El Calafate hotels directory
El Calafate is a village where the inhabitants have made of hospitality a cult. It is a peaceful and picturesque settlement, a heaven of peace and vegetation, where the Patagonian beauty can be discovered.
The settlement dates from 1913, and it is inhabited by 5000 thousand people, El Calafate is located on the southern bank of Lake Argentino, It is a place where steppes, mountains, lakes, woods and glaciers coexist with rich native flora and fauna.
It is a very important tourist center and has gained both national and international significance since it is there where all the glacial circuits start: Viedma Glacier, Upsala Glacier, Onelli Glacier, Spegazzini Glacier, Mayo Glacier, Frías Glacier, and Perito Moreno Glacier known as "the eighth wonder of the world" and declared World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981.
El Calafate is named after a small bush typical of southern Patagonia, whose fruit (a kind of berry) is very much used in local confectionery,
In the city, the main attractions are located along the main avenue, which is full of picturesque houses, shops, restaurants, hostels, public services and handicraft stores, among others.
If you are planning to visit the glaciers you cannot miss this small village and all the magic that its natural attractions offer.