El Calafate

Santa Cruz Cruise

MARPATAG - The Spirit of the Glaciers

Length: 3 days, 2 nights
Grade of difficulty: Easy
Experience required: no trekking experience required
Season: November to April

Description

“The Spirit of the Glaciers” is ideal for those who prefer to discover the magic of the most spectacular corners of the Los Glaciares National Park in a different way; the luxury of enjoying an exclusive cruise at the levels of comfort required by some of the most demanding travellers in the world. We propose spending 3 days on board the cruise vessel Santa Cruz, to share with a small group of passengers the experience of seeking the "Spirit of the Glaciers". Walls of centuries-old deep blue ice almost 60 metres high, impressive icebergs, amazing Patagonian sunsets that paint the sky a reddish hue, and nights so dark that the Milky Way is reflected on the surface of the majestic Lake Argentino. With the huge windows fitted to its cabins and common areas, the Santa Cruz cruise vessel offers plenty of opportunities for contemplating the unique landscapes of Lake Argentino. The Spirit of the Glaciers includes time on dry land so that you can observe, interpret and come to understand the most surprising features of this unique place. We offer much more than just a journey. Our proposal is a unique experience, based on the concept that the tranquillity and warmth found on board makes it possible to enjoy the force of nature in all its magnitude. Welcome on board for a unique experience on this voyage to discover the Spirit of the Glaciers.

Itinerary

Day 1

We embark on our Santa Cruz cruise vessel at La Soledad private port at Tranquila Bay (Punta Bandera area) at 7.30 pm. A welcome drink accompanies the on board check-in formalities and the crew members are introduced. You are then assigned a cabin for the voyage.




We sail for Puesto de las Vacas (Alemana Bay is an extremely calm part of the Spegazzini Channel), where we spend our first night and enjoy our first dinner. We pass Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo, which at 800 metres wide form the narrowest part of the lake. After dinner, guests are invited to participate in various on board activities.

Day 2

Following a delicious breakfast, our first shore visit is at Puesto de las Vacas to enjoy an activity coordinated by our team of specialist guides. We enjoy an interesting stroll along the coast together, with the opportunity to visit an old Pioneers Station.

Back on board, our vessel sails towards the Spegazzini Glacier. With walls of ice between 80 and 135 metres high, Spegazzini looks like a huge river of ice that descends down a rocky hillside and crashes abruptly down into the lake. We enjoy out first lunch together with this amazing spectacle as a backdrop.

After lunch, we appreciate a succession of icebergs in a wide range of shapes and colours, telling us that we are getting close to the spectacular Upsala Glacier. We pause at the mouth of the Upsala Channel to admire the Glacier, weather permitting.

The face of the Upsala Glacier on the lake measures 4 kilometres, its walls have an average height of around 60 metres and the glacier itself has a total surface area of nearly 900 square kilometres. The next destination is Toro Bay, on the Mayo Sound. After dinner, passengers may join in with some of the activities organised by the crew. A lively chat to share the ideas and feelings experienced during the day, or lying back and observing a moon-lit night full of stars, are perfect ways to bring the second day of this journey to a close.

Day 3

We enjoy a delicious breakfast at dawn while we sail in a southerly direction. After this, we disembark for another excursion into the magical Andean-Patagonian forest and experience the magnificent natural landscape of the Mayo and Negro Glaciers. Here, we enjoy an exclusive visit to one of the refuges run by the Patagonian Continental Ice Field Institute, where so many explorers, adventurers and scientists have left their mark. After crossing the Témpanos [Iceberg] Channel, our cruise vessel arrives at the most famous glacier in the world, Perito Moreno, and we get an up-close and personal look at its 2.5 kilometre north face from the lake. Its walls, which tower an impressive 60 metres, never fail to surprise onlookers with countless calvings and thunderous sounds. We have lunch with this majestic natural spectacle as a backdrop.


As we sail back across the waters of Lake Argentino in the direction of La Soledad Private Port, we drink a toast to round off our journey. At 4 pm, we disembark for a transfer to El Calafate.

