El Calafate Things to Do

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    Perito Moreno Glacier from the visitor centre

    by al2401 Written Jan 16, 2015

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    The visitor centre at Perito Moreno Glacier has a cafeteria with a good variety of hot and cold food and drink; restrooms and a gift shop. It is a short walk to the walkways and viewing platforms that make up the selection of walks available. The walks are colour coded and well signed. There is an elevator that enables wheel chairs, and disabled people to use many of the walkways.

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    Perito Moreno Glacier by boat

    by al2401 Written Jan 16, 2015

    As you enter Los Glaciares National Park there is the opportunity to take a boat ride to the South face of the glacier. It takes about 30-40minutes and is well worth the 180 Argentinian Peso. If you are doing a tour it may be included. If not there is a ticket booth at the landing site. You need to have your national park entry ticket to get on board.

    Perito Moreno Glacier from the water Perito Moreno Glacier from the water Perito Moreno Glacier from the water Perito Moreno Glacier from the water Boat for Perito Moreno Glacier
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    Perito Moreno Glacier

    by al2401 Updated Jan 16, 2015

    Named after the 19th century explorer Francisco Moreno, the Perito Moreno Glacier is the most well known of the 48 glaciers of the Southern Patagonian Icefield which covers both Chile and Argentina. It is located in the Los Glaciares National Park about 80km from El Calafate in Argentina and is one of the most important tourist attractions in the Argentine Patagonia. It was declared 'World Heritage' by UNESCO in 1981.

    This 30km long glacier is one of the few glaciers still advancing quite regularly 'calves' from its 5km wide terminus. The depth of ice is 170m and the height above the surface of Lago Argentino is approximately 74m.

    There are a number of vantage points along the road into the park where you can get a good view of the glacier. Taking a boat ride to the face of the glacier provides a very different perspective and of course the walkways and platforms directly across from the glacier are most popular way to view this massive wall of ice.

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    Perito Moreno

    by xaver Written Jul 12, 2013

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    I bought the excursion at the hotel, it was 250 pesos and it included the trip and some stops on the way. The boat trip next to the glaciar was not included and costed 90 pesos, plus you had to pay 170 pesos to enter the park. What can I say? The glaciar is one of the few spots that just made me seat down and look at it. I stayed speechless for minutes, did not even feel to take pictures at the beginning, it's just impressive. It is huge in front of you.From time to time pieces of it fall in the water and it start seeming alive.
    The excursion with the boat is nice and cheap but I enjoyed more watching the glaciar from the balconies. The company I used was mundo austral and the excursion started at 9 and finished at 5 pm.

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    Fantastic glacier up close and personal

    by fred98115 Written May 15, 2013

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    The Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in Patagonia is huge at 600,000 hectares ( a lot of acres). It has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. The most accessible glacier is Moreno which terminates in Canal de los Tempanos, an arm of Lago Argentino. What makes this great for the traveler is a series of trails on boardwalks and catwalks that cross the face of the glacier so that you have great up close views. It can be crowded on top at the facilities, but the walks spread people around so you are not aware of crowds. Photographers: you'll want the zoom with wide and telephoto capability.

    Glacier Moreno Woman and Glacier Face People and Glacier Face Face Detail of Glacier Moreno Mini-floes at foot of Moreno Glacier
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    Get out of town and see Patagonian grasslands

    by fred98115 Written May 15, 2013

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    Most think of soaring mountains when they consider Patagonia. There is another side: grasslands and beef and lakes. We were on a cruise, booked to fly to and land on the Antarctic peninsula when high crosswinds forced a change of plans. Welcome to El Calafate. It is a place of contrast: lakes and grasslands and access to close-up glacier viewing. The images in this tip are taken from a bus. Photographers, it can be done. Meter the sky and set in a manual setting for the camera. Use manual focus. Use a high shutter speed to eliminate blur from motion. Take lots of pictures.

    Grasslands and beef Lago Argentino Plains and Mountains Settlement Aerial view of Patagonian grasslands
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    Perito Moreno Glacier

    by barryg23 Updated Feb 27, 2013

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    The Perito Moreno glacier is what attracts almost all tourists who visit El Calafate. The glacier is located 80km west of the town, in Parque Nacional los Glacieres, and its beauty and popularity has turned what was once a small village into the tourist trap that is El Calafate today.

    Buses leave El Calafate for the park in the mornings and afternoons, giving you plenty of time to explore. As you approach the park, keep your eyes peeled for your first view of Perito Moreno glacier - even if you've seen it before in pictures or posters, this 30km long, 5km wide, 60m high glacier is a breathtaking sight.

    The glacier is just one of the many beautiful glaciers in the national park, all of which flow from the Southern Patagonian ice sheet. Unlike most of the world's glaciers, Perito Moreno is not retreating. In fact it advances about 2m per day, which means it sometimes causes a dam in Lago Argentina - a compelling sight, especially when the dam collapses.

    Once you bus drops you off, clearly marked trails lead down to various look out points over the glacier. Even if you only stay for a couple of hours there is a good chance you will see the glacier calving - a noisy, beautiful and unforgettable sight.

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    Day trips

    by andal13 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    When you are in El Calafate, you will find a lot of activities, most of all outside the town (and a lot of km far away!). Here you have some options:
    -Horseriding
    -Trekking
    -Trip to Los Glaciares National Park: Perito Moreno Glacier, Upsala Glacier, "All glaciers"
    -Trip to "La Leona" Petrified Forest
    -Trip to an "estancia" (ranch)
    And many more!
    Of course, unless you have a lot of time (and a lot of money) you will have to choose what you want to do!

