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Ed Kearns
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Username: Roscoe

Post Number: 1
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 7:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I have read that many of the "tourist services" are closed in winter in areas such as El Calafate. Is it possible and/or practical to try to visit the glaciers in August? I have 2 (maybe 3) weeks to visit Argentina in August. I'd really love to see some of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, but I don't want to fight frigid temperatures. I don't mind cold, but I'm not looking for brutal. If I had to choose one or the other (El Calafate or Ushauia), which is more worthwhile in August? Thanks.
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Roberto
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Username: Admin

Post Number: 1076
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Friday, April 20, 2007 - 9:28 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Ed, yes, it is possible. And not *many* services are closed. As far as I know ranches stop offering accomodation and are only open for day visits.

Considering strictly weather there will be little to no difference between Calafate and Ushuaia during August. I think you should based your selection on other considerations. These destinations are quite different. Ushuaia is more of a city (it was developed mostly by the militaries) whereas Calafate relies a lot more on their tourist offerings. No matter where you go in deep patagonia it WILL be very cold during August.
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Ben Ayling
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Username: Mr_ben

Post Number: 5
Registered: 4-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 8:04 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Ed i may be heading over with a journey in mind Bueonos Aires - Tierra del Fuego - Baliroche/Las Lenas to volunteer in the winter there as a ski patroller or just ski/ backcountry etc.

I'm going to use language schools as a base at each point , with trips , hikes ,archalological dig, volunteer help , scoping peaks and taking it all in. The route essentially is to see Patagonia, listen to best routes from locals, with some wise research before. Keep my email bennettayling@aol.com if you are there ....also wise to hike glaciers with people and difficult terrain, areas. I'm likely to be there Late May-Sept...

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