A small frontier village, El Calafate (pop. 8,000) is situated along the southern border of Lake Argentino along the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province in the heart of the famed Patagonia Region. Characterized by vast, open pampas; the colossal Northern and Southern Ice Fields and hundreds of glaciers; the jagged peaks of the Andes as they reach their terminus. This is home to Argentina’s coastal wildlife sanctuaries, a region of extreme natural beauty, famed for Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the world's few glaciers that is still growing. Today, the glacier has a three mile frontage and a height of 180 ft. Other special sights include Upsala Glacier at the north end of the lake, Glaciares National Park, and the spectacular Cerro Fitz Roy Mountain. The region boasts a variety of outdoor activities include hiking, trekking, mountain biking, and fishing.
Two to three nights
When to go:
Patagonia is a land of rough weather conditions, where drastic changes may occur in a matter of hours. Remember that we are in opposite seasons so best time to visit the area is October-April, when temperatures are warmer and days longer. June-September (winter time) is excellent for winter sports. Average temperature range from 30F (winter time) to 72F (summer time) and can reach a maximum of 85F; winds are moderate, but there can reach gusts of over 60 miles per hour.