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Nimez Lagoon Nature Reserve (Laguna Nimez Reserve) Tours

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Nimez Lagoon Nature Reserve (Laguna Nimez Reserve)
Located on the southern shore of Argentino Lake, Nimez Lagoon Nature Reserve (Laguna Nimez Reserve) is framed by the snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountains and serves as a haven for the region’s wildlife. The beaches and marshlands of the reserve harbor more than 80 species of Patagonian and migratory birds.

The Basics

Explore the reserve on foot on a self-guided tour that follows a 1.5-mile (2.5-kilometer) walking trail around the two lagoons; the many observation shelters along the route increase your chances of spotting birdlife. Located just outside of El Calafate, the reserve is included on most city and bike tours of the lakeside, which typically cover the Walichu Caves and the Old Town of El Calafate.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Guided tours of the reserve are possible and are available to book at reception on arrival. Guidebooks and binoculars are also available.
  • Bird watchers and photographers should plan to spend at least an hour at the reserve. 
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as well as plenty of water.

How to Get There
The Nimez Lagoon Nature Reserve lies one mile (1.5-kilometers) north of El Calafate on the south shore of Argentino Lake. It’s possible to walk (around 20 minutes), cycle (less than 10 minutes), or take a taxi (around 5 minutes) from downtown El Calafate.

When to Get There
Spring and summer are the most popular time to visit, when the highest number of migratory birds are present in the reserve. The best time for bird watching is in the early morning or evening, when the birds are most active.

Bird Sightings at Nimez Lagoon Nature Reserve
The reserve is among the region’s most important conservation areas and provides a habitat for dozens of Patagonian bird species. Common sightings are flamingos and black-necked swans, but you’re are also likely to see geese, silvery grebes, ibis, hawks, chimangos, and ducks.
Address: El Calafate, Argentina
Admission: Varies
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El Calafate City Sightseeing Tour Including Walichu Caves

El Calafate City Sightseeing Tour Including Walichu Caves

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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.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$66.70
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El Calafate City Tour

El Calafate City Tour

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Learn about Patagonia’s people and history on a guided tour of El Calafate. Explore the city’s historic center on foot, stop at a local orchard for a lesson in cultivating fruit, and use the binoculars your guide provides to dabble in a bit of bird-watching. The tour also includes coach or minivan transport to and from your hotel.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$73.80
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Bamboo Bike self drive tour El Calafate surroundings

Bamboo Bike self drive tour El Calafate surroundings

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You can feel in balance with all the nature surrounding driving a bamboo vehicle in complety silence and using your sense to capture the inmensive of the pristine nature arround the Lake, mountains, and sky...
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  • 3 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$15.00
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