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El Calafate is the gateway to the Los Glaciares National Park and the mighty Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers.

Perito Moreno Glacier, El CalafateThe town has grown rapidly over the last decade, with new hotels springing up monthly and it makes a pleasant enough base from which to get out and visit the glaciers. The main street, Avenida del Libertador General San Martin is lined with shops and restaurants and can be expensive but for hungry visitors, the choice is welcome.

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Suggested itineraries featuring El Calafate

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in El Calafate, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Our expert guides to exploring El Calafate

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting El Calafate, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate El Calafate at its best.

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