    Cuando ustedes están en El Calfate, encontrarán gran cantidad de actividades, en su mayoría fuera del pueblo (y a muchos Km de él!) Aquí tienen algunas opciones:
    -Cabalgatas
    -Trekking
    -Visita al Parque Nacional Los Glaciares National Park: Glaciar Perito Moreno, Glaciar Upsala Glacier, "Todos los glaciares"
    -Visita al bosque petrificado "La Leona"
    -Visita a una estancia
    Y mucho más!

    Por supuesto, a menos que tengan mucho tiempo (y mucho dinero) deberán elegir qué es lo que desean hacer!

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    Cerro Frias, "The Uncommon Experience"

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    You can take either a day or an evening trip to Cerro Frias' summit by either foot, horse-back or 4WD and followed by either a barbecue lunch or dinner afterwards. On the top of Cerro Frias, weather permitting, you'll receive views of Monte Fitz Roy to the North and Torres del Paine to the South. Ascending and descending the mountain, you can spot a variety of wildlife including guancoes, foxes, sheep and hares. When I did the excursion (January 2010), it was raining and cloudly and the views down below were obscure so, unfortunately, I didn't get the views I meant to have got.

    In February 2011, I decided to repeat the trip to Cerro Frias but during the day. I decided to take the trekking option and it didn't fail to impress. We had beautiful weather with sunshine and clear skies and had amazing vistas of the Monte Fitz Range, Chile's Torres del Paine and Lago Argentina. This was followed by a lovely barbecue lunch or dinners afterwards and met some interesting travellers.

    Lago Argentina, Cerro Frias, Nr El Calafate 4 x 4 Travel (January 2010) Views from Cerro Frias, nr El Calafate, Argentina Calafate Bush Having Asado at Estancia Alice, Cerro Frias
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    Reserva Natural Laguna Nimez

    by spidermiss Updated Feb 27, 2011

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    This bird reserve is located on the outskirts of the centre. The reserve has a variety of birds including the Chilean Flamingoes where you can see them in the two lagunas, Nimez and Secundaria. You can take a nature walk around the reserve and it takes around two hours to complete with bird watching observation points and a mirador look out to Lago Argentino, Argentina's largest lake.

    The fee paid, 15 ARP, for the nature reserve goes towards conservation and environmental education.

    Entrance to Reserva Natural Laguna Nimez Reserva Natural Laguna Nimez Chilean Flamingoes, Reserva Natural Laguna Nimez Patagonian Horses, Reserva Natural Laguna Nimez Lago Argentino
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    Perito Moreno Glacier

    by spidermiss Updated Jul 21, 2010

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    A must see sight! A number of agencies offer a guided day tour of Perito Moreno glacier. The package excludes the park entrance (estimated fee: 75 ARP-January 2010). Perito Moreno glacier is one of a the few remainng advancing glaciers in the world and grows an average of 7cm a day annually. Many people come and admire the ice crashing into the lake and the blue colours of the glacier.

    To appreciate the glacier, you can walk on the boardwalks and/or take an hour boat journey (estimated fee: 65-70 ARP-January 2010) close up to the lake. For those who are more adventurous, you can do an ice-trekking trip.

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    Boat the iceburgs and Upsala Glacier

    by DSwede Updated Jul 17, 2010

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    Glaciar Upsala is the largest in Argentina and among the largest of the world. It is a floating glacier, meaning that the end is cantilevered on Lago Argentino, being supported by the ice's buoyancy in the water. This results in less frequent breaks, but large icebergs. It averages 60 m tall above water, but passes 110m in depth in a 700m deep section of the lake.

    The icebergs show dark blues where the ice is dense, holding no air. As the ice melts, its center of gravity changes, causing the blocks to rotate. The resulting water marks show the evidence of them melting.

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    Estancia Christina - (base camp)

    by DSwede Updated Jul 17, 2010

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    Accessed by boat, try to reserve a ride on a boat to Upsala Glacier that makes a stop at Estancia Christina. Not all boats will stop here, but all tourist boats will go to Upsala.

    Upon arriving, you will get a brief history lesson of the Estancia before being taken inside the lodge for a fantastic Argentine BBQ lunch. Also, before disembarking, you will be given a choice typically to take an hour ride on their horses, or take an hour hike up the mountain slopes.

    While you are walking the Estancia, you will notice that there are some small cabins. These are/can be used as base camps or starting points for people wishing to hike the upper mountains. Bookings can be made from any tour operator in town.

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    Laguna Nimez

    by barryg23 Written Jan 24, 2009

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    Laguna Nimez is a small avian reserve on the shores of Lago Argentina, about 8 blocks from the centre of El Calafate. It's home to a good number of species of birds, probably the most interesting of which are the pink flamingos.

    There is a small hut at the entrance to the reserve where you pay the 2 pesos entry fee and pick up a map of the trail. The trail takes about an hour to walk and you pass by plenty of good viewing points along the way. It can get very cold here as the winds blow in over the lake so be sure to wrap up well.

    In Laguna Nimez Falmingos in Laguna Nimez

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    Laguna Roca

    by K-nalla Written Jun 10, 2008

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    Laguna Roca is just off the way to Perito Moreno, a great place to stay away from tourist plagued Calafate. In the morning you can see the vapors coming from the glacier. Worth a stop if you are looking for some traquility...

    Perito Moreno in the back Dusk from the lake
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