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Nature Reserves in El Calafate
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Nature Reserves in El Calafate
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Patagonia
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Nature Reserves in El Calafate
Perito Moreno Glacier
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This tremendous and impressive glacier is found in Los Glaciares National Park, near El Calafate in Patagonia. It's a spectacular sight and also incredible moving. The park has boat trips and hikes over the ice. Don't forget to bring your camera as the sensation of having a mass of ice that size staring you in the face is unbelievable, trust me.
Villages in El Calafate
El Calafate
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El Calafate is a good place to stay if you visit the Natural Park Glacier (Perito Moreno and company). It offers a special attraction for travelers during the winter: ice skating on a natural lake. If you prefer, you can run around and change your option for free for whoever wants to run over the ice but doesn´t want to do trekking in the glaciers.
Nature Reserves in El Calafate
Los Glaciares National Park
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Los Glaciares National Park is located in the southwest part of the southern province of Santa Cruz near the Andes. It was created in 1937 to preserve a large area (600,000 hectares) of ​​continental ice and glaciers. Because of its splendid beauty, its massive glaciers, and the fact that much of the native wildlife is endangered, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Of all the places I know in the world, Los Glaciares National Park place is special. The imposing, serene atmosphere and the magnificent landscapes make me think of the closeness of God to His entire creation.
Nature Reserves in El Chaltén
El Chalten
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To enjoy and disconnect. A mountain village at the foot of Fith Roy with glaciers and waterfalls lakes rivers. A solitary place but full of life. Located within the National Glaciers Park in the Santa Cruz Province of Argentina.
Lakes in El Calafate
Argentino Lake
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The Argentine Lake covers an area of ​​nearly ​​1,500 km ² and is the largest and most important lake in Patagonia Argentina. It's in the province of Santa Cruz, near the town of El Calafate. There are parts where its depth reaches 500 metres. Supposedly Argentina's flag is based on the sunset on Lake Argentino, as the sun leaves a white reflection between the azure waters of the lake.
Nature Reserves in El Chaltén
Mount Fitz Roy
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From El Chalten, there are numerous walks with well-marked paths. In general, the paths are easy walks in the mountains, with the help of a map. There are many area tours, including the Leaping Chorrillo, Capri Laguna, Laguna Tower, Poincenot Camp, Piedras Blancas Glacier, and Laguna de los Tres. In reaching the lagoon, you can see the imposing Cerro Fitz Roy, which really can't be described in words. It's a place to relax and forget about everything, completely. Close to the hill, hidden, the Laguna Sucia is actually an amazing turquoise colour . Each place that you arrive at after walking a bit is beautiful, perfect, and a divine place to stay and live. There is a lot of walking, but slowly, without losing anything along the way. It's all worth seeing and admiring. If you don't visit, you'll regret it.
Hiking in Perito Moreno
Mini-Trekking in the Perito Moreno Glacier
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I went to Patagonia in January 2013. This photo is from one of the places that I visited called Perito Moreno Glacier. It is a UNESCO heritage site, in the Graciares National Park. I went on a mini trekking tour. First, we cruised by the glacier on the boat, then walked along the glacier. At the end of the tour we drank whisky with glacier ice. The weather in Patagonian times was very variable: it rained often, strong winds blew suddenly and sometimes sleet fell. If you want to see true nature, you need to go to Patagonia. It was a fabulous trip, I felt like we were in The Ice Age.
Nature Reserves in El Calafate
Upsala Glacier
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This glacier, along with the Perito Moreno glacier, is the most visited and was named after the Swedish city in 1908 as the University sponsored the first glaciological study of the region. Its area is 870 km with a length of 60 km, making it the longest in South America. The height of the front is about 60 feet above the lake level. One of the most beautiful spectacles around here are the big icebergs that drift around the glacier.
Of Touristic Interest in El Calafate
The Tempanos Canal
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This trip, as I mentioned before, was not at all planned. It has confirmed my opinion that the best trips are those that you do not plan too much. After breakfast in Puerto Cows, we found aplace to have dinner and spend the night. It was the only way to make the journey Towards the Upsala Glacier. Also unexpected was the surfing that we did in these turquoise waters, in which there were many icebergs of various sizes. The sound of the glaciers we had seen made us shudder with emotion, and our cameras did not stop shooting. In order to make the whole journey, the journey began at the end ie Spegazzini, and this channel we made it back towards the North Face of Perito Moreno. Cruise data are MarPatag Cruise.
