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Patagonia: A mountain, a berry, a city - El Calafate

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Patagonia: A mountain, a berry, a city - El Calafate is written by Jacob Gowland Jørgensen

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Another trip Argentina. Patagonia. Taste the word. There is adventure in it. Something big and unpredictable and beautiful. All that draws many travelers towards the endless plains and massive mountain ranges in the southernmost part of the South America.

A trip to Patagonia must be experienced.

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In the middle of Patagonia there is a small town, El Calafate.

El Calafate is named after the local mountain, and has given its name to the local berries, which taste slightly more delicious than blueberries. That is, if you can wrest them from the thornbush they grow on.

El Calafate

Until 15 years ago, the city had only a few thousand inhabitants, but the Argentines could see the huge tourist potential there was, and therefore built a large airport near the city. And when the regional child Nestor Kirchner went and became president, the number of planes was greatly increased, and then it flooded in with new inhabitants and tourists.

El Calafate is the entrance to what Lonely Planet's guide to Argentina stands and shines on a 1st place above major attractions: Glacier Perito Moreno and the national park it is located in.

This is very well done in a country that has a whole host of world-class natural attractions, including Iguazu, which was deservedly voted into the list of the 7 natural wonders of the world.

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El Calafates balcony

Many visitors to Patagonia rush out of town to the glaciers, but that's a shame. Because even though you can not hike as much yourself, as in Argentina's trekking town El Chalten on the other side of the lake, there is some beautiful nature just above the town.

Above must be taken quite literally – the beautiful rock formations with a view of the city and the lake, Lago Argentino, it is called El Calafate's balcony.

Of course we had to try that, and with a four-wheel drive bus we came up above the city and got to experience the rock world that many others don't get to see in Patagonia.

Here is a small photo safari from the trip. Travel to Patagonia - it's an experience you won't soon forget.

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Really good trip to Patagonia, Argentina!

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What to see in Patagonia? Sights and attractions

  • Los Glaciares - UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Fitz Roy – beautiful mountain with scenic hiking areas
  • Lake Pehoé - lake with crystal blue water
  • Tronador - known volcano in Argentina
  • Gray Lake - glaciers and icebergs
  • Queulat National Park - waterfalls and green forests
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About the author

Jacob Jørgensen, editor

Jacob is a cheerful travel geek who has traveled in more than 100 countries from Rwanda and Romania to Samoa and Samsø.

Jacob is a member of De Berejstes Klub, where he has been a board member for five years, and he has extensive experience in the world of travel as a lecturer, magazine editor, adviser, writer and photographer. And, of course, most importantly: As a traveller. Jacob enjoys both traditional travel such as a car holiday to Norway, a cruise in the Caribbean and a city break in Vilnius, and more out-of-the-box trips such as a solo trip to the highlands of Ethiopia, a road trip to unknown national parks in Argentina and a friend trip to Iran.

Jacob is a country expert in Argentina, where he has been 10 times so far. He has spent almost a year in total traveling through the many diverse provinces, from the penguin land in the south to deserts, mountains and waterfalls in the north, and has also lived in Buenos Aires for a few months. In addition, he has special travel knowledge of such diverse places as East Africa, Malta and the countries around Argentina.

In addition to travelling, Jacob is an honorable badminton player, Malbec fan and always up for a board game. Jacob has also had a career in the communications industry for a number of years, most recently with the title of Communication Lead in one of Denmark's largest companies, and has also worked for several years with the Danish and international meeting industry as a consultant, e.g. for VisitDenmark and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). Today, Jacob is also a senior lecturer at CBS.

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