This town is located by Argentino Lake, a green water surface that covers 1600 km2 and owns large and mysterious depths due to its glacial origin. El Calafate will connect you to the most unknown and magical of our geography.
El Calafate is 316 km from Río Gallegos 185 meters above sea level, and it is named after the small bush called “calafate”, indigenous of Patagonia. Its fruit is a delicious berry, very used in the elaboration of jam. According to tradition, whoever eats calafate will be back for more. But reality indicates that those who visit El Calafate want to stay forever.
It is an oasis of poplars, willows and pines at the border of the steppe. This town is an important tourist place of national as well as international interest, since here start all glacier circuits. If these are your goal, you can not miss this little village and all the magic nature offers.
El Calafate presents a dry climate, with an average maximum temperature of 19ºC in summer, and an average minimum in winter of -2º. In summer the sun rises at 5.30 a.m. and sets at 11p.m. whereas in winter the day is shorter, there are only 8 hours of light.
“Los Glaciares” National Park covers a surface of some 600.000 hectares with 47 glaciers: Marconi, Viedma, Moyano, Upsala, Agassiz, Bolado, Onelli, Peineta, Spegazzini, Mayo, Ameghino, Moreno and Frías, are some of the most important. In 1981 it has been declared World Natural Heritage by UNESCO.
The International Airport of El Calafate, 23 km from the city center, receives direct flights from Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Ushuaia, Puerto Madryn, Trelew, and Puerto Natales, among other cities.
From the city of El Calafate you will be able to travel all over the region through off road crossing, horse riding and sport fishing, always surrounded by a mountainous landscape. During your stay you will be able to see a large variety of birds, like the condor or the black-chested buzzard eagle, foxes, hares, reptiles and pumas. There are also endangered species: the deer, the Wolffsohn’s viscacha and the torrent duck.
We invite you to discover a wonderful city and to live a-once-in-a-lifetime experience.