Патагония В планах
  • Январь - Февраль, 2010 г.

    Day 1 - JAN 17: Buenos Aires – Esquel - Futaleufu
    After breakfast in BUE Hotel we take the flight AEP-EQS. Arrival to Esquel airport, transfer to Esquel and then to Futaleufu in Chile. Welcome appetizer, walking around the area, accommodation.
    Lodging at campsite.
    Meals we provide: Welcome appetizer and dinner.

    Day 2 - JAN 18: Rafting Futaleufu
    Half day Rafting activity. Gather the equipment and listen to the guides technical instructions, to then start the 4 to 5 hours adventure, rafting 16 km of the river Class IV & V, in the section named Puente a Puente (Bridge to Bridge). After ending this part, the transfer will take us to the base camp, where we will enjoy an appetizer before the dinner.
    Lodging at campsite.
    Meals we provide: breakfast, snack lunch & dinner.

    Day 3 - JAN 19: Rafting Futaleufu - Esquel
    Breakfast at the border of the river. We prepare to take the 2nd part of this program, where we will take the section Terminator (class V), and once again the Bridge to Bridge section, having a total of 22 Km of rafting. At middle afternoon we enjoy a good-bye lunch, and the go back to Esquel
    Lodging in a Hostel at Esquel.
    Meals we provide: breakfast & lunch


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    RAFTING DESCRIPTION
    Bridge to Bridge
    : it's one of the most commercial in Futaleufu river, 10 Km of class IV+ rapids like Entrada, Pillow, Mundaca, Cazuela will give us the welcome to thei first day at FU. Due to the steep rapids and the beauty of it's waters this si one of the best rivers in the world. At rapids like Entrada we will practice all what we have learned at the security speech, with Pillow we will feel all the force of the water and the vertigo, Mundaca y Cazuela will be the most technical in this section. In the FU you will experiment the unique sensation of being over the waves like a roller-coaster, but in an environment where mountains & glaciers make an unforgettable landscape.

    Terminator: It's the intermediate section in Futaleufu river, famous all over the world for one of it rapids class V, Terminator, with many levels. Here we will find rapids like Himalayas, son of Terminator, which will make us feel this section as unforgettable. After a well deserved rest at the border of the river, we will enjoy a picnic lunch with fruits & chocolate, to then continue down river with the already known section Bridge to Bridge.
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    Day 4 - JAN 20: Esquel – Los Antiguos
    After breakfast we will drive to get to Los Antiguos, on the shores of Lake Buenos Aires, the second largest lake in America after Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. We are 2 km away from the Chilean border. Meet the Tour Leader, accommodation and dinner (total drive 600 km)
    Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
    Meals we provide: Breakfast and dinner

    Day 5 - JAN 21: Los Antiguos – Route 40 - Cave of the Hands
    After a short visit of town we travel south along route 40 to get to the Pinturas River Canyon. We follow the river with our vehicle and then we cross it by foot to reach after a short walk the “Cueva de las Manos” (Cave of the Hands, literally), ancient paintings 10,000 years old. Unlike conventional tours, we will have plenty of time to visit the areas, as we only have to drive 20 km back to our accommodation at the Refugio in the Estancia “Cueva de las Manos” (total drive 165 km).
    Lodging at Refuge in the Estancia with shared room and bathroom.
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner

    Day 6 - JAN 22: Estancia “Cueva de las Manos” – Lake Pueyrredón
    We enjoy the Estancia and by mid morning we continue our trip to the town of Lago Posadas. Lakes Posadas (blue) and Pueyrredón (green), separated by a narrow stripe of land, are probably two of the most beautiful lakes of southern Patagonia. They lay in a large glacier valley, separating the Highlands of Lake Buenos Aires from Cerro San Lorenzo massif. We use this day to visit this beautiful valley and the surroundings of both lakes. We’ll see strange and colorful rock formations, wetlands and birds (total drive 186 km)
    Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

    Day 7 - JAN 23: Lago Posadas – El Chalten
    Alter breakfast we get on the bus for the final sprint to El Chalten, 550 km south. On our way, different birds and flowers will give life to the desert-type landscape. We have lunch in a Patagonian style stop-over place. The final 100 km westbound features lake and glacier Viedma and the spires of Fitz Roy massif and Cerro Torre group. Arrival to Chalten is scheduled around 7 pm. Before dinner we prepare our packs for the first part of our trek.
    Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
    Meals we provide: Breakfast and dinner.

