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El Calafate: Glaciers capital

El Calafate, a small town located where the Santa Cruz plateau meets the Andes, is the gateway to the Perito Moreno Glacier. Learn all about what there is to see, know and do, guided by Patagonia-argentina.com’s experts.

The El Calafate town

The tourist circuit in this region begins at this small town in Southwestern Santa Cruz province, on the south bank of Lake Argentino. Its main activity is Tourism, which keeps growing year after year, due to its neighboring to Perito Moreno Glacier.

Founded in 1927, El Calafate did not grow until the 1940’s, when the National Park was created.

Lake Argentino & El Calafate.

El Calafate has all the facilities needed to satisfy an ever growing tourist influx: there are hotels from 1 to 5 stars, as well as warm and charming “Hosterías” to stay at, lots of restaurants, shops and even an Ice Bar. And during summer there are also campsites available.

The town was named after a typical thorny bush of southern Patagonia. The Calafate blooms in the spring with yellow flowers and in summer with purple fruits. According to tradition those who eat this fruit will always return to Patagonia.

Patagonia Tours
Walking with penguins
4 days, 3 hotel nights with breakfast. Taxes. Transfers in/out airport-hotel-airport at Puerto Madryn. Excursion to Península de Valdés. Excursion Punta Tombo (penguins colony)
A week at the End of the World
Transfers airport / hotel / airport. 3 Hotel nights in each city, with breakfast. Excursions: Perito Moreno Glacier and Nautical Safari. Rivers of ice (May to September) or Estancia...
The Glaciers: Heavenly Ices
Transfers in/out. 4 days, 3 nights with breakfast. Excursion Perito Moreno Glacier. Nautical Safari. Excursion Estancia Cristina Classic (summer) or Rivers of Ice (winter). Bilingual (Spanish-English) guides. Taxes.
Deep Patagonia
3 hotel nights at each destination with breakfast. Taxes. Transfers in/out at the 3 destinations. Excursion to Península de Valdés. Whale Watching navigation (July to Dec) or...
Absolute Argentina
In and out transfers at every destination. 3 nights lodging in Buenos Aires. 3 nights lodging in El Calafate. 3 nights lodging in Ushuaia. 3 nights lodging in Iguazú....
Bariloche, the Lakes Capital
4 hotel nights with breakfast. Transfers in/out airport-hotel-airport at Bariloche. Excursion Small Circuit. Excursion to Victoria Island and Arrayanes' Wood. Excursion to S.M. Andes via the Seven Lakes.