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FREQUENT QUESTIONS

All the answers to your questions you will find here. Or at least we hope so ...
If they are not answered, we invite you to contact us and send your query.

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HOW LONG IS THE WALK?

It depends on the pace of the walk and the objective of the visit; but on average it is 1h 1/2. The distance to travel is 3km, on a terrain without unevenness.

IS THE RESERVE VERY FAR FROM THE CENTER?

The reserve is located approximately 10 blocks (1km) from the commercial center of El Calafate.

In contacts you will find a map to see how to get there

DO YOU OPEN DURING THE WINTER?

Yes, the reserve is open all year round. The town receives long-distance flights and buses throughout the year, so connectivity is not a problem.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE RESERVE?

We believe that the fairest answer is: all. Although of course, it depends on the purpose of your visit.

Spring is characterized by mild temperatures, less wind than summer, flowering plants and courtship rites for animals. With luck you can also see the first hatchlings.

Summer is the time with the highest temperatures, and at the same time, it is the peak of the "tourist season". As for the park, you can see hatchlings and a greater number of fauna species.

For those who enjoy less windy climates and less crowded spaces, fall is a great time. Without as much cold as winter, without the summer wind, and with the possibility of observing beautiful colors of the forest (if you decide to visit Los Glaciares National Park).

Winter is for the intrepid who enjoy a different experience. Temperatures sometimes below 0 ° C, frozen lagoons, snow that reveals the tracks of the animals.

After all, there is no "better time." It is just a matter of taste.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME FOR THE VISIT?

It is a difficult question to answer, especially considering the variability in daylight hours throughout the year. As a general rule, the best times to observe wildlife are sunrise and sunset; although from our own experience we can say that at all times you can enjoy a walk and the observation of flora and fauna.

IS THE TRAIL ACCESSIBLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS?

Not entirely. Since much of the trail is on natural terrain, it depends on the season. During the summer season (drier) there are 2 sections that can be made with chairs prepared for wild areas. In any case, we are working to make a path accessible to all, at all times.

IS IT NECESSARY TO RESERVE TO ENTER THE RESERVATION?

No. The accreditation to the area becomes effective at the time of issuance of the entrance ticket; no prior reservation is necessary.

WHAT KIND OF CLOTHING IS NECESSARY TO DO THE WALK IN THE RESERVE?

Although the path within the area is very simple and accessible, we recommend trekking shoes or  comfortable slippers. It is also recommended (as in all of Patagonia, due to the changing weather)  dress "in layers". This means, several layers of superimposed clothes, which allow to face any type of climate: hot, cool, cold, wind, etc. In summer a "windbreaker", and in winter a warm jacket, will be very useful. Also sunscreen, especially for people with sensitive skin.

IS IT NECESSARY TO BRING BINOCULARS?

It depends on the visit you want to make. If the objective of your visit is to enjoy nature, but not specifically bird watching, they are not essential. There are many species that will be seen close, without the need for any observation instrument. On the other hand, if your motivation is bird watching, both binoculars and camera will be fundamental in your experience. 
In any case, if you do not have binoculars, the rental service is offered at the revenue office.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DO THE WALK WITH CHILDREN / WITH THE FAMILY?

Yes of course. The children  they are even the ones who enjoy walking the most  and discover new places, plants and animals.

CAN IT BE A PICNIC?

In the entrance area there is a picnic area, and you can also eat inside the reserve, always remembering to bring the waste back.

CAN I STAY OVERNIGHT IN THE RESERVATION?

No; Camping / staying overnight is not allowed in the protected area, as well as on the shore of Lake Argentino (part of the Important Bird Conservation Area  SC12). Anyway, El Calafate has a wide variety of accommodation (among which there are organized campsites).

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