Meeting at El Calafate airport and transfer to the hotel.
- Day 2 El Calafate - Breakfast at the hotel. Full day excursion to the Perito Moreno Glacier (lunch not included). Located in Los Glaciares National Park, this imposing ice river of 3 km. wide and 50 mts. high descends from the Patagonian Continental Ice provoking during its slow forward movements, ice cracks and explosions. Because of its breathtaking beauty and unusual behavior it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. (B)
- Day 3 El Calafate - Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure for optional tours. We recommend the Upsala and Onelli Glaciers excursion. Full day excursion sailing the Northern Arm of the Argentino Lake towards Upsala disembarking at Onelli Bay or Puesto de Vacas according to the iceberg location where we will be able to walk through the woods. (B)
- Day 4 El Calafate - Breakfast at the hotel. Day at leisure for optional excursions. Transfer to the airport. (B)
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