Argentina. El calafate

Population: 45 million (2019 estimate)
Capital city: Buenos Aires
People: 85% European descent, 15% mestizo, native and other minorities
Language: American Spanish, plus 17 native languages
Religion: 93% Roman Catholic, 2.5% protestant, 2% Jewish, 1.5% Ukrainian catholic, 1% Armenian orthodox

Passports: anyone entering Argentina should have a passport valid for at least six months from date of entry, and ideally past the date the passport holder leaves the country.

Visas: nationals of Canada, most Western European countries, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Argentina. Upon arrival, most visitors get a 90-day stamp in their passport. Canadians must pay a ‘reciprocity fee’ before arriving. Ideally it will be reminded when buying the airplane ticket: this fee is equal to what Argentines are charged for visas to visit those countries. The fee is paid online and with a credit card.

Customs Regulations: electronic items (laptops, cameras and mobile phones) can be brought into the country duty free, provided they are not intended for resale. If you have a lot of equipment, it is recommended to take an item list with the serial numbers and preferably the purchase receipts.

Electricity: Argentina’s electric current operates on 220V; 50Hz; plugs are C/I type. Adapters are readily available from almost any ferretería (hardware store). Most electronic equipment (such as cameras, telephones and computers) are dual/multi-voltage, but some equipment may require a voltage converter or you might short out your device.

Internet Access: Wi-Fi is available at most hotels, cafes, restaurants and airports, and it’s generally good and free. In remote spots like El Chaltén and other parts of Patagonia Wi-Fi service may be usually poor.

Mobile Phones: it’s best to bring your own unlocked tri- or quad-band GSM cell phone to Argentina, then buy an inexpensive SIM chip (you’ll get a local number) and credits (or carga virtual) as needed. All SIM Cards now must be registered to users before they can be activated. In theory, a foreigner can activate a SIM card with identification. Both SIM chips and credits can be bought at many kiosks or “locutorios”.

Money: ATMs are widely available and credit cards are accepted in most hotels and restaurants. ATMs can also be used for cash advances on major credit cards (not all foreign cards work in ATMs). They’re the best way to get money, and nearly all have instructions in English. Limits on withdrawal can be very low, though the withdrawal fee can be relatively high. Banelco ATMs tend to allow larger withdrawals. In some spots in Patagonia (El Calafate and El Chaltén, e.g.) and most touristic destinations they quickly run out of cash in high season.

Cash: the Argentine unit of currency is the peso (AR$). Notes come in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1000 pesos. One peso equals 100 “centavos”; coins come in denominations of 10, 25 and 50 centavos, as well as 1, 2 and 5 pesos. Currently, US dollars are accepted by many companies dedicated to tourism, but it is always recommended to carry some pesos.

Credit Cards: many (but not all!) tourist services, larger stores, hotels and restaurants – especially in the bigger cities – take credit cards. The most widely accepted are Visa and MasterCard, though American Express and a few others are valid in some establishments. Important: many places will give a small discount if you pay in cash rather than use a credit card.

Money Changers: US dollars are by far the preferred foreign currency, although Chilean and Uruguayan pesos can be readily exchanged at the borders. Cash dollars and Euros can be changed at banks and “casas de cambios” (exchange houses) in larger cities, but other currencies can be difficult to change outside Buenos Aires. Passport is needed to change money; we strongly suggest avoiding any sort of street-tout money changer.

Tipping: restaurants and cafes: it’s customary to tip about 10% of the bill. Spa: 15% of the bill. Hotel staff, delivery people, hotel and bus porters and taxi drivers: give a few bills.

Opening Hours:
Banks 10 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday.
Bars 7 pm / 9 pm to 4 am / 6 am nightly.
Cafes 6 am to midnight or much later; open daily.
Clubs 1 am / 2 am to 6 am / 8 am Friday and Saturday.
Office business hours 9 am to 6 pm.
Restaurants Noon to 3:30 pm and 8 pm to midnight or 1am (later on weekends).
Shops 9 am / 10 am to 8 pm / 9 pm Monday to Saturday.


