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El Calafate Extension

4 Days FROM USD 700

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Overview

This four day Chimu Adventures El Calafate Extension takes you to one of Argentina’s most famous Patagonian destinations. The gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, which is home to the magnificent Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate is a tourist town equipped with great restaurants, accommodation, souvenir shops and fantastic ice cream. You will get a full day to see Perito Moreno and take a boat ride on Lago Argentino to Toro Bay and see the hanging glaciers of Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro. Your tour is completed by an authentic estancia experience. A bucket item during any visit to Argentina.

On this all-encompassing personalised itinerary, Chimu will provide travel logistics for your travel party for the duration of your journey, plus expert guides for all the major sightseeing as per itinerary.  Each night you will stay in superior accommodation, handpicked by our experienced team for their creature comforts, convenient locations, and impeccable service. 

Trip Code: ARTSFTE

Travel Style: Extension package

Location: Argentina, Patagonia

Flights: Ask us about booking your Internal flights with your International flights to/from South America to save money by creating an 'airpass'. Contact us for more information. 

WHY YOU'LL LOVE THIS ITINERARY

  • Wander the streets of El Calafate for souvenirs and taste the Calafate ice cream at one of the local ice cream shops

  • Be amazed by the sheer size of Perito Moreno Glacier, which stretches 250 square kilometres and is one of the few remaining advancing glaciers in the world

  • Take a boat ride on Lago Argentino to Toro Bay and see the hanging glaciers of Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro

  • Enjoy an authentic experience on an Argentinean Estancia, meeting gaucho, riding horses, assisting with the cattle and enjoying an asado

ITINERARY INSPIRATION

You will arrive in the quaint tourist town of El Calafate, the gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. As you wander the main street, Avenida del Libertador, you will discover souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, chocolate and ice cream shops. At the latter, be sure to try some ice cream made using the Calafate berry from which the town gets its name. Today is an arrival day, and you are free to explore at your leisure.

Arrive in El Calafate

Today you will join a small group tour of Los Glaciares National Park and see three of Argentina’s most breathtaking glaciers. The most famous of the three is Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few remaining glaciers in the world that continues to grow rather than retreat. You can wander the boardwalks before boarding a boat which takes you along the Tempanos Canal to the hanging glaciers of Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro. Enroute you will stop in Toro Bay for a chance to walk in the Patagonian forest to see waterfalls and rock formations. At the end of your cruise you will return to Perito Moreno Glacier for an up close and personal view. If you are lucky, you may even get to see the glacier calving into the cool turquoise waters of Lago Argentino.

Perito Moreno, Mayo & Negro Glaciers

No trip to Argentina is complete without a visit to an Estancia. These parcels of land, which are similar to a ranch or a farm are significant to the country’s history and today’s journey to Estancia Nibepo Aike allows you to truly experience the authentic lifestyle of the gauchos who live and work on this land. Initially called Estancia Jeronima, Nibepo Aike covers more than 12,000 hectares at the foot of the Patagonian Andes and is primarily a Hereford cattle ranch. You will enjoy a short horse ride before watching a demonstration of the gaucho’s horse handling skills and see the shearers at work in the shearing sheds. You can also milk the cows. To finish your day you will enjoy an asado, a typical Patagonian barbeque lunch.

Estancia visit

You will be transferred to the airport to fly to your next destination.

Depart El Calafate
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Since you're so close, why not spend some time in the world's southernmost city on the Ushuaia Extension, and then hop onboard a small-ship expedition cruise to Antarctica. With over 30 ships and dozens of different itineraries to choose from, our Destination Specialists can help you find the expedition of your dreams to visit the most remote and awe-inspiring destination in the world, Antarctica! 

  • Make sure to stopover in Buenos Aires, the ‘Paris of the South’ on the Buenos Aires Extension, over four days you will experience the history, food, and dance that makes this city world-famous. Delve into the city's history with stops in La Boca and Recoleta Cemetery, take a catamaran through the Tigre Delta and explore some of Buenos Aires' more unique neighbourhoods. You will also witness and taste an Argentinian Asado, up close as you sit around the parrilla while you enjoy a wine pairing menu. Finally no trip to Buenos Aires is complete without a traditional tango show with dinner on your final night. 

  • Extend your time on the region, and take an incredible journey on the Stella Australia: Patagonia Explorer Extension and bear witness to the awe-inspiring and stunning beauty of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. See incredible wildlife at Ainsworth Bay or be mesmerised by the colossal Pia Glacier on this 5-day cruise that will take you to ‘The end of the World’.

Pricing per person & date


Standard

Comfortable properties with dependable facilities and service

4 Days FROM Now USD 700 Enquire Now
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Superior

Tried & tested upmarket properties with above average facilities and service

4 Days FROM Now USD 830 Enquire Now

Deluxe

Luxurious properties with impeccable facilities and service.

4 Days FROM Now USD 1,020 Enquire Now

Important Information

  • Inclusions

    Private airport transfers
    Accommodation with breakfast daily
    Other meals where stated
    Sightseeing with local English-speaking guide as detailed in the itinerary

    Exclusions 

    International and internal flights not indicated
    Visa and reciprocity fees (if applicable) 
    Travel Insurance
    Beverages
    Personal expenses
    Gratuities for tour guides/drivers
    Any items not mentioned as included

  • 1 (easy adventure)
  • A single supplement surcharge applies and is subject to availability. Please contact us for more information.

  • Prices are based on per person, twin share.
    Prices are correct at time of publishing but are subject to change at any time.
    All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.
     

  • Seasonality and availability at time of booking.

Accommodation

We believe that appropriate accommodation should add to the authentic travel experience, as well as providing utmost enjoyment. For that reason our accommodation is scrutinised by our staff on the ground frequently, ensuring the properties adhere to our high standards. This key will help you understand the levels of accommodation available on this tour.

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your Latin American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first-hand experience, our consultants will piece together one of our Signature Packages and can customise your travel plans by adding Extension Packages.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE

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