Tour Highlights

  • Tour Interest: Birding, Natural History, and Short Tours
  • Tour Type: Overland
  • Tour Dates: Runs on request
  • Tour Duration: 4 Days – 3 Nights
  • Starts/Ends: Starts and ends in El Calafate
  • Best time to go: Year-round
  • Prices: Based on group size

Tour Features

The emblematic and worldwide known Moreno Glacier is the dramatic evidence of a remote era in which Patagonia was covered by glaciers. The 717,800 hectares (1,774,000 acres) of Los Glaciares National Park harbor this -at present the only advancing glacier in Argentina- and other 47 huge glaciers. Experience the southern Patagonian wilderness, a land where ancient Southern Beech forests, endless arid plateaus and impressive inland lakes give frame to the most incredible array of Patagonian wildlife. Los Glaciares National Park has been declared a Worldwide Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The “Calafate” (Box-leafed Berberis) is a prickly short bush which at the end of the austral summer produces a very tasty berry, similar in size and shape to that of the Blueberry. An old Patagonian legend says that those who taste the Calafate berry are doomed to come back to Patagonia. El Calafate is also the name of a charming village that sits on the shores of Lake Argentino, which surely will make you want to come back as often as possible… even if you have not tasted the famous berry! There is an international airport in town, and the quality of the hotels and restaurants is excellent. El Calafate is the main gateway to one of the most spectacular landscapes of Argentine Patagonia: the Austral Andes Glaciers. The most well-known and visited glacier is the Moreno, mainly because it is easily accessed by land, but also because it is one of the few Glaciers in our continent that advances and recedes constantly. One huge vertical five-kilometers ice wall of this glacier sinks into the Canal de los Témpanos (Channel of the Icebergs), which connects one of the arms of Lake Argentino -called Rico- with its main body. Once every certain number of years -normally between 4 and 10- the Moreno Glacier fully crosses the channel, turning into an actual impounding dam that prevents water passage and causes an unusual rise in the waters of the Rico Arm. The pressure of the water finally produces the rupture of the ice dam. This spectacular show congregates hundreds of glacier enthusiasts the world over, who eagerly wait for the ice bridge to break down. But there is no need to wait for so long to be astounded by the glacier. Huge masses of ice constantly collapse from the front wall; their thundering fall being welcomed by people’s spontaneous applause at all times. The glacier was named after Francisco P. Moreno, a famous Argentine explorer, well known as the father of the National Parks in this country. One of his greatest achievements was the discovery of Lake Argentino.

Wildlife in this part of the World is unique. Groups of Guanacos and Lesser Rheas are likely to be seen during the tours. By watching carefully over the edge of the rocky cliffs and up above the snow-covered peaks of the majestic Andes, you will surely be surprised by the Master of the Skies: The Andean Condor. Laguna Nimez -a small lagoon surrounded by reed beds in Calafate- gives shelter to several species of birds, like Black-necked Swan, Chilean Flamingo, Andean Ruddy-Duck, South American Snipe, Upland Goose and Magellanic Plover. Other special birds dwelling this region include Spectacled Duck, Lesser Horned Owl, Patagonian Tinamou and Magellanic Woodpecker.

Tour Highlights

The Patagonian Andean Beech Forest, Andean Condor, Magellanic Woodpecker, Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park.

  • Day 1 – Meeting with your Trogon Tours’ leader at El Calafate airport. Transfer to your selected hotel in town. Afternoon birding Laguna Nímez O/N El Calafate.
  • Day 2 – Full day exploring Los Glaciares National Park. O/N El Calafate .
  • Day 3 – Full day motor catamaran excursion on Lake Argentino. O/N El Calafate.
  • Day 4 – Last morning birding around El Calafate. Afternoon transfer to the local airport. Tour Conclusion.

What’s Included?

Private transportation for all transfers and excursions. Accommodations on a twin/double basis. Single supplements on request. Full time Trogon Tours’ leader to accompany the group from day 1 on arrival in El Calafate airport to day 4 on departure from that same airport. Local guides where required by law. All breakfasts, lunches, box-lunches and dinners, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 4 of the tour. No drinks included. Admission fees to all national parks and nature reserves.

What’s Not Included?

International and domestic airfares and airport taxes. Tips to guides, drivers, hotel & restaurants personnel, etc. Drinks with your meals. Personal travel and medical insurance. Anything not specified under “What is included?”

When to go

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

23.6°C
104MM

Puerto Iguazú

32.22°C
154.94MM

Patagonia

29°C
106.98MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

22°C
98MM

Puerto Iguazú

31°C
135MM

Patagonia

28°C
102MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

20°C
115MM

Puerto Iguazú

30°C
114MM

Patagonia

29°C
81MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

16°C
97MM

Puerto Iguazú

29°C
121MM

Patagonia

30°C
63MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

13°C
80MM

Puerto Iguazú

24°C
165MM

Patagonia

20°C
34MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

11°C
61MM

Puerto Iguazú

22°C
152MM

Patagonia

30°C
17MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

10°C
59MM

Puerto Iguazú

22°C
106MM

Patagonia

31°C
40MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

16°C
63MM

Puerto Iguazú

26°C
83MM

Patagonia

33°C
2MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

18°C
68MM

Puerto Iguazú

27°C
170MM

Patagonia

35°C
14MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

21°C
104MM

Puerto Iguazú

29°C
190MM

Patagonia

33°C
83MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

24°C
98MM

Puerto Iguazú

30°C
182MM

Patagonia

32°C
42MM

Best Time To Go

Birding is spectacular in this particular part of the country and it can be visited year-round. There’s not a fixed pattern of rains and most birding areas are easily accessible. Regardless, some roads might be closed after heavy rains. Therefore, your itinerary might be altered at short or no previous notice to try and make the most of your birding adventure. Southern hemisphere summers are extremely hot and humid in northeastern Argentina, so if you don’t do well in this kind of weather, please plan for anytime between April and early October when it’s much cooler.

Place

Daily Max Temperature

Monthly Rainfall

Buenos Aires

27°C
93MM

Puerto Iguazú

32°C
154MM

Patagonia

30°C
111MM

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