Departing from Buenos Aires we travel through the northern neighborhoods: Olivos, Martinez, La Lucila, Acassusso and San Isidro. After arrival in Tigre town we take a catamaran to navigate through different rivers and streams of Paraná River delta. There are many breaks and restaurants along the river. In Tigre we find numerous channels, weekend houses, and clubs, some with beautiful buildings like the Venetian style Italian club. After catamaran navigation, we return by bus to restaurants area in Buenos Aires city, located in Puerto Madero and San Nicolas neighborhood. We have a three steps lunch (without drinks).
Departing from Buenos Aires we visit the northern neighborhoods (Olivos, Martinez, La Lucila and Acassusso) stopping at San Isidro. Arrival and visit in Tigre aboard "Turistic Bus" with local guide, and visit to Puerto de Frutos (local kraft market). Returning to Buenos Aires in style on a Premium boat service through the Delta and onto the River Plate, enjoying the Panoramic view of Buenos Aires and arriving at Darsena Norte, Puerto Madero.
Leaving Bariloche by route 40 we will begin to see the wide Nahuel Huapi Lake. The visual change in a few kilometers, leaving the transition area to enter an arid landscape of low vegetation, where various species of birds, guanacos and sheep will be seen along the route and the main highlight will be the Limay River (the which we will border from its nascent). This river can be crossed by bridge or by raft, one of the few remaining in the country (PHOTO); through one of these options we will arrive to the other margin to visit Villa Llanquin, a town of 350 inhabitants that harvests its own food and produces raw material for its crafts and weavings. We will know and we will be chatting with them, learning about gardens, plantations and manual works among other things. We will then return to route 40 towards Confluencia -union of the rivers Traful and Limay- place of imposing beauty surrounded by volcanic mountains, where wind and water carved them naturally giving shape to this wonderful “Enchanted Valley” (Valle Encantado).
It is located in the southern Andes and on the border between Argentina and Chile. Cerro Tronador is in between two national parks: Nahuel Huapi Park in Río Negro and Neuquén provinces (Argentina) and Vicente Pérez Rosales Park in Llanquihue province (Chile). The mountain’s name comes from the Spanish word for “thunder”, a reference to the sound that the breaking ice glaciers make. It is 3,554 m.a.s.l. (11,660 feet), has seven glaciers and it is Bariloche's highest mountain. Leaving from downtown, the famous National Route 40 takes us south along the banks of lakes Gutiérrez and Mascardi until the intersection with Provincial Route 82. Along the way there are stunning views of mounts Bonete and Cresta de Gallo or we can visit one the shores of Mascardi Lake. Then we follow a road surrounded by native forests until reaching Manso River; the winding road goes up until the highest point. From there we take the road to the base of the mountain and then the ascent continues until the last viewpoint along the route: Ventisquero Negro, a glacier that comes down from Mount Tronador and stands out because of its dark color. Then we start our way back to Bariloche.
4WD tour along the magnificent Rio Negro steppe landscapes. Nature interpretation and fauna watching hike. From your hotel we head to Llanquin Village on the road that runs along Limay River Valley. Amazing geological formations will be observed on our way till we get to the river crossing on a traditional floating bridge, or cable ferry that will lead us to the untamed steppe. We drive off the beaten track colonized by the local flora where only the wind breaks the infinite silence. We stop at a viewpoint which is the starting point of a short trek to admire the magnificent view of Patagonia and discover the dodging local fauna. Mealtime will meet us after some ascents where we’ll have a delicious rustic country lunch. We head back through a countryside track towards the cable ferry to take the paved road that leads us to San Carlos de Bariloche where we expect to arrive in the afternoon.
We depart from the hotel to Puerto Pañuelo, located 25 km away from downtown, in front of Llao Llao. We start a 35-minute navigation until reaching Puerto Anchorena, located in the central and narrowest area of Isla Victoria. There are different options for guided or free walks on demarcated trails. Every corner of the island with its wonderful landscapes, its rich history and its stunning natural environment, make this tour an experience to be fully enjoyed. The excursion continues with a second navigation to the Quetrihué Peninsula where the other great attraction of the promenade is located: Los Arrayanes National Park, where a 25-minute walk is made to observe magnificent specimens of these trees, with striking bark and heights that exceed 15 meters. We return to Puerto Pañuelo in a last 50-minute navigation to find the transfer that will return us to Bariloche city.
A hike in the forests and viewpoints, an ideal itinerary for those who have a half day opening in their busy agenda and wish to discover breathtaking balconies with magnificent views. We pick up at the hotel to drive to the base of Cerro Otto where we head uphill along its hillside in our vehicle. Throughout the ascent we’ll be able to rejoice in the views of San Carlos de Bariloche city in preparation for our hike. At the Summit we’ll start a hike in the native forest where, at some point, we’ll be able to have Nahuel Huapi and Gutierrez lakes on sight. A 40-minute easy walk will lead us to a natural stunning balcony to have a short snack and marvel at the ample Nahuel Huapi Lake along with amazing views of Mountains Catedral, Lopez and Capilla as well as other magnificent ones. After an additional 20-minute hike, we reach another natural viewpoint featuring magnificent views of Cerro Ventana and Gutierrez Lake. We head back along the same trail to the vehicle that will drive you back to the hotel.
The route of this beautiful circuit includes the full range of landscapes that can be enjoyed in this privileged region. The first stop would be in Villa la Angostura where we will have time to get to know the center and its main street. We continue taking the "7 Lakes Route" towards San Martín on a wooded road that crosses rivers and streams, while bordering several lakes such as Nahuel Huapi, Correntoso, Espejo, Escondido, Villarino, Falkner and Machónico. Bordering Lake Lacar, we arrive at San Martín de los Andes to have lunch and get to know the city, its main street and the lake's coast. The return is by paved route that passes through Junín de Los Andes, La Rinconada, Collon Cura and joins National Route N40, with a rural and steppe landscape, crossed by beautiful Andean rivers that flow towards the Limay. Thus we arrive at Traful Confluence, where the rocky figures of the "Enchanted Valley" and the surprising formation of "El Amphitheater" are added to this magical landscape. Bordering the river to its source in Lake Nahuel Huapi, we return to Bariloche.
By national route 237 with direction to the east we arrive to the Limay River, where the typical landscape of the patagónic steppe is observed. At this point there is the detour that takes National Route 231 to Villa La Angostura, a route that involves skirting the Huemul Arm of Lake Nahuel Huapi, where the traveler will be surrounded by cypress forests, which will gradually give way to the forest damp. The Villa is located on the north coast of Lake Nahuel Huapi and has different attractions: The ports in Bahía Mansa and Bahía Brava, the historic presidential residence El Messidor, and the La Asunción Chapel. Return to San Carlos de Bariloche. Only in Winter Season (June to August): you will enter Cerro Bayo, where you will have the possibility of taking a lift to get to know the slopes of skiers and paradores on the mountain. At this point we can choose between spending all day at the Ski Center (where we can do some activity such as skiing or snowboarding) or go down to lunch in the city of Villa la Angostura. Route: around 170 km Does not include Lunch or chairlift in Cerro Bayo
Leaving Bariloche on route 40, we will begin to see the breadth of Lake Nahuel Huapi. We will skirt Cerro Leones, to see several local birds and enter the steppe zone. Later we will pass the nascent of the river Limay and going through a lateral moraine (mountain of glacier material not stratified) of Nahuel Huapi, we will find the wide and arid landscape that will take over us, where guanacos and sheep, will be seen along the route and the main outstanding partner will be the Limay River. We will continue route 40 and we will go to Confluencia, where the river Traful joins the river Limay, imposing place surrounded by volcanic mountains of the region, where the wind and water were natural artisans of the carving of these, giving the shape to this wonderful Enchanted Valley (“Valle Encantado). From then on, we will begin to travel the gravel road 65 that will take us to beautiful spots, contemplate and be expectant in the search for condors, caverns of cave paintings, and the viewpoint of the wind with trees that mark the influence of this natural phenomenon. We get to Villa Traful, a town of 700 inhabitants, which offer several alternatives for summer lovers. There the chapel, the coast and the simplicity of nature inserted in a path of small buildings, will delight us.
The tour arrives by bus to the dock of San Carlos, from there you walk to the river Calchaquí (500 m). At that point the river bed is over 500 meters wide, is made of very fine sand and practically has no water. It's a unique experience be in the lowest part of the valley and be surrounded by the mountains and ravines of the river. The walk along the bed of the river is a very special feeling; you can even walk across the river as it has very little depth (40 cm).
Trekking to “La Cruz” located in Cerro San Isidro at 2700 m.a.s.l. From the top of this hill you get a spectacular and attractive panoramic view of Cafayate. Departure from Cafayate: a vehicle transfer visitors to the foot of the hill to start the ascent. The first part of the route is steep -approximately 3.5 km- until we reach the top from where you get a unique view. According to weather conditions guests will have time at the top to take a snack or contemplate the landscape before returning.
The excursion reaches Quebrada de las Conchas, a canyon, where wind and water erosion carved, throughout the centuries, curious shapes on the rocks. We can see diverse geological formations and an amazing landscape. There are stops to see the most important formations like Devil’s throat, The Amphitheater, The Obelisk, The Toad, The Castles, among others; there are walking between these formations.
The excursion is a tour by the RN 40, passing through several tiny towns and places that are in the way. It is a gravel road. The gorge is a stunning and very particular geological formation. The movement of tectonic plates and the action of the wind for thousands of years made up an extraordinary landscape.
Quebrada de las Conchas (Shell Ravine) is a magical place where the wind and the water have carved, after many centuries, very curious forms. We will see its very diverse geological formation and incredible landscapes. Departure by car from Cafayate towards the Quebrada de las Conchas; during the journey we will stop to contemplate the most relevant forms of the rock, such as the Garganta del Diablo, El Anfiteatro, El Obelisco, El Sapo, Los Castillos and others. Then the trek is about an hour –moderate difficulty. On the way back to Cafayate we will make a last stop to take a short walk to the Calchaquí River.
Departure towards Alta Gracia along Provincial Route Nº 5 passing through an important industrial area of Córdoba city. Once in Alta Gracia, Virrey Liniers Museum, the typical Tajamar, the Church built in Jesuit style and Manuel de Falla’s home are visited. The tour continues to Villa La Bolsa, Anizacate, La Serranita, Villa Ciudad de América, through the beautiful mountain road up to Los Molinos dam. Short stop at a unique panoramic view point to contemplate one of the nicest views of the province. Next stop is at Villa General Belgrano, beautiful village of German origin. From this point, we take the mountain road that leads to La Cumbrecita, past wonderful sites as Los Guindos, Inti Yaco and Athos Pampa. Arrival at La Cumbrecita, located at the foothills of Champaquí Hill, the highest peak of our hills. This small village of swiss-german origin with its Alpine architecture, surrounded by huge conifer woods and cascades, offers the visitor an ideal place to rest. Way back to Córdoba in the afternoon.
Departure from the hotel to the mountain village La calera along Provincial Route E55 around the margins of Suquía river up to San Roque dam. Short stop to see this important construction, its drainage and the astonishing view of the Lake. Then a visit to Bialet Massé, Cosquín- the venue of the National Folklore Festival- and Valle Hermoso. Arrival at La Falda, with optional lunch. Later, a short city tour around the city and we go on to the mountain circuit. Visit to the villages of Huerta Grande and Villa Giardino, Cruz Chica, Cruz Grande and La Cumbre to get to Los Cocos, where the chair lift, the labyrinth and the museum (optional entrance) are visited. The itinerary continues up to Capilla del Monte where we visit the city and neighboring areas, to admire the Uritorco Hill, the ‘Calle Techada’ and ‘El Zapato’ typical stone formation. Way back along the same route up to Siquiman Park around the western coast of San Roque Lake until Villa Carlos Paz. Walk through the Villa and way back to Córdoba along Ing. Justiniano Allende Posse up to the hotels.
Departure to the mountain village La calera along Provincial Route E55 around the margins of the Suquía river up the ‘Camino de las Cien Curvas’ to San Roque dam. Short stop to see this important construction, its drainage and the astonishing view of the Lake and then continue the way up to Villa Carlos Paz, with a city tour and free time to visit the main interest places. Way back to Córdoba along Ing. Justiniano Allende Posse Highway.
This excursion allows us to get to know the northern part of Lake Argentino fed by different Glaciers and with incomparable landscapes. We will take Provincial Route 11 and after traveling 45 km we will arrive at Puerto Bandera, where we will embark on a modern Catamaran. The navigation begins by entering the North Arm of the Lake, crossing the Devil's Mouth, a narrow natural access. Continuing the navigation through the Spegazzini Arm we will begin to observe the Heim Sur, Peineta, Seco glaciers and finally arrive at the Spegazzini Glacier. We will disembark at the base and begin the visit to the area, walking through the forest path to the Refuge. This 300-meter trail is easily accessible; as we go through it, we stop at stations and viewpoints with views of the entire Glacier Bay. In the Refuge, we can have lunch (Optional) while enjoying the landscape. For those who like to walk they can take the "mountain path" (1,200 meters), a route of medium difficulty through a wooded path and with natural viewpoints full of incredible views. Then we embark again to return to the port from which we initially set sail, and from there we take the transfer back to El Calafate. The Catamaran has a VIP sector (Captain's Club) – at an additional cost. It has a preferential location next to the Captain's cabin and includes a 3-course menu and free drinks (hot and cold), which is served in a special room in the Base Restaurant.
