Activities

Organized Tours

Perito Moreno Glacier

The Los Glaciares National Park is located in the region known as Southern Andes Argentine territory, southwest of the province of Santa Cruz on the border with Chile. For its stunning natural beauty, it is a unique wonder in the world, and was declared "World Heritage" by UNESCO in 1981.

In the south side of the Park is the most famous of all glaciers: Perito Moreno Glacier. It owes its fame to its continuous movement, which produces a cyclical phenomenon of advance and retreat with spectacular breakage of ice on its front side.

This is an ideal tour to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier without physical demands and with long time to explore the glacier's balconies/runways, depending on each person's rhythm.

The excursion to the glacier departs around 8.00 am from the hotel in El Calafate, with stops in viewpoints befeore and inside the National Park and a visit to the runways, scenic spot peak.

During the of 80 km from El Calafate to the glacier there is an english speaking guide. At the end of the journey, you arrive at the west end of the Magallanes peninsula, from where after an informational talk, each passenger starts walking on 3kms of runways. These are at different levels and allow you to contemplate the glacier from different angles and balconies. You will have time to walk throughout the runways and watch the Perito Moreno glacier from the forehead. According to your fitness level, you can reach the lower balconies and get closer to the glacier or stay at the top balconies which are easily accessible for anyone.

Once the visit is finished, you return to El Calafate through the same road arriving at the hotel around 15:30 hs.

Season: All year round.
Departures: 7:45 hs.
Durationn: 8 hours.
NOT Included: Lunch, National Park entrance fee.

OPTIONAL: Safari Náutico (Booked on site)

The tour is a voyage of the Rico Branch where you can see the icebergs that fall from the ice walls of the Perito Moreno Glacier.

This tour lasts approximately 1 hour and offers the possibility to observe a totally different perspective of the stunning Perito Moreno glacier walls and continuous landslides on the waters of Lake Rico.

Once facing the wall, the boat stops for a few minutes to observe the landscape from up close. This is an interesting opportunity for photographs and films.

Boarding of the boat takes place in the "Bajo de las Sombras" port, approximately 6 km from the viewpoint of the glacier.

Season: All Year Round.
Departures: Hourly from 10:00 to 16:00 | From June to September the only departure is 12:00 hs.
Duration: 1 hour.

Mini Trekking (Hike on the Glacier)

The tour starts in the "Bajo de las Sombras" port about 6 km. from the viewpoint before the glacier, where you embark to cross Lake Rico, reaching the opposite shore about 20 minutes by boat off the south wall of the Perito Moreno glacier.

After landing you enter the refuge where the guides organize groups each consisting of up to 20 people. Then begins a walk along the lake of about 20 minutes to the glacier. At the edge of the ice the guides put the crampons on the participants, who receive instructions on how they should move on the ice. The route on the glacier takes about two hours, and during the course of it you can enjoy a variety of ice formations such as cracks, seracs, drains, small lagoons, etc.

The hike is moderate. The ice surface over which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe. Explanations are given about the flora, fauna, and general glaciology of the region as well as the particular phenomenon that happens in the Perito Moreno Glacier that eventually produces its rupture. At the end of the walk, you return to the shelter.

Only for ages between 10 and 65 with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Season: From August to May.
Departures: Daily.
Duration: Full Day. 1:40hs on ice.
Includes: Transportation from/to the hotel.
NOT Included: Lunch, National Park entrance fee.

Big Ice (Journey to the Center of the Glacier)

This unforgettable experience begins in the Port "Bajo de las Sombras" early in the morning. There you take a boat to cross the Brazo Rico, and 20 minutes after landing on the west coast.

The walk starts at the southern brown of Perito Moreno glacier, in little more than an hour you’ll reach a spectacular viewpoint, where you will access the ice, here the guides will provide crampons and harnesses to begin the journey.

Once on the glacier with crampons on, the world takes on a new perspective: blue lagoons, deep cracks, huge sinks, magical caves, and the unique feeling of being in the center of the glacier.

Always accompanied and instructed by experienced guides who will explore with you for three hours (approx.) corners of the world’s most special glacier. During the tour the guide will help you better understand the ice and its surroundings.

Only for ages between 18 and 50 with NO EXCEPTIONS.

Season: From September to April.
Departures: Daily at 7.00 hs.
Duration: Full Day. 7:00hs hiking, 3:30hs on ice.
Includes: Transportation from/to the hotel.
NOT Included: Lunch, National Park entrance fee.

Estancia Cristina

Located at the far end of the Cristina Channel on the northwest coast of Lake Argentino, Estancia Cristina stands on a remote corner of the “Los Glaciares” National Park.

Founded in 1914 by Joseph Percival Masters and his wife Jessie, the Estancia still conserves its essence, maintaining alive the history of this pioneering family who through enormous effort and perseverance, turned this inhospitable and solitary place into a small piece of paradise.

Accessible only by boat on Lake Argentino and then on the Cristina Channel, Estancia Cristina stands on an exclusive and privileged setting in the Argentine Patagonia. Strategically built on a glacial valley formerly occupied by the Upsala Glacier, one of the area’s most spectacular natural settings, the Estancia is surrounded by picturesque views of snow-capped mountains, lakes, rivers and hanging glaciers.

The visit to Estancia Cristina begins by navigating the North Arm of the Argentino Lake, enjoying a unique and magical landscape where the Icebergs and the mountains are protagonists. Our boat is the only way to access the valley. Making our visitors protagonists at every moment, transforms the experience into unique and unrepeatable.

Having set sail from Punta Bandera harbor at 9AM, we will glide over the waters of Lake Argentino’s Northern Arm to reach the furthest possible point of navigation in the Upsala Channel, where we can enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the Upsala Glacier’s immense front.

Upon disembarking at the shores close to Estancia Cristina the passengers will be divided according to the hired activity:

Classic (Ages between 6 and 85 years):

An expert guide will welcome visitors and take them on an exciting trek through the surrounding valley. The hike unfolds along an ecotone area, a beautiful, semi-arid place carpeted in native shrubs and grasses. Next, the walk gradually ascends to an elevated lookout point that bestows sweeping views of the valley beyond, over Lake Argentino and Lake Pearson across to the towering Andes Mountains.
From here, continue on a path sloping gently uphill, surrounded by ñire trees, until you reach the highlight of this trek: Los Perros River Waterfall, whose viewpoints not only bestow jaw-dropping vistas, but are also a fantastic spot for observing flowers and plant life especially orchids.
Later on, having returned from the trek, we will visit the Costumbrista Museum, housed in the estancia’s old shearing shed where guests can learn all about the history of the Masters family: their lives, adventures and how they became pioneers in Patagonia. Finally, a guided tour will take lucky visitors around Estancia Cristina’s estate–up to the Caterina River, the waterwheel, chapel and rest of the lodge.

Discovery (Ages between 6 and 85 years):

The group are welcomed by our specialized driver-guides who will help them into their 4×4 vehicles, ready to head off into the wilderness.
Our sturdy 4WDs will then venture up into the Feruglio Mountains, a 9.5km ride which offers great views of our surroundings and takes us ultimately to an elevated area where the cars will be parked. Once there, we’ll begin a 20-minute trek over terrain characterized by glacial erosion, until reaching the Upsala Glacier Lookout; an exclusive vantage point for visitors to appreciate this immense glacier that can only be accessed from Estancia Cristina.
There will be plenty of time here to enjoy views of Lake Guillermo and the eastern side of the Upsala Glacier, as well as the Southern Patagonian Ice Field. Afterwards, the groups will head back to the lodge in our 4×4 vehicles, for a well-deserved rest and break for lunch (approx. 1 hour). Later on, having returned from the trek, we will visit the Costumbrista Museum, housed in the estancia’s old shearing shed where guests can learn all about the history of the Masters family: their lives, adventures and how they became pioneers in Patagonia. Finally, a guided tour will take visitors around Estancia Cristina’s estate – up to the Caterina River, the waterwheel, chapel and the rest of the lodge.

