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El Calafate Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2015

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The gateway town to Patagonia’s blue Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park, El Calafate is also a resort destination bordering Lake Argentino. Birdwatchers flock here to watch the lake fill with flamingos, while wannabe gauchos go cantering beside the water.

Day 1: El Calafate Canter

Spend the day relaxing and getting to know El Calafate, capital of Argentina’s glacier country. As you take a stroll through the heart of town, you’ll notice the locals are deservedly proud of their well-kept gardens and the colorful blooms that thrive in this temperate climate. Hire a horse for a leisurely gallop, and as dusk falls, head to Nimez Lagoon to watch the birds’ nightly arrival at the famous wetlands. Round off the evening by ordering local specialties like grilled venison or beef at one of El Calafate’s many restaurants.

Day 2: Go Glacial

Next day, the soaring icy walls of Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park await. Take a guided walk along pathways to the glacier face, for breathtaking views of the surrounding snow-covered mountains. Safely ensconced on the panoramic catwalk of a nearby peninsula, you’ll be surrounded by icy peaks soaring 60m (197 feet) above you. The air fills with the thunder and crash of shifting icebergs and jagged chunks of ice are propelled from the glacier, as you experience first-hand one of the planet’s most active icefields!

Day 3: Torres del Paine

Cross over into Chile for the day to spend time amongst the granite pillars, turquoise lakes and jagged peaks of Torres del Paine National Park. This spectacularly scenic day trip combines a scenic drive through the Patagonian country of both Argentina and Chile, taking in the waterfalls of Salto Grande, panoramic lookouts and glacier-ringed lakes.

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Full Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier, El Calafate, null
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Full Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 180 Reviews

Be seduced by the fascinating landscape of Argentinia's Perito Moreno glacier on a full day tour from El Calafate. Explore glacier streams, small lagoons, ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
6-Day Tour of Patagonia: El Calafate, El Chalten, Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National ... 
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6-Day Tour of Patagonia: El Calafate, El Chalten, Perito Moreno Glacier and Los Glaciares National Park

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Explore Argentina's Patagonia region on this 6-day tour from El Calafate! Visit Los Glaciares National Park and see Perito Moreno Glacier, a UNESCO World ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $587.50
9-Day Best of Patagonia Tour: El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Puerto Natales and Torres del ... 
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9-Day Best of Patagonia Tour: El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier, Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

See the best of South America’s spectacular Patagonia region on this 9-day tour from El Calafate. With a combination of guided activities and free time, this ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 9 days (approx.)

From USD $1,088.00
Full Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park, El Calafate, Multi-day Tours
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Full Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park

4.5 star rating: Recommended 59 Reviews

Journey out of El Calafate for a full day tour to Torres del Paine National Park. Start your day on a scenic drive to the Chilean border, and, after ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $297.22
El Calafate Downhill Mountain Biking Adventure, El Calafate, Day Trips
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El Calafate Downhill Mountain Biking Adventure

Let a chairlift do the hard work for you and then fly down Mt Huyliche on this guided mountain bike tour from El Calafate. Starting from the Calafate Balcony ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $113.75
La Leona Petrified Forest Hiking Tour from El Calafate, El Calafate, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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La Leona Petrified Forest Hiking Tour from El Calafate

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Walk through a lunar landscape strewn with petrified logs and dinosaur fossils on this El Calafate day trip to La Leona Petrified Forest. During an easygoing ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $209.00
El Calafate City Sightseeing Tour Including Walichu Caves, El Calafate, Hiking & Camping
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El Calafate City Sightseeing Tour Including Walichu Caves

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Get under the skin of El Calafate and see the ancient rock paintings of Patagonia’s earliest settlers on this 3-hour sightseeing tour. Traveling in an ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.00
3-Day Tour of El Calafate and the Glaciers, El Calafate, City Tours
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3-Day Tour of El Calafate and the Glaciers

Visit the southern arm of Lake Argentino and Los Glaciares National Park on a three day tour from El Calafate. Your second day starts at El Calafate where ...  Read more

Location: El Calafate, Argentina
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $287.50
3-Night Tour to El Calafate by Air from Buenos Aires Including Perito Moreno Glacier, Buenos Aires, ... 
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3-Night Tour to El Calafate by Air from Buenos Aires Including Perito Moreno Glacier

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Fly from Buenos Aires to El Calafate for a 3-night Patagonian adventure! Just four hours away by air, the town of El Calafate provides easy access to Los ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $1,286.00
6-Day Buenos Aires and El Calafate Tour, Buenos Aires, Multi-day Tours
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6-Day Buenos Aires and El Calafate Tour

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Discover the city of Buenos Aires and the beautiful landscape of Argentina’s Patagonia region on a 6-day tour. With a mixture of guided tours and free ...  Read more

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Duration: 6 days (approx.)

From USD $575.00

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