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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 21, 2017
tours to el Calafate

Hallo my friends. Pls advice me to the following:
1. A good tour company to make the Upsala and spegazzini glaciers tour.
2. Would you suggest to visit also the Estancia Cristina or only the boat tour?
3. Any other half day tour you would suggest that is worth. Our plane leaves at 17.00 so we have the morning free.
Many thanks.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2015
Border control at the Chilean border?  (1 Answer)

I'm taking the bus (Bus Norte) from El Calafate to Puerto Natales in Chile. When do I have to get a stamp in my passport? At the border or somewhere in El Calafate?

I'm from Sweden and don't need a Visa, just the passport.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 26, 2015
Visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier  (4 Answers)

Do I need to book a visit to Perito Moreno Glacier before I get there (Dec 27th to 29th)?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 04, 2015
Ice Treking Age Restriction  (1 Answer)

Is there any way for an "in-shape" 62 yr old to get into the "big trek" tour of the Moreno glacier? I'm with my two daughters and would love to take the tour with them.

Thanks,
John


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 25, 2015
Transportation

Is there any Bus departing from EL CALAFATE in the afternoon to Puerto Natales during the month of jApril 2015 ...
Thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 25, 2015
Transportation  (2 Answers)

Is there any Bus departing in the afternoon from EL CALAFATE to PUERTO NATALES during the month of April 2015


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 10, 2014
el Chalten  (1 Answer)

will bi calafate for 2 days. is it worth the effort to travel to el chalten for one of those days?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 28, 2014
El Calafate to Torres del Pane to Punta Arenas self drive  (1 Answer)

As part of a S America trip, we arrive El Calafate mid November to stay 2 nights, visiting the glacier, then to Torres del Pane (? Hotel las Torres) 3 nights and on to Punta Arenas for a flight to Puerto Montt. Self drive is very much preferred.
Can anyone help with advice on rental etc


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 03, 2014
transport from Torres del Paine to El Calafate  (1 Answer)

I have heard it is possible to go from Torres del Paine to El Calafate by bus through Cerro Castillo without going all the way back to Puerto Nathales. Can you please advise


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 29, 2014
Car Rental  (2 Answers)

Has anyone tried ON Car Rental for a 4X4?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 04, 2014
Best way to travel from Trelew to El Calafate?  (5 Answers)

what is the fastest and most cost effective way to get from Trelew to El Calafate?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 13, 2014
Bus from Elcalafete to Puerto Natales  (14 Answers)

Hi, We are trying to find a bus service that leaves from Elcalafete to Puerto Natales on a Sunday and have't been successful. Does anybody know any bus company that travels every day.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 10, 2013
El Calafate Road conditions in October  (1 Answer)

Hi... I was wondering what the road conditions would be like in early October. Planning on renting a car from El Calafate & driving to El Chalten & surrounds. Do car rental companies provide chains if required??? Thanks for your help.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 24, 2013
How to get from Calafate to Mendoza  (2 Answers)

We want to get from Calafate to Mendoza and would much rather fly as the 45 hour bus journey from BA was horrendous but the flights are all really expensive. We are looking at maybe flying somehwere closer then taking a bus or the other way round but are unsure of a route. Does anyone know a feasable flight/bus route or any cheap airlines we can use??


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 03, 2013
Is travel to El calafate in April viable? Other landmarks to visit?  (1 Answer)

hi there

WE are considering a two night, three day stay in El Calafate. We would mainly like to see the Perito Moreno Glacier. I have come to understand that we can stay in El Calafate and do day trips from there. Is this the best way to see the region?

* Is travel at the beginning of April a good time to visit this region?
* what is the average temperature
* What other sites are recommended to visit
* Is the cruise to Upsala, Onelli andSpegazzini glaciers recommended?
* If we sail the northern arm of the ARgentino lake towards Upsala, do we still overnight in El calafate


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 08, 2012
Cycling  (1 Answer)

I'm interested in a cycling tour (lead) from El Calafate to Torres De Paines in Feb 2012. Rob


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 09, 2012
lodging and activities on my own  (1 Answer)

We are 2 women & will stay in el Calafate
14 - 19/February/2012 departing the 20/02. That makes 6 nights & 7 days.
We would like to visit the region:
Los Glaciares Park, TDPaine, take a catamaran trip to all possible glaciars
that are advertised on the Internet.
Since the lodging is so expensive & public transportation apparently not very good:
Does it pay to rent a car?
Could we save money from the rental taking the car only for 5 days, since first
and last day we need only transportation from and to the airport?
Are they car rental agencies in Calafate? are they reliable? I hear that sometimes you might reserve a 4X4 and get a very small car instead, is it true?
Would know how much does a taxi from the aiport to the center in El Calafate cost?
I would appreciate any tips you could offer.
Cordially
Judith Gruenewald


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2011
El Calafate to Punta Arenas on a Sunday

I am trying to arrange for transportation for my upcoming trip to the Patagonia region this February. On Sunday February 26th 8:00am I will be leaving El Chalten for El Calafate and arriving ~10:30am. From El Calafate I must arrive in Punta Arenas before 3:40am on February 27th in order to catch my flight. Is there a bus service that will leaves El Calafate in the afternoon of Feb.26th that will provide transfers to Punta Arenas before my flight Feb.27 3:40am?

