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Minitrekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier

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If you come to El Calafate and do not know which excursion choose due to the variety of options let me ask you the following questions:

  • Do you like trekking?
  • Do you like sailing?
  • Do you want to learn about the flora and fauna of the place?
  • Do you ever imagined walking above the glaciers?

Well…in my opinion the minitrekking on the Perito Moreno Glacier is the most complete day trip because you do everything in one tour: sailing, trekking and wildlife watching.

The tour begins in “Bajo de las Sombras” port, about 6 km before the glacier Balconies- where you embark for a 20 minutes navigation across the Rico Arm.

El Calafate

You disembark on the opposite shore, where specialized bilingual mountain guides welcome you and lead you to a small shelter. Then, separated into groups of 20 people, begins a walk along the shore of the Lake of approximately 20 minutes to the glacier. After a short talk about the genesis glacier and the regional flora and fauna the guides put each participant a pair of crampons on and explain how to use them.

El Calafate

From there, you will slowly ascend the glacier. The two hours circuit that follows introduces you to the fascinating landscape of the glaciers: streams, small lagoons, gullies, cravasses and plenty of ice formations of the most incredible blues.

The ice surface over which you walk is irregular, but firm and safe so dont be afraid! The trekking is moderate and remember you have permanent care of mountain guides who give you also the opportunity to make a stop and take wonderful pictures. Besides, the surprise gift at the end of the walk is supreme!

El Calafate

El Calafate

Then you have a half an hour walk through the forest for a different view of the glacier. You get back to the shelter to have lunch and finally sail back to the starting point, enjoying breathtaking views of the Perito Moreno glacier’s front wall.

The minitrekking is a must if you go to El Calafate. At this excursion you will discover the unique sensation of walking on the millennial ice. If you think it is very expensive, I will not lie. But believe me that worth every penny.

Some information to take into account

What to bring

  • Passengers must bring their lunch.
  • Outfit: Comfortable sports wear, long trousers, warm sweater, water or windproof jacket, sun glasses, sun block and gloves. Sport shoes or trekking boots.

Age

  • Between 10 and 65 years old.

Physical Requirement

  • Medium.

Duration

  • 1:30 hs on ice. Full day from El Calafate.

Restrictions

  • Due to the degree of effort and difficulty that this excursion presents is not allowed for: pregnant women, people with overweight, some type of disability, or health problems.

Price

  • The tour costs $1.620 (Argentinian pesos) National Park entrance is not included on the tour rate.
  • Children (10 to 15 years) and retirees pay $-20%.
  • A transfer from El Calafate to National Park (80 km) is available to those who need such service. The cost of the transfer is $480.

Schedule

  • The mini trekking runs from beginning of August up to end of May.
  • The tours are daily, including weekends and holidays.

Contact

  • Company Tour: “Hielo y Aventura”.
  • Address: Av. Libertador 935. El Calafate, Santa Cruz.
  • Email: info@hieloyaventura.com.
  • Telephone: +54 (2902) 492205/094.
  • To buy your tickets online click here
  • The purchase must be at least 10 days in advance.

Blind Theatre in Buenos Aires

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There are many things to see in Buenos Aires: historic monuments, theatre and tango shows and tourist spots. But there is also plenty to hear.

Can you imagine to participate in a theatrical experience totally in the dark? Yoy will stop seeing from the first moment you enter to the room and all your other senses will wake up.

Teatro Ciego en Buenos Aires

I was delighted the time I participated in The Deserted Island, the play by Roberto Arlt in the Blind Theatre. The theatre halls become dark just when you enter and there are wizards that guide you to sit on chairs in a completely dark room. When the show finishes and lights are turned on then you will know if you are located in the first or last row and you will see that most of the actors are blind.

Teatro Ciego en Buenos Aires

But I must confess that the first impression is a little bit of closure, we are unable to move one more step because we don’t see where we are, but do not worry that it is only a feeling and after a few minutes eyes seem to get used to the darkness and the body relaxes. Then the perceptions begin to increase. The play begins and slowly intensifies the senses. We begin to feel smells, for example. We realize that the scene takes place in an office by the smell of coffee, when it takes place in China we feel the smell of spices, if the character is on the beach we listen to the roar of the waves and it might rain and then you feel the drops on your face. This play takes place at the Konex Cultural Center.

But there is an extensive schedule in Blind Theatre. These are the shows that are presented:

