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How to Spend 3 Days in El Calafate

How to Spend 3 Days in El Calafate

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 including Boat Safari

Full-Day Tour to the Perito Moreno Glacier including Boat Safari

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Experience the majestic icy expanse of the Perito Moreno Glacier on this full-day tour from El Calafate. Enjoy views of the peaks of Los Glaciares National Park with a professional guide, and take a boat ride on Argentino Lake for an up-close perspective on the fantastic formation. You might even witness the glacier’s signature movement and cracking sounds from detaching icebergs!
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$109.00
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4-Day Tour to El Calafate by Air from Buenos Aires with Perito Moreno Glacier

4-Day Tour to El Calafate by Air from Buenos Aires with Perito Moreno Glacier

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Explore El Calafate on this 3-night excursion from Buenos Aires including airfare. Fly from Argentina's capital to El Calafate, the gateway city to Los Glaciares National Park. Tour this UNESCO World Heritage Site and see the Perito Moreno glacier. Explore El Calafate at your leisure during a full day of free time. Flights and breakfast each day are included; choose from 3-, 4-, or 5-star hotels.
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  • 4 days
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$1,119.57
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6-Day Tour of Patagonia visiting El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier & El Chalten

6-Day Tour of Patagonia visiting El Calafate, Perito Moreno Glacier & El Chalten

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Set out on a six-day tour of Argentina’s stunning Patagonia region with a range of lodging budgets to choose from. This multiday excursion includes guided adventures like a boat cruise to Perito Moreno Glacier in Los Glaciares National Park, as well as ample time to explore on your own. Embark on a full-day hike up Mt Fitz Roy if you’re feeling up to it, or simply bask in the scenic beauty of El Chaltem. Learn about Patagonian culture throughout your trip, which begins and ends in El Calafate.
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  • 6 days
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$606.00
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Full-Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park

Full-Day Tour to the Torres del Paine National Park

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Discover Chilean Patagonia with a full-day tour from El Calafate to Torres del Paine National Park. Cross the border with the assistance of your expert guide, and take in the park’s magnificent scenery of alpine lakes, rugged peaks and jaw-dropping glaciers. See the spectacular Grey Glacier and Grey Lake, and hike to the Salto Grande waterfall. Round-trip transport from your El Calafate hotel and lunch are included.
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  • 14 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$216.00
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La Leona Petrified Forest Hiking Tour from El Calafate

La Leona Petrified Forest Hiking Tour from El Calafate

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Spend an afternoon hiking and exploring outside of El Calafate on a visit to La Leona Petrified Forest. Along the way you’ll stop at Hotel La Leona, an old roadhouse that once housed Butch Cassidy, and travel past some of Patagonia’s most alluring scenery, including Mt Fitz Roy and Argentino Lake. Then enjoy an easy 7-mile (12-km) guided trek through La Leona’s moon-like forest, keeping an eye out for fossilized dinosaur bones and petrified trees. Your day-long tour includes round-trip air-conditioned transport and a boxed lunch.
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  • 8 hours
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$150.00
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9-Day Best of Patagonia tour: El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales

9-Day Best of Patagonia tour: El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales

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Experience the majestic beauty of Patagonia with a 9-day tour of multinational highlights, from a cruise along the UNESCO-listed Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina to a trek through Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. See alpine lakes and meadows, jagged mountain peaks and ancient glaciers as you travel through some of the most breathtaking scenery in South America. Enjoy a balance of scheduled activities and leisure time to pursue additional hiking or explore the Patagonian towns of El Calafate, El Chalten and Puerto Natales.
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  • 9 days
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$1,100.00
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3-Day Tour of El Calafate and the Glaciers

3-Day Tour of El Calafate and the Glaciers

Bring the family for a three-day tour highlighting southern Argentina’s spectacular natural scenery. Set out from El Calafate with your bilingual guides to Los Glaciares National Park, where you’ll see Lake Argentino, marvel at the thunderous roar of calving glaciers, and enjoy jaw-dropping views  Perito Moreno Glacier—the park’s most iconic glacier—from a multitude of angles. This multiday tour includes two nights lodging in El Calafate.
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  • 3 days
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$255.00
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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
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$53.33
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El Calafate Downhill Mountain Biking Adventure

El Calafate Downhill Mountain Biking Adventure

Hit Mt. Huyliche’s downhill trails on a mountain biking adventure. Leave from El Calafate and take a chairlift to the top of the mountain, then set out on an exhilarating ride to the bottom. The descent includes plenty of stops for thirst-quenching and photo ops, as well as the opportunity for your tour guide to point out sights like the Andes and Argentino Lake that you see en route. You don’t have to be an expert cyclist to participate, but being bicycle savvy helps.
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  • 4 hours
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$575.40
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6-Day Buenos Aires and El Calafate Tour

6-Day Buenos Aires and El Calafate Tour

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Explore Argentina’s vibrant capital and the wild landscapes of Patagonia on this action-packed 6-day tour from Buenos Aires to El Calafate, including transfers and 4- or 5-star accommodation. Start your adventure in Buenos Aires, where you’ll visit Plaza de Mayo, San Telmo and La Boca on a guided sightseeing tour, then enjoy a thrilling tango dinner show. Next, fly to El Calafate (flight not included) and trek through the UNESCO-listed Los Glaciares National Park, home to natural wonders like the Perito Moreno Glacier, Lake Argentino and Mt Fitz Roy.
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  • 6 days
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$575.00
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