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Tips Perito Moreno, Patagonia

Written by DanielaZavala. Posted in Latin America, Tips

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Published on June 19, 2010 with 5 Comments

Viva Patagonia

Viva Patagonia

Airlines: There is a new brand airport in El Calafate, which makes Los Glaciares Park accessible to all who wants to see it. It is only a three hour flight from Buenos Aires. Aerolineas Argentinas –although not very reliable- has daily flights to El Calafate. If you have not flexibility with your dates, do not travel with Aerolineas Argentinas. LAN Airlines –a better option- also has flights to El Calafate but it doesn’t fly every day.

Best Time to visit: I went to El Calafate in June, taking advantage of a business trip that took me down to Buenos Aires. However, the best time to visit Patagonia is between November and March. The downside is that it is very touristy. At winter town, you almost have the town and the glacier all to yourself. The good part of visiting in high season is that there are more excursions available. If you want to do the mini trekking in Perito Moreno (ice trekking), you should be in advance in high season.

Accommodation: I didn’t have any reservation at my arrival, and I am glad I didn’t. My guide/driver took me to Hotel Turistico Laurato. A young couple runs this neat and beautiful hotel, just two minutes walk from the main avenue (Av. Del Libertador Gral. San Martin). Belen, Dario and her baby girl Andina makes you feel at home. It offers single and double rooms as well as dorms at affordable price. The price has breakfast included and it has wi-fi. For more information, visit www.hospedajelautaro.com.ar or email them at info@hospedajelautaro.com.ar Address: Espora #237 El Calafate. Tel. 54 (02902) 492-698

Tours: Hielo & Aventura organizes tours in the area and the ice trekking in PErito Moreno (also known as mini trekking). Address: Avenida Libertador 935. El Calafate. Tel (02902) 492205/094. Email: info@hieloyaventura.com or visit www.hieloyaventura.com

With Mauricio, my host/driver/guide

With Mauricio, my host/driver/guide

Personal Guide/Driver: I was lucky to have the best host of El Calafate, or at least certainly the most committed and enthusiastic for sure! His name is Mauricio Hernandez. He is probably the only Argentinean who will miss a soccer game in the World Cup (to be exact Argentina vs. Algeria) to pick up a tourist –me- at the airport! His knowledge of the area, good vibe and disposition were extraordinary. If you need a personal guide/driver, this is the person right for you. He will be more than just a driver/guide, he will be your host. Mauricio will make sure you make the most of your time in Patagonia. You can contact him at his email mauriciohernandez@cotecal.com.ar or at his cell (02966) 15636294. Also, you can reach him at (02902) 493776/498202.

Borges y Alvarez Bar-Libreria

Borges y Alvarez Bar-Libreria

Where to eat and drink: Mauricio recommended me to eat at Bar-Libreria Borges y Alvarez, a bar-book-restaurant with a lot of character, great atmosphere and good food. It is located on Ave. Del Libertador # 1015 L.27.

Horseback riding: There is nothing like horseback riding in a place without fences, especially surrounded by untouched nature. Go with the local “gauchos” and explore the surrounding areas of El Calafate. I recommend Cabalgata en Patagonia. Check it out at www.cabalgataenpatagonia.com. It offers daily rides of different durations.

Martin, the gaucho

Martin, the gaucho

Shopping: This is the LAST thing on my mind while traveling. But if you are interested in local handmade objects, check out Tribus del Sur store at Av. Libertador 1179

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  1. Mi dany este video esta ESPECTACULAR!!! Felicitaciones y gracias por darnos la oportunidad de viajar a tantos sitios. Cada vez estas mas experta con los vídeos esta para q lo transmitan en A&E… Un beso

  2. Rebe gracias!!! Que bueno que te gusto. De verdad que fue corta pero intensa esta aventura. Me encanto!! Y seguiremos viajando…. ya en dos semanas los llevare a Honduras 🙂 Veremos que aventuras tengo por alla para compartir!!! Besos

  3. Awesome churra! Glad you had a fantastic time and, once again, thanks for sharing! <3 u xx

  4. Excelente prima, la verdad que los videos son dignos de transmitirlos en cualquier canal de cable, keep going!!!
    Saludos,
    Maria Alejandra

  5. Gracias Mari! Son videos hechos con mucho carino 🙂

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