El Calafate, Argentina
Ranked #9 in Argentina tourism
El Calafate is an incredibly scenic town in Patagonia, Argentina and it attracts visitors with its matchless nature objects and unique sightseeing highlights. It is a place to visit in order to enjoy the beauty created by the nature and fully sense it on your own.
El Calafate Attractions
Not without a reason El Calafate is known as the nation capital of the glaciers. The main and most popular place of interest there is Glaciares National Park, which includes three really impressive glaciers: Perito Moreno Glacier, Cerro Chalten and Cerro Torre.
The most frequently visited one is Perito Moreno whose size and appearance suites thousands of visitors, who want to observe this magnificent site on their own. It is a huge and impressive ice formation – about 250km2 large and 30km long, besides, the glacier still keeps growing. For the tourists reaching the glacier has never been a problem since the great majority of the local tour companies and tour agencies offer daily drives to the site where special viewing platforms and easy trails have been established. Rafting, biking, motorcycling and other outdoor activities are provided as well.
The best way in exploring El Calafate is by trekking and hiking. Visitors are advised to take either a short or long trek. Short treks, or as they call it- mini-trekking, can be done without guides. They usually take less than 2 hours and are not difficult. Some of the offered routes are Mirador de los Cóndores, Chorrillo del Salto, Cañadón del Río de las Vueltas.
But, if you want to have deeper experience, you can also have a longer exploration or as these treks are called – “big ice“. These treks can take up to 5 hours and some of them are rather difficult to be done without special equipment and a help of professional and hence should be made together with a guide. Another popular trekking spot in El Calafate is El Chalten area.
How to get to El Calafate
El Calafe can be reached by air (there is an international airport) and also by bus from Rio Gallegos (5 hour drive).