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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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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 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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