Grilled baby lamb served with an exquisite chimichurri sauce, leek puree, and sauteed vegetables.
Cordero a la menta
Delicious baked lamb seasoned with a delicious mint and red wine sauce.
Delicious trout stuffed with chunks of tomato and bacon, cooked in the oven.
Dulce de rosa mosqueta
Typical sweet made with sweet briar and sugar.
Crumble de frutas
Pie made with currants, raspberries, and blackberries, served with ice cream.
Typical food of El Calafate, Argentina
The gastronomy of this beautiful destination is a magical fusion of ingredients which achieve unparalleled and indescribable flavors which will seduce your senses.
El Calafate, as most Argentina, is a region that is influenced by great cultures, in which the native Mapuche traditions have been combined resulting in what is one of the most exquisite cuisines of the Patagonian region. Its dishes are varied and exquisite, including recipes based on wild boar and trout, with ingredients such as mushrooms, raspberries, blackberries, local herbs, and fruits of the Calafate tree. As in the entire Patagonian region, trouts and Patagonian lamb are some of the main dishes. The Patagonian lamb can be roasted or grilled and served with the traditional chimichurri sauce, leek puree, and a delicious garnish of sauteed vegetables. The Patagonian trout on the other side, is prepared with a mix of chard, onion, mushrooms, and blue cheese which is used as a filling. In this region, strong dishes are accompanied with the traditional "chucruts", a European dish consisting of sausages and pork. The "fiambres" are also traditional, as well as the delicious goat and cow cheeses. Another exquisite dish is "cordero a la menta", cooked in the oven and seasoned with a delicious mint sauce and red wine; "trucha en papillote", which is filled with chunks of tomatoes and bacon cooked in the oven. Other delight that you can enjoy in El Calafate is "conejo cordillerano", rabbit whose meat is floured and fried in a pan, covered in a delicate sauce of tomato, white wine, and grated orange; it is served with potatoes sprinkled with ground almonds.
To fully enjoy the exquisite cuisine of El Calafate, you have to try its delicious desserts which include "crumble de frutos rojos", an exquisite pie based on blackberries, redcurrants, raspberries, and blackberries, served with ice cream. You can also enjoy the delicious "dulce de rosa mosqueta", which is prepared with sweet briar and sugar. Chocolates filled with milk caramel, jams, and homemade sweets are also ideal to sweeten any palate.
A good red wine or the famous craft beers based on barley, malt or hops, are excellent choices to accompany any dish and a tradition that you cannot miss.
There are a variety of restaurants and different specialties, among which you can find pizza restaurants, grills, and tea houses in El Calafate. La Tablita restaurant offers specialties such as Patagonian lamb and the Cambalache restaurant has an extensive menu of Argentine dishes and pizzas.
Wind is an important factor to keep in mind when traveling to El Calafate, specially in winter.
It is important to remember that the sunlight hours vary depending on the season of the year; from 8 to 17.
There are no shops to rent winter clothes in El Calafate, so we recommend bringing everything you will need.
You should wear wind resistant clothing and dress in layers.
The weather in El Calafate, Argentina
El Calafate, located in southern Argentina, has a cold and dry climate. Its latitude is the same as the city of London has. The city is in the north hemisphere and has warm and dry summers and cold winters with some rain. The main factor in El Calafate, are the strong winds from Antarctica. The annual average of relative humidity is 57.5%, while the average annual temperature is 7 °C (44 °F).
What to bring by season
Cold season (April to October): the coldest months in El Calafate bring strong winds from Antarctica. It is very important to have adequate clothing to withstand the weather. The average high temperatures range from 12 ºC (53 °F) in April to 4 °C (39 °F) in July, the coldest month of the year. The average lows are near 0 °C (32 °F) and can drop to -3 °C (26 °F) or less. During these months, there are only about 8 hours of sunlight per day. We recommend bringing warm clothing, jackets and waterproof pants, a lined windbreaker, waterproof boots or shoes, wool hats with ear flaps, thermal underwear, gloves, sunglasses with UV protection, sunscreen, and lip balm.
Cool season (November to March): the weather during the warmer months is dry and days are nice, sunny, and windy. The average high temperatures reach 18 °C (64 °F), with lows that can range between 5 and 7 °C (41 and 44 °F). The longest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 17 hours of sunlight. We recommend bringing light clothes plus warm garments, jackets, waterproof pants, a lined windbreakerm and waterproof shoes or boots.
El Calafate is the capital of the Argentine Province of Santa Cruz, located 320 kilometers (192 mi) from Rio Gallegos. The city takes its name from the small shrub called calafate, originated in the southern Patagonian, from which a fruit that is used to make sweets is extracted.
El Calafate is a major tourist destination that houses numerous hotels, most of them with spectacular views of Lake Argentino. There are several restaurants where the Patagonian lamb is the star of the menus in El Calafate.
This oasis in the Patagonia has acquired a great national and international significance. The majority of the tours that depart toward the glaciers, specially the famous Perito Moreno, start here. Thousands of visitors travel to this city to be face to face with the enormous ice walls of this impressive glacier.
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares occupies an area of almost 600 thousand hectares (1,482,000 acres) of ice, in which 47 glaciers are set. In addition to the park and the delicious local gastronomy, you will find several local crafts, homemade chocolates, shops, and the typical alfajores on Avenida del Libertador, the main thoroughfare of the city.
***The official currency of Argentina is the Argentine Peso (ARS).