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Viedma Ice Trek

Trek on the largest Glacier of Los Glaciares National Park. The best way to spend your day that will last a lifetime. Viedma Ice Trek, an experience worth to be lived that Kallpa shared in this 2014 edition

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For many adventure travellers walking on the largest glacier in Argentina is a must when you come to Argentina. Viedma Glacier is located in the Glaciers National Park in the Province of Santa Cruz. Put on your crampons and experience one of the most amazing trekkings on the ice. This glacier flows to the Southern Patagonian Ice until reaching Viedma Lake.

With a front wall of 40 meters over the level of the lake, its rising is at the heart of the ice field between 1.500 and 2.200m. it is surrounded with arid edges and beautiful mountains covered with snow and an extension of 85km long and 20km wide, the basin does not count with important affluent so it mainly receives water from the glacier. It breaks away from the wets of Mariano Moreno range by the valley that is located between mts Huemul (2.677 m) and mts. Campana (2.570 m).

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The Viedma Ice Trek is one the most requested excursions from travellers all around the world, those who love adventure, exploration and extreme tourism, when they visit El Chalten, the national trekking capital in Argentina. This glacier is Located 17 km south of El Chalten in a small picturesque bay called Tunel Bay. This is the starting point of departure where travellers will embark and sail to the Viedma Glacier. Sailing south by the bay allowing us to sail by the shore so we can see the stunning Mt. Fitz Roy as well as Mt. Huemul. Once we arrive Hornos cape (Far south east), the boat turns west and we will set our eyes on the stunning Viedma glacier.

Viedma Ice Trek consists in navigating only to land on the Viedma Glacier and walk on it with the aid of crampons. This hiking tour on the ice takes two hours and a half. The other tour has been specially designed for physically fit travelers. It takes nine hours and it is called Viedma Pro.

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We disembarked at the rocky promontory and we will start a brief walk on the terrain, a few years back it was fully occupied by the glacier.  The Viedma landing was rocky. Clearly the adventure started the moment you stepped off the boat. You were deposited onto some harsh terrain – orange colored large rocks that you had to scramble across. Our English-speaking guide team met us and then led us over the rocks towards the ice.

After a few minutes we will reach the edge of the glacier were each passenger will be given crampons that will be used to walk. The crampons were good quality and they had toe picks which allowed you to go up steeper walls. They also furnished gloves for those who didn’t have their own. We had 3 English speaking guides for our group and they were the energetic, upbeat, and always there when you needed a hand. In fact they moved so fast on the ice that they snuck up on me many times! They encouraged you to try things slightly out of your comfort zone and would give you extra support if you looked nervous. They also took a lot of time to explain the history and geology of the glacier which is fascinating. From now we start our two hour walk on the glacier, where we will be able to find cracks and caves.

We started to walk in a single line. The tour guide was leading the small troop. “The secret is to open your legs wide and take short but firm steps. This way, it is impossible to get tired or to be in risk of getting hurt with the crampon edges. This is essential to keep the excursion going.” He said and came to be a reminder every step we walked.

White, light-blue and even blue walls followed one another as we discovered the different parts of the glacier and even appreciated some we just dared to behold without getting too close to the dangerous sections.

There is no doubt that the Viedma Ice Trek is one of the best excursions to choose at El Chaltén. Ice scenes. Hues ranging from white to extreme blue. A really memorable adventure. We love the remoteness, the difficulty, and the organization of this trek. Is the best. It felt more unique and the challenge was definitely greater which then left us with the real feeling of accomplishment when it was over. We also loved the fact that we had better crampons for doing more difficult climbing. Plus – for whatever reason – We connected with the guides more on this trek and made the trip a friend’s adventure.

As you see, there are a lot of alternatives to enjoy and explore the Argentinian Patagonia in a new and awesome way. If you need further assistance about the Viedma Ice Trek you can contact your personal Kallpa Executive or simply leave a message in our contact form. We’ll be happy to assist you!.

Journey to El Chalten

Journey to El Chalten, the trekking capital of Argentina With the snow-capped magnificence of the Fitz Roy Range nearby, Led by an experienced local tour guide, there is no better way to learn about local wild and plant life and the history of the surrounding mountains.

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The Laguna Torre also offers incredible scenery and rewarding trekking – and there’s ample opportunity to be awestruck by the sheer might of the jagged Mt Fitz Roy. Travel back to El Calafate for some well-deserved downtime before the trip comes to an end.

