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El Calafate & Torres del Paine.

Glaciers in Patagonia

El Calafate & Torres del Paine.
El Calafate & Torres del Paine.

Strong wind. Sunshine but cold. Mountains of curious shapes. Light blue and turquoise immense lakes. Green forests along the u-shaped valleys. And massive, but real massive glaciers. Patagonia is not just that, it is a feeling of loneliness, of untamed nature, of rough pioneers. Once you have been to Patagonia you can´t forget it and you discover yourself longing to return. El Calafate is the gateway to the Glaciers region. There you can find touristic services from the budget oriented to the luxury likers. El Calafate is the starting point to visit the glaciers, to go north to El Chalten or to head south to Torres del Paine and Puerto Natales. If you are thinking of Argentina and Patagonia you can´t miss El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier.


The package includes 4 nights accommodation at selected hostel/hotel plus airport pickup and drop off plus Perito Moreno Glacier Full Day Tour plus Torres del Paine Full Day Tour (or Cerro Frias Excursion in winter, 1 apr – 1 sep)


DAY 1: El Calafate

Arrival in El Calafate. Regular transfer to hostel. Check in at selected accommodation


DAY 2: El Calafate

Breakfast. At 7.00 hs- Perito Moreno Glacier Full Day Tour:  People from all over the world come to this remote place in Southern Patagonia to be a witness of the Ice Age. This is one of the few moving glaciers in the planet, and a visit is not only worth, is a MUST.
You start from El Calafate early in the morning to enjoy the landscape, the nature, the fauna and the wide variety of birds (trying to arrive to the glacier before everyone). Through the gateways you visit the north face of the Perito Moreno Glacier, in different viewpoints from different altitudes. Back to the hostel or hotel at 4-5 pm.


DAY 3: El Calafate

At 6.20 hs: Torres del Paine Full Day Tour:

The tour starts from El Calafate. You will reach the border between Argentina and Chile at 10:00 hs. and make the customs procedures. Then you make a stop in "Cerro Castillo" town. At 11:00 hs. you go on to the "Lago Sarmiento", where you stay there for a while to take photographs and to enjoy the amazing landscape.
You arrive to "Laguna Amarga" and pay the entrance to the "Torres del Paine National Park" (not included). You go to the "Nordenskjol Lake", from where you are going to admire the imposing sight to the "Cuernos del Paine". Once you arrive to "Pudeto" you visit the "Salto Grande waterfall" where you do a trek. At 17:00 hs. you leave the National Park and make 3 new stops at beautiful viewpoints where you can appreciate the "Paine Range". You arrive to Castillo Hill at 18:00 and come back to Calafate.


DAY 4: El Calafate

Breakfast. Free day in El Calafate to enjoy optional tours.


DAY 5: El Calafate

Breakfast. Check out and transfer to airport. End of services



  • 4 nights Accommodation at selected basis with breakfast.
  • El Calafate Airport pickup and drop off.
  • Perito Moreno Glacier Full Day Tour.
  • Torres del Paine Full Day Tour (Cerro Frias Excursion in winter)


Not Included
  • Entrance fee to Glaciers National Park (aprox 20 USD per person)
  • Entrance fee to Torres del Paine National Park (aprox 38 USD per person)
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Towels, in case of Hostel Dorm Room



El Calafate

In El Calafate you will find yourself at the gateway to the majestic world of glaciers.

This town is near Lake Argentino, a green water surface covering 1,600 km2, with a length of 60 km and a width between 12 and 14 km. It also has great mysterious depths, like all lakes orginated from glaciers, ranging from 35 m in Feruglio, on the southern shore, to 300 m off the Avellaneda Peninsula.

El Calafate connects you with the most unknown and magical features of our geography. It is 316 km. from Río Gallegos, 185 m.a.s.l. and receives its name from the small bush calafate, indigenous of Patagonia. Its fruit is a delicious berry very good for the elaboration of jam. According to tradition, whoever eats calafate will return for more. But reality indicates that whoever visits Calafate wants to stay there forever.

It is a tourist resort of both national and international importance, since it is the start of all glacier circuits. It is an oasis of poplars, willows and pines at the border of the steppe.

This small town and all its magic are a must for lovers of glaciers.

El Calafate presents a dry climate, with an average maximum temperature of 19ºC, and an average minimum of -2º in winter. The length of the day changes according to season. In summer, the sun rises at 5.30am and sets at 11pm. In winter the day is shorter as there are only 8 hours of daylight.

El Calafate is the main supplier in the area. It has a population of around 8,000 inhabitants on a 155,000-hectare surface, with rivers and creeks draining into the Atlantic Ocean through the Santa Cruz River.

The Glaciers National Park covers a surface of some 600,000 hectares with 47 glaciers, such as the Viedma, the Moyano, the Marconi, the Upsala, the Agassiz, the Bolado, the Onelli, the Peineta, the Spegazzini, the Mayo, the Ameghino, the Moreno and the Frías, all of them located within the Atlantic basin.

El Calafate can be visited thanks to a significant bus fleet used for excursions and modern boats that allow you to enjoy the classical viewpoint of the Perito Moreno Glacier or the audacious expeditions to cross the glaciers from one side to the other. The International Airport of El Calafate, inaugurated on November 17, 2000 and located 23km away from the city, receives direct flights from Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, Pto.Madryn, San Carlos de Bariloche, and Puerto Natales, among other cities.


  • Spending the day just sitting and looking at the fabulous Perito Moreno Glacier. The sound, the movement, the blue...unforgetable!
  • Minitrekking over Perito Moreno glacier
  • Guided trips to meet the different and unforgettable. Glaciers included de impressive Upsala Glacier
  • Trekking at El Chalten searching for Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy
  • Torres del Paine National Park
  • Fishing in the Roca lake inside the national park Los Glaciares
  • Navigating on Brazo Rico in Lake Argentino
  • El Calafate Regional Museum
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