  • My friend, the darkness It is the first children play of Blind Theatre. Recommended age: +4.
    • Saturdays and Sundays: 17 hs.
    • Price: $200.
  • 360 music in Total Darkness An experience in total darkness where you will hear your favorite artists and albums through a surround sound system.
    • Monday and Tuesday: 18, 19, 20 and 21 hs, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 18, 19 and 20 hs, Saturday 18, 19 and 20 hs, Sundays 7 hs.
    • Price: $150.
  • Inodoro Pereyra A blind play inspired by the most beloved characters of the writer and artist Roberto Fontanarrosa, who will come to life thanks to the imagination of the public, who need to use their non-Visual senses being stimulated by sound effects, scents, and tactile sensations.
    • Wednesdays to Saturdays: 9 pm.
    • Price: $250.
  • LPDA The neighboourhood in your fists It is a rock opera in the most absolute darkness that combines the sound of the self-titled album of Las Pastillas del Abuelo with interventions of blind theater, telling the life story of the Argentine Boxer Ringo Bonavena.
    • Saturday 23 hrs and Sunday 21.15 hrs.
    • Price: $200.
  • Liberty Lights It not only intends the audience to value the sense of liberty fights but by developing the topic in an absolute darkness, allows everybody, actors and audience, blind or not, to be in the same conditions and reach, just for a moment, the utopia of equality of human beings.
    • Friday 21 hs, Saturday 21 and 22 hs.
    • Price: $250.
  • Babilonia FX A thriller and a theatrical play that talks about justice and passions. Recommended age: +16.
    • Friday 23 hs, Saturday 23.59 hs, Sundays 20 hs.
    • Price: $250.
  • Infinite Silence It is a comedy drama in darkness. Based on the life and literary work of the writer Diego R. Oxley.
    • Thursday – Saturday: 22 hs.
    • Price: $250.
  • Blind Gourmet Dinner A show that combines the best of music, theatre and food. It has vegetarian and celiac menu options, which must be requested 48 hours prior to the day of function.
    • Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 21 hrs.
    • Price: $600 (includes degustation, drinks and wines).
    • Tip: Thursday 20% OFF with all methods of payment.

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Galerías Pacífico: shopping and art in a single place

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“Galerías Pacífico” is one of the most successful shopping centers of Argentina and one of the most frequented by tourists in Buenos Aires. It was declared a National Historic Monument for its architecture of undeniable artistic value and its stunning murals.

Those who visit the city of Buenos Aires may visit ”Galerías Pacífico” both as a cultural spot to admire its architecture or at the same time as a place for shopping.

Galerías Pacífico

A bit of history

The building, designed by the engineer Emilio Agrelo and the architect Roland Le Vacher Parmesan, was projected in 1888 as a venue for the shop Au Bon Marche, one of the most important shopping centers in the Argentine capital at the moment. It was inspired by the great European galleries. Six years later, it was inaugurated although the work was fully completed in the early years of the 20th century.

In 1989, the building was declared a National Historic landmark. The central dome murals were designed in 1945 by the architects Jorge Aslan and Héctor Ezcurra. After the reformation, the current shopping centre was re opened in 1992. Today the building presents the Beaux-Arts architectural style and it has several works of art in its murals, composing a beautiful mix between antique and modern style.

Art

Tourists observe its imposing facade from far away. But that’s just a sample of all the beauty that the construction has and which is so admired by visitors. The building has vaults of glass and a spacious and elegant central dome. The dome has murals of Antonio Berni, Lino Spilimbergo, Juan Carlos Castagnino, Demetrio Urruchúa and Manuel Colmeiro Guimarães, being the last one, the only Argentine artist. The interior is also full of murals and columns that represent a large number of situations, allegories and universal messages.

Galerías Pacífico

Dont get surprised if you see people looking toward the ceiling and admiring the paintings.

Galerías Pacífico

Shopping

The shopping mall has an area of 11,000 m2 and more than 150 shops and stands of leading brands, in addition to a food court with more than 18 different gastronomic proposals.

Galerías Pacífico

The leading brands that can be found here are: Swarovski, Tommy Hilfiger, Lacoste, Timberland, Nike, Adidas, Brooskfield, Chanel, Mac Pro, Freddo, Havana, Hugo Boss, Levis, Lancome, Cacharel, among others.

Benefits for tourists

Altough it is true that this shopping is not for cheap shopping (we will discuss then about Oulets and “Los Arcos district” in Palermo, for example) from the “Galerías Pacífico” Website they inform that there are certain benefits for travellers. These are:

  • Tax Free: Presenting the passport and the ticket of $70 or more you will save up to 16% on withdrawals out of the country. Important: Only for shops members, applicable to products of national origin.
  • Guided tours: In 20 minutes you will visit the building with audio guides that tell the story of the place, murals and its artists. You must request the headphones in the office of the ground floor. Available languages: Spanish, English, Portuguese and French.
  • Discounts on shops with Rewards Card: It is an exclusive service for foreign tourists. The brochure with the local members can be aquired at the office located in Level Source.
  • If you are a member of the program of benefits of “Galerías Pacífico” and also an Argentine resident, booking 2 nights or more in Esplendor Buenos Aires Hotel you get 30% OFF. Valid only for telephone bookings, via e-mail or website. Late Check Out until 2 pm free of charge. It includes buffet breakfast and free wifi. Valid until 31/12/2016.

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Location

  • Although “Galerías Pacífico” occupy exactly one whole block its main entrance is located on the corner of Florida Street with Córdoba Avenue.

Opening hours

  • From Monday to Saturday from 10 hs until 21 hrs and Sundays from 12 hs to 21 hs.

How to get there

On foot

  • Walk down through Florida Street to the corner of Córdoba Avenue.

By bus

  • Bus lines that pass through “Galerías Pacifico” are: 6, 22, 23, 26, 28, 33, 45, 50, 56, 61, 62, 74, 91, 93, 99, 109, 115, 126, 130, 140, 143, 152, 195. To move by bus in Buenos Aires you need to have the SUBE Card. Click here to find out where to get it.

By subway

  • Take line C (blue) and get off at the Station General San Martín or Lavalle or take line B (red) and get off into Florida Station.