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El Calafate Hotel Reservations Argentina
We can make reservations at any hotel in El Calafate, Punta Arenas, Puerto Natales, Torres del Paine, Ushuaia and other destinations.
Just tell us what your budget is for a hotel room, or tell us the hotel you want.
Our hotel rates are the same as the hotel offers and in a number of cases we are in a position to pass on a discount or offer a room upgrade.

Perito Moreno Excursions
We also offer excursions to Perito Moreno Glacier either as a regular excursion, private excursion, ice hiking with the Big Ice or the Mini Trekking as well as the Nautical Safari on a boat.

El Calafate and Perito Moreno Glacier

El Calafate is located the on the other side (North-East) of Torres del Paine National Park, in Argentina. El Calafate is the gateway to the Los Glaciers National Park. It is a city that was created for tourism (ie it has no trading or industrial history) and it serves as the accommodation base for people who want to see the famous Perito Moreno glacier.

To get here you either need to fly in from Buenos Aires (direct 3.5hrs) or drive over the border (or take the bus) from Puerto Natales (allow at up to 8hrs due to the often slow immigration and customs procedures).

Los Glaciers National Park
The park is the second-largest in Argentina covering 600,000ha of which 40km is covered by ice fields. Over 13 glaciers descend into two large lakes: LakeArgentino and LakeViedma linked by the river La Leona that flows from LakeViedma to LakeArgentino. About 80km west of El Calafate is the "Ventisquero Perito Moreno" glacier - the "big one" that everyone comes to see.

Perito Moreno Glacier El Calafate
The Perito Moreno glacier has a very long (5km) and high (60m) glacial wall and stretches back up into the mountains some 30km. It is indeed a very impressive sight, not least because it can be viewed at close range by staying on dry land opposite the glacial face.

The main spectacle occurs when, every few years, there is a mighty breaking off of the glacial face into the lake. What happens is that the Perito Moreno glacier advances (one of the few in the world not to be receding) towards Lake Argentino until part of it makes contact with the peninsula of land opposite (where there is a direct viewing area). When the glacier makes contact with the peninsula it then cuts the Lake Argentino into two parts creating “two lakes”. As you look directly at the glacier, the “new” lake on the left is now closed in and cannot flow into the larger Lake Argentino as it previously did. However, the newly-created lake continues to be fed with water from rivers and ice melt causing the water level of the lake get higher. Eventually the higher-level new lake manages to erode a hole through the glacial ice dam until it flows once again into the Lake Argentino. As this hole becomes larger, and the water flow gets quicker and more powerful it eventually causes the glacial dam to collapse. It is this massive collapse of towering glacial ice that causes such a stunning spectacle and why people flock in from all over Argentina and the World to witness it. The spectacle only happens every few years.

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