Trekking (Ages between 12 and 85 years in good phisical condition):

The group are welcomed by our specialized driver-guides who will help them into their 4×4 vehicles, ready to head off into the wilderness. Our sturdy 4WDs will then venture up into the Feruglio Mountains, a 9.5km ride which offers great views of our surroundings and takes us ultimately to an elevated area where the cars will be parked. Once there, we’ll begin a 20-minute trek over terrain characterized by glacial erosion, until reaching the Upsala Glacier Lookout; an exclusive vantage point for visitors to appreciate this immense glacier that can only be accessed from Estancia Cristina.
There will be plenty of time here to enjoy views of Lake Guillermo and the eastern side of the Upsala Glacier, as well as the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, before beginning the 14km trek through Fossil Canyon. The fascinating Cañadón de los Fósiles, which is around 170 million years old, has been named so for its immense concentration of marine fossils, imprints of squid and jellyfish among them, left behind after the last ice age. We can observe a kaleidoscope of colors across this terrain, the canyon’s walls rising beside us as we make a gradual descent until reaching a ravine at the edge of the valley. Along the way, we’ll stop and tuck into our box lunches, before leaving the canyon behindhaving explored it fully, then arriving back at the estancia and later onward to the port.

Horseback Riding Day (Ages between 6 and 85 years):

An expert guide will welcome visitors and take them on an amazing ride. Expect a delightful mix of mountain views, time spent by the lake and birdwatching opportunities on this gentle horseback ride to Cristina Valley, making for an easy but rewarding excursion.
After leaving the Estancia behind, we ride in a northerly direction, heading deeper into nature, cross the Caterina River and pass The Noria: a replica of the original water-powered wheel that was built here in 1945, poplar trees and the house itself. This is a good spot to appreciate the specific type of flora that’s typical of the Patagonian steppe.
Make your way on horseback along pathways covered with loose stone and moss, leading you eventually to an elevated lookout point that bestows sweeping views of the valley. With luck on our side, we may be able to glimpse various species of bird such as the Common and Royal Goose, Black Necked Swan, Coscoroba Swan and Spectacled Duck, among many others. Take your time to absorb this picturesque setting.
Finally, a guided tour will take visitors around Estancia Cristina’s estate – up to the Caterina River, the waterwheel, chapel and the rest of the lodge.

Season: Octobre to April.
Departures: Daily at 6.30 hs
Duration: Full day.
Includes: Transportation from/to the hotel.
NOT Included: National Park entrance fee.
Optional: Lunch.

Glaciares Gourmet Classic

María Turquesa Cruise.

The pickup from the Hoteles in El Calafate begins at 7.00 hs.

8.30 hs. We embark at La Soledad private dock.

9.00 hs. Sailing to Brazo Norte. Visit at Bahía Escuadra and Muralla de Condoreras. (Condor nesting site). Seco Glacier. Heim Glacier. Spegazzini Glacier. Disimbarking at Puesto de Las Vacas – Short trek.
Visit to Canal Upsala, panpramic view of Upsala Glacier and Bertacchi Glacier, lunch on board. Saling through Canal de Los Témpanos (Icebergs Canal) to the northern wall of Perito Moreno Glacier.

18.00 hs. Arrival at Puerto La Soledad.

19.30 hs. Aproximate arrival to the hotel in El Calafate.

The Patagonian ice field is, after Antarctica, the largest concentration of ice on the planet. Its glaciers descend from 1,500 to 200 metres above sea level enabling unique access and viewing of the glaciers.
Los Glaciares National Park offers a magnificent combination of forest, lakes, mountains, ice and steppes with over 200 glaciers. The most renowned being Spegazzini, rising 135 meters above sea level, Upsala covering an entire valley with an approximate extension of 765 Km2 and a length of 53km, and Perito Moreno Glacier, constantly advancing and causing the spectacular rupture of the wall of ice, providing one of Nature’s most impressive sights.
Glaciares Gourmet is a full day journey to one of the most wonderful places in Southern Patagonia. Sailing aboard exclusive Cruise María Turquesa will enjoy the highest standard of comfort and gourmet cuisine, for a truly memorable experience.

Season: All year round.
Departures: Daily at 7.00 hs. | Form April 17th to September 30th operates on even days.
Duration: Full Day (12 hours).
Includes: Gourmet Box Lunch (Hot lamb sandwich with homemade mustard, cheese & caramelized onions, with baked potatoes & smoked cheeses sauce. Caramel mousse, crispy carob and red berries). Alcoholic & no alcoholic beverages. Infusions. Transport.
NOT Included: National Park entrance fee.

Glaciares Gourmet Premium

María Turquesa Cruise.

The pickup from the Hoteles in El Calafate begins at 7.00 hs.

8.30 hs. We embark at La Soledad private dock.