Mention Argentina, and people think about solitary gauchos or maybe tango dancers. It is country blessed with abundant natural resources and a highly educated population. The country boasts a wide variety of cultural attractions, but for many travelers, its natural wonders are the primary draw. From the northern deserts down to the southern Andean Cordillera, from the Iguazú Falls to the magnificent desolation of Patagonia, Argentina's geography is varied and stunning. For cosmopolitan types, there's the elegant capital, Buenos Aires. This fabulous city is renowned for its sophistication, although travelers expecting a more 'South American' experience are sometimes disappointed with its European touch.

It's a large country - the eighth largest in the world, and the second largest on the South American continent. It borders Chile to the west (separated by the Andean Cordilleras range) and Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia to the north and east (separated by rivers). It also shares the offshore island territory of Tierra del Fuego with Chile, and continues claiming the possession of the Malvinas Islands (Falkland Islands) and the Antarctic territory, where Argentina has installed several scientific bases, including the most famous: Marambio.

Argentina's topography is affected by both latitude and altitude, and is accordingly varied. The country can be divided into four major physiographic provinces: the Andes to the west (with arid basins, grape-filled foothills, glacial mountains and the Lake District), the fertile lowland north (with subtropical rainforests), the central Pampas (a flat mixture of humid and dry expanses) and Patagonia (a combination of pastoral steppes and glacial regions).


BIG ICE

This incredible experience, begins in the Port “Under the shade” at 9 AM. There the boat “Tehuelche” crosses the Arm Rico, and 10 minutes later disembark in the west coast. The mountain guides will still take then nearer the glacier to put the “crampons” and initiate the approaching. The footpath passes by the South “Morena” of the Perito Moreno Glacier, and in little more than one hour they will find an amazing viewpoint, by where they will get to the ice. Once in the glacier and with “crampones” on, the world takes a new perspective: blue lagoons, deep cracks, enormous drains, magicians caves, and the unique sensation to feel in the middle of the glacier. Always accompanied and instructed by expert guides, who next to you will explore, during three hours, the corners of the most special glacier of the world. During the route the guides will help you get to know the ice and its surroundings better. You will have half an hour to have your box lunches (NOT INCLUDED) on the white tablecloth and being surprised in a place of unequalled beauty. Once in the “Morena”, you will walk for another hour approximately in order to take the boat to return to the “civilization” at 3 PM., after having enjoyed one of the most spectacular treks on ice of the world. Recommendations: Age: Due to the physical requirement and difficulty of the land, this excursion is only able for people between 18 and 50 years of and that has an acceptable physical state, considering that you will walk for about 7 hours on ice and “pedreros”. (*) Clothings: Sunglasses, solar cream, comfortable and warm clothes, cap for sun, raincoat, glove, trekking boots, backpack of 40 lts approximately. Lunch: Passengers must bring their lunch boxes from Calafate. To smoke: It is forbidden to smoke during the course of all the excursion; either in the boat, the forest, the ice or in the refuge. Physical state: The passengers must know that they will walk slowly for about six hours approximately, by lands so varied and irregular as ice, forest and “pedreros”. It is light, but relatively more complicated for old people, with problems of vertigo or bad physical state (For example: overweight) (*) Restrictions: due to the effort and difficulty involved on this tour it is only suitable for people between 18 and 50 years in good physical condition, considering about 7 hours walking on ice and forest. Overweight people can not take this tour. Kindly note that overweight people are considered those that exceed this criteria: weight in kg. greater than twice the height in cm. minus 100 (e.g. 1.70 m height: 170 minus 100 = 70 x 2 = 140); pregnant; people with any degree or type of physical or mental disability that affects their attention or coordination; persons suffering central or peripheral cardiovascular diseases using stents, pacemakers and other prostheses; (e.g. medicated with anticoagulants, varices grade III -thick and multiples-, cardiac arrhythmias), people suffering respiratory diseases (COPD, asthma, emphysema, etc). Because of its responsibility and under current regulations, H&A (Hielo & Aventura) reserves the right of admission, exercised under the previous guidelines, when they result apparent.

