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June 27, 2008

Land of Ancient Ice, Argentina with FriendsTravel.com

Land of Ancient Ice

The Glaciers National Park covers almost 4,000 square miles of Argentine Patagonia. Here the traveler will encounter breathtaking glaciers, crystalline emerald lakes and spectacular views of the Andes. You will ride in four-wheel drive vehicles to the scenic point of the Upsala Glacier and walk on the ice fields of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

Day 1: Arrive in El Calafate. Transfer to selected hotel for three nights’ accommodation. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the charming town.

Day 2: After breakfast, begin a full-day excursion in this land of glaciers. A 30-minute boat ride will take you to the three-mile wide, 180-foot tall Perito Moreno Glacier, where our expert guides will escort you on a two-hour walking exploration of the crevasses, cascades and caves carved in the millennial ice. During the afternoon hours you will have free time to enjoy a hike through the Patagonian forest or horseback ride around Lake Argentino.

Day 3: Full day excursion to Estancia Cristina. This beautiful ranch is located near the Upsala glacier and has the best land access to the continental ice fields. After sailing among icebergs, you will disembark and arrive at a mirador for an ideal view of the glacier and lake. Horseback rides and hiking options are available at the ranch. Lunch is included.

Day 4: After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to your next destination.

Note: This program is designed for the active traveler, but it could be enjoyed by the young and not so young. It can be adapted to many levels of activity. The best season for this program is between the months of September and April.


“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.” – Paulo Coelho

JESS Kalinowsky will arrange for your First Class, Business Class or Coach airfare from your hometown round trip to Argentina, and your pre and post stopover hotel arrangements.

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