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El Calafate

 

 

"Explorer chic" at the end of the world.

Explorer chic is the only way I can describe this very remote boom-town gearing up for the sophisticated adventurer. Magellan would have approved.

The visit to the glaciers in southern Patagonia rivals my visit to Iguazu Falls in terms of ecology and the sheer size of seeing God's work at his or her best. There is a definite moon-like scenescape east of El Calafate reminiscent of parts of New Zealand; huge open landscapes with desert-like vegetation, and in contrast, just turn west and everything changes facing Chile and the Andes, with beech trees, snow capped mountains and remarkable glaciers.

Weather you're a hardcore trekker looking for a glacier hike or just a sightseer yearning to see glaciers from the comfort of a vip suite from a tour boat while sipping a fine Malbec, Calafate is a great 2-3 day excursion. The Southern Patagonian Ice corresponds to Argentina and Chile and the glaciers, of which the easiest to access are the Perito Moreno and the Upsala, 2 of 365 glaciers in the national park. It's funny how in South America people always count things to exactly 365 so they can say for the sake of tourism that there is one for each day of the year. In Brazil, near Rio they have 365 islands in Angra bay. You guessed it one for every... yada yada.

I suggest traveling in the spring or fall because winter is too cold and large crowds and windy days make the summer months a bit overbearing, remember Dec-Feb is their summer, opposite from the northern hemisphere. The town of El Calafate is a booming town doubling its size each 2/3 years. I guess the old west towns would be similar. There is a main street with banks, shops, bars, coffee shops and restaurants. It has an excellent vibe: Argentineans are warm and friendly people, especially outside Buenos Aires, and the rest are tourists having a great time.
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Patagonia Land and Sea

We begin our journey by connecting through Buenos Aires to El Calafate in Argentinas Southern Patagonia. Explorer chic" is the only way I can describe this very remote boomtown gearing up for the sophisticated adventurer. The visit to the glaciers in southern Patagonia rivals my visit to
 
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Ultimate Argentina

We start our journey in Buenos Aires, strongly influenced by European culture, it is sometimes referred to as the "Paris of South America". Buenos Aires is also a place for city tours for keen walkers: from the historic Plaza de Mayo dominated by the salmon-coloured Government House (Casa Rosada) where Eva Peron gave her famous speech to the late n...
 
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Argentina Scenic Highlights

We start our journey in Buenos Aires, strongly influenced by European culture, it is sometimes referred to as the "Paris of South America". Buenos Aires is also a place for city tours for keen walkers: from the historic Plaza de Mayo dominated by the salmon-coloured Government House (Casa Rosada) where Eva Peron gave her famous speech to the late...
 
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Design Suites, El Calafate

Perfectly situated beside Lago Argentino on the outskits of the villiage of El Calafate, this place shines with taste, e...
 

Eolo Lodge

Eolo Ranch-style lodge is situated between the town of El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier Park in Patagonia, on t...
 

Esplendor Calafate

In El Calafate in Argentina's Southern Patagonia, The Esplendor Calafate Hotel has been decorated and conceived with a d...
 

Hosteria Los Notros

"Explorer Chic" is the only way to describe Los Notros, an exclusive lodge facing the mesmerizing Perito Moreno Glacier ...
 

Los Sauces

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Posada Los Alamos

The Posada Los Alamos Hotel is situated meters away from the centre of El Calafate Town, next to the lake Argentino, in ...
 

 
 



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