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The town of El Calafate is located on the southern shore of Lago Argentino, in Argentinian Patagonia. It lies about 320 km northwest of Rio Gallegos. It is the gateway to Los Glaciares National Park, which contains the Perito Moreno Glacier, Upsala Glacier, and Mount Fitz Roy, on the eastern edge of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field.

Flora and Fauna of El Calafate

The predominant flora is the calafate bush (berberis buxifollia). There is also sub-antarctic forest, where trees such as lenga, ñirre, and coihue predominate. The inhabitants of these forests include the mountain cat, the hurón, and the huemul, all of which are difficult to catch a glimpse of. It is easier to spot red foxes, condors, pumas and seed-eating birds. 

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