From being a simple village where time seemed to stand still, El Calafate has grown into a modern city, frequented just as much by the Argentineans themselves as by foreign tourists. While here, explore the Perito Moreno glacier and the ‘massif’ surrounding it from close quarters with trained and experienced personnel, and marvel at the sight of ice floes breaking off from the glacier and floating past you.

Themes

  • Adventure
  • Heritage
  • Landscape

Highlights

  • Perito Moreno Glacier
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Los Glaciares National Park
  • Horseback Riding

Places to Stay

Alto Calafate

Style: International

Enjoy your stay in this glacial region from one of the 103 tastefully and subtly furnished rooms of the Alto Calafate, lying in close proximity to El Calafate.

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Eolo

Style: Lodge

This small guesthouse is located on a plot of land spread over 300 hectares.

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Estancia Cristina

Style: Lodge

Located within close proximity to the Upsala glacier, the Estancia Christina offers you a chance to either experience this wonder of nature, or to simply relax in tranquil solitude.

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Estancia Nibepo Aike

Style: Lodge

On the southern shores of the glacial Lake Argentino lies The Nibepo Aike, a typical Patagonian ranch full of the authentic flair unique to this end of the world.

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Hosteria Helsingfors

Style: Farmhouse / Estancia

Helsingfors is a quaint and charming lodge located about 180 km North of El Calafate.

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Kau Yatún

Style: Heritage

A short walk from the downtown of El Calafate yet tucked in a lovely natural setting surrounded by native vegetation and fauna, the Kau Yatun is the ideal mix of a centrally located hotel meets authentic Patagonia Ranch setting.

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Las Dunas

Style: International

Las Dunas is located just 2.5 km outside El Calafate and offers a wonderful view of Lago Argentino. The simple…

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Los Ponchos Apart

Style: Boutique

Los Ponchos is a lovely and unique property 2 km from downtown El Calafate. This boutique apart-hotel was stylishly and…

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Los Sauces

Style: Boutique

Los Sauces is simply the best place to ‘kick back and unwind for a few days and reflect upon a…

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Mirador del Lago

Style: International

Enjoy the spectacular view of Lago Argentino Lake from this functional, yet beautiful hotel. The rooms are simple, but deliver…

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Activities in El Calafate

Private visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier

Journey from El Calafate to the world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier in a private car with driver and guide. Enjoy spectacular views at this gigantic ice mass from different spots on the peninsula and marvel up close at this wonder of nature. (09:00 to 17:00. Private Activity. Lunch box included)

Full Day Visit to Torres del Paine from El Calafate in Group

Leaving from El Calafate, drive through the spectacular Patagonian steppe and reach Torres del Paine National Park that will certainly cast a spell on you with rough mountain scenery, crystal-clear waters, and vivid green landscapes. (07:00 to 21:00. Group Activity. Maximum 27 people. Lunch Included)

Visit to the Perito Moreno Glacier in Group

Leaving from El Calafate in a small group you’ll drive through the Los Glaciers National Park where the world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier awaits. Enjoy spectacular views of this gigantic mass of ice from different spots on the peninsula.(09:00 to 17:00. Group Activity. Maximum 19 people. Lunch box included.)

Navigation to 3 glaciers in Group VIP

Experience the majesty of Los Glaciares National Park by embarking on a full-day group excursion which navigates to the region’s top 3 glaciers. Set sail in catamaran early in the morning from Punta Bandera port (17 km from El Calafate town) navigating the northern arm of Lake Argentino. Drift along the turquoise waters passing giant icebergs and approaching breathtaking glaciers including Upsala, Spegazzini and the north wall of Perito Moreno. Though a rather long day, this excursion offers excellent perspectives of the ice giants from the large yet comfortable catamaran and takes travelers deeper into the amazing world of Los Glaciares National Park.

Navigation to 3 glaciers in Group

Experience the majesty of Los Glaciares National Park by embarking on a full-day group excursion which navigates to the region’s top 3 glaciers. Set sail in catamaran early in the morning from Punta Bandera port (17 km from El Calafate town) navigating the northern arm of Lake Argentino. Drift along the turquoise waters passing giant icebergs and approaching breathtaking glaciers including Upsala, Spegazzini and the north wall of Perito Moreno. Though a rather long day, this excursion offers excellent perspectives of the ice giants from the large yet comfortable catamaran and takes travelers deeper into the amazing world of Los Glaciares National Park.

Minitrekking Perito Moreno Glacier

An unforgettable journey into the ice world of Patagonia; experience the iconic glacier up-close by walking on the surface of the ice itself! The adventure begins by navigating along the towering facade, followed by disembarkation on the opposite shore. Walk along the lateral moraine until ascending onto the ice. The two hours moderate circuit that follows introduces you to the fascinating glacial landscape with its streams, small lagoons, gullies, crevasses and sculptural ice formations of the most incredible shades of blue. Truly a once in a lifetime experience! (07:00 to 17:00. Group Activity. Maximum 20 people. You must be between 10 and 65 years old to do this activity. Lunch box included)

Full day Fossil CanyonTrek

Navigate the turquoise waters of Lake Argentino, sailing past floating icebergs as you venture deep into the national park en route to the remote Estancia Cristina. Before beginning your trek visit the impressive lookout point where you can view the marvelous Upsala Glacier. In the afternoon take an exstensive two to three hour trek through Fossils Valley. As you descend down the valley to Estancia Cristina view the many fossils that can be found. (07:00 to 21:00. Group Activity, Maximum 14 people. Lunch Box Included).

