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El Calafate Balconies Experience: 3-Hour 4WD Tour

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El Calafate Balconies Experience: 3-Hour 4WD Tour

From US$ 60.42 per person

Embark on a 3-hour Patagonian 4x4 adventure into the Andes. Admire incredible panoramic views of El Calafate and Lake Argentino as you ascend into the hills. Keep your eyes peeled for impressive rock formations and condors soaring above you.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Authorized hotels in El Calafate


  • Admire panoramic views over the town of El Calafate and Lake Argentino
  • Enjoy an adrenaline-filled 4x4 adventure through the Andes
  • Try to spot condors soaring above you and other wildlife
  • Witness impressive rock formations and beautiful natural scenery
Full description
Choose from 2 daily departures and get picked up from your hotel in El Calafate. Hop into a 4WD vehicle and set off on a 35 km adventure into the hills behind the village. Drive along a trail which takes you through marvelous landscapes with varied vegetation reaching up to 1050 m above sea level.  Make your first stop at a viewpoint where you can admire impressive panoramas of El Calafate and the central body of Lake Argentino. In the background, observe the unforgettable and imposing Andes Mountains, and at times, views of the glaciers, towards Boca del Diablo. Occasionally it is possible to see the Fitz Roy and Torre hills in El Chaltén. With some luck, you might even be able to spot a condor, the master of the Patagonian skies. After this, follow the trail to the Labyrinth of Stones which is only accessible through the Calafate Mountain Park. This Cretaceous formation dates back to 85 million years and was once the bed of a river. Learn about how numerous fossil remains have been found here which enable paleontologists to observe millions of years of history.  Next, stop for a snack at the Huyliche confectionery before beginning the descent down the northern slope of the hill. Arrive at the Stone of the Hats, curious iron concretions that are only found in 4 places in the world. Finally, return to El Calafate with taking in the incredible views of the omnipresent Lake Argentino en route.
  • Round trip transfer to/from your hotel
  • Snack and coffee/tea/water
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    4.2 /5

    based on 23 reviews

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    Very nice ride. Walk all these routes through the hills down and up with a variety of rocks and vegetation and see from above all that beauty of the lake with its nuances of colors. Also appreciate the highest points of the Fitz Roy. Beautiful ride !! The Rodolfo guide very friendly and explained everything with details. recommendable

    January 15, 2020

    Nice walk, interesting, wonderful landscape..Very nice, comfortable and warm stopping place. With a nice lunch ..

    January 9, 2020

    Came to pick up 30 minutes late. Tried to sell an ATV tour with it but you had to pay more. Asked for a tour in english and they put me on a tour that was only Spanish. Bit cheesy. Would not recommend

    January 6, 2020

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