El Calafate is a city in Patagonia, Argentina. It is situated on the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province, about 320 km Northwest of Río Gallegos.Download the Travel Map 🗺️
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What you will see and do in El Calafate:🐾 Wildlife ❄️ Glacial landform ❄️ Glacier ❄️ Glacial lake
Between the Santa Cruz Plateau and the Andes Mountains, El Calafate is a small, windswept town and an essential starting point for access to the Glaciers National Park. Situated on the edge of Lake Argentino, the third largest lake in South America, El Calafate offers grandiose landscapes.
Above the lake, the steppe is a wild expanse with little or no vegetation, overflown by condors. A few kilometers from the city, the great blue wall of the Perito Moreno glacier offers the fascinating spectacle of blocks of ice that fall away in a deafening noise. Welcome to the end of the world!
El Calafate is also a great starting point when visiting the petrified forest or Torres del Paine National Park if you prefer to go further afield. And when you're tired of all the sightseeing and adventure, explore the town and its artisan markets, or have a craft beer at a local brewery. Be sure to try some of the famous Patagonian sheep while you're here too.
Probably the biggest tourist attraction in the area, you have to head to the Perito Moreno Glacier to get a look at this 70-meter thick slab of brilliant blue ice. Get up close with a boat tour, where you can hear the splinter of ice and see chunks of it fall into the water below. If you're more of a hiker, there's also a trail that leads to a viewpoint where you can catch a glimpse of the glacier, which sits on one of the world's largest freshwater reserves.
Cerro Frías is a hill located just 22 kilometers from El Calafate in the Patagonian steppe. Because it is not surrounded by other mountains, Cerro Frías is a majestic 1,300-meter-high setting from which visitors can see Mount Fitz Roy, Torres del Paine and Lago Argentino. You can visit in a multitude of different ways, the most popular of which is the 4×4 car tour that will take you across the lowlands to the lakeshore, across the Centinela River, up the hill, and onto the dune-lined beach .
Another must-do while staying at El Calafate is a trip to one of the many nearby shops or farms to get a feel for country life.. This agritourism often requires a guided tour of a working farm, like shearing or driving cattle, and a traditional Argentinian barbecue. Estancia Cristina is one of the most famous, located in Los Glaciares Park on the lakeside of Argent Argentino.
If you want to explore El Calafate, you should stay at the city center, there are a lot of hotels here such as Calafate Hostel, Boutique Hotel La Cantera, America Del Sur Calafate Hostel, Ca;afate Parque Hotel.
You should visit Cerro Frias, Perito Moreno lake, Los Glaciares National Park, Spegazzini lake, Laguna Nimez.
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