El Calafate, Argentina Travel Guide Last Updated: Jan 2022

El Calafate is the closest thing to a city in Argentine Patagonia, but if you’re looking for skyscrapers and skinny lattes, you’re in the wrong place. Although it’s grown a lot in the past decade, El Calafate is still much as it ever was: a small town with an almost village-like atmosphere, sat by the still, cold waters of the glacial lake. That said, as the largest town in the region by some distance, it is well provided with hotels, shops, restaurants and all the other facilities you’re likely to need on your trip to Patagonia.

Why Visit El Calafate

El Calafate Facts

Population 22,000
Area 20,000
Timezone UTC-3
Currency Argentine peso
Airports Comandante Armando Tola International Airport

Where to eat and drink in El Calafate

Budget breakfastCoffee, medialunas and juice$1.10 - $2.06
Budget lunchEmpanadas, chorripanes and sandwiches$1.37 - $2.20
Budget dinner2-course daily special: often fish, beef or lamb.$2.20 - $4.40
BeerA 0.5L bottle in the supermarket or in a restaurant.$0.69 - $1.10
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When to visit El Calafate

Temperature and rainfall

Month High F Low F Precip (inches)

El Calafate Weather advice

Sunrise and sunset

21 Mar7:53 am7:58 pm
21 Jun9:50 am5:52 pm
21 Sep7:39 am7:46 pm
21 Dec5:35 am10:00 pm

Where to stay in El Calafate

El Calafate Hotel Seasons

El Calafate Hotel Prices

Rating Price(USD)
starstarstarstarstar27.00 - 35.00
starstarstarstarstar38.00 - 47.00
starstarstarstarstar41.00 - 74.00
starstarstarstarstar83.00 - 95.00
starstarstarstarstar105.00 - 125.00
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El Calafate Hostel Prices

Type Price(USD)
Hostel Bed10.00 - 24.00

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