The same as the traditional tour, we take route 11 towards the Peninsula de Magallanes. We´ll start our tour on the self guided walkways in front of the Glacier. We´ll have one hour to walk around before driving 7km back to the Port “Bajo La Sombra”, where we take a boat across the Rico Arm of Lake Argentino, reaching the opposite shore after 20 minutes. The mountain guides will organize then smaller groups (no more than 10 each) to start the 4hr trek. We start walking uphill for about one hour along the glacier lateral moraine until we reach a spectacular lookout where we access the ice. Here the guides will provide the crampons, harnesses and helmets, and give the safety instructions to start the trekking on the ice. The world has now a new perspective: blue lagoons, deep crevasses, huge moulins, magic caves and the unique sensation of being in the heart of the glacier. Always helped by the mountain guides, we´ll have three and a half hours to explore the corners of the most special glacier in the world. We´ll have the chance to know better the ice and the environment, have a real idea of the size of it and enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains like Dos Picos (Two Peaks), Pietrobelli and Cervantes. We´ll have time to enjoy our box lunch on the ice and make out of this an unforgettable experience. Once back on the moraine, we´ll walk downhill for another hour to take the boat back and sail along the south face of the Glacier, before returning to “civilization” and having enjoyed one of the most beautiful treks in the world. Recommendations: Age: Due to the physical requirement and difficulty of the land, this excursion is only able for people between 18 and 50 years of and that has an acceptable physical state, considering that you will walk for about 7 hours on ice and “pedreros”. (*) Clothings: Sunglasses, solar cream, comfortable and warm clothes, cap for sun, raincoat, glove, trekking boots, backpack of 40 lts approximately. Lunch: Passengers must bring their lunch boxes from Calafate. To smoke: It is forbidden to smoke during the course of all the excursion; either in the boat, the forest, the ice or in the refuge. Physical state: The passengers must know that they will walk slowly for about six hours approximately, by lands so varied and irregular as ice, forest and “pedreros”. It is light, but relatively more complicated for old people, with problems of vertigo or bad physical state (For example: overweight) (*) Restrictions: due to the effort and difficulty involved on this tour it is only suitable for people between 18 and 50 years in good physical condition, considering about 7 hours walking on ice and forest. Overweight people can not take this tour. Kindly note that overweight people are considered those that exceed this criteria: weight in kg. greater than twice the height in cm. minus 100 (e.g. 1.70 m height: 170 minus 100 = 70 x 2 = 140); pregnant; people with any degree or type of physical or mental disability that affects their attention or coordination; persons suffering central or peripheral cardiovascular diseases using stents, pacemakers and other prostheses; (e.g. medicated with anticoagulants, varices grade III -thick and multiples-, cardiac arrhythmias), people suffering respiratory diseases (COPD, asthma, emphysema, etc). Because of its responsibility and under current regulations, H&A (Hielo & Aventura) reserves the right of admission, exercised under the previous guidelines, when they result apparent.
The Blue Safari is designed for those who, in addition to sailing in front of the Perito Moreno Glacier, dream of touching it and enjoying it up close. In this new excursion we will get to touch the glacier with our hands! The tour begins in El Calafate when the bus leaves for Los Glaciares National Park. Once in Puerto Bajo de las Sombras, just 7 km from the footbridges, we will take a boat to cross Lago Rico and, after sailing 20 minutes, we will disembark on the opposite coast. We will walk for 30 minutes always with a view of the southern wall of the Glacier, in case we are surprised by some thunderous landslide and once next to the ice it will be time for an unforgettable experience... touching the Perito Moreno Glacier itself! There we will fully enjoy its intense and varied blues, whites and its capricious shapes. We will have time to take many photos and then we will return to the embarkation point always accompanied by an experienced guide. The total walk is approximately 1.30 hours through a natural terrain of sand and stones with some slopes and stairs. The route, one and a half kilometers long, will be along the shore of the lake and through a lush forest with a view of the Glacier. Finally, we will take the boat to appreciate from the water, and a few meters away, the entire southern face of the glacier and be able to see every detail of the marbled icy wall. Once in the port, we will take the bus to the footbridges, where we will have 2 hours to enjoy the incredible panoramic view. In addition, we will be able to take advantage of this time and have a box-lunch (not included).
Just 23 km from El Calafate, on the way to the Perito Moreno Glacier on RP 11 and within the limits of Estancia Alice, is Cerro Frías. In a land of pristine glaciers and blue lakes, a team of professionals welcomes visitors. In the foothills of Cerro Frías there is a Parador de Montaña where dinner is offered with an incredible view of the valley. •4X4: it is an ascent that begins on the eastern slope, overlooking the main part of Lake Argentino until reaching 1030 meters. From the top, the view reaches the Macizo Paine and Cerro Fitz Roy. •HORSE RIDING: suitable for beginners, reveals the beauty and calm of the surroundings. The height allows images of Lake Argentino, El Calafate and Torres del Paine. •TREKKING: the trails are adapted to the needs and aptitudes of different people, reaching panoramic points that allow views of the Centinela Valley, Lake Argentino, Brazo Rico of Lake Argentino and Torres del Paine.
Departure from El Calafate by the route that goes to the airport to take National Route 40, a typical Patagonian steppe road where we will have the opportunity to cross with choiques (Patagonian ñandú), hares and guanacos. We will cross the bridge of the Santa Cruz River, which is born in the Argentino Lake and runs into the Atlantic Ocean, one of the best worldwide for Steelhead trout fishing. A few kilometers further on we will cross the bridge over La Leona River, continuing along a path that runs along it to the Parador called "La Leona" where we will stop for a few minutes to taste homemade sweet cakes. Returning to Route 40, we then join Provincial Route 23, which leads us exclusively to El Chaltén: as we advance, the complete figure of the Fitz Roy and Torre Hills will be enlarged at the end of the road and -at a distance- the panoramic view of the huge Glacier Viedma can be seen. Departing from El Chaltén, we start a route of about 37 km through the valley of the Rio de las Vueltas, surrounded by a beautiful Andean landscape, with mountains and forests of lengas and ñires, waterfalls and the imposing views of the North face of the Fitz Roy Mount. Three intermediate stops are made to reach the coast of the southern lakeshore of Lago del Desierto. For those who have more energy, it is possible to take a self-guided trek to the Huemul Glacier Lagoon (duration: 1.30 h round trip). This place is located within a private field and therefore a ticket is required (not included).
The excursion departs from El Calafate hotels and completes a journey of 35 kilometers on the line of hills behind the village. The trail takes us through landscapes that marvel at its varied vegetation of height. It reaches up to 1050 meters above the sea. There, the first stop is a natural viewpoint where passengers enjoy a panoramic view of El Calafate and the Argentino Lake. In the background we can see the imposing framework of the Andes Mountains and -time to time- during the route visitors will enjoy views of the accumulation zone of the glaciers, towards Boca del Diablo (narrowest part of the lake, towards the Upsala arm). Sometimes in clear days it is even possible to see the Fitz Roy and Torre hills in El Chaltén and, with some luck, a condor may be seen in his long plan. Follow the path to the Stone Labyrinth, a formation from the Cretaceous period that dates back 85 million years and was once the bed of a river: today we can find fossil remains. We take a snack in the restaurant Huyliche and from there we start the descent down the northern slope of the hill to Piedra de los Sombreros (Mexican Hats), curious iron formations that are only found in four places in the world. Then we return to El Calafate with the ever-present view of Lake Argentino.
Having set sail from Punta Bandera harbor at 9AM, we will glide over the waters of Lake Argentino’s Northern Arm to reach the furthest possible point of navigation in the Upsala Channel, where we can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier’s immense front. Then, having disembarked at the shores close to Estancia Cristina, an expert guide will welcome visitors and take them on an exciting trek through the surrounding valley. The hike unfolds along an ecotone area, a beautiful, semi-arid place carpeted in native shrubs and grasses. Next, the walk gradually ascends to an elevated lookout point that bestows sweeping views of the valley beyond, over Lake Argentino and Lake Pearson across to the towering Andes Mountains. From here, continue on a path sloping gently uphill, surrounded by ñire trees, until you reach the highlight of this trek: Los Perros River Waterfall, whose viewpoints not only bestow jaw-dropping vistas, but are also a fantastic spot for observing flowers and plant life especially orchids. Later on, having returned from the trek, we will visit the Costumbrista Museum, housed in the estancia’s old shearing shed where guests can learn all about the history of the Masters family: their lives, adventures and how they became pioneers in Patagonia. Finally, a guided tour will take lucky visitors around Estancia Cristina’s estate–up to the Caterina River, the waterwheel, chapel and rest of the lodge.
This program is perfect to experience the Patagonian rural life and complements the tour to the glaciers. Regular departure at 8.30 am; reception with tea, coffee, mate and home-made cakes and pastries and at 10.30 am starting of activities: walk around the historic old estancia (ranch), cow milking and visit to the vegetable plot. At 12.30 noon lunch is served: roast lamb with salads and dessert + a glass of wine or soft drink per person during the meal. Return to El Calafate at 3:30 pm.
This full day excursion in the steppe zone aims at all people who enjoy outdoor activities and adventure, ready to discover new places. The tour includes approximately 3 hours walking on discontinuous ground where wind and water were responsible for uncovering this place, which remained hidden for millions of years. Departure from El Calafate by Route 40, where we can see Argentino Lake, Santa Cruz and La Leona Rivers, a panoramic view of the majestic Andes mountains and Fitz Roy Mount. We will stop for about 15 minutes in La Leona hotel (historical site) and continue traveling along the southern shore of Viedma Lake to reach Cerro Los Hornos slopes (Estancia Santa Teresita). We will look for the first time the great depression of the land where the petrified logs are situated and will start our trekking exploration of fossils, which lasts about 3 hours, including the time for lunch. Throughout the walk we will see lots of petrified logs lying on the surface, some with a 1.2 meters diameter, testimony that during ancient times the climate was very different from today and allowed the existence of a full forest. There have also been uncovered fossils of different types of dinosaurs. This land is sheltered from the wind because it is a natural depression in the ground. This steppe area, therefore, is very dry and weather conditions are generally very nice. After the walk, we begin the journey back to El Calafate on the same path with another stop at La Leona hotel.
The program offers to navigate De Los Tempanos Canal of the Argentino Lake to admire Perito Moreno Glacier’s Northern Front. Departing from Moreno Port, located at the catwalks’ end, the boat trip lasts an hour. A few seconds after starting the tour, you can see the North Front of the Glacier from a totally different perspective from that offered by the footbridges: when approaching it the boat will navigate the entire front, always within the permitted limits that guarantee safety of the passengers. The aim is to admire the landscape and to enjoy both the silence and roar that announces the Glacier’s pieces fall, witnessing a natural phenomenon that leaves an unforgettable memory.
The Argentino Lake is the third biggest lake in South America. Surrounded by mountains and fed by giant glaciers, this lake astonishes with its immensity and special color. It was exactly that light blue color, the mountains covered in white and the light blue sky what motivated Francisco P. Moreno to name it “Argentino”. “Nativo Experience – Lakes and caves” is a 4x4 activity through the Argentino Lake’s shore, with an anthropological approach that tours man’s presence along the years in this region. The aim is to rediscover the first expeditions of the brave ones who dare to go into the unknown and how their first interaction with the natives was. Thus, among cliffs and views to the Andes Mountain Range, one personally feels the Tehuelche world along 20km. Stopping for taking pictures will help to go even deeper in typical flora and fauna details, as well as trying to understand the legacy left by those natives through their cave paintings. Imagination will be set free among chenques and awnings, immersed in thousands of years of history. On the lake’s shore, there are millennial caves where Tehuelche culture left its mark printed on the rocks to be read. After visiting them, participants finish the tour having lunch or dinner inside another big cave.
This navigation by the “Brazo Rico” of the Argentine Lake allows to appreciate the ice floes of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Arriving until the South end of the channel of Ice floes, the boat is located in a reasonable distance to the wall of the glacier, travelling across in all its extension and allowing to sight the loosenings that take place. The boarding is made in the dock located in the Bay “Under the Shade”, approximately at 7 km of the Viewpoint of the Glacier and is a good complement for the Conventional Excursion. This activity, offers the possibility of observing from a perspective completely different, the impressive walls of the Perito Moreno Glacier and its knokings on the Lago Rico´s waters.
Perito Moreno Glacier -declared World Heritageby by UNESCO- is located 80 km away from El Calafat, and it is undoubtedly one of the most incredible spectacles of nature that surprises with its impressive calvings. After taking Route 11 along the south shore of Argentino Lake, we reach the Peninsula de Magallanes where we go on along the Rico Arm of the lake up to the first lookout called “Curva de los Suspiros” (Bend of Sighs), where we see the Glacier for the first time. A well deserved photo stop! Then we go on to the Port “Bajo La Sombra”, where those interested can take a one hour optional boat ride to get closer to the south face of the Glacier. Afterwards we drive the last 7 km to arrive at the walkways, from where we can enjoy different views and perspectives from the surface, front and both sides of the Glacier. Here you'll have enough time to walk around the 5 km of the different trails (green, red, yellow and blue) to enjoy not only the Glacier but also the native vegetation and wildlife. The main circuit is also accessible for wheelchairs. We return to the hotel in the afternoon.
An entire experience that combines a 4x4 expedition, a photographic safari and the possibility of a moment of relaxation in an authentic Patagonian estancia “post”. Leaving from El Calafate, a short route takes us to the entrance to Estancia Huyliche; after passing through its main house, we enter "Estancia 25 de Mayo" natural reserve. The first stop is an old stone post where the first family of the ranch used to live and we will have a brief explanation about these first settlers and the beginnings of El Calafate. We continue the tour in the vehicle until reaching the "section", an authentic ranch located in the immensity of Patagonia, where we will make the second stop, to begin to spot native fauna. We make this third stop front of the exuberant fauna after leaving the vehicle and walking towards the herds of guanacos, with a fantastic interaction with nature. Later, we travel about 4 km in the vehicle until we reach a fossilized oyster deposit -which is 23 million years old-, and we will learn about the paleontology and geology of the place, discovering that the desert where we are was once covered by the sea. Immediately we continue the trail south to the Mirador del Centinela -hill of 1,500 meters above sea level- from where we get a stunning panoramic view of endless basalt walls. Here the fifth stop is made, where the moment of relaxation arrives to feel the wind and the Patagonian immensity. Finally, we return to the "section" where lunch or dinner is served in an authentic ranch post, before returning to El Calafate. The house has a spacious living room with a beautiful view of the 25 de Mayo hill.
