Today, Southern Patagonia welcomes you with open arms. El Calafate is a jumping-off point for adventure travelers who strive to unearth the most spellbinding natural wonders of Patagonia, like Perito Moreno Glacier.
Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the only glaciers in the world that’s still advancing. Though it’s not the only glacier in the area, it is the one that made the city of El Calafate famous worldwide. For many years now, El Calafate has been considered the capital of Patagonia’s glaciers. Located on the shore of Lago Argentino (the southernmost, largest Patagonian lake) the town is also home to the Spegazzini glacier, which forms the natural border between Argentina and Chile, and the Upsala glacier, named Glaciar del Gigante (Giant’s Glacier) which is the biggest glacier that sits at the mouth of Lake Argentino.
Is El Calafate only about the glaciers? Well, yes and no… the glaciers are the main attractions accessible through hiking or boat, but you still have much more to discover about Argentine rural culture. From Calafate you can visit a typical Patagonian finca (ranch) where you’ll learn all about the gaucho (cowboy) culture and enjoy a great asado (barbecue). You’ll soon realize that Calafate offers much more than just the gateway to Perito Moreno glacier.
Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel where you will have the rest of the day to relax or explore your surroundings.
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Take a look at our Calafate Travel Guide to find more practical information about the city. Our advice: if you feel like exploring a bit on your own, you can visit The Glaciarium Museum and learn about the history of glaciers and their first explorers. To get to the museum there is a transfer you can take at the Tourist Office.