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Stories and Tips El Calafate

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El Calafate, Capital of the Glaciers

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 04 Jul, 2007

El Calafate maybe is not the most beautiful city in Argentina (I prefer Ushuaia and Bariloche), but it is certainly unique due to its impressive glaciers. It is surrounded by the Los Glaciares (The Glaciers) National Park, and I would call it the South American…Read More


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The Road to El Chaltén and Beyond...

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 09 Apr, 2007

I was not able to make it to El Chaltén last December. El Calafate was expensive and everything was beyond my spending expectations. A round trip to El Chaltén by bus was costing 30 dollars and I had to save money for my visit to…Read More


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The City of El Calafate

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 09 Apr, 2007

El Calafate is a nice small city in the midst of nowhere, surrounded by the Patagonian desert, some tablelands, and a lagoon (Nimes lagoon) where there is a small wildlife reserve and ecosystem, where you will see ducks and some other types of birds. The…Read More


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Different options for visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 09 Apr, 2007

El Calafate is beautiful. There is no doubt about this. But everything is far away and travel is more expensive than in other parts of Argentina. To give you an idea, a round trip to the Perito Moreno Glacier (50 miles away) on the bus…Read More


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The Beauty of El Chaltén

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 03 Jan, 2007

Thirty years ago, there was no village here. A potential war with Chile over the Glaciers area, that fortunately did not occur, motivated the Government to establish a village here. I believe that they never imagined what an attractive tourist destination it would become. Today…Read More


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Shopping in El Calafate

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 03 Jan, 2007

If we compare Ushuaia with Calafate, Ushuaia has a far larger variety of products for two reasons: 1) It is a larger city (40,000 inhabitants compared with 20,000) and it is a free port (El Calafate is not). However, price differences are not so substantial…Read More


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How to Get to El Calafate and to Río Gallegos

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 19 Dec, 2006

There are direct bus services from El Calafate and from Chalten to Bariloche. They run every even day (2, 4, 6, 8, etc. of each month), leaving at 8am from El Calafate and at 9am from El Chalten. The bus company that offers this service…Read More


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Why I Visited El Calafate the First Time

Written by Robert Raymond Ingledew on 26 Sep, 2006

When I went to El Calafate the first time, I had no idea of the thrilling experiences I would enjoy. Nor did I have the slightest idea of the size of the glacier, or the emotions I would experience seeing huge pieces of ice, about…Read More


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