|Welcome to El Calafate
Calafate, declared national capital of the glaciers,
is the starting point to visit this region. Settled
on the southern shore of Lago Argentino, Santa
Cruz, it has the ideal tourist facilities, joining
the natural environment with all the necessary
comfort for a pleasant stay.
Sunrise in Lago
|In the surroundings of the glaciers
is today a tourist villa of almost 7000 inhabitants,
the closest to the great Perito
Moreno glacier, in Los Glaciares National
Park. Since it was founded, December, 7th 1927,
this town has grown to become a main tourist
destination. It's typical roofs and gardens,
the variety of flowers and trees, make a warm
and delicate environment that combines perfectly
leisure and adventure.
City plan of El Calafate
|El Calafate offers a wide
range of services and commerces including:
in hotels, hosterías, cabins, appartments, hostels,
by road, by planen on the lakes, rent-a-car, etc
with restaurants, pizzas, tea houses, ice cream shops,
agents that have choices to visit every destination.
handycrafts, regional products, clothing, books and
services that include banks, gas stations, public
shops like photo, drugstores, pharmacies, etc.
in supermarkets, markets, bakeries, and delicatessen.
any doubt, every traveler that comes to this latitudes
of Argentina's Patagonia, looks forward to visit
one of the natural wonders of the world: Perito
Moreno glacier. This region treasures places and
landscapes that seem to come out of a dream, where
Nature always invites to adventure and exploration.
Because of its strategic emplacement, El Calafate
is the starting point to all destinations and
possibilities of the area: visiting to glaciers
Chaltén area, discovering Walicho Cave and
Tehuelche culture, enjoying a fishing day at Lago
Roca, promenade through Bahía Redonda, visiting
touristic Estancias, trekking, flying in an
aerostatic balloon, back horse riding, bike or
four-wheel motorcycles, rafting, and much more.
For all these reasons, El Calafate
is the ideal place for those who look for organized
activities and also for those that prefer free activities
or to practice sports, but surrounded with all the comfort
activities: bike or four-wheel motorcycles rent,
horse rides, etc.
horse rides, fishing, city tours, etc.
|How to get there
Regular flights to El Calafate International Airport.
From here buses or taxis to El Calafate city (Distance
to El Calafate: 17 Km.).
From Río Gallegos: from the bus terminal by
Rio Gallegos International Airport (4 hours).
From Chile: Puerto Natales. Bus to El Calafate
in a 5 hours ride.
From Río Gallegos: through Provincial Route
No.5, National Route No.40 and Provincial Route
No. 11. Total distance: 320 Km.
Santa Cruz Province: Main routes and locations
|From Buenos Aires: NR N°3,
following the seaside of Mar Argentino, visiting major
cities as Bahía Blanca, Trelew o Comodoro Rivadavia.
Getting to Comandante Luis Piedra Buena, in Santa Cruz,
you can choose to take NR N°288 (grave), which crosses
the desert of patagonian steppe up to NR N° 40 (grave).
From there on it follows the North-South direction towards
Lago Argentino and finally PR N° 11, which ends in the
National Park after crossing El Calafate.