Hostel Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires 296, El Calafate, 9405, Argentina
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Flights between Buenos Aires and El Calafate

by bronxy

I am having difficulty finding flights that correspond to our travel dates of Nov 23 or 24 - BA to Calafate and Nov 28 or 29 - Calafate to BA. Are there airlines other than Aerolineas and LAN that fly this route?
RE: Aerolineas 1) I have been unable to enter the website. 2) I am concerned about flying them because of their track record with delays and cancellations. 3) Just read an announcement dated July, 2008 that the President of Argentina is planning on purchasing the airline along with partner airline, Austral, from Spain and making it Argentina's national airline. The two airlines together are reported to be $800 million in debt.
RE: LAN Only one flight available on Nov 24 @ 5:30AM. To make this we have to arrive one day early from the US and stay overnight near the AEP airport. The only return flight that whole week is on Nov 25 which won't work because we will be at Estancia Helsingfors, from Nov 25-27. The transfers times in an out of Helsingfors are 3hrs long and have set pick-up and departure times. Need to be in BA on Nov 28 or 29 where we will meet friends for a two week vacation.
I thought of hiring a driver for the transfer to Helsingfors. Any other suggestions? I'm out of ideas.

Re: Flights between Buenos Aires and El Calafate

by Porteno

LADE is the only other airline flying that route, it is part of the Argentine Air Force, but seems they only fly there on Thursdays and Fridays.

As for Aerolineas I had no problem accessing their website and checking fares.
They can be very expensive but showing the cheapest departing on the 24th at 11:35 Buenos Aires ( AEP) Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) OP
16:15 El Calafate ( FTE) 4:40 1 stop(s) and returning on the 28th at 19:05 El Calafate ( FTE) Aerolineas Argentinas (AR) OP
23:28 Buenos Aires ( AEP) 4:23 1 stop(s) and pricing at 340.21 USD per person.

As to the ownership, Spain does not own the airline, the Spanish company Marsans has been the owner and the Argentine government is indeed in the process of taking over the airline once again. Actually the government has already paid back wages, and flights seem to be departing and arriving with better regularity now. The situation should continue to improve and being the only airline that offers the times and dates you need you don't have much choice. If you continue to have problems accessing the Aerolineas site you can only search Travelocity for flights AEP-FTE are the airport codes.

A remise would be your best choice in making certain you make your transfer to and from Helsingfors. Here is a link to one that is very good, He can also pick you up at the airports etc.


Re: Flights between Buenos Aires and El Calafate

by GuillermoBackpacker

Is Very difficult to find places in the flights to calafate. On 24th November Lan have availability in the first flight.
It is possible to come back by Lan or Aerolineas on 28th and on 29th November.

El Calafate is a beautiful place and you could do a lot of activities there.
I am preparing my trip by tangol, that is a local travel agency, and Cecilia answered me quickly.

Travel Tips for El Calafate

Gartref i mewn Patagonia

by TheWanderingCamel

That's Welsh for "at home in Patagonia", and that's just what the Welsh are after the 140 years since the first group of settlers arrived on the "Mimosa". They settled in the Chubut Valley, well to the north of El Calafate, but since when did a small matter of geography get in the way of a good marketing proposition?

The Welsh have long been assimilated into the general mix that makes up the population of Patagonia, but their legacy lives on right through the province in a fondness for Welsh teas such as the one served at EL Galpon - I could have thought myself back on Mrs Morgan's farm near Llandovery when confronted with that feast - and the odd red dragon on a shop sign. You'll need to travel north from El Calafate to hear Welsh spoken or to find the stone cottages and chapels the settlers built in the traditions of home, and the Welsh Tea Houses of Gaiman are legendary, but all the foodie shops in El Calafate sell Waless (sic) cake, and very good it is too - moist, spicy and lightly fruited. They come in all sizes, a small one is the perfect size to pop into your lunch box before you head off to the glaciers for the day, and any Welsh friends at home will be enchanted to receive one as a home-coming gift.

Winter during summer

by vtveen

We visited El Calafate during late spring (early December) and still it can be ‘winter’. Specially when visiting the glaciers or making a boat trip on one of the lakes it can be (very) cold. Besides the weather can change very quickly; during our visit we had wonderful sunny weather in the morning in El Calafate and in the afternoon near the glaciers it was cloudy, windy and very cold.

What to pack for El Calafate (and Patagonia)
Clothes: best to wear in layers

Wind- and waterproof jacket
Good shoes (specially if you intend to do the trekking on the glacier)
Hat/cap and gloves

For weather info: UV filter sun glasses and Sunscreen lotion, 30+ (the sun is very intensive, even if there are clouds) Enough space on your memory card.

Rupestrian paintings (2)

by andal13

I found these paintings really touching: they represent a flood (enlarge the picture to see it); the horizontal line is the water level, and some guanacos are choked (under the line), some others are safe (over the line), and one of them is fighting for its life. Some people died in that flood; their souls are drawn as headless figures.

Encontré estas pinturas realmente emotivas: reprewsentan una inundación (amplíen la foto para verla); la línea horizontal es el nivel del agua, y algunos guanacos se han ahogado (bajo la línea), otros están a salvo (sobre la línea) y uno está luchando para sobrevivir. Algunas personas murieron en esa inundación; sus almas son representadas como figuras sin cabeza.

many landscapes...

by willy_wonka

the scenery surrounding calafate is stunning, and is a reason in itself why so many people come down here. close to the town there is the beautiful lago argentino. you will often see the view of this lake from around town. the lake is home to much wildlife, even flamingos. further out the rolling pampa spreads before you. small farms dot the landscape, on the beautiful undulating hills. in the distance are the mighty peaks of snow covered mountains. within are beautiful valleys and of course, glaciers. all of these unique features, from wetlands to mountains, adds to the beauty of this region. there are few places on earth that have so much to offer geographically.

Fishing for Trout in Patagonia

by lkdahl

I used the services of Calafate Fishing for an all day trout fishing excursion. The cost was $370 pesos and $30 pesos for a one day fishing liscense.

The guide picked me up at my hosteria at 6:30 am. We drove out of Calafate for about 50 km through the Patagonian steppe. All around were mountains and estancias(ranches). The company has permission to enter and gain access to rivers and streams located on the estancias.

We found a very secluded location on a river that feeds into the Brazo Rico branch of Lago Argentino. The fishing was slow in the morning, maybe due to the temperatures being only in the 50's and it was extremely windy. As I cast, overhead a condor soared.

After not much luck in the morning we headed off to the Reserva National Zona Roca for a well derserved "shore lunch" of steak. The guide expertly prepared the stead in a large iron skillet and fried some onions and peppers. We had a wide variety of refreshments available, including wine.

After the very delicious lunch, we headed back to the fishing spot. With the wind dying down abit the fishing action picked up. One after another I realed in trout after trout. Most of the fish were rainbow trout but also caught 1 lake trout. Totals for the day 4 rainbows and 1 lake trout, all of which I excercised "catch and release".

It was very serene, being on the river without a person to be seen. The only sounds being the gusts of the wind and the sound of sheep in the distance. All day the only other person we saw was the head rancher, who came by to select a few sheep to taken back for dinner on the estancia.


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