El Calafate

Balcón de El Calafate

Length: 3 hours
Daily departures: 09:00 hs
4x4 vehicles: Land Rover Defender (6 PAX) and Land Rover Trekker - 4x4 Truck (27 PAX)
Grade of difficulty: Easy


We invite you to live a unique experience, travelling in a 4x4 and visiting some old geological sites, with impressive views of Patagonian landscape. A different idea for El Calafate, ideal for exploring the "other" Patagonia - the steppe- from a more geological and panoramic perspective.


We leave from the town centre and travel about 35km to the hills situated behind the town. The track we follow takes us on to the steppe, reaching heights of 1050masl, where the high altitude vegetation will surprise us not only with its beauty but also variety.

Our first stop is a natural viewpoint from where we can enjoy a panoramic view of El Calafate and the main body of water of Lake Argentino.

The circuit offers us views towards the Andes and the accumulation zone of the glaciars, towards la Boca del Diablo (the Devil´s Mouth) - the narrowest part of the lake heading towards Upsala glacier and Arm. If it´s clear we will be able to see Mounts Fitz Roy and Torre in El Chaltén and contemplate the majestic flight of the condors above. We continue on with our ascent to the Laberinto de Piedras (Labyrinth of Stone).

This is a formation from the Cretaceous period which dates back some 85 million years. It was once a riverbed; where today we can find fossils which take us back into the past.

From Balcón de El Calafate we start our descent along the Northern side of the hill and we arrive at Piedra de los Sombreros, interesting iron deposits which are only found in 4 places around the world. Here we will enjoy a snack before returning to El Calafate, never losing sight of the spectacular Lake Argentino.

  • Includes:
  • Guide in Spanish / English.
  • Snack: Hot drinks accompanied by madeleines..
  • Ask for outings with lunch or snack.
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