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  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)
Fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate for a 3-night Patagonian adventure! Just four hours away by air, the town of El Calafate provides easy access to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. On Day 2, take a tour of the national park to discover its most famous natural wonder: the Perito Moreno glacier. This experience also includes a whole day of free time to explore El Calafate however you wish. You have your choice of 3-, 4- or 5-star accommodation; flights and breakfast are included.

Highlights

  • 3-night tour to El Calafate by air from Buenos Aries
  • Explore a piece of Argentine Patagonia during a quick trip from Buenos Aires
  • Take a guided tour to Los Glaciares National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Discover the Perito Moreno glacier on a 2-hour walking tour with an experienced guide
  • Choose from 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel accommodation in El Calafate
  • Round-trip flight, airport transport in El Calafate and breakfasts are included

What You Can Expect

3-Night Tour to El Calafate by Air from Buenos Aires Including Perito Moreno Glacier

Take a tour of the Perito Moreno glacier

The Patagonia town of El Calafate is often known as the gateway to Perito Moreno glacier and the rest of Los Glaciares National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares). Enjoy overnight accommodation in a standard double room at your choice of three levels of accommodation in town — either 3-star, 4-star or 5-star; breakfast is included.

  • 3-star: stay at the Kau Kaleshen, Kelta or Hainen hotels, depending on availability
  • 4-star: stay at La Cantera, Kosten Aike or Calafate Parque hotels, depending on availability
  • 5-star: stay at Los Alamos, Xelena or Alto Calafate hotels, depending on availability
After booking, your local tour operator will send you a schedule with your tour itinerary and instructions for choosing your flight times. See the Itinerary below for details on each day of the tour.

Itinerary

Day 1: Buenos Aires – El Calafate
Make your own way to Jorge Newbery Airfield in Buenos Aires for your 4-hour flight to El Calafate, about 1,700 miles (2,700 km) south of Buenos Aires on the shores of Lake Argentino (Lago Argentino).

When you arrive, you’ll be picked up by your professional guide and driven to your select hotel. The rest of the evening is yours to have dinner (own expense) and do what you wish.

Overnight: Your selected hotel in El Calafate

Day 2: Los Glaciares National Park (B)
Today, enjoy an excursion to the Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. After breakfast, make the 50-mile (80-km) drive from El Calafate to the glacier, which sits on the southwestern corner of Lake Argentino.

The most famous feature of the World Heritage-listed national park, Perito Moreno is 19 miles (30 km) long, 3 miles (5 km) wide and 197 feet (60 m) tall. With your guide, walk along the 1,300-foot (400-meter) walking path that takes you to a lookout point near the glacier. You’ll spend about two hours here; when you reach the viewpoint (about an hour’s walk), your guide will give you free time to take photos and admire the amazing view of the glacier and lake.

Perito Moreno is a growing glacier, creeping forward a little bit each day. If you’re lucky, you may witness the natural phenomenon of ice breaking off of the glacier walls and crashing into the water.

You may bring your own packed lunch with you to eat during the tour, have lunch at the restaurant inside the national park, or bring a few snacks on the tour and wait until you get back to El Calafate to eat lunch; the usual return time to El Calafate is 1pm, unless your tour group decides to spend more time at the national park.

Please note, the entrance fee to Los Glaciares National Park is not included in the price of the tour; you will pay at the gate when you get there.

Overnight: Your selected hotel in El Calafate

Day 3: El Calafate (B)
Today is a free day to explore El Calafate and its surrounding Patagonian sights on your own.

Perhaps speak to your guide about optional excursions (own expense), such as a Lake Argentino cruise, a 4x4 off-roading tour, a day trip to Torres del Paine National Park or a full-day tour back to Los Glaciares National Park to see what you missed on Day 2. Or, check out attractions in town like the Glaciarium, a stunning museum about the crazy world of glaciers and icebergs. All activities are at your own expense.

Overnight: Your selected hotel in El Calafate

Day 4: El Calafate – Buenos Aires (B)
After breakfast, spend a bit more free time in El Calafate before you are driven to the airport to catch your 4-hour flight back to Buenos Aires, where your tour ends. There are a range of flight times out of El Calafate from which you can choose after booking.
From USD $ 143.99

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