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El Calafate Day Tours

Nibepo Aike: Patagonian Ranch Day

Depart from your hotel in a minivan towards Glacier National Park. Leave El Calafate behind and travel for 1hr 30mins with the snow-capped Cerro Frías as your backdrop. Once inside the National Park reach Nibepo Aike Ranch, the only ranch in the area that has maintained sheep shearing and Hereford cattle breeding as its primary occupation.

Enjoy a welcoming hot drink and a delicious snack in the quincho (rustic dining room)! Walk the coast of Lago Argentino, watch how a real gaucho (the Argentine cowboy) works the shearing shed, and view a unique demonstration of gaucho horsemanship. Depending on the day’s activities, you may help milk the cows, herd sheep, or learn the history behind the founders of the estancia. At the end of the day, return to the quincho, where a mouth-watering grilled lamb awaits, sizzling over its traditional Patagonian fire pit. Take the same road and transportation to return to El Calafate. 

 

Duration: Half Day (approximately 7 hrs), Morning: from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. // Evening: from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Services Included: Transfer hotel/ranch/hotel, bilingual guide, lunch or dinner

Not Included: Horseback riding, gratuities

FROM USD 130

Perito Moreno Glacier Tour & Navigation

A minivan will pick you up at your hotel in El Calafate and you’ll head to Glaciers National Park. To get there, you will traverse 50 miles of paved road: a path between brown mountains and a blue lake. On the way, a specialized local guide will tell you about the park, which hosts the second largest icefield in the world after Antarctica.

At the hop-off point, your guide will explain how to navigate the 2 mile-long boardwalks that showcase the front wall of Perito Moreno Glacier. These are low difficulty path connected by stairways. You can read the informative signs in key viewpoints, and if you are lucky, you may even see a gigantic piece of ice breaking and falling into the lake!

You will join your guide again at the chosen time to take your hour-long boat trip across the whole frontal face of this 260 foot-high ice wall. There is a little bar inside the boat where you can buy hot beverages to fight the cold Patagonian wind.

Return to Calafate in the early evening.

 

Duration: 6 hours

Services included: Transfer in/out, walkways of Perito Moreno, scenic cruise, bilingual guide

Not included: National Park entrance fee, lunch

FROM USD 85

Cerro Frías Experience

Discover the natural wonders surrounding El Calafate by exploring Cerro Frias Mountain. The mode of transportation is half the fun, with horseback, zip line, trekking or even 4×4 vehicle options. Choose your favorite vehicle style and enjoy perfect panoramic views of Lake Argentino, El Calafate, Fitz Roy Mountain and Torres del Paine. The landscape combines steppe expanses and lenga-tree forests that both host different types of plants and animals ready to be discovered by clever eyes at a moment’s notice. This is a true adventure set in a natural paradise.

 

Duration: Both half and full day options (4 hours or 6 hours, respectively)
Services Included: Transfer in/out, bilingual guide, lunch (full day option only)
Not Included: Lunch (half day option)

Note: Only valid during Summer (between October and April)

FROM USD 80

Safari Experience

The vast Patagonian Desert, although often mistaken as desolate, is full of unique wildlife. Come explore 25 miles of a natural reserve at a traditional Patagonian Ranch in a small group using a 4×4 off-road vehicle.

The Land Rover will pick you up at your hotel in Calafate and take you to explore the reserve accompanied by your expert bilingual guide. Make different stops to discover guanaco herds and the trail of the Patagonian grey fox. Use professional gear like binoculars, telescopes and a bird guide to identify native species.

Keep exploring on the 4×4 off-road truck and discover the delicate steppe ecosystem, where 80,000 years of Earth’s history can be traced by different fossils and the remains of different mammals which walked the Earth over 15 million years ago.

Learn about the pioneers’ history and taste exquisite Patagonian lamb at a house tucked deep within the Patagonian countryside before heading back into town.

 

Duration: Half day (5 hours)
Services Included: Entrance fee, transfers in/out, lunch or dinner with beverages, safari equipment

Note: Only valid during Summer (November to end of April)

FROM USD 70

Torres del Paine Day Tour

Visit one of the most famous parts of Patagonia: Torres del Paine National Park. Leaving from El Calafate, drive through the spectacular Patagonian steppe and cross the Argentina-Chile border to reach Torres del Paine National Park. While in the park, make the most of your time with short hikes in addition to driving in a shared vehicle to hit the top spots. The steep mountain scenery will take your breath away. The crystal-clear waters of Lake Pehoe and Lake Nordenskjöld will help you find inner peace, and will compliment the vivid green landscapes in between.

 

Duration: Full day (16 hours)

Services Included: Transfer in/out, box lunch

Not Included: Park enterance fees

Note: Only valid from September to April

FROM USD 175

Full Day El Chalten – Self Guided

The excursion begins at 7.00 hs from El Calafate. You will take the mythic Route 40, that goes along the Argentino Lake up to La Leona river. Pass by the canyon with the same name “Cañadón La Leona” and after 1.15 h ride arrive to the ancient route hotel “La Leona”, almost a museum of the Route 40, where you can have coffee and cakes.
The trip continues along the Lake Viedma, from where you will have magical views of glaciers, hidden lakes and the overpowering presence of the Mount Fitz Roy. Make some photo stops at the viewpoint of the Viedma Glacier and Lake and after a 3 h ride we will arrive to this andean village called “The Capital of the Trekking”. Upon arrival at El Chalten you will have the chance to make another stop at the National Park Interpretation Centre.
Once at Chalten, live your own adventure. Well marked trails that lead to the most beautiful viewpoints of the Mt Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre (Laguna Capri, Mirador Torre and also Laguna de los Tres)

 

Included: Packed lunch.
Dificulty: Moderate.
Walking time: 3 to 6 hours.