    Day 8 - JAN 24: El Chalten – Laguna de Los Tres - Fitz Roy viewpoints - Laguna Capri
    After breakfast we drive 15 km north to river Electrico bridge. There we start our walk under southern beech forest and bogs towards Laguna Capri Full Camp, following upriver the Rio Blanco valley, visiting the Piedras Blancas glacier viewpoint and Laguna de los Tres, a glacier lagoon and a natural viewpoint of the Fitz Roy massif. We have some of the more incredible sights of the granite Fitz Roy group, its glaciers and lagoons. Fitz Roy walls rise 1350 vertical meters above the surrounding glaciers. We have spectacular views of all the spires and glaciers. Total approx. 7 hours trekking.
    Lodging in Full Camp at Capri Lagoon in double tent (rural area)
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

    Day 9 - JAN 25: Madre and Hija valley - Laguna Torre
    We go around Laguna Capri to get to the lagoons Madre and Hija valley and then to Fitz Roy river valley and then up valley to our camp in the forest close to Laguna Torre. We reach our camp at Laguna Torre and visit in the afternoon the northern moraine with spectacular views of Cerro Torre, Cerro Solo and Adela range in the background, and in front of us the Glacier Torre and Laguna Torre. Total approx. 5 hours trekking.
    Lodging at Laguna Torre Full Camp in double tent (rural area)
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

    Day 10 - JAN 26: Cerro Torre - Glacier Torre - El Chalten
    Today we perform an impressive and exceptional activity, one of the highlights of the trip. You will walk and climb on the legendary Mount Torre Glacier, with its granite walls just behind you. All necessary equipment (rope, harness, crampons, ice-axes) and expert guidance are provided. In order to access the glacier we have to make a Tyrolean crossing of the Fitz Roy river: an horizontal fixed rope attached to both sides of the river, and the crossing is done by clipping a little seat onto the fixed rope and pulling yourself, or being pulled, across. We walk on the moraine around the lagoon and then down to the glacier visiting crevices, ice caves and holes and all the interesting places that a glacier can show. The bonus is the close up views of Cerro Torre group spires. We hike back to our camp and on to El Chaltén in the afternoon. Total approx. 9 hours walking
    Lodging at Hostel room with shared bathroom
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

    Day 11 - JAN 27: Lake Viedma, Estancia Helsingfors
    After breakfast we start the second part of our Expedition. We drive to Bahía Tunel port on lake Viedma, where we get the boat to border around Glacier Viedma (glacier calving from the Patagonia Ice Field into the lake) and we sail on to reach the opposite coast of the lake to Fiordo Moyano far end, close to Estancia Helsingfors. From the Estancia, a Zodiac take us sailing along the fiord, a narrow and sharp valley between ranges Mascarello and Huemules, to our first Expedition Camp. At the end of the fjord we can see the glaciers coming down from the Patagonia Ice Field. Is one of the wildest and less visited areas of the National Park.
    Lodging in Expedition Camp double tent
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

    Day 12 - JAN 28: Towards Paso Norte
    We hike up the valley that leads to the Paso Norte (Northern Pass). The sides of the valley show the traces of old forest fires. During all day we will have spectacular views of this wild section of the Park. We camp in the upper part of the valley. Total approx. 6 hours trekking and 700 meters to climb.
    Lodging in Expedition Camp double tent
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

