Wild Patagonia

Duration: 5 days

Highlights: El Calafate, El Chaltén, Mount Fitz Roy, Torre Lookout and Capri Lagoon. *Please note: hotels in El Chaltén are closed from April 30th to October 1st.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Patagonia

Upon arrival at El Calafate airport (FTE), you are welcomed by your local guide and transferred to your hotel in El Chalten where you are assisted with check-in procedures.
El Chalten is located in the Lago Argentino Department, on the northern margin of the Lago Viedma, at the confluence of the De las Vueltas and Fitz Roy Rivers. It was given its name by the Tehuelche people the name means blue mountain or smoking mountain in reference to the famous Cerro Fitz Roy, which with its unmistakable and magnificent silhouette always covered by a cloud, made them think of smoke. El Chalten has been declared National Hiking Capital because of the amount of activities for hikers and climbers.

Overnight: Destino Sur Hotel

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Day 2 - Exploring El Chaltén

Breakfast at the hotel
Suggested trekking activity: Mirador Torre
Located next to Mount Fitz Roy, this is the other major trekking area, which ends in a beautiful view of the world's most difficult mountains to scale, Cerro Torre. The half-day trail starts with a slight slope in the first few minutes, walking along the river course in the direction Fitz Roy. After 20 minutes, see Fitz Roy River Canyon and beautiful waterfalls. From here, stunning views of Cerro Torre begin to emerge. The first viewpoint ties in with the first break, 90 minutes from El Chaltén. Here, you can also see Cerro Torre, its glaciers and the Adelas cord. Return to Chalten from here.

This is a three-hour trek, ideal if you are short on time. Walk for one hour through a slightly undulating valley to reach Base Camp De Agostini and, a few minutes later, Lagoon Torre, with its magnificent view of Cerro Torre, Egger flanked by needles, and Standard, Bifida and the Adelas cord, glaciers that spill into the lagoon.

Overnight: Destino Sur Hotel

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Day 3 - Exploring Patagonia

Breakfast at the hotel.
Suggested trekking activity: Laguna Capri
If you’re short on time, this half-day trek to see Lake Capri via Cerro Fitz Roy is a great introduction to the area. Start with a steady, one-hour incline at a leisurely pace, overlooking the Río de las Vueltas valley and the first partial views of colossal Fitz Roy. After 45 minutes, arrive at the first viewpoint where you can appreciate the full extent of this iconic mass of stone, the Fitz Roy, flanked by the Poincenot, Saint Exupéry, Mermoz, and Guillaumet needles. A few meters away, take a detour ending at beautiful Laguna Capri surrounded by forest. The return to El Chaltén is mostly downhill.

Overnight: Destino Sur Hotel

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Day 4 - Meeting an Icon

Breakfast at the hotel.
Suggested trekking activity: Fitz Roy
A full-day trek to the foot of mythical Mount Fitz Roy is one of the prettiest in the area. 8.00: Minibus pick up from your hotel and drive to the trailhead, 18 km (12 miles) away. Just before arriving, stop off at a scenic spot overlooking the Fitz Roy. On arrival at the trailhead, enter a beech and ñires forest bordering the Río Blanco. Following this path, an hour’s walk leads to the first viewpoint with excellent views of Piedras Blancas Glacier. Continue for another 45 minutes Poincenot camp before crossing the river by a suspension bridge to reach Río Blanco, a base camp only used by climbers. Your guide then steers you to Mirador de Laguna de los Tres lookout, a one-hour trek during which you’ll scale 450 meters (1,400 feet). The view of Fitz Roy, the lagoon and its glaciers, is spectacular, as is that of Laguna Sucia. Return to El Chaltén on the path that passes through the Laguna Capri lookout. Arrive at El Chaltén between 17.00 and 18.00.

Overnight: Destino Sur Hotel

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Day 5 - Back to El Calafate

In due time, transfer back to El Calafate.

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