Picos Del Sur Hotel

Puerto San Julian 271, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina
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Perito Moreno Minitrekking Tour - Clothing & boots needs

by Marillion

My wife and I plan to go on the Perito Moreno Minitrekking Tour sometime between January 5-10th, 2010.

Does anyone know how we need to dress?

We want to avoid taking hiking boots with us. Do we need hiking boots to use the crampons or will other types of shoes/boots suffice?

Re: Perito Moreno Minitrekking Tour - Clothing & boots needs

by puppis

Closed shoes or boots is what you need. Important: carry gloves with you. And warm clothes, because when the wind from the glacier is blowin, brrrrrr!

Re: Perito Moreno Minitrekking Tour - Clothing & boots needs

by Kakapo2

You need hiking boots. Sneakers and jogging shoes are surely not suitable for mounting crampons. On the glaciers in New Zealand they even give you their own hiking boots which are suitable for crampons. No idea how they do it on Perito Moreno - but in reviews I read some complaints that the guides damaged the walkers' hiking boots.

I also read that the mini trekking tours have age restrictions. So if you are over 45 (can't really estimate by looking at your photo LOL) they do not take you on this trip, even if you are fit. If you are overweight (you do not look like that... ;-))) they do not accept you either.

Other trips in the glacier area are for people up to 65.

For glacier walks you should wear fast drying clothes, so no jeans. Best is to dress in layers, as you can get rather hot when walking. Always have a rain jacket in your backpack - the tour company might provide them. People who have been on Perito Moreno will surely know.

Re: Perito Moreno Minitrekking Tour - Clothing & boots needs

by diana_renou

I stayed in Perito Moreno Glacier when I was 50 year old. There were many older than me. No problem. I wear warm clothes and a good pair of trekking shoes in the walking tour over the glacier , but the sun was shining and it wasn't very cold. It is a wonderfull excursion, you will enjoy it!!

Re: Perito Moreno Minitrekking Tour - Clothing & boots needs

by puppis

None of us wore trekkin shoes and the crampons fitted our shoes nicely...
But dont go with sandals.

Re: Perito Moreno Minitrekking Tour - Clothing & boots needs

by gfinesilver

it's better with hiking boots, but can be done in lighter shoes too. the minitrekking crampons are big and clunky (unless they've been updated), so sturdier boots = more comfortable.

otherwise, gloves are a must, as already mentioned. the ice will cut your hands.

rain jacket, maybe rain pants, a hat and layers of clothing.

Travel Tips for El Calafate

Tourist Info

by anabelsousa

Los Glaciares National Park
Administrative center
Av. del Libertador 1302
Z9405AHG - El Calafate
Santa Cruz Province - República Argentina

Phone/Fax: 0054 (02902) 491-005/545/788/755

Tourism Secretary
Information center
Bus terminal
Z9405AHG - El Calafate
Santa Cruz Province - República Argentina

0054 2902 491090

El Chaltén

Development Commission of El Chaltén
Av. M.M. de Güemes 21
(9301) El Chaltén
Santa Cruz Province - República Argentina

0054 2962 493011

Los Glaciares National Park
Lago Viedma Department
(9301) El Chaltén
Santa Cruz Province- República Argentina

0054 2962 493004

Another adornment

by andal13

Probably the most original frontage is this one you can see in the picture: I do not know if it is a good restaurant, but undoubtedly "La vaca atada" (The Tied Cow) attracts a lot of customers.

Probablemente la fachada más original es esta que pueden ver en la foto: no sé si es un buen restaurante, pero sin dudas, "La vaca atada" atrae a muchos clientes.

The passage of time

by TheWanderingCamel

El Calafate's new Historical Interpretation Centre really opens your eyes to the history of Southern Patagonia. Beginning with the time when dinosaurs roamed the region right through to the early 20th century, it takes us on a journey through 14000 years of the human and natural history of this ancient land.

An excellent series of panels and displays inside and outside the small building feature photos, diagrams, drawings and text in English and Spanish combined with historical objects and artefacts as well recorded oral histories give a wide-ranging picture of how people have lived here through the millenia. The region's changing ecology, the effects of glaciation, the arrival of the first Indians and the evolution of their culture, their spiritual beliefs and their earliest encounters with colonists from Europe are all dealt with along with the subsequent development of vast estancias raising sheep. The effect of enclosures, labor conflicts and the dreadful consequences of all this on the aboriginal people are all dealt with as well as the changes wrought on El Calafate by its burgeoning tourist industry.

I found this place absolutely fascinating - a genuine learning experience. Anything less like the average dusty, fusty provincial museum you might expect is hard to imagine. Visitors are made to feel so welcome, it's more like a study centre, with a library and a sitting room that you're welcome to make use of, plus a simple cafe (where we made our own coffee and ate home-made cookies)

A mishap with my camera meant I lost some of the photos I took that morning, so the photo of the museum here is taken from a brochure, the cave painting shot from Punta Gualchi is my own.

Address: Corner Av. Brown and G. Bonmelli

Walk 4 blocks north along 9 de Julio towards the Nimes lagoon. Cross the stream and take the path on the right till you get to Av. Brown and G. Bonmelli.

Open 10-8
There's a transfer service from hotels available at 10:30am and at 3:30pm. Call 492799 for information.

Perito Moreno Glacier

by kyoub

The main thing to see in this area is the National Park 'Los Glaciares'..
Located 80 km west of town, there is a paved road until you get to the park entrance.
The glacier is awesome at 30km(20miles) long, 70 meters(230ft) above the waters surface, and it has a total surface of 257km.
There are three levels of the viewing platform.
You can stay as long as you want and snap as many pictures as you want.
If you are lucky you will observe some calfing while you are there.
You can also go for a walk near the glacier or go for a ride on the tour boat.

4x4 tours

by iam1wthee

You will normally be taken to one of the tops of a mountain usually located on or near an estancia. The views are simply spectacular.
The drive is quite scary because there are so many twists and turns on the mountains and they can be very steep. Once you are driven to the top you see beautiful summits.

Different agencies take you to different places and some will warn you that you may encounter animals.

You can normally choose to horse ride, hike, or ride down to the bottom of the mountain.

Some will serve meals others do not but I highly recommend taking the meals. It is delicious and the meat is enormous. You will not be able to move for a while after you finish eating.


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