Specials Trip Finder Brochures Menu

El Calafate Tours, Vacations, Travel Packages & Experiences


  • Welcome to El Calafate
  • 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 where 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.

 

Read More

El Calafate, Argentina

  • Argentina Estancia: Features Eolo Lodge

    If you think an Estancia stay in Argentina is all about gauchos and delicious steak, well, yes, it often is. This one however bases you in breathtaking Patagonia, taking you to Perito Moreno, one of the world’s most impressive glaciers.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,290
    Trip Type:
    Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Argentina See Trip Details
  • Argentina Top to Bottom

    Experience the amazing contrasts of this important South America country. Spend time in its sophisticated capital, Buenos Aires exploring the colourful neighbourhoods. Then fly to Patagonia to El Calafate, home to the awe-inspiring Moreno Glacier. Finally finish at the dramatic and breathtaking Iguazu Falls.
    Duration:
    9 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,143
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Classics (Bestsellers), Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Argentina See Trip Details
  • 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.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,937
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Best of Patagonia: Santiago to Buenos Aires with International airfare

    Venture into the wild of Patagonia on this South America vacation, which includes international airfare. In Patagonia, you'll trek across the Moreno Glacier and around Torres del Paine National Park, spot Guanacos and pumas, and enjoy the comforts of a luxury lodge or budget accommodation.
    Duration:
    11 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 4,404
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Chile See Trip Details
  • Calafate & the Perito Moreno Glacier

    Calafate is home to one of the world’s most famous glaciers - Moreno Glacier. A beautiful small town located on a glacial fed river, El Calafate is the heart of Argentinean Patagonia.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 317
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
    Argentina See Trip Details
  • Estancia Stays in Patagonia Argentina

    Experience the shifting wilderness of Patagonia on this stay in Los Glaciares National Park in Argentina. Enjoy gourmet cuisine and historical accommodations at Estancia Cristina, while spending your days hiking to waterfalls, fishing for salmon in the waters of nearby lakes, and surveying the imposing glaciers that make the park so special.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,844
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Stays of Distinction
    Argentina See Trip Details
  • Spirit of the Glaciers Cruise: Patagonia Argentina

    Cross ice floes and summit glaciers on this exploration of Argentine Patagonia. Aboard the M/V Santa Cruz, you’ll cross the waters of Lago Argentino, passing colourful ice floes and stunning views of the ice walls of Spegazzini Glacier before reaching the famous Perito Moreno and witnessing ice calve from its glacial face.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,817
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
    Argentina See Trip Details
Trip Finder

What our travelers say

Goway Toolkit


Need help planning your holiday? Our toolkit is a great place to get started.