Located on the shores of Lago Argentino, El Calafate is best known as the starting point from which to visit The Glaciers National Park, a World Heritage Site home to 13 glaciers. The famous 5km wide Perito Moreno is one of only two advancing glaciers in South America.
There are many ways to get to the park; you can rent a car, take a bus or join a tour. From there you can go on a relaxing boat trip amongst huge icebergs to marvel at the giant ice blocks detaching and plunging into Lago Argentino. Another boat tour takes you towards the 50km long Upsala glacier. Onelli and Agassiz glaciers can be admired after a 1.5km walk from Onelli Bay.
Besides the glaciers, a few adventure activities worth mentioning are horseback riding, trekking, 4×4 expeditions, estancia* visits, fly fishing and mountain biking.
The new glacier museum is the best way to learn how glaciers form and also a chance to drink your whisky on glacier rocks in their ice bar. El Calafate’s main strip is great for strolling around, with lots of souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants. Nearby is Bahía Redonda with upland geese, black necked swans and flamingos and the Laguna Nimez Nature Reserve with about 90 species of birds!