Upsala Glacier, El Calafate

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Admire the contours and colors of Upsala Glacier, one of Patagonia's biggest treats for nature lovers. The icebergs surrounding the glacier are renowned for their remarkable shapes, and on a sunny day, you can enjoy a spectacle of light reflecting off the ice. The only way to get close to the glacier is by boat, and you'll find numerous cruise companies offering tours from El Calafate. If you're looking for more than just sightseeing and photo opportunities, book one of the tours that include kayaking or walking on the glacier. Arrange your visit to Upsala Glacier and discover more family-friendly attractions in El Calafate using our El Calafate trip itinerary builder.
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Where to stay in El Calafate

El Calafate offers abundant lodgings, from budget-friendly guesthouses to four-star hotels. Top beds sell out well before the peak season (October to April, and especially December to February), so it's a good idea to reserve in advance if you plan to visit during that time. Spontaneous travelers without prior arrangements can look for youth hostels, many of which are located just outside of town. To stay in comfort without burning a hole in your wallet, consider vacationing here during the low season, when most hotels offer deep discounts.
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  • We went by boat to see this special Upsala glazier... but the weather did not play its part...it was cloudy and the fog only lifted to give us a glimpse of this  more »
  • We took a boat trip here - just amazing. Bluest icebergs I've ever seen anywhere. The glacier is stunning. Witnessed some ice chunks splash into the lake - quite dramatic. It's windy, so dress appropr...  more »
  • Went there as part of the Rios de Hielo catamaran trip, which stops at various glaciers including this mammoth. It's visible from miles away, and dwarves anything near it. Doesn't look like the Perito...  more »