El Calafate Balcony is an excellent half-day tour ideal to take advantage of a free morning or afternoon in El Calafate. You will travel in 4x4 trucks to Cerro Wuiliche that is located behind the city while you enjoy beautiful views of Calafate, Lake Argentino and the Andes Mountains from the viewpoint at the top of the hill.
The tour starts from your hotel in El Calafate when we pick you up to complete a 35 kilometers journey above the line of hills located behind the city. The trail immerses us into steppe landscapes where we reach heights of up to 1050 meters above sea level and where you can marvel at the variety of vegetation at this height.
The first stop will be at a natural viewpoint where you can enjoy a panoramic view of El Calafate and the main body of Lake Argentino. The tour offers views of The Andes and the accumulation zone of glaciers, the Boca del Diablo (narrowest part of the lake, towards the Upsala arm) and, if the sky is clear, you will see the Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre in Chalten. In some occasions you can see the flight of the condors that inhabit the area.
The tour continues visiting the Stone Labyrinth, which is a formation of the Cretaceous period, dating back 85 million years ago, ever riverbed where even today we can find fossils. From there you will descend the northern face of the hill and arrive at the Hats Rock which is a curious iron concretion found only in four places around the world.
After the visit to Cerro Wuiliche, its viewpoint and rock formations, you return to El Calafate descending without losing sight of the imposing Lake Argentino.