The Argentina and Chile tour operator specializing in authentic experiences for independent travelers, Say Hueque, likes to follow the trail less taken. They are among only a handful of local operators offering hikes to Viedma Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park in the Patagonia region of Argentina.
Because this is a relatively unknown destination when compared to Perito Moreno, Say Hueque (http://www.sayhueque.com/) wanted to offer various options to intrepid travelers seeking the unusual. They have created three excursions tailored by difficulty and duration. See: http://argentina-travel-blog.sayhueque.com/trekking-viedma-glacier/.
“You may have heard about Argentina’s famous Perito Moreno Glacier, but did you know that the Perito Moreno is not the biggest glacier in the country?” asks Say Hueque in its blog. “While the Perito Moreno may be the most popular among tourists, the largest glacier in Argentina is actually the Viedma glacier.”
The shortest and least difficult outing being offered is the six-hour Ice Trek Excursion, recommended for those in a generally good physical condition. Also offered is the Viedma Pro Excursion over nine hours and regarded as a popular option for beginners. The longest of the three is the Full Day Excursion over 12 hours and recommended for people who are physically fit and agile. For more information on the glacier please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viedma_Glacier.
Just outside the town of El Chalten, known throughout the country as the trekking capital of Argentina, Viedma Glacier is largely unknown in comparison to Perito Moreno. (Perito Moreno Glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park in southwest Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia) Despite being the largest (380 square miles) glacier in the country, Viedma remained relatively hidden until recent years when the town of El Chalten was established. With the creation of El Chalten came wider access to Viedma, although the more established town of El Calafate, with its close proximity to Perito Moreno, still remains much more popular among visitors to Patagonia. For this reason, those interested in glacier trekking have a unique opportunity to do so on Viedma, experiencing many fewer people and a more intimate experience.
For a list of all the Patagonian trekking excursions that can be folded into multiple-day itineraries see: http://sayhueque.com/argentina_tours/patagonia.php.
As Say Hueque owner Rafael Mayer explains, “We are a group of Argentine travel professionals who are passionate about our country. We have hiked in Patagonia, felt the mist of Iguassu Falls on our smiling faces, walked along glaciers and cruised the deep blue lakes of South America. We have visited hundreds of hotels, sampled hundreds of restaurants and discovered the best wineries around, so we know exactly where to get a delicious steak, a sublime Malbec and a comfy bed along the way.”
Established in 1999, the company creates customized tours for independent travelers throughout Argentina’s and Chile´s national parks and cities. Popular destinations and experiences include Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, Perito Moreno Glacier, hiking in Patagonia, wine tasting in Mendoza, horseback riding at traditional estancias and glacier cruises.
Say Hueque adopted its name from the last tribal chief that surrendered to the Europeans in their conquest of the American lands, in 1885. The Great Cacique Say Hueque was the leader of a powerful tribe that occupied the region of central Patagonia. Their cultural influence is still very strong at some locations close to the Andes Range.
Founded in 1999, Say Hueque specializes in customized travel itineraries to the farthest corners of Argentina and Chile. Careful focus is placed on creating unique travel experiences that embrace local cultures and celebrate the natural wonders nature.
Based in Buenos Aires the Say Hueque staff is comprised of young, enthusiastic English-speaking professionals who share the passion of traveling as much their clients. With intimate experience and strong local connections they provide 24/7 assistance and support when traveling.
Popular destinations include Patagonia, Iguacu Falls, Buenos Aires, Mendoza, Atacama Desert, Uyuni Salt Flats and the Salta region as well as many other lesser known but equally captivating marvels. Say Hueque has been recommended by the world’s most popular travel guides such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s, Footprints, and Time Out year after year. The company has partnerships with and membership in Sustainable Travel International (STI), Responsible Travel, the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), ASTA and LATA.