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Highlights of Southern Patagonia: Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine National Park

A basic 6-night program to enjoy the most amazing destinations in Patagonia. Perito Moreno Glacier from El Calafate and the unique Torres del Paine NP
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Highlights of Southern Patagonia: Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine National Park

Overview

Enjoy a 6-night program to combine El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier with Torres del Paine National Park

El Calafate is a charming town nestled in the Argentine Patagonia, renowned as the gateway to the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier. Situated on the shores of Lake Argentino, El Calafate serves as a hub for travelers seeking to explore the awe-inspiring landscapes and natural wonders of the region.

The highlight of any visit to El Calafate is undoubtedly the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the most impressive and accessible glaciers in the world. Spanning over 250 square kilometers and towering around 70 meters above the surface of Lake Argentino, this colossal ice mass is a sight to behold.

Visitors to the Perito Moreno Glacier can marvel at its towering ice walls from a network of viewing platforms strategically positioned for optimal vantage points. Witnessing the glacier’s shimmering blue hues and hearing the thunderous roar of ice calving into the lake is a truly unforgettable experience.

In addition to admiring the glacier from the viewpoints, adventurous travelers can also embark on guided ice trekking tours, allowing them to walk on the glacier’s surface and explore its crevasses and ice formations up close. These excursions provide a unique opportunity to appreciate the glacier’s sheer size and pristine beauty while immersing oneself in the surrounding wilderness. Aside from the Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate offers a range of other outdoor activities and attractions for visitors to enjoy. From horseback riding and birdwatching to boat tours of nearby lakes and visits to local estancias (ranches), there are plenty of opportunities to experience the region’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. Moreover, El Calafate boasts a vibrant dining scene, with numerous restaurants and cafes serving up delicious Patagonian cuisine and regional specialties. Visitors can savor freshly caught seafood, succulent lamb dishes, and indulgent desserts made with locally sourced ingredients.

El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier offer a captivating blend of natural wonders, adventure, and cultural experiences, making them must-visit destinations for anyone exploring the stunning landscapes of Argentine Patagonia.

Then, we cross to Chile to arrive to Torres del Paine National Park.

Torres del Paine National Park, located in the southern reaches of Chilean Patagonia, is undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking and iconic natural wonders in the world. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is renowned for its dramatic landscapes, pristine wilderness, and staggering biodiversity, attracting adventurers, photographers, and nature enthusiasts from across the globe.

The park’s name, “Torres del Paine,” translates to “Towers of Paine,” referring to the three iconic granite peaks that soar into the sky like colossal sentinels. These towering spires, along with the park’s rugged mountains, azure lakes, sprawling glaciers, and windswept plains, create a landscape of unparalleled beauty and grandeur.

One of the most popular attractions in Torres del Paine is the W Circuit, a world-renowned trekking route that winds its way through some of the park’s most spectacular scenery. The multi-day hike takes adventurers past turquoise lakes, roaring waterfalls, and towering glaciers, offering unparalleled views of the park’s iconic landmarks, including the Cuernos del Paine and the towering Torres themselves.

For those seeking a more challenging adventure, the full Circuit trek offers an extended journey through remote wilderness areas, with opportunities to spot elusive wildlife such as guanacos, foxes, and condors along the way.

In addition to trekking, Torres del Paine offers a wealth of outdoor activities, including horseback riding, kayaking, and mountain biking. Visitors can also embark on boat trips to explore the park’s pristine lakes and glaciers or enjoy birdwatching in the diverse ecosystems that call the park home.

Beyond its natural beauty, Torres del Paine is a haven for conservation and biodiversity, with over 100 species of birds, including the majestic Andean condor, and numerous species of mammals, such as pumas and huemul deer, inhabiting its rugged terrain.

Accommodation options in Torres del Paine range from rustic campsites and mountain refuges to luxurious eco-lodges, ensuring that visitors can experience the park’s wonders in comfort and style.

Torres del Paine National Park is a place of extraordinary beauty and adventure, where towering mountains, pristine lakes, and ancient glaciers converge to create a landscape that is as awe-inspiring as it is unforgettable. Whether trekking through its rugged wilderness, marveling at its iconic landmarks, or simply soaking in its tranquil beauty, visitors to Torres del Paine are sure to be captivated by the magic of this pristine wilderness sanctuary.

 

itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to El Calafate

Arrive to El Calafate and transfer to your hotel for Check in. If you arrive early, you can add any of the activities in the list below.

Overnight.

Perito Moreno glacier.

Day 2

El Calafate - Perito Moreno Glacier

After breakfast, we will start the excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia, an awe-inspiring journey into one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders. Departing from the charming town of El Calafate, travelers embark on a scenic drive through the rugged Patagonian landscape to Los Glaciares National Park. Upon arrival, visitors are greeted by the breathtaking sight of the towering ice walls of the glacier, which rise dramatically above the turquoise waters of Lake Argentino. Guided tours lead guests to strategically positioned viewing platforms, where they can marvel at the glacier’s dynamic movements and listen to the thunderous crashes of ice calving into the lake. Some excursions also include a boat tour, providing an up-close perspective of the glacier’s sheer size and scale. For the adventurous, guided ice trekking tours offer the chance to explore the glacier’s surface, navigating its crevasses and seracs with the assistance of experienced guides. Throughout the excursion, knowledgeable guides provide insights into the glacier’s formation, geology, and ecological significance, enhancing the experience with their expertise and passion for the natural world. Overall, the excursion to Perito Moreno Glacier offers a captivating blend of adventure, natural beauty, and educational enrichment, making it an unforgettable highlight of any visit to Argentine Patagonia.

Day 3

Choose from options available

After breakfast, the day is free for you, to choose any of the boat navigations available to visit different glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park, visit a typical estancia, or even visit El Chaltén or Torres del Paine National Park. Check the list below

Torres del Paine NP

Day 4

From El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park

After breakfast, free time until transfer to bus station to take bus service to the Argentina/Chile border. From there, transfer to Torres del Paine National Park. Check in and overnight in selected hotel. Free time or you can choose any activity avaialble from the list.

DAY 5

Choice of activities in Torres del Paine NP

After brekfast, free time to choose from a wide variety of options available in the national park. Chetk the list below:

 

DAY 6

Torres del Paine

After breakfast, transfer to Puerto Natales or Punta Arenas airport

What is Included

  • Transfer Airport-Hotel-Airport
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Excursion
  • Accommodation in El Calafate and Torres del Paine as per itinerary
  • English-Speaking Guides during excursions
  • Entrance fee to national parks
  • Air tickets (flights can be included if you want, just let´s know)
  • Lunch and Dinners During Tours (except when it's included)
  • Tips

Faq

On arrival to airport, or bus station, a guide will be waiting for you with a sign with our name to inform pick up time for all activities in Ushuaia.

Yes! We can convert any small group tour during your visit into a private tour, with a english speaking guide just for you.

Yes! we can quote and add internal flights, just let ´s know.

Absolutely, the program is 100% flexible, so let´s know if you need any change on the program.

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