9.00 hs. Sailing to Brazo Norte. Visit at Bahía Escuadra and Muralla de Condoreras. (Condor nesting site). Seco Glacier. Heim Glacier. Spegazzini Glacier. Disimbarking at Puesto de Las Vacas – Short trek.
Visit to Canal Upsala, panpramic view of Upsala Glacier and Bertacchi Glacier, lunch on board. Saling through Canal de Los Témpanos (Icebergs Canal) to the northern wall of Perito Moreno Glacier.

18.00 hs. Arribal at Puerto La Soledad.

19.30 hs. Aproximate arrival to the hotel in El Calafate.

The Patagonian ice field is, after Antarctica, the largest concentration of ice on the planet. Its glaciers descend from 1,500 to 200 metres above sea level enabling unique access and viewing of the glaciers.
Los Glaciares National Park offers a magnificent combination of forest, lakes, mountains, ice and steppes with over 200 glaciers. The most renowned being Spegazzini, rising 135 meters above sea level, Upsala covering an entire valley with an approximate extension of 765 Km2 and a length of 53km, and Perito Moreno Glacier, constantly advancing and causing the spectacular rupture of the wall of ice, providing one of Nature’s most impressive sights.
Glaciares Gourmet is a full day journey to one of the most wonderful places in Southern Patagonia. Sailing aboard exclusive Cruise María Turquesa will enjoy the highest standard of comfort and gourmet cuisine, for a truly memorable experience.

Season: All year round.
Departures: Daily at 7.00 hs. | Form April 17th to September 30th operates on even days.
Duration: Full Day (12 hours).
Includes: Gourmet Lunch Menu.
Degustation: brioche bread, trout pate & seasonal pickles.
Entrance: corn cream, olives foccachia, tomato pesto & barbacued garlic cream.
Main course: lamb terrine with old style mustard, smoked eggplant, fig & chives arrope, garlic & carrots mayonaise.
Dessert: Pastry of Apples from Río Negro & quince, burnt caramel cream, yerba mate & white chocolate mousse.
NOT Included: National Park entrance fee.

All Glaciers (Glaciares Gourmet Classic + Perito Moreno)

María Turquesa Cruise.

This tour allows you to visit two attractions on the same day.

The pickup from the Hoteles in El Calafate begins at 7.00 hs.

8.30 hs. We embark at La Soledad private dock.

9.00 hs. Sailing to Brazo Norte. Visit at Bahía Escuadra and Muralla de Condoreras. (Condor nesting site). Seco Glacier. Heim Glacier. Spegazzini Glacier. Disimbarking at Puesto de Las Vacas – Short trek.
Visit to Canal Upsala, panpramic view of Upsala Glacier and Bertacchi Glacier, lunch on board. Saling through Canal de Los Témpanos (Icebergs Canal) to the northern wall of Perito Moreno Glacier.

16.30 hs. Arrival at Puerto Moreno were you can visit the Perito Moreno balconies and viewpoints.

18.15 hs. Departure to El Calafate Bus Terminal, arriving aproximately at 19.30hs.

The Patagonian ice field is, after Antarctica, the largest concentration of ice on the planet. Its glaciers descend from 1,500 to 200 metres above sea level enabling unique access and viewing of the glaciers.
Los Glaciares National Park offers a magnificent combination of forest, lakes, mountains, ice and steppes with over 200 glaciers. The most renowned being Spegazzini, rising 135 meters above sea level, Upsala covering an entire valley with an approximate extension of 765 Km2 and a length of 53km, and Perito Moreno Glacier, constantly advancing and causing the spectacular rupture of the wall of ice, providing one of Nature’s most impressive sights.
Glaciares Gourmet is a full day journey to one of the most wonderful places in Southern Patagonia. Sailing aboard exclusive Cruise María Turquesa will enjoy the highest standard of comfort and gourmet cuisine, for a truly memorable experience.

Season: All year round.
Departures: Daily at 7.00 hs. | Form April 17th to September 30th operates on even days.
Duration: Full Day (12 hours).
Includes: Gourmet Box Lunch (Hot lamb sandwich with homemade mustard, cheese & caramelized onions, with baked potatoes & smoked cheeses sauce. Caramel mousse, crispy carob and red berries). Alcoholic & no alcoholic beverages. Infusions. Transport.
NOT Included: National Park entrance fee.

Full Day Torres del Paine

This tour brings passengers the possibility to visit some parts of the National Park area, by riding over different roads that surrounds Torres del Paine mountain massif and discover the most beautiful Patagonian landscapes directly (without need to go through Puerto Natales first).

