El Calafate

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El Calafate is a city in Patagonia, Argentina situated in the southern border of Lake Argentino in the southwest part of the Santa Cruz Province, about 320 km Northwest of Río Gallegos. The name of the city is derived from a little bush with yellow flowers and dark blue berries that is very common in Patagonia: the calafate (Berberis buxifolia); the word comes from the word "calafate", which is Spanish for "caulk". It is a lake where one stage of Matías Ola's International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina was held in 2014.

International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina

The International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina (Festival Internacional de Natación de Invierno en Argentina) is a 3-race cold-water winter swimming event where the events are held in 3 locations in 3 provinces in Argentina with 60 swimmers from 25 countries participating in 1-10 August 2014 and on 18-25 July 2015. It was nominated for the 2014 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.


  • Puerto Madero in Buenos Aires (expected water temperature is 3-5ºC)
  • Lago Potrerillos in Mendoza
  • El Calafate in Santa Cruz at the International Festival Perito Moreno Glacier (where the expected water temperatures will vary between 0-2ºC).

International Winter Swimming Festival Argentina

Matías Ola

Matías Ola is an open water swimmer from Argentina who specializes in extreme swimming. He will swim in various open bodies of water around the world in his Unir el Mundo project and was a member of the successful, unprecedented, 6-day Bering Strait Swim relay, a 53-mile (86 km) relay crossing from Cape Dezhnev in Chukotka, Russia, to Cape Prince of Wales in the state of Alaska, U.S.A. He also participated in the 2014 Winter Swimming Championships in the 450m endurance swim in Finland and organised the 2014 International Winter Swimming Festival in Argentina.

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