Argentina Patagonia Itinerary: Exploring El Calafate & El Chalten

Updated: May 14

“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world” -Gustave Flaubert


This is exactly how I felt after spending some days in Patagonia on my last trip.


With beautiful steppes and intriguing desserts, imposing glacial fjords, fascinating mountains, and turquoise lakes. It is easy to fall in love with Patagonia.


Patagonia is so unlike anywhere I’ve been in my life. A breathtaking work of nature that has quickly become one of my favorite places on Earth. A place you will undoubtedly fall in love too.


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Argentina Patagonia Itinerary: Stunning Views of the Patagonia vast steppe and lakes. 📸⁠ Eolo Lodge


Patagonia has many places to visit, but I wanted to use this blog post to highlight two of my favorite destinations for your Argentina Patagonia Itinerary: El Calafate and El Chalten.


I’ve been 3 times to El Calafate and El Chalten, and I’ve seen, eaten, and experienced some incredible things!


For your next trip to Patagonia, here are the things I recommend to include in El Calafate and El Chalten that will make the best Argentina Patagonia Itinerary.

 

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1. EL CALAFATE

1.1 Where to Stay: Eolo Lodge

1,2 Top Things to do

2. EL CHALTEN

2.1 Where to Stay:Aguas Arriba lodge

2.2 Top Things to do

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Argentina Patagonia Itinerary: El Calafate


Being that El Calafate is in the heart of Patagonia, with an international airport that connects this important tourist hub with the rest of this remote region, and that it is home to South America’s most famous glacier, Perito Moreno Glacier, it’s an absolute must-visit on your Patagonia adventure.


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Impressively, the Perito Moreno glacier is the third largest reserve of fresh water on the planet and –one of the few Glaciers that is growing, it’s advancing, moving forward around 2 meters a day. 📸⁠ Eolo Lodge


Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina and the central hub from which to travel to El Calafate. The town was named after the Calafate shrub that has yellow flowers and navy blue berries. The berries are used in local cuisine (mostly jams), and according to a legend, whoever eats them will return to Patagonia.


 

READ MORE > 7 best places to Visit in Patagonia Argentina & Chile

 

WHERE TO STAY

When visiting El Calafate, I recommend spending a couple of nights at Eolo Lodge. The luxury lodge lies sheltered in a 10,000-acre estate rewarded with unforgettable views from every turn. located halfway between the city of El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park. Leaving El Calafate and driving into the wilderness to Eolo is an experience in itself.

Eolo is a Relais & Chateaux hotel, and the fresh, beautifully presented food that mixes international techniques with the Patagonian touch is among the top experiences in the world!


Argentina Patagonia Itinerary
Eolo Lodge in Argentina Patagonia is located on an estate that stretches over 4,000 hectares near El Calafate, on the route to the Perito Moreno glacier. 📸⁠ Eolo Lodge






When at Eolo, I highly recommend taking the wine tasting that is included with Eolo's knowledgeable sommelier. Delight yourself with exquisite Argentine Malbec Wines!


TOP THINGS TO DO

Located in the fascinating Los Glaciares National Park, the Perito Moreno Glacier is a must-see attraction in El Calafate.

Stand in front of the grandness of the Perito Moreno Glacier, and listen to the creaking of the ice as it moves and the crashing sound when parts of it fall into the lake, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.


For the most adventurous travelers, one of the best ways to experience the Perito Moreno is with a Glacier Trek, a memorable walk in the middle of the Perito Moreno.