El Calafate Sports & Outdoors

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    Perito Moreno glacier hike

    by Veghel Updated Apr 28, 2006
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    In many of the day tour packages to Perito Moreno, a one-hour hike on the glacier is included.
    The tour on the ice is nice, but not exeptional. After a short boat trip, it starts with an easy 15-minute walk through woods along the toe of the glacier. At regular intervals, you hear (and sometimes see) ice of the Perito Moreno falling into the lake. The noise is impressive and makes you think that the whole glacier collapses. The walk on the ice takes about 1 hour, which is long enough for most people. The guides will definitely show you how good they are in ice-climbing. You're supposed to say "Ohhh" and "Ahhh"; which some people do indeed. Right after the tour, there is a stop at a day lodge. There is also a small restaurant with insufficient capacity for the amount of people. So you'd better bring your own food and drinks. After lunch, you make a somewhat longer boat trip and approach the huge ice walls pretty closely. They are really impressive, as their height is up to 60 m.

    Equipment: The only ´equipment´ that you have to bring yourself are gloves and warm clothing. The tour package includes steel ´spikes´ that the tour guides will attach to your feet.

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    Safari N?utico

    by sof76 Written Apr 5, 2006

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    La excursi?n consiste en una navegaci?n por el Brazo Rico que permite apreciar los t?mpanos que se desprenden de las paredes de hielo del Glaciar Perito Moreno. Llegando hasta el extremo sur del Canal de los T?mpanos.

    Esta excursi?n dura aproximadamente una hora y brinda la posibilidad
    de observar con una perspectiva totalmente diferente las impresionantes paredes y picos del Glaciar al nivel del agua (60 metros aprox.) y sus continuos derrumbes.

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    Many options

    by sof76 Updated Apr 5, 2006

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    There many options of excursions in Calafate. Check the link I add at this page, and/or write to Horacio at puntocalafate@cotecal.com.ar. He is the owner of a tourism agency in Calafate.

    Hay muchas ociones de excursiones en Calafate. Fijate el link que tengo en esta pagina y/o escribile a Horacio a puntocalafate@cotecal.com.ar. El es el due?o de una empresa de turismo en Calafate.

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    After riding

    by andal13 Written Feb 7, 2004

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    The taming of the wild horse

    The ride ends in a pulpería (a typical "bar"), where you can have mate and tortas fritas (fried cakes), and have a nice chat with the baqueanos.

    La cabalgata finaliza en una pulpería (un "bar" típico), en donde se puede tomar mate con tortas fritas, y tener una charla distendida con los baqueanos.

    Equipment: Hunger and appetite

    Hambre y ganas de comer

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    Petunia & Andrea: guess who is who

    by andal13 Updated Feb 7, 2004

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    Two wild animals

    Our group was integrated by four "expert" riders: an Argentinian young girl, a French couple, and the Uruguayan amazon who is writting these lines; the baqueano was Martín (he is not only a real rider; he is a showman!) Our horses were "Tigre", "Luna", "22" and "Petunia"; Martín's mare was called "Norma" (as his ex-wife!). For me, the most difficult activity is to "climb" the horse: I am really short, so the stirrup is almost inacessible for me! After that, everything was a piece of cake! The horses always go behind the baqueano, so you just follow him!

    Nuestro grupo estaba integrada por cuatro "expertos" jinetes: una chica argentina, una pareja francesa y la amazona uruguaya que escribe estas líneas; el baqueano era Martín (no sólo es un verdadero jinete; es un showman!) Nuestros caballos eran "Tigre", "Luna", "22" y "Petunia"; la yegua de Martín se llamaba "Norma" (como su ex-mujer!). Para mí, lo más difícil es "treparme" al caballo; yo soy realmente baja, y el estribo me resulta casi inaccesible! Luego de ello, todo marchó sobre ruedas! Los caballos siempre van tras el baqueano, así que sólo hay que seguirlo!

    Equipment: A hot bath after riding.

    Un baño caliente luego de la cabalgata.

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    Gauchos de la Patagonia

    by andal13 Updated Feb 7, 2004

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    The horizon is our limit!

    There are a lot of activities to do at El Calafate; there are so many options... I am not an expert rider... My largest experience comes from the carrousel horses... Despite this, I decided to make a 2 hours cavalcade aoround Redonda Bay, and it was a great experience!
    There are different kinds of horseriding (two hours, six hours, five days...); it does not matter if you are not a good rider; the horses are tame, and a baqueano (guide) is always with you. The ride is really great: the landscape is amazing, you can hear the silence... You meet native birds, wild flowers, and the immensity of the Patagonian sky.

    Hay un montón de actividades para hacer en El Calafate; hay tantas opciones... No soy una jinete experta... Mi mayor experiencia viene de los caballos de la calesita (tiovivo)... A pesar de esto, decidí hacer una cabalgata de dos horas alrededor de la Bahía Redonda, y fue una gran experiencia!
    Hay diferentes tipos de cabalgatas (dos horas, seis horas, cinco días...); no importa si no son buenos jinetes; los caballos son mansos y siempre va un baqueano (guía). El paseo es realmente maravilloso: el paisaje es espectacular, se puede escuchar el silencio... Se encuentran aves autóctonas, flores silvestres, y la inmensidad del cielo de la Patagonia.

    Equipment: Bring your wills; they give you the horse.

    Traigan sus ganas; ellos ponen el caballo.

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    Walking over the ice

    by perfectly_zen Written Dec 10, 2003

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    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.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Skiing and Boarding

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