Departure from El Calafate: we travel 50 km by the route through the farms (estancias) up to the Roca Lake at the southern end of Los Glaciares National Park. We leave back the arid steppe landscape to enter on the zone of the forest transition. At the end of the road we find the pioneer Nibepo Aike estancia/ farm belonging to the Jansma family. There after a hike through the head of the estancia/ farm, we attend to the lectures and demonstrations of shearing and equestrian, once finalized them, we enter to the comfortable barbecue area of the estancia/ farm in order to taste a typical Patagonian lunch which includes: a salad bar and vegetables along with the delicious lamb and others Argentinean cut meats to end up with a delicious sweet caramel (dulce de leche) crepes, all harmonized by fine Argentine wines and other beverages. Right after a pleasant lunch, we head up to our port to embark and start navigating to Playa de las Monedas (Coins beach) through the Brazo Rico, from there, we disembark and after a peaceful 20 minute walk into the forest of lengas trees, we get out to a lookout spot where you can appreciate the south side of the Moreno Glacier. We go back to the boat in order to continue sailing off the south side. Before leaving the boat, around 3.30 pm, the crew team "go fishing" an iceberg and we offer a whiskey with a glacier ice. Return: we disembark at the Bajo de las Sombras and by bus, the passengers are directed to the Glacier´s walkways by arriving at 4.00 pm, where they will remain there until 6.30 pm and right after, they will return to El Calafate by the traditional route. It is important to emphasize that the arrival on the walkways, by that time 90% of visitors who left in the morning from Calafate have already returned to the city.
After crossing the Patagonian steppe from North to South, you will arrive at the border post “Cancha Carrera” after a 2,5 hs trip. There, you will start to travel through the beautiful South Chile until you arrive at the “Torres del Paine” National Park (“blue” in Tehuelche language due to the predominant color). The trip from El Calafate to National Park Torres del Paine takes 3,5 hs. Once in the park, we will combine rides in our EXCLUSIVE OVERLAND TRUCK 4X4 and hikes, as there are many roads that go along the park and hundreds of hiking paths from one side to another. By default, the level of difficulty of the activities in our programs is low, having the chance to change it for a higher level is the group asks for it. Onboard of our OVERLAND TRUCKS (4X4), we will go to strategic places from where we´ll start the hikes that will allow us to get to the viewpoints where we will have most beautiful sights of the park. Around noon, we will offer you a picnic at the mountain. In case, the weather doesn´t allow it, we´ll use mountain shelters. In the afternoon, where ever the day finds us. Among the different places and viewpoints, you will be able to see: Sarmiento de Gamboa Lake viewpoint, Saltos del Rio Paine (Lunch & walking down beside the river 30’), Cerro Almirante Nieto. Cuernos del Paine – superior viewpoint; Laguna Amarga Las Torres Viewpoint; Salto Grande viewpoint (Big Fall); Viewpoint Nordenskjold Lake de los Cuernos del Paine (Trek by 1.5 hours to Pehoe & Nordenskjold Lake.) Important: the places and viewpoints that will finally be included depend on the weather conditions, the physical condition of the group, available time, the development of the excursion is left to the discretion of the guide tour.
This is s full day tour (3hs each way approx.) where you can get amazing lagoon, glacier and Cerro Torre views , with a trekking up to Cerro Torre basecamp. From El Chaltén, there are two head-trails to Laguna Torre, both paths join together after 5 minutes walk. The trail enters the Fitz Roy river valley and continues following the river upstream to its source. At only 15 minutes walk you will access the first viewpoint located at the gorge of the Fitz Roy river -called Cascada Margarita- which offers a panoramic view of the Cerro Solo, Adela range, Cerro Torre and the Fitz Roy mount. Across the river lies the Margarita waterfall. Halfway you will reach Cerro Torre viewpoint with incomparable views of the Adela range, Cerro Torre and other granite needles. Finally the path crosses the DeAgostini base camp where you can stay overnight in your tent. Fifteen minutes along the way from the camp you will reach Laguna Torre. At the shore of this lagoon, it is often possible to find a number of icebergs from the Grande glacier.
Short trek (1.30 h each way approx.) until a viewpoint. One of the classic treks of El Chaltén that allows you to witness one of the most capricious mountain landscapes in the world and one of the mythical mountains of Patagonia: Cerro Torre. From El Chaltén, there are two head-trails to Laguna Torre, both paths join together after 5 minutes walk. The trail enters the Fitz Roy river valley and continues following the river upstream to its source. At only 15 minutes walk you will access the first viewpoint located at the gorge of the Fitz Roy river -called Cascada Margarita- which offers a panoramic view of the Cerro Solo, Adela range, Cerro Torre and the Fitz Roy mount. Across the river lies the Margarita waterfall. Halfway you will reach Cerro Torre viewpoint with incomparable views of the Adela range, Cerro Torre and other granite needles.
Aimed to those who have little time to make a longer walk, this trek allowed us to reach the first Fitz Roy mount viewpoint. It departs from the footpath at the end of the town, which starts with a steep slope which is continued for 1.30 h and ascending about 350m to reach the first lookout. From there you get the first spectacular view of Fitz Roy mount, flanked by "arrows" Poicenot, Saint Exupéry, Mermoz and Guillaumet. After 15 minutes we reach the first mountain base camp (Capri Mountain) and the homonymous lagoon, with views of mountains, forests and Fitz Roy mount.
• At 08.30 is the pick up from Hotel in a Van After that, it takes the route to Lodge El Pilar (18 km), where start the hiking to Fitz Roy. Taking the valley of Rio Blanco, we can see the first balcony to Piedras Blancas Glacier. From there we walk another 1.30 h until reaching Rio Blanco Camp site, another hour up the trail reaching Laguna de los Tres. From the lake, there are even better panoramic views of Cerro Fitz Roy! You can also see Laguna Sucia and Lago Viedma in the distance. After lunch (no included) we start the return to El Chaten taking the trail to Laguna Capri. • This tours finishes at about 6 pm. RECOMMENDED CLOTHING FOR ALL THE TOURS IN EL CHALTEN: gloves, sunscreen (facial and labial), cap fleece or wool coat, hat , scarf or neck coat, waterproof jacket, waterproof pants or synthetic fabric, appropriate footwear (preferably trekking boots covering the ankle), sunglasses. Tip: in Patagonia clothing layers should be taken to adapt to frequent changes in temperature.
The trek starts from Electric River Bridge, located 18 km away from El Chalten: this is an easy walk up to Fraile, without unevenness. Transfer from El Chalten to Electric River Bridge (18 km). Two-hour peaceful hike through lenga forests, fording small streams, up to Piedra del Fraile where Father de Agostini became the basis for his explorations in the area. From this point you get a unique Fitz Roy view: the northwest wall. The area has also a refuge named "Los Troncos", where you can have a snack (not included) and has camping facilities. This is a private property so visitors should pay an entrance ticket when arriving (included)
This excursion begins with the pick-up of the passengers by their respective hotels; the guide with the mini bus picks them up at 8 am and drives them to the Los Huemules Natural Reserve. This field is located about 10,5 miles away from the town, by scenic route No. 41 on the way to Lago del Desierto. There is the Natural Reserve that occupies about 5500 hectares, surrounded by very big mountains, glaciers, fantastic forest Woodland. A well conserved green forest (even on Winter) with new ones trees and amazing fauna such as foxes, dock from the torrents, magallanic woodpecker, condor, deer, red fox and puma. Upon entering the Estancia, between 8.45 / 9 am, visitors are received by Reserve guardians and maintenance personnel who register the visitors and collect the corresponding ticket. After receiving the full information about the area, we start a soft walk especially for those with good physical condition. The complete trail takes us by the left side of Diablo River Valley until Diablo Lake. During this tour is possible to see docks from the torrents, puma and deer are also possible to see too, meanwhile 30º Anniversary Mountain and Del Diablo Hill in front of us. After 3 hours we cross the river by a bridge very close to Diablo Lake and then we reach Cagliero Mountain Hut, in front of the homonymous Glacier. There a hot cup of soup, while we can see the imposing view of the front of South Cagliero Glacier and Diablo Lake. After lunch, around 1 pm, we start to come back to the entrance of the Natural Reserve, without repeat the trail, and passing by Blue and Green Lakes. Our mini bus awaits us and around 4.30 / 5 pm we start the return to El Chaltén (arrival between 5.30/6 pm) Slope: 350 meters. Total distance: 16 km (9,94 miles)
To get from El Chalten to Lago del Desierto must take the road No. 23, which is ground and runs along the Rio de las Vueltas, for 38 km to end at birth in the same lake. This road is very attractive in itself, since during this trip you will see the transition from the steppe landscape to forest Andean Patagonic. It is through forests and streams, large lakes and beautiful waterfalls. In several sections of the road, will the NE face of Fitz Roy. And before reaching Lake, near the road, is the Salto del Anillo, where a short path leads to a magnificent waterfall on the Rio de las Vueltas. Upon reaching Lago del Desierto Punta Sur, we will descend to start the trekking to the Huemul Glacier. This point is also the beginning of lake navigations (not included). TREKKING VIEWPOINT OF HUEMUL GLACIER: the trail quickly enters a lenga forest and in a few minutes begins its ascent by a well-marked path. In little more than half an hour of ascent you get to a point with panoramic views of De las Vueltas and Fitz Roy rivers valley. Continuing about 15 minutes you reach the beautiful Huemul lagoon, fed by the namesake glacier. They are only 2 kilometers and 220 meters of altitude difference.
Just at the entrance of Esquel, in a predominantly rural environment, Los Álamos farm is located, a traditional horseback excursions organizer through Valle Chico area and the foothills of the Nahuel Pan hill. Designed for the whole family, these horseback ridings vary duration, from simple and low-demand rides of around an hour to full day that require riders more time and willingness. On special occasions there are also night excursions under the light of the full moon. The herd is made up of horses that are characterized by their docility and that are used to traveling this type of geography, so it is not necessary to have previous experience, you just need to wear comfortable shoes and a good coat.
La Trochita or Old Patagonian Express is a historic tourist train -with small trail, from which comes its name and founded in 1945- that allows you to make a journey into the past. Starting from the Esquel railway station, we travel 18 km to the Nahuel Pan station, the place of residence of an important Mapuche Tehuelche community. There, while the train makes the maneuvers for the return, you can visit the Nahuel Pan Museum that preserves the heritage of the original peoples and the House of Crafts, where pieces of silver, wood and textiles are exhibited all made by the population rural area that make a direct sale on this site.
The first strategic point when travelling by the Los Alerces National Park is Villa Futalaufquen, located 50 km away from Esquel and bounded on the west by the majestic Andes Mountain Range. It occupies a total area of 263,000 hectares that place it fourth in size among the national parks of Argentina. Its proximity to the mountain range allows the development of a dense Andean Patagonian forest and in the area of higher rainfall a Valdivian forest grows where the Alerce or Lahuan stands out. This millennial tree is slow growing and its specimens can live between 3000 and 4000 years of age and measure more than 70 meters high. We also visit the Museum of Interpretation, Rock Paintings - 2.5 km from Villa Futalaufquen -, Hotel Futalaufquen and Puerto Limonao. We continue to the north to see the Irigoyen waterfall and then we skirt the Futalaufquen lake; we can see the Arrayanes River that starts in the Verde Lake, cross a bridge and walk approximately 1 hour between the Patagonian forest and the Valdivian jungle. Here we will have time to have lunch (not included) before going back to Esquel, passing through Trevelin.
Los Alerces National Park - created in 1937 - is one of the most important in the country for the incomparable beauty of its forests, offering different routes and services that allow visitors to experience it in different ways. Located 35 km from Trevelin and 50 km from Esquel, it has an area of 263,000 hectares. Its proximity to the mountain range allows the development of a dense Andean Patagonian forest, although a Valdivian jungle grows where the Alerce or "Lahuan" stands out: they grow very slowly and their specimens can live between 3,000 and 4,000 years of age and measure up to 60 meters high. Leleque Museum is located at the entrance Cholila town (means “beautiful valley”). 13 thousand years of Patagonian history are exhibited here: from the entrance of the original towns, the archaeological finds, their paintings and rock engravings. Those objects that passed from generation to generation represent the passage of time in a region with a strong cultural identity.
It is an ideal tour to navigate the waters that bathe the National Park, to contemplate the imposing mountainous cords that border them and to know the varied vegetation that adorns the landscape, among which the millennial Alerzal stands out. During the tour, you can enjoy some of the oldest trees on the planet, which have more than 2620 years and have surprising dimensions. Menéndez Lake is navigated until reaching Puerto Sagrario and starting the walk through an intangible zone where the great variety of vegetation is part of the attraction. Next to the Swan Lake and the rapids of the homonimous river, some “Young” -that are hundreds of years old-, larches begin to emerge until at the end of the path the imposing millennial alerzal arises. It stands out "the grandfather", one of the oldest of the forest that is about 2620 years old, 60 meters high and more than two meters in diameter. The full path is about 2 km and the path is considered medium difficulty. Currently, we walk through the new footbridges that facilitate the walk and provide new panoramic views. There are also spaces with interpretive signage and places of rest. To arrive to Puerto Chucao, from the parking lot located next to Route 71, a striking suspension bridge is crossed and, from there, you start with a short walk.
Departure to reach the full Patagonian steppe: 130 km northeast of Esquel and in the middle of the Chubut River valley - passing before by Gualjaina town- we arrive at Piedra Parada Nature Reserve, where an imposing volcanic stone stands 210 meters high. From there we begin a trekking entering the Cañadón de la Buitrera, flanked by 150-meter-high walls, which gradually decrease as we advance into the area. This place was the “caldera” of an ancient volcano, whose chimney solidified and gave rise to very peculiar geoforms. The ancient walls with traces of the incandescent material also treasure cave paintings that left the ancient populations of the area. Climbers from all over the world come to the Protected Natural Area.
Adventure and adrenaline come together in this active tourism experience, where the visitor is not only a spectator, but lives in direct contact with nature. The rafting excursions are carried out on the Corcovado River and can be adapted to the experience and available time of each visitor. It is a unique opportunity to carry out an adventure sport enjoying the contemplation of the canyons that cut the Cordillera de los Andes. Corcovado River presents Class II and III difficulty and is the ideal place for rafting without having previous experience, because in each raft or “gomón” there is a guide who gives instructions for navigation and knows the area widely. Likewise, each person has their own safety equipment that includes a life jacket and helmet; the rafts are usually accompanied by a safety kayak.
Located 25 km away from Esquel, Trevelin is a peaceful Andean town with a marked presence of Welsh culture. The story begins with the arrival of the first settlers in 1985 and settled in the valley to develop productive activities mainly the wheat with the installation of the mills, thus taking the name that today characterizes Trevelin "Village of the Mill". History is kept alive in museums and stories. The beautiful valley also gave rise to different undertakings such as vineyards, Trout farms or Tulip plantations. We will visit the Nant & Fall Waterfall, the Nant Fach Flour Mill Museum and Nant & Fall vineyards. The tour ends in Trevellin, enjoying a typical Wales tea.