CERRO FRIAS 4X4

Cerro Frias has the distinction of not being part of any mountain range. From its natural viewpoints located at 400 and 800 m.a.s.l. are obtained spectacular Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy massifs and Crystal’s mountain range views. Brazo Rico, Magallanes Peninsula, North Arm, Boca del Diablo and Avellaneda Peninsula can also be seen. Located in Estancia Alice lands and 23km away from El Calafate, Cerro Frias is an opportunity to enjoy local flora and fauna and to get 360 degrees of unforgettable images… The activity begins with a shuttle bus from the hotels to the Cerro Frías, where participants are divided into groups according to the activity previously selected (this activity must be chosen at time of booking). Once arrived to Cerro Frias visitors can not change activity, except in cases of force majeure. Activities: Cerro Frías offers the possibility to do several activities that take place simultaneously in different circuits (4x4 – Zip Line - Horseback Ride or Trekking) This allows members of the same group to choose different activities, since all passengers gather at a meeting point before returning back Hotels. 4x4: the journey begins through a meadow and up a mountain slope. Half an hour later, important views of Centinela Valley and Torres del Paine transform the landscape. The ascent continues, up to the highest field of the hill where there are cows, guanacos, hares and wild horses. From there the breathtaking view of Argentino Lake, Roca Lake, Brazo Rico, Centinela Valley, Anita Valley and Torres del Paine. During the tour the flora and fauna of the region can be seen, and a beech forest located in the upper parts of the hill.

CERRO FRIAS HORSERIDE

Cerro Frias has the distinction of not being part of any mountain range. From its natural viewpoints located at 400 and 800 m.a.s.l. are obtained spectacular Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy massifs and Crystal’s mountain range views. Brazo Rico, Magallanes Peninsula, North Arm, Boca del Diablo and Avellaneda Peninsula can also be seen. Located in Estancia Alice lands and 23km away from El Calafate, Cerro Frias is an opportunity to enjoy local flora and fauna and to get 360 degrees of unforgettable images… The activity begins with a shuttle bus from the hotels to the Cerro Frías, where participants are divided into groups according to the activity previously selected (this activity must be chosen at time of booking). Once arrived to Cerro Frias visitors can not change activity, except in cases of force majeure. Activities: Cerro Frías offers the possibility to do several activities that take place simultaneously in different circuits (4x4 – Zip Line - Horseback Ride or Trekking) This allows members of the same group to choose different activities, since all passengers gather at a meeting point before returning back Hotels. Horseback Ride or Trekking: the tour begins through a meadow to climb the mountain slopes. 30 minutes later Centinela Valley and Torres del Paine views can be seen. The route continues to climb up to high fields where Ranch cattle may eventually be seen and wild animals such as guanacos, hares, foxes, armadillos and skunks. From this field, you have a breathtaking view of Argentino Lake, Torres del Paine, Brazo Rico and Anita valley, among others.

EL CALAFATE / EL CHALTEN WITH TREKKING LAGUNA CAPRI

El Chalten is a small touristic village located at the bottom of the Andes and beside the Vueltas’ river, where it’s possible to enjoy unique and exclusive natural scenery at Glaciers National Park, combining the magic of the nearby glaciers, the hidden lagoons, the skyblue Viedma Lake and the presence of the mythic Fitz Roy hill. From the village, it’s usual to see its unmistakable and imposing summit, almost always covered by a cloud. The tour departs early from El Calafate. The road goes through the steppe along the Argentino Lake’s banks to take the legendary Route 40 up to the north across an extremely arid landscape. Some kilometers ahead the road joins the Route 23 to the west getting to El Chalten. This trekking could be done for people in good physical conditions. It is a classic trekking option for beginners. It’s a beautiful hike from El Chalten assisted by enabled mountain guides. The object will be getting to a panoramic point located over a lagoon of blue waters surrounded of native forest, accessible in two hours, and over there will appreciate a fantastic view of Fitz Roy hill. The path starts at northern area of the village. The first part of the trekking has an important slope, reaching around 350meters as maximum height. After half an hour of trekking, the path gets to the panoramic point of Vueltas´ river valley. Then, it continues for one hour and a half, surrounded of lots of “low deciduous beeches”, getting to a natural panoramic point of Fitz Roy hill. Following the hiking for few more minutes, it reaches to Capri lagoon, a really special place to take the lunch-box (NOT included). After enjoying the amazing views, with reloaded energies, it’s time to get the way back returning to the town taking the road to El Calafate.