Starting at 6.20 hs. from El Calafate, Argentina, from the hotel (as long as it is at a radius of 3km from downtown). Please keep in mind that this is the time when the pickups are starting, so it is an estimation.

Around 10:30 hs. we will be arriving to the border (Cerro Castillo), and once the paperwork is finished, we will have 30 minutes to change money, have a traditional breakfast, take some time to meet the locals and then go back to the road.

Once everybody is ready, the big group will be divided on smaller buses to move better through the National Park. Each bus will have an english speaking guide.

At around 11.30 hs. the bus will depart making a brief stop at 11:40 hs. at “Lago Sarmiento” to take the first pictures and at 12:30hs. at Laguna Amarga, where the the tickets to the National Park are bought. Afterwards, the tour will continue to “Lago Nordenskjold” to take more pictures.

From here the bus will continue to Pudeto area, arriving around 13:30 hs. where a trekking to “Cuernos del Paine” and “Salto Grande Fall” lookouts begins.
This is a 1 and a half our walk. The guide will decide with of the viewpoints will be visited first. The difficulty of the trek is low.
The return to Laguna Amarga begind at about 16:30 hs.

The trip continues to Cerro Castillo arriving around 18:00 hs. to go through migrations; finaly arriving back in El Calafate at around 22:30 and 23:00 hs.

Season: September to April.
Departures: Daily at 6.20 hs.
Duration: Full Day (16hs).
Includes: Lunchbox, Transport from/to the hotel.
NOT Included: National Park entrance fee.

Full Day Chaltén

This service was designed thinking on the public that prefers open air activities but guided and assisted by people that know the place, this service include a bilingual guide proficient in El Chalten area.

The tour begins at 07:15 hs, when the bus strts the pick up from the different hotels.

Along the way there will be three 3 stops, the fist one at the head of Lago Argentino, the second in La Leona and the third in the lookout point in Lago Viedma.

Once arrived at El Chalten we will be doing a little trekking to Mirador de los Cóndores, its duration is about 1:30 hs, this is a medium level trek since it has a step up climbing part.

Once finished we will be heading to Rancho Grande Hostel where the included lunch will be served, this lunch includes a main dish and a dessert. (beverages are not included).
Options for lunch are: -Locro -Lentil Stew -Cow or chicken breaded meat -Cannelloni -Grilled Lamb. Sidings options: Mashed potatoes, salad , french fries. Dessert will be confirmed at the site.

Lastly the group will be heading to the waterfall named Chorrillo del Salto , a low level trekking, estimated time 30 min.

Around 16:00 hs. we begin our return to El Calafate arriving at 19:00 hs. aproximately.

Season: All year round.
Departures: Daily at 7.15 hs.
Duration: Full Day.
Includes: Transportation from/to the hotel. Full Lunch.
NOT Included: Beberages.

Kayak & Trekking Río La Leona

Discover La Leona river, one of the most beautiful in the patagonian steppe and trek at Cerro los Hornos, one of the oldest formations in the planet.

Surrounded by a landscape of outstanding natural beauty and geological interest, Kayak Santa Cruz invites you to paddle and hike the wild steppe where the senses are sharpened and the sounds of silence are witnesses of time.

The contrast of the ocher steppe with turquoise glacial waters that delighted explorers such as Darwin, Moyano and Moreno, frame the journey.

Total Distance: 14 km.
Kayaing Guides: 2 (two).
Technical Difficulty: Begginers.
Physical Demand: Moderate.
Max. participants: 8 (eight).
Location: La Leona River.

Required Clothing: Trekking dhoes.
Comfortable clothes (first layer, fleece, etc).
Leegins and spare underwear (optional).
Sunglasses.
Backpack to keep the extra clothes in the bus.

Season: All year round.
Salidas: Daily.
Duración: Full Day.
Includes: Transportation from/to the hotel. Double Kayak and paddles. Technical equipment: neoprene suit and boots, semi-dry jacket, cockpit cover, helmet, mittens, life jacket, waterproof bag. Bilingual kayaking guides (Spanish-English). Snack (hot drinks, cookies or brownies, nuts).
NOT Included: Box Lunch.

Atardecer en Kayak

Paddle the largest lake in Argentina during the sunset watching the Andes Mountain range, El Calafate, Flamingos and Black-necked swans from the water.