The largest biosphere reserve in Argentina. Departure from Jujuy City to Libertador San Martín. A few km away we start visiting Calilegua National Park where we can rchoose among different difficult level trails depending on the group that may be very simple of 30 minutes to 2 hours, crossing rivers and after walking climb this amazing forest by car with excellent view to take pictures, arriving to the camp side Mesada de las Colmenas where take our lunch and take a breath. From here we have the option to go to San Francisco village to discover a magical place in the mountains or the option of Caimancito Thermal springs whit a covered swimming pool a warm pool and a cold pool or the private boxes.
We start by summer village of Yala and visit a game fishing preserve and breeding farm, then continue our way up by a winding route to the provincial park in the middle of a woody area and a large number of birds, waterfalls and crystal-clear rivers. First lagoon we see is Desaguadero; after that we continue to Rodeo lagoon to lunch and proceed to Comedero Lagoon to see it closely and walk in a side of it enjoying ducks and birds sing and the beautiful landscape. Then we continue to Termas de Reyes stopping to take pictures of the panoramically view of Termas de Reyes Hotel and surrounding area and finally an hour wait for the people that wants to enjoy of the thermal baths and back to the city. There are two options of taking baths: one is in the private boxes of the hotel and Spa and the other is an open floor public summing pool.
In the middle of the eighteenth century the Jesuit monks established a mission in this area which now bears the name of "Laguna de los Padres" (Lake of the Monks).They were the first European men who tried to settle in this region, building a chapel with living quarters and a trading post. They succeeded in gathering a small group of Indians together, thus making the area known to the white world. Now there is a smaller reproduction of this mission where documents related to its history are exhibited. Next we will visit the "Jose Hernandez" museum, which is named after the archetypical gaucho who was the author of the classic Argentinean poetry book "Martin Fierro". This poet and author first came in contact with country life and the activities of the gauchos while living here on his uncle's ranch (estancia). The landscape is typical of this area: rolling hills dotted by many farms and small ranches. Along the road from the lake to "Sierra de los Padres" (Monks' Hills) there are recreation facilities; small truck farms with hot houses for growing winter flowers. Once there, we discover a modern residential area of beautiful homes, restaurants, and a golf course with magnificent views of the valley bellow. In addition there is a traditional general store "la pulperia", which was a social gathering point for the gauchos at sunset.
We will enjoy a great day with unforgettable views of the Andes, and will get closer than ever to the highest mountain in the Americas. We will also give you the chance to take a walk on the trails of the Aconcagua Provincial Park, visit the Horcones lagoon, and get the best views of Aconcagua´s South Face.
We leave Mendoza on the International Route N 7, through the central Andes to reach Horcones. An incredible path starts from there, to reach Horcones Lagoon (2,950 m.a.s.l.) After an hour walk, we reach the famous hanging bridge on the Horcones River and the “Quebrada del Durazno” (Peach’s Gorge). We take a break there to enjoy the scenery. After another 2 hours, we reach Confluencia (3,300 m.a.s.l.) the first base camp of the highest peak of South America, the Aconcagua (6,962 m.a.s.l.). In this lovely area, we will enjoy our lunch and finally, some rest too. After getting to know a bit more about mountaineering, we will return to Horcones.
Early departure in the morning: bordering the Mendoza River, we will obtain a majestic landscape of the Cordón del Plata, we will see Dique Potrerillos and the beautiful Valle de Cacheuta. We continue to Uspallata, pre-Hispanic settlement of Huarpes aborigines and the southernmost point of the Inca Empire; then we pass through Picheuta, Polvaredas and Punta de Vacas, from where we can access the famous village of Los Penitentes, one of the ski centers of Mendoza (it runs from June to August). If weather conditions permit it, one of the most privileged views of the area can be accessed by chairlift (optional ascent ticket). Later on we will visit Puente del Inca, where Las Cuevas River has pierced the mountain, forming a natural bridge to which hot springs emerge. During this visit you can also appreciate Mount Aconcagua splendor, the highest mountain in America with 6960 m.a.s.l. An unpaved road that starts from the International Route, allows you to go a few kilometers to the beautiful Horcones Lagoon and the Aconcagua Provincial Park. (Access enabled only from November to February, consult). Following the International Route, we find the customs in Horcones and a few kilometers further on, on the border with Chile, Las Cuevas town located at 3200 m.a.s.l. Between Las Cuevas and the international tunnel that leads to Chile, there is a route that, depending on weather conditions, allows you to ascend to Cristo Redentor monument, located at 4200 m.a.s.l. and that symbolizes fraternity between Argentines and Chileans. In the afternoon we return to Mendoza city.
Visit to Argentinean side of the Iguazú Falls, located within Iguazú National Park. With 67.000 hs, they are made up of 275 falls thundering down from a 70-meter average height. In this section of the rainforest, we can find a huge variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. We are on our way to Estación Central, where we will take a train to Estación Cataratas and/or Estación Garganta del Diablo. From this site, we can choose: - Upper Circuit: 800 mts trail raised above the ground surface, so as not, to block or scare away local fauna as they go by. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Bosetti, Bernabé Méndez, and M’Bigua waterfalls. Time required for this ride: 1 h. Difficulty range: low, no stairs. - Lower Circuit: 1.600 mts trail walk above the ground surface. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Alvar Nuñez, San Martín, Bosetti and Peñon of Bella Vista waterfalls (from Peñon we get a view of Garganta del Diablo -Devil’s Throat- and Cañón del Rio Iguazú inferior). Time required for this ride: 2 hs. Difficulty range: moderate, with stairs. -Garganta del Diablo: departing from Estación Cataratas, the train takes us to Estación Garganta. The walk along the footbridges demands 1200 mts to delight us with the spectacular balcony of the most important waterfall of the National Park: Garganta del Diablo. Time required for this ride: 2 hs. Difficulty range: low, no stairs.
Iguaçú National Park (on the Brazilian side) is 185.000 hectares long. As we get to the Visitor Center we cross the Gates individually to check the loading capacity of the Park. We immediately get into the buses that tour along within the park and take us to the 1200 trail over the Iguazú River. At this point, we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see Río Iguazú Canyon, Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour, we will get to Devil’s Throat lower viewpoint 200m away. This beautiful scenery is enhanced by permanent rainbows. The tour ends at Salto Floriano where an elevator takes us to the bus parking. The other option is to walk the path and up the stairs to the meeting point.
Iguaçú National Park (on the Brazilian side) is 185.000 hectares long. As we get to the Visitor Center we cross the Gates individually to check the loading capacity of the Park. We immediately get into the buses that tour along within the park and take us to the 1200 trail over the Iguazú River. At this point, we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see Río Iguazú Canyon, Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour, we will get to Devil’s Throat lower viewpoint 200m away. This beautiful scenery is enhanced by permanent rainbows. The tour ends at Salto Floriano where an elevator takes us to the bus parking. The other option is to walk the path and up the stairs to the meeting point. Represa de Itaipu panoramic tour (Itaipu Dam) Itaipu Dam is an engineering masterpiece shared by Brazil and Paraguay on the Paraná River. It is located 50 km from Iguazú Falls. This visit includes only outdoor areas in Dam and starts with a brief stop at the Interpretation Centre where a documental film describing details of the building process is shown. Then in a vehicle drive and the aid of guides, tour offers a 10 minutes stop in "Central Mirador" to get a panoramic view of the dam. In that place is a brief explanation of its general operation. After that visit continues by bus -and depending on the daily operation- also passes over the dam, with a new stop. Visit lasts 1:30 hours and can be done all year round, except on Sundays and holidays.
Iguaçú National Park (on the Brazilian side) is 185.000 hectares long. We get into a bus that tour along within the park and take us to the 1200 trail over the Iguazú River. At this point, we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see Río Iguazú Canyon, Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour, we will get to Devil’s Throat lower viewpoint 200m away. This beautiful scenery is enhanced by permanent rainbows. The tour ends at Salto Floriano where an elevator takes us to the bus parking. The entrance to the Birds Park is next to the Brazilian National Park. This is an essential tour for Foz do Iguassu visitors: it allows to experience a direct contact with more than 1020 birds from about 150 different species. Discover the magnetism of native flora while you stroll along the paths of this beautiful park, easily and for the whole family.
From the Garganta del Diablo (Devil’s Throat) train station, we offer this silent and quiet sailing experience on rafts, covering the different islands of the Upper Iguazu River. Visitors shall be able to connect with the rich flora and fauna that distinguishes this riverside environment. Expert local people will help tourists to discover the secrets of the jungle beyond the runways. This peaceful trip ends at the Tres Marías Port where visitors may return walking to the Waterfall Station, which is the starting point of traditional circuits. ONLY COMBINABLE WITH ARGENTINIAN FALLS IN PRIVATE SERVICE.
IT COMBINES TWO HALF-DAY EXCURSIONS: GUIDED WALK IN THE FOREST + KAYAK ACTIVITY + LUNCH + MOTORBOAT RIDE TO HIDDEN CASCADE. A short walk through the jungle leads us to the river coast, where the kayaks are waiting for us. The calm waters of the river are easy to paddle and invite us to meditate in silence while we perceive with all our senses the surrounding nature. Upon reaching the coast of La Lorenza, we start a 45-minute guided walk through the forest, which ends on our deck where a delicious lunch awaits us. In the afternoon, a boat picks us up along the coast of the Paraná River to take us to Salto Yasy, the hidden gem of the area. Bathing in the river is safe and very enjoyable. This is an invitation to experience the joy of being immersed in this majestic natural setting.
Once we arrive at La Lorenza, we will hike a forest trail, rich in abundant plant and bird species, many of them endemic to the ecoregion. Throughout this interpretative walk, you will observe some natural processes that shape this forest in such dynamic and unique way. A typical house is the perfect place to be introduced to the local culture and to our nation al infusion: Mate. In front of a small wood fire and using our own h ands, we will prepare this popular beverage, starting from scratch with the plant. While sipping Mate, a local farmer will share its history, who discovered this sacred plant, the social codes that rule this tradition and why it is so important for Argentines. The visit ends on our private deck that overlooks the magnificent Paraná River. At this privileged spot, we will offer a local appetizer.
Early morning departure; in contrast to the arid Patagonia we access the fertile valley of Chubut River, our way up to Florentino Ameghino dam. It is located in the middle of a narrow canyon of red rock formations. Its geographical conditions enable the practice of sports like rafting, boating, sailing excursions, trekking, climbing, rappelling, mountain bike, photo tours and survival. As a result of the dam we found an artificial lake with an area of about 50 km, with some areas of beaches and places for fishing. This tour is complemented with a visit to Dolavon village and Chubut River Valley farms area.
Departing from Puerto Madryn southwards, and skirting the coast, we will pass different beaches. The first of them is Kaiser Beach, which ends in a big dune where sandboard is practised. After touring other beaches we will reach Paraná Beach where the top of sunken Folias Ship will be appreciated. It is ideal for snorkelling or diving. After 20 km we will arrive at Punta Loma where we will watch an elephant seal colony from a watchtower.
Departure from Puerto Madryn; after traveling 70 km through Patagonian steppe, we reach the southern end of the mouth of the Golfo Nuevo where Punta Ninfas lighthouse is located, a valuable reference for navigators entering this area. On the beaches that surround Punta Ninfas we can see breeding groups of elephants and seals. We then continue to El Pedral, an authentic Patagonian estancia built at the beginning of the 20th century. The materials and furniture were brought from Europe by boat and landed on the coasts of the estancia itself. Then we went to the Magellan penguin colony located on El Pedral seashore, a short distance from the house. A guided tour between their nests allows us to better know these curious animals. In summer we recommend a cap and sunglasses, as well as to carry a bottle of water. At noon, we have lunch in the estancia: grilled lamb with a variety of salads, dessert and coffee (includes drinks and wine). In the afternoon you can enjoy the pool and the pétanque court, as well as take walks around the property or have a tea/coffee before returning back our hotel.
The proposal is a recreational ride, low demand and medium duration. Departure in the morning (if the weather permits) from the offices, where the passengers will be given a previous talk about safety and navigation rules, and current local laws. We then depart to the coast and from there to the historical site Punta Cuevas. In this tour you can have a beautiful view of the city from the sea; during the navigation, explanations of the history, geography and natural resources of the area are provided. Although the sighting and approaching of fauna is not guaranteed, at certain times of the year it is possible to observe sea lions, penguins, whales (Southern Franca species) and a variety of birds. Upon arrival at Punta Cuevas, we will make a technical stop to disembark and to hydrate. After a break of half an hour, we will undertake the return to the place of departure.
The Protected Natural Area of Punta Tombo hosts every year –between September and April- the largest continental colony in the world of Magellanic Penguins. By the Atlantic Ocean shores, surrounded by farms dedicated to wool production, it is the place penguins choose for their reproduction. In front of the sea, half million penguins protect their nests from depredators, look for food (little fish, anchovies and squids) for their offspring, fill the air with their squawks and paint the landscape in black and white. The best time to observe them is in the morning and at sunset, when it is not so hot and penguins increase their activities. To reach Punta Tombo, it is necessary to drive about 110 miles towards the south from Puerto Madryn. The access route is mostly paved, but there are about 12 miles of gravel at the end of the road. At the entrance, the Centro Tombo provides various rooms where it is possible to learn more about the area's wildlife. Departure from hotel in the morning; we will get into the reserve to walk near the nests. A big group of penguins on the beach can be observed from a cliff. In the afternoon we return and stop in Trelew City ("Lewis town" in welsh language, Lewis Jones was one of the pioneers who came to these distant lands in the late nineteenth century). MEF E. Feruglio Paleontology Museum and visit (optional). Then continue to Gaiman Colony where the exquisite Welsh tea can be tasted (optional). Arrival in Puerto Madryn late in the afternoon.
Departure from Puerto Madryn, heading south to an estancia where we will prepare the kayaks and equipment. There our specialized guide will give us a talk about security. At 10 o'clock we departure for the “lobería”, and an hour later we will have interaction with these marine mammals from the kayaks. After lunch (box-lunch type) we will approach by land to the seals colony, taking care not to disturb them in their natural habitat. At 2.30 PM we return to the starting area to prepare the equipment for our return to Puerto Madryn, where we will arrive at approximately 5 PM.