 

Note: Please consider that in the national park the weather may be different than in town. Therefore, we recommend you to take rainproof jacket, sunglasses and gloves.

FROM USD 65

Ice River Navigation

Travel through the northern arm of Lake Argentino by boat to see some of the best sites of this region. Start your tour in the Upsala Channel, where you will find a stunning natural barrier made up of gigantic icebergs. Then the ride will continue to amaze you as you come face to face with a magical landscape: the Upsala Glacier. The boat ride continues as you then head to the Spegazzini Canal, which provides you with an up-close view of the Seco Glacier, followed by one of the tallest glaciers in the park, the Spegazzini Glacier. The tranquil majesty of these other-worldly mountains of ice is sure to remain in your memory forever.

 

Duration: 5 Hours
Services Included: Transfer in/out, boat tour

FROM USD 150

Gourmet Glacier Experience

Experience the grandeur of Los Glaciers National Park navigating through a series of ice floats with varied colors and shapes as you work your way toward the Upsala Glacier. Then, drift along the turquoise waters, passing giant icebergs and approaching the breathtaking Spegazzini Glacier, one of the tallest in the national park. Enjoy a delicious, gourmet with a magical, glacier landscape before you. As the afternoon approaches, we’ll cut the engine and find true serenity in an extremely silent bay of the Spegazzini Channel. There, we will follow a particular route that presents you the most stunning panoramic views, and a deeper look into the amazing world of Los Glaciers National Park.

 

Duration: Full day
Services Included: Transfer in/out, lunch on-board, bilingual guide
Not Included: Park entrance fee

Note: The itinerary is subject to changes based on the captain criteria to guarantee the passengers safety.

FROM USD 165

Estancia Cristina Cañadon de los Fosiles

Ride via boat through the turquoise waters of Lago Argentino, sailing around floating icebergs as you venture deep into the national park en-route to the remote Estancia Cristina. Once you arrive, learn about its history in a brief tour and embark on an adventurous 4×4 vehicle excursion to a breathtaking viewpoint of the Upsala Glacier, Lake William and the Andes mountain range. Then, you will trek to the Cañadón de los Fósiles area where you can find a large collection of fossil remains, uncovered by glacial movement over the years. End the tour by returning to the Valley of Estancia Cristina before traveling back to El Calafate.

 

Duration: Full day
Services Included: Transfers in/out, tours estancia, entrance fee.

Not Included: Vianda Lunch (optional addition)

Note: Must be in good physical condition, and 12 years or older. Only available October through April. 

 

FROM USD 290

Big Ice: Journey to the Center of the Glacier

Admire a world-famous glacier on this unforgettable excursion deep into the ice world of Patagonia. After a short boat ride along the glacier’s towering facade, your adventure begins along the lateral side of the Perito Moreno Glacier. Attach crampons and ascend the glacier in a four-hour trek across the ice. During the trek, you will experience the ice landscape of the glacier, exploring the huge caves, crevasses, and beautiful lagoons. Marvel at the breathtaking views of the immense ice landscape during this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.


Duration: Full day (14 hours)
Services Included: Transfers in/out, hiking equipment, bilingual guide
Not Included: Lunch, park enterance fees

Note: Must be between the ages of 18 and 50 to participate in this activty. Pregnant women, overweight passengers and passengers with disabilties are not permitted to participate for safety reasons. No exceptions. 
Valid from September to April excluding Dec 25th & Jan 1st

FROM USD 345

Minitrekking: Hiking on Perito Moreno Glacier

You will travel 45 miles in a bus equipped with audio guides (English, Spanish, Portuguese) from El Calafate to Puerto de las Sombras, where you’ll take a 20-minute boat ride to the south wall of Perito Moreno Glacier.

On the other shore, your guides will be waiting at the refuge to take you around the Argentine Lake to the base of the glacier, where you’ll put on your crampons (spiked hiking shoes) and listen closely to an informative talk which will instruct you on how to walk across the ice! You’ll also learn about glaciology, which is basically the study of how glaciers form and develop.

Now, go ahead and put that foot on the glacier and start this 1.5 hour long walk to discover endless white landscapes, crevices and small lagoons. Finally, make an unforgettable toast with a whisky in hand, and some Perito Moreno Glacier ice in your glass.

Heading back, you’ll take a 20-minute walk through the nearby lenga forest and then have time to explore the walkways in front of the glacier.

 

Duration: Full day (10 hours)

Services Included: Transfer in/out, bilingual guide
Not Included: Lunch, entrance fee to the National Park.

Note: Excursion permitted only for passengers between the ages of 10 and 65. Pregnant women, overweight and disabled passengers are not permitted to participate in the excursion. No exceptions. Only valid from September to April (summer time)

FROM USD 210

Estancia Cristina Discovery

Navigate the turquoise waters of Lake Argentino, sailing through floating icebergs as you venture deep into the National Park en route to the remote and gorgeous Estancia Cristina. Once there, learn about its history in a brief tour and embark on an adventurous 4×4 excursion to the breathtaking viewpoint of the Upsala Glacier. Ascending the mountains in a short trek, discover the most impressive sights of the massive front face of the glacier, Lake William, the Patagonian ice field, and the Andes range. Return to the farmhouse of the Estancia and navigate back to El Calafate.

 

Duration: Full day (roughly 10 hours)
Services Included: Transfer in/out, estancia tour, entrance fee

Not Included: Lunch (optional addition)

Note: Only valid from October through April. Must be 12 years or older to participate

FROM USD 210