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An upscale full service hotel facility in El Calafate that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury El Calafate hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

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Boutique hotels of El Calafate are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. El Calafate boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in El Calafate may be classified as luxury hotels.

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A bed and breakfast in El Calafate is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, El Calafate bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical El Calafate B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

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El Calafate hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many El Calafate hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

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Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized El Calafate hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in El Calafate lack an on-site restaurant.

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El Calafate timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in El Calafate often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of El Calafate on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

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El Calafate
Town
El Calafate Montaje.jpg
El Calafate is located in Argentina
El Calafate
El Calafate
Location of El Calafate in Argentina
Coordinates:  / -50.333; -72.283  / -50.333; -72.283
Country Argentina
Province Santa Cruz
Department Lago Argentino
Population (2010)
• Total 22,000
Demonym(s) calafateño/a
Time zone ART (UTC-3)
CPA base Z9405
Dialing code +54 2965
Climate BSk

El Calafate is a city in Patagonia, Argentina. It is situated in the southern border of Lake Argentino, in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province, about 320 km Northwest of Río Gallegos. The name of the city is derived from a little bush with yellow flowers and dark blue berries that is very common in Patagonia: the calafate (Berberis buxifolia); the word comes from the word "calafate", which is Spanish for "caulk".

El Calafate is an important tourist destination as the hub to visit different parts of the Los Glaciares National Park, including the Perito Moreno Glacier and the Cerro Chaltén and Cerro Torre.

El Calafate: History

The history of El Calafate began in the first decades of the twentieth century. Originally, it was simply a sheltering place for wool traders. The town was officially founded in 1927 by the government of Argentina to promote settlement, but it was the creation of nearby Perito Moreno National Park in 1937 that sparked growth and the building of better road access.

El Calafate: Transport

The 220 kilometers separating Calafate from El Chaltén on the other side of the Lake Argentino in the national park are paved, as well as the 315 kilometres to Río Gallegos. Other distances are: to Bariloche 1400 km ; to Esquel 1108 km (some dirt road); Comodoro Rivadavia 959 km; Puerto Madryn 1388 km; Buenos Aires 2727 km; Ushuaia 863 km and in Chile Puerto Natales 362 km and Punta Arenas 605 km.

The town is served by El Calafate International Airport (IATA: FTE, ICAO: SAWC) located some 20 km east of the village.

Avenida del Libertador, the town's main street
Residential section
El Calafate is gateway to Los Glaciares National Park
Ice and Glaciers interpretation Centre, Glaciarium.

El Calafate: Population

In the last census 6,143 permanent residents were counted (2001 census [INDEC]). This represents a 20.1% increase compared with the 1991 census. However, due to the expansion of tourism, the population was estimated at 20,000 people in 2014.

El Calafate: Wildlife

Flamingos are regularly visible from El Calafate congregating in the waters of Lago Argentino.

El Calafate: Climate

El Calafate experiences a cold semi-arid climate (Köppen BSk) with cool to warm, very dry summers and cool to cold, slightly wetter winters. The city's extremes of cold and heat are moderated by the influence of the very large lake (Lago Argentino). The waterfront of the city is located on a large shallow bay that is often frozen in the winter, allowing residents to practice ice skating. The highest temperature recorded was 30.7 °C (87.3 °F) while the lowest recorded temperature was −17.0 °C (1.4 °F) on July 27, 2016.

