The first image this splendid city is likely to conjure up is, unsurprisingly, that of the Perito Moreno Glacier. El Calafate is indeed the top location for those who wish to contemplate this natural marvel. What travelers should know, however, is that within and around this city, they will also be able to engage in and enjoy a variety of attractive activities. In our post today, we would like to take our readers on a virtual journey around museums, bars and even archeological sites.
Perito Moreno Glacier Trekking – El Chalten
Glaciarium Patagonian Ice Museum
Do not worry, this is far from being a boring plan. Located on Ruta 11 km 6, on the way to the Perito Moreno Glacier, this fantastic space offers its visitors loads of valuable information and a different perspective before they come face to face with this natural wonder.
The museum is also host to exhibitions on Patagonian ice, the glaciers and the region’s nature. We encourage travelers to check with one of AOTG’s consultants as, depending on the time of the year, they may have access to a full program of the Mountain Film Festival. Before leaving, visitors should also indulge in a drink or two at the GlacioBar (ice bar) in the basement of the museum.
Glaciarium Patagonian Ice Museum
Ice will still be the main star on the list of highlights here. The ice bars in the center of the city feature an assortment of drinks to be enjoyed in a setting packed with ice. Visitors are provided with the necessary gear to resist the freezing temperature and allowed to stay inside for only a limited amount of time.
If a visit to the Cueva de las Manos (Spanish for Cave of the Hands) is not on your itinerary, but you still would like to come close to Argentina’s archeological treasures, we have good news for you. Only 7 kms from El Calafate, on the banks of the Lago Argentino, lies Walichu Caves. This site, which used to be a shelter for human settlements thousands of years ago, is home to primitive paintings, animal footprints, the design of labyrinths, among many other interesting findings.
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In their pursuit to visit the unparalleled Perito Moreno Glacier, many travelers fail to remember that the city is framed by a scenery loaded with natural wealth and extraordinary beauty. The stunning Lago Argentino is definitely another must while staying in El Calafate. Taking pleasure in a hot beverage, walking through the viewpoints while admiring the birds and other species, or simply contemplating the sun setting in Patagonia…are some of the many activities available here.
Lago Argentino – El Chaltén
Laguna Nimez Reserve
Located on Avenida Costanera Presidente Nestor Kirchner (number 2075), a few minutes form the center of the city, this sanctuary is renowned for its conservation of both local and migratory birds. The well-signposted three-kilometer-long itinerary around the reserve is quite simple to complete. Binoculars are available for rent for those who wish to get a better close-up view of the birds.
Laguna Nimez Reserve – El Calafate
Perito Moreno… from a different perspective!
Looking for new ideas or ways to get to know this natural wonder? Check with one of our consultants on navigations around the majestic glacier and why not, on the unique experience of trekking on it. First-class activities to make the most of this exceptional natural treasure.
Perito Moreno Glacier Trekking – El Calafate