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June 27, 2008

Outdoor Adventure in Argentine Patagonia with FriendsTravel.com

Outdoor Adventure in Patagonia

This adventure combines challenging hikes, horseback riding and mountain biking. The journey will take you 142 miles from El Calafate to El Chalten–a trekkers’ paradise located in the shadow of the fabled FitzRoy massif.  This itinerary can be modified to fit a wide variety of skill levels and intensities.

Day 1: Arrive in El Calafate. Transfer by land to the small village of El Chalten (about 200 inhabitants) for three nights’ accommodations at a select hosteria or lodge.

Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, full-day trekking to Laguna de los Tres. This is an eight-mile, seven-hour adventurous trek. You will see some of the most spectacular views of the Andes and the amazing Patagonian landscape. Pristine rivers and lakes punctuate the desolate beauty of this landscape. Box lunch included. Return to El Chalten for overnight.

Day 3: After breakfast, begin a horseback ride to the stunning Torre Hill, the landmark of Patagonia. After a six-hour ride, you will reach a lagoon at the base of the mountain. This starkly beautiful landscape is unparalleled, conjuring images of mythic towers and alien worlds. Box lunch included. Return to El Chalten for overnight.

Day 4: Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a three-hour mountain bike ride to Lago del Desierto. The scenery along the trail is spectacular: tall lengas and ñires trees, deep blue waters, and permanent views of the FitzRoy and Torre mountains, glaciers and waterfalls. In the afternoon, you will transfer by land to El Calafate for a flight to your next destination.

Note: The best months for this experience are November – April.


“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!” – W.H. Murray

JESS Kalinowsky will arrange for your First Class, Business Class or Coach special airfares from your hometown to Argentina, South America, and your pre and post tour or cruise arrangements.

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