El Calafate, Southern Patagonia, Argentina
At a Glance
Awe-inspiring views over the untouched Patagonian steppe
The most upmarket hotel in the region with very welcoming service
Away from the hustle and bustle of El Calafate town
A pampering base from which to visit the Perito Moreno glacier
The suites have huge picture windows and are light and airy
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
November to April brings the best weather, downpours are rare, and there’s usually enough sun to get fabulous photographs of the ice, with bright sunshine most days. In March and April, Fall colors are spectacular, as the lenga on upper slopes of the mountains turns scarlet. The majority of the region is closed for winter June to August, when weather makes the area very inhospitable. December and January are high season and the glacier trips are at their busiest. September, October and March is a great time to visit, when there are fewer crowds, and the weather can still be beautifully mild. Bear in mind, though, that weather on the glacier is completely unpredictable as the winds coming over the Andes are constantly changing.
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Eolo is a luxurious and remote ranch-style lodge, located 30km outside the town of El Calafate in Argentina's breathtaking Patagonia region, enjoying panoramic views on the eastern face of Mount Frías from within a 3,000 hectare private estate.
Eolo is an outstanding and unique Relais & Chateaux property which is set on an exclusive hillside outside of El Calafate and embodies the spirit of Patagonia, while also offering attentive service and fine cuisine.
The lodge itself has been built in local style using traditional materials and has the feel of a sophisticated estancia with just 17 spacious en suite rooms, each with stunning views of Lago Argentino, Torres del Paine or Brazo Rico. The decor is understated using neutral tones, large windows and rich fabrics to draw your attention outside. Luxurious stone bathrooms complete the space and modern amenities like complimentary WiFi can also be expected.
Eolo features several cosy and spacious living rooms overlooking the Anita Valley and Lago Argentino, as well as an English bar and a restaurant serving creative yet mouth watering Patagonian cuisine. There is also a library overlooking Torres del Paine and on a clear day, the famous towers can be seen from the property. The property also has a pleasant and sunny courtyard shielded from Patagonian winds, indoor swimming pool and sauna.
The impressive surrounding countryside plays host to a wide range of exciting outdoor activities including mountain biking over unique tracks and trails, horse riding on Mount Frías, bird watching, trekking in the Anita Valley and excursions to the jaw-dropping Perito Moreno and Upsala glaciers. The service at Eolo is second to none and truly makes this the most luxurious accommodation available in the entire El Calafate area.
Eolo has 12 Superior Suites of 37 square meters, three Premium Suites and two Corner Suites of 48 square meters. The rooms are decorated in a simple, warm style, with wood furnishings and subtle earthy tones. Large picture windows give fantastic views over the stunning Patagonia landscape.
Children over 12 years old are welcome.
Facilities at Eolo include a main living room overlooking the Anita Valley, a bar and restaurant with superb views over Lago Argentino, a library overlooking Torres del Paine, a TV room and an indoor swimming pool and sauna.
Activities on offer at Eolo include trekking on Mount Frías and in La Anita valley, mountain biking over unique lanes and trails, star gazing with telescopes, sightseeing and identification of flora and fauna, lectures and birdwatching. Horse back riding on Mount Frías, excursions to Perito Moreno Glacier, minitrekking on the glacier, navigation to the Upsala glacier, 4x4 expeditions to Mount Frías and fly fishing at Lago Roca can also be arranged.
Jules Maury (Staff)
Designed to have the old colonial feel and appearance, standing alone in the landscape overlooking stunning views in all directions this is a home from home with great style. Rooms are well appointed and very comfortable with wonderful views, from the bathrooms as well. The corner rooms are especially stunning with a double view but there are only 2! There are several spacious sitting areas, all with great views and comfy eclectic antique furniture. There is a traditional bar area near the dining room. The food is world class and the wine list (showcasing the best Argentina has to offer) is excellent and extensive, and well priced. There is no spa as such, but massage facilities available and a wellness area is about to be added. Excursions to all the attractions of the area are possible from here and riding on the horses of the estancia on which the property sits are available from the front door, as is hiking around the extensive property. A place to savour comfort and wonderful food while enjoying the attractions of the glacier area.
Ali Andino (Staff)
Just a bit outside the town of El Calafate, the hotel sits perched on a hill. Staff is very welcoming, I was shown to my room which had a lovely view of the valley and mountains. My room was spacious with a small seating area and the bathroom had a large bath tub with amenities. WiFi did not work so well in the rooms, better in the several common areas they have available. They had a set menu for dinner and buffet breakfast with a hot dish option. Eolo is the best option in El Calafate but because of that, its harder to find availability. They can arrange daily excursions from the hotel. There is no spa, just an indoor swimming area. It is good to know it is a bit isolated so if you wanted to venture to town for a meal, it would require arranging a taxi. Most people will just enjoy being at Eolo however for its remote location.
