El Calafate, Argentina

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clock-o3 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Tour El Calafate and the Walichu Caves' ancient art on this 3-hour coach tour with an informative guide who shares about the history, population and unique geological features of this region. Visit the banks of Lago Argentino to view the rock paintings in Walichu Caves, which date back 4,000 years. Enjoy an informative tour of Old Town Calafate including the El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, then view local bird life at Laguna Nimez. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in El Calafate.
  • 3-hour sightseeing tour of El Calafate and Walichu Caves with an expert guide
  • Admire the ancient rock paintings at Walichu Caves on the shores of Lake Argentino
  • Enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of El Calafate old town, with its 20th-century settler buildings
  • Watch for flamingoes, geese and other birds on the shores of Laguna Nimez
  • Explore the natural history and geology of Patagonia at El Calafate Historical Interpretation Centre
After pickup at your hotel in central El Calafate, relax and enjoy the views during your trip in an air-conditioned minivan or coach. During the 30-minute ride to the Walichu Caves through seemingly untouched wilderness, get an orientation to the region from your guide. 

Arrive at Walichu Caves on the shore of the pale blue Lago Argentino. Walk down the forest trail to the caves, where you will see ancient rock paintings of animals and humans, as well as some recreations. Learn from your local guide about the Paleolithic times when they were painted and hear about the pre-Tehuelche hunter-gatherer peoples who made them. 

Board the bus back to El Calafate for a sightseeing tour of the old town. Pass the churches, homes and other landmarks built by the town's first settlers as your guide tells you about what early life was like for them. Drive on to Laguna Nimez, a bird preserve where you will be provided with binoculars. Walk along the water to admire swans, flamingos and other species.

Move on to the El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center, where you learn about the area's geology, history and local wildlife. End your 3-hour journey with drop-off at your El Calafate hotel.

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u
, Mar 2018

Nothing exciting about this . The cave you have to interpret yourself , a lot of assumptions were made . The city tour you can do on your own .

M
, Sep 2017

This was an okay tour. The Walichu caves were interesting, but the museum was not great. You can walk through the city of El Calafate on your own as it is fairly small. Walichu caves are not walking distance.

A
, Jun 2017

Wonderful! We were so happy to have our guide. Really most of the tour was for Spanish speakers. She explained that her English wasn't too good and that wasn't true! her English was GREAT! She explained in detail the history of the region. You go over to the lake which is this fabulous color of blue and the landscape is totally surreal. You then go over to this ancient cave dwellings -- absolutely fascinating. Well worth it. It doesn't take all day, either so its just a nice day excursion. We also visited a museum which included some more history of the area. Its a nice alternative to going to the Los Glaciares Park.

P
, Mar 2016

Very interesting the guide was excellent


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