This tour is a new attraction for visitors; it is an experience that can only be done in 3 locations around the World, and Puerto Madryn is one of them! The site chosen for Snorkeling with Seals is Punta Loma, nature reserve located 15 km approx from Puerto Madryn city and only 25 minutes by boat. All passengers will receive training Snorkeling including previous practice, done in FOLIAS shipwreck. Once completed and learned the skills we will approach the protected area of Punta Loma to enjoy this exciting activity. Existing regulations allow us to spend an hour in the area with a maximum of 18 people + the Instructor.
Early in the morning we depart to Valdés Peninsula. At the entrance the fee to the World Heritage Area is paid; then arrival at the Ameghino Isthmus where we stop at the Interpretation Center. We continue to Puerto Pirámides where (between June and December) we can embark for a close encounter with the ballena franca Whale (optional). After that we visit Punta Pirámides lobería (seals settlement). Then we leave to Caleta Valdés where we will have time to have lunch (optional) and we will see an elephant seals settlement. We will pass by a penguin rookery in formation, where (between September and April) we will have the opportunity to see some specimens of the "Magellan" type from the top of a cliff. During the tour we can observe Patagonia typical fauna (maras, choiques, guanacos, and piches) and different birds. In case we fail to sail in the morning for bad weather, we will go to Pirámides Port for whales sighting. Late in the afternoon we arrive in our accommodation.
Puerto Madryn is one of the best places in the world for whale watching. The morphology of Patagonia offers calm and protected waters, where this giant mammals has chosen to get birth to their calves and for mating (as other species also do), turning this World Heritage in a huge nursery. Puerto Piramides becomes the undisputed place to watch the curious and friendly behavior of these animals aboard special boats. This village is located on Valdes Peninsula and it is the only location where whale watching boat trips are available. The boat ride has duration of 1.5 hour; visitors used to take a full day tour to Valdes Peninsula (departing from Puerto Madryn) and add a stop at Puerto Piramides for this optional boat trip. Lunch is optional.
The excursion runs aboard the Yellow Submarine. Unlike other boats this allows you to observe whales submerged in their own world: underwater and with a completely different perspective. The experience is the same as if you were diving with them! While they remain close to the ship it is possible to observe them through the 40 windows of the underwater cabin. On board, passengers can move freely and also opt for the deck of the ship to observe from the surface as in a traditional whale watching. Departures are subject to visibility in the water.
Located on the opposite bank of the Paraná River, 75 km from Rosario in the southwest of Entre Ríos province; is also known as “the city of seven hills”. The most important attractions of the city are: The Godchild Abbey (Benedict monks), ecological preserve Monte de los Ombues, Parochial Temple, City Hall Palace, Carlos Añadon city museum and Victoria del Agua Aquatic and Hot springs Park, among others. Besides: the Civic Center, Matanza Hill, the Promenade and Ombues hill. Its sandy beaches offer the perfect balance between tranquility and entertainment.
The trip begins in the Lerma Valley until El Carril, continuing to Chicoana. We enter to the Quebrada de los Laureles (The Laurel’s Gorge) and soon to the Quebrada de Escoipe (Escoipe Gorge). We arrive to the Maray entering Cuesta del Obispo (The Bishop’s Cliff), road with abundant curves from where it is possible to enjoy a panoramic view of the Enchanted Valley and small houses with maize and fruit trees. At Piedra del Molino (The Mill’s Stone) we reach 3.384 meters above the sea level, the highest spot in our trip. Soon Los Cardones National Park is crossed by the straight line of Tin-Tin (ancient Inca’s road). Arriving to Cachi, a panoramic view of the Nevado de Cachi and Payogasta is observed. We go the town of Cachi where the Archaeological Museum and the Church are visited. We return to Salta through the same route.
The journey starts from Salta city to the south, along route 68 through the Lerma Valley and its historical towns. We reach Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shell´s Gorge), where wind and water erosion carved curious shapes on the rocks (The Amphitheater, Devils throat, The Toad, The Castles, among others). When we arrive to Cafayate, we visit some wineries, famous for their production of Torrontes, with special characteristics due to the particularities of the climate and land. After lunch (optional, not included) we return to Salta through the Quebrada de las Conchas (the Shells´ Gorge) and the Lerma Valley.
Day 1: departure from Salta city towards south, through Route 68 along Lerma Valley whose points of interest are Chicoana, Quebrada del Escoipe, Cuesta del Obispo (road with abundant curves), Piedra del Molino (highest point of the route at 3384 m.s.), Los Cardones National Park and Tin-Tin straight. Arrival to Cachi at lunch time. The trip continues down Route 40 to admire mountainous landscapes with towns of great enchantment. Bordering the Calchaquí River, we can observe historical towns such as Seclantas, Molinos, Angastaco, San Carlos and Animana. By the end of the afternoon we arrive to Cafayate. Overnight. Day 2: we visit some wineries; after lunch we return to Salta through Quebrada de las Conchas (Shells’ ravine) visiting the peculiar rock formations caused by rain and wind, such as The Amphitheatre or The Devil´s Throat. We arrive to Salta after crossing the Lerma Valley.
The trip begins in Salta towards the Tastil Ruins arriving to San Antonio de los Cobres, after a two hours stop for lunch (OPTIONAL) and a short visit the town. We continue our trip along Route 40 crossing one of the most desert areas of our country. Soon, and already in the province of Jujuy, we arrive to Salinas Grandes (The Great Salt Flat), where the immensity of the area, the white shiny salt invites you to relax and take good shots. We continue down the Lipán Cliff arriving to Purmamarca: it is one of the typical towns of Humahuaca Gorge, it has the Seven Colors Hill and the small houses enchant. We return to Salta.
Early morning departure; first we visit Purmamarca and then Salinas Grandes (Salt Flat). The "salinas" have 212 km2 of extension -the same surface as the city of Buenos Aires- and are located in the Puna at 3,450 m.a.s.l. A white stretch of salt that contrasts with the blue of the sky. It is a unique natural environment with its traditional artisanal exploitation of salt. The return to Salta is by the same road as the one way.
Leaving Salta, we travel along the route parallel to the Train to the Cloud’s railway track, at Quebrada del Toro (Bull’s Gorge), where the scenery will change its dense vegetation till the first cardones will be seen, as well as several viaducts and bridges such as The Bull, Alisal and Chorrillo, getting to know places as El Candado, El Gólgota, Alfarcito, etc. All lonely yet beautiful mountain landscapes. Once at Santa Rosa de Tastil, we’ll be able to visit the village, the Archaeological Museum and the pre Inca ruins where ancient housing and streets can be clearly distinguish. We continue through Finca La Encrucijada, to ascend up Muñano Cliff till to Abra Blanca, at 4,080 m.a.s.l. when we arrive to San Antonio de Los Cobres.
BUS+TRAIN+BUS: the excursion begins at Salta train station, located 10 blocks away from the main square. Check-in begins at 5:45 am, since the first bus leaves at 6:15 am while the last one leaves at 7:00 am. We travel along National Route 51, making several photo stops such as Campo Quijano, Viaducto El Toro and El Alfarcito where we have a country breakfast. Then we continue to San Antonio de los Cobres train station: at 12 noon the train departs making its highest and most emblematic route, which is the engineering work of Maury Engineer known as “La Polvorilla Viaduct” (4220 m.a.s.l.). This route is crossed twice (round trip) and a 20-minute stop is made at a panoramic point where we can descend to take pictures; then continue the return to San Antonio de los Cobres, scheduled for 3:00 pm. Here we take again the buses up to the center of this town, where we will have 1 hour and a half to walk around and have lunch (meals not included). Finally, we board the bus to return by the same route to Salta, arriving at 8:00 pm.
Leaving in the early morning along National Route 234, travelling 115 km across lush forests, crystal-clear rivers and passing by Lakes Machonico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso, Espejo and Nahuel Huapi. At midday, the excursion gets to Villa la Angostura. This beautiful tourist village, its harbors, the El Messidor Residence and its gardens will be visited. Afterwards, the trip to San Carlos de Bariloche is resumed, bordering the great Lake Nahuel Huapi. Once in that city, the Civic Center and the harbor will be visited and excursionists will have some time to spare around the city. In the afternoon, the shuttle will return along until the Limay river, visiting the Anfiteatro, the Enchanted valley, with its curious shapes on the rocks, Confluencia Traful, Rinconada, until San Martín de los Andes is reached.
To reach Chapelco we take Route 40, traveling 18 km through beautiful scenery, with Lake Lacar and the Andes. Chapelco Ski Resort is a ski center invites you to experience winter sports in unique tours, with groomed and hostels ideal for a refreshing break after a long day of skiing. Its forests accompany the layout of the tracks wind protecting and returning to his perfect snow to live fully in the midst of an incredible landscape. Chapelco has a height of 1980 m.a.s.l. and offers more than 22 tracks of different difficulty levels which provides attractive alternatives for every need throughout its more than 140 acres of skiable area. Your offer is not limited to skiers and snowboarders, but also for those who want to have a fun time in contact with the snow and nature will find activities for all ages such as snowshoeing, backcountry skiing, sleigh ride husky dog and snowmobile rides. Taking the cable car ascends to a height of 1600 m.a.s.l. and then two chairlifts, which will allow us to reach the summit at 2000 m.a.s.l. where you can see the Lanin, Villarica, Choshuenco, volcanoes and other peaks of the range, being able to contemplate an incredible view (ski lifts not included). During summer Park Adventure is enabled to enjoy various activities for the whole family such as horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, archery, mini golf, arena, trampoline, bouncy castle, canopy and harness the fun Andean giant slide. The return is by a winding road in the woods, also noting the establishment of the community Mapuche Curruinca slopes Chapelco lace, and accessing splendid views of San Martin de los Andes and Lacar Lake from the top of the road, mainly from the viewpoint Arrayan.
This excursion will allow visitors to see almost all the vegetable species of the Lanín National Park, as they will slowly enter the Valdivian forest, one of the most humid spots in the country. Provincial Route 48 will be travelled passing by Trompul, a high spot from where there is a beautiful sight of Lake Lácar, Chapelco and Mount Abanico. Yuco beach, with its volcanic sandy beaches and its myrtle tree forest, will also be visited. Once in Hua Hum, a spot in the west end of the lake, we go hiking until the spectacular Chachin waterfall.
One of the most characteristic visit in the Lanín National Park. It reaches the very base of the Volcano. Bordering the Chimehuin River, one of the most famous trout fly-fishing spots in the world, the largest lake in the park -the Huechulafquen- is reached and its entire length, with its blue waters and its impressive waves, is visited. Before that we visit Junín de los Andes, its centre, the church and the Mapuche cultural centre, where they offer traditional handicraft. This is our first contact with tha mapuche culture. At midday, we stop in a mapuche community to have lunch. After that the excursion will reach Puerto Canoa, a beautiful spot located on the shores of the lake. There is also the opportunity of going on a lake excursion across Lake Epulafquen in order to observe the marvelous lava at the Escorial of 6 km lenght. After lunch, the excursion will reach Lake Paimun, with its green waters suitable for swimming, as they are not so cold. In different places of our trip we can see an impressive view of the Lanín Volcano, almost 3,800 m of height, and its snow-capped summit.
Departure from San Martin de los Andes, in the early morning along National Route 40, passing through the town of Junin de los Andes, then take Provincial Route 60 where bordering the Malleo River and the frame area Patagonian steppe begin to enter a great forest of puzzle trees, which is shared between Villarrica and Lanin National Park in Chile. Arrive at the border crossing or Mamuil Tromen Malal, where we will see the imposing Volcan Lanin (north face), after making the immigration process in both border posts, we will go along the Trancura River between Valdivian jungle populated Curarrehue, then move 15 km. and reach the town of Pucon. Pucon is a resort of international level, located on the shores of Lake Villarrica and near the foot of the Villarrica volcano with its constant plume. You can enjoy warm waters and beautiful beaches, the scenic city of crafts, with typical wooden flower stalls, their typical seafood meals, visiting every corner of one of the most pleasant and picturesque towns of Chile. After a few free hours in Pucon, we begin to return by the same route to get back to the city of San Martín de los Andes and can watch the sunset.
Departure early in the morning by the 234 National Road travelling 115 km. of lush forest, rivers of clear water and the lakes: Machónico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso, Espejo and Nahuel Huapi. At midday we arrive at Villa la Angostura and we visit this beatifull touristic village, its bays, Messidor Residence and its wonderful gardens. Then we have free time to have lunch in the centre area. In the afternoon we visit Puerto Manzano and its majestic architecture. Finally we start returning by the same way, the Seven Lakes Road, to arrive to our city.
Summer village located 17 km from San Martín de los Andes, on the southern shore of Lake Lácar. This volcanic sand beach with particular characteristics for the practice of nautical sports such as waterskiing, windsurfing, fishing, kayaking or launch navigation is reached along a beautiful mountain road, with forests of roble pellín, radal, ñire and flowers such as rosa mosqueta, amancay, mutisia, topa topa, etc. During the tour, houses belonging to the Mapuche Curruhuinca community, with their fences, their animals and their school may be seen and visitors may purchase authentic Indian crafts. Before going back, visitors have free time and they can go for a walk across the forest to see the rapids of the Grande Creek, an ideal site to make a halt and see the impressiveness of thaw and the huge coihues that give frame to the landscape. Or just visit the three different beaches along the shore and relax.
Leaving in the early morning along National Route 234, travelling 115 km across exuberant forests, crystal-clear rivers and passing by Lakes Machonico, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Correntoso, Espejo and Nahuel Huapi. At midday, the excursion gets to Villa la Angostura. This beautiful tourist village, its harbors, the El Messidor Residence and its gardens will be visited. After having lunch, the shuttle will return along the same 7-Lake Road, passing once again by Lakes Espejo and Correntoso, and it will take the junction leading to Villa Traful. The road presents an attractive ascent through the thick forest in search for the Portezuelo Pass. As excursionists descend, they will make contact with the southern coast of Lake Traful, which they will see completely. Next to the lake, through a coihue forest, we arrived in this small mountain village where a little more than 300 people live. Staying at Villa Traful will enable visitors to go around the entire village. As they leave this place behind, they will approach the heights of the Viento Vantage Point, an impressive cliff raising 70 m over the surface of the lake. The excursion will return along the same Seven Lakes Road.