The setting is about as convenient as you can get, but it is still entirely isolated. Within Eolo’s sight lines there is almost no human habitation, just the wild, otherworldly Patagonian steppe—monochromatic hills, blanketed in tall tufts of golden coirón grass, rolling all the way to red-rock mesas in the distance and the shore of the glittering, limpid blue Lago Argentina, the country’s largest lake. You could easily pass a fine day here just watching the changing light transform this serene landscape, while horses graze in the valley below, hares scamper before you, and caranchas circle overhead.
Inside, Eolo also takes its inspiration from the early estancias, whose owners brought antiques from their houses in the old country and mixed them with more rustic, locally built furniture. Comfy armchairs upholstered in corduroy, leather sofas, and chunky wooden tables topped with laja (sandstone) mingle with an English Empire table (displaying bird feathers collected on the hotel’s land) and 18th-century Spanish occasional chairs, heavily carved and studded with square nailheads. The overall effect is sophisticated yet homey—this is the kind of place where you don’t worry about kicking off your muddy boots and tossing your fleece beside you when you return from a hike. Guest rooms have a similar feel: beds are made with crisp white sheets and big fluffy duvets, wall-to-wall sisal carpet is topped with beautifully patterned woven-wool rugs, and plain white walls are hung with black-and-white photographs of local flora and fauna.
It's difficult to conceive of a property more suited to the arid, desolate Patagonian steppe than Eolo, a rustic lodge in the windswept La Anita valley, 30km west of El Calafate. Modelled on a classic sheep farm, the lodge has corrugated zinc walls and gabled roofs that protect a central courtyard from the elements. A rustic homeliness pervades the place, with carved woods, refurbished antiques, and leather and cord upholstery. Entranced by the setting, many guests are content to squint for hours at the peaks of Chile's Torre del Paine national park that darken the distant horizon, or to peer through picture-windows as icebergs on glacier-fed Lake Argentina float through an otherwise parched landscape.
Mark Beken (Staff)
Eolo was named after the Greek god of the wind, and when you reach this forlorn but utterly beautiful valley where Eolo stands, you will soon see why. That aside, Eolo is a wonderful hotel with simply mesmerising views, and I loved the fact that rooms are positioned to take full advantage of this. If you go for one of the corner suites, you will have views on two sides and, on a clear day, can spot the towers of Torres del Paine. Service is excellent, with check-in amongst the most pleasant I have experienced. Relax with a cup of tea in the spacious living room with its outrageous views, and have a look through the scope. While I was there I saw a Patagonian fox trapping a hare not fifty yards from the living room. There are also superb walking from the lodge. Head up Cerro Frias to experience the otherworldly atmosphere of a stunted wind-blasted cedar forest.
Kayaking at Perito Moreno Glacier
Kayak up close to the mighty Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentine Patagonia and paddle past as huge chunks of ice carve off into the water below. Learn about the incredible geography and history of this impressive UNESCO site.
Mini Ice Trek Perito Moreno
Explore the majestic Perito Moreno glacier up close on this half day mini-trekking excursion. Kitted with ropes and crampons, you'll walk on the 20-storey high, 3-mile wide glacier for spectacular views of the lakes and lagoons (age restrictions apply).
Patagonia Gourmet Glacier Cruise
Explore the dramatic scenery of Los Glaciares National Park on this exclusive cruise, experiencing some of the best in Patagonian landscapes from on board a comfortable ship with delicious lunch included, reaching the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Argentina in Ultimate Luxury
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Cordoba & Mendoza
from $7500 pp 11 nights
- Enjoy riding at one of Argentina's most highly acclaimed estancias
- Sip on Malbec in Mendoza, the home of Argentinean wine
- Relax in a remote lodge surrounded by Patagonian scenery or head out on outdoor adventures
Highlights of Patagonia
Buenos Aires, El Calafate, Torres del Paine & Santiago
from $7600 pp 10 nights
- Experience the absolute highlights of Patagonia, trekking on the surface of the vast Perito Moreno glacier and exploring Torres del Paine National Park
- Watch a world-class tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel in Buenos Aires
- Stay in accommodation with the most privileged locations throughout
Location & directions
El Calafate, Southern Patagonia, Argentina
30-minutes from El Calafate, en route to Perito Moreno Glacier and strategically located in the La Anita valley, on the eastern side of Mount Frías.
How to get there
A 3-hour 30-minute flight to El Calafate from Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires, followed by a 40-minute road transfer.