FITZ ROY TREKKING LAGUNA DE LOS TRES
• At 08.30 is the pick up from Hotel in a Van After that, it takes the route to Lodge El Pilar (18 km), where start the hiking to Fitz Roy. Taking the valley of Rio Blanco, we can see the first balcony to Piedras Blancas Glacier. From there we walk another 1.30 h until reaching Rio Blanco Camp site, another hour up the trail reaching Laguna de los Tres. From the lake, there are even better panoramic views of Cerro Fitz Roy! You can also see Laguna Sucia and Lago Viedma in the distance. After lunch (no included) we start the return to El Chaten taking the trail to Laguna Capri. • This tours finishes at about 6 pm. RECOMMENDED CLOTHING FOR ALL THE TOURS IN EL CHALTEN: gloves, sunscreen (facial and labial), cap fleece or wool coat, hat , scarf or neck coat, waterproof jacket, waterproof pants or synthetic fabric, appropriate footwear (preferably trekking boots covering the ankle), sunglasses. Tip: in Patagonia clothing layers should be taken to adapt to frequent changes in temperature.
Departure from Touristic Pier sailing through the wide Ushuaia Bay until reaching the Beagle Channel, through Paso Chico. There we sail around both Birds and Seals islands (they belong to Bridges archipelago). Arriving at the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse we can appreciate imperial and rocky cormorant’s colonies. We continue sailing towards the East enjoying wonderful landscapes of the channel and mountains; at this point we will see Puerto Almanza on the Argentinean coast and Puerto Williams on the Chilean coast. Then we will arrive at Isla Martillo where we will observe a colony of Magellanic penguins. We continue sailing to Estancia Harberton where we disembark to visit the ranch and the Acatushún Austral Marine Mammal and Bird Museum (not included). The return to the Touristic Pier in Ushuaia is a ground transfer by Complementary Route J and Route 3; a stop at the lookout point of Garibaldi Pass will allow us to observe and photograph the lakes of the area: Escondido and Fagnano. Important: navigation from the Touristic Pier located in Ushuaia to the Estancia; ground transfer to return to the same pier.
Early in the morning we depart to Valdés Peninsula. At the entrance the fee to the World Heritage Area is paid; then arrival at the Ameghino Isthmus where we stop at the Interpretation Center. We continue to Puerto Pirámides where (between June and December) we can embark for a close encounter with the ballena franca Whale (optional). After that we visit Punta Pirámides lobería (seals settlement). Then we leave to Caleta Valdés where we will have time to have lunch (optional) and we will see an elephant seals settlement. We will pass by a penguin rookery in formation, where (between September and April) we will have the opportunity to see some specimens of the "Magellan" type from the top of a cliff. During the tour we can observe Patagonia typical fauna (maras, choiques, guanacos, and piches) and different birds. In case we fail to sail in the morning for bad weather, we will go to Pirámides Port for whales sighting. Late in the afternoon we arrive in our accommodation.