El Calafate

In the heart of Argentina’s Southern Patagonia region lies El Calafate.

Southern Patagonian Ice Field

While increasing interest has seen a wealth of hotels and facilities spring up throughout the area, its location, on the edge the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the second-largest body of ice on the planet, is what makes Los Glaciares National Park the region’s biggest draw.

Declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 1981, the park protects an area of some 47 plus glaciers traveling from the Southern Patagonian Ice Field and flowing into the Argentino and Viedma lakes, creating a magnificent backdrop of ice tongues and turquoise lakes crowned by snow-capped mountains.

If time permits, a visit to El Chaltén, El Calafate’s sleepier neighbor, affords stunning views of the majestic granite towers of Mount Fitz Roy.

El Calafate (Southern Patagonia) Essential Information

Reasons to Visit

  • Family Travel
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Honeymoon & Romance
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • 3-4 nights

When to Visit

  • Good: May–September
  • Better: April / October–November
  • Best: December–March

Luxury Argentina Tours and Travel