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Argentina. El calafate



The excursion departs from El Calafate hotels and completes a journey of 35 kilometers on the line of hills behind the village. The trail takes us through landscapes that marvel at its varied vegetation of height. It reaches up to 1050 meters above the sea. There, the first stop is a natural viewpoint where passengers enjoy a panoramic view of El Calafate and the Argentino Lake. In the background we can see the imposing framework of the Andes Mountains and -time to time- during the route visitors will enjoy views of the accumulation zone of the glaciers, towards Boca del Diablo (narrowest part of the lake, towards the Upsala arm). Sometimes in clear days it is even possible to see the Fitz Roy and Torre hills in El Chaltén and, with some luck, a condor may be seen in his long plan. Follow the path to the Stone Labyrinth, a formation from the Cretaceous period that dates back 85 million years and was once the bed of a river: today we can find fossil remains. We take a snack in the restaurant Huyliche and from there we start the descent down the northern slope of the hill to Piedra de los Sombreros (Mexican Hats), curious iron formations that are only found in four places in the world. Then we return to El Calafate with the ever-present view of Lake Argentino.