I often say that the world calls me. And of course I quickly respond to the call. After all, I love to travel! Which is nothing new for you who follows me here every Tuesday, for three years now. (Time flies!) Well, it had been a while since Patagonia was making me daydream about those sensational glaciers that are near El Calafate. And suddenly, the south of Argentina entered my map.
I flew to Buenos Aires and from there it was another 3 hours to El Calafate, a small and charming town, where 20 thousand people live, surrounded by landscapes with surreal natural beauty. A few kilometers away from the center is the super Eolo Patagonia hotel. Its location is great. Between the city of El Calafate and the National Park of the Glaciers, to few kilometers of the Andes Mountain range. In addition to easy access to the main points of interest, the hotel is part of the select Relais & Chateaux group and was voted by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the 100 best hotels in the world in 2018. These predicates already announce what is to come .
Well! Eolo was born in 2003 in La Anita Valley, in a resort full of history that belongs to the fourth generation of a traditional family in the region, who came from Mendoza to explore Patagonia in the 19th century. It is a charming hotel, discreet, without excesses, luxurious in the right measure and of a simplicity that enchants. I was greeted at the airport by a very gracious employee and from then onwards it was a sensational 3 days. The Eolo blends contemporaneity with rusticity in its 17 accommodations and common areas. It is faithful to the spirit of Patagonia. Large windows let the light in and show a beautiful landscape adorned by mountains with snowy peaks, guanacos, flamingos, creole horses and cows. The restaurant is one of the high points. The dishes are made with local produce and are true works of art.
The heated outdoor jacuzzi invites you to relax on the back of the tours, which incidentally are not to be missed. Do not forget to visit Glaciers National Park which has many glaciers, with Perito Moreno being the most well-known and declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1981. Do not forget to walk on the glacier with “Crampons” on the feet. An incredible experience.
Want to know how long to stay? At least 3 nights. The ideal is to stay 4 or 5 to explore everything. Who organized my tours in a personalized and very attentive way was the Brazilian Glaucia of Ushuaia who has lived in Argentina for a few years and knows everything.
Did you like the Eolo Patagonia and the glaciers? Then schedule your trip from October to May as the hotel closes in the heavy winter months. You will love it. I guarantee.
A wonderful week to all and see you again next Tuesday!