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El Calafate

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About El Calafate

This lakeside city in Patagonia is a centre point for those setting off to explore the region's glaciers. However, it’s also definitely worth a visit in its own right! Flamingos can often be spotted in Lago Argentino and the Glaciarium museum gives fantastic insight into the history of the local terrrain. We’ve selected the best places to stay in El Calafate to make the most of the spectacular region whether you want to be based in the centre of town or in the surrounding countryside.

What not to miss:

  • Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is a stunning body of ice that can never be fully captured by pictures. The park is also very family friendly.

  • Take a boat trip to the Upsala Glacier. Although the weather can be temperamental, this will only add to the dramatic scenery!

  • Walk the well-kept path to Pasarelas Perito Moreno. Beautiful views best enjoyed with a glass of wine! Note, you’ll need to bring your own wine…

Don't forget that this little town is a very busy and popular destination. If you plan to visit during peak season and want to guarantee a bed in one of the best places to stay in El Calafate, you'll need to be organised and book well ahead.

The best places to stay in El Calafate

For Something special

  • Estancia Cristina is a secluded lodge nestled amidst the glorious scenery. Large windows let in plenty of light and the restaurant offers some fantastic regional dishes along with a wine list to be envied! The perfect spot from which to explore the national park.

  • Eolo is a remote luxury lodge with breathtaking views over both lakes and mountains. Come here for a truly magnificent once in a lifetime experience.

In El Calafate

  • Hotel Kau Yatun is a charming traditional hideaway and a great example of the area’s architecture. Cosy rooms, a picturesque setting and a delicious restaurant make this a comfortable and affordable option.

For a ranch experience

  • Estancia Nibepo Aike offers a genuine ranch experience and specialises in horseback tours to explore hidden glaciers. Come home to cosy accommodation and regional cuisine.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you've decided that a self catering property would be more suitable for your holiday, then we recommend you visit our online booking partner Booking.com where they have a wide selection for all tastes and budgets.

Travel Information

  • The simplest way is to reach El Calafate is to fly to El Calafate airport, just 20km east of the town, which has regular flights from all of Argentina's main airports.

  • Best time of year to visit - For the warmest and driest weather aim to visit El Calafate between October and March. Even at these times, however, you’ll need a jumper or two!

  • If you plan to hire a car, check out the range and prices with our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in El Calafate

  • Estancia Cristina 20 rooms from £580

    El Calafate (9405 Estancia Cristina)

    A secluded lodge boasting epic views of the hanging glaciers and surrounding mountains. Large airy rooms feature bay windows, soft patterning and sink-into beds. Find gourmet regional cuisine accompanied by an excellent wine list. Spend days exploring the national park be it by foot or horse. Bliss.

    Active Holiday  -  Find numerous outdoor pursuits in Los Glaciares National Park.
    Fishing  -  Excellent conditions for salmon and rainbow trout fishing.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • Estancia Nibepo Aike 10 rooms from £210

    El Calafate

    A traditional sheep farm turned cosy hotel. Find sash windows, parquet flooring, fireplaces and warm hues throughout. Regional dishes are served in the restaurant. The outstanding location makes this the ideal starting point for exploring the hidden glaciers by horse. An adventurers paradise.

    Country Escape  -  Make the most of the Argentine rural experience in this charming converted farmhouse.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Eolo 17 rooms from £844

    9405 El Calafate

    A remote luxury lodge with an outstanding location. Rooms are simply designed with emphasis given to the surrounding views, admired from enormous windows and terraces. Sample gourmet cuisine in the restaurant and unwind in the fabulous spa. Discover authentic Argentina in serious style.

    Back to Nature  -  Situated in a magically remote Patagonian location, next to Argentina's largest lake with views stretching over the Andes.
    Birdwatching  -  There are an exciting array of birds to be spotted in the area.
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 12 are welcome.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor pool.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller
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  • Hotel Kau Yatun 40 rooms from £92

    El Calafate

    A stunning rural property framed by a picturesque pine forests. Quaint rooms are light and airy with cream hues and floral motifs. Sample hearty regional dishes in the atmospheric restaurant and drink local wines in the bar. A charming base from which to explore the region.

    Active Holiday  -  Set in the Patagonian steppe, the perfect terrain for outdoor pursuits.
    Sights nearby  -  Marvel at the outstanding terrain of the glaciers of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Outstanding location
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