Situated on the southern border of Lake Argentino, El Calafate is a city in Patagonia, Argentina. Named after the symbol for Patagonia, the Calafate berry, this quaint city has all the offerings of a magnificent Nature retreat. As the legend states, those who eat from the Calafate bush always return to Patagonia. Calafate’s strategic location makes it a must-see for tourist. Here you get access to Glaciar Perito Moreno, which is only 80 kilometers away from Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. It is where the Santa Cruz plateau and the Andes meet. At Calafate nature is mixed with small commercial living.
Due to the high influx of tourist going to see the very famous Perito Moreno glacier the city has created a solid tourist infrastructure. Therefore, visitors can stroll through the downtown area and shop. Enjoy the city’s main road, Avenida del Livertador San Martin, which has many ice cream shops, tourist information areas, open-air artisan markets, and restaurants. Make sure to try the local Patagonian beer!
Outdoor activities reign in this part of South America. If you’re an adventure junky seeking exploration, El Calafate is the place for you. Kayaking is a big deal here and rightfully so. Due to its proximity to glaciers, El Calafate offers its visitors a once in a lifetime opportunity to get personal with the icy surroundings. Imagine threading in-between massive ice blocks. That is the Upsala Kayak Experience. Or maybe you enjoy a bit more speed? Rafting is also a popular sport among Calafate visitors. Become one with the movement of the water while you discover different parts of the world and of yourself. Spend the day exercising your right to play!
Lastly, maybe you’re not interested in visiting El Calafate to shop. Maybe you’re not interesting in small shops or water sports. Maybe you are looking to visit the area for its food and low-key nature trails. Well, you’re in luck because Calafate has both of those things as well. More specifically the Estancia Cristina region is known for its deliciously killer lamb and relaxing nature walks. There are plenty of working and historical estancias (or ranches) in this region. If you have a full day to spare, we 100% recommend a visit to the popular Estancia Cristina. Not only will you get an insight into the Patagonian Gaucho (cowboy) culture, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a boat ride past the Upsala Glacier.
Enjoy particularly unique evenings in Patagonia while enjoying the surroundings of a picturesque ranch. At estancia you’ll enjoy an authentic Argentine asado (barbecue), along with the magic of a folkloric area.
We want you to open the door to paradise. Enjoy the magnificent sensations and emotions Patagonia has to offer. Get lost in the wonders and flavors of this South American gem. Calafate offers you the comfort of modern day luxuries, the history of thousand-year-old ice caps, and the excitement of an infinite amount of outdoor activities. What’s not to love?