Everything you need to know before visiting El Calafate

The area of El Calafate includes this city, El Chaltén and Los Glaciares National Park, each place has amazing attractions that will take your breath away.
El Calafate is the gateway to the glaciers area and its natural wonders. The 4000-people village is located by the Argentino lake (see map) and has basic infrastructure for tourism.
El Chaltén, a well-known spot for trekking and hiking, is a small village of 1,000 people located 216 km (134 miles) from El Calafate. Its tourist infrastructure is very limited and intended for hikers. Most of the expeditions to the Fitz Roy and Torre mountains depart from here.
Los Glaciares National Park offers an amazing variety of natural wonders: glaciers, lakes and rivers (see pictures). There are 47 glaciers within the Park. Some of the best known are: Uppsala, Perito Moreno, Spegazzini, Mayo, Onelli, Ameghino and Frías. The Argentino, Roca and Viedma lakes are also located inside the Park.

Where to stay in El Calafate?

El Calafate hotels consist mainly of two and three-star lodges managed by owners. There
are few 4* Hotels with a reasonable level of quality. In most cases, El Calafate hotels are very expensive and overrated for the services they provide. We advise you to check with past customers or get local advice before booking.
Booking hotels in advance is a must during the high season (December to March). Remeber that the nearest alternative is Rio Gallegos, more than 320 Km (200 miles) away. Many hotels are also closed during the winter.
Hotels are mainly located downtown or on the road to Perito Moreno Glacier. We advise you to book hotels based on rates and quality (see customer reviews). Location should not be a problem since taxis are cheap and the downtown area does not offer many options for shopping and eating.

What to do in El Calafate?
El Calafate tours take place mostly in the Los Glaciares National Park and often require a full day. The most popular tours are Perito Moreno Glacier, Uppsala Explorer and Minitrekking.
Boat tours depart from Puerto Bandera, 30 miles from El Calafate. Transfers to Puerto Bandera must be purchased separately and are not included in the tour price.
The National Park also hosts lakes Roca and Viedma, favorite spots for fishing trout and salmon. Permits for fishing and mountaineering may be obtained at the Park Administration Office in downtown El Calafate.
Tours to Torres del Paine in Chile can be hired for 1 or more days. There are public and private transportation connecting both destinations on regular basis.
El Chalten is becoming a popular destination for trekking and hiking. There are day tours from El Calafate and longer stays can be arranged with local hotels.

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The best seasons to visit Patagonia

We constantly receive questions about when is the best time to visit Patagonia and now we want to share with you the calendar of the different seasons in El Calafate, Peninsula Valdes, and Madryn.

Peninsula Valdes:
Peninsula Valdes includes the city of Puerto Madryn, the town of Puerto Piramide and the local attractions: Punta Norte, Caleta Valdes, Isla de los Pajaros and Punta Delgada. The peninsula is joined to the continent by the Isthmus Ameghino, where you can see Golfo San Jose and Golfo Nuevo (see map).

El Calafate:
The region includes the towns of El Calafate and El Chaltén, as well as the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Los Glaciares National Park). El Calafate is the gateway to the area and its natural wonders.

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What to do and see in El Calafate

This magnificent southern region of Argentina includes the towns of El Calafate and El Chaltén, as well as the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Los Glaciares National Park).
El Calafate is the gateway to the area and its natural wonders. The 4000-people village is located by the Argentino lake and has basic infrastructure for tourism. If you are planning to go there this post will bring you some interesting things you can do.

Perito Moreno Nautical Safari
The southern side of Perito Moreno is a wonderful open view of nature: during this tour, visitors will have a chance to see the entire glacier and witness falling ice blocks.
Our travelers say: “Well worth the trip and the sun even shone!” Craig Adams – Arundel, United Kingdom

Perito Moreno Minitrekking Tour
Vibrant colors, waterfalls, and peaks. Icy shapes, cracks, and lakes. Caves, bridges, and walls. And the opportunity to be in direct contact with the glacier during a trek guided by experts.
Our travelers say: It was breathtaking, and the guides were wonderful to those of us who had never used crampons”. Jessica Montalvo, United States of America

Tour El Chalten

El Chaltén is on the foothills of Mt. Fitz Roy and it offers visitors a magnificent natural scenery featuring a great variety of fauna and flora.
Our travelers say: Enjoyed th trip very much” Douglas Dansie – Salt Lake City, USA

Sailing Tour and Trekking on Viedma Lake & Glacier
Sailing on the largest lake among those formed by glaciers, and walking on the icecap of Viedma glacier. A tour around huge sceneries.

