Rincon del Calafate
Travel Blogs from El Calafate
Leaving our seafood feasts behind us, we stepped off the plane early evening to El Calafate, about 1000kms north of Ushuaia. Time to grab dinner, and the order of the day here is lamb !
Hard to find anywhere else, and very expensive when you do, this part of South America (Patagonia) is where 99% of the continent's lamb comes from. With …
I have been walking past an amazing cake shop for two days so despite having only just had breakfast, I stopped off for a coffee and a cake - a wonderful puff pastry thing topped with glazed fruit and raspberry jam.
It's my last day in El Calafate so I'm ticking off all the places I have wanted to go. Next a wander round some of the ' …
Just outside El Calafate, on the northern shore of Lago Argentino, I start to see icebergs. Not 'small at first' but immediately massive and a turquoise blue. Like large blue boats in the lake. We skirt inland. The landscape is typical Patagonia; at ground level shades of grey/green and brown. Small clumps of wiry green grass, resistant to the …
El Calafate exists for one reason only - the (apparently) magnificent Glacier Perito Moreno 80km away, which I will see tomorrow.
El Calafate consists of souvenir shops, tour companies, restaurants of dubious quality, hotels, hostels and banks. It is impossible to distinguish the authentic from the tacky. Buses constantly enter and leave …
... that faces me.After the initial frenzied thirty minutes people start to settle down and we can hear the glacier.There are occasional creaking noises like a rusty gate hinge followed by a deep throated booming crash,but I can't figure out where this is coming from.The glacier groans under its own weight and watching you feel in a permanent state of tension as you don't know what block of ice is going to fall along the kilometers of wall,but within the river of ice the crevices can ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility