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El CalafateArgentina

Witness the power of nature on a boat tour of Glaciers National Park. Hear the roar as the glacial ice ruptures and falls.

El Calafate lies on the southern shore of the glacier-filled Lake Argentino in the heart of Patagonia. Its main attraction is the Perito Moreno glacier, a great wall of blue ice on which you can walk. Cycle around the small city center and ride a horse into the valleys and mountains of Patagonia.

Tour the Perito Moreno glacier by boat to get a closer look at the icebergs and ruptures in the vast blue landmark. The sound of the ice breaking is memorable. Hike around the glacier to see it from various angles. Put on crampons to walk on the ice. Discover holes, caves and other intriguing formations in the glacier.

Visit the region’s other large ice feature, Upsala Canal. This interesting annual retreat of the ice could be the result of global warming. Take a boat tour and drink champagne cooled by glacial ice or rent a kayak for a more personal experience near the glacier.

Stay at Estancia Cristina, a large ranch with excellent accommodations looking out at the snowy mountains. The complex organizes many tours to glaciers as well as activities, such as sailing, horseback riding, hiking and fishing.

The commune takes its name from a yellow flower with dark blue berries that is very common in the region. Enjoy the area’s fairly dry atmosphere, particularly in summer when the weather is quite warm. Winters are extremely cold with a lot of snow and ice.

The city is in southwestern Santa Cruz Province, near the Chilean border. It is 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Rio Gallegos and stands directly between the cities of San Carlos de Bariloche and Ushuaia in the south of Argentina. Fly to El Calafate Airport, 13 miles (21 kilometers) east of the city, from many destinations across the country.

Complete the circuit of landmarks in El Calafate from the tranquil Plaza de los Pioneros, before conquering nature in the imposing countryside.

Top hotels in El Calafate

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Design Suites Calafate
Design Suites Calafate
4.5 out of 5
Calle 598 Nº 190, Playa Lago Argentino, El Calafate, Santa Cruz
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$105 per night

Located in Macrozona Meseta Cerro Calafate, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Lake Argentino and Bahia Redonda. Laguna Nimez and El Calafate Historical ...

4.1/5Very Good! (587 reviews)

"Great location and amazing views. But the hotel needs some updating, especially the bathroom had a weird smell right from the moment we walked in. The room size is also very small, we had junior suite and it was not even size of a standard room in regular hotels."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2020

Design Suites Calafate
Cyan Calafate Hotel
Cyan Calafate Hotel
3 out of 5
Jorge Newbery 367 - Frente, El Calafate

Located in Macrozona Meseta Cerro Calafate, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Plaza de los Pioneros, Santa Teresita del Nino Jesus Church and Argentinian ...

3.9/5Good! (69 reviews)
Friendly staff and close to bus station

"Friendly staff and conveniently located near the bus station. It’s a little but of a walk to the Main Street yet has similar prices to those closer to town. Overall good stay."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2020

Cyan Calafate Hotel
Hotel Posada Los Alamos
Hotel Posada Los Alamos
4 out of 5
Ing. Hector Mario Guatti 1135, El Calafate, Santa Cruz
The price is AU$170 per night

This family-friendly El Calafate hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Gnome Village, Anfiteatro Del Bosque and Argentinian Museum of ...

4.3/5Excellent! (183 reviews)

"Good location, comfortable beds and nice amenities."…"

Reviewed on 10 Feb. 2020

Hotel Posada Los Alamos

Popular places to visit in El Calafate

Perito Moreno Glacier
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Perito Moreno Glacier

Put on a pair of crampons and trek across this mesmerizing glacier to inspect its intriguing features, including a giant rupture.

Canal Upsala
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Canal Upsala

Kayak in the freezing water to reach the blue-white edge of this enormous glacier, one of Argentina’s major forces of nature.

Top activities in El Calafate

Perito Moreno Glacier with Boat Cruise
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Perito Moreno Glacier with Boat Cruise

AU$90
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
El Calafate Balcony Experience in 4x4
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El Calafate Balcony Experience in 4x4

AU$131
Per adult
Chalten Full-Day Tour
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Chalten Full-Day Tour

AU$107
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier with Nautical Safari
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Full Day Perito Moreno Glacier with Nautical Safari

AU$150
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
El Chalten Full-Day from El Calafate with Lunch
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El Chalten Full-Day from El Calafate with Lunch

AU$127
Per adult
Transfer from El Calafate to Puerto Natales
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Transfer from El Calafate to Puerto Natales

AU$76
Per adult

Reviews of El Calafate

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Verified traveller

29 Nov. 2019

Visit the wetland reserve if you have an interest in birds

5/5 - Excellent

ARIF

20 Oct. 2019

While in Argentina don't miss El Calafate

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Oct. 2019

Great town with easy access to the amazing Glaciers and lakes. Highlight of our travels in Sth America

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Sep. 2019

Great place to base if timelimited to see Pireto Moreno Glacier, El Chaten and Torres del Paine.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Jul. 2019

The glaciers are unbelievable, and the hotel is a good place to go back and relax

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar. 2019

Visit Laguna Nimez and support local conservation efforts. There are flamingos!

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