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Three must-see rides in El Calafate

We share three proposals for you to enjoy El Calafate and the immensity of its glaciers. It's time to start planning your holiday!

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In the  capital of the  glaciers   (Santa Cruz), we can find various plans to enjoy our  trip to the 8th. Wonder of the World . And El Calafate has it all!

Located 3000 km  from Buenos Aires  and 315 from Rio Gallegos (capital of Santa Cruz), the city of Calafatense surprises with its tranquility, cleanliness and green landscape of forests and mountains. That's why today we share  three must-see walks for your next visit  to this city.

 1. Visit to the Glaciarium (Glaciological Interpretation Centre) 

Knowing the  Glaciarium , is undoubtedly one of the activities that you will not be able to miss during your visit to El Calafate . This is the glacier museum  and is one of the few examples in the world of its kind. Located 6km from  El Calafate,  it has several rooms and audiovisual equipment.

The Glaciarium project began in 2008. One of its main objectives is to raise awareness about the  dissemination and research of glaciers with an environmental  awareness  message.  The architecture of its building, proposes an emblematic, expressive and forceful image. Its modern lines refer to glacial aesthetics, and the contents displayed there have the most modern resources. Animations, models, films, dioramas, photographs, make the visit a unique experience.

The exhibits introduce visitors to caves, which explain how  snow is transformed into ice , where there are glaciers in the world, what is the history of  climate change  and who are the pioneer explorers and glaciologists.

Its main attraction is  “La voz del glacier”,  a  3D film  where in the first person, this thick mass of ice shares its story with stunning shots recorded with drones. Cafeteria, Ecoshop, a gift shop with sustainable design products, and GlacioBar, Argentina's first ice bar complete the visit.

 2. Kayak Excursion 

For the more adventurous, this is a relatively little-known adventure urism activity in El Calafate. The tour takes  the Lake Argentino  just meters away from the  Perito Moreno Glacier . Before starting, you can  walk along the walkways and walk through the park  for two hours.

The  groups are small  (no more than 20 people per day), and instructed by three  expert guides on safety and rowing standards.  They are also provided with  appropriate technical clothing    , such as: Gore-Tex dry suit, thermal suit, boots, gloves and life jacket and indications from three expert guides. In addition, a support vessel escorts the expeditioners. Children  under 14 are not allowed to visit .

 3. Catamaran tour 

It is a  walk where you travel 164 km in a modern, spacious and comfortable  boat  . Ideal for the tour through one of the walls of Perito Moreno and includes the Spegazzini and Upsala glaciers, the largest and highest glaciers in South America respectively.

Hundreds of places accompany you during the walk, so you can take really spectacular pictures. It also includes a stop at  Puesto de las Vacas , (Bay Onelli), where you will disembark and make a  walk  coordinated by the team of guides, with a view of the old village post, recognition of flora and fauna in a nearby forest.

 We suggest you continue reading the following notes: 

lago-buenos-aires0Lake Buenos Aires, the favorite place of the santacruceños
fitz-roy-senderismoGlaciers footprint, the circuit you haven't done yet

Publication Date: 07/06/2020

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