What should I do in El Calafate


Perito Moreno traditional gateways

It is an ideal place to meet Perito Moreno glacier without physical demands and with ample time to tour the balconies calmly to the rhythm of each person tour.
There are several companies that travel the distance of 80 km. to reach the area of the catwalks that are facing the Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park.
Our trip to Glacier part around 9 am from your hotel in El Calafate and allow you to spend the time you want to this amazing place, with several stops at vantage points within the National Park and a visit to the walkways, scenic spot culminating.
The distance of 80 km from El Calafate to the glacier is a succession of lakes, streams, forests and snowy mountains. At the end of the tour, we reached the west end of the Magallanes peninsula, where start walking along the catwalks having a total length of 3 km. They are at different levels and allow to contemplate the glacier from different perspectives and balconies. They have time to stay walking the catwalks and contemplate the Perito Moreno glacier from his forehead. According to their physical conditions, they can reach the lower and close to the glacier or remain in the first balconies easily accessible for anyone balconies.
Since the 2011 season enabled an elevator for easy access to people with reduced mobility to the first balcony which has a spectacular view.
Those who wish to surf the south wall of the glacier may do so in a complementary tour included not called Safari Yacht approximately one hour.
After the visit, we return to El Calafate on the same path taken on the outward and up at the hotel at 17:00 approximately.

Rivers of Ice

Full day navigation similar to All Glaciers tour but covers only the northern arm of Lake Argentino. The tour goes through the Spegazzini and Upsala glaciers, entering the bays formed and also includes navigation cord floes located about 20 km from Upsala.
In the case of hiring the ride with transfer from your hotel, they pass them to search around 7:30 Am and undertake the journey of 40 km to Punta Bandera where the boat leaves at 9 o’clock. In the case of having your own vehicle, you must present at the port of Punta Bandera at 8:30 Am.
The first part of the route is given when crossing the Boca del Diablo, the narrowest part of the lake, then go to the Canal Upsala and Spegazzini Canal where you can see at the end of each channel the respective glaciers. The navigation runs between spectacular icebergs of huge size and varied forms. From the boats you can see, among others, the Upsala and Spegazzini, the largest and highest respectively among all glaciers in the National Park.
Keep in mind that boats have very good heating and only need to go on deck in case you want to take pictures.
For those passengers who wish to make the trip a more exclusive way, also it offered the Captain’s Club (VIP Club Captain). This room, with capacity for 18 people, includes Open Bar with cafeteria and drinks with and without alcohol, a menu of 4 steps (breakfast, snack, lunch and toast with captain) with a unique glacier panoramic view. In addition, they will have preferential location within the boat and a host and guide available throughout the tour.

Mini Trekking on Perito Moreno Glacier

It is the most complete tour to visit the Perito Moreno glacier as it includes the walk on the ice, short sailing along the south wall of the glacier and a tour of the runways (if the shuttle is included from the hotel).
If you stay with transfer, the tour begins when pick you up at your hotel in El Calafate and the 75km journey undertaken to near Perito Moreno glacier in Los Glaciares National Park. In the port Under Shadow, it is located 5 km before reaching the glacier, embark to cross the Rico Arm and descend on the southwestern coast after 20 minutes sailing. You reach a shelter in the woods, where the guides organize groups up to 20 people. Then the walk starts to reach the glacier where the guides put the crampons necessary to walk on the ice. The route on the glacier is about an hour and a half during which you can appreciate cracks, seracs, drains and small lagoons. The hike is moderate and walking through an area of ice irregular, but firm and safe.
The return to the port is done with an approach to the glacier wall where you can enjoy a glass of whiskey with ice Perito Moreno glacier. Later, he returned to Puerto Bajo las Sombras and is taken to visit the runways located in front of the glacier, where you can have a different perspective of the landscape from the famous Perito Moreno balconies. Finally, the way back to the city of El Calafate after visiting and walking on one of the most famous glaciers and unique in its kind in the world is undertaken.
No previous experience required and anyone who meets the age requirement, the requirements listed on the website and have a normal physical condition can make the trip.


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