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 …
... ride across the lake out to the Glacier, an afternoon trek on top of the glacier, and then a stop by the observation deck. It is hard to comprehend just how big this thing was so I tried to take a few pics with the boats and people in to get a better sense of the scale. Previously the only other glacier I had been on was Fox Glacier in New Zealand and this was much bigger. At the highest point it was about 60 meters or about 200 feet tall! It is also ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility