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El Calafate
El Calafate
This region of lakes, mountains and glaciers is world famous for the Perito Moreno Glacier, a huge ice mass of 258 km2 and 60 m high walls. This glacier drains into the Icebergs Channel of Argentino Lake and closes it periodically, reaching Magallanes Peninsula. When this occurs, a natural ice dam is formed, which dams up the water of branches Sur and Rico. The water that manages to go up a few feet above sea level puts pressure on the ice shelf, which finally breaks, offering a unique show. Everywhere you look, the scenery is great: mountains, lakes with icebergs floating in its blue water and limpid skies with fantastically shaped clouds. The best season is from September to April, although it is also beautiful and unique in the winter.
El Calafate, "capital of the Glaciers," is a tourist town located on the southern shore of Argentino Lake. As it is a leader in this tourism sector, it has a modern international airport that provides easy access all year long. This quaint village stretches along Libertador Avenue, where the mall is located. El Calafate stream runs down to Argentino Lake, winding through hillsides and river ravines, crosses the main road and drains into Redonda Bay, an excellent place for bird watching. El Calafate has a broad offer of accommodation, from modest lodgings and youth hostels to comfortable hotels. Several travel agencies operate from there, and offer tours to Los Glaciares National Park, El Chaltén and Gallegos River, with fleets of buses or boats for lake tours. This delightful town has a definite seasonality. In high season (November to March) it is essential to book accommodation or tours in advance, as all services are usually fully booked. During the cold weather season, El Calafate becomes quieter: some hotels close until spring, and there is not much transport..