El Calafate City Sightseeing Tour Including Walichu Caves

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  • Live Guide
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  • Pickup Service
  • E-Ticket
  • 3 hr

Get under the skin of El Calafate and see the ancient rock paintings of Patagonia’s earliest settlers on this 3-hour sightseeing tour. Traveling in an air-conditioned coach, drive to the shores of beautiful Lake Argentino to visit the Walichu Caves, home to rock paintings believed to date back 4,000 years. Next, enjoy a panoramic tour of El Calafate Old Town, look for flamingos and other birds on Laguna Nimez, and visit the El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center to learn about the area’s incredible history, geology, peoples and glaciers.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Tangol

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: El Calafate

This tour begins with the pick up from the hotels at the agreed time.

Stop At: Walichu Caves

Relax into your air-conditioned coach or minivan and enjoy the views over the untouched landscapes on route to Walichu Caves. After roughly 30 minutes, arrive at the ancient caves on the shores of Lake Argentino. Marvel at the spectacular milky-blue lake, and follow the trail (own expense) to gaze at the aeons-old rock paintings. Admire the recreated and authentic depictions of humans and animals, and learn from a local guide how they date back around 4,000 years to Paleolithic times and were probably originated created by pre-Tehuelche hunter-gatherers.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Lago Argentino

Next, drive back to El Calafate for a panoramic sightseeing tour. Drive past the early 20th-century buildings and homes built by its first settlers, as well as the main plaza, church and other landmarks as your guide details the town’s early beginnings. We will see the Coastal Walk, which is close to the Lago Argentino coast.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: El Calafate Historical Interpretation Center

Finish at the El Calafate Historical Intepretation Center. Explore this informative museum independently (own expense) and uncover the area’s history, wildlife and geology. See the bones of dinosaurs that roamed here millennia ago, and trace the formation of Patagonia’s glaciers and story of the Tehuelche peoples who lived here for centuries before the arrival of colonizers. Either end your tour here to stay on at the museum cafe or souvenir shop, or finish your trip with a hotel drop-off.

Duration: 1 hour
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