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Glaciar Sur

El Calafate, Argentina
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Nina D. wrote a review Nov 2021
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I can not recommend this tour enough. I went on the Pioneer tour. It was a full day of wonder and excitement. I am a non-Spanish speaking 29yr old girl from California and the tour was all elderly, Argentinian grandparents who welcomed me with open arms. Pablo, our fearless leader, warned them and they made me feel so welcome. It was hard being the only one who didn't understand Spanish but Pablo made sure he translated everything (except the side conversations). I felt safe and well taken care of. He told us about history, geography and geology, and everything else. He answered all my weird questions and found various things to explain and show that went beyond the general script guides follow. We stopped in beautiful locations, had an incredible lunch with great wine at an estancia, then went off to the glacier after a hike and a boat ride. He made sure to make the grandparents feel comfortable and not overwhelmed but let me enjoy the nature and hiking as well. We had whiskey with glacier ice and just had such a lovely time. He was kind and excited to share everything he could with us and I appreciated it so much. Would absolutely be interested in taking their adventure tour next time.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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evelynhazzard wrote a review Feb 2020
Toronto, Canada269 contributions135 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 Kingdom853 contributions201 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 Kingdom330 contributions218 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, Canada11 contributions16 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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