EL CALAFATE'S BALCONY

From the balcony of El Calafate (Balcon de Calafate), an imposing natural viewpoint, you can enjoy a panoramic view of El Calafate and the central part of Lake Argentino. The tour will offer views of the Andes Mountains and glacier accumulation zone, towards the Boca del Diablo (narrowest part of the lake, heading to the Upsala channel) and if it is clear we can observe the Fitz Roy and Torre mountains in El Chaltén. In addition, we will have the opportunity to see the flight of Condors. The excursion starts from the hotels of El Calafate and completes a journey of 35 kilometers on the line of hills behind the village. The trail takes us through landscapes that marvel at its varied vegetation of height. It reaches up to 1050 meters above the sea. There, the first stop is a natural viewpoint where passengers enjoy a panoramic view of El Calafate and the Argentino Lake. In the background, the unforgettable and imposing framework of the Andes Mountains, and time to time, during the route, clients will enjoy views of the accumulation zone of the glaciers, towards Boca del Diablo (narrowest part of the lake, towards the Upsala arm) . Sometimes it is even possible to see the Fitz Roy and Torre hills in El Chaltén and, with some luck, the condor, master of the Patagonian skies, may be seen in his long plan. We take a snack in the our restaurant Huyliche and from there we start the descent down the northern slope of the hill to the Mexican Hats. A curious iron concretions that are only found in four places in the world. After this trip to other eras of world history, we return to El Calafate with the view always in the omnipresent Lake Argentino.

ESTANCIA CRISTINA CAÑADON DE LOS FOSILES TREKKING

Having set sail from Punta Bandera harbor at 9AM, we will glide over the waters of Lake Argentino’s Northern Arm to reach the furthest possible point of navigation in the Upsala Channel, where we can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier’s immense front. Then, having disembarked at the shores close to Estancia Cristina, the Discovery group are welcomed by our specialized driver-guides who will help them into their 4×4 vehicles, ready to head off into the wilderness. Our sturdy 4WDs will then venture up into the Feruglio Mountains, a 9.5km ride which offers great views of our surroundings and takes us ultimately to an elevated area where the cars will be parked. Once there, we’ll begin a 20-minute trek over terrain characterized by glacial erosion, until reaching the Upsala Glacier Lookout; an exclusive vantage point for visitors to appreciate this immense glacier that can only be accessed from Estancia Cristina. There will be plenty of time here to enjoy views of Lake Guillermo and the eastern side of the Upsala Glacier, as well as the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, before beginning the 14km trek through Fossil Canyon. The fascinating Cañadón de los Fósiles, which is around 170 million years old, has been named so for its immense concentration of marine fossils, imprints of squid and jellyfish among them, left behind after the last ice age. We can observe a kaleidoscope of colors across this terrain, the canyon’s walls rising beside us as we make a gradual descent until reaching a ravine at the edge of the valley. Along the way, we’ll stop and tuck into our box lunches, before leaving the canyon behindhaving explored it fully, then arriving back at the estancia and later onward to the port. NOTE: Estancia Cristina guides will determine whether passengers who have chosen this activity can actually participate in it.

