El Calafate Travel Guide

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El Calafate Things to Do

  • Perito Moreno

    I bought the excursion at the hotel, it was 250 pesos and it included the trip and some stops on the way. The boat trip next to the glaciar was not included and costed 90 pesos, plus you had to pay 170 pesos to enter the park. What can I say? The glaciar is one of the few spots that just made me seat down and look at it. I stayed speechless for...

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  • Fantastic glacier up close and personal

    The Parque Nacional Los Glaciares in Patagonia is huge at 600,000 hectares ( a lot of acres). It has been designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. The most accessible glacier is Moreno which terminates in Canal de los Tempanos, an arm of Lago Argentino. What makes this great for the traveler is a series of trails on boardwalks and catwalks that...

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  • Get out of town and see Patagonian...

    Most think of soaring mountains when they consider Patagonia. There is another side: grasslands and beef and lakes. We were on a cruise, booked to fly to and land on the Antarctic peninsula when high crosswinds forced a change of plans. Welcome to El Calafate. It is a place of contrast: lakes and grasslands and access to close-up glacier viewing....

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El Calafate Hotels

El Calafate Restaurants

  • Free wi-fi

    After the excellent dinner at Tablita, I decided to have a less formal dinner, and so tried this Pietro's cafè. I had a huge sandwich, half pizza(this is an argentinian carateristic, you can have half pizza or full one).With less than 150 pesos I had my sinner and a couple of beer, it's a good place if you want to eat without paying much, there is...

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  • El Cordero!!

    This is the best place where I ate during my journey in Argentina. I was just lucky as I chosed it because it wasn't far from the hotel as, the hotel, as I said, was not downtown.I had a cordero patagonico (patagonian lamb), empanadas and a semifreddo dulce de leche. Everything was just perfect and the service was really good. 3 glasses of an...

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  • Casablanca.

    Located on the main street, this cozy restaurant is always full. Good homemade food, great pizza and good service offered by the owners. I returned several times for its food and atmosphere. Great Pizzas...

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El Calafate Nightlife

  • Few Nightlife

    There is little nightlife in El Calafate, but there is a very interesting place where you can eat, drink some wine and meet people "Borges and Alvarez" a cozy libro-bar located on the second floor of Avenida del Libertador. A bar consisting of two large areas, decorated with books and candles with wonderful view of the main street. You can buy...

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  • Evening at the estancia

    The long Spring and Summer days in Southern Patagonia, where it doesn't get dark until well past 10pm, leave plenty of time for an evening visit to an estancia - and you certainly get to see and do a lot in the hours before it gets dark and there's no doubt it is both a very professional enterprise and an entertaining way to while away a few...

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El Calafate Transportation

  • El Calafate - Puerto Natales

    A lot of travellers will visit both El Calafate and Torres del Paine (Puerto Natales) during their vacation. The best way for your travel from/to Chile between El Calafate and Puerto Natales is by bus. There are a couple of companies running services between these cities. We took Cootra to cross the border between Argentina and Chile. The ride...

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  • aeroport taxes

    Even if you pay airport taxes with your ticket, you have to pay more taxes here and in Ushuaia, I think it is a Patagonian airport tax. It is 38 pesos in Calafate, not so much but you have to pay cash, no credit card.

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  • taxi from airport

    From the airport to the city centre you have two options: bus and taxi.I chosed taxi as there was no bus waiting outside when I was there, the rate is 140 pesos going from the airport to the city and 100 pesos on the way back. Different prices because at the airport taxis need to pay the parking.

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El Calafate Shopping

  • Beware!

    This shop is indeed an attractive place to visit with lots of beautifully displayed art, craft and jewelry items to spend your money on. It is not cheap and this gives its products an air of authenticity. Do not be fooled! I chose what looked like a beautiful silver bracelet, priced at something in the region of $100 as a special present from my...

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  • A little retail therapy

    With the long evenings of summer, late hours kept by the shops and smallness of the town , you're bound to spend more than a few evening hours window shopping in El Calafate. And with 2 out 3 premises along the main streets geared to selling stuff to the tourists, you'll probably succumb and buy something. As you would expect, the shops are mostly...

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  • The chocoholic's choice

    Chocolate and Patagonia seem to go together in Argentina. Whilst El Calafate isn't the chocoholic heaven that Bariloche is, it probably won't be long before it starts to catch up ... which will be a bit of a shame. Between the two, I preferred El Calafate's chocolate shops - there weren't as many and it certainly didn't seem as though chocolate...

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El Calafate Local Customs

  • Esquilar / To Shear

    Primavera es la época en que se esquilan las ovejas , se les quita la gruesa lana con la que han pasado el invierno y así se preparan para pasar el calor del veranoEn la visita a la estancia nos hicieron una demostración de como se esquilaban las ovejas a mano . (Hoy en día lo hacen con máquinas eléctricas ) Con unas tijeras cojen a una oveja y a...

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  • Esquilar / To Shear

    Primavera es la época en que se esquilan las ovejas , se les quita la gruesa lana con la que han pasado el invierno y así se preparan para pasar el calor del veranoEn la visita a la estancia nos hicieron una demostración de como se esquilaban las ovejas a mano . (Hoy en día lo hacen con máquinas eléctricas ) Con unas tijeras cojen a una oveja y a...

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  • Esquilar / To Shear

    Primavera es la época en que se esquilan las ovejas , se les quita la gruesa lana con la que han pasado el invierno y así se preparan para pasar el calor del veranoEn la visita a la estancia nos hicieron una demostración de como se esquilaban las ovejas a mano . (Hoy en día lo hacen con máquinas eléctricas ) Con unas tijeras cojen a una oveja y a...

