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Boat Trips - Boating El Calafate - Argentina

From two ports on Magallanes Peninsula, boats sail to the foot of the ice floes that form at the feet of Perito Moreno and other glaciers before channeling into Lago Argentino. The Safari Náutico excursion, which leaves from Bajada los Sombres on the southern shore, plows through Brazo Rico, up Canal de los Témpanos to the edge of Glaciar Perito Moreno. The Todo Glaciares trip leaves from Puerto Punta Bandera on the north shore of the peninsula. This sails the Brazo Norte to Bahía Onelli and Glaciar Upsala, the largest ice river in the park, and Glaciar Spegazzini, the tallest one at 130 meters (400 ft). On the other side of the bay is a hiking trail through Andean-Patagonian forest, offering views of Onelli, Bolados and Agassiz Glaciers. Getting There
Safari Náutico: daily 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., 1 hour, $10. Todo Glaciares: daily 8:30 a.m., all-day, $10.
You can go on tour: Perito Moreno (Safari Náutico) $31 plus park entry, Todos Glaciares $96 plus park entry. You can also go on your own (car, bike or public bus) and buy the boat ticket at the port. Bus to Glaciar Perito Moreno and Parque Nacional Los Glaciares: 1.5 hours, $23 (round trip); Patagonia Ya (10 a.m., return 5:15 p.m.), Taqsa (daily 9 a.m., return 3:30 p.m.), Cal-Tur (daily 9 a.m., return 4 p.m.).

El Calafate, Argentina


Travel Tips:

If you prefer to do your own navigating on Lago Argentino in a smaller craft, Patagonia Shop rents kayaks and organizes kayaking adventures (9 de Julio 29, Tel.: 49-2767)

Price Description:

Safari Náutico $10, Todo Glaciares $14 Price does not include the national park fee.

Relative price: Budget

Travel Skills: None

Head into Parque Nacional Los Glaciares to trek Glaciar Perito Moreno and the other glaciers, fish at Lago Roca. Go out to the estancias to enjoy an asado del palo and go horseback riding. Explore the ancient history of the region, at Cuevas del Waliche and Bosque Petrificado la Leona. In town, visit the museums or birdwatch at Reserva Laguna Nímez.

Here are other activities in and around El Calafate that may be of interest: Perito Moreno Glacier,

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