Glacier area was declared a National Park to conserve its beauty, unique in the world. This made this natural phenomenon began to be known, not only in our country but worldwide, and is the magic of glaciers which began attracting, since then, tourists to this area. In the beginning, the journey of 80 kms to distance us from the catwalks were horseback riding, barely marked paths, and services could find tourism in our area were minimal. Tourism activity was not credible, and the locals had little knowledge of the topic … but many will, and were the first accommodation in family homes. The people of El Calafate receiving tourists as if they were family, and that is the cutest memories that keep those who came at that time, and today we look back and converted into tourist village.
Today we wait with open arms
El Calafate continues to grow, thanks to tourism, eager to offer the best services ever, without losing the warmth of its people, so that the latter remains unforgettable detail …
Legend of El Calafate
It is said that once Koonex, the old healer of a tribe of tehuelches could not walk anymore, its old and tired legs were exhausted, but the march could not be stopped. Then Koonex understood the natural law to meet the destination. The women of the tribe made a hut with guanaco skins and gathered much wood and food for the old healer leave, leave of her with the song of the family. Koonex, back to your awning, fixed his tired eyes in the distance, until the people of his tribe was lost after the edge of a plateau.
She was left alone to die. All living creatures away. He began to feel the silence as a heavy slumber and enveloping. The multicolored sky was dying slowly. It was many suns and many moons until the arrival of spring. So outbreaks born, arrived swallows, plovers, the gay chingolitos, the chattering parrots …. life was returning. On the awning hides Koonex, landed a flock of small birds singing happily. Suddenly he heard the voice of the old healer, who from inside the tent, scolding them for leaving her alone during the long, harsh winter. A Chingolito after surprise, he replied, «we left because in autumn food becomes scarce, and during the winter we have no place to take shelter.»
«I sympathize» – answered Koonex – So from today will feed in autumn and winter warm coat, and never will be alone. «….. and then the old woman was silent. When a gust suddenly turned canopy hides instead of Koonex was a beautiful thorny bush of fragrant yellow flowers. By mid summer, the delicate flowers were made before autumn fruit and began to mature taking purple blue color of exquisite taste and high nutritional value. Since that day some birds did not migrate and who left and heard the news, returned to try the new fruit that were captivated. The tehuelches also tested, adopting forever. Seeds scattered throughout the region and, thereafter,
«THE EATING Calafate, ALWAYS BACK …»