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Explore the glaciers around El Calafate in comfort whilst staying on the Santa Cruz.

Usually found exploring the nooks and crannies of Lago Argentino, the mid-size Santa Cruz motor cruiser is a superb alternative to staying at a hotel or estancia in El Calafate. Cabins are compact but not at the expense of quality and comfort and each has lower berths. 16 deluxe cabins have a queen bed convertible to twins, while the 4 Premium cabins are more spacious and positioned towards the front of the vessel.  The Grand Suite, with a private balcony, is for those who really want to push the boat out. Fine Patagonian cuisine is served at the Salon Turquesa dining room, and the top-deck Calafate lounge has comfy chairs and panoramic windows: a perfect vantage point for incredible sunsets on the lake.

  • Built Buenos Aires in 2010
  • 40m long with 3 decks
  • 21 en suite cabins for up to 42 guests
  • Lounge and dining room
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What our clients say

  • Most Memorable Moment?: Impossible to say, as each element was so different from the rest. La Bamba certainly will leave an enduring memory. Just the way to chill out after a fairly busy itinerary.

    AD, London
  • We have had a great holiday in Argentina, partly organised by JLA and would certainly recommend JLA to anyone that wants to have such a trip,  as they provided very good knowledge of the areas we visited and good organisation.

    LS, Zurich
  • Most memorable experience: "First - the Andean crossing from Puerta Varas to Bariloche. Perfect weather, scenery and organisation. Second - Patagonia Camp and the mini-treks we did around the Park. Beautiful Third - Salta and the Cachi/Cafayate trip. Interesting, historic and magnificent."

    RW, Cobham
  • Most Memorable Moment: Perito Moreno glacier.

    SU, London
  • Highlights: “So many highlights - relaxing and wine tasting on the Estancia, trekking on the glacier, enjoying the polo and good in Buenos Aires and the experience and animal spotting in Iguazú.  Such a diverse range of activities and experiences in 1 country made for an amazing 2 week holiday”

    KB, Chelmsford
  • The weather was very kind to us and every glacier, view and the falls were stunningly beautiful. I loved being in the hotel at Bariloche sitting on the terrace overlooking the lake. I even thoroughly enjoyed travelling through the Enchanted Valley from Nequen to Bariloche because the airport had been closed. It is impossible for us to put one memorable moment as every part of Argentina that we went to was beautiful.

    LL, Bexley
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Our expert's view

Mary Anne Nelson
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

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Meet our team

Real Latin american experts

  • Hannah Donaldson
    Hannah Donaldson - Travel Expert

    Having spent part of her childhood in Colombia and worked in Brazil and Costa Rica, Hannah's ties to Latin America run deep. Hannah is a much valued Travel Expert in our Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tours sales team.

  • Mary Anne Nelson
    Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

    Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

  • Millie Davies Mono
    Millie Davies - Travel Expert

    Having caught the travel bug as a child, Millie has travelled all over Latin America before making her home in Buenos Aires for 3 years.

  • CarrieGallagher2
    Carrie Gallagher - Travel Expert

    A former JLA tour leader, Carrie brings a wealth of on-the-ground experience to our London-based Tailor-made and Group Tours department.

  • Sally Dodge
    Sally Dodge - Travel Expert

    A former Journey Latin America tour leader, Sally spent 7 years working, travelling and living throughout Latin America before returning to the UK to help people arrange their own adventures to this wonderful destination.

  • Ben Line
    Ben Line - Travel Expert

    Ben fell in love with Latin America on a six month backpacking trip from Colombia to Mexico in 1995. Since then he has explored most of South America, including living in Peru for a year. He is now Head of Sales.

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