El Calafate - Patagonia Argentina

Information on El Calafate, Argentina

This small city was founded in 1927, so it is a fairly new town.
The population did grow very fast in the last decade, going from merely 3,500 inhabitants in 2001 to more than 20,000 as for today's estimate.
El Calafate is located beside the Argentino lake, which receives most of the glaciers, and almost 320 kilometers to the northwest of Rio Gallegos, the capital of Santa Cruz province.
The airport receives normally between 6 and 12 daily flights coming mostly from Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Bariloche and Trelew, according to the time of the year and season.
It is one of the very top destinations in Argentina and this is because the Perito Moreno glacier, located 80 kilometers to the west, is one of the top world attractions.
There are many hotels in the city in a wide range of categories from hostels all the way to 5 stars.
Our tours include choice of accommodation between 3 and 5 stars.

El Calafate: Must see places
Perito Moreno glacier

This is without a doubt the top attraction in the Patagonia region. The Perito Moreno glacier is inside the Glaciers National Park and its location makes the view from the front balconies simply breathtaking.

Upsala and other glaciers

Located also inside the Glaciers National Park, the Upsala, Spegazzini, Onelli and other glaciers are visited by naviganting the Argentino lake, departing from Punta Bandera.

Our day tours
Featured hotels
Eolo Patagonia's Spirit

Excellent lodge located 30 minutes away from El Calafate, on the road to Perito Moreno glacier, our choice for a relaxed stay away from downtown.

Kosten Aike

Great location at El Calafate (walking distance from restaurants), quality services and friendly staff, nice spacious rooms, very good hotel...

Sierra Nevada

This is our pick for 3 star hotels, with proven trajectory along many years. This hotel is very well located for day tours to the glaciers.

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