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: 7-8 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

Classic:

After sailing Lake Argentino, we will have plenty of time to visit theMuseo Costumbrista (Museum of Traditional Habits), the Main House, the Waterwheel, the Chapel and the Cemetery. For those enjoying long walks, they will be able to reach Los Perros waterfall.
Sailing Lake Argentino + Upsala glacier + Historic tour: The Museum and the Estancia’s main house + Hikking to Cascada de los Perros.

Discovery:

If you would like to visit the Upsala glacier and the Estancia, the Discovery is the most suitable option. It is certainly an ideal combination of adventure, glaciers and history. The 4×4 ride uphill runs through a mountain trail among forests and rivers, until reaching the viewpoint of the Upsala glacier, with views to the South Patagonic Ice Field. The immensity of the landscape is very moving. Tour to the Estancia, Museo Costumbrista, Chapel.
Sailing Lake Argentino + Upsala glacier + 4×4 rides to the Upsala viewpoint + Historic tour: The Museum and the Estancia’s main house.

Trekking:

When disembarking the Boat, the 4×4 vehicles will be waiting to start the ride towards the viewpoint of the Upsala glacier. The descent will be through the Cañadón de los Fósiles, a deposit of sea fossil remains. This is a valley with UNIQUE characteristics within the National Park, which made this an unforgettable experience, among forests, lagoons, lakes, glaciers, and surrounded by the typical fauna and flora of the region.
Sailing Lake Argentino + Upsala glacier + 4×4 rides to the Upsala viewpoint + Trekking 14 km to Cañadón de los Fósiles. Level of difficulty: High.

Seasons: Low: October, March, April | High: November to February.
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 Crusier.

Lago Argentino | On a northwest course to Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo | Spegazzini Glacier | Landing at Las Vacas Station, in the Spegazzini Canal Bay | Here our guides coordinate a trek with a view of the old Settlers’ Station identifying flora and fauna | Visit the Upsala Canal and navigate to Herminita Peninsula, limit of the navigation zone allowed by National Parks | Panoramic view of the Glacier | Lunch during navigation | Navigate to Canal de los Tempanos | Visit PERITO MORENO GLACIER | Return to La Soledad private port.

Season: October to March.
Departures: Daily at 7.30 hs.
Duration: Full Day.
Includes: Gourmet Box Lunch, Transport from/to the hotel.
NOT Included: National Park entrance fee.

Glaciares Gourmet Premium.

María Turquesa Crusier (VIP Room for 20 passengers).

Lago Argentino | On a northwest course to Punta Avellaneda and Boca del Diablo | Spegazzini Glacier | Landing at Las Vacas Station, in the Spegazzini Canal Bay | Here our guides coordinate a trek with a view of the old Settlers’ Station identifying flora and fauna | Visit the Upsala Canal and navigate to Herminita Peninsula, limit of the navigation zone allowed by National Parks | Panoramic view of the Glacier | Lunch during navigation | Navigate to Canal de los Tempanos | Visit PERITO MORENO GLACIER | Return to La Soledad private port.

Season: October to March.
Departures: Daily at 7.30 hs.
Duration: Full Day.
Includes: Gourmet Lunch, Transport from/to the hotel.
NOT Included: National Park entrance fee.

Full Day Chaltén

Pick-up from hotel at 7.30 hs, there are 3 stops on the road for pictures, plus another one at the historical parador La Leona. After 220km we arrive at El Chaltén at around 11.30 hs.

You get a informative talk explaining the main trails in the area (Cerro Fitz Roy y Cerro Torre being the main ones). At 19.30 hs you will be taking the return bus at the bus terminal, arriving at the hotel in El Calafate at round 22.30 hs.

Season: All year round.
Departures: Daily at 7.30 hs.
Duration: Full Day.
Includes: Transportation from/to the hotel.
NOT Included: Lunch.

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 at 9.00, 15.00 and 17.00 hs.
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.

Full Day Torres del Paine

The tour starts at 5:30 hs from the accommodation in El Calafate. Once you arrive at the Argentina-Chile border, you are met by the local guide, who will accompany you during the tour inside Torres del Paine National Park.

Before arriving at the Park, you will make two stops to observe the Torres del Paine.

Inside the park, the bus will stop at the viewpoints: Laguna Amarga, Lago Nordenskjold, Pudeto, Pehoé (where lunch will be served in the inn) and Administration.

In the area of Pudeto there will be a short walk of about 1 hour to observe the Salto Grande waterfall and the viewpoint of Los Cuernos.

Once at the Administration area (CONAF), you will start with the return to El Calafate, arriving approximately at 22:30 hs to your accommodation.

Season: October to April.
Departures: Daily at 5.30 hs.
Duration: Full Day.
Includes: Lunch, Transport from/to the hotel.
NOT Included: National Park entrance fee.

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$600.-
- National residents entrance fee: AR$310.-
- Kids from 6 to 12 years bonified entrance fee: AR$150.-
- Santa Cruz province residents bonified entrance fee: AR$60.-
- Students bonified entrance fee (only Argentinian schools): AR$60.-
- 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.

Chalten Travel

Web: www.chaltentravel.com
E-mail: terminalfte@chaltentravel.com
Tel: +54 2902-491833
Departures: Daily at 5.30 hs.
Returns: Daily at 16.30 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.

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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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