The tour begins at Prefectura Naval and goes across the Bay to contemplate the majesty of Argentino Lake and the Andes. Then the bows are pinted to the bay to watch the birds of the lake, Flamingos, Black-necked swans, coots and Coscorbas among others.

Pick up: 18 hs.
Finish: 20.30hs.
Technical Difficulty: Begginer.
Physical Demand: Moderate.
Paddling time: 1.15 hs. (aprox).
Total Lenght: 5 km.
Location: Lago Argentino.

Season: All year round.
Salidas: Daily.
Duración: Full Day.
Includes: Transportation from/to the hotel. Double Kayak and paddles. Technical equipment: neoprene suit and boots, semi-dry jacket, cockpit cover, helmet, mittens, life jacket, waterproof bag. Bilingual kayaking guides (Spanish-English). Snack (hot drinks, cookies or brownies, nuts).

Horseback Riding at Cerro Frías

Begins with the transfer of passengers to the Cerro Frías, a hill located 12 km from the city with panoramic views of El Calafate, Argentino Lake and the Andeas. Once there you do a Horseback Riding up the hill of around 2 hours. You can also choose to do a trekking or 4x4 expedition.

Season: October to March.
Departures: Daily.
Duration: Half Day.
Includes: Lunch/Snack, Transportation from/to the hotel.

Native Experience

The tour focuses on the history of the first expeditionary contacts with the Tehuelches (native Indians of the area), crossing cliffs and marveling at views of Lake Argentino and the Andes Mountains.

After being picked up at your hotel in El Calafate, the first stop is at lakeshore where flora and fauna are interpreted and you will be given also an explanation about glaciology and geology.

The second stop will be at the cliffs facing the lake from where you will have magnificent views of the environment.

Finally, on the third stop, you will visit the archaeological site. Here, you will see ruprestre art in cave paintings next to shore of the lake, where thousands of years ago the Tehuelche culture left its mark on the rock and today we can interpret it. It is just there, inside the cave, where you will lunch or dine enjoying a unique experience in a totally natural environment that will transport you to those remote years of the early explorers. After finishing the tour and meal, you return to El Calafate.

Season: All year round.
Departures: Daily at 11.00 y 18.00 hs.
Duration: 3 hs.
Includes: Lunch, Transport from/to the hotel.

Safari Experience

Excellent half day tour in the area close to El Calafate for discovering the Patagonian landscape through watching guanacos, condors, foxes among other members of the native fauna.

During the Safari will visit unique areas in Argentina, among which highlights one of the most important crab fossil sites in the world, an oysters coral and a formation containing remains of prehistoric mammals with an approximate age of 15 million years.

You depart from El Calafate and enter the private Natural Reserve "Estancia 25 de Mayo", which limits the town of El Calafate and the Chilean border. During the Safari, different stops are planned to make geological interpretations of the area, see marine fossils and guanacos among other native wildlife and learn about the current rural life. You will have excellent opportunities to take pictures of the landscapes and wildlife.

You will visit the place where the first settlers of the estancia were installed. The route follows the course of Arroyo Calafate, taking height and, thus, being able to notice the marked difference in flora. Heading towards the Chilean border you will have stunning panoramic views of the Centinela and Baguales hills, peaks that mark the border with Chile. Back by the creek, a stop is made to savor a camp stew accompanied by homemade bread and cheese country, sheltered in the post "La Sección", which was used by cowboys when they worked in these places with cattle. After having lunch, you return to El Calafate.

Season: November to April.
Departures: Daily at 9.00 y 16.00 hs.
Duration: 5 hs.
Includes: Lunch, Transport from/to the hotel.

Estancia Alice - El Galpón del Glaciar

On the way to Punta Bandera and the Perito Moreno Glacier, on Provincial Route Nº 11 (paved), and 22 km. of El Calafate, is "Estancia Alice - El Galpón". It is an ideal establishment for the development of ecotourism adapted to the different times of permanence of the tourist in the place. There you can enjoy activities such as sheep herding with kelpie dogs, shearing demonstration, horseback riding, trekking and birdwatching at the "Bird's Lagoon".

Passengers are picked up from their accommodation in El Calafate from 4.30 pm. Chocolate, tea or coffee with breads, sweets and homemade cakes is offered on arrival. Then, the activities begin: shows of sheep herding done by gauchos on horseback and with the work of Kelpies dongs and trekking to "Bird's Lagoon".