Caves in Río Gallegos
Cueva de las Manos
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This place, several meters above the River Paintings, is one of the places that I had a chance to see when we traveled from Neuquen to the glacier Perito Moreno. It is on Route 40 to the south along the Andes, Patagonia Argentina. On an overhang or cave there are thousands of hand paintings that the old settlers made with a technique: their hands were on the stone wall, and his mouth spit pigments, to achieve printing the rock. Today I have no pictures of this, but I invite you to surf the web, you will not be disappointed. Greetings to all.
Of Cultural Interest in El Chaltén
Lacier Towers
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Close to El Chalten. Within walking distance, more or less an hour. If you cross the Rio Torres you can reach it and walk on the glacier. It is recommended that an experienced person accompany you for safety.
Of Touristic Interest in El Calafate
Patagonia
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Vacation Packages to Patagonia Argentina offered by local travel agency from Argentina and Uruguay which offers very convenient prices and travel itineraries to take advantage of your stay in Patagonia región as much as possible. Let our tour operators organize you the trips to the main tourist destinations in Patagonia like Puerto Madryn where it is possible seeing the Whales and Pinguins, the Perito Moreno glacier in Calafate, The Lake District in Bariloche and Ushuaia the town in the end of the world. We have complete tour packages including flight or bus tickets, accommodation in cheap hostels, standard 3 star hotels, or luxury accommodation, full day excursions with English speaking tourist guide and airport transfers. We also can perzonalize your tour according with your budget and expectations. You can find more information in our Website: http://www.01argentina.com/sitio/eng/tours/ushuaia_and_calafate.htm
Nature Reserves in Río Gallegos
Perito Moreno´s Nautical Safari
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When I was in Calafate, I visited the Perito Moreno Glacier, but the most interesting was taking a safari boat Nautical Safari that brings you as close as Possible to the walls of this impressive glacier. Hues of blue ice, are indescribable.
Lakes in El Chaltén
Desert Lake
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Desert Lake is in the province of Santa Cruz and 37 km to Chalten and 20 to the border with Chile. It is possible to see Fitz Roy while navigating. It is a beautiful place. There is a boat that takes you roundtrip for a hundred pesos and passes through the most attractive place of the lake.
Lakes in El Calafate
Onelli Lake
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You get to the lagoon starting from Punta Bandera, surfing the North arm of Lake Argentino to the center of the glaciers (Upsala and Spegazzini) and into the Bay Onelli, you get to a port and after a short walk through the forest Onelli, among beech and forest, you suddenly find the Laguna, and hallucinate. The icebergs in the lagoon are detachments of 3 glaciers that converge: Onelli (45km ²) Bolado (16km ²) and Agassiz (31km ²). If you´re as lucky as me and have the chance to spend a day there, it´s nice enough to make you want to stay!
Islands in Puerto Deseado
Penguin Island
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The Magellanic penguins in Puerto Deseada, live in colonies in a protected area of ​​the Deseado River, which can be reached in a semi-rigid rubber boat, with which you can reach their habitat. The best way to observe this species is by taking that sea excursion to which I refer above, since most of these birds nest on islands or cliffs. Due to weather and lack of penguins, tours leave from September to April and in winter do not operate. Magellan penguins, come in early September and pigeons can be seen from late November to mid February and both adult and juvenile specimens leaving in April.
Of Cultural Interest in El Calafate
Estancia El Galpón
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The rooms used to be places used by Argentine Gauchos who looked after cattle and who lived here for long periods during the grazing season, far from urban areas. They were equipped with pens, a fireplace with coals and enough to survive. Actually, many of them have become tourist attractions to give tourists the idea of ​​what life was like for these gauchos (although many still live well). One is "The shed" near [poi = 72247] Calafate [/ poi], where a chartered bus takes you to a daily evening spectacle where you shear a sheep in one piece, dance traditional dances, and eat delicious barbecued meat. What more could you want?
Viewpoints in El Calafate
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