ESTANCIA CRISTINA DISCOVERY

Having set sail from Punta Bandera harbor at 9 AM, we will glide over the waters of Lake Argentino’s Northern Arm to reach the furthest possible point of navigation in the Upsala Channel, where we can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier’s immense front. Then, having disembarked at the shores close to Estancia Cristina, the Discovery group are welcomed by our specialized driver-guides who will help them into their 4×4 vehicles, ready to head off into the wilderness. Our sturdy 4WDs will then venture up into the Feruglio Mountains, a 9.5km ride which offers great views of our surroundings and takes us ultimately to an elevated area where the cars will be parked. Once there, we’ll begin a 20-minute trek over terrain characterized by glacial erosion, until reaching the Upsala Glacier Lookout; an exclusive vantage point for visitors to appreciate this immense glacier that can only be accessed from Estancia Cristina. There will be plenty of time here to enjoy views of Lake Guillermo and the eastern side of the Upsala Glacier, as well as the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Afterwards, the groups will head back to the lodge in our 4×4 vehicles, for a well-deserved rest and break for lunch (approx. 1 hour). Later on, having returned from the trek, we will visit the Costumbrista Museum, housed in the estancia’s old shearing shed where guests can learn all about the history of the Masters family: their lives, adventures and how they became pioneers in Patagonia. Finally, a guided tour will take visitors around Estancia Cristina’s estate – up to the Caterina River, the waterwheel, chapel and the rest of the lodge. NOTE: if the maximum number of passengers is exceeded, visitors will be divided in turns by the tour coordinator of the Estancia.

LA LEONA PETRIFIED FOREST

This full day excursion in the steppe zone aims at all people who enjoy outdoor activities and adventure, ready to discover new places. The tour includes approximately 3 hours walking on discontinuous ground where wind and water were responsible for uncovering this place, which remained hidden for millions of years. Departure from El Calafate by Route 40, where we can see Argentino Lake, Santa Cruz and La Leona Rivers, a panoramic view of the majestic Andes mountains and Fitz Roy Mount. We will stop for about 15 minutes in La Leona hotel (historical site) and continue traveling along the southern shore of Viedma Lake to reach Cerro Los Hornos slopes (Estancia Santa Teresita). We will look for the first time the great depression of the land where the petrified logs are situated and will start our trekking exploration of fossils, which lasts about 3 hours, including the time for lunch. Throughout the walk we will see lots of petrified logs lying on the surface, some with a 1.2 meters diameter, testimony that during ancient times the climate was very different from today and allowed the existence of a full forest. There have also been uncovered fossils of different types of dinosaurs. This land is sheltered from the wind because it is a natural depression in the ground. This steppe area, therefore, is very dry and weather conditions are generally very nice. After the walk, we begin the journey back to El Calafate on the same path with another stop at La Leona hotel.

MARPATAG GLACIERS GOURMET EXPERIENCE

The Patagonian ice field is, after Antarctica, the largest concentration of ice on the planet. Its glaciers descend from 1,500 to 200 metres above sea level enabling unique access and viewing of the glaciers. Los Glaciares National Park offers a magnificent combination of forest, lakes, mountains, ice and steppes with over 200 glaciers. The most renowned being Spegazzini, rising 135 meters above sea level, Upsala covering an entire valley with an approximate extension of 765 Km2 and a length of 53km, and Perito Moreno Glacier, constantly advancing and causing the spectacular rupture of the wall of ice, providing one of Nature’s most impressive sights. Glaciares Gourmet is a full day journey to one of the most wonderful places in Southern Patagonia. Sailing aboard exclusive cruises will enjoy the highest standard of comfort and gourmet cuisine, for a truly memorable experience. Morning: Lago Argentino, on a northwest course to Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo. Spegazzini Glacier, landing at Las Vacas Station, in the Spegazzini Canal Bay. Here our guides coordinate a trek with a view of the old Settlers’ Station identifying flora and fauna. Visit the Upsala Canal and navigate to Herminita Peninsula -limit of the navigation zone allowed by National Parks– panoramic view of the Glacier. Lunch during navigation. Afternoon: navigation to Canal de los Tempanos, visit to Perito Moreno glacier. Return to La Soledad private port. MARIA TURQUESA Cruise: Main deck with capacity for 180 people + space specially designed for children. 4 exterior decks and 1 PREMIUM Deck on the upper level with a maximum capacity for 20 people. Lunch Gourmet Menu Tasting for the PREMIUM Deck or Gourmet Lunch Box for the classic deck.