On the way back, a guided visit to the old shearing house is held to participate in a demonstration and learn about this practice and the processing of wool.

After the activities, guests are offered the typical Patagonian lamb made at the grill, variety of vegetables and salads and dessert (drinks not included).

Once the dinner is over, passengers are transported to their accommodation in El Calafate.

Season: October to May.
Departures: Daily at 16.30 hs.
Duration: 5 hs.
Includes: Dinner, Transport from/to the hotel.
NOT Included: Drinks.

Estancia 25 de Mayo

Estancia 25 de Mayo has 17,000 hectares of countryside, and its old hull is located just steps from El Calafate downtown, an ideal place where you can rest and enjoy the scenery at the foot of Cerro Calafate, breathing the purest Patagonian air. A chance to discover the rural side of the destination, in one of its great pioneer stays.

After being picked up at your hotel in El Calafate, you will be greeted at the estancia with mate and "tortas fritas" and then walk along the El Calafate trail.

You will then be able to observe the traditional Patagonian activity of sheep herding with dogs and visit the old shearing house and corrals of the estancia. There you will have a sheep shearing demonstration and finally will be guided to the restaurant "El Quincho" where you can have lunch or dinner.

After dinner there's a Folkloric show of local artists (tour of the typical dances of the country).

Lunch option: Pickled eggplant, Creole empanadas. Casserole of lamb. Choice of apple and red fruit Crumble with cream ice cream or Pancakes with dulce de leche.

Dinner option: Pickled eggplant. All you can eat grilled lamb with rustic potatoes. Mix of meats, sausage and blood sausage with salad buffet. Choice of apple and red fruit Crumble with cream ice cream or Pancakes with dulce de leche.

Season: All year round.
Departures: Daily at 9.30 hs and 17.30 hs.
Duration: 5 hs.
Includes: Lunch or Dinner, Transport from/to the hotel.
NOT Included: Drinks.

Otras Actividades

Laguna Nimez Natural Reserve

A very short walk from the city center, and close to the area of Lake Argentino, the Nimez Lagoon reserve concentrates a varied selection of local flora and fauna.

Designed in this ecological environment as an educational circuit are trails and posters that go a little over 2,500 meters. The guides await visitors at the door of the reserve to help them interpret the natural environment. Also in the area of entrance is a complete herbarium, thanks to which we can identify native plants.

The reserve has good vantage points for observing how flamingos, geese, silvery grebes, black-necked swans, ibis, lapwings, ducks, coots, hawks, and chimangos.

Season: All year round.
Duration: Aprox. 2 hs.

More information: www.facebook.com/lagunanimez.elcalafate

Glaciarium (Ice Museum)

It is a modern center dedicated to the dissemination of the Patagonian ice and glaciers, one of the few centers in the world for glaciological interpretation.

Located 5' from El Calafate, on the Perito Moreno Glacier road, Ruta 11 km 6.

A free transfer departs from the parking lot of the Provincial Secretary of Tourism, from 9.00 to 19.00 hs.

Season: All year round.
Duration: Aprox. 2 hs.

More information: www.glaciarium.com

“El Calafate” Historical Interpretation Center.

The Historical Interpretation Center "Calafate" is a permanent exhibition of natural and human history of the past 100 million years in Patagonia. Here we develop the evolution of three groups fascinating animals: dinosaurs, mega mammals and humans.

This presentation combines fossils, assemblies, objects, images and videos including translation into English, French, Italian and Portuguese. All displayed without windows or obstacles in a modern and novel arrangement.

The educational tour is strategically thought to introduce in the history of Southern Patagonia since its formation itself.

All children under 12 must enter and remain accompanied by an adult.

Season: All year round.
Duration: Aprox. 2 hs.
Timetable: From September to April: Daily from 10.00 to 20.00 hs. | May and August: from 11.00 to 17.00 hs. Every day except Tuesdays.

More information: www.museocalafate.com.ar

Yeti Ice Bar

First ice bar in the center of the city. Two bars in one place. At the entrance our warm bar welcomes you with an aesthetic simulation of cold environment that serves to welcome visitors to the Ice Bar.

In the Pre cold room visitors will be provided with thermal layers with hood, gloves with fur and crampons for shoes that serve to walk on the ice floor and not skating.

