Check out great tips on what to do in El Calafate and how to photograph the huge glacier called Perito Moreno
The city of El Calafate is stuck in Argentine Patagonia, on the shores of Lake Argentino, 2,750 km away from Buenos Aires. The city is beautiful and receives a large number of international tourists throughout the year, offering an excellent tourist structure. Therefore, there is much things to do in El Calafate.
From El Calafate we can visit the region of the glaciers, where there are infinite possibilities of enjoyment in an incomparable natural scenery. On foot, by car or by boat, all are good options for exploring this unique area of Argentine Patagonia. With great emphasis on the Perito Moreno Glacier.
It is worth noting that this type of tourism has grown a lot among Brazilian travelers. Even because it is not such a distant place, since Argentina is our neighbor. Not to mention the incredible landscapes offered by Patagonia, which we often only get to know through documentaries and travel programs on TV.
Perito Moreno Glacier
THE Perito Moreno Glacier is El Calafate's main tourist attraction. The Glaciar is located in Los Glaciares National Park, which is 78km from the city. Something like 1h30 of bus trip. The park is home to the third largest concentration of ice in the world.
already the Moreno expert it is a giant glacier with more than 250 square kilometers in area, containing 60 meters in height, and which can be seen very closely by tourists. To enjoy this spectacle of nature, visitors have a 7km platform of wooden and steel walkways, which makes it possible to move around so that the glacier can be seen from the most varied angles.
You can also get to know the glacier from a boat trip, providing an even smaller distance between you and the mass of ice. Once in place, it becomes possible to hear the sound of a block being released in the silence. The difficult thing is to know which side this sound comes from.
Between the months of August and May it is possible to take a fifteen-minute minitrekking to the glacier and 1h30min on the ice. But only for people between 10 and 65 years old. The activity has a medium difficulty level. Another existing option is the so-called Big Ice, with availability between September and April for people between 18 and 50 years of age and with high difficulty. The walk lasts 1h30min to the glacier and 3h30min over the ice. In addition to the Perito Moreno Glacier, there are other glaciers to visit along Lake Argentino. Among them we have: Upsala, Spegazzini, Mayo and Onelli.
For those who want to have a few drinks at an ice bar, know that the Glaciarium, located 6km from El Calafate, on the way to the Perito Moreno Glacier, is the indicated location. The Glaciarium, which is also a museum, has walls, floors and glasses made of ice. As you can imagine, the place suggests the use of appropriate clothes, as the cold reaches -10ºC.
Still unraveling what to do in El Calafate, a different option is the Cuevas del Walichu, an archaeological site 7km from the city center. The place shows the footprints of the first men who walked through those lands, such as cave paintings from the province belonging to the Paleolithic. This tourist and historical point is a step back in time, both for its archaeological value and for the beauty of the landscape, forming a unique place in Patagonia.
How to get to El Calafate?
There are no direct flights from Brazil to El Calafate. Therefore, it is necessary to make a connection in Buenos Aires. The route can be done with Aerolíneas Argentinas or Latam. The flight from Buenos Aires to El Calafate takes 3h20. Aerolíneas Argentinas also fly from Ushuaia (879km from Buenos Aires) and Bariloche (1,025km from Buenos Aires). Calafate International Airport is 23 km from downtown.
From the airport to the hotels there are taxis and transfers available to travelers. In addition to buses and vans. If applicable, it is also possible to rent a car at the airport. Which would make it easier to travel to the tours. The roads in the region are good and the landscapes are charming.
When to go to El Calafate?
On February 15th, the baptism of Lake Argentino is celebrated in the Fiesta del Lago. Because of this festivity, there are several cultural and sporting events in El Calafate. This generates a considerable increase in tourists. The good side is being able to enjoy the celebrations, even if the tourist spots are more crowded.
In the specific case of being able to see the glaciers, the summer months are the most suitable. If you want to avoid the height of tourism, it is recommended to travel in the months of November and December, the beginning of the high season. It is important to note that the closer to summer, the more pleasant the temperatures become. And the longer the days. the high season in El Calafate runs from October to Easter.
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