PERITO MORENO AND TORRES DEL PAINE OVERLAND – FROM USHUAIA single accomodation (4 days, 3 nights)
Sightseeing, Nature excursion, Cultural, Entertainment, Meal included
A once in a lifetime experience. A three-day excursion in two different nations to see two of the most important natural attractions in southern Patagonia - the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Torres del Paine National Park.
What we will see
• [Day 1] Plane transfer from Ushuaia to El Calafate • [Day 2] Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park • [Day 3] Transfer from Argentina (El Calafate) to Chile (Torres del Paine) • [Day 4] Grey lake, Toro lake, Punta Arenas
What we will do
• On the first day, a short flight takes us to El Calafate, 800 km west of Ushuaia. This city is the base for our visits to various sights in the Los Glaciares National Park such as Perito Moreno, which we will reach by coach. There, we enjoy a typical dinner as well as a show. • On day two, we discover the Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the few glaciers that are actually expanding instead of retreating due to global warming. The reasons behind it remain a mystery from a scientific point of view, but the result is spectacular - an impressive glacier in motion covering 250 km2 with a length of 30 km, a width of 5 km, an average height of 74 m above the lake level and a depth of 170 m. During the excursion, we have the opportunity to admire this natural wonder from different panoramic viewpoints by following our guide along a safe well-marked path. With a bit of luck, we may even see a block of ice detaching and falling into the waters of lake Argentino. • On day three, we cross the Chilean border to reach our second destination - the Torres del Paine National Park, declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1959. The park is one of the largest and most important in Chile, and boasts a great variety of natural environments. It develops Cerro Paine complex with its three imposing granite monoliths moulded by the wind and ice (the Torres, grey peaks after which the park is named - the tallest is almost 2,800 metres tall), numerous horns of black schist (the “Cuernos” ) as well as various glaciers, lakes, rivers and valleys. During our excursion, we can admire breathtaking views of the famous Torres & Cuernos (horns) and also have the chance to visit the Laguna Azul (with the marvellous spectacle of the peaks reflecting in the water), Laguna Amarga, lake Nordenskjöld (right under the Cuernos, with its bright green colour) the Salto Grande waterfalls, and reach the mirador Los Cuernos viewpoint on foot, where we get a taste of the strong winds that characterise Patagonia. • On day four, we explore the western part of the park as far as lake Grey, one of the largest in the park with an impressive glacier at the rear. We walk along the peninsula and pass along lake Toro on our coach, the largest with various panoramic viewpoints. Our excursion ends in Punta Arenas, Chile, passing by Puerto Natales. We go back to the ship in to the port after a brief panoramic tour of Punta Arenas.
What you need to know
• We recommend wearing layered clothing and bringing sun cream as well as a light waterproof jacket in case of sudden downpours (which are frequent, as it is a rainy and windy area). • We recommend bringing insect repellent. • Comfortable shoes are recommended. • This excursion is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. • In the event of cancellation for whatever reason (including medical reasons with a medical certificate), air tickets and hotel reservation costs included in the price of the tour will not be refunded. A cancellation fee will be charged to your on-board account should you cancel your reservation. • To participate in the excursion, you must bring your passport with you. • Passports and personal belongings are your responsibility and must be kept safe and not left unattended during the entire excursion. • Children's (0-2 years) tickets are subject to airport taxes and local hotel service charges however this amount can be checked and discounted on board at the Excursion Office. • There is limited availability of English speaking guides; if there are no English speaking guides available the commentary will be in Spanish.