El Calafate Vacations

El Calafate is a small town in Patagonia, Argentina, in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province, about 320 kms Northwest of Río Gallegos. El Calafate is an important tourist destination as the hub to visit different parts of the Los Glaciares National Park, including the Perito Moreno Glacier (one of the most visited in the world) and the ... Read more
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San Francisco, California, USA

El Calafate is like a ski town in the middle of nowhere. The obvious attraction is the glacier, but I like renting a car and driving to the some of the out-of-the-way spots for a picnic or just to hike around a bit.

We were there for Christmas Eve and it was kind of hilarious. We had a special holiday dinner in a Chinese Buffet that had stuffed animals spread around. It looked like a cross between a saloon from the wild west and a nail salon in china town.

Good fun though and the the little town even surprised us with a small fireworks display.

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Pasadena, California, USA

Of the three glacier fields I saw in Argentina, this is the smallest but best for viewing.

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London

El Calafate is a cute little town. There are plenty of cafes and bars to check out. You can book any tour from your hostel and people are really friendly!

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Antwerpen, Belgium

The starting point for a visit to the mountains and glaciers on the border with Chili. From here you visit the vast ice mass that is the Perito Moreno glacier and the deserted, wild and beautiful mountain area around Cerro Torre.

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London, UK

Trekking on icebergs, looking into the beautiful blue. such a surreal landscape and one of the most amazing experiences of my life

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Although the picture for El Calafate is actually the Perito Moreno glacier (spelling mistakes abound here, I'm sure, and thus apologies), it makes sense - the town exists because of it. Spend a day or two here at most, and use that time to go to the glacier. The rest of the time can be spent in the town, which becomes exhausted in less than a few hours (note the casino, a few restaurants, and some solid touristy shops make up the bulk of the 'to do' list). Note, however, that getting money can be hard here - ATMs run out, so when they're full, stock up.

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Kiryat Gat, Israel

El Calafate is amazing place 2 be the Glacier there is amazing i was there 15 years ago it was wonderful:))))

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Fremont, California

Argentina was one of my favorite trips, and El Calafate was the highlight.
Had the best chocolate of my life there too !

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San Francisco

The jumping off point for the Perito Moreno glacier. El Calafate's downtown is full of restaurants, hiking gear and travel companies.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

I really like El Calafate for its laid-back, ski town sort of vibe. There are a lot of tourists here, but when we visited in early-April, they were almost all Argentinian, which made it feel much different than had it been teeming with other Americans or Europeans. The Parque Nacionale Los Glaciares is nearby and is obviously totally amazing, but the town itself has plenty of things to recommend it, including some great restaurants, a fantastic chocolate and ice cream shop, and a few wonderful stores that transcend tourist kitsch for authentic native art and wares.

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