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.