The region of Patagonia and the area of El Calafate are extremely rugged, much like the American plains. As a result there are many of the same activities such as hiking, biking and horseback riding, but all with a truly Argentine flavor.

Around El Calafate are numerous ranches, where you can mount up and head out to take in the vast wilderness that the region has to offer. Horses can be rented by the hour, half-day or for the full day. Check with you hotel or resort to see which ranches they recommend. Most of the ranches include saddles; blanket and some of the rides out in the openness include a packed lunch.

Of course there are numerous excursions to the area’s glaciers, and these can be daylong journeys but they are worth the effort. Patagonia is home to some of the largest glaciers in South America and these can be incredible sights to take in.

The resorts around Los Glaciares National Park also offer bicycle rentals, and the trials around the area will certainly appeal to the more advanced riders. For the even more adventurous four-wheel off-road vehicles, with their own circuit in the park are also available for rent.