    Day 13 - JAN 29: Cerros Norte & Moyano, Cañadón Norte
    We walk up valley to the Paso Norte, until we reach the pass that leads to the Cañadón Norte (Northern Canyon). The pass is at 1100 mts above sea level. Once in the Pass we are at the foot of the impressive Cerro Moyano and we can see the Mascarello Natural Reserve (habitat of the endangered local deer, called huemul). We can see the canyon winding down in its long way to Laguna Pearson. We start our descent along glacier polished rocks and moraines, we cross some boggy areas and low forest to reach two spectacular lagoons at the foot of Cerro Norte. The southern one has the beautiful Glacier Norte coming down from Cerro Norte and calving in its far end. Total approx. 7 hours trekking.
    Lodging in Expedition Camp double tent
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

    Day 14 - JAN 30: Fossils Canyon
    We walk our way down along the valley, across the forest following old trails of cattle and with the river at our right. Moving from the forest into the shrub land, we climb the ridge of the valley that is to our left and from there we have spectacular views of the Fossils Canyon in front of us, Upsala glacier and Cerro Murallón in the background and Estancia Cristina in the shores of Lake Argentino far away in the distance. Total approx. 400 meters of downhill in 6 hours trekking.
    Lodging in Expedition Camp double tent
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch and dinner.

    Day 15 - JAN 31: Estancia Cristina - Lago Argentino - El Calafate
    We start our way down to this big wide valley, dig by the glaciers many years ago. We cross several ridges before reaching its flat bottom. We have to make a final effort as we need to wade river Los Perros, and finally we get to Estancia Cristina. In the afternoon we take the boat to Puerto Bandera and we drive to El Calafate. Total approx. 5 hours walking and 2 hours sailing.
    Lodging at Hostel double or triple Room with private bathroom
    Meals we provide: Breakfast and box lunch.

    Day 16 - FEB 1: El Calafate – Perito Moreno Glacier
    We dedicate this day to one of the World’s Natural Wonder: the Perito Moreno glacier. After breakfast we travel by bus, on a road that allows us to go through the folds left on the steppe by the glaciers, to the Magallanes peninsula where the southern entrance of Los Glaciares National Park is located. Its major attraction is the Perito Moreno Glacier which, because of unusually favorable local conditions, is one of the world’s few advancing glaciers and is the only one in the world that shows a closure and rupture process. This ice field-type glacier flows down from the Patagonian Ice field, a big sheet of ice that with its 22.000 square kilometers is the third largest glacier area in the world, after Antarctica (14 M sq km) and Greenland (1 M sq km). Huge icebergs from the glacier wall collapse into the De los Tempanos Channel. The road leads to the very front of the glacier, which will be only meters away from your eyes. A beautiful, short trail, will lead us from the shores of the lake to the upper viewpoints. The roar of the chunks of ice falling inside the glacier or from the glacier into the lake, the frequent collapse of the front seracs into the turquoise water, makes out of this day a very special and unique experience. We will drive 80 km (1 and a half hour) to get and come back from the glacier across the steppe, watching a wide variety of birds.
    Lodging in a Hostel double or triple room with private bathroom
    Meals we provide: Breakfast.


    Day 17 - FEB 2: El Calafate – Torres del Paine National Park
    We depart early in the morning (around 7 AM) from El Calafate to Torres del Paine for a 6 Hs drive through the spectacular landscape of the Patagonia steppe following part of the legendary Route 40, to get around Sierra de los Baguales, an impressive range in between Calafate and Paine. Choiques and flamingos are very common in this area. Almost 4 hours from starting our journey, we will be at the border crossing between Chile and Argentina called Paso Cancha Carrera - Cerro Castillo. We continue until we reach the Torres del Paine National Park. UNESCO gave to this park the World Heritage status, due to its unique wildlife and magnificent scenery. During our entrance to the Torres del Paine National Park, we start to see the different mountains that feature the area: Paine Grande, the Horns, Admiral Nieto and the Towers. We enter the Park by Porteria Sarmiento. A rich wildlife: guanacos, lesser rheas, condors and all types of wetland and buzzard birds, will be available for our eyes and cameras. We will stop in Lake Nordenskjöld and in Salto Grande viewpoints for short walks, to finally arrive to the Camping Pehoe Lake Full Camp after 6 hours of travel. Lake Pehoe Full Camp keeps the style of Laguna Capri and Cerro Torre Full Camps, but combined with the first class facilities provided by the campsite: good and clean bathrooms and hot water showers, water and electricity in each camping site. In the afternoon we continue to visit the westernmost side of the National Park, lake Grey area, where a short and easy hike along the south shore of the lake allow us to enjoy the blue icebergs that calving from the glacier in the northern side of the lake are pushed by the wind to this side.
    Lodging at Camping Pehoe Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

