El Calafate trekking information


El Calafate

El Calafate is located on the shore of Argentino Lake at the base of Calafate Hill, 315 km from the capital of the Provincia of Santa Cruz Río Gallegos. You can reach El Calafate by land (f.i. by the famous National Route N40), by air (f.i. from Buenos Aires, Ushuaia or Bariloche). It is also connected with Río Gallegos by a four hour busride on a regular base (daily).
El Calafate itself is not very attractive, but it is a good base for exploring the interesting environment like Perito Moreno Glacier and for boattrips to see more glaciers. The surroundings are stunning. There are many travel agencies in this sleepy town, that can help you to make your travel Itinerary. The tours mostly take place in the Los Glaciares National Park. The most popular tours from El Calafate are Perito Moreno Glacier, Upsala Explorer (boat trip) and Minitrekking. The minitrekking is actually hiking on the Perito Moreno Glacier itself. The trek lasts about 2 hours over the Glacier among ice peaks, towers, turquoise blue cracks and small lagoons. It is an easy walk but awesome experience.
You can find lots of accommodation here, from basic to luxury hotels and hostels. That also counts for restaurants. There is a variety of food you can eat here.
You can also rent a car from here. The big names are here like Hertz and Budget. It is a good option to go into Chile f.i. the famous Torres del Paine. But you can also arrange tours to this popular destination. There is public and private transportation. The bustrip lasts over 5 hours.
El Chalten has become a popular destination for trekking and hiking. There are day tours from El Calafate and longer stays can be arranged with local hotels. Buses run between El Calafate and El Chalten twice a day except during the winter
The best time to visit El Calafate is between November and March. The tourist infrastructure is very basic during the rest of the year, and many hotels are closed.

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