If not - I was considering leaving El Chalten to El Calafate February 25th evening, however I am looking for transportation that will travel after 19:00pm as I have arranged to be on the Glaciar Grande guided tour. I would then stay in El Calafate for the night and leave for Punta Arenas via Puerto Natales or Rio Gallegos in the morning of February 26th Sunday. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2011
Travelling alone  (5 Answers)

Hi,I am visiting Argentina in November 2011. I want to visit
El Calafate but is it safe for a lady to travel all alone and
by her self to this part of Argentina? Can any one give me some
tips and recomend me a good place to stay.
Thx, and regards from Holland. Alexis


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2011
Local bus in El Calafate  (2 Answers)

Hi,

I will be in El Calafate this coming September & i'm trying to work out the best way of seeing the Perito Moreno Glacier.I will be going on the mini-trek,which is the best company to go with? Also is there a 'normal' service bus that goes to the Glacier so i can take a more leisurely detailed look around & does that bus run to a timetable.

All help & advice is gratefully received.

Kind Regards,

John


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 20, 2011
Buses from El Calafate Argentina to Puerto Natales Chile  (4 Answers)

I'll be visiting El Calafate in late Octobe 2011 and I would like to know if there are daily buses fdrom E.C. to Puerto Natales (the specific required date is Sunday 23 October.
Thanks in Advance
Abraham Danon


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 20, 2010
After El Calafate (Torres del Paine or El Chalten)  (16 Answers)

Hello Everybody,
I'm planning to visit El Calafate from 01.01 to 04.01.2011, I'm quite sure to rent a car to be free moving where I want. After visiting El Calafate I would go to visit El Chalten or Torres Del Paine. Unfortunately time is not so long and I have to choose.
Considering distance is almost the same from El Calafate (4 hours) what should be your decision?

Thank you in advance
Niki


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 15, 2010
Getting from El Chalten to Puerto Natales to catch the ferry  (2 Answers)

We are taking the Navimag Ferry from Puerto Natales to Puerto Montt in early February. We have to be on board by 6pm Monday for early depart Tuesday.

We will be in El Chalten and want to know if there is a bus that would get us from El Chalten to PN in time to get the boat, or do we have to stay the night in El Calafate. I know that we can get a bus from EL CAL at 8am.

Hope someone can help. Thanks, Kachina


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2010
Tours for Perito Moreno glacier  (8 Answers)

Hi

I just wanted to know if you can instantly book a trip to Perito Moreno upon arriving at El Calafate?
Or could you suggest a website that does the tour only? I went to this website that sells the tour but it also books you to a two bed hotel room ..thing is im traveling alone and will be likely staying at che lagarto hostels to be able to mingle with other solo travelers.

Thx

Mark


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2010
Does anyone know this travel agency? -- Agencia de Viajes  (1 Answer)

Hi, we will be visiting El Calafate in December, for 3 nights 4 days. We received some quotes from this travel agency: Agencia de Viajes (website: ), price and itinerary seem to be very good. Just wondering if anybody knows this agency, and how their service is? thanks.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2010
Shopping: leather and silver bracelet  (2 Answers)

Hi,
My Wife and I spend some time in Patagonia last year and visited El Calafate. One of the only things she bought from Patagonia was a leather bracelet with two silver bands on it, the bracelet linked via a loop in the leather on one end and a knot that was pushed through on the other. Very simple, but very nice. After one year she lost the bracelet and was very upset. I'm trying to locate the contact details for the shop to get her a new one for her bday.

This is fairly hard though as I can't remember the name of the shop! All I remember is that it was a small shop at the end of the shopping area off Ave Del Libertador Gral San Martin (Paseo de comersios? lots of log cabin touristy/local arty shops?!) that sold local leather and silver jewerly.

Does anyone have any idea which shop this could be and how to contact them... it's a long shot, but I thought I'd try it!

Thanks,
kev


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2010
Flights from BA to El Calafate  (4 Answers)

Hello - My husband and I are traveling to BA in late November and we have been looking into flights from BA to El Calafate. We are seeing flights from350USD and up for roundtrip tickets between the cities. I know it's early but does anyone know if we should expect these prices to go up, down or should we just wait to get in country and then arrange flights? Thank you all!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 03, 2010
Future Visitor  (1 Answer)

What will be the most likely weather in February? When is the rainy season?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2010
Flights: El Calafate to Punta Arenas  (4 Answers)

This has been asked before, but not for a few years. I'd much appreciate it if anyone can give any information about flights between El Calafate and Punta Arenas in November. I am going first to the Torres del Paine National Park and then have only 2 nights available in El Calafate before getting to Punta Arenas for a flight to Santiago. It would be wonderful if there is a flight, because I understand the bus trip is about 8 hours. But I can find no information anywhere!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 14, 2009
Need advice- Where to go after El Calafate and TDP  (6 Answers)

Hi,
We travel with infant and rent car. We wonder what to do in 3-4 days after visit El Calafate, TDP and Puerto Natalas.

Can you please advice us?
Regards,
Nir



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