El Chalten was founded in 1985 on the Northern edge of Los Glaciers National Park following a border dispute with Chile, and has grown slowly with a permanent population of around 2,000, which almost doubles in Summer. Declared Argentina’s trekking capital, the area combines mountains, lakes, woodlands and glaciers and is blessed with spectacular scenery.

The story unfolded that in 1970 an Italian climber called Cesare Maestri made his second attempt to climb Cerro Torre and on his way up he carried a petrol driven compressed air drill and placed 400 bolts into the mountain. Many purist climbers believed that Maestri had ruined the mountain, taking away the challenge of scaling it naturally.

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This viewpoint was also held by the two Americans and after climbing the mountain using a different route they descended on the Compressor Route and painstakingly removed 125 bolts and carried them off the mountain. Many argued that these actions would prevent lesser climbers from reaching the summit of Cerro Torre whilst others praised them for returning the mountain to its virgin state. It was certainly a bold course of action by the American climbers and demonstrated the power of their beliefs! All we really wanted as we left the mountain was a glass of wine and a large pizza so the thought of having to face the police for our convictions was certainly too much for us!!

Climbers from all corners of the globe come here to climb the world-famous peaks and in particular the highest and most iconic Cerro Fitz Roy at 3,441 metres high. The village also offers a range of activities such as hiking, camping, mountain biking and horse riding. The village is nearly 5 hours drive from its nearest neighbour and this remoteness has meant El Chalten has looked from within for creativity and locals have used their entrepreneurial nature to fill their village with excellent amenities like artesan boutiques, bakeries, restaurants, a micro-brewery and a wine tasting shop.

The first activity is walking in mountain ground. If you don’t like walking you better not go, there is a high probability to get bored. Only those who enjoy the wonders of nature and visiting remote places are welcome in El Chalten.

The National Trekking Capital of Argentina and the star of this South American adventure, that’s what describes best El Chalten. It is one of the top destinations for trekkers, the starting point, the path and place to reach that is beautiful from each point of view.

El Chalten is the destination to see the amazing Fitz Roy hill which is the icon of the Glaciers National Park. Is a small village where trekkers from all over the world join to experience one the best and more assorted circuits in the world. Keen trekkers flock to the area to make the most of the spectacular mountain scenery and the world-class hiking and camping. This is the destination with the first of two hikes, Laguna de Los Tres is the most famous trek due to its proximity to Mt Fitz Roy. Trekking from El Chalten in a fairly straight path, take in spectacular views of the lagoon and De los Tres Glacier; this trek is the quintessential excursion into this area and a perfect way to spend the day. Led by an experienced local tour guide or self hiking, there is no better way to learn about local wild and plant life and the history of the surrounding mountains. The other option is Laguna Los Torres which also offers incredible scenery and rewarding trekking – and there’s ample opportunity to be awestruck by the sheer might of the jagged Mt Fitz Roy.

El Chalten is also the great opportunity to put on your crampons and walk over the Viedma Glacier, a great circuit which is less concurred than the Perito Moreno Glacier.

All of this circuits can be done with or without a guide. The choice is yours. You can also ask for a Self Guided Hike provided by kallpa. We provide the gps, maps and tips and you only have to walk and enjoy the ride.

It is the place to get disconnected from daily news, work or city life. There is no Cellphone Signal. There are no banks. There is only one ATM, and you can also find public phones, and internet access but not much internet speed connection.

The weather changes all the time. You must always carry a rain proof windstopper, gloves, cap, sun glasses and sun protection.

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As you see, there are a lot of alternatives to get to know El Chalten and Glaciares National Park. If you need further assistance about this Journey to El Chalten you can contact your personal Kallpa Executive or simply leave a message in our contact form. We’ll be happy to assist you!.

Photo tours Buenos Aires

The opportunity to enjoy and combine photography and tourism participating in one of the great Photo Tours in Buenos Aires that Foto Ruta provides. Read the article and you’ll love your travellers to live it too.

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Photo tours Buenos Aires is about bringing the city and its streets to life through photography. We believe the greatest way to see and explore a place is with your camera in tow. And it’s not about snapping pictures so you can remember moments later. Actually, what I’ve felt during the excursion was that everything, it’s all about the journey, and the moment itself.

photo-tours-buenos-aires-foodPhotographers call it ‘creative seeing’, And each of the tours surrounding photography, events and workshops are designed with this in mind. I had the opportunity to use photography to explore away from the well trodden tourist routes, uncovering the genuine side of the city, and capture it on camera.

