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6 Day itinerary in Argentina, South America

Patagonia Family tour - Like a gaucho

This family trip will make you feel the life of the gaucho in the great Patagonian countryside. You will be part of the unique activities offered by the steppe around the city of Calafate, cradle of the great Perito Moreno Glacier.

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Overview

Physical Difficulty

Average
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Recommended Age

Everyone

Operated in

English, Spanish

GUIDANCE

On Some Day Trips

starting point

El Calafate

trip type

Private

trip attributes

Cycling

Hiking

Meet local people

Rural home stays

Travel with Purpose

Outdoors & Nature

Beach & Sea

Start/End

Night

Highlights

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A blend of horseback riding, trekking and rural life.

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Discover Patagonia

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A lot of activities only for you and your family

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Walk over the Glacier - Amazin experience!

Itinerary

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Day 1

place Welcome Patagonia! - Arrival Calafate

Arrival in El Calafate and transfer to your accommodation. Rest of the day at leisure to discover this small town or depending on your arrival time we can schedule some activities.

Guide: Included for the day

Accommodation:

  • Cuadruple room: Blanca Patagonia - Hostería Boutique y cabañas
Day 2

place Perito Moreno Glacier - Minitrekking

Depart from El Calafate for Bajo la Sombra port, located eight km before Perito Moreno Glacier. Once there, you will embark to cross the Rico lake, and disembark at the southwestern coast after 20 minutes of navigation.

Then, you will access a refuge, where the guides organize the groups of up to 20 people, and soon a walk by the forest begins to arrive at the glacier. Before accessing the ice, the guides will put the crampons on your shoes. The trekking on the glacier takes approximately one hour and a half during which you will be able to see crevasses, moulins (glacier mills) and small lagoons. The walk difficulty is moderate, on irregular ice surfaces, but firm and safe. Return to the port by boat includes an up-close view of the glacier face.


Recommendations for Minitrekking:


- Recommendations of ages: The excursion is only suitable for people between 10 and 65 years old and it is not advised for overweight people. It is not allowed for pregnant women or people with risk diseases.

- Footwear: any type of sports shoes preferably cordoned off. Use thick socks preferably cotton and wool. Gima, apres ski and hills boots are not allowed in women.

- Clothing: Sporty with long pants. Wearing a sweater, T-shirt, sweater, fleece and jacket or windbreaker/ raincoat. Sunglasses and sunscreen.

- Lunch: Passenger must carry it.

- Information: It is forbidden to smoke during the whole journey, whether on the boat, in the forest, on the ice or in the shelter


Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation:

  • Cuadruple room: Blanca Patagonia - Hostería Boutique y cabañas
Day 3

place The life of the Gaucho begins

Today transfer to the ''Estancia Nibepo Aike'' A house with more than 100 years of history. An opportunity to have a true experience of rural life in a real Patagonian ranch located inside Los Glaciares National Park. Full board and activities within the ranch are included. A private guide will coordinates all activities taking to account each stay adapting to your interests and preferences. Accommodation is based on double standard room Some examples: *Farming activities, cattle branding, dressage or milking, sheep shearing and herding and demonstrations of typical riding skills on criollo horses. *Work in the orchard.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Cuadruple room: Estancia Nibepo Aike
Day 4

place More gaucho activities

Today more activities in the Estancia like: *Horseback riding & hiking: different paths allow exploring the grounds of the estancia and discovering its flora and fauna. The Rio Cachorro valley, the shore of Lake Argentino, the border landmark, the outposts, the hills of the Cerro Cristal are part of the routes that can be done on foot, on horseback or by bicycle. From certain panoramic points, you can see the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Hidden Glaciers, the southernmost of the National Park. *Do some Auto guided paths. *Accompany the baqueanos on horseback to carry out the daily work with the cattle *Bycicle and more! The accommodation is based on double standard room.

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

  • Cuadruple room: Estancia Nibepo Aike
Day 5

place Return to Calafate

After lunch, return to Calafate. Walk though this village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation:

  • Cuadruple room: Blanca Patagonia - Hostería Boutique y cabañas
Day 6

place Farewell Patagonia

At the correct time, transfer to the airport to take your departure flight (not included)

Guide: Included for the day

Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included

Accommodation expand_less

  • Blanca Patagonia - Hostería Boutique y cabañas
  • Estancia Nibepo Aike

Meals expand_less

  • Breakfast (5)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Dinner (2)

Transport expand_less

  • Regular transfer airport - hotel - airport in Calafate
  • Rregular transfer Calafate - Estancia - Calafate

Activities expand_less

  • Tours and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Sightseeings mentioned during the stay in the Estancia on private basis (only for your family)

Extras expand_less

  • Optional Tours - Ask us for them
  • Meals that are not mentioned

Not Included expand_less

  • International and Domestic flights
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel Insurance

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