A new tourist proposal enables visitors to enjoy an all-day tour that goes around a natural scene of high visual value. A tempting idea that may be attained.
For a while, a large barrier of ice floes has been preventing vessels from accessing the main wall of the Upsala Glacier. However, this event has not discouraged tourists. We got on board a cruise ship and beheld the particular aesthetic and vastness of the Upsala and the Spegazzini Glaciers. We were dazzled by its ice-floes going adrift.
The tour started at 9 in the morning in Puerto Bandera. It was organized by MarPatag, a company run by three expert navigators from Chubut. One of them, Héctor "Tiño" Resnik, is the captain of the ship called Leal -which stands for "loyal" in Spanish. It was awaiting us in silence, moored at the dock. Accompanied by his crew, Tiño welcomed all the passengers, who soon made ourselves comfortable inside the watercraft.
The ship has all the necessary amenities to pamper guests. We were impressed by its main room with large panoramic windows, next to which several cozy tables and armchairs were disposed within an atmosphere recreated by music and the friendliness of the staff. Outside, several decks offered the chance to see the surroundings straightforward.
We got ready to behold the blue ice floes drifting away on the cold waters in anticipation of the proximity of the Upsala Glacier. We captured astonishing images with our cameras to treasure so much beauty. After we had watched the ice walls, the ship came close to the shore so that we could see the cascade and take a piece of ice with our own hands. Some of the passengers succeeded in sculpting some figure on them.
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Level of Difficulty: low.
Duration: 1 day.
Recommendations: This tour is available from August thru April. The company provides a round-trip shuttle from the City of El Calafate.
Contact: Cruceros Marpatag
9 de Julio 57, of.4 Paseo Los Pájaros El Calafate (9405) El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina Tel: +54 2902-49-2118
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