Located deep in Patagonia’s snow-capped hinterland, on the southern shore of Lago Argentino, the town of El Calafate has become an essential stopover for travelers headed to nearby Los Glaciares National Park. This icy wonderland is best known for the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier—a massive, shifting ice cap composed of dozens of smaller glaciers. Los Glaciares may be the main draw card here, but El Calafate has plenty of its own charms; it’s a fun, scenic destination offering a host of outdoor and adventure activities.
We suggest visiting El Calafate between October and April. The national park will be quite crowded during the peak months (December – February), so we recommend visiting during the shoulder season months of October, November, March, and April for good weather and fewer people.