El Calafate

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  • Activity Level Leisurely

This park has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.  The famous Perito Moreno Glacier is located in the extreme southwest of Lago Argentino 80 kilometers from El Calafate. It has become one of the greater natural spectacles of South America.  From time to time walls of ice fall from the 60 meter tall face into the waters of Brazo Rico or to the Canal de los Témpanos, navigating the channel to the principal body of the lake.  This cycle will take 4 to 6 years ending with the lake divided in two.  The Brazo Rico remains retained and elevates approximately 35 meters above its current level.  The water slowly makes a tunnel in the glacier until the pressure makes it collapse.  This spectacle is indescribable. The waters precipitate in gigantic waves only to start the process all over again. Bring or purchase a box lunch or drink. Navigation and trekking tours are available year round to purchase on site. State of paths: completely gravel.

We leave through route number 11, bordering Lake Argentino. From El Calafate to the Moreno Glacier there is a distance of 80km, through tarmac road. From the beginning, the journey offers very pleasant surprises. Leaving El Calafate, we can see at the right the Lake Argentino with its Redonda Bay. In it we can appreciate an important variety of bird fauna, from which the black neck swan, the flamingo, the vapor duck, the coot and the cauquen stand out. The eye-catching yellow color of the countryside is due to its “coiron” pasture, and among them the white and short “coiron” stands out. During the first 40km we travel through the Patagonian Steppe , then enter the National Park to observe the tree area vegetation that is mostly made of the “notofagus” family (ñires, guindos and lengas), seldom cinnamon trees, and flowers of different colors, among which the “notro” stands out because of its intense red color that corresponds to the Patagonian Andean Forest. We arrive at the “curva de los suspiros” (sigh curve), named this way because it is the first panoramic viewpoint of the Perito Moreno Glacier. There is a short stop to take pictures and we move forward to Bajo las Sombras Port.
Back to the Port, we go to the footbridges where we have a service area for visitors and a system of balconies and footbridges that allow you to enjoy walks along different paths and to have really amazing views of the Glacier. After some free time for walking and lunch (which is optional), we begin our way back to El Calafate.

DIFFRENCES FROM THE CLASSIC TOUR: The pick up schedule allows a more relaxed visit, with fewer people on the Catwalks. Includes a bottle of water that the guide will give you when you board the Van. You can also enjoy a walk to the Lake Coast, where you can enjoy a coffee. When you go to the Port Under the Shadows, you can enjoy the Nautical Safari. Then they will go to the Mirador Los Notros, make a beautiful toast with liquor from Calafate (the fruit) and, from there, return to Calafate.

Recommendations: wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes (windbreaker, jacket and windbreaker and / or raincoat). Sunglasses, sunscreen and gloves. Also sun hat or coat in case it gets very cold.

Duration: approx. 7 hours.

-Regular tour departs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from September to March.
-Private tour departure schedule is coordinated previously with the passenger depending on their availability.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Pick up and Drop Off at your hotel;
  • Lunch (optional);
  • Water bottle;
  • Coffee;
  • Safari Nautico;
  • English Speaking guide.
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Entrence fee to the National Park Los Glaciares;
  • Tips.