Things to do in El Calafate - Argentina
Since the first time I have visited El Calafate, I’ve always been a fanatic of the Perito Moreno Glaciar. I consider it, a must see Argentine natural attraction, that no traveler must miss. Spending a full day at The Balconies, a series of walkways and viewpoints to the glacier, and having lunch in the picnic area with the impressive beauty of the glacier in front of you, is a unique experience that surely won’t disappoint the most exigent of tourists. In addition, the glacier has the advantage of having a relatively easy access from the city of El Calafate. In this post, I want to write about the different alternatives for visiting the Glacier.
There are three main ways to visit Perito Moreno Glacier’s walkways:
Caltur and Patagonia Ya! run regular buses departing from the city of Calafate at 9:30 and 10:30 am daily. The trip last for about an hour and has a cost of around US$ 10. The return is at 03:30 and 04:30 pm.
For those who prefer knowing places through excursions, there are a number of regular tours to the glacier daily. Basically, all of them pick the passengers at the hotel, offer a guided trip to the walkways, and leave the travelers there for three hours to fully appreciate the Glacier. This basic regular excursion costs around US$45 and can be combined with the Safari Nautico or with the Minitrekking.
A thing to consider if you travel in a group of 3 or 4 persons (or can join one) is that remises (taxis) or renting a car could be cheaper and more flexible than the other alternatives. But whatever the way you choose to visit the glacier, don’t forget to bring a hearty picnic with you to fully enjoy the day.
Time: full day
The Photo of the Walkways is courtesy of: Tres
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