Argentina·October 7 - 14 2023

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Patagonia; a hikers dream!

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Hosted by Elite Encounters and Adventures, this amazing trip to the Argentinian side of Patagonia will include a half day hike to Mirador de los Condores, trekking to Laguna de los Tres (Fitz Roy balcony) the most sought-after trek and viewpoint, with spectacular views of the Fitz Roy massif, a hike to Pliegue Tumbado, and a half day Hike to Chorrillo del Salto as well as optional private kayaking and guided ice-trekking. Don't miss it!

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Arrival Day

Transfer from El Calafate Airport (FTE) to the Hotel 

Private transfer from El Calafate airport to the hotel with English speaking guide. (20 minutes). Assistance at hotel check-in. Tips for porterage service included at the airport and hotel.

Dinner at local Restaurant 


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Dinner

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Day 2

Half day Hike to Mirador de los Condores 

This is the shortest hike from El Chaltén, that enables you to reach a viewpoint that lend itself to exceptional panoramic views of the Adela, Torre and Fitz Roy massifs, and the Río de las Vueltas valley. 

Optionally you can access to a second viewpoint on a natural balcony with views of the steppe and the large Viedma Lake. 

Duration: 1 hour (one way) / Difficulty: easy / Elevation: 100 m.

Leaving from El Chaltén, cross over the town access bridge over the Río Fitz Roy and continue along the road until you reach the National Park Visitors' Centre where the trail begins. From there, this well signed trail ascends until you get to a viewpoint. As it name shows, the lookout point is situated in a strategic place for the eventual observation of condors in their frequent glide to and from the Río Fitz Roy valley. It is also an excellent alternative to appreciate the imposing granite peaks and glaciers that dominate the horizon. The trail to Las Águilas viewpoint begins at a bifurcation situated a few minutes before reaching Los Cóndores viewpoint, and just over a 15 minutes walking, you arrive to this natural balcony with panoramic views over the steppe and the Viedma lake. 

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Breakfast

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Day 3

Transfer from El Chaltén to El Pilar Inn to access the trekking trail. 

Full Day Hike-Trekking to Laguna de los Tres (Fitz Roy balcony) 

This is the most sought-after trek and viewpoint, with spectacular views of the Fitz Roy massif. This natural viewpoint is undoubtedly the most famous of all treks closer to the imposing walls of Fitz Roy mount and its surrounding granite peaks. 

Itinerary: The trail-head begins at the end of San Martín Av, where El Chaltén town ends. The slope is quite steep during the first hour until you reach Del Salto River valley towards Mount Fitz Roy. You will notice that the ñire trees become more and more numerous along the path and approximately after an hour and a half you will reach a well marked natural viewpoint. There you will find a sign that interprets the whole landscape on view. The trail continues up along the Del Salto River until reaching the drainage of the Lagunas Madre e Hija. Approximately four hours from the start, you will arrive at Poincenot base camp (large free campsite) and after crossing the Río Blanco you will arrive at Río Blanco base camp (only for climbers). From there the path continues in ascent approximately 400 m. until you reach Laguna de los Tres. The trail finishes at the old moraine ridge with an extraordinary view of the lagoon and De los Tres Glacier. This is the closest view to the granite wall of Mt. Fitz Roy and the peaks around. Going down the moraine, you can take a trail that circles the lagoon until its outfall, where it is possible to appreciate the emerald waters of the Laguna Sucia and its hanging glaciers. 

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Breakfast

Boxed Lunch

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Day 4

Day at leisure

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Breakfast

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Day 5

Hike to Pliegue Tumbado 

Included

Breakfast

Boxed Lunch

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Day 6

Day at Leisure

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Breakfast

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Day 7

Half day Hike to Chorrillo del Salto 

At the northern end of the village, take the gravel route towards Lago del Desierto (Provincial Route No. 41) The route follows the river course and as it enters in the foothills you will begin to see the first trees (ñires). 

After 30-40 minutes walking from the beginning, you will pass the entrance to the "Bicisenda" (bike trail) on your right hand side, exclusively for cycling. If you take this path rather than continue walking down the gravel route that also leads to the trail head, you will be avoiding the heavy traffic of vehicles during peak season. 

Finally, you access a well-marked parking area before the head-trail. The waterfall is on the last leg of the Chorrillo river before it flows into the De las Vueltas river. The total distance of this trek is only 4 Km from El Chalten 

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Breakfast

Dinner

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Day 8

Transfer from Hotel to El Calafate Airport (FTE) 

Private transfer from Hotel to El Calafate airport to the hotel with English speaking guide. Assistance with flight check in. 

Included

Breakfast

Trip Tips

Don't Forget to Purchase Travel Insurance

Don't Forget to Purchase Travel Insurance

This is not required in order to travel with us but it is recommended to protect you if anything were to happen on the trip. Here are a few options, however please purchase wherever you prefer. https://www.travelinsurancecenter.com/ https://sevencorners.com/ https://www.travelguard.ca/ https://www.travelguard.com/ You can also buy travel insurance through your: Insurance broker Employer’s insurance provider Credit card company

Add Ons

Rio de las Vueltas Kayaking

Rio de las Vueltas Kayaking

Private Kayaking including equipment provided

PRICE$195.00/pp

Ice Trekking Cagliero Glacier

Ice Trekking Cagliero Glacier

PRICE$450.00/pp

You'll Be Staying Here

CAUQUENES DE NIMEZ HOSTERIA

CAUQUENES DE NIMEZ HOSTERIA

In our warm Hosteria & Lodge with 19 rooms overlooking Lake Argentino , Bahía Redonda , and Laguna Nimez Ecological Reserve ,

We invite you to relax and discover the traditional Patagonian spirit that was able to enchant settlers and travelers.

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VERTICAL LODGE HOSTERIA

The Hostería Vertical Lodge is one of the new inns in the town of El Chaltén, designed with classic materials and overlooking the Rio de Las Vueltas.

Its reception allows tourists to enjoy the landscape offered by the slopes of the famous "wall" where condors nest and fly over.

With a privileged location 200 meters from the bus terminal and the main street, comfort and impeccable service 24 hours a day. of the day; they place it among the best cataloged of the inns of El Chaltén.

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Argentina· October 7 - 14 2023 · 7 nights

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