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Cuevas de Walichu - Other Activity El Calafate - Argentina

Punta Walichu was a refuge for the ancient peoples who used to wander this valley. In these caves on the point jutting into Lago Argentino, ancestors of the Aónikenk nation left paintings about their lives and the fauna on these Patagonian plains. The site also has an interpretive center with a small display of fossils, archaeological artifacts and explanations of the geology. There are also photos of the last Aónikenk (Tehuelche) survivors.



Getting There

Morresi Viajes offers motorized tours to just the Cuevas ($19) or in combination with a city tour ($27); price includes transportation, guide and entry (Avenida del Libertador 1341, oficina 14-15, Tel.: 49-2075, E-mail: All other tour agencies book through Morresi. Patagonia Shop does bicycle tours to the Cuevas during the high season ($43, including lunch) (9 de Julio 29, Tel.: 49-2767, E-mail:, URL: You can also arrive on your own.

Estancia 25 de Mayo, 8 km (4.8 mi) northeast of El Calafate
El Calafate, Argentina

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Travel Tips: Not all of the paintings are original. Some are reproductions.

Price Description: Entry: $14

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:9 a.m.

Open Hours to:8 p.m.

Travel Skills: None

Head into Parque Nacional Los Glaciares to boat to and 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 more of the ancient history of the region, at Bosque Petrificado la Leona. In town, visit the museums or birdwatch at Reserva Laguna Nímez.

Contact Information:
Phone: 49-7003
E-mail: puntawalichu(at)

Here are other activities in and around El Calafate that may be of interest: Winter in El Calafate, Bosque Petrificado la Leona and Down on the Farm.

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