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Huemul Glacier Tours

Huemul Glacier
Huemul Glacier is named for a fairly rare species of deer. However, on a trip from El Chaltén over toward the Chilean side of the Andes, you do stand a chance to see one. The area features a native forest and numerous waterfalls that keep the area green year-round.

Trips to the Huemul Glacier often start with an hour-long boat trip on the Laguna del Desierto, which is surrounded by trees and backed by lesser mountain chains. After the boat trip, it’s easy to find the trail up to the viewpoint for the Huemul Glacier. It’s a short but steep hike, about two miles uphill, through a dense, mossy forest, and takes about an hour, depending on fitness level.

The Huemul Glacier is a hanging one, meaning it appears to spill down the mountain but stops abruptly in the upper valley and does come down to ground level. Visitors often spend quite a while at the lookout point to see the glacier and appreciate the massive ice-flow that comes down granite walls toward the turquoise lake below. On rare wind-free days, the lake is a perfect mirror. 

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In summertime, ask your guide to keep an eye out for the low bushes with blue-colored berries. These are calafate, which are similar in taste to blueberries and gave the city of El Calafate its name.
Address: El Calafate, Argentina
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5 Tours and Activities to Experience Huemul Glacier

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Chaltén experience full day Desert Lake

Chaltén experience full day Desert Lake

It starts at 7:30 am in the morning from Calafate, bordering the Argentino Lake, we will cross the Santa Cruz River, then we will continue to the La Leona River, until we arrive after 1 hour 15 minutes, to the old Paso La Leona route hotel , where you can have coffee with homemade cakes, we will continue along Lake Viedma with the Andes Mountains in the background. We will stop at the Viedma Glacier viewpoint from where you can see a beautiful panoramic view of the Glacier, the Cordillera and the emblematic Cerro Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre. We will arrive at the mountain village of El Chaltén Once they arrive at Pudú Lodge, passengers will be transferred to another vehicle that will travel along the Cañadón del Río de las Vueltas, on the way. Passengers can walk along the shores of the Desert Lake looking for a nice place to have lunch or they can choose for doing the walk to the Lake and Huemul Glacier. Around 4 pm the return to El Chaltén begins
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  • 13 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Chaltén full day Rafting Experience - Rio de las Vueltas

Chaltén full day Rafting Experience - Rio de las Vueltas

The program begins with the pick-up at the Hotels in El Calafate, after traveling 220 km at 11h we will arrive at our destination. Between 11 am and 3 pm free time is available to tour the national trekking capital. At 3 pm passengers meet and the development of the activity will be explained. The required technical equipment will be provided to each passenger: Once the passengers are equipped, the guide will give a talk about technique and safety of the activity, embark and start the activity in the water. The first area consists of four kilometers of calm waters with the Fitz Roy behind us; Ideal area to get acquainted with the raft, the river and practice the necessary rowing techniques. The second zone is that of the canyon. Once the initial rapid is avoided, we will find a succession of fun and exciting rapids for 8 km. We finished the descent with an area of 2 kms of calm waters.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Hiking and 4x4 Drive to the Lake of the Desert from El Calafate

Hiking and 4x4 Drive to the Lake of the Desert from El Calafate

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Explore the Lake of the Desert and De Las Vueltas River on foot and in a 4x4 vehicle during this 13-hour adventure from El Calafate. With a local adventure guide, travel up the iconic Route 40, along Lago Argentino, eventually reaching the Pudu Lodge in El Chaltén. On the trek and 4x4 vehicle journey through the Andes, watch for condors flying overhead through the ancient trees. Journey through forests, along rivers and past lakes. Get fantastic views of Mt Fitz Roy and end your trek with a delicious hot chocolate back at the lodge. Lunch and round-trip transportation from El Calafate are included. 
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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El Chalten Full Day W/lago Del Desierto & Glaciar Vespignani

El Chalten Full Day W/lago Del Desierto & Glaciar Vespignani

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The excursion begins at 7 hs from El Calafate. We take the mythic Route 40, that goes along the Argentino Lake up to La Leona river. We will pass by the canyon with the same name “Cañadón La Leona” and after 1.15 h ride we will arrive to the ancient route hotel "La Leona", almost a museum of the Route 40, where you can have coffee and cakes. Our trip continues along the Lake Viedma, from where we will have magical views of glaciers, hidden lakes and the overpowering presence of the Mount Fitz Roy. After arriving at Chalten we continue our ridelago del desierto taking the route that borders the Rio de las Vueltas taking us deeper into the Lengas and Nires forest. The road ends after one hour ride and 37 kms up to the North arriving at Lago del Desierto. From the pier Punta Sur we'll take a 40 minute boat ride to the natural reserve Vespignani from there areoptional hikes to read the best miradors of Vespignani Glacier and the north face of Mount Fitz Roy.
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Chaltén full day Trekking PRO experience

Chaltén full day Trekking PRO experience

Upon arrival at our base - the Pudú Lodge -, passengers will meet their mountain guide who will give them a brief description of the program and will also check the clothing and physical condition of the participants. Then continue vehicle through the valley of the Rio de las Vueltas to the White River, where we find the Hosteria El Pilar, there we will start a walk with AAGM mountain guide, passing through the Piedras Blancas Glacier, Camp. Poincenot, Mount Fitz Roy, to the Capri Lagoon, where we will find our Base Camp. There they wait for us to enjoy a hot lunch, and then continue to El Chalten where we will arrive at 5PM. This option requires physical effort, it is only recommended for people in good condition and with appropriate clothing to walk in the mountains. The walk is about 6 hours. Around 5pm we will arrive at El Chalten to meet again with the rest of the group and undertake the return to Calafate.
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  • 13 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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USD210.00
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