FROM EL CALAFATE AND
PERITO MORENO GLACIER AREA - PATAGONIA ARGENTINA
TOURS ON THE CALAFATE AREA
Short tours on the town outskirts:To Laguna Nimes, located 1.000 metres
from the town center, where 50 different bird species can be watched.A
panoramic view of El Calafate, Lago Argentino and Isla Solitaria (Lonely
Island) from the town highest point. It taes 1 hour.
CALAFATE AND PERITO MORENO GLACIER: ESTANCIA ALICE (EL GALPON)
Touristic state located 21 km from El Calafate on route 11. An ideal place
for different activities, such as Ecotourism and Agrotourism, offers lodging
as well as varied tours: horseback ride to P. Moreno Glacier (takes several
days) or to Río Mitre (half a day); bird watching in Laguna Los
Pájaros; historical explanations at Picadero Indio; trekking in
the surroundings; watching sheep driving with helpie dogs and sheep shearing;
talks about Patagonian farming and animal husbandry.
ON THE PERITO MORENO GLACIER
One the most interesting activities carried out at the Glacier is the
tour that starts out at Bajo las Sombras Bay, 8 km before getting to the
Glacier.There you board a boat to cross the Rico Arm, and sail for approximately
20 minutes along the Glacier front. You debark on the opposite shore and
walk 30 minutes through the forest till you reach the Glacier. Special
spikes are adjusted to your footwear before starting the hour and a half
trek on the ice.This is a specially attractive hike because it puts you
in direct contact with the glacial ice, the glacier peaks and the interior
lagoons of a unique blue color and the spectacular view of the glacier
walls and the lake as well. Later on, you walk for about 30 minutes through
the lush Magellanic forest up to the shelter where you have an hour´s
time for lunch. At 4.00 pm you sail back to Bajo de las Sombras BayNOTICE:This
tour should be booked in advanced at the tourist agencies , and it is
advisable not to take it on the same day you visit the Glacier front from
the walkpaths. More
about Minitrekking over Moreno Glacier...
NORTH ARM EXCURSION This excursion
parts from Punta Bandera Port, 50 km from El Calafate, and sails along
the north arm of Argentino Lake. The ship travels among enormous sized
icebergs of diverse shapes.
Upsala and Spegazzini, the largest and the tallest glaciers in the National
Park respectively, can be seen from the craft.
Usually, passengers debark at Onelli Bay, and after an 800 meters walk
through the forest, they arrive at Onelli Lake, a small body of water
populated by countless icebergs that have broken off the three glaciers
that converge there: Onelli, Botado and Agassiz.
There is a restaurant at Onnelli Bay and there is also a snack service
Excursion return to the port late in the afternoon.
Notice: According to demand, the sailing company offers alternative excursions
to these and other glaciers.
ESTANCIA CRISTINA Sailing is
among enormous icebergs and impressive views, on board a comfortable craft
that takes you to Cristina Estancia.
Once on land, that excursion continues on 4 x 4 vehicles up to the Upsala
viewpoint, where you can appreciate the magnificence of the largest glacier
within the National Park. For those visitors inclined to more activity,
there are programmed hikes that vary in duration and difficulty, to different
spots of this historical estancia and its surroundings. Lunch, tea and
onboard services are included.
THE SPIRIT OF THE GLACIERS: 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT
DEPARTURES: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
SEASON: July to May See more...
TREKKING EXCURSION The
boat parts from Punta Bandera Port. After sailing, passengers disembark
and trek up to the base of Mount Negro. Negro Glacier and both Mayo Glacier
and Mount Mayo can be viewed from this site. Once on board, the next stop
is Perito Moreno Glacier where passengers can get off and walk the footpaths
opposite the glacier front, to finally return to Punta Bandera
EL CALAFATE: LAGO ROCA AREA Starting out from El Calafate,
along Route N° 15, in your own car, a rental car or an Agency tour
, you will enjoy the distinctive Patagonian steppe landscape at full (shrubs
such as mata negra and calafate) and view important estancias (E. Anita,
E. Alta vista, E. Chorrillo Malo, E. Lago Roca, E. Nibepo Aike) on your
Once within Los Glaciares National Park, you will travel through a transition
Patagonian forest, with its characteristic ñire trees.
In this area, there are some very peaceful sites, protected from the wind,
perfect for hiking in the surrounding hills or visiting the rupestrian
Roca Lake, is also an ideal spot for fishing, where you can catch some
good Canadian trout, rainbow trout or perch specimens. The fishing season
is from November to April.
FROM EL CALAFATE:
HIKING TO NIMEZ LAGOON
This fauna reserve only 1 km from El Calafate, harbors a great variety
of fowls: flamingos, silvery grebes, black necked swans, ducks, etc.This
is an ideal spot to enjoy sunrise or a nostalgic Patagonian sunset.
