Destination guide: El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate is the gateway to the National Glacier Park, officially declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1981 because of its spectacular Patagonian ice formations.

This destination also offers tourists the chance of interesting trips and excursions to places such as the Argentino Lake and the Fitz Roy mountain.

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  • El Calafate - Things to do

    Sights

    Laguna Nimez

    Alongside the lakeshore, north of town, Laguna Nimez is prime avian habitat – and a great place to spot flamingos – but watching birds from El Calafate’s shoreline on Lago Argentino can be just as good.

     Latitude: -50.3263406210687 / Longitude: -72.2727870941162
    Sub-Type: Bird Watching
    Opening Hours: 9am-9pm
    Pricing: admission AR$2

    Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

    The centerpiece of the southern sector of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is, without a doubt, the breathtaking Glaciar Perito Moreno, one of earth's most dynamic and accessible ice fields. A low gap in the Andes allows moisture-laden Pacific storms to drop their loads east of the divide, where they accumulate as snow.

    Over millennia, under tremendous weight, this snow has recrystallized into ice and flowed slowly eastward. Visiting the Moreno Glacier is no less an auditory experience than a visual one, as huge icebergs on the glacier's face cave and collapse into the Canal de los Témpanos (Iceberg Channel). From a series of catwalks and vantage points on the Península de Magallanes, visitors can safely see, hear and photograph the glacier as the enormous chunks crash into the water.

    The glacier changes appearance as the day progresses (sun hits its face in the morning). Tour companies offering boat or trekking packages have offices in El Calafate.

    Sub-Type: Glacier
    Telephone Number: +54 2902 491 005
    Opening Hours: office hours: Mon-Fri 08:00-19:00, Sat-Sun 10:00-20:00
    Pricing: full US$10.00
    Address: Parque Nacional los Glaciares
    Extras: south entrance
    Transportation Type: bus / Details: from Av Libertador; boat / Details: guided tours 

    Eat

    La Cocina

    This classic pasta factory makes satisfying noodles with savory sauces and serves up a whopping lomo a la pobre (steak and eggs) for the carb-adverse.

    Latitude: -50.3384523111017 / Longitude: -72.2672885656357
    Sub-Type
    : Pasticceria
    Telephone Number: +54 2902 491758
    Price Range: Moderate
    Address: Av Libertador 1245, Town Center