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The Best Things to Do in El Calafate

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Things to do in El Calafate

World heritage site · Geologic Formation
Perito Moreno Glacier , Los Glaciares National Park
Enjoy breathtaking views of some of the world's most spectacular ice fields at Perito Moreno Glacier. The expansive national park, which shar
Tours from $97
Fishing Charter / Tour
Estancia Cristina , El Calafate
A veritable outdoor wonderland, Estancia Cristina organizes tours that will get you out on all kinds of adventures in the Patagonian mountain
Tours from $295
Geologic Formation
Upsala Glacier , El Calafate
Admire the contours and colors of Upsala Glacier, one of Patagonia's biggest treats for nature lovers. The icebergs surrounding the glacier a
Tours from $120
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Duration: 8 to 9 hours
Be seduced by the fascinating landscape of the Perito Moreno glacier on this full-day tour from El Calafate. Admire the mesmerizing beauty of the spiky glacier walls, its crevasses and the immensity of its ice formations while touring this renowned national park. Optional: If you choose the "including Boat Safari" option, you'll get a closer view of this natural wonder from the water! On this tour, you’ll also learn about the general glaciology of the region, as well as the formation of an ice bridge, a particular phenomenon that happens every few years in the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Book on Viator from $96
Water Body
Lago Argentino , El Calafate
Yet another example of Patagonia's incomparable nature, Lago Argentino wows visitors with its spectacular scenery. Surrounded by craggy mount
Tours from $40
Geologic Formation
Tours from $52

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El Calafate

Geologic Formations · Specialty Museums · Bodies of Water
El Calafate tourism thrives mostly thanks to the city's proximity to a World Heritage-listed national park, famed for containing over 40 large glaciers. Serving as the starting point of many guided tours into the surrounding area, El Calafate provides all the modern amenities foreign visitors expect from major urban centers, including good hotels, well-stocked shops, and affordable restaurants. Aside from visiting the icy glaciers, popular things to do in El Calafate include hiking or biking to nearby El Chalten, another scenic town at the base of some of the most impressive peaks in the Patagonian Andes. Arrange all the small, but important details of your El Calafate trip itinerary using our Argentina day trip tool.

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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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