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PATAGONIAN RANCH EXPERIENCE IN EL CALAFATE

Experience the rural life of an authentic Patagonian estancia in the lands of the Perito Moreno Glacier.


Far from mass tourism and 55 km from El Calafate, we find the historic ranch Estancia Nibepo Aike. Initially called La Jerónima, Nibepo Aike covers an area of ​​more than 12,000 hectares, delimited by the South Arm of Lake Argentino and the border with Chile, framed by the Andes Mountains. Dedicated to bovine and sheep production as livestock activities, it is an ideal place to immerse yourself in rural life.

Nowadays you may spend the day visiting the ranch, to experience the life of an authentic estancia located in one of the most impressive settings in Argentina.

Every morning and afternoon, it is possible to enjoy the traditional countryside day. Upon arrival, the host guide will receive and take you to the quincho for a hot drink (tea, coffee or mate) and homemade pastry.

Then, we will set forth on an easy walk to tour the facilities of the farm, which was formerly dedicated to sheep production only, and which today has been transformed into the most prestigious Hereford cabin of these latitudes that also maintains a sheep herd.

The hike will take us to excellent views of the South Arm of Lake Argentino, discovering various rocky outcrops eroded by glacial action and changes in lake levels. Through trails, we will discover a forest of lenga and ñir trees, where caranchos, cachañas, hares, woodpeckers, eagles and an abundant variety of native flora and fauna live.

We will arrive at the shearing shed and current historical museum of the stay. Here we will learn about this peculiar rural work, from the shearing of the animal to the assembly of the bundle of wool; the way in which the wool is stowed and transported.

Next, a “reins test” of riders will be carried out or, depending on the rural activities of the day, farm work will be done in the pens near the main house. In the morning, visitors can also participate in the milking and sheep grazing, concluding with a typical day of work in the ranch.

On the way back, the guide will reveal the history of the place, telling anecdotes and stories of the first settlers. Crossing through the orchard where most of the vegetables in the ranch come from, we will arrive to the quincho, where they will wait for us with an exquisite barbecue, ready to delight us with a delicious Patagonian lamb while enjoying the imposing view of the Cordillera.

For those who choose the extended countryside day option, after lunch or before dinner and rural activities, will take a three hour guided horseback ride on different paths that will allow you to learn more about the corners of Nibepo Aike.

And for those who do not have enough time for a full day experience, you may visit the estancia only for lunch or dinner at the quincho. Taste the homemade delicacies, a barbecue of Patagonian lamb, beef steaks and sausages, with various salads, homemade dessert and one drink per person. This culinary experience is ideal before or after the Perito Moreno Glacier excursion, if you rented a car. It is important to clarify that this option does not include other rural activities.

Another brief but more adventurous option to not miss this incredible Patagonian ranch is to only take a guided three-hour horseback ride, touring the coast of the lake and ascending to the Cerro de los Cristales hill. With its 1282 meters, despite not being the highest in the area, its privileged view allows you to appreciate Lake Argentino, the Perito Moreno Glacier and Torres del Paine, from a single point.

Returning to El Calafate, having experienced the life of a typical Patagonian estancia will give you a new perspective, finding more meaning in the immense Patagonian landscapes characterized by the infinite and the remote.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Countryside Day, morning or afternoon: Traditional option to visit the ranch. 

  • Schedule: AM Pick up 8.30 – Drop off 15:30 / PM Pick up 16.30 – Drop off 23.30. The schedules are estimates and subject to modification. 
  • Includes: Welcome reception with tea/coffee/mate and fried cakes/homemade puddings. Walk around the old main house. Stories of the first settlers of the Estancia and the cattle ranching. Brief historical review on the breakdowns of the Perito Moreno Glacier and their consequences in the area. Milking in the morning (depending on the time of calving of the animals), feeding of lambs or calves with a bottle and sheep herding. Demonstration of shearing and test of reins. Visit to the orchard. Lunch/Dinner: Roast Lamb with salads and dessert. A glass of wine or a non-alcoholic drink per person during meal. Bilingual English/Spanish guide during rural activities. 
  • Not included: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during the meal, outside the stipulated. Transfers. Tips. Horseback ride. Bilingual guide for the horseback ride.

Extended Countryside Day: a 3 hours horseback ride is added to the traditional Countryside day.

  • Schedule: AM Pick up 8.30 – Drop off 19:30 – Horseback ride after Countryside day and lunch /  PM Pick up 13.30 – Drop off 23.30 – Horseback ride before Countryside day and dinner. The schedules are estimates and subject to modification. 
  • Includes: Welcome reception with tea/coffee/mate and fried cakes/homemade puddings. Walk around the old main house. Stories of the first settlers of the Estancia and the cattle ranching. Brief historical review on the breakdowns of the Perito Moreno Glacier and their consequences in the area. Milking in the morning (depending on the time of calving of the animals), feeding of lambs or calves with a bottle and sheep herding. Demonstration of shearing and test of reins. Visit to the orchard. Lunch/Dinner: Roast Lamb with salads and dessert. A glass of wine or a non-alcoholic drink per person during meal. Bilingual English/Spanish guide during rural activities. Horseback riding of approximately 3 hours duration. 
  • Not included: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during the meal, outside the stipulated. Transfers. Tips. Bilingual guide for the ride

Patagonian barbecue: Lunch or dinner at the quincho

  • Schedules: Lunch at 12 pm. Dinner at 8 pm. 
  • Includes: Lunch/Dinner at the quincho: Roast Lamb with various salads and homemade dessert. A glass of wine or a non-alcoholic drink per person during the meal. Ask for alternative menu. 
  • Not included: Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during the meal, outside the stipulated. Transfers. Tips.

