El Calafate (pronounced El Cah-la-fat-tay) is found right around the largest lake in Argentina, named after the country (Lago Argentino).
We drove here from Torres Del Paine, crossing the border from Chile back into Argentina and spending a bit of time on the famous Route 40 (the longest highway in the world).
As we drove through the windswept Steppe, I was reminded that this land is not easy land. It is rugged and not easy to get around (even for us). That’s what makes it so special to be here – it is still an adventurous place!
Legend has it that a a sorceress was always sad when the nomadic people of the area had to leave each winter. She was so sad that she cast a spell turning herself into a tree with sharp thorns, yellow flowers and a berry. Once you eat a Calafate berry, you are guaranteed to return to Patagonia (and this berry is what the city is named for). Charming!
The lake around El Calafate is breathtaking! So very peaceful with so many birds and other wildlife singing their songs. We made a quick stop to check out some upland geese and a flock of flamingoes!
Did you know that flamingoes are only pink because of their diet? The white flamingo is a baby in this picture, and the adult flamingoes are a lighter pink here (because their diet does not include salt water vegetation and has less Keratin).