views to the argentine lake
4x4 trekker at sombrero stones
visitants enjoying the view to the argentine lake from the balcony
geological formation labyrinth of stones in el calafate
stone with sombrero like shapes
views to argentine lake from the balconies in el calafate
tour stop at the sombrero stone
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El Calafate Balconies

Discover the Cerro Huyliche and the Argentine Patagonia in a 4x4

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El Calafate
1 day
Spanish and English
Starts: From your accommodation in El Calafate at 9:45 a.m. or 2:45 p.m. depending on the option chosen.
Ends: To your accommodation in El Calafate at 1:30 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. depending on the option chosen.
Free cancellation!


Do you want to enjoy the best views in El Calafate? If the answer is yes, you cannot miss this tour through the Calafate Balconies. We’ll visit the best lookout points of Cerro Huyliche, where we can get a panoramic view of the Argentine Lake and the Andean Mountains. On the way, we’ll also visit unique geological formations like the Labyrinth of Stones and the Sombrero Stones. Get ready, we’re getting in the 4x4 soon!

Tour details


  • Spanish/English bilingual guide
  • Transportation from and back to your accommodation
  • Lunch or snack (depending on your chosen time)

Not included

  • Drinks

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 4 days before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

El Calafate - Cerro Huyliche - El Calafate

Altitude: 3,445 feet above sea level (1,050 m.a.s.l.)

Pick up in El Calafate

Our adventure will start when we pick you up at your accommodation at 9:45 a.m. if you select the morning option or 2:45 p.m. if you prefer to join us in the afternoon. Once the whole group is together, we’ll head to the Cerro Huyliche.

the city of el calafate

Cerro Huyliche

From El Calafate we’ll cover about 9 miles (15km) until reaching the entrance of Cerro Huyliche, where we’ll begin our way up. The first stop in our tour will be a natural lookout point where we’ll be able to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Argentine Lake and El Calafate.

panoramic view of argentine lake from el calafate balconies

Labyrinth of Stones

We’ll continue our way up until reaching the Labyrinth of Stones, a spectacular geological formation unique in the area. From there, we’ll start our way down on the north mountainside of Cerro Huyliche until reaching the Sombrero Stones, a curious phenomenon that’s only found in 4 places around the world.

off-roader at the labyrinth of stones

Back to El Calafate

Everything good must come to an end, and our tour to the El Calafate Balconies is reaching the end. With the Argentine Lake still in our viewpoint, we’ll start our way back to your accommodation in El Calafate. We hope to see you soon in your next adventure!

off-roader on the path back to El Calafate

What to bring to El Calafate Balconies

  • Passport or ID card
  • Warm
  • comfortable clothing
  • Sun protection
  • Water bottle

Where does the tour El Calafate Balconies start

The city of El Calafate is located 3,000 km from Buenos Aires, and 325 km from the city of Río Gallegos, capital of the province of Santa Cruz. The airport has direct daily connections with Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Bariloche, Trelew, Cordoba and Rosario. Several airlines operate this route, being Aerolineas Argentinas the most frequent one. From Howlanders we also recommend you to check LADE airline. 

If you want to arrive by land you can do it by bus. The trip between Buenos Aires and El Calafate takes about 36 hours. From Río Gallegos, the trip takes 4 hours. If you come from Puerto Natales we recommend you to take a bus that arrives to El Calafate in about five hours or hire a private service with us. Finally, if you are traveling from Ushuaia, please check the waiting times due to the crossing of the Strait of Magellan or stopover in Rio Gallegos.

Questions & Answers

  • Will I be picked up at my accommodation in El Calafate?

    Yes, pick-up is included in any accommodation in El Calafate. However, if you stay in an Airbnb, or in an accommodation without reception, you will not be picked up. In this case, you will be given a meeting point in the centre of El Calafate.
  • I’m traveling with kids, can they join this tour?

    Of course! The El Calafate Balconies tour is kid-friendly and perfect for the whole family. We’re here to enjoy the landscape!

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