Horseback ride: 3 hours to explore the corners of Nibepo Aike in more depth, crossing the coast of the lake and ascending to the Cerro de los Cristales. 

  • Schedules: From 3 to 6 pm. Please check in 30 minutes in advance. 
  • Includes: Horseback riding with guide authorized by National Parks. 
  • Not included: Transfers. Bilingual guide.

​Deutschsprachige Zubuchertour Patagonien

“Patagonien hat tiefe Wurzeln in meinen Gedanken hinterlassen” – Charles Darwin 1809 – 1882


Nicht nur der Naturwissenschaftler Charles Darwin, wurde, seit dem er hier und dort in diesem weitem, teils sehr trockenem und menschen verlassene Land war, von den Besonderheiten und natürlichen Schönheiten beeindruckt. Es sind viele die, seit der Entstehung der Arten, offen, naturgebunden aber auch unbewusst seiner Theorie, im südlichsten Zipfel Amerikas gereist sind. Dank der wunderschönen hier erlebten Momente und Eindrücke sind deren Gedanken von Patagonien immer noch stark geprägt.

Color Patagonia

Unendliche Steppen Pampas, magische Buchenwälder, eigenartige Tiere, immer unterschiedlich blau- aber auch grün und Türkis gefärbte Seen zu Füßen von Granit- Kolossen sind nur ein Teil der Mystik, die Patagonien erweckt! Nicht nur die Natur ist einladend! Der Argentinier und der Chilene ist gastfreundlich und dies wird spätestens während eines asados, Grill- abendessen klargestellt. In diesem weitläufigen Land voller umzingelnden Horizonten wird das Gefühl der Lebendigkeit erwachen. Buenos Aires und, fern von den Geräuschen der Großstadt, Fitz Roy, Cerro Torre, Gletscher Moreno und Torres del Paine sind die großen Höhepunkte dieser Deutschsprachigen Zubuchertour.

Viele Reisende haben gehört … , dass der Herr im Himmel sich die Farben in den vielen Seen am Fusse der Anden holt, um die wunderschönen Himmel Patagoniens zu malen … Wer weiss, sicher ist, dass Patagonien mehr als eine Reise Wert ist. Unsere Empfehlung ist “Lass‘ nichts außer Fußabdrücken zurück und außer Deinen Eindrücken und besten Fotos, nehme nichts mit.”


Rahmeninformation

  • Dauer: 14 Tage, in 2 Versionen (HIN: Buenos Aires – Patagonien und RETOUR: Patagonien – Buenos Aires)
  • Höhepunkte: Buenos Aires zu Fuss, El Calafate (Gletscher Moreno), Wandern in Chaltén (Fitz Roy und Cerro Torre) und im National Park Torres del Paine (Gebiete Las Torres & Grey See)
  • Charakter der Reise: Zubuchertour, aktiv und attraktiv mit durchgängiger deutschsprachiger Reiseleitung.
  • Unterkünfte: 9 x in einfache, saubere, nett bediente, gutgelegene Hotels und 4 x in Berghütte in gemischten 4-6 Bettzimmer mit geteilter Dusche und WC.
  • Wanderungen: 2 x Chaltén, 2 x Torres del Paine; Spazieren in Buenos Aires und am Gletscher Moreno.
  • Mahlzeiten: 14 x Frühstück, 1 x Grill- Abendessen.
  • Preise: der vorgeschlagene Verkaufs- Preis, ist gültig bei 4 bis 12 Gäste und enthält die Provision für unsere Partner. Sonderpreis für AGENTEN ist netto für Patagonien- Fans der Tourismusbranche, Agenten & Mitarbeiter. Der Termin ist auch für Gäste buchbar.

WICHTIG: Gerne schicken wir den Preisvorschlag und Tagesverlauf mit inbegriffenen Leistungen wenn Sie sich bei mir melden: Felipe Remmer [email protected]comIch antworte gerne Anregungen und Fragen.

DISCONNECTED HOLIDAYS IN PATAGONIA

A ranch in the middle of nowhere in Patagonia will make you reflect on your lifestyle and disconnect from the routine.


La Maipú is an iconic 45.000 hectare ranch in the Lake San Martin area, completely off-the-grid. The nearest airport is El Calafate, and then you need to drive for 4 hs through the mythic route 40 to get there.

