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Calafate Beach Camp | Wild Camping

Argentina
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Last Visited: 10 months ago
GPS: -50.321349, -72.263448
Altitude: 176.9 masl
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Amenities

Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: Natural Source
Toilets: No
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: Yes
Pet Friendly: Yes

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Wonderful spot by the lake. Quiet, a little wind protection because of dunes and bushes. There is an info center nearby and there were 3 other overlanders, so maybe there is even wifi but we don't know for sure coz we didn't check. On the road along the lakefront there are several spots to choose from. Seems to be a popular spot for overlanders we just accidentally drove by;) on the beach there are nasty little plants that poke/sting into your feet...just keep that in mind:)

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Slept here one night. Better with a 4x4 because of the sand. You have to go on the beach. There was loud music around but we are used to it in Chili unfortunately 😂 that was cool and a bit of wind protection if you are near to the dunes.

The track comes off the main road by the big hotel; the view of the lake (heading right) is beautiful but very windy. If you instead head left, following the wall and into the dunes, there's better wind protection (look out for sand patches!). We had a quiet night, no-one else around at all- a good free spot. We parked in the more public spot next to the lake to walk into town and moved to the dunes to sleep.

this spot was nice and quiet, only 1 other van parked. however our van did get stuck in the sand so be careful if you don't have a 4x4. the right side path was very sandy so we took the left road in and then stuck to the left to avoid more sand. entering the site this way was fine but we got stuck driving further in.
we recommend it!

At the end of the lane at the beach. There is some wind shelter behind the mound next to the fence to the bird sanctuary.
People come by frequently and even park up with music blaring at 7am.
Quad bikes used it as a circuit one night too.
Apart from that it's not bad. Great sunsets on turquoise water.
Dude from the sanctuary said it want permitted to camp here but there are no signs and it's outside their fence.
He never came back the next days.
We left our camp unattended no problem.

Beautiful spot, even if you cannot make it all the way to the lake like us in a 2WD. It was quiet, a bit sheltered by the dunes.

We loved this place because of the direct view on the bird sanctuary and lake as well as a little bit of wind protection.
What we didn't love is that even in the night some cars came down to the beach and parked right next to us quite frecuently. It seems to be kind of a "lovers lane".

nice spot but super windy with zero shelter on those wind, days. moved to the other side of the bay for sleeping after having dinner here, just too noisy

The place is indeed wonderful. We had a great night. We had our dinner right on top of the dunes with a great sunset. When you go to the spot go almost to the fence of the bird sencuary but look out because a
small part of the pad is really loosely sand (a local got stuck there when we were there) you can just pas it on the left.

Perfect beach camp. As soon as you passed the parking place opposite of the hotel, drive the sandy road to the beach. Some overlanders on the parking place when we were there, alone on the beach. On saturday night some music we could hear from a festival in el calafate.

Definitely the place to stay for a wild camp in El Calafate. We were one of multiple overlanders there. But it has great views right on Lago Argentina and was peaceful compared to the Laguna Nimez parking spot near the playground where we initially stopped but had many cars playing loud music pull in so we left to come here.

Noisy on Friday night / sat early morning, some young people came to bother us while we were sleeping. But no harm, just annoying! Maybe better spot during the week, still beautiful if you don’t mind street light

we've spent a very quiet friday night.
we've just heard a horse during the night !

Stayed 3 nights over the course of a week inbetween visiting the glacier and staying in town. Nice and quiet — sometimes a local would roll through to access the beach. Right next to the little reserve so full of birds. We followed to the road past the parking area to the dunes.

Not suitable for tents, no real protection from even the lightest breeze.

Good quite campingplace (many more) hidden from the the road. You have to follow the main road aside Lago Argentino. The sidewalk is on one place broken so that you can enter. Also good for tents. Wind protection from the dunes. Sometimes are lokals here.

Good place to spend a night. If you park in the area around the dunes you will have some wind protection. No facilities. Waking up with sounds of Birds. Two other overlanders.

Overlander hot spot. We were 5 vehicles spending the night here. A bit windy as it’s on the beach, but further than that perfect. Weak to no internet from the hotel - so don’t bother - but excellent 4G phone network for creating a fast hotspot. Apparently, the youth of El Calafate likes to go here as well as a hang-out spot with cars with broken mufflers -
FYI

Great camp relative to its proximity to town. Super windy for us but could be completely tranquil the next time. Worth a look.

No one was around when we were there. Quiet and safe. Relatively close to town as well. As others have mentioned the dunes offer a bit of wind protection.

Indeed we enjoyed this nice vieuw,quiet, beach camp....

Quiet place on the beach (not windy). Perfect to relax and spent the night in El Calafate.

Nice free spot close to el calafate
Protected from wind

Wonderful spot by the lake. Quiet, a little wind protection because of dunes and bushes. There is an info center nearby and there were 3 other overlanders, so maybe there is even wifi but we don't know for sure coz we didn't Check. It's directly in the street though. on the road along the lakefront there are several spots to choose from. Seems to be a popular spot for overlanders we just accidentally drove by;) on the beach there are nasty little plants that poke/sting into your feet...just keep that in mind:)