The Spirit of Glaciers
A LEGENDARY EXPEDITION TO DISCOVER THE MAGIC OF THE SOUTHERN PATAGONIAN GLACIERS.
The Patagonian ice field is, after Antarctica, the largest concentration of ice on the planet. Its glaciers descend from 1,500 to 200 metres above sea level enabling unique access and viewing of the glaciers.
Los Glaciares National Park offers a magnificent combination of forest, lakes, mountains, ice fields and steppes with over 200 glaciers. The most renowned being Spegazzini rising 135 meters above sea level, Upsala covering an entire valley with an approximate extension of 765 Km2 and 53 Km in length, and the Perito Moreno Glacier, constantly advancing and causing the spectacular rupture of the wall of ice, providing one of Nature’s most impressive sights.
The Spirit of the Glaciers is an expedition that explores nature in depth to unfold the true essence of this Patagonian region. Sailing on board the elegant and exclusive M/V Santa Cruz, specially designed for this journey, It offers a perfect combination of high-end comfort and gourmet cuisine creating a truly memorable experience.
1 night program
9:00 AM: Boarding the Santa Cruz cruiser at Puerto Privado La Soledad, Bahía Tranquila.
We will sail towards Perito Moreno Glacier, through Canal de los Témpanos (Iceberg Channel) Disembark and walk along footpaths. Embark and enjoy lunch facing the Glacier. We will navigate to Bahia Alemana/Puesto de Las Vacas. Disembark for a hike to the old settlers port. On board, dinner and overnight.
After breakfast disembark for a hike in Puesto de Las Vacas. Back on board we will start to navigate towards Canal Spegazzini, where we will have lunch facing the Spegazzini Glacier, we will then head towards the Upsala Glacier where we will also view icebergs. Expedition ends at Puerto Privado La Soledad, Bahía Tranquila, Paraje Punta Banderas. At 4:00 pm we will be landing and transferring back to El Calafate.
2 nights program
5:30 pm: Boarding at the company’s private dock “La Soledad” in Bahía Tranquila (Paraje Punta Bandera) 6:30 pm Set sail to Bahia Alemana | Dinner and overnight at Puesto de las Vacas.
Breakfast I Landing at Puesto de las Vacas for a walk | Sailing towards Spegazzini glacier | Lunch | Sailing towards Upsala glacier | Dinner and overnight at Bahía Toro – Seno Mayo.
Breakfast | Hike in the Andean-Patagonian forest with views of Mayo and Negro glaciers | Navigation through Canal de los Témpanos towards Perito Moreno glacier | Lunch | Landing and walking along the glacier’s northern footpaths in the National Park | Sailing back to Paraje Punta Banderas | Disembark at 4:00 PM
The M/V Santa Cruz combines comfort, design and state-of-the-art technology to offer a unique glacier cruising experience:
20 en-suite cabins with outside view distributed in two levels.
Ample deck space above the main lounge as well as the stern and bow deck.
Restaurant, library, lounge and bar.
Full board service including alcoholic beverages with meals.
Hot beverages and soft drinks while sailing
All activities with bilingual guides (Spanish-English)
Fully equipped kitchen
Length: 40.5 metres Beam: 10 metres
Pontoon Beam: 2.1 metres Draught: 1.2 metres
Hull and Superstructure built in Aluminium Engines: 2 x 1000 HP Caterpillar
Cruise speed: 19 knots
Maximum capacity: 40 passengers
THE SPIRIT OF THE GLACIERS