Full day Cristina Discovery with lunch

Navigate the turquoise waters of Lake Argentino, sailing past floating icebergs as you venture deep into the national park en route to the remote Estancia Cristina. Once at the estancia, learn its history on a brief tour of its museum before embarking on an adventurous 4×4 excursion ascending the mountains to the breathtaking viewpoint of the Upsala Glacier. Marvel at the enormity of this icy giant framed by the dark, rugged mountains of southern Patagonia. Descend back to the estancia and return to El Calafate by evening. (07:00 to 21:00. Group Activity. Maximum 14 people in the truck. Lunch Included)

Full Day visit to Chaltén with Viedma Glacier

Embark on a day trip with a small group, starting from El Calafate. Journey through a fascinating stretch to El Chaltén, the trekking capital of Argentina. Dont forget to pay a visit to Argentinas largest glacier: Viedma, which shimmers down from the Andes.

Big Ice Trekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier

Admire the world-famous glacier on this unforgettable full-day excursion deep into the ice world of Patagonia. Take a short navigation along the glacier’s towering facade and then trek one hour along the glacier before you begin your adventure on the glacier. Attach crampons and ascend the glacier entering the ice for a fourhour trek across the surface. During the trek, you will experience the magical landscape of the glacier, exploring the huge moulins, crevasses, caves and lagoons. Marvel at the myriad shades of blue during this truly once in a lifetime experience. (07:00 to 18:00. Group Activity. Maximum 20 people. You must be between 18 and 50 years old to do this activity. Lunch box included)

Nibepo Aike Estancia visit with horseback

Immerse yourself in the Patagonian Guacho culture by visiting Nibepo Aike Ranch. Explore the estancia learning about the cattle and sheep raised here and even view a demonstration of horse handling. Enjoy an hour horseback ride around the ranch taking in the stunning views of the mountains and Lake Argentino. End the activity with a hearty and delicious Patagonian lamb barbecue before returning to El Calafate. (08:00 to 15:30 or 16:00 to 23:30, if you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Group Activity. Maximum 40 people at the estancia. Lunch Included for the morning departures, Dinner Included for the afternoon departures)

Nibepo Aike Estancia visit in Group

Immerse yourself in the Patagonian Guacho culture by visiting Nibepo Aike Ranch. Explore the estancia learning about the cattle and sheep raised here and even view a demonstration of horse handling. Enjoy an hour walk around the ranch taking in the stunning views of the mountains and Lake Argentino. End the activity with a hearty and delicious Patagonian lamb barbecue before returning to El Calafate. (08:00 to 15:30 or 16:00 to 23:30, if you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Group Activity. Maximum 40 people at the estancia. Lunch Included for the morning departures, Dinner Included for the afternoon departures)’

El Calafate Steppe wildlife Safari

Though often mistaken as desolate, the vast Patagonian steppe is full of unique wildlife like guanacos, hares and condors. Its hills and plateaus are painted a thousand subtle hues and stretch on infinitely across the horizon. On this half day tour explore the Estancia 25 de Mayo by 4×4 vehicles. Along the way learn about the history of El Calafate and the ranch culture of the region. With luck you will see the horses and cattle raised on the estancia as well as the wildlife that call Patagonia home. Search for marine fossils formed millions of years ago and take a short walk to view the guanacos and other wildlife up close. End the tour with a hearty meal at one of the original houses on the ranch. (09:00 to 14:30 or 16:00 to 21:30, if you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time. Group Activity. Maximum 12 guests. Lunch Included for the morning departures, Dinner Included for the afternoon departures.)

2,5hr Horseback Cerro Frías in El Calafate

Discover the wonders nature by horseback in the surroundings of El Calafate, nestled within the Los Glaciers National Park.

Included Activities at Helsingfors

For those who enjoy the great outdoors, few places beat Hosteria Helsingfors when it comes to offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Choose daily from the many guided hikes and horse rides along the lakes and through mountains of this pristine part of Patagonia. For more detailed information on all the activities offered by Hosteria Helsingfors, please visit their website: http://www.helsingfors.com.ar/

Included Activities at Eolo

Breathe in the fresh air and relish the tranquillity of this remote corner of Patagonia as you choose daily from included activities such as trekking, mountain biking, bird watching or star gazing by telescope. For more detailed information on all the activities offered by the Eolo Hotel please visit their website: http://www.eolo.com.ar

Included Activities at Estancia Nibepo Aike

During you stay immerse yourself in the Patagonian Gaucho culture. Explore the beauty of the Patagonian steppe with any of the estancia’s stunning activities. Select from several different hikes and horseback rides. Also you can assist the gauchos in tasks around the ranch such as milking cows and sheering sheep. For more detailed information on all the activities offered by Estancia Nibepo Aike, please visit their website: http://www.nibepoaike.com.ar/ingles.

Included Activities at Estancia Cristina

While at Estancia Cristina exploring the beauty of Patagonia with their stunning selection of activities. All excursions are with excellent English-speaking guides certified by the National Park. Select from Hiking/trekking at various levels and durations, Horseback riding, 4×4 excursion to the UpsalaGlacier and Fishing (rainbow trout and salmon chinook). For more detailed information on all the activities offered by Estancia Cristina, please visit their website: http://www.estanciacristina.com/english/lodge_experiencias.html

Nautical Safari of the Perito Moreno Glacier

Experience the Perito Moreno Glacier up close during a boat ride on Argentino Lake. View the spectacular display of falling ice blocks from a safe distance and experience the enormous size of this massive monument of nature. (Duration 1 hour. Group Activity. Maximum 130 people on the boat. Combined with the Visit to Perito Moreno Glacier)

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