EL CALAFATE
WITH

EOLO PATAGONIA SPIRIT
RELAIS & CHATEAUX

Patagonia, as EOLO, offers outdoor options that are in line with each guest’s interests, physical condition and available time. Our options even take into account the climate oscillations of our always temperamental Patagonia.

 

To help visitors make the choice that is right for them, we divide the itineraries per area. Our recommendation is for visitors to choose one activity per area, per day. Keep in mind that the activities that take place outside our property do have an additional cost.

4D/3N from USD $2.670

PER room per night in superior room

Our rates include:

  • Private guides for outdoor activities within the Estancia: trekking, bird watching, wildlife appreciation, mountain-biking.
  • Full board accommodation: breakfast buffet, lunch or box lunch à la carte, tea and dinner (soft drinks included).
  • Transfers in-out from the airport or from El Calafate.
  • Internet (PC and WiFi service).
  • Amenities: jacuzzi, dry sauna, steam sauna, TV room, library, etc.

THE HOTEL

EOLO’s design is one that dialogues with its surroundings. All of its spaces have outside views and the structure’s dynamics centers around a vital element: the central garden.

 

This surface facilitates circulation within the installations and allows enjoyment of the outside while finding protection from the Patagonian winds. From there, guests will be able to inhale the freshness of Patagonia and relish in the simplicity of this space which changes daily based on our conviction that strength always lies in the details.

Superior Room

Lake, steppe and/or cordillera views. Twelve rooms, each with its unique decoration, of which 2 allow an extra bed and triple occupancy. The average surface of each room is 400 square feet.

Premium Room

In addition to the outside window – also present in the Superior category – these rooms have a second window with a view to the hotel’s garden. There are three of these, each decorated differently. All have the option of an extra bed. Average surface is 500 square feet.

Corner Room

These rooms have a double window in the corner which allows the immensity of the scenery to subtly become part of the room. It is the highest category and there are only two of these rooms in the hotel. Average surface is 515 square feet.

Activities

At EOLO, we can help you design the program that best suits your preferences, physical
condition and duration of the stay, thus achieving an optimal itinerary to discover
southern Patagonia and all its attractions.

Activities at EOLO

The land where the hotel stands extends to 10.000 acres, 30 minutes away from El Calafate,

on the way to Perito Moreno glacier. It is a unique property that expands from a lagoon,

to forests on the Cerro Frías’s slopes. Being that these activities take place in a unique

setting and are exclusive to our guests, we recommend adapting your itinerary to take

some of these tours.

All these activities take place at EOLO without any additional transfer.

Trekking

On the surroundings of EOLO, one can take either gentle walks or intense hiking treks.

The most frequent outings are:

a) climb up the Cerro Frías viewpoints, or

b) walk to the Flamingos lagoon.

You can perform these treks on your own

or with a guide from EOLO.

 

FLAMINGOS LAGOON:

APPROXIMATE DURATION

1/2 hours

DIFFICULTY

Low

 

CERRO FRIAS VIEW POINT:

APPROXIMATE DURATION

3/4 hours

DIFFICULTY

Intermediate

 

 

Mountain Biking

Cycle rides through unique paths and trails of La Anita Valley, surrounded by the typical landscape of the area: the steppe with the mountains in the background.

 

DURATION

Variable according to the

selected route

DIFFICULTY

Low / Medium

 

Birdwatching

It’s a hike to venture out and discover flora, fauna and birds that are typical to this

region. You can observe a wide variety of native birds to the area, among which the

condor stands out with its majestic flight.

 

DURATION

1/2 hours

DIFFICULTY

Low

Horseback riding

It is an unforgettable experience to get acquainted with the Patagonian Gaucho

lifestyle, enjoying panoramic views in a unique and exclusive surrounding. The activity begins at EOLO with two main options. A climb up the slopes of Cerro Frías, or a ride to the Flamingos’ lagoon.

 

APPROXIMATE DURATION

2 hours

DIFFICULTY

Intermediate

(no experience required)

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In groups or in private with

an EOLO guide

 

4x4

It is a 4×4 tour to admire the stunning views and scenery surrounding EOLO without any physical effort. The trail begins by the foothills of Cerro Frías, with intermediate stops at viewpoints before reaching the top.

