PATAGONIA NATIONAL PARK DISCOVERYfrom
Lago Posadas, Los Antiguos, Marble Chapels, Cueva de Las Manos
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- Vacation Style Holiday TypeAdventure, Archeology, Family-friendly, Glaciers, Lake, National Park, Quiet, Rural, Trekking, Wild Life
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Located in the Northwest of the Province of Santa Cruz, Patagonia National Park has 52 thousand hectares and was created after the donation of land to the State by Rewilding Argentina Foundation.
It is an area of impressive and almost virgin landscapes overlooking Mount Zeballos that houses the only extra-Andean glacier in the country. It covers mountains, steppe, rivers, and lakes and is home to the Macá Tobiano, a native bird of Southern Patagonia discovered in 1974.
It is also an area loaded with great archaeological finds such as petroglyphs 3000 years old. These rock carvings in volcanic rock are at 1300 meters high and its authors are not yet known.
- Transfers, land tours, and navigation according to the itinerary
- Specialized bilingual English/Spanish speaking guide
- 05 Nights accommodation in hostelries with breakfast
- 05 box lunches for days 2 to 6
- Parks entrance fees
- Maps, tourist guides, binoculars.
- TKT regular buses Bariloche/ Los Antiguos and Los Antiguos/El Chaltén or Calafate.
- International or Domestic Flights
- Services and accommodation in Bariloche, El Chaltén and/or El Calafate.
- Day 1 BARILOCHE / LOS ANTIGUOS
Early in the morning bus departure from Bariloche Southwards to Los Antiguos. Arrival in the evening.
Overnight in Los Antiguos.
- Day 2 LOS ANTIGUOS: MARBLE CHAPELS (CHILE)
07.30 AM approx. morning departure to Chile in a regular tour with bilingual Spanish/English speaking guide, navigation, and lunch.
Discover the dizzying path, partly cornice, which crosses the Andes mountain range, runs along the south coast of the lake and the transition from the steppe to the Patagonian Andean forest, and then join exclusive navigation to the Marble Chapels. The Chilean part of the lake lacked away until the 1990s and was only accessible in lake form. Today it is possible to travel an incredibly scenic path along the south coast of the lake and at the foot of the highest peaks of Southern Patagonia, next to the North Ice Field. Moving westwards you enter areas of greater rainfall where you can see the appearance of wooded vegetation. On the way, from this sparsely populated and visited region, we will carry out a boated navigation (optional kayaks) towards the Marble Chapels, a unique outcrop in the region, eroded and polished by the waters of the lake forming caverns of whimsical shapes and singular attractiveness. This route is a virtual crossing of the Andes mountain range, crossing different hills and observing amazing changes in vegetation, to finally navigate to a unique attraction in Patagonia. The navigation is always subject to weather conditions.
Overnight in Los Antiguos.
- Day 3 LOS ANTIGUOS / ROUTE 41 / LAGO POSADAS
Full day to discover the scenic road 41, the highest and one of the most beautiful in Patagonia. It runs parallel to the border with Chile joining the valleys of Lake Buenos Aires with Lake Posadas along 170 km of contrasts and panoramic views. We start from Lake Buenos Aires at 220 meters above sea level and ascend to the top of the plateau at 1500 meters above sea level, crossing four well-differentiated environments: steppe, Andean forest, high pastureland, and high mountains. We culminate on a viewpoint towards the impressive Mount San Lorenzo (3,706mts) and descend to the valley of the Posadas and Pueyrredón lakes at only 105msnm.
Overnight in Lago Posadas.
- Day 4 LAGO POSADAS
Full day exploring the Jurassic environment of the Posadas and Pueyrredón lakes through a trek that will take us to the Stone Arch. We will also visit the Cerro de Los Indios, the Cueva del Puma, the Multicolor Lagoon, the Isthmus of the Lakes, and the Garganta del Rio Oro.
Overnight in Lago Posadas
- Day 5 LAGO POSADAS / CAÑADON PINTURAS GATE
We start taking Route 40, spotting a large amount of native fauna, crossing the Caracoles canyon until we arrive at the Cueva de las Manos (Hands cave) Interpretation Center. The deep canyon of the Pinturas River is home to the most important archaeological site in Patagonia. In the so-called Cueva de las Manos, the passage of man through the area has been recorded, reflected in cave paintings, over a period of almost ten thousand years. The proposal consists of emulating our ancestors and accessing the site by the same ancient footprints. After this visit, we will explore in simple trekking the striking Tierras de Colores to finally spend the night within the Portal Pinturas of Patagonia Park. It is a new nature refuge for hiking, stargazing, and wildlife viewing and interpretation led by the Fundación Rewilding Argentina.
Overnight in Portal Cañadón Pinturas.
- Day 6 CAÑADÓN PINTURAS GATE / BUS
Today we will have the chance to immerse ourselves in the “nature production” project in Patagonia Park. We will try to find, contemplate and photograph the wildlife of this protected area, focusing on the possibility of sighting pumas, taking advantage of the knowledge of our guides and the tracking and monitoring work that the foundation has been carrying out in recent years. At the same time, we can walk some of the other available trails, such as Sendero Koi to ascend to the Sumich Plateau or Sendero La Guanaca to ascend Cerro Amarillo and achieve a panoramic view of the Pinturas River Canyon. At night, continuation by bus Southwards to discover the wonders of southern Patagonia.
Overnight on the bus.
- Day 7 EL CHALTEN or EL CALAFATE
Morning arrival at El Chaltén or continuation to El Calafate. You can check our proposals to enjoy your stay in these incredible destinations!
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