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  • El Calafate, Argentina
  • Sightseeing at Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Perito Moreno Glacier is a great photo opportunity during your El Calafate Vacation

El Calafate is a city located in Patagonia, Argentina, situated in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz province. A popular tourist destination on Argentina tours, El Calafate is often considered a gateway to Antarctica’s glaciers.

El Calafate’s origins date back to the beginning of the 20th century when it was a frontier town catering to a community of remote estancias (ranchers) and wool traders. While the city was officially founded in 1927 by the government of Argentina with the main goal of promoting settlement, it was the creation of Perito Moreno National Park in 1937 that accelerated the growth of the city. El Calafate began to attract tourists and continues to do so today.

The main draw for tourists on an Argentina vacation coming to El Calafate is the option to visit the Perito Moreno glacier which is one of few glaciers in the world that is not retreating. Scientists say that the glacier is “in balance” because it is always shrinking and growing. By travelling to the national park that shares the glacier’s name, visitors are able to see this magnificent spectacle just metres away. Tourists on Argentina travel can also visit an estancia to experience local history and travel back in time to discover the true heart of Patagonia.


Argentina Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to Argentina tours.

Learn about the history and culture of Argentina, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Argentina's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Argentina for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our Argentina tours today!


Extend Your Trip

After your Argentina tours, why not consider another of Goway's Latin America tours? These include a large selection of other exciting countries. We offer Chile vacation packages and Easter Island tours, Ecuador vacation packages which include Galapagos cruises, Peru vacation packages which include Machu Picchu tours and Brazil tours including Iguassu Falls tours among many others.


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El Calafate, Argentina

  • Argentina Top to Bottom

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Experience the amazing contrasts of Argentina on this immersive adventure. Begin with time in its sophisticated capital, Buenos Aires, exploring colourful and historic neighbourhoods, then fly to Patagonia to El Calafate, home to the awe-inspiring Moreno Glacier, and finally push north to take in dramatic and breathtaking Iguazu Falls.
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,319
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Family Vacations, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Best of Patagonia: Santiago to Buenos Aires

    Explore the wild wilderness of South America in Patagonia, which also offers some of the most luxurious hotels and lodges on the continent. Trek across the Moreno Glacier and around Torres del Paine National Park, and spot Guanacos and pumas before retiring in style in a luxury lodge or a budget-focused accommodation.
    10 Days
    On request
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Bucket List Travel Ideas, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Patagonia Complete

    FIRST-CLASS | TAILOR-MADE: A hiking adventure through the heart of Patagonia, witness the splendour of Torres del Paine in Chile, the Rio Blanco Trail, Piedras Blances Glacier and Lake Argentino in Argentina. After adventurous days on the trails, relax in the comfort of first-class Patagonian camps and lodges.
    8 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,147
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Wonders of Patagonia: Santiago to Buenos Aires

    Discover the natural wonders of Patagonia on this adventure through Chile and Argentina. Hike along the towers of Torres del Paine National Park and see ice calve from Perito Moreno Glacier. You’ll also visit the capitals of Santiago and Buenos Aires to enjoy the cosmopolitan pleasures of these South American countries.
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,203
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Small Group Touring
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