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Glaciar Sur

El Calafate, Argentina
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evelynhazzard wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada261 contributions75 helpful votes
We took the Glacier Sur - Tour Pioneros with Pablo Antimi as our fabulous guide. It was an amazing day & I'm so glad we did it. We were picked up at our hotel at a reasonable time (we didn't miss breakfast!) & were so happy to see there were only six in our group plus a happy, enthusiastic guide & his side-kick, a driver who watched for wildlife & knew Pablo's routines! Pablo made the day just one big party! He shared his 'mate' with us, explaining the Argentine tea custom, got us out to stretch our legs & feel the Patagonian wind at Lago Argentino, & enjoyed our 'lamb cooked the traditional way' lunch at Estancia Nipebo Like. Clever guide that he is, Pablo was stretching the day so we would arrive at the main event, Perito Merino, late in the afternoon when the crowds were leaving! First to appear was the South Face. We all bundled into a cozy covered boat for the trip to the face of the glacier! The waves were so rough that Pablo had to come & rescue my daughter & I from the front as were were lifting right out of our seats! When we got onto the rocks, Pablo led us as close as possible. My daughter & I clung to each other & could not move the wind was so strong. Pablo had to come & rescue us again! Back into the boat & our amazing, gifted guide produced shots of whiskey to celebrate our viewing & used chunks of glacier ice "with 3000 year old bubbles"! Then we were driven to the dock to see the North Side. This is the main one with the tourist walkway & visitor centre with washrooms & coffee shop. Just as the big buses were pulling away, Pablo led his little group down to the bottom viewing platform. And yes, it was amazing! On the way back up, Pablo spotted two condors! As we stopped to watch them soar above us, we heard a huge 'boom!' & looked over to see a massive shape lifting up out of the sea! Pablo was so excited! "Look! I've only seen this a couple of times, it's very rare!" We were watching an underwater calving! It was really fun to see our guide so happy! Back up we went where our trusty driver was patiently waiting for us. The drive home was very quiet. We were all tired & very very pleased.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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livinglifetothefull1 wrote a review Jan 2020
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom850 contributions161 helpful votes
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We booked over the internet for the pioneer trip on new years day. We loved the small group and the timing of the visit to the glacier walkways when it was later meant the crowds had gone. The boat trip / walk was excellent - again being a small group meant we could all get some good photos and experience the glacier. The lunch was plentiful and the wine was free flowing. My only disappointment was that we did not see any animals at the ranch / or gauchos. Overall a very enjoyable day and we would book again. The Guide was excellent - speaking in both English, Spanish and French!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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nickswlon wrote a review Feb 2019
Teddington, United Kingdom316 contributions152 helpful votes
Six of us started out at 9am for a two hour journey to a farm for lunch, learning about flora and fauna along the way. The sheep shearing was interesting and the lamb lunch with lots of wine was excellent. We then transferred to a lovely small boat for the trip to the glacier. We had a vantage point all to ourselves before getting back in the boat and looking at the glacier up close. Finally, we did the walkways. I really enjoyed this trip and it was big highlight of my trip to Argentina. It felt exclusive and special. I would definitely recommend this to future travellers.
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Date of experience: February 2019
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Elen A wrote a review Jan 2019
Toronto, Canada10 contributions4 helpful votes
It's an awesome boat/hiking trip to the remote part of the national park, absolutely desolated and pristine, there was nobody there except our group of 9, our guide and the drivers of two zodiak boats to get there. It's totally different experience compared to extremely crowded Perito Moreno. Unforgettable!
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Morag T wrote a review Jan 2019
Teddington, United Kingdom73 contributions37 helpful votes
This was anenjoyable day but I’m not sure I’d rave about it or that it was worth the price. You drive to the first boat which is a covered boat and take a 40 min journey across a lake. There is then a 20/30min walk up and down a small hill to get to another lake to take an inflatable boat for 20min crossing. There is then a 1/1.5hr flat walk to a lake full of icebergs - basically break offs from the glaciers you are then surrounded by and then do the route in reverse so really not very tough physically. The scenery is obviously stunning and lunch spot amazing, not your usual view and you are surrounded by glaciers and learn some interesting geology. Would rate higher if cheaper.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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