The Perito Moreno Glacier, the eighth wonder of the world, is located near El Calafate. This town is also an area of access to a multitude of ice mountains that make up the Los Glaciares National Park, and that make it a privileged place in Argentina and the world. So much so that in 1981 Unesco declared this whole Park a “World Heritage Site”.
The town takes its name from the small bush “calafate”, typical of southern Patagonia. According to tradition who eats calafate, returns for more. According to reality who knows El Calafate, does not want to leave the place.
Located 320 km from Río Gallegos and on the southern margin of Lake Argentino in the Andean mountain range, El Calafate is a picturesque village, a haven of peace and vegetation. It is also an important tourist center since from this point all the glacial circuits begin.
El Calafate is a small city of more than 20,000 inhabitants where its streets have a particular charm characterized by a building of low, warm and rustic houses within the framework of a blue landscape that is confused with the sky.