    Day 18 - FEB 3: Paine Towers (Las Torres) – Ascensio River Valley
    We dedicate this day to one of the most spectacular and classical trekking in the park: the Torres Trail. We transfer after breakfast driving to the trail start at Estancia Cerro Paine. We cross a suspended bridge and ascend the slopes of the Almirante Nieto Mount, bordering the Ascencio river. After one hour hiking up a steep slope, we get into the Ascensio river Valley, a narrow “V” shape alpine valley coming from inside the Paine massif. After one hour ascending we go into the Valley, and a gentle downhill leads us to Chileno Refuge, a cozy and comfortable mountain lodge, which can be a good turnaround point for those not willing to make a full day hike. But we don't recommend it as the best is yet to come. From there the trail leads us through the beech forest walking in a gentle slope along the river side, in the middle of unforgettable landscapes, to Las Torres base camp. There the climbers wait good weather conditions to climb Las Torres. We take a final climb through the boulders of the moraine, it's one hour to reach the Las Towers viewpoint: an amazing natural amphitheater at the bottom of the vertical granite towers with a glacier-fed lagoon and the three towers rising vertically 1000 meters from the glacier and reaching 2800 meters height above sea level. The lack of breath will be either because the climb and the sight. We go back to our camp on the same way we came. Walking time: 7 to 8 Hs.
    Lodging at Camping Pehoe Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

    Day 19 - FEB 4: Lake Pehoe Navigation – Del Frances Valley
    Early in the morning we carry only the necessary belongings to be 2 days and 1 night away from our Camping Pehoe Full Camp, where the rest of our luggage will stay secure. After a short drive to Port Pudeto to board a catamaran boat that crosses lake Pehoe twice a day, we cross sailing 45 minutes the Pehoe Lake and arrive at the Pehoe Refuge area in the far side of the lake. We leave unnecessary items in our tents and walk from there until reaching Del Frances Valley. It’s a beautiful mountain valley descending from the middle of the massif towards the Nordenskjold Lake, flanked by The Horns to the east and by the impressive Paine Grande (3050 meters /10006 ft) to the west. The trail skirts Paine Grande south slopes and lake Skottberg, to take us after 2 hs and a half of continuous ups and downs, to the hanging bridge upon the French River. This breathtaking location is at the foot of both the 2700 mts south east face of Paine Grande (to the west) and the Horns, with its characteristic black sedimentary topping, to the east. We ascend the valley until the upper viewpoints located in a natural amphitheater surrounded by some of the most wonderful needles and walls of the massif: Cuernos, Espada (Sword), Mascara (Mask), Hoja (Blade), Aleta de Tiburon (Shark Fin), Catedral (Cathedral), Fortaleza (Fortress) and Paine Grande. The forest and the suspended glaciers that cause continuous ice and snow fallings, give us a unique scenery to this walk. We descend the same trail and turn west rounding Skottberg Lake until we arrive to our Camp for this night at Pehoe Refuge area. Walking time for those who reach the upper viewpoints: 8 to 9 hs. For those reaching the lower viewpoints: 5 to 6 hs.
    Lodging at Refugio Pehoe Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