Full Day Tour Lago del Desierto (Lake of Desert)
Lago del Desierto
is full of vegetation, mountains, rocks, and lenga beech trees. A natural scenery to enjoy a truly special day.
Our travelers say: Breathtaking” Charalampos Spiridonidis – Houston, United States of America

If you are thinking about going to El Calafate, remember that hotels there consist mainly of two and three-star lodges managed by owners. There are few 4* Hotels with a reasonable level of quality.
In most cases, El Calafate hotels are very expensive and overrated for the services they provide. We advise you to check with past customers or get local advice before booking.
Booking hotels in advance is a must during the high season (December to March). Remeber that the nearest alternative is Rio Gallegos, more than 320 Km (200 miles) away. Many hotels are also closed during the winter.

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Touring Argentina

Many places can be discover in Argentina, this country offers an amazing mix of different types of landscapes, nature and cultures that combined built this marvelous country.
If you are planning to travel to Argentina there are some points you can’t miss.

Patagonia:
Some of the best landscapes are in Patagonia, here you can visit Bariloche, El Calafate, Peninsula Valdes or Ushuaia, also you have the opportunity to cross to Chile and enjoy places such as Torres del Paine.
Must do:

  • Whale watchin boat at Peninsula Valdes
  • End of the World Train with National Park
  • Minitrekking at El Calafate

More information El Calafate
More information Peninsula Valdes
More information Ushuaia

Buenos Aires:
The Capital City of Argentina offers multiple atracttions to the travelers. In Buenos Aires you can learn Tango, learn about the history of this country and have fun in some of the most exclusive clubs and restaurants.
Must do:

  • City Tour with Tour El Tigre with boat
  • Holy Land Theme Park
  • Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show

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Iguazu Falls:
Here you’ll find one of the world’s wonders. In Iguazu Falls nature and landscapes will sorprise you on every corner, you just have to relax and enjoy what this land have to offers.
Iguazu Falls National Park is shared by Brazil and Argentina and either if you’re staying in one or other side you’ll be able to take all the tours that this area have.
Must do:

  • Tour Argentina Falls with Garganta del Diablo
  • Brazilian Iguazu Falls
  • La Gran Aventura Boat Ride
  • Dinner with show at Rafain Cataratas Hotel

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Whenever you decide to go to Argentina you’ll find an opportunity to discover a beautiful country.

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Package Discover El Calafate from USD 390

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Services Included:

3 nights hotel in Puerto San Julian Inn (3*), Libertador Apart Hotel (3*) or equivalent.
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Transfer In/Out
+ Tours:
…………….Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
…………….Nautical Safari
…………….All Glaciers Navigation Tour (with transfer to pier)

Rates:
- Single room:
USD 515
- Double room:
USD 418
- Triple room: USD 390

Rates are per person, subject to availability, based on double occupancy and include all taxes. Rates valid thru April, 30th 2013. Transfers and tours are in regular service. Entrance Tickets to National Park not included.


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Combo Visit El Calafate from USD 276

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Services Included:

+ Transfer In/Out
+ Tours:
…………….Perito Moreno Glacier
…………….Nautical Safari
…………….Complete Glaciers Tour

Rate per person:
USD 276

Rates are per person, subject to availability, based on double occupancy and include all taxes. Rates valid thru April, 30th 2013. Transfers and tours are in regular service. Entrance Tickets to National Park not included.


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Top destinations for this summer

Holidays are around the corner so as a present we are sharing some of the best places to enjoy you vacations.

Bariloche, Argentina:
Bariloche is a favorite destination for both domestic and international tourists due to breathtaking landscapes of lakes and mountains, world-class hotels and the Cerro Catedral ski resort. It is also a favorite destination for high school graduation trips, keep that in mind when booking hotels in Bariloche, as they get very loud and noisy at night.
It is difficult to separate Bariloche from The Nahuel Huapi National Park, as both have grown and developed together with the hard work of remarkable Argentine pioneers (Perito Moreno among others) and of German and Swiss immigrants who settled here in the last century.

Activities in Bariloche

Cancun, Mexico
Cancun is the most important tourist city on the Mexican Caribbean coast. It is an island 25km long and 400m wide, located in the southeast of Mexico, on the northeast point of Yucatan Peninsula. It is connected to the continent with 2 bridges.
The city offers fun for people of all ages and tastes with a wide range of services, modern commercial centers, high quality restaurants with international and traditional cuisine, lively nightlife, squares with handicrafts and mayan ruins to admire.

Activities in Cancun

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Recoleta, La Boca, San Telmo and Delta del Tigre are the main tourist areas. They are located in the Federal District and in the northern suburbs
Buenos Aires Hotels are mostly located in the downtown area. Within walking distance you will find excellent cultural attractions, shopping malls, parks and cafes.