Besides the breathtaking views, this ranch is famous for its history. The Lively brothers were the first owners and also the first settlers of the area. Mr. Joseph Lively arrived in 1902, thanks to Francisco ”Perito” Moreno who conceded them the land right before the territorial dispute between Argentina and Chile. The current owners of La Maipú kept Joseph’s cabin as a museum that takes you back in time to the old -and even wilder- Patagonia, where just natives and a few adventurous foreigners lived.

Long time friends Facu Yacuzzi and Facu Maroñas are behind the creation of La Maipú project. It was born due to the passion for nature, outdoors life and the love for food and wine. Then, along came Santi Donati and the three of them are involved in this partnership since. They focus on offering a young and relaxed service with world class quality standards and wish to make the most of the travel industry providing authentic experiences that leave a lesson. With conservation on their minds, they want to show their guests a more simple way of life towards a balanced future, believing that the energy of these special natural and wild spots can help us drive change.

That is why La Maipú doesn’t provide typical holidays (by the way, there’s only 3 hours a day of electricity and only 20 minutes of satellite wi-fi per day per person), but a whole experience including activities to learn while you relax and stay active.

The main house can accommodate up to 16 people on its three triple and three double cozy rooms, all with private bathroom and heating. The stay includes full board and a glass of wine.

Facu Maroñas takes care of the kitchen and its supplies, such as cattle and the organic garden. The in house chef creates his own signature dishes, always using the freshest local ingredients available to represent a mix of traditional Argentine and international food.

For those born trekking wanderers who love to get lost and explore untouched wilderness, there are more than eight trails of all sorts that will fit everyone. The ranch’s favorite is La Condorera, which takes approximately 8 hours both ways to reach the peak of this beautiful mountain where Andean Condors nest.

Besides hiking, at La Maipú there are more than 40 bird species to discover, watch and listen. You may also grab a mountain bike to explore the ranch’s grounds on your own and spend the day outdoors enjoying the amazing landscape.

Even lying down on earth at night to watch the countless stars, listening to the sound of the Patagonian silence will make you feel so small on this huge universe. We bring you this new experience to make you eager to learn how to contribute and change your life for the better good. Are you in?    


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • We suggest a minimum of 3 nights.
  • Rates are per pax per day.
  • Basic program includes:
    – Accommodation
    – Full board (breakfast, lunch, mid-afternoon snacks, dinner with up to 2 house wine glasses.
    – Satellite WiFi.
    – Activities: a guide will design the excursions that best suit your preferences and interests (horseback riding not included).

 

RAFTING ADVENTURE OVERLOOKING MT. FITZ ROY

A great rafting day is all you need to feel alive and full of energy. Experience El Chaltén and get up close to nature in the shadows of Mt. Fitz Roy while navigating hair-raising Class III rapids.


Live an adventure full of adrenaline and a different way to enjoy El Chaltén and its mountains view, rafting through the clear blue waters of the Río de las Vueltas.

This full day program starts picking you up from any hotel in El Calafate and arriving to El Chaltén village around 11 am. Here, you will have four hours free to walk around and get information about the different hikes and must-sees.

Then, we will meet again and go towards the operational base where expert guides will welcome and explain a bit about the rafting activity of the day. You will also be provided of all the required technical equipment: thermal and dry suits, helmet, life jacket and neoprene boots.

After making your way to the river’s shore, the guides will conduct a safety and technical briefing, and you will head out on some calm waters -ideal for practising your paddling techniques and learning how to manoeuvre running rapids. Be prepared to get wet and laugh a lot: the course is full of exhilarating twists and turns!

The first 4 km are on tranquil waters, ideal to familiarise yourself with the raft, the river and practice the necessary paddling techniques; but also to soak in the extraordinary views of Mt. Fitz Roy.

The next part is challenging as it becomes more turbulent and thrilling for an 8 km stretch of exciting Class III rapids that will be sure to test your new rafting skills.

The final stage is a gentle 2 km coast down the meandering river, perfect to catch your  breath and contemplate the breathtaking landscape once again.

After the adventure in the river, a lunch box is provided in the headquarters and the vehicle will be waiting for you to take you back to El Calafate, arriving around 8:30 pm.

Book this experience and take back home a unique perspective of this spectacular National Park and a memorable thrilling rafting adventure.

It is also possible to book this tour starting/ending in El Chaltén, with 2 daily departures (except Thursdays). This option does not include transfers and box lunch.


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Difficulty: intermediate-moderate. No previous rafting experience required.
  • Fitness level: medium.
  • Duration: full day or half day starting in El Chaltén.
  • Duration of rafting tour: 2 hs.
  • Season: from November to March.
  • Operates every day except Thursdays.
  • Min. 3 pax required.
  • Max. capacity per raft: 8 pax.
  • Minimum age required: 18 years old. Minors must be accompanied by their parents or legal tutor.
  • Equipment included: waterproof dry suit, boots, life jackets, helmets.
  • Full day excursion includes transfer from and to El Calafate + 2 hs rafting + Lunch box (meat or vegetarian sandwich + fruit + beverage).