Climate data for El Calafate (Lago Argentino Airport) 1961–1990, extremes 1951–present
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 30.5
(86.9)
30.7
(87.3)
27.0
(80.6)
24.3
(75.7)
20.8
(69.4)
17.5
(63.5)
16.5
(61.7)
21.0
(69.8)
21.8
(71.2)
23.3
(73.9)
26.2
(79.2)
28.5
(83.3)
30.7
(87.3)
Average high °C (°F) 18.7
(65.7)
18.5
(65.3)
16.3
(61.3)
12.5
(54.5)
7.7
(45.9)
5.2
(41.4)
4.3
(39.7)
6.6
(43.9)
10.4
(50.7)
13.8
(56.8)
16.3
(61.3)
17.9
(64.2)
12.3
(54.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) 13.1
(55.6)
12.9
(55.2)
10.8
(51.4)
7.6
(45.7)
4.0
(39.2)
1.6
(34.9)
0.7
(33.3)
2.6
(36.7)
5.3
(41.5)
8.3
(46.9)
10.8
(51.4)
12.3
(54.1)
7.5
(45.5)
Average low °C (°F) 7.7
(45.9)
7.5
(45.5)
5.6
(42.1)
3.1
(37.6)
0.2
(32.4)
−2.0
(28.4)
−2.8
(27)
−1.2
(29.8)
0.7
(33.3)
2.9
(37.2)
5.1
(41.2)
6.7
(44.1)
2.8
(37)
Record low °C (°F) −2.2
(28)
−2.2
(28)
−6.8
(19.8)
−9.6
(14.7)
−12.4
(9.7)
−15.8
(3.6)
−17.0
(1.4)
−15.2
(4.6)
−8.5
(16.7)
−8.0
(17.6)
−5.5
(22.1)
−5.0
(23)
−17.0
(1.4)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 12.5
(0.492)
7.8
(0.307)
13.8
(0.543)
25.4
(1)
30.6
(1.205)
21.3
(0.839)
25.8
(1.016)
21.1
(0.831)
15.8
(0.622)
12.3
(0.484)
9.1
(0.358)
13.9
(0.547)
209.4
(8.244)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.1 mm) 4 3 5 8 8 6 7 6 5 5 4 4 65
Average snowy days 0.1 0 0.1 0.1 2 4 5 4 2 0.9 0 0 18.2
Average relative humidity (%) 47 48 53 60 70 74 76 70 61 53 48 47 59
Mean monthly sunshine hours 254.2 210.0 192.2 156.0 114.7 96.0 96.1 139.5 168.0 213.9 246.0 257.3 2,143.9
Percent possible sunshine 51 52 50 49 41 38 36 44 48 51 54 50 47
Source #1: NOAA, Secretaria de Mineria (extremes 1951–1980), Oficina de Riesgo Agropecuario (extremes 1970–present)
Source #2: Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (precipitation days 1961–1990) UNLP (snowfall data)

El Calafate: Attractions

El Calafate is the location of the Glaciarium, a museum that focuses on ice and glaciers, especially in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

El Calafate: Interesting facts

The gliding altitude record of 50,722 feet (15,460 m) was set near El Calafate on 30 August 2006 by Steve Fossett and Einar Enevoldson in their 'Perlan' high altitude research glider. This record has been certified by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

The town was on the path of the total solar eclipse of July 11, 2010, occurring just before sunset. El Calafate was featured in the Top Gear Patagonia Special, in which the presenters drove from Bariloche to Ushuaia.

El Calafate: References

  1. http://www.ruta0.com
  2. Interior Ministry: El Calafate Archived 2009-03-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre
  4. "Provincia de Santa Cruz - Clima Y Meteorologia: Datos Meteorologicos Y Pluviometicos" (in Spanish). Secretaria de Mineria de la Nacion (Argentina). Archived from the original on July 2, 2015. Retrieved April 12, 2013.
  5. "El Calafate, Santa Cruz". Estadísticas meteorológicas decadiales (in Spanish). Oficina de Riesgo Agropecuario. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  6. "Lago Argentino Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  7. "Valores Medios de Temperatura y Precipitación-Santa Cruz: El Calafate" (in Spanish). Servicio Meteorológico Nacional. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  8. "Datos bioclimáticos de 173 localidades argentinas". Atlas Bioclimáticos (in Spanish). Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Retrieved October 13, 2015.
  9. List of FAI world records for open-class gliders

El Calafate: Notes

  1. The record highs and lows are based on the Secretaria de Mineria link for the period 1951–1980 while records beyond 1970 come from the Oficina de Riesgo Agropecuario link since it only covers from 1970–present. When these 2 sources are used together, the record highs and lows are from the period 1951–present
  • Elcalafate.gov.ar, Official government site (in Spanish)
  • Glaciarium Website
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