 

DURATION

2 hours

DIFFICULTY

Low

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Operated by third parties

In groups or in private

Zip - Line

It is a recreational activity that takes place descending amidst forests and the slopes of Cerro Frieas. The zip line has unique characteristics because of its length: there are five sections of approximately 1,500 feet each, making it an unparalleled activity in the area.

 

DURATION

2 hours

DIFFICULTY

Intermediate

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Operated by third parties,

in groups or in private

 

Activities at Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park is a few miles west from EOLO, and is the largest national
park in Argentina, comprising an area of approximately 1,500,000 acres.
Due to its stunning natural beauty, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
in 1981.
It is a unique wonder in the world, forming the most extensive ice cap in the world
outside the polar regions.
There are a total of 250 major glaciers in the park; Perito Moreno, Upsala, Viedma and
Spegazzini glaciers standout as the main tourist attractions.
There are a lot of activities that take place in the park, allowing visitors to be in contact
with nature, ensuring the protection and conservation of the scenic beauty.

Perito Moreno Glacier visit

The visit to the Perito Moreno glacier is an almost compulsory activity. There is a natural viewpoint facing the glacier, which can easily be accessed in any vehicle.

There are 2 miles of catwalks available to the visitor, which allow viewers to appreciate the glacier from different angles and heights. The glacier’s colors, calving and magnificence impress every one of its visitors.

 

Optional: Navigation next to the south or north wall of the glacier

(duration 60 minutes).

 

TOTAL TIME

4 to 6 hours

DIFFICULTY

Low

 

Minitrekking

Short hike over the Glacier

This activity is a complement to the visit to the catwalks, which includes a short navigation close to the south wall of the glacier and one and a half hours trek using crampons over the glacier’s surface. The tour is a unique experience where guides will lead visitors through safe trails to appreciate all the features that this type of

glacier has to offer.

 

DURATION

Full day (9 hours)

DIFFICULTY

Medium

AGE RANGE

Determined by the operator:

10 to 65 years old

 

Big Ice

Long hike over the Glacier

This option is also a complement to the visit to the glacier. The starting point is the same as the one for the Minitrekking, with the difference that in this case visitors will be able to access nearly the center of the glacier. The trek includes

approximately two hours walk through different paths and the glacier’s moraine, spending approximately four hours on the glacier’s surface. It is a trip for adventurous people in search of a more intense and exclusive experience.

 

DURATION

Full day (11 hours)

DIFFICULTY

Medium / High

AGE RANGE

Determined by the operator:

18 to 50 years old

 

Kayak Experience, Perito Moreno glacier

This option is also a complement to the visit to the Glacier. It is an activity designed for

enthusiasts of nature, adventure and outdoor activities. The activity starts on a beach near

the Glacier from where visitors will kayak for approximately 2 hours in front of the Perito

Moreno glacier.

 

DURATION

Full day (7 hours)

DIFFICULTY

Medium / High

AGE RANGE

Determined by the operator:

older than 14 years old

 

Glaciar Sur Pioneros

This activity combines the natural landscapes and the history of the area. Departing from

El Calafate, in direction to the southern section of the National Park, visitors will arrive at Nibepo Aike, a pioneer Estancia in El Calafate. A demonstration of shearing and gaucho tasks will be performed, and after, a traditional Patagonian lamb is served for lunch.

After that, the excursion includes a navigation through the Rico branch of Argentino Lake, to then disembark at Playa de las Monedas, and make a gentle walk to a unique viewpoint of the Perito Moreno glacier.

Further on, the boat navigates towards the south wall of the Glacier, and later disembark

again and walk the catwalks.

 

DURATION

Full day (10 hours)

DIFFICULTY

Medium

 

Glaciar Sur Aventura

This excursion also starts in the city of El Calafate.

 

The activity includes a navigation through the southern branch of Argentino Lake and a trek to Frieas lake. From there, visitors cross the lake in zodiacs, and disembark at the opposite end to start a second trek through an old glacial valley.

The trails through mountains and forests of centennial beech trees, permits visitors to get unique sightings of glaciers Frías, Dickson, Cubo and Grande.