We leave Humahuaca and we cross “Peña Blanca”, east border of the Humahuaca Gorge. Here we begin our adventure of “colorful towns and gorges”. After a few kilometers we meet the first towns. The overwhelming plains of the Coctaca Valley remind us of one of the main Inca agricultural sites. During the morning we walk this valley and take our lunch once in town. During the afternoon we go hiking for 2 and a half hour to watch the ancient paintings on rocks on Cerro Negro. From here we enjoy spectaculars view over the valley. After getting back in our vehicle we cross by different towns such as Valiaso and Pucará to climb the Serrania of Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara Hills) reaching 4,200 m.a.s.l. We end up the day at the viewpoint in Cerro Hornocal, with beautiful views over the Abra (huge prairie) de Zenta. We take a typical northwest tea time and get back to Tilcara. Trekking: 2.30 hs Maximum height 4,200 m.a.s.l. It is advisable to wear a hat and drinking water Total transportation Km from Tilcara: 250
Leaving Tilcara in the afternoon we drive 42 km up to Humahuaca. Once there we headed east on Provincial Route 73, which leads us into Coctaca culture valleys. We stop to taste a regional coca tea and then back to the path uphill to the 4,200 m.a.s.l. where we can enjoy excellent views of the Cerro Multicolor (multicolor hill) in Serrania del Hornocal. Beautiful panoramic views where we can appreciate and understand Humahuaca region geography. A unique attraction worth visiting.
Departing Tilcara we travel about 80 km along Route Nº 9 to reach Inca Cueva. From there begins the 7 hours trek through Chulín riverbed and sometimes by Inca trail; while we visit 10,000 years rock art caves and continue the journey to Sapagua petro glyphs, where we find traces of Spanish arrival printed on the stones. Route: 140 km total by vehicle Height 3,800 m.a.s.l.
In a transition between the desert and the jungle and crossing through 4.000 mt, we find Valles de Altura (Height Valleys), where the ancient people were able to organize self-sufficiency food based on farming terraces built in the mountains foothills, and using the catchment water that comes from top of the hills. These ancient traditions are valid today and dazzle us with their story. Nestled amidst these mythical mountains is located Iruya village. Round trip route: 232 km total by vehicle - Maximum height: 4000 m.a.s.l.
We cross Quebrada de Humahuaca (Humahuaca ravine) to reach La Puna region and there we visit the historic town named Yavi, main church altar laminated in gold, Marques de Tojo House and Hydraulic Mill in Historic District. Then we run through the village of Yavi and climb to the formation of the 8 brothers to visit the petro glyphs in Laguna Colorada. Returning we know La Quiaca city.
Visit the most imposing Flamingos reserve in Northwest region, touring the Puna. We travel by car part of Jujuys Puna to reach this spectacular reserve of Pink Flamingos and andean fauna. We can admire vicunas, foxes, Puna birds and hopefully also some Suris (ostriches), among other animals. A real visit to the center of the vast region of the Puna through its capital: Abra Pampa, where we visit the regional market and craftsmen cooperatives.
Pozo Colorado is a beautiful place with a small village located in the East border of Salinas Grandes. Its 200 inhabitants (native community) base their production activity mainly in extracting salt and breeding the most famous animal in our province: “the llamas”. The native community is currently working to recover its cultural heritage: spinning and weaving llama wool; carving laja stones; manufacturing salt stones crafts; and, recently, along with Caravana de Llamas, using the llama as pack animal. During the car trip towards the town of Pozo Colorado we can enjoy the spectacular landscape of “Cuesta de Lipán”, observing vicuñas and guanacos (south American wild camelids). When we arrive to Pozo Colorado we prepare the llamas for the expedition and we begin the llama trekking that lasts about and hour and a half. We penetrate the salt surface, we visit the salt extraction spots and then we have lunch. After a well-deserved rest, we return to the community to end the journey. Season: all year round (in January and February it migth rain) Difficulty: medium exigency Highest altitude: 3500 meters a.s.l. Duration: 4 hs. (Trekking time: about 3 hs.) Departure hour: 11.30 am Departure place: Pozo Colorado (the journey by car from Tilcara to Pozo takes around 2 hours). Departure location: Pozo Colorado (near Salinas Grandes) Includes: Guide from the community; full lunch with wine (regional picnic); water during the walk. We recommend bringing hat, jacket, trekking shoes and sun block.
Every corner of the Quebrada de Humahuaca is amazing! This tour takes us through local roads in a rural environment. You can visit fossil remains in the imposing Cerro Amarillo and also make a short walk to the Pucará de Juella. Then you will enjoy a tempting lunch in a family house, sharing stories and legends of the place.
Salinas Grandes is one of the most visited destinations in Jujuy's Puna region. This tour is an invitation to discover a way of life and ancient economic activity: salt extraction. An unforgettable day visiting the salt flat, their communities, their workers and the processes that led this mineral to be a recognized and renewable activity. The Salina, surrounding landscapes and its people offer us the possibility to enjoy and learn the salt processes until reaching consumption and livelihoods of many people. An unforgettable proposal in Puna! Includes: salt community local guide, visit the salt mine, collection, visit the collection center and artisan fractionation, lunch in salt communities. Route: 250 km total by vehicle Maximum height: 4,170 m.a.s.l.
After traveling along Tafi del Valle we continue to the Infiernillo -the highest place of provincial routes, 3042 m.a.s.l- reaching Amaicha del Valle, where the only organized indigenous community in northern Argentina i found, the Cooperative of Artisans and main archaeological reserve of the country: the citadel of the Quilmes Indians, along with a local guide. This tour will make us remember different emotions. Back to San Miguel de Tucumán.
Jesuit site San Jose de Lules, Yungas road, Los Menhires and Tafi del Valle. We visite San Jose de Lules Jesuit Chapel and Convent where the chapel and cloister remain. Route 307 ascends to the Valleys. The road enters in Los Sosa River Gorge, part of the homonym Natural Reserve. The jungle dazzles and invites to stop. Continuing, we sighted the monument "El Indio". After that the entrance to the Valley of Tafi is simply shocking! Surrounding La Angostura Dam arrived at The Mollar to visit Los Menhires. Tafi del Valle is located at 2,000 m.a.s.l. Here the Jesuit set “La Banda” conserves, whose oldest section was built by the Jesuits in the first half of Century XVIII. Free time for lunch. We continue down route 307 to reach the viewpoint from which the best views of the valley are obtained. Back in Tucuman will visit Atahualpa Museum.
This tour departs from Touristic Pier and proposes a navigation through Ushuaia Bay and Beagle Channel to contemplate the city of Ushuaia, in one of its best postcards. This city offers a unique combination of mountains, sea and forests. Olivia and Cinco Hermanos hills, the Fique and Túnel ranches can also be observed. The navigation brings us closer to the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse where you can see a colony of cormorants. On the way back you can photograph the Isla de los Lobos - to enjoy this attractive marine mammal, the seal - and the Despard Island, imperial cormorants’ natural habitat. During the trip we observe Magellan cormorants and the majestic imperial cormorant, albatrosses, fullman petrels, giant petrels, squas and twenty different species of sea birds.
We depart from Ushuaia heading north to the detour of the provincial route “J” that will take us back to the Beagle Channel. We make a stop at Laguna Victoria, where we enjoy a snack. Once we arrive at Brown Bay we will deviate to see the famous flag tres, particularity provided by the southwest winds of the área. After enjoying this place for a while we will return to the vehicle to go in the direction of Puerto Almanza which is the main port of artisanal fishermen where they are mainly dedicated to the capture of crab. Passing Puerto Almanza a few kilometers away we will reach the house of one of the most recognized fishermen in this area, not only for her activity and trajectory but also because she is the only captain of the Beagle Channel. She is waiting for us at her house to go step by step tasting all the dishes of the amazing Beagle Channel making us spend a gastronomic experience and social encounter that will be unforgettable. SCHEDULE Times are approximate 8:00 Pick up at the hotel 9:00 Arrival Victoria Lagoon 10:00 Stop Tree Flag 11:00 Arrival at Casa to Diana, the first captain of the beagle 11:30 Gastronomy experience and lunch 14:30 End of activities and lunch 16:00 Arrival at Ushuaia *The order of the excursion may vary at the discretion of the guide*
This plan aims to please a wide range of tourists, nature lovers and any passengers that would like to make the most out of their stay. Everybody will be amazed with the colour of the Emerald Lagoon and with the habits and behavior of beavers. In early afternoon we'll leave towards the starting point for a medium difficulty hike, towards the Emerald lagoon. After some 3:30 hours, we will arrive to our cottage located in Tierra Mayor valley, where we will visit the nearby beaver dams and so we will be set to try to watch this shy animal. We will do so in an absolutely natural way, without the use of baits or lures. As the light fades out, we return to the refuge, where a pleasant dinner and a fine red wine is waiting for us. We will be back to the city around 10 PM. Attractive: Emerald Lagoon, mounts Alvear and Bonete. Itinerary: 14:30 / 15:30 Pick up from Canal Fun office. 16:00 Arrival to the valley and hike to the Emerald Lagoon 17:30 Emerald Lagoon 18:00 Return to the valley 20:30 Dinner 22:00 Return to Ushuaia
The train departs from End of the World station, by the same embankment prisoners walked 100 years ago. It goes into Cañadon del Toro, cross Pipo River over "the burned bridge" where you can see Old Wooden Bridge ruins under the new railroads. Then stops at “La Macarena Cascade" where passengers will find a reconstruction of a typical settlement of an indigenous group who inhabited these lands for hundreds of years: The Yamanas. Now the train enters Tierra del Fuego National Park following the Pipo River course and continues across areas that show us traces left by prisoners in their daily routine to cut trees for nearly half a century of interrupted work. After skirting the Turbal, characteristic Tierra del Fuego soil, on which is developed a moss called Sphagnum, the train arrives at “Park Station”. Throughout the tour the visitor will be accompanied by a bilingual English-Spanish guide, explaining in detail the "prisoners Train" history. OPTIONAL TO MAKE WITH TIERRA DEL FUEGO NATIONAL PARK.
Departure in the morning to northeast direction and following Route 3; after crossing the mountain range we will discover peat bogs, small glaciers, ski centers, waterfalls and dry trees, due to the presence and activity of the numerous beavers. From Rancho Hambre, we will begin to ascend until reaching Garibaldi Pass following the route mountain path to a panoramic point. From there - the highest point of the province with 430 m.a.s.l. - we will have a beautiful view of both Escondido and Fagnano Lakes. After a short rest in the viewpoint of Lago Escondido we will continue the trip passing near a sawmill to finally arrive at Lago Fagnano, the largest in the province. On the way back we will stop at a typical restaurant in a winter center to have lunch (not included).
This full-day excursion takes passengers for a ride, to navigate, to walk and to make discoveries in one of the roughest and most beautiful places in Beagle Channel. Once we arrive to Lasiphashaj river, and wearing rubber boots, overpants and life-jackets provided by us, the group starts a canoeing adventure down the river that leads into the sea. Once canoeing on the Beagle Channel, we set course to the ranch. Along the way we may encounter wildlife: lots of different sea birds. Also, it is not unusual to find sea lions sunbathing in little islands in our way to Harberton port. After 2 hours on the rafts and a short stop on mainland, we leave on a motor boat towards Martillo Island, where we will have the chance to see penguins in their breeding lair. Then the motor boat take us to our main atraccion at Gable Island, where we have some snacks, good wine and a delicious meal. After a nice cup of cofee were go for a hike to know more of this gorgeous island, crossing over beaver damms and through the forest to reach the Beagle Channel shore where we will take the boat to start our return to Ushuaia. 8:00/8:30 Pick up from the hotel. 10:15 Arrival to the Lashifashaj river, paddling technique and safety briefing & canoe prompting. 12:15 End of canoeing. Arrival to Harberton Ranch. 12:30 Navigation bound towards the penguin rookery at Martillo Island and Gable Island. 12:50 Penguin watching. 13:10 departure to Gable Island. 13:30 Arrival an disembark on Gable Island. 13:45 Lunch. 15:00 Hike around the Island. 17:00 Sailing back to Harberton Ranch and ride back to Ushuaia. 18:30 Arrival to Ushuaia.
This active tour takes visitors for a ride, to navigate, to walk and to make discoveries in one of the roughest and most beautiful places in the Beagle Channel. From the hotel, we leave Ushuaia Eastbound along National Route No. 3 and Route "J". Once at Harberton Ranch we propose to visit the Marine Mammal Museum "Acatushún", and the surroundings of one of the first white men settlements in Tierra del Fuego. On board a motorboat we will leave towards Martillo Island. From the boat, we'll have the chance to see penguins in their breeding lair. Navigation on the motorboat continues up to the main attraction of the day: the enormous Gable Island, where lunch with a good Patagonian wine, soft drink and mineral water await. After coffee, were go for a hike to know more of this gorgeous island, crossing over beaver damms and through the forest to reach the Beagle Channel shore where we'll take the boat to reach Puerto Harberton, and to hop on the bus that will leave us back in our hotel. 8:00/8:30 Pick up from the hotel. 10:30 Arrival to Harberton Ranch. Walk around main house and Museum. 12:30 Navigation bound towards the penguin rookery at Martillo Island and Gable Island. 12:50 Penguin watching 13:10 Departure towards Gable Island. 13:30 Arrival and disembark on Gable Island. 13:45 Lunch 15:00 Hike around the Island. 17:00 Sailing back to Harberton Ranch on a motor boat and ride back to Ushuaia. 18:30 Arrival to Ushuaia.
