El Calafate It is a town that is 185 meters above sea level 320 kilometers from Rio gallegos, in the Argentine province of Santa Cruz, and that takes its name from a tree that bears purple fruits and yellow flowers. It is one of the most important tourist destinations in Argentina thanks to its spectacular glaciers, a natural beauty like few others thanks to the Los Glaciares National Park, which you can also enjoy with a boat trip on the channels of Lake Argentino.
There are different tours that cover the Los Glaciares National Park and where you will be able to see the 47 spectacular ice blocks such as the Viedma, the Upsala, the Bolado, the Moyano, the Marconi and the Peineta, among others, and which as a whole are a World Heritage Site. 13 of the glaciers empty into the Atlantic Ocean. The most famous is the Perito Moreno glacier, which is no less than five kilometers long and sixty meters high and has been considered the Eighth wonder for the spectacular views that you can enjoy from there.
In El Calafate You can also find the most varied fauna, such as cougars, gray and red foxes, black-necked swans, rheas, Patagonian lambs, eagles or guanacos. The climate in the region is dry and the average temperature in summer is 19ºC and in winter it is -2ºC, so you can already wear warm clothes if you don't want to freeze. In the winter they celebrate their popular “Ice Festival”, a party that lasts three days. El Calafate It has an International Airport and daily connections with Buenos Aires, Bariloche or Chile, among others. Since Buenos Aires you can also go by car although it would take about 34 hours, which for the wonder that you are going to be able to see it is clear that they would be worth it. A destination to visit at least once in life.
Perito Moreno Glacier in El Calafate & Pedal South (Patagonia Expedition #07) (September 2020)
- El Calafate, Los Glaciares National Park