    Day 20 - FEB 5: Grey Glacier viewpoints
    Another unforgettable day dedicated to the Grey Glacier, impressive glacier with 300 square kilometers of surface (115 square miles) and 25 kilometers long (16 miles). It overflows from the Patagonia Ice Field falling into Grey Lake. The Glacier produces enormous amount of blue icebergs that sail over the lake pushed by the wind towards the south, given the characteristic feature to this lake. Lake Grey trail leads from Pehoe Valley across ridges to reach Grey valley. The trail skirts the lake, going up and down the westerns slopes of Paine Grande, offering some of the most impressive sights of the Park, leading us to a wonderful viewpoint where we can appreciate the whole lake, the glacier and the mountains that emerge from the west of the Ice Field. From the high sections of the trail, many different viewpoints allow us to see the south end of the lake where the blue icebergs gather, the mountains rising far in the distance above glaciers Grey and Tyndall, and of course lake and glacier Grey. Two more hours walking and we arrive to another viewpoint just in front of the Glacier. All the trek is done between Andean bushes and lengas forest, at the shadow of the ice blocks that drape the Paine Grande Mount.We come back along the same trail, crossing bogs, shrub lands and forest. At the end of the day we sail back again the Pehoe Lake to the south shore and then we go to our accommodation in Puerto Natales, a picturesque fishermen town located in the shores of the Ultima Esperanza (Last Hope) fjord. We walk this day about 8 hours. To the half way viewpoints, round way from our camp, 4-5 hours.
    Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch

    Day 21 - FEB 6: Puerto Natales – Río Grande
    Long drive today, though quite worthwhile. We leave Puerto Natales down south to reach the southernmost part of the continent, the legendary Magellan Strait, which we will keep on sight up to Primera Angostura, where we board the Ferry in which we will cross the Strait. This Pass, discovered by Hernando de Magallanes in 1520, was the natural and logical way to all vessels until de Panama Channel was open at the beginning of the XX century. You will find yourselves wondering how those brave men dare to sail those waters in such fragile caravels. Once in Tierra del Fuego (literally, Land of Fire, due to the fires seen in the coast by the first European sailors, done by the local Indians to cook and heat) we enter back Argentina through Paso San Sebastián. A couple more hours to reach Estancia Las Hijas, where our Full Camp will be waiting for us, as well as a lamb cooked in the classical Patagonian barbecue style. A dinning saloon, toilettes and showers are available tonight.
    Lodging at Full Camp in double or single tent (area with sanitary services)
    Meals we provide: Breakfast, box lunch, dinner.

    Day 22 - FEB 7: Río Grande - Tierra Mayor Valley
    In the morning we learn about the ranch activities and how dogs deal with the sheep. By mid morning we continue south and driving a mountain path in the De Los Andes Cordillera we arrive to Solar del Bosque, a small and cozy mountain refuge located in the Tierra Mayor valley, where we’ll spend the rest of the day. After lunch, we go hiking to Laguna Esmeralda, a beautiful lagoon with Glacier Ojos del Albino in the background. We walk back to our lodge across a terrain full of beavers, which were introduced in the area from Canada around mid last century, and have notably modified the ecosystem. We can appreciate the huge changes the beavers are producing in this area. In the afternoon we are transfered to Ushuaia city.
    Lodging in Hostel room with shared bathroom
    Meals we provide: Breakfast and box lunch.

    Day 23 - FEB 8: Ushuaia – Tierra del Fuego National Park

    After breakfast the minibus will leave from the hotel and drive towards, the Tierra del Fuego National Park. Once at Ensenada Bay, we will have time to enjoy beautiful view of the Beagle Channel and later start trekking along the cost. These seven kilometers of wild trail will render possible contact with native flora and wild fauna of the channel besides the opportunity of discovering old Indian middens left by the ancient dwellers of the area of Yamanas. In 3 hours we will reach Roca Lake where lunch will be ready. After a hot meal we will start canoeing along Lapataia River which will take us to the end of the tour, Lapataia Bay on the Beagle Channel, precisely where the Panamerican Highway and national Route 3 end. Return to Ushuaia in Minibus.

    Lodging in Hostel room with shared bathroom

    Meals we provide: Breakfast and lunch.