Activities in Buenos Aires

Punta del Este, Uruguay
Punta del Este is famous for its night life. Discos, restaurants, bars & casinos are open all night long and it is common to visit several places during the night out. (See customer reviews)
Punta del Este is mostly built on a peninsula which divides the Atlantic Ocean and Rio de la Plata. A coastal avenue offer magnificent panoramic views of both sides

Activities in Punta del Este

El Calafate, Argentina
El Calafate is the gateway to the area and its natural wonders. The 4000-people village is located by the Argentino lake and has basic infrastructure for tourism (Hotels).
El Chaltén, a well-known spot for trekking and hiking, is a small village of 1,000 people located 216 km (134 miles) from El Calafate. Its tourist infrastructure is very limited and intended for hikers. Most of the expeditions to the Fitz Roy and Torre mountains depart from here.
Los Glaciares National Park offers an amazing variety of natural wonders: glaciers, lakes and rivers (see pictures). There are 47 glaciers within the Park. Some of the best known are: Uppsala, Perito Moreno, Spegazzini, Mayo, Onelli, Ameghino and Frías. The Argentino, Roca and Viedma lakes are also located inside the Park.

Activities in El Calafate

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Top 5 IH: Best tours in Latinamerica

The past month a lot of travelers that choose InterHabit take some of the best tours in Latinamerica, now we share the top 5 according to their experience.

1) Perito Moreno Glacier and Nautical Safari Tour - El Calafate, Argentina
The southern side of Perito Moreno is a wonderful open view of nature: during this tour, visitors will have a chance to see the entire glacier and witness falling ice blocks.

2) End of the World Train with National ParkUshuaia, Argentina
A tour on the southernmost train in the world. It is a replica of the “Tren de los Presos” (Train of the Prisoners), which used to transport prisoners to supply Ushuaia villagers with timber some 100 years ago. The vegetation, rivers, lakes, and peat bogs of Tierra del Fuego National Park take visitors to a faraway place where time seems different.

3) Minitrekking Perito MorenoEl Calafate, Argentina
Vibrant colors, waterfalls, and peaks. Icy shapes, cracks, and lakes. Caves, bridges, and walls. And the opportunity to be in direct contact with the glacier during a trek guided by experts.

4) Iguazu Falls with Garganta del DiabloIguazú Falls, Argentina
Iguazú Falls offer unique natural sceneries, considered one of the world’s wonders. The green shades of the vegetation, the colors of waterfalls, and the particular sound of water dropping at high speeds, spraying constant mist and drawing rainbows, make this place a really special spot on Earth.

5) Petrohue & Osorno Volcano TourPuerto Varas, Chile
This tour includes the most important attractions of Puerto Montt: the Petrohue Falls and Osorno Volcano and its ski resort.

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El Chalten in Patagonia, a place to visit

El Chaltén is on the foothills of Mt. Fitz Roy and it offers visitors a magnificent natural scenery featuring a great variety of fauna and flora.

The tour to El Chaltén starts at 7 a.m. from El Calafate. Along route 40, the tour travels beside Lake Argentino and crosses Santa Cruz River, while a guide narrates Darwin’s experiences with Fitz Roy.
The tour then heads to La Leona River and travels along the mountain valley until reaching the old country lodge Paso La Leona, almost a museum on Route 40, where visitors can have some coffee and homemade cakes.With the Andes range as background, the tour goes on by Lake Viedma for about three hours and along 220 kilometers (136 mi.) and reaches the mountain village of El Chaltén.
Before reaching the town, visitors will go up to a series of panoramic viewpoints on the range and Viedma Glacier.

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What do you need to know about the Tour to Isla de los Lobos

The sailing trip along the waters of the Beagle Channel enables a view of Les Eclaireurs lighthouse, sea lions, and over 20 different sea bird species.

The tour starts at the city port, where a catamaran is boarded to sail along the coast of Ushuaia and have a view of the most important buildings in the city, the Maritime Museum and the End of the World Museum. It is also possible to see mounts Olivia and Cinco Hermanos, estancias (ranches) Fique and Túnel, the Escarpados mountains, and Encajonado River.
The tour then sails to the center of the Beagle Channel until reaching Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, which stands on a group of small islets in the Beagle Channel, off the coasts of Ushuaia.
Heading towards Isla de Los Lobos (Sea Lions Island), visitors can watch these sea mammals playing around and sail around the island for about 20 minutes.
Then, the catamaran sails to Isla de los Pájaros (Birds Island) to have a view of the different species of sea birds: Magellan Cormorants, Imperial Cormorants, Albatrosses, Fullman Petrels, Giant Petrels, Skuas, among others.
Later on, the catamaran will sail through Paso Chico (Small Passage), with the magnificent view of the city framed by Mount Martial and its homonymous glacier.

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