With Patagonia Night Tour you can contemplate with a telescope one of the cleanest skies in Argentina while visiting the Patagonian steppe at Estancia Rio Mitre. This estancia is located at 45 km from El Calafate on the way to Los Glaciares National Park and, due to its excellent location, offers an ideal sky for stargazing.
Patagonia Night Tour is a different activity in which accompanied by telescopes and an astronomer with more than 10 years of experience, you will learn the history of astronomy, how to read the sky, and the interpretations that the Tehuelches (local indigenous) gave to it.
The tour begins when you are picked up from your hotel in El Calafate at 8:30 p.m. and head to the estancia where you will first visit the Tehuelche Historical Museum within the estancia and then enjoy dinner that includes steak or cabbage stuffed with garnish and drinks.
After dinner and before leaving for the Patagonian steppe, there will be a short film projection to introduce you to astronomy and anticipate what you will enjoy in the next few minutes.
Then, you will go outside for stargazing in the open sky with a telescope where an astronomer will explain about galaxies, nebulae and stars, reviewing the constellations and their mythology and combining it with projections in the sky. The astronomer will guide you on how to look at the sky, use the telescope, and teach you about the Milky Way, nebulae, stars, constellations, mythology, and more.
Finally, you will return to your hotel in El Calafate at 1:00 a.m. having enjoyed stargazing (astrotourism) in one of the ten best skies in the world for this activity.