Adventure, emotion and the best sights of one of the most beautiful places in Tierra del Fuego awaits North of Ushuaia. The Great 4x4 Adventure is the best way to know Fagnano Lake, the fifth in size in Argentina, while travelling challenging off road circuits with specially designed vehicles prepared to overcome almost any obstacle which might crop up while exploring alluring forests and the coast of the lake. Leaving Ushuaia and heading towards the Garibaldi Pass across the Andes, enjoy a great lookout of the Escondido Lake, a small marvel hidden at the end of a valley. Here starts a tour running old unused roads, passing by Fagnano and Escondido Lakes. On board powerful 4x4 vehicles, the guides drive the passengers to discover the forest by impossible mud roads, roads that become paths ending at the Lake coast. The landscape opens during the longest and more intense 4x4 tour in Tierra del Fuego. The skills of both vehicles and drivers can overcome all types of difficulties to get to an exclusive refuge in the centre of a natural environment, far away from the noise of modern life. Once in the forest close to Fagnano Lake there are free time to walk and explore while the guide prepares a typical Argentine barbecue, to be enjoyed with a Malbec wine from Patagonia to be shared with the group in a relaxed environment. Itinerary: 8:30/90 am Pick-Up from the hotel. 10:30 am Garibaldi Pass across the Andes. 11 am Escondido Lake. 11:30 am Off-Roading 12:30 pm Snack 1 pm More Off-Roading. 2 pm Fagnano Lake. Arrival to the refuge. Lunch 4 pm Return to Ushuaia. 6 pm Arrival. Meals: Choripan (grilled Argentine sausage sandwich, Argentine prime beefsteaks & salad, dessert. Drinks Included: Red Wine, soft-drinks, bottled water. Vegetarian menu available, please tell us in advance. Vehicle: Toyota SW4 (6 passengers + 1 guide per vehicle)
Departure from Touristic Pier sailing through the wide Ushuaia Bay until reaching the Beagle Channel, through Paso Chico. There we sail around both Birds and Seals islands (they belong to Bridges archipelago). Arriving at the Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse we can appreciate imperial and rocky cormorant’s colonies. We continue sailing towards the East enjoying wonderful landscapes of the channel and mountains; at this point we will see Puerto Almanza on the Argentinean coast and Puerto Williams on the Chilean coast. Then we will arrive at Isla Martillo where we will observe a colony of Magellanic penguins. We continue sailing to Estancia Harberton where we disembark to visit the ranch and the Acatushún Austral Marine Mammal and Bird Museum (not included). The return to the Touristic Pier in Ushuaia is a ground transfer by Complementary Route J and Route 3; a stop at the lookout point of Garibaldi Pass will allow us to observe and photograph the lakes of the area: Escondido and Fagnano. Important: navigation from the Touristic Pier located in Ushuaia to the Estancia; ground transfer to return to the same pier.
We leave from the hotel towards Tierra Mayor Valley. Our Musher instructor will welcome us and give us an introductory chat about the dogsledding world, while we visit the kennels. Then we´ll receive the instructions about sled assembly and driving techniques. We´ll put the harnesses on the dogs, we hitch them to the sled and off we go! This intense adventure is great fun! As we go, our sled caravan heads into the snowy valley until we arrive at Refugio del Hachero, where we´ll recover energy with some hot beverages. After a short rest, mushers and dogs continue the journey through forests, frozen rivers and experiencing the magic white silence. Maximum 8 pax and 4 sleds. Passengers must be in good health, must like dogs and have a team spirit. Dogsledding is comparable to cross country skiing, so reasonable fitness is required.
Departing from Touristic Pier with east direction, we will sail towards Isla de los Pájaros (Birds Island) and Isla de los Lobos (Seals Island). We will sail near Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse passing in front of the city of Puerto Williams (Chile) to then enter the Mackinlay Pass in direction of Isla Martillo. There we will stop to enjoy a wonderful view of the Magellanic Penguin colony. We will begin the return to the city of Ushuaia following the south coast of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego. On the way back we will pass the Estancia Remolino where we will observe the hull of the passenger and cargo ship Monte Sarmiento, shipwrecked there at the beginning of the 20th century. SUBJECT TO THE PRESENCE OF PENGUINS IN THE AREA
Every land has its own secrets but not everyone is chosen to know them: a lighthouse in a lonely cape, a mysterious sunken ship for 40 years and a distinguished antique “estancia” are some of the icons that reveal the unknown stories of Tierra del Fuego. Very early in the morning departure from Ushuaia following National Route 3 and crossing The Andes through the Garibaldi Pass. We stop by the little town of Tolhuin, heart of the island, to visit La Unión Bakery. This is a traditional meeting point for both, locals and visitors, and it is part of the charm of this village. By midday we come to the Provincial Route “A”, where we took a gravel road heading toward the Atlantic Ocean and the San Pablo Cape. At this point, we hiked up to an isolated mountain with an abandoned lighthouse at the end. Climbing to the top of this beacon we will appreciate “Desdemona”, an abandoned ship for almost 40 years ago which invites us to sail through time. It happened on a cold winter morning in1983 when this enormous craft ran aground on the shores of the Argentine Sea. After exploring this mysterious giant, we visit Estancia Rolito. This lovely ranch, that keeps the spirit of a family business based on sheep farming tradition, is the first ranch to open its gates to rural tourism.
This excursion proposes to visit the only National Park located in Tierra del Fuego Island, which is located 12 km west of Ushuaia city near the border with Chile. Within the National Park you can see the local flora composed of lenga, cherry, ñires and different species of shrubs and flowers that reach a great height and that become truly beautiful during winter. Fauna is represented by both native and foreign species, such as the red fox, beaver, rabbit and different species of birds. The Park hosts wonderful landscapes such as Ensenada Bay, Roca Lake and Lapataia Bay, which will also be visited along the way, including a short walk along the lakeshore -where we will observe beavers- until reaching Lapataia Bay, located at the end of the National Route Nº 3 (Pan-American Route) 3063 Km away from Buenos Aires city. Finally, here you will feel the "End of the World"...
This excursion is the presentation of our locality, it combines the beautiful landscapes with our history. We start with the Correntoso River where we can observe the trouts in their natural habitat and the crystalline water of the magnificent rapids. Then we take the 7 lake road and we reach the Inalco balcony from where we can see the last arms of the Nahuel Huapi lake, the Ultima Esperanza and Machete arm. We come back to the village, through the Green Lagoon Circuit (Municipal Reserve), an area of Environmental Reserve in full Urban Common land.After that we go to the Antique Villa and to Quetrihué's Isthmus, which presents the geographical accident that gives name to the village. There we will see the harbours: Bahia Mansa and Bahia Brava. Then we will continue along The Messidor Residence, the Building o the Nation Park, the Little Church an other work of our famous architect Alejandro Bustillo, who represent the architecture of the golden time of National Parks. We go through the Villa towards Puerto Manzano, where we will find a bay of incomparable beauty. This one is a place to make a stop and to enjoy the peace and the silence. We come back to the hotels.
The forest is much more that an excursion, is a symbol of our town , and is in the end of the Quetrihue Peninsula that it is born in the port of the Villa and spreads over 12 km into Nahuel Huapi Lake and forming the Arrayanes National Park. The Arrayan is a common tree in the National Park but in the park there exists a real community of similar trees that in some cases exceed 650 years, enjoying the mountain chain frame beside the Nahuel Huapi Lake and of the majestic bays where we will find besides the nature the singular architectural beauty.
We left the Hotel and we take the RN 231 towards Lake Mirror then we take RN 234: the famous the Seven Lakes Road (Mirror, Correntoso, Falkner, Villarino, Escondido, Machónico and Lácar). We are going to do several stops along this road. Our first Stop is in the Mirror lake. After that we are going to visits the famous 7 lakes hotel , where the Quintupuray family lives. We will go by closely together of other lakes: Small mirror, Traful, Hermoso and Meliquina. A magnificent memory that the glaciers left us and that constitutes one of the most impressive landscaping of Argentina . The road surprises us in every moment with the beautiful views of mountains, streams, lakes, forests, silence. Several stops in the way, will allow us to contemplate not only the beauty of the landscape, also the smell of forest and the waterfalls sounds. In San Martin we will find a beautiful city beside the Lácar Lake, with spacious boulevards and streets with an architecture that combines the traditional made of wood, with the modern and functional design. We will have lunch in San Martin, that will be an excuse to stay for a few hours there, also will have the time for a walk. Then we will visit the Arrayan Circuit Viewing-point, with fantastic view of the Lácar Lake and Chapelco Ski Complex, before returning to Villa La Angostura taken the Seven Lakes road again.
Full day excursion, Villa Traful is considered one of the favourits excursions of our passangers. This region is one of the most wonderful landscapes. We can see nature, archeological places, and a visit this beautiful Mountain Village surrounded of forest, creeks and its principal attraction: the Traful Lake. We leave Villa La Angostura and take the road on direction to San Carlos de Bariloche to reach RN 237 to Confluencia Traful. We are going to see the changement of the landscape: we see how the Forest starts to desapared and we go through the Patagonic Steppe. In this part of the trip we can see a beautiful view, product of many years of vulcanism and erosion in Rio Limay Valley, called Valle Encantado (Enchanted Valley). Then we get to Traful Valley to see the wonderful landscapes and its archeological remains. Before the Traful Valley we get to Cuyín Manzano Valley: a beautiful river surrounded of a huge wall of basalt, where, if we have good luck we can observe Condors that domains our sky. From there begins a valley of fertile lands and a microclimate that allows the agro-turist activity. Before we get to Villa Traful we arrive to the “Wind Balcony”, that is a cliff of glaciar origin that rises 70 meters over the level of the lake and allows a panoramic exceptional sight. After this stop, we continue our way to Traful. We arrive for lunch time to this Village of 500 habitants, which is hidden in the forest. Then we will continue the trip caming back for Seven Lakes road, across the magnificent Portezuelo, that takes us to 930 meters on the level of the sea. We are going to see the Mirror and the Correntoso lake, before we arrive to Villa La Angostura.
Departure from the peninsula through Pinares neighborhood and Punta Ballena with its exceptional panoramic view, continuing on Route Interbalnearia and Camino de los Arrayanes until reaching Piriápolis. We could enjoy the walk by the sea and the hills, San Antonio hill and this European style city. Then visit to Cerro del Toro, Fuente Venus, Punta Fria, port the Argentine Center Thermal Hotel, Piria Castle and the wildlife reserve in the Cerro Pan de Azucar.
Departure from the hotel to the east coast of the island to visit the Ahu Vaihu and Akahanga, temples composed of platforms or stone altars where assemblies of Pukaos and Moais are gathered. Continuing the trip we will go to Rano Raraku, volcanic crater formed of consolidated ash and containing a lagoon inside. The volcano has a historical relevance for the island, since on its slopes the Moais were carved, where 397 of these sculptures currently remain. Then we will visit the most amazing Ahu on the island, Ahu Tongariki which has 15 huge Moais. Although it is worth clarifying that it is the Ahu Te Pito Kura that has the largest statue erected in an Ahu: the Moai Paro, 10 meters high and 85 tons in weight. Next to Te Pito Kura is a large spherical stone that is identified as the navel of the world: Te Pito or Te Henua. Finally, we will end the day resting in Anakena which is the most popular beach on the island. In addition to its natural beauty, what makes it unique is a row of Moais that turn their backs on the sea. Without a doubt, a unique landscape that we will enjoy before returning to the hotel.
Departure from the hotel to the cave of Ana Kai Tangata, which on its walls has drawings of birds in a stylized way that represent the Manutara (swallows of the sea), whose precious egg was the center of the annual competition of the "bird man" . Then we will visit the Vinapu sector, an archeological site which is characterized by its large basalt tiles made to fit carefully in a similar way to the Inca constructions of Cuzco. We will also appreciate the Rano Kau Volcano, where there is a lagoon with small islands of totora and abundant vegetation and micro fauna. Finally, we will arrive at the ceremonial village of Orongo, where the "bird man" ceremony was held, which designated together with the King who would be the spiritual and political leader during the period of one year. This sacred character with a shrunken man's body and a large bird's beak is carved in a large number of engraved stones. Back to the hotel.
We start our tour to Torres del Paine National Park. The first stop is the ancient cave Milodon, declared a historical monument in 1968 and a Natural Monument in 1993, it is located 25 km north of Puerto Natales. This natural monument consists of three caverns and a rocky conglomerate called "Silla del Diablo". The largest of these caves is 150 m.a.s.l. and its dimensions are 30 meters high, 50 meters wide and 200 meters deep. The scientific interest of the place is given by the discovery, in 1896, skin, bones and other remains of an extinct animal, the MILODÓN (Mylodon darwini) a large herbivore which became extinct probably late Pleistocene. After 30 minutes of tour and 36 Km. more, it will be the second stop in Cerro Castillo, where passengers can enjoy cafeteria service. All a preamble to get then to Torres del Paine National Park by Laguna Amarga sector or Porteria Sarmiento, which is even more amazing. Following in the path you can see the Nordenskjold and Pehoe lakes, accompanied by groups of guanacos and Lesser Rheas. The road continues with a walk of 10 minutes, where you can discover the beautiful Salto Grande fall, then headed to Camp Pehoe (Sodexo) where the passenger can go to lunch (not included) with view of the Cuernos del Paine. During the afternoon, the tour continues to the sector of Lake and Grey Glacier, where a stop of about 45 minutes and a beautiful hike from the Grey parking area, cross walking the Pingo River hanging bridge, walk through beech forest and then along the beach will take place Lago Grey peninsula and the shores of Lake is lining up a hill to reach the Mirador Grey that overlooks the lake, the icebergs area and part of the glacier, where the Paine Grande is appreciated. The return trip is exiting the Park by Laguna Amarga or River Serrano, a real show that copies of red foxes and condors usually accompany the fascinating panorama of the Paine Massif and finally concludes this trip coming to Puerto Natales around 19:00 hrs. Approx.
Departure towards Chiloé, an island rich in traditions and myths that have survived because of the archipelago’s isolation from the continent, and famous for the locals’ warmth and hospitality. To reach this magical island you must first navigate the Canal de Chacao for 30 minutes. The crossing departs from Pargua, a town located on the continental limit of Chile. During the navigation get the chance to watch a variety of birds and sea lions, before reaching the town of Chacao where you will visit the square and church. Then we head towards Caulín, a creek known for the extraction of seafood, seaweed and oyster farming, where you will also have the chance to see some migratory birds like flamingos, swans, and herons that come to the site. Subsequently, we travel to the south west coast of Chiloé, to reach some islets in the Pacific Ocean which are home of a colony of Humboldt and Magellan penguins. The tour ends in the city of Ancud, where we will have time to enjoy a typical lunch (not included), and before returning to hotel.
