Patagonia: A mountain, a berry, a city - El Calafate is written by Jacob Gowland Jorgensen
Travel with to Patagonia
A trip to Argentina. Patagonia. Taste the word. There are adventures in it. Something big and unpredictable and beautiful. All that draws many travelers towards the endless plains and massive mountain ranges in the southernmost of South America.
A trip to Patagonia, you must experience it. In the middle of Patagonia lies a small town, El Calafate. It is named after the local mountain, and has given its name to the local berries, which taste a little like delicious blueberries. So if you can get them torn from the thorn bush they grow on.
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. It has gone very well in a country that has a whole strip of world-class nature attractions, including Iguazu, which deservedly was voted on the list of the world's 7 natural wonders.
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 - it is called El Calafate's balcony, the beautiful rock formations overlooking the city and the lake, Lago Argentino. Of course we had to try that, and with a four-wheel drive bus, we came up over the city, and got to experience the rock world that many others do not see in Patagonia.
Here is a small photo safari from the trip. Travel to Patagonia it is an experience you will soon forget.
Really good trip to Patagonia, Argentina!
What to see in Patagonia? Sights and attractions
- Los Glaciares - UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Fitz Roy - 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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