El Calafate in Patagonia is the main gateway to Los Glaciers National park and is about 50kms from the entrance. There's a good choice of accommodation in the town from which you can take day trips in to the park to enjoy hiking and kayaking. Adventure seekers and seasoned hikers can base themselves at El Chalten in the north of the park, perfectly located for longer hikes.
Reasons to visit El Calafate, El Chalten and Glaciers include:
Los Glaciers National Park is open year round, but generally the best months are December to February (summer) with long, light days, though this is also the most popular time and it can get crowded. October to November and March to April are also good months, as are September and May although it can get quite cold. El Chalten is best visited between November and March, though it should be noted that weather can be variable and you should be prepared for wind, rain and even snow. Outside these months many trails are closed.
A Relais & Chateaux property in a magnificent Patagonian setting from which you can hike, ride a bike or horse and visit Los Glaciers National Park.
A former livestock ranch in a remote part of Los Glaciers National Park offering trekking, horse riding and 4x4 discovery trips.
With its central location, comfy rooms, restaurant, gym and spa, Kosten Aike Hotel is a good choice when staying in El Calafate.
Time: GMT – 3 hours
Flight time approximately 14 hours from London to Buenos Aires on a direct flight, and around 16 hours via Europe.
Language: Spanish is the official language, with English, French and Italian also widely spoken
Visas – not required for British nationals for stays of up to 90 days
No vaccinations are compulsory but due to a yellow fever outbreak in Brazil in 2017 country certificate requirements may change at short notice