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Reserva Laguna Nímez - Birdwatching El Calafate - Argentina

Laguna Nímez, a municipal bird reserve, is refuge to over 80 species of birds, including the Black-necked Swan, Magellan Goose, Long-tailed Meadowlark, Caracara and Magellanic Plover, as well as flamingos, ducks, gulls, hawks and herons. It’s a true birdwatcher’s paradise – or a quiet retreat from the bustle of El Calafate’s tourists. The best time to observe the birds is August to the end of March.

One kilometer (0.6 mi) from downtown, at the north end of Avenida Leonardo N. Alem
El Calafate, Argentina

Birdwatching Types:

Getting There
Signs all over town mark the way to Laguna Nímez. From Avenida del Libertador, follow Padre Agostini North, crossing the estuary. North of Avenida Brown, Agostini becomes Avenida Alem.

Travel Tips: If the lake has risen substantially, it may flood into the lagoon and the park will be closed. There is more prime birdwatching along the coast east of the city and west along Punta Soberana.

Price Description: $0.60.

Relative price: Budget

Open Hours from:Daily 9 a.m.

Open Hours to:Daily 9 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 the ancient history of the region, at Cuevas del Waliche and Bosque Petrificado la Leona. In town, visit the museums.

Currencies accepted
Argentine Peso

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