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El Calafate

The Glaciers. El Calafate

This small village is located on the shores of the Argentinean Lake, founded in 1927, named after the thorny bushes that are very abundant throughout the Andean Southern Patagonia. Its microclimate transforms it into a green oasis in the middle of the typically arid landscapes of the region. 
El Calafate is the closest city from which to visit Glaciers National Park and its famous Perito Moreno Glacier, declared a National Heritage of Humanity (Patrimonio Natural de la Humanidad) by UNESCO.
There are exemplary hotel and dining establishments in the city. The city includes the Municipal Museum, which possesses zoological, botanical, and pale ontological collections. 
Close to the town are a number of attractive places that you can easily access such as: the Wildlife Reserve of the Nimes Lagoon, where it is possible to go on treks and see flamencos, silver macaes, and black neck swans; the residence of Nibepo Aike from which you can begin hikes to the Glacier and reach the border with Chile; the Caves of Gualicho and their rocky paintings and the Roca Lake, where you can arrive on horseback, swim, and fish. In addition, there is El Chaltén, where you can trek and climb until the base camp of Fitz Roy mountain (almost 3,400 meters or 11,150 ft above sea level). You can also go on lake excursions and hikes by less known glaciers such as Upsala and Spegazzini. 
The region of El Calafate is also characterized by its excellent salmon fishing by different techniques such as fly, trolling, or spinning, in addition to fishing for rainbow trout, confined salmon, and trout from the lake. 
You can also go rafting on the Santa Cruz river and mountain bike on the outskirts of the village. 
One of the strengths of this region is the rural tourism and that there are many residences you can visit to witness typical activities such as the "arreo" or the ringing of the female sheep's bell and shearing sheep. 

Patagonian Argentina, Province of Santa Cruz.
When to go
All year long. 
Ecology, sports, paleontology. 
How to get there
By plane or bus.
Walking, hiking, nature observation, climbing, nautical navigation, sport fishing. 
Accommodation, restaurants, transportation.
Glaciers National Park. 


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