Argentine Patagonia Back to Argentina


With lunar-like landscapes, deep glacial lakes and spectacular glaciers, Patagonia looks like something out of a dream.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in a corner suite overlooking the valley at pampering Eolo Lodge
  • Eat…roasted lamb, a specialty of the region
  • Drink…like a gaucho and try local specialty yerba maté, a bitter herbal infusion
  • Shop…for trekking pants and good hiking boots before you leave home
  • Know…that Chilean Patagonia has better lodges and more stunning landscape, but Argentina has the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Read…Bruce Chatwin’s In Patagonia, an award-winning account of the writer’s six-month exploration of Patagonia in the 1970s
  • Plan…your visit during Argentina’s summer months but pack for chilly winter weather

Lay of the Land

“When people start talking of man's inhumanity to man it means they haven't actually walked far enough.”
~Bruce Chatwin

El Calafate is located 1,700 miles south of Buenos Aires on the southern shores of Lago Argentino. The small village hosts a few three- and four-star hotels as well as backpacker hostels, but there’s no real reason to spend time in town as the best lodges are located in the countryside closer to the glaciers and mountains.

From Buenos Aires, El Calafate is a three-hour flight, and the lodges are about 40 minutes by car from the airport. The drive from the Chilean Patagonia takes about six hours, including the border crossing. Three hours north of El Calafate is El Chalten, a less touristy town that draws in true adventure travelers willing to forgo luxury accommodations for pristine landscapes and less crowded activities.

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