 

DURATION

Full day (10 hours)

DIFFICULTY

High

AGE RANGE

Determined by the operator:

12 to 65 years old

 

Ríos de Hielo

This activity starts from Punta Bandera port. The navigation through the northern branches of the Argentino Lake brings visitors close to the different glaciers that are in the National Park. Upsala and Spegazzini glaciers are reached from the boat. The Captain Club option (VIP lounge) includes food and drink during the navigation.

 

DURATION

Full day (6 hours)

DIFFICULTY

Low

 

Estancia Cristina

This option starts from Punta Bandera port. The boat navigates through the northern branch of Argentino Lake, close to an area boasting magnificent icebergs that have loosened from the front of Upsala Glacier.

After two and a half hours the boat reaches the historical Estancia Cristina, where we suggest one of the following activities:

 

Discovery Tour 4×4:

A track of almost one hour on 4×4 vehicles, will drive visitors to the Upsala lookout,; an impressive panoramic viewpoint to the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. On the way back, a visit the estancia´s museum (former shearing shed) helps better understand the life of the

first settlers in Patagonia.

 

Fossils Canyon Hiking:

This activity starts once reached the Upsala lookout in 4×4 vehicles.

The tour takes place in a landscape that in the past was covered by glaciers and has great

geological interest.

The descent is through the Fossils Canyon, a hike where sea fossils can be found, remains

of the last marine incursion, which was uncovered by glacial action. This valley has unique characteristics in the National Park.

 

DURATION

Full day (12 hours)

DISCOVERY TOUR 4X4:

DIFFICULTY

Low – Medium

FOSSILS CANYON HIKING:

DIFFICULTY

Medium / High

María Turquesa Cruise - Marpatag

This activity starts from La Soledad port. It is a navigation on Argentino Lake in an area of icebergs, spotting Upsala, Spegazzini and Perito Moreno glaciers.

Includes gourmet lunch on board with stunning views, and visitors can disembark at Puesto de las Vacas for a short walk through the Patagonian forest.

 

DURATION

Full day (10 hours)

DIFFICULTY

Low

 

May Spirit Trek Navigation

Departing from Lago Argentino port, the boat navigates through the Icebergs’ Channel to finally reach the Mayo Sound. The activity includes two landings one at Bahía Toro and another at Seno Mayo, to appreciate the Andean-Patagonian

forest and walk towards the viewpoints of the hanging glaciers of Cerro Mayo and Cerro Negro. The excursion continues to the Perito Moreno glacier to navigate in front of the northern wall and disembark again to walk the catwalks in front of the Glacier.

 

DURATION

Full day (8 hours)

DIFFICULTY

Medium

 

Other Activities in the Area

The vast expanse of the entire area allows a different number of activities both inside and
outside the National Park. While they are not as popular, they are still magnificent options.
These include outdoor activities aimed at more adventurous people, knowledge and
research, sports, etc.
Below we list the most significant ones.

Full day El Chalten

National Trekking Capital.

Cover 150 miles (approximately two and a half hours) from EOLO to El Chaltén, enjoying the typical scenery of the Patagonian steppe. This is the youngest town in Argentina, located at the foot of Fitz Roy Mount and Cerro Torre. It is also

an essential destination for nature lovers and outdoor activities. You can access viewpoints and trails of different lengths and intensities, discovering lagoons and glaciers, through ancient forests.

 

DURATION

Full Day (12 hours)

DIFFICULTY

Low / Medium / High

 

 

 

Fly fishing

Fishing activities can take place in the Argentino Lake, Roca Lake, or Rico Lake , and/or the Santa Cruz River and Pelque River according to the season, with the assistance of experienced guides. The species that can be found are mainly Rainbow trout, Lake trout, Brown trout, Fontinalis, Perch and Chinook salmon.

Includes equipment.

 

DURATION

Half day or full day

DIFFICULTY

Low

Glaciarium

This is an interpretation centre that offers visitors an interactive vision, where the Patagonian Ice Field and the glaciers in the region are the main protagonists.

Promotes visual experiences, creates a space for research, generates entertain-ment with scientific rigor, reports the latest research on glaciers and their environment, and encourages environmental awareness.

 

APPROXIMATE DURATION

3 hours

 

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