MAYO SPIRIT TREK

The glaciers of Mayo Mount and Negro Mount are located in Mayo Canal in Argentina Lake and Los Glaciares National Park. The only way to reach them is by sailing along the lake. Toro Bay: starting at Argentino or Moreno dock; we sail along the De Los Tempanos Canal and we access Mayo Canal of Argentino Lake. We disembark at Toro Bay. Accompanied by a guide we start a walk through the Andean-Patagonian forest, where we will see cherry and cinnamon trees, lengas and ñires until reaching a 100-year-old sherry tree which has a trunk of more than three meters in diameter. Then, we walk across the forest until reaching a stream fed by a waterfall, which was originated due to landslide and where we will be able to observe a lime rock formation of approximately 180 meters high and 100 meters wide. We stay here until we return to the sailing boat will take us to our next stop or destination. Negro Mount: starting at Toro Bay, we sail along Mayo Canal in Argentino Lake and observe the glaciers of Mayo Mount and the hanging glacier of Negro Mount. After disembarking, and accompanied by a guide, we start 1 km walk towards the Andean-Patagonian forest. We will follow a stream which will lead us to the stone wall from where we can observe the Hanging Glacier and where we will be amazed by the 360º views of the landscape, including Mayo Mount and Blanco Mount. We stay for some time in this place before going back to the sailing boat which will take us to the north face of Perito Moreno Glacier. We will disembark at Moreno floating dock, situated at the foot of the walkway, to enjoy the view from the different walkways, and finally we will return to El Calafate * Daily departures; itinerary may change due to weather conditions.

PERITO MORENO GLACIER WITH MINITREKKING

A navigation in front of the South wall of the amazing Perito Moreno Gacier, a long walk by a captivate forest and finally, the long walk on the Glacier. The guided tour begins in the port located in the Bay “Under the Shade” approximately at 6 km before the Viewpoint of the glacier where you take a boat that crosses the “Brazo Rico” of the Argentine Lake, and after sailing for about 20 minutes oriented towards the Channel of Ice floes and to the South wall of the Perito Moreno Glacier, it disembarks and arrives at the refuge where the guides organize the groups, which are made of up to 20 people each one. A long walk to the glacier begins by the border of the lake, and lasts approximately 20 minutes. When arriving to the edge of the ice, the guides put the “grampones” to the participants, and give them instructions about how they should move on the ice. The route on the Glacier lasts 2 hours, appreciating in the way diverses icing-ups like: cracks, drains, small lagoons, etc. The long walk is moderate. The ice surface on which it takes place the long walk is irregular, but firm and safe. Explanations about flora, fauna and general “glaciología” of the region will be received and also informations of the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier and eventually produces its breaking. When the walk ends the group returns to the refuge, going through the lush forest “magallánico”. The return to port takes place with a previous visit to the Channel of Ice floes and the approaching to the walls of the glacier. Before returning to El Calafate, the passengers will be transferred to the Viewpoint of the Glacier and its footbridges, for about 60 minutes. Suggestions This excursion replaces the conventional visit to footbridges. It is worth taking it! The passengers can take box lunch and have them in the refuge of the forest. (Not included). Recommendations: a) Age: Due to the level of effort and difficulty that displays, this excursion can't be done for the following people: pregnants, olders of 65 years, minors of 10 years, with overweight or some type of disability. (*) b) Footwear: Any type of sport footwear, for example dull of trekking, slippers. Use thick socks, and prefer the ones of wool or cotton. Rubber boots are not admitted, nor high studs in women. The tourists only receive grampones. c) Clothing: Sportive (long trousers for both sexs. It is advisable to take t-shirt, sweater and overall waterproof. Sunglasses, protective cream and gloves. Also cap for sun or in case of cold. d) Lunch: The passengers must take theirs lunch boxes and only the groups that take the excursion during the morning have 40 minutes to have lunch in the refuge. Once embarked towards the Glacier, there are no products to buy. e) To smoke: It is forbidden to smoke during the course of all the excursion; either in the boat, the forest, the ice or in the refuge. f) Physical state: Normal, the passengers must know that they will walk slowly for three hours, approximately, by lands so varied and irregular as ice, forest and “pedreros”. g) Difficulty: It is light, but relatively more complicated for old people, with problems of vertigo or bad physical state (For example: overweight) (*) Restrictions: due to the effort and difficulty involved on this tour, it is only suitable for people between 10 and 65 years. Overweight people can not take this tour. Kindly note that overweight people are considered those that exceed this criteria: weight in kg. greater than twice the height in cm. minus 100 (e.g. 1.70 m height: 170 minus 100 = 70 x 2 = 140); pregnant; people with any degree or type of physical or mental disability that affects their attention or coordination; persons suffering central or peripheral cardiovascular diseases, using stents, pacemakers and other prostheses; (e.g. medicated with anticoagulants, varices grade III -thick and multiples-, cardiac arrhythmias), people suffering respiratory diseases (COPD, asthma, emphysema, etc). Because of its responsibility and under current regulations, H&A (Hielo & Aventura) reserves the right of admission, exercised under the previous guidelines, when they result apparent.

