Lakeside cities come with an allure which is all their own. And it’s no different with the city of El Calafate which has managed to accomplish the impressive feat of being able to stand out in a nation filled with spectacular tourist destinations. The city which is situated in the southern province of Patagonia, lies on Lago Argentino’s southern shores and is an ideal location for exploring the region’s glaciers.

With loads of trekking, hiking and boat rides to look forward to, you will be able to banish those office blues in no time at all and feel perfectly refreshed by the end of your vacation. El Chalten, a bustling village which sprang up over three decades ago is the nearest tourist centre and is 220 km away from the city. Several transport companies such as Taqsa and Cal Sur operate bus services which run between the village which is a popular hiking hub and El Calafate and rides on average take about three hours. Bariloche, on the other hand, with its lovely European style chalets and confectionary shops is a 10-hour bus ride away.

The city is also home to Lago Argentino Airport and this small, modern facility receives flights from Argentina’s answer to Paris, Buenos Aires; the world’s southernmost city, Ushuaia and Trelew. El Calafate’s star attraction is the Los Glaciares National Park which is extensively covered in ice and which provides access to several large glaciers which feed the region’s lakes. The largest of them Perito Moreno is also the most popular and you will be able to get an excellent view of it by boat. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you may even hike on it and experience the sensation of walking on one of nature’s frozen conveyor belts.

 During your visit, you will also have the opportunity to sail Lago Argentino’s silvery surface and bask in the beauty of its natural surroundings while observing the glaciers which keep it constantly supplied with fresh water. If you enjoy bird watching, you will be in for a particularly special treat thanks to the Laguna Nimez reserve which is just 15 minutes away from the city centre on foot where you will be able to admire the graceful Chilean flamingos in their natural habitat.