EXCURSIONS 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.

PERITO MORENO GLACIER
at the Glacier, the visitor is overwhelmed by the impressive spectacle and can appreciate the many unforgettable vistas of the glacier from the walkpaths.
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BETWEEN EL 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.

MINITREKKING 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.
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ARGENTINO LAKE 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 on board.
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.

PROGRAM THE SPIRIT OF THE GLACIERS: 2 DAYS / 1 NIGHT
DEPARTURES: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
SEASON: July to May
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MAYO-MORENO 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

FROM 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 way.
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 paintings.
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.

HORSEBACK IN 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

LONG HORSEBACK 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: 11.00 AM

SAILING CLOSE 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.

WALICHU AND 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

EXCURSIONS 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 the experience.
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.

4x4 EXCURSION: INDIA DORMIDA ROAD
We leave from El Calafate to Huilyche Farm, where we start climbing up to "El Calafate’s 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 "Stones’s 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 among others.
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 "Calafate’s 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 "Condors’s 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 Calafate town.

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

EL CALAFATE: MUSEUM
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

DAY 2 - Excursion to the incredible Perito Moreno Glacier

DAY 3 - Boat Excursion to Los Glaciares National Park to enjoy three amazing glaciers: Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini

DAY 4 - 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 and Chile

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