PERITO MORENO GLACIER AREA
Short horseback ride to Bahía Redonda.Tour in the area of Bahía
Redonda, where Patagonian Birds (flamingoes, black-necked swans, gulls,
heron) can be watched.Panoramic view of El Calafate and Lago Argentino
from the surrounding hills.Times: 11.00 AM and 6.32 PM
TO WALICHU OR GUALICHO CAVES
ride to Cuevas del Gualicho (takes approximately 6 hjours)-About 2 hours
ride along Lago Argentino to the Cuevas del Gualicho, where you can observe
rock paintings and interesting geologic formations. Pic-nic by the lake.
On the return ride, a good panoramic view of El Calafate and Laguna Nimes.Time:
TO THE PERITO MORENO GLACIER
An hour navigation on the Rico Branch of Lago Argentino along the Perito
Moreno Glacier southern wall, starting at Bajo de las Sombras, 7 km from
the glaciers balconies.Tours every day.
BONITA POINT CAVES
Only 8 km from El Calafate, Walichu and Bonita Point Caves are a realretrospection
to the past. They became important archaeological sites since the first
rupestrian paintings of the province were discovered here. Currently,
these paintings have been recreated so they can be more thoroughly appreciated.Apart
from their archaeologigical value, the caves on the shore of Argentino
Lake are surrounded by a surprisingly beautiful landscape and have a climate
not easily found elsewhere
ON 4x4 VEHICLE
On board 4 X 4 vehicles you will travel through the Patagonian steppe
and forest reaching impressive viewpoints. These are exclusive sites,
never accessed by any other kind of motor vehicle. You can choose among
various options of routes and journey durations, near El Calafate and
the National Park.
Mini-Expeditions: you will be able
to see the " fantastic patagonic steppe" , enjoying beautiful
landscapes, places completely exclusives and virgins which has never been
touched by any human being.
We guaranty a total security in all the trip's. We have created all the
routes you are going to see, selecting the best places, so you can enjoy
We have hardly worked during the last 6 years, to offer you security,
preparing our pilots with professionals in England and obtaining the best
equipment to be able to raffle any kind of obstacle.
The journey serves up a combination of challenging off-road driving and
unparalleled natural beauty.
EXCURSION: INDIA DORMIDA ROAD
We leave from El Calafate to Huilyche Farm, where we start climbing up
to "El Calafates Balcony", during a few minutes there,
you will be able to see the El Calafate Town.
Following the tour we will go through places completely virgins enjoying
beautiful landscapes and we will see the Lago Argentino from different
terraces; passing by the "Stoness Labyrinth" we will be
arriving to the highest terrace (more than 1200 mts. Hight), where we
will see the "Perito Moreno Glacier" , The Pietrobeli Hill,
The Paine Towers, The Baguales Cordon and The Fitz Roy and Torre hills
Afterwards we are going to descend by the Arroyo Porterzuelo little canyon
up to the Centinela River, which we are going to cross twice before starting
the return to El Calafate town.
4X4 EXCURSION: BALCONIES OF EL CALAFATE
Complete tour 15 km. Departing from El Calafate we start climbing the
east side of the Huilyche mountain, up to 850 mts above sea-level, we
will arrive to "Calafates Balcony ", where we will stop
for a few minutes and you will be able to see El Calafate Town.
After a small descend we will arrive to "Condorss Terrace".
Another stop will be done to enjoy the Condors flight. Afterwards we are
going to descend along the Huilyche's north side, so as to return to El
4X4 EXCURSION: VUELTA
DE LA COLONIA
50 Km from El Calafate there is one of the best places of our regions.
Next to Lago Rico we will get into a spectacular Lengas and Ñires
wood. We will have lunch looking at the Moreno Glacier. You will be able
to see the Cervantes Hill magnificent view and if it is possible we will
ford the narrow passage of Lago Roca and the south arm of Lago Argentino,
arriving to route 15 and return to El Calafate
The Regional Museum of El Calafate displays archaeological material such
as boleadoras, engraved rocks, arrow heads; paleontological samples; geological
material, flora and fauna of the region as well as old photographs of
the first settlers.
EL CALAFATE: CITY TOUR
The City Tour of El Calafate covers the delightful sites of both town
and outskirts, on board a comfortable vehicle. During the ride, you will
learn about the history of the first settlers, the flora, the fauna and
other interesting facts of the small tourist village.
EL CALAFATE: NIGHT LIFE
After a whole day in contact with nature, E lCcalafate offers visitors
different gastronomic alternatives: from steak houses to pizza parlors
and even restaurants specialized in regional foods.Later on in the evening:
the Casino, discothéques, musical shows,snack bars and pubs.
DAY 1 - Arrival to El Calafate Airport and
transfer to hotel. 03 nts of accommodation with breakfast
- Excursion to the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier
- Boat Excursion to Los Glaciares National Park to enjoy three amazing
glaciers: Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini
- Transfer to airport
This is a basic program to visit El Calafate Area. Please visit our tour
list to see more tours combining this area and others place in Argentina