    Day 24 - FEB 9: Ushuaia – Flyover or 4x4 excursion (optional)
    This day you will be able to Flyover Ushuaia in Helicopters or ride a 4x4 vehicle as optional excursions.
    Lodging in a Hostel room with shared bathroom.
    Meals we provide: Breakfast.

    Day 25 - FEB 10: Ushuaia – Ushuaia Airport
    Morning at your own to visit the town, which is located in the north coast of the Beagle channel. Then town features interesting museums and its typical architecture. In the afternoon we are transferred to Ushuaia airport to take our flight to Buenos Aires. Our services end at the airport.
    Meals we provide: Breakfast.

    Included:

    • Bilingual Tour Leader (Spanish – English) starting from arrival to Los Antiguos
    • Rafting guide during rafting activities
    • Mountain guide during trekking activities
    • 12 nights lodging in Hostel room with shared bathroom
    • 8 nights lodging at Full Camp
    • 4 nights lodging at Expedition Camp
    • Tents and general camping equipment (for all days required)
    • 24 breakfast, 17 box lunch, 2 lunch and 17 dinners (we don't count here snacks, appetizers or tea served at some places)
    • All transfers: Esquel - Futaleufu - Esquel - Los Antiguos – Cueva de las Manos - Lago Posadas - El Chaltén – El Calafate – El Chaltén – Bahía Túnel – Pto Bandera - El Calafate – Torres del Paine National Park - Ushuaia
    • Boat trip from Bahia Tunel to Helsingfors
    • Excursion to Perito Moreno Glaciar (no boat)
    • We combine private and regular buses for our transfers.
    • Rafting equipment (helmet, neoprene suit, life-saving floater, etc)

    Not Included:

    • National Park fees
    • The tours don't include sleeping bag or sleeping mattress
    • Medical and life insurance
    • Tips
    • Drinks
    • Optional excursions
    • Air tickets and airport taxes
    • Services not detailed in the program

    PENDING QUOTATION

    - Transfer between Esquel and Los Antiguos in private van instead of public bus.

    - Helicopter rides at Ushuaia: min 2 pax and max 3 pax

    - Fly-over Cape Horn: only with a Cesna airplane, min 2 pax and max 4 pax without any luggage, with luggage max 3 pax

    PRICE: 7364 u$d/person for 6 pax

    Payment:

    - 2345 u$d are paid by cash at our office in Moscow

    - 32004 u$d has to be paid 60 days before departure with a deposit at our HSBC Bank account in Florida, USA.

    - 9835 u$d will be paid cash in BUE upon arrival

    Cancellation charges

    - Up to 61 days before the departure date we will refund 75% of your deposit.
    - Between 60 and 46 days we will refund 50% of your deposit.
    - Between 45 and 22 days we will refund 25% of your deposit.
    - We are sorry but we cannot refund your deposit if you cancel your trip in the last 21 days before the departure date. If you are worried about having possible cancellations due to unexpected matters, such as illness or jobs, we suggest you to get a cancellation insurance.

    Limitation of Liabilities

    - We hold the right of changing the itinerary or cancel any of the activities when any
    natural cause (or any other cause of any type) justifies it in order to look after group safety.

    - Our services don’t include medical insurance nor life insurance.

    - Our trips are developed in zones far from big urban cities. Medical Services and other kind of services could be far from where the travelers are located in a specific moment.

    - We will make all the efforts to reinforce and guaranty the security and well being of all the travelers.

    - Each traveler accepts, when reserving his trip with us, to clearly know about the potential risks associated with this type of tourism.

    - We will refuse any claim or responsibility related to accidents, damages, illness, negligence, physical or mental damage.

    - It’s the traveler's responsibility to contract his medical and life insurances previously to the start of the trip.

    - We will not be responsible by the delays and eventually upper costs due to illness, weather conditions, war, terrorism, political events, natural disasters, technical difficulties or any other cause out of our control.

    - When contracting your trip, the traveler and the travel agent accept that the total value from all the potential claims that eventually could be made to us, have a maximum value set by twice the total amount of money paid to us for the trip.

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