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El Calafate is a small town in southern Patagonia, set on the shores of Lago Argentino, the largest lake in Argentina. The town mainly serves the visitors who come to explore the glaciers and other attractions in the area.

The town was only founded in 1927, as a base for wool traders, and although there is little to see in the town itself, it is a pleasant place, with good restaurants and facilities, and makes a good base for exploring the surrounding area. The main attraction is the Perito Moreno Glacier, possibly the most impressive of all the glaciers in Patagonia.