Upsala Glacier, El Calafate

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Admire the contours and colors of Upsala Glacier, one of Patagonia's biggest treats for nature lovers. The icebergs surrounding the glacier are renowned for their remarkable shapes, and on a sunny day, you can enjoy a spectacle of light reflecting off the ice. The only way to get close to the glacier is by boat, and you'll find numerous cruise companies offering tours from El Calafate. If you're looking for more than just sightseeing and photo opportunities, book one of the tours that include kayaking or walking on the glacier. Arrange your visit to Upsala Glacier and discover more family-friendly attractions in El Calafate using our El Calafate trip itinerary builder.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Thousand photos do not reflect the beauty of this huge ice block. An unforgettable experience. A marvel.
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  • August 9, 2017
    I watched the Upsala glacier for navigation, it is huge and very large chunks of loose rocks, form the icebergs in the Lake, so the boat doesn't get too close because of the risk to loosen his pieces and generate very large waves threatening the navigation, so we have to admire from afar.
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  • August 9, 2017
    Accessed in the catamaran tour, it is somewhat expensive but worthwhile, essential to go to the promenade sheltered
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