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At Foto Ruta, the effort is all about trying to offer something for everyone, whether you’re a traveller to the city, with no interest in photography but a desire to experience something different or a seasoned pro who wants a fresh perspective on the city, they have an excursion to suit your needs.

They also offer a number of different tours and excursions. Here we provide a brief overview below:

Our flagship Foto Ruta Weekly tour is held in both Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Santiago, Chile. A set of clues will lead you on a journey of discovery around a selected neighbourhood, giving you a greater understanding of the city and teaching you how to take great photos along the way. A unique and memorable afternoon of urban discovery, collaboration and photography. Suitable for anyone and everyone!

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Foto Ruta iPhoneography (Tuesdays)

Our half-day iPhoneography tour brings the city and our love of mobile street photography to life, providing you with all the tools you need to harness the power of your iPhone (or smartphone) and its Apps, whilst exploring the city.

Foto Ruta Street Scape (Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays)

Guided by our pro-photographer and city specialists, Foto Ruta Street Scape is perfect for anyone who wants an alternative day in the city, exploring must-see sights, as well as some of its undiscovered locations, whilst learning about photography. Ideal for all levels and experience!

Foto Ruta Academia (Thursdays & on request)

Our exclusive full-day street photography excursion will inspire you and help you take your travel photography to the next level. Foto Ruta Academia is set against a backdrop of authentic, original and inspiring locations and customized to your skill level and interests.

Foto Ruta Custom (On request)

Whether you’re an individual, a family, a tour organiser, a Spanish school or a business, we can offer you the custom experience in Buenos Aires and Santiago. From urban photo safaris to family bonding experiences, to corporate team-building events, Foto Ruta Custom is equipped to design custom photo tours and events to suit your requirements.

Foto Ruta Salon (Bi-monthly)

Foto Ruta Salon is an after office lecture and creative forum that we hold bi-monthly. The event is free, and offers photographers, enthusiasts and creative types the chance to enjoy interesting and informative lectures on the latest hot topics in the world of photography, whilst sharing ideas and meeting like-minded people.

Comida Ruta (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

The Comida Ruta food tour offers a journey of visual and culinary discovery, providing an insight and taste of Buenos Aires’ food culture, whilst learning about food photography and capturing your tastings on camera.

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As you see, there are a lot of alternatives to enjoy Buenos Aires in a new and awesome way. If you need further assistance about Photo Tours in Buenos Aires you can contact your personal Kallpa Executive or simply leave a message in our contact form. We’ll be happy to assist you!.

La Ventana Tango Show

We started the year with tango in our veins and revisited La Ventana Tango Show. As always we were very satisfied and this is our review… enjoy it!.

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If you are looking for a tango show which keeps the essence of real Tango and not much detail to Hollywood and style of the city of Buenos Aires, La Ventana Tango Show is one of the best options. The dancers show is first class rate and the gaucho receives special mention.

In the heart of San Telmo, La Ventana Tango opened its doors to the world in 1982. This fully restored historic tenement is a classic tour of Buenos Aires culture through time. The interior, preserving the purest of the building are ideal for a single proposal with 32 artists on stage area, two tango orchestras, a collection of folk music, dancers and singers. The atmosphere at this long-running venue, located in an old converted building, will take you back in time. There are two salons, both with rustic brick walls and ceilings, and rough-hewn wood beams; one has an impressive stained-glass ceiling.

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My impression about the decoration is that they have all those classic ornaments and small figures, antiques that are a pleasure to be watched and provide a special atmosphere to the decoration.

The menu is provided with several options that makes it out whta is considered conventional. Includes international and typical dishes of our country, with the traditional charcoal grill and an extensive list of Argentinean wines.

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One of the surprises and most aclaim part of the show is the folklore show which includes Andean musicians and a display of boleadores (balls on cords that gauchos used to tangle up prey). The tango show is also excellent, and there are 30 performers in total. They play traditional tango keeping the magic tha once Tango used to be.

We highly reccommend the Show at la Venta not only because of our experience but most of all because of our client experiences which talks better about it.

You can request more information about La Ventana Tango Show contacting your personal Kallpa Account Executive or at Incoming Kallpa Tour