The Ice Bar presents a beautiful ice made bar and our bartender will make you taste delicious drinks, cauliflower liquor, vodka made in Calafate and spirits.

Season: All year round.
Timetable: Monday to Sunday from 11.00 a+to 3.00 hs.

More information: www.yetiicebar.com.ar

Glaciobar Branca (Ice Bar)

Branca Glaciobar is located in the basement of Glaciarium, is designed with walls of ice and glacier ice for furniture. The glasses, bar, tables and chairs are manufactured entirely in ice. The ambient temperature is -10°, admission includes free drinking of white spirits, aperitifs, liqueurs and soft drinks.

A free transfer departs from the parking lot of the Provincial Secretary of Tourism, from 9.00 to 19.00 hs.

Season: All year round.
Duration: Aprox. 2 hs.

More information: www.glaciarium.com

Information

Entrance rates to “Los Glaciares” National Park

- General entrance Fee: AR$800.-
- National residents entrance fee: AR$410.-
- Kids from 6 to 12 years bonified entrance fee: AR$200.-
- Santa Cruz province residents bonified entrance fee: AR$80.-
- Students bonified entrance fee (only Argentinian schools): AR$80.-
- Local residents, retirees or pensioners (only Argentinian), disabled, kids from 0 to 5 years: AR$0.-

Bus companies

To Perito Moreno Glacier:

Always Glaciers

Tel: +54 2902-491833
Departures: Daily at 13.00 hs.
Returns: Daily at 18.00 hs.

Cal-Tur

Web: www.caltur.com.ar
E-mail: caltur@cotecal.com.ar
Tel: +54 2902-491842/493801
Departures: Daily at 9.00 and 13.00 hs.
Returns: Daily at 16.00 and 19.30 hs.

Chalten Travel

Web: www.chaltentravel.com
E-mail: terminalfte@chaltentravel.com
Tel: +54 2902-491833
Departures: Daily at 13.00 hs.
Returns: Daily at 18.30 hs.

Taqsa

Web: www.taqsa.com.ar
E-mail: taqsa@cotecal.com.ar
Tel: +54 2902-491843
Departures: Daily at 8.30 hs.
Returns: Daily at 14.30 hs.

RP Transportes

E-mail: info@rpviajes.com
Tel: +54 2902-490013
Departures: Daily at 9.30 hs.
Returns: Daily at 15.30 hs.

To El Chaltén:

Cal-Tur

Web: www.caltur.com.ar
E-mail: caltur@cotecal.com.ar
Tel: +54 2902-491842/493801
Departures: Daily at 8.00, 13.00 and 18.00 hs.
Returns: Daily at 8.00, 13.00 and 18.00 hs.

Chalten Travel

Web: www.chaltentravel.com
E-mail: terminalfte@chaltentravel.com
Tel: +54 2902-491833
Departures: Daily at 8.00, 13.00 and 18.00 hs.
Returns: Daily at 7.30, 13.00 and 18.00 hs.

TAQSA

Web: www.taqsa.com.ar
E-mail: taqsa@cotecal.com.ar
Tel: +54 2902-491843
Departures: Daily at 16.30 hs.
Returns: Daily at 19.30 hs.

To Puerto Natales:

Always Glaciers

Tel: +54 2902-491833
Departures: Daily at 5.30 hs.
Returns: Daily at 16.30 hs.

Cootra

Web: www.cootra.com.ar
E-mail: cootracalafate2@gmail.com
Tel: +54 2902-491444
Departures: Daily at 7.30 hs.
Returns: Daily at 7.30 hs.

Bus Sur

Web: www.bussur.com
E-mail: sac@bussur.com
Tel: +54 2902-494250
Departures: Wed, Fri, Sun 8.00 hs.
Returns: Tue, Thu, Sat 7.45 hs.

Turismo Zaahj

Tel: +54 2902-491631
E-mail: zaahj@entelchile.net
Web: www.turismozaahj.co.cl
Departures: Tue, Thu, Sat 8.00 hs. | Mon, Fri 16.30 hs.
Returns: Mon, Wed, Fri 8.00 hs. | Mon, Fri 14.00 hs. | Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun 7.00 hs.

Connect with us

Phone: +54 2902-491650

E-mail: info@naupatagonia.com.ar

Address: 17 de Octubre 116, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Z9405ECO, Patagonia Argentina.

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