Calafate, a small but colourful Argentine village, serves as the gateway to the stark, serene glaciers that stud southern Patagonia. Book your holiday package with Direct Flights and an incredible holiday in El Calafate.

El Calafate

El Calafate, a small but colourful Argentine village, serves as the gateway to the stark, serene glaciers that stud southern Patagonia. A premiere destination for an adventuresome holiday, visitors on El Calafate travel packages enjoy access to Los Glaciers National Park, the Perito Moreno Glacier, the hiking haven of El Chalten, and Chile's beautiful Torres del Paine National Park. The Perito Moreno Glacier is among the most visited in the world, as it is the closest one in the world of its size that tourists can get to. Book cheap flights from Australia to El Calafate today with Direct Flights and get started on a dream Patagonian holiday.

El Calafate may be small, but in addition to vast glaciers and magnificent mountains and lakes, the town offers traditional culture and all the amenities a traveller would want. El Calafate's "city centre" is concentrated along a couple of blocks of Libertador Avenue, with local artisan shops, incredible restaurants and affordable (and super luxury) hotels all within easy walking distance. Book discount hotel rooms and accommodation in El Calafate with Direct Flights.

Los Glaciers National Park, located about 80 km west of El Calafate, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest national park in Argentina. The giant Andes ice cap, the largest in the world outside of Antarctica and Greenland, feeds 47 magnificent glaciers, including the Perito Moreno Glacier - one of the largest in South America. Unique for its size, scientific significance and accessibility, and the epitome of Patagonia's unspoiled splendour, this glacier is an essential stop for any traveller to the region. Visitors on El Calafate travel packages can spend hours exploring Perito Moreno's sheer magnitude and panoramic views. Book a "glacier walking" tour and climb right on top of this amazing sight! Direct Flights can help with all aspects of booking a discount holiday package to El Calafate, including cheap car hire options in El Calafate, arranging hotel accommodations in El Calafate, and securing cheap flights from Australia to El Calafate.

The glacier's walls are more than 40 meters high, giving it a commanding presence that stretches as far as the eye can see in any direction. But its undeniable beauty is amplified by its scientific significance: unlike most glaciers, which currently are receding in size, the Perito Moreno is expanding and advancing, taking over more and more land at a pace of up to seven feet per day. Travellers on cheap holidays to El Calafate can experience this unique wonder through a guided glacier trek or a boat excursion. The Upsala Glacier is also located in Los Glaciers National Park and is another of Argentina's most scenic geographical features. It features breathtaking vistas, crystal blue ice, and towering mountains in the background. El Chalten is a small mountain village located within Los Glaciers National Park, at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Chalten. Both mountains are popular with climbers and photographers. Book a cheap car hire in El Calefate and make the 3 hour journey to El Chalten winding through some of the most remote and breathtaking desert and mountain scenery in the world.

Other sites to visit in the region include the prehistoric Walichu Caves, located just eight kilometers from El Calafate. One of Argentina's most historically significant treasures, these caverns are filled with Paleolithic cave paintings that are both beautiful and, being more than 4,000 years old, archaeologically significant. And La Leona Petrified Forest bears testimony to a time when Patagonia's climate was very different. Millions of years ago, Patagonia was warm and filled with vegetation and dinosaurs; today the irregular terrain is studded with petrified tree trunks left over from that time.

Despite its somewhat isolated location, discount travel to El Calafate is easier than you may think: direct flights to El Calafate regularly depart from Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, San Carlos de Bariloche and Puerto Natales, and accommodation in El Calafate includes a variety of hotels, hosterias and Estancias (traditional estates) that offer a wide range of prices and services. Connecting flights to El Calafate from other locations around the world, including Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Japan, China, India, New South Wales, Melbourne, Peru, and Europe, are easy to book through the Direct Flights web site, where you can arrange cheap flights to El Calafate as well as the discount accommodation in El Calafate that you'll need.