A unique tour that sails through The Andes Mountains, across three beautiful lakes, connected by four overland legs, from Puerto Varas in Chile to San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina, and vice versa. A journey that can be enjoyed every single day of the year, revealing mountainous landscapes of great beauty that are located in the most colorful area of the Patagonia. It takes just one day to travel from one country to the other, but the option exists of extending the trip to two days or more, staying in Puella and/or Puerto Blast at the half-way mark. • 08.00 hrs. Departure from Puerto Varas hotels and locations provided. Continuation toward Petrohué, bordering Lake Llanquihue. Impressive views of Volcano Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes dominate the landscape. We will enter to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park where we will visit the Petrohué waterfalls; whimsical shapes of volcanic rock, bathed by green waterfalls make the perfect picture. • 10.00 hrs. We will set sail to Peulla, sailing on Todos los Santos Lake. If the weather permits incredible views of Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanoes and Mount Tronador will surprise you. • 11.45 hrs. Arrival to Peulla, ecological Village, a paradise for nature lovers. Lunch (not included). • 14.00 hrs. We will board a bus with destination Puerto Frias. After performing the departures formalities at Chilean Customs Office. We will cross the Andes Mountain range at 976 m.a.s.l. We will descend by a sneaky road to Puerto Frías, navigation by Felix Frías lake, toward Puerto Alegre. In Porto Alegre will take a bus to Puerto Blest. • 18.30 hrs. Departure from Puerto Blest, we will begin the last navigation on Nahuel Huapi Lake, with destination to Puerto Pañuelo. 19.45 hrs Arrival to Puerto Pañuelo, we take the bus to make the final part of our trip with destination to the "Capital of the Argentine tourism", Bariloche. City that fascinates in both winter and summer by its ski resorts, shopping, hotels, restaurants and nightlife. • 20.30 hrs. Arrival to Bariloche. Note: service Puerto Varas to Bariloche and viceversa can be interrupted at any point, staying more than one night in Peulla and continue the next day on the schedule. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Natura Patagonia or Hotel Peulla not included (see rates in our Chile Confidential Tariff) Cruce Andino is a tourist circuit; the schedules are referential and can change depending on weather conditions and number of passengers.
A unique tour that sails through The Andes Mountains, across three beautiful lakes, connected by four overland legs, from Puerto Varas in Chile to San Carlos de Bariloche in Argentina, and vice versa. A journey that can be enjoyed every single day of the year, revealing mountainous landscapes of great beauty that are located in the most colorful area of the Patagonia. It takes just one day to travel from one country to the other, but the option exists of extending the trip to two days or more, staying in Puella and/or Puerto Blast at the half-way mark. D A Y 1 • 08.00 hrs. Departure from Puerto Varas hotels and locations provided. Continuation toward Petrohué by bus, bordering Lake Llanquihue. Impressive views of Volcano Osorno and Calbuco volcanoes dominate the landscape. We will enter to the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park where we will visit the Petrohué waterfalls; whimsical shapes of volcanic rock, bathed by green waterfalls make the perfect picture. • 10.00 hrs. We will set sail to Peulla, sailing on Todos los Santos Lake. If the weather permits incredible views of Osorno and Puntiagudo Volcanoes and Mount Tronador will surprise you. • 11.45 hrs. Arrival to Peulla, ecological Village, a paradise for nature lovers. Lunch or dinner (not included). D A Y 2 • 10.30 hrs. We will board a bus with destination Puerto Frias. After performing the departures formalities at Chilean Customs Office. We will cross the Andes Mountain range at 976 m.a.s.l. We will descend by a sneaky road to Puerto Frías, navigation by Felix Frías lake, toward Puerto Alegre. In Porto Alegre will take a bus to Puerto Blest. • 13.00 hrs. Arrival to Puerto Blest. Lunch not Included. • 16.00 hrs. Departure from Puerto Blest, we will begin the last navigation on Nahuel Huapi Lake, with destination to Puerto Pañuelo. • 17.15 hrs. Arrival to Puerto Pañuelo, we take the bus to make the final part of our trip with destination to the "Capital of the Argentine tourism", Bariloche. City that fascinates in both winter and summer by its ski resorts, shopping, hotels, restaurants and nightlife. • 18.15 hrs. Arrival to Bariloche. Note: service Puerto Varas to Bariloche and viceversa can be interrupted at any point, staying more than one night in Peulla and continue the next day on the schedule. Dinner and accommodation at Hotel Natura Patagonia or Hotel Peulla not included (see rates in our Chile Confidential Tariff) Cruce Andino is a tourist circuit; the schedules are referential and can change depending on weather conditions and number of passengers.
Departure head to Frutillar, following the shores of the Llanquihue Lake passing by the village of Llanquihue, well-known for its sausage and cured meat production. Here the lake becomes the source of the Maullín River. Continue your journey across the Settler’s route until reaching Frutillar. This city was founded in 1856 as a shipping port for the settlers living next to the Llanquihue Lake. Here you will enjoy a superb view of the Osorno Volcano and the highly influenced German architecture of its houses. Visit the tribute to the German Settlers and the Museo Colonial Alemán (German Colonization Museum) that provides an excellent insight into the life of the German Settlers.
Departure along the south bank of the Llanquihue Lake, straight towards the Osorno Volcano through Ensenada, entering the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park. Reach Ensenada after about 50 minutes by car, the easternmost port on the lake. Face the imposing Osorno Volcano, a symbol of the local landscape. Walk through a forest of coigües and other native tree species, making a stop at 1,000 meters of altitude to observe La Burbuja Crater, admiring the view of the Petrohué River valley and the Calbuco Volcano in the magnificent Andes. The expedition continues to the ski center and its cafeteria located at 1,200 m.a.s.l.; and where you can access the ski lifts (not included) that will allow you to better observe the landscape. On your way, see how the lava formations from earlier volcanic eruptions were formed. Stop and enjoy a panoramic view from the top of the Osorno Volcano.
To the south of San Pedro de Atacama we will find Toconao, our first stop, this village was built with stone Liparita, we will visit its square full of history with its bell tower constructed in 1750 of adobe and wood of cactus and the Church of San Lucas, both national monuments. In the Valley of Jere we will see the real wealth of the Toconares, a cannon that due to its microclimate and the waters that come down from the mountains, it enjoys fertility and turns the sector into one of the most green places of the desert, we will see orchards of fruit trees and varied flora. Finally will visit the Soncor sector of the great Salt Flat of Atacama, National Reserve de los Flamencos at Laguna Chaxa we shall enjoy the varied species of birds and the color of flamingos, the deep blue sky of Atacama, the heights of the andean volcanoes and the sunset will give us the farewell.
Departure from your hotel in San Pedro. The first stop will be in the town of Toconao, one of the most picturesque in the region, where you can appreciate an original architecture in liparite stone, with its old church from 1744, declared National Monument in 1951. You will be able to take a walk and meet the locals who work in fine woolen handicrafts. Next we will visit the "Salar de Atacama", which is part of the Los Flamencos National Reserve. Here you will enjoy spectacularly beautiful scenery where you will find a lagoon (Laguna Chaxa) divided into several bodies of water, where salt crusts are especially abundant and where communities of 3 types of flamingos are found: the James, the Andean and the Chilean. We will pass through the town of Socaire, where we will see its old church, before visiting the beautiful "Lagunas Altiplanicas", Miscanti and Miñiques, which are located at 4,500 m.a.s.l. Within spectacular landscapes, you will be able to appreciate varied shades of color in the mountains, as well as the unique flora and fauna, which are found only in these protected areas. The altitude allows you to be very close to mountains and volcanoes, some of which are sacred and have inspired beautiful legends of the Atacama Desert. After a stop for lunch in Socaire, return to your hotel in San Pedro.
Departure from your hotel. We will travel 13 kilometers west of the town of San Pedro de Atacama until we reach Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley). This place, which belongs to the Los Flamencos National Reserve, was declared a nature sanctuary due to its diverse rock formations composed of minerals and sands, which have been shaped by the wind as the Tres Maria and the amphitheater, natural formations that transform this valley into a unique place in the world. It is located in the Cordillera de la Sal and on the edge of the Salar de Atacama. It is a surprising geological spectacle of great beauty located at 2,550 m.a.s.l. We end the tour at the "Mirador de Kari", contemplating the beautiful panoramic views that change color as the sun goes down, passing through various pastel, pink and purple colors. Undoubtedly, the Moon Valley is a place of incomparable beauty visited by hundreds of travellers, and photography lovers, year after year. Return to your hotel.
Early morning departure from your hotel. We will travel around 43 miles to the El Tatio geothermal field, which in the "Kunza" language means "the grandfather who cries". We will arrive before dawn to enjoy the contrasts between the sunlight and the vapors that emerge from the earth. The geysers are located in the Andean mountain range at more than 4,300 m.a.s.l. (13,000 feet) and are the largest geothermal field in South America and the third largest in the world, with their "vents" of steam that can reach a height of 50 meters (164 feet) due to the heating of magma caused by mountain waters flowing through cracks in the earth's crust. After watching the sunrise, we will enjoy a local breakfast and have free time to explore the area. Return to your hotel.
Departure from the hotel towards Colchagua Valley until reaching the peaceful town of Santa Cruz. This valley is known for being one of the most fertile in the production of fine wine strains, mainly red, whose quality is world famous. Some of the vineyards that we visit in the valley are Viu Manent, Santa Cruz, Bisquert, MontGras and Montes. The tour begins by visiting one of these vineyards, to appreciate the wine production process, storage warehouses and finally do a tasting. After a short break we will visit another vineyard, where we will enjoy the same activities as in the previous one. Then we will taste a quiet and delicious lunch in Santa Cruz. Finally we will visit the Colchagua Museum that has the largest private collection in the country.
Departure from Santiago to get into the Andes Mountain Range. We will take the road to Valle Nevado, where the most important ski centers of this area are located. During our trip we will find endemic vegetation and small flows of water and also enjoy the breathtaking view of the Andes Mountain Range. Arriving at the destination we will visit Valle Nevado, the largest and most modern ski resort in the southern hemisphere. Later, our tour continues to Farellones, the oldest mountain town of Chile located in the basin of the Mapocho, from where we will begin our return to Santiago.
If we are staying at a Hotel in Puerto Iguazú, we depart from the Hotel and cross The International Bridge ‘Tancredo Neves’ (Puente de la Fraternidad) that joins the cities of Foz do Iguazú (Brazil) and Puerto Iguazú (Argentina). Here, at the crossing of borders, we have to go through Customs at both sides of the bridge. The tour visits the Argentinean side of the Iguazú Falls, located within Iguazú National Park. With 67.000 hs, they are made up of 275 falls thundering down from a 70-meter average height. In this section of the rainforest, we can find a huge variety of ferns, orchids, begonias, birds and butterflies. We are on our way to Estación Central, where we will take a train to Estación Cataratas and/or Estación Garganta del Diablo. From this site, we can choose: - Upper Circuit: 800 mts trail raised above the ground surface, so as not, to block or scare away local fauna as they go by. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Bosetti, Bernabé Méndez, and M’Bigua waterfalls. Time required for this ride: 1 h. Difficulty range: low, no stairs. - Lower Circuit: 1.600 mts trail walk above the ground surface. Highlights: Dos Hermanas, Alvar Nuñez, San Martín, Bosetti and Peñon of Bella Vista waterfalls (from Peñon we get a view of Garganta del Diablo -Devil’s Throat- and Cañón del Rio Iguazú inferior). Time required for this ride: 2 hs. Difficulty range: moderate, with stairs. -Garganta del Diablo: departing from Estación Cataratas, the train takes us to Estación Garganta. The walk along the footbridges demands 1200 mts to delight us with the spectacular balcony of the most important waterfall of the National Park: Garganta del Diablo. Time required for this ride: 2 hs. Difficulty range: low, no stairs.
Parque das Aves is an internationally recognized rescue and conservation centre for birds, located in the middle of the rich and exuberant Atlantic Rainforest, neighbor of the Iguaçu National Park. Backstage Experience is your opportunity to have a look during a tour that lasts 1 ½ hours. It includes access to restricted areas and the privileged contact with some birds, featuring feeding of toucans and other species and the opportunity to better understand the conservation and rescue programs at Parque das Aves. Visit includes Baby Station (get to know a baby bird and understand how the incubation room works), Psittacine training (learn about the importance of training for birds and the technical team) and Toucan feeding (join our technical team in feeding toucans) At the end of the experience, you will be taken to an outdoor deck in the middle of a butterfly garden, and have the privilege of interacting with a macaw and getting to know a boa constrictor, as well as refreshing yourself with seasonal drinks and fruits. Since animal welfare is our absolute priority, the content of the tours can vary without further notice.
The Iguazú National Park (on the Brazilian side) is 185.000 hectares long. As we get to the ‘Visitor Center’ we have to enter the Gates individually to check the loading capacity of the Park. We immediately get into the buses that tour along within the park and take us to the 1200 trail over the ‘Iguazú River’. At this point, we get a panoramic view of the Argentinean falls, ideal to take pictures. As we go on, we can see ‘Río Iguazú Canyon’, Salto Rivadavia and Tres Mosqueteros. Towards the end of the tour, we will get to Devil’s Throat lower viewpoint, 200m away. This beautiful scenery is enhanced by permanent rainbows. The tour ends at ‘Salto Floriano’ where an elevator takes us to the bus parking. The other option is to walk the path and up the stairs to the meeting point. Return to the hotel.
Ride by open off-road jeep through Jardim Botânico district and start the climb of the Tijuca Forest reaching the Chinese View look out spot where a short stop is made for the magnificent view. Continue the ride until we reach the Tijuca National Park, an area of 3.200 hectares of protected Atlantic Forest and shelter to a variety of birds and butterflies as well as "prego" and "sagui" monkeys. The forest is also home to hundreds of species of plants, many of them threatened by extinction. Located in the heart of the city, the Tijuca National Park is the largest urban reserve in the world. A 15 minutes walk is planned from this point until the waterfall of Cascatinha where there's a rest stop and refreshments available. Continue by jeep through the forest passing by Mayrink Chapel, Açude da Solidão descending via São Conrado beach and returning to the pier via beaches.
Departure from hotel to take the road to the summer resort of San Bernardino, near the Ypacaraí Lake. You will visit on the way the mithologic museum of Capiata and the town of Ituagua famous by the handmade Ñandutí lace. Visit the Caacupé. On the way back to Asunción, you will stop in Aregua to see the local pottery works, completing the excursion with a stop in Luque, where you can the handmade works of the jewelly called Filigrana in silver and gold.