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El Calafate Warnings and Dangers

  • El Calafate unfair car rental agency ,...

    Try to keep away from Alquisur 4x4 car rental agency in El Calafate. They will try to make a small fortune on you in any possible way.Last year I wanted to hire a car from them and was requested to pay a 30% advance deposit, consisting of 500U$D, which I did more than 2 months before the planned trip. Unfortunately we had to cancel the tour a month...

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  • Airport tax

    Be prepared to pay a high airport tax when you leave El Calafate by plane. It cost us $24 each. I think the tourists are paying for their new airport.

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  • Think first

    As you go down the steps to get close to the glacier, think about the hike back up. Actually it isn't as bad as they would like you to believe.

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El Calafate Tourist Traps

  • by BaileyBln Written Mar 11, 2010

    I was shocked when I had to pay the Entrance Fee for the National Park. It was 50 Pesos. Local Residents and Argentinians only have to opay 1/5 and less. Its ok to charge more for Tourists but not 5 times more. Really a rip off.

    Unique Suggestions: Get a Local or Argentinian ID :-)

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    • Adventure Travel
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

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El Calafate What to Pack

  • Pack Layers

    Have a backpack handy Bring layers especially when you make your trip to view the glacier. When you go on the boat, the chill from the glacier is quite cold. Other than that the temperature is fairly comfortable. Batteries are available at the National Park in case you run out, however they are expensive. Bring a video camera if you have one.

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  • Winter during summer

    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...

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  • Binoculars are handy

    Even if you're coming in the middle of summer, you need to bring some fairly heavy duty cold weather gear - a good, windproof jacket, stout shoes, scarf, gloves and hat. Layers work best during the day when the sun can be warm but the wind chilly - especially at the glaciers - and once the sun goes down, it does get cold. A small set of...

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El Calafate Off The Beaten Path

  • The passage of time

    El Calafate's new Historical Interpretation Centre really opens your eyes to the history of Southern Patagonia. Beginning with the time when dinosaurs roamed the region right through to the early 20th century, it takes us on a journey through 14000 years of the human and natural history of this ancient land. An excellent series of panels and...

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  • El Chalten

    3 hours by bus from El Calafate, it worth a visit. It is the main trekking area from Argentina. Plan at least 3 days on the area.

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  • Flora and Fauna

    The Municipal Natural Reservation called 'Laguna Nimes". It is the place to go see birds that have migrated here for the summer months.The circuit is 2,500 meters long, it is a self guided reserve with bird blinds, a guide phamplet to show you what to look for at each numbered sign along the way is provided..You will see many ducks, geese,...

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El Calafate Sports & Outdoors

  • Perito Moreno glacier hike

    In many of the day tour packages to Perito Moreno, a one-hour hike on the glacier is included.The tour on the ice is nice, but not exeptional. After a short boat trip, it starts with an easy 15-minute walk through woods along the toe of the glacier. At regular intervals, you hear (and sometimes see) ice of the Perito Moreno falling into the lake....

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  • Safari N?utico

    La excursi?n consiste en una navegaci?n por el Brazo Rico que permite apreciar los t?mpanos que se desprenden de las paredes de hielo del Glaciar Perito Moreno. Llegando hasta el extremo sur del Canal de los T?mpanos. Esta excursi?n dura aproximadamente una hora y brinda la posibilidadde observar con una perspectiva totalmente diferente las...

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  • Many options

    There many options of excursions in Calafate. Check the link I add at this page, and/or write to Horacio at puntocalafate@cotecal.com.ar. He is the owner of a tourism agency in Calafate.Hay muchas ociones de excursiones en Calafate. Fijate el link que tengo en esta pagina y/o escribile a Horacio a puntocalafate@cotecal.com.ar. El es el due?o de una...

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El Calafate Favorites

  • Aeroport

    Landing in El Calafate is an experience, I always chose the aisle side in the flight but this time I regretted, it seems really to land in the middle of nowhere, you see no airport, no city, nothing just a huge lake and some small hills around it. The arrival, I really did not know what to expect, and all this ground withot one single house,...

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  • Information on the internet

    To make it a little bit easier to find information on the internet about El Calafate some links:Turismo El Calafate El CalafateEl Calafatelodging, eating, transport El CalafatetransportPark National Los Glaciares Cootra (bus)Zaahj (bus)Aerolineas ArgentinasLANWeather information about Patagonia:weather

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  • Patagonian sheep

    Sheep raising was Patagonia's main industry for many, many years. As well as Spanish(mainly Basque) and Welsh settlers who came to take up the vast tracts of land available to anyone willing to brave the harsh weather and empty spaces that make sheep-raising the only viable way to farm this land. Scots, English, even New Zealanders came and by 1937...

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Comments (2)

  • Nonsmokinjoe's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    and modern but it is surrounded by some of the finest scenery in the world. There are at least three AAA hikes of 4-6 hours, none of them difficult. If you want to climb Fitzroy or Cerro Torre, bring all your gear. They are some of the most technical climbs in the world.

  • Nonsmokinjoe's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    If you are thinking of visiting Patagonia, forget El Calafate and Ushuaia. The former is tourist-ridden and uninteresting. The latter The latter ugly and cold, unless you like penguins. Spend your time instead in El Chalten. It's not easy to reach you have to fly to El Calafate and from there it is a three-hour drive. The village itself is unexceptional an

 
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