El Calafate (pronounced El Cah-la-fat-tay) is found right around the largest lake in Argentina, named after the country (Lago Argentino).

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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!

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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!

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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).

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