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Affordable Adventure in El Calafate, Argentina

Cook Islands, South Pacific

Photo: Chad Ehlers/Getty Images

A formerly rough-and-tumble wool-trading outpost in southern Patagonia, tiny El Calafate has now been discovered by adventure junkies and celebrities such as Francis Ford Coppola, who scouted the area for an upcoming film.

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Destinations: El Calafate

Hotels (2)

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    Design Suites Hotel

    The space age hotel has soaring glass walls and views of neon-blue Lago Argentino.

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    Patagonia Rebelde, Posada & Historia

    The 12-room property is modeled after a historic railway station.

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    La Tablita

    This boisterous spot is known for grilled meats and fish.

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    Pascasio M

    Dine on sirloin wrapped in boar with a Malbec wine sauce at this brick-walled restaurant.

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Activities (2)

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    Hielo y Adventuras

    The outfitter runs two daily excursions to Perito Moreno Glacier that include a trek across the ice.

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    Vellón Negro

    The shop stocks sweaters woven from local wool.

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