SOUTH GLACIER PIONEERS

Departure from El Calafate: we travel 50 km by the route through the farms (estancias) up to the Roca Lake at the southern end of Los Glaciares National Park. We leave back the arid steppe landscape to enter on the zone of the forest transition. At the end of the road we find the pioneer Nibepo Aike estancia/ farm belonging to the Jansma family. There after a hike through the head of the estancia/ farm, we attend to the lectures and demonstrations of shearing and equestrian, once finalized them, we enter to the comfortable barbecue area of the estancia/ farm in order to taste a typical Patagonian lunch which includes: a salad bar and vegetables along with the delicious lamb and others Argentinean cut meats to end up with a delicious sweet caramel (dulce de leche) crepes, all harmonized by fine Argentine wines and other beverages. Right after a pleasant lunch, we head up to our port to embark and start navigating to Playa de las Monedas (Coins beach) through the Brazo Rico, from there, we disembark and after a peaceful 20 minute walk into the forest of lengas trees, we get out to a lookout spot where you can appreciate the south side of the Moreno Glacier. We go back to the boat in order to continue sailing off the south side. Before leaving the boat, around 3.30 pm, the crew team "go fishing" an iceberg and we offer a whiskey with a glacier ice. Return: we disembark at the Bajo de las Sombras and by bus, the passengers are directed to the Glacier´s walkways by arriving at 4.00 pm, where they will remain there until 6.30 pm and right after, they will return to El Calafate by the traditional route. It is important to emphasize that the arrival on the walkways, by that time 90% of visitors who left in the morning from Calafate have already returned to the city.

TORRES DEL PAINE: OVERLAND 4X4 + TREKKING

After crossing the Patagonian steppe from North to South, you will arrive at the border post “Cancha Carrera” after a 2,5 hs trip. There, you will start to travel through the beautiful South Chile until you arrive at the “Torres del Paine” National Park (“blue” in Tehuelche language due to the predominant color). The trip from El Calafate to National Park Torres del Paine takes 3,5 hs. Once in the park, we will combine rides in our EXCLUSIVE OVERLAND TRUCK 4X4 and hikes, as there are many roads that go along the park and hundreds of hiking paths from one side to another. By default, the level of difficulty of the activities in our programs is low, having the chance to change it for a higher level is the group asks for it. Onboard of our OVERLAND TRUCKS (4X4), we will go to strategic places from where we´ll start the hikes that will allow us to get to the viewpoints where we will have most beautiful sights of the park. Around noon, we will offer you a picnic at the mountain. In case, the weather doesn´t allow it, we´ll use mountain shelters. In the afternoon, where ever the day finds us. Among the different places and viewpoints, you will be able to see: Sarmiento de Gamboa Lake viewpoint, Saltos del Rio Paine (Lunch & walking down beside the river 30’), Cerro Almirante Nieto. Cuernos del Paine – superior viewpoint; Laguna Amarga Las Torres Viewpoint; Salto Grande viewpoint (Big Fall); Viewpoint Nordenskjold Lake de los Cuernos del Paine (Trek by 1.5 hours to Pehoe & Nordenskjold Lake.) Important: the places and viewpoints that will finally be included depend on the weather conditions, the physical condition of the group, available time, the development of the excursion is left to the discretion of the guide tour.