Known as "The Capital of the Glaciers", it is located in the Patagonia of Argentina, in the province of Santa Cruz. It is most famous for being the gateway to Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (Glacier National Park), which has several attractions such as the Perito Moreno and the Upsala glacier, located in the eastern part of the Campo de Hielo Patagónico Sur (Southern Patagonian Ice Field).
It is named in honor of the thorny shrub that is found throughout the southern Patagonia and has dark blue berries. The town became known for the Los Glaciares National Park and around it the infrastructure of the city began.
Another attraction of the city are lakes Argentino and Viedma, where various types of activities like seeing cattle ranches, adventures in 4x4s, hiking, horseback riding and excursions are done.
Besides this, the city has some museums, such as the Glaciarium, a cultural and scientific center where they perform and report on research on glaciers in the area. Another attraction is the Glacio Bar, completely built with ice glaciers, furniture, walls and chairs, making it unique in the world.
This tourist village has good access and also has the El Calafate International Airport, where national flights arrive as well as from Chile.