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For three weekends in a row, in July and August, is held in El Calafate the Ice Festival.

The setting for the Festival of Ice is the Redonda Bay, the largest natural skating space in South America, with an area of ​​4 km long and 3 km wide and its depth varies from 2 to 40 meters in the least deep section.

True to its name this festival pays tribute to ice with skating and ice hockey, torchlight parade, sleds, sculptures, a "Chueca" match, very popular and typical sport of the area.

patinaje-sobre-hieloIce skating in Redonda Bay.


The game of ice hockey takes place in Redonda Bay and around there is a display of sleds. The main activity is ice skating, of which there are demonstrations and clinics and the possibility that all persons attending the festival to traverse skating, even if it means, for many, more than one fall. The Club Andino, linked to the organization of this festival has available to rent skates.

Another activity of the Festival is the parade with torches and flags in Redonda Bay. As at the feast of these features are preparing a musical show where on the stage will be both national and local musicians and street musicians and jugglers presentation. On the other hand sculptors and artists of the region make ice sculptures.

Also from 2009 were added painting and poetry contests, and sledge hockey competitions, displays of model airplanes, snow sculptures, the magical presence of clowns with teaching makeup artistry and the 1st Ice Marathon.

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