El Calafate was not really more than a stopover town for us, a gateway to visiting the amazing Perito Moreno Glacier However we did end up spending three nights here. It it is a bit bigger than El Chalten and a bit less touristy. On the main street there is plenty of the same tourist shops filled with delicious hand made chocolates and crafts, but on the edges of the city are some charming rustic houses.

At one place we saw a beautiful scene with a family running around on their horses in the field behind their house, wild flowers everywhere of course.

Another highlight was the park on the edge of the town. A bird sanctuary, it is full of different birds, including hundreds of flamingos hanging out in the ponds. At the particular time of year that we visited however, the grassy marshes were absolutely packed solid with more daisies than you could shake a stick at.

El Calafate, Argentina
El Calafate, Argentina
Gateway to the very popular Perito Moreno Glaciar.