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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Named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees your return to Patagonia, El Calafate hooks you with another irresistible attraction: Glaciar Perito Moreno, 80km away in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. The glacier is a magnificent must-see. At the same time, it’s a fun place to be with a range of traveler services. The town’s strategic location between El Chalten and Torres del Paine (Chile) makes it an inevitable stop for those in transit.
Located 320km northwest of Rio Gallegos, and 32km west of RP 11’s junction with northbound RN 40, El Calafate flanks the southern shore of Lago Argentino. The main strip, Av del Libertador General San Martin (typically abbreviated to Av Libertador), is dotted with cutesy knotted-pine souvenir shops, chocolate shops, restaurants and tour offices.
January and February are the most popular (and costly) months to visit, but as shoulder-season visits grow steadily, both availability and prices stay a challenge.
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