Esplendor Del Calafate
Pte. Peron 1143, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, 542902, Argentina
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This is still early in the season!
Does anyone know this travel agency? -- Agencia de Viajes
Hi, we will be visiting El Calafate in December, for 3 nights 4 days. We received some quotes from this travel agency: Agencia de Viajes (website: WWW.PATAGONIA-ARGENTINA.COM), price and itinerary seem to be very good. Just wondering if anybody knows this agency, and how their service is? thanks.
Re: Does anyone know this travel agency? -- Agencia de Viajes
Well, I don't know that agency, but if it's really reliable and the prices are very good, you should try it, do a research at another websites.
I prefer to buy air tickets and book hotel separately, like one at http://www.submarinoviagens.com.br and http://www.hoteis.com/de14534/hoteis-em-buenos-aires-argentina/ - some websites from Brazil.
Let's try a comparison :D
Travel Tips for El Calafate
Sheep raising was Patagonia's main industry for many, many years. As well as Spanish(mainly Basque) and Welsh settlers who came to take up the vast tracts of land available to anyone willing to brave the harsh weather and empty spaces that make sheep-raising the only viable way to farm this land. Scots, English, even New Zealanders came and by 1937 Patagonia was one of the world's major wool producers - second only to Australia.
A combination of over-grazing that lead to severe erosion problems and the development of man-made fibres that saw the price of wool plummet caused a massive decline in the industry through the last quarter of the 20th century. The final death blow came about 15 years ago when one of Chile's southern volcanoes erupted and the prevailing winds carried a massive cloud of volcanic ash over the Andes to be dumped on the struggling estancias of Patagonia. It seemed as though the days of the estancia were completey over. Less than one-fifth of the number of sheep that once grazed here remain and the number declines each year.
For a few of the estancia, the boom in tourism has been an answer. Offering short visits or longer stays that enable their visitors to explore the steppes, woods and lakes of the region, go horse-riding, bird-watching and fishing, or just enjoy one of the ultimate getaways from the frantic modern world, some have been able to hang on but the logistics of distance, expense and infrastructure mean that this is really only a very small Band-Aid on a very big wound. A visit to an estancia (we went to El Galpon, 22km from El Calafate) is a great way to learn some more about this passing way of life. Over the evening you'll be introduced to several different breeds of sheep ( merinos, south downs, corriedales and others -photo 1), watch a shearer at work (photo 2), meet the kelpie sheepdogs (photo 3) and admire how they and their shepherd-master work as a seamless team (photos 4 and 5 - click on the last photo and look for the white dot in the background - an iceberg making its magestic way down the lake).
You can buy your own piece of the history of Patagonia's sheep industry in a sweater or scarf in one of the shops in El Calafate... and (vegetarians, stop reading) Patagonian lamb is delicious - there's something about lamb raised in places like this that makes it extra sweet and the way they cook it here - whole lambs roasted in front of an open fire - makes it just so tasty.
Elfs and dwarves... Des elfes et des nains...
In El Calafate, a lot of people believe that the surroundings are inhabited by elfs and magic dwarves... Not that sure, but it's a good business... However, we've been told by a local friend, that once, he was lost in a forrest, and that, after having wandered around during 3 days without eating and almost drinking, these little magic people saved his life... I think that, before loosing himself, he has probably drunk or smoked too much... What do you think ?
A El Calafate, les gens croient dur comme fer a l'existence d'elfes et de nains magiques dans les environs. C'est pas sur, mais la croyance rapporte. Toutefois, un argentin nous a raconte qu'une fois, il etait perdu dans une foret et qu'apres 3 jours d'errance, ces petits animaux magiques l'auraient aide a retrouver son chemin. Moi, je pense qu'il a trop bu ou trop fume avant de partir en balade. Et vous ?
Walking over the ice
Many tourists do some trekking over a safe part of the glacier Perito Moreno...i donýt know much about it since I have not done the trekking, but this option is offered in many travel agencies, including the hostel Del Glaciar. You pay for the equipment and the guide; for those more experienced, they can try some climbing as well.
Other place to walk over the ice is in the glacier of Lagoa Torre, in El Chaltýn.... you can also arrange that from El Calafate.
Nibepo Aiken es la estancia donde nos dieron un asado de cordero Patagónico muy bueno
Ponen el cordero a las brasas , con unos palos que lo mantienen estirado y se va haciendo poco a poco
Nos dieron empanada , después chorizo y finalmente llegó el asado de cordero
Nibeko Aire is the estancia where they gave us a very good roast Patagonian lamb
They put the lamb on the grill , with some poles to keep it in shape and it cooks Little by little
They gave us "empanada", "chorizo" and finally the roast lamb
Ice cave under the glaciers
After Minitrekking on Perito Moreno glacier we were taken to an ice cave that was under the glacier. As I entered the cave I could notice the ground and rocks on the floor of the cave, but the walls and roof were all ice.
Even though the ice above and on the side was probably 200 meters thick, a pale blue-ish light could be seen through the ice. From place to place, where water had carved out a passage, jets of cold, clear water shot out into the cave openning.
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Esplendor Del Calafate
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Address: Pte. Peron 1143, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, 542902, Argentina