Note: Route subject to modifications as deemed appropriate by the captain to ensure the safety of the passengers

  • Programme details
  • Includes:
  • 3 days and 2 nights sailing on Lake Argentino, visiting the iceberg barrier and the Mayo, Upsala, Spegazzini and Perito Moreno glaciers.
  • Accommodation in cabins with private bathrooms.
  • Gourmet full board on the vessel.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during lunch and dinner.
  • Non-alcoholic drinks and tea/coffee during the entire cruise.
  • Shore visit at Puesto de las Vacas.
  • On-board activities.
  • Hotel/Port/Hotel transfers.
  • Specialist guides.
  • Doesn't include:
  • National Park entrance fees.
  • Alcoholic drinks other than at meal times.
  • Bar service.
  • Tips.
  • Services not specified in the programme.
  • Personal kit.
  • Recommended personal kit:
  • Back pack.
  • Water bottle.
  • Warm jacket.
  • Waterproof jacket.
  • Gloves.
  • Hat.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Walking boots.
  • Comfort:

    The Santa Cruz cruise vessel combines comfort, design and the latest technology designed to ensure that passengers can enjoy the unique landscape of the glaciers. It has a total of twenty one cabins with lake views and private bathrooms, distributed on two levels; sixteen Deluxe cabins, four Premium cabins and the exclusive Grand Suite, fitted out with high end equipment and a private balcony.With a maximum capacity of 42 passengers, on board the vessel can be found a gourmet restaurant (Salón Turquesa), a library and lounge areas; there is a stern deck on the lower level and the main deck is on the third level. The bar (Salón Calafate) is the perfect place to share the exceptional sunsets over the lake with your fellow passengers. The crew is highly trained to provide a first class service to meet the needs of the most demanding passengers.
  • Technical Specifications of the Santa Cruz Vessel
  • Interior design
  • Cabins:
  • 21 double cabins with private bathrooms and lake views.
  • 16 Deluxe cabins (12 m² with Queen size bed -1.60 m or Twin beds 080 m each).
  • 4 Premium cabins (17 m² with Queen size bed -1.60 m).
  • 1 Grand Suite cabin (30 m² with full Queen size bed - 1.80 m).
  • Lounges:
  • Salón Turquesa (1st level): 60 m². Comfortable restaurant with capacity for 42 passengers, panoramic views and exquisite interior decoration.
  • Salón Calafate (3rd level): 100 m². Located on the upper level, with panoramic windows and comfortable chains distributed in four lounges, alongside the cruise vessel's bar. The vessel's main deck can be accessed from here.
  • Main deck (3rd level): 38 m²
  • On board library.
  • Air conditioned and heated rooms.
  • Kitchen equipped with the latest technology.
  • Prow, stern and main decks (above the main lounge).
  • On board restaurant.
  • Lounge and bar.

  • Vessel features
  • Length: 40.50 metres.
  • Beam: 10 metres.
  • Pontoon beam: 2.10 metres.
  • Draft: 1.30 metres.
  • Hull and superstructure material: naval aluminium.
  • Power plant: 2 1000 HP Caterpillar engines.
  • Cruising speed: 19 knots.
  • The Santa Cruz cruise vessel is an elegant catamaran built by the Tecnao Shipyard in Tigre, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2010).
  • Terms and conditions
  • BOOKING POLICY
  • All bookings and modifications thereof must be requested from our booking office by email: reservas@walkpatagonia.com (only written confirmations are valid).

    Please provide us with the following information to simplify the booking procedure:
  • Full names of passengers.
  • Document or passport numbers.
  • Nationality.
  • If you intend to take the transfers IN and OUT with Marpatag, please indicate which hotel the passengers will be staying in.
  • If any of the passengers have special dietary requirements, please inform us of this a minimum of 7 days prior to the day of embarkation.
  • In order to confirm spaces, the entire cost of the program must be paid in full a minimum of 15 days prior to the departure date. In all cases, services must be completely paid for in advance.

  • CANCELLATION POLICY
  • For cancellations made up to 10 days prior to the provision of our services, only bank charges (if any) will be charged.
  • For cancellations made between 9 and 15 days prior to the cruise departure date, a charge of 60% of the total price of the contracted services will be made.
  • For cancellations made within 4 days of the cruise departure date, a charge of 100% of the total price of the contracted services will be made.
  • Any payments made prior to cancellation under these terms shall be considered as credit towards future bookings.

  • GROUP BOOKING AND CANCELLATION POLICY
  • Bookings for a minimum of 10 passengers will be considered as groups.
  • To confirm spaces, a deposit of 30% of the total price of the booking must be made on the date when the booking is confirmed.
  • The remaining balance to cover the full price of the contracted services must be paid a minimum of 30 days prior to the group embarkation date. In all cases, services must be completely paid for in advance.
  • For cancellations made up to 45 days prior to the provision of our services, only bank charges (if any) will be charged.
  • If a cancellation is made between 44-30 days prior to the cruise departure date, a charge of 30% of the total price of the contracted service will be made, plus any cancellation expenses.
  • For cancellations made between 29-10 days of the cruise departure date, a charge of 60% of the total price of the contracted services will be made.
  • For cancellations made within 9 days of the cruise departure date, a charge of 100% of the total price of the contracted services will be made.
  • Any payments made prior to cancellation under these terms shall be considered as credit towards future bookings.


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