El Calafate is a city on the southern shore of Lake Argentino, in the region of Patagonia, in the province of Santa Cruz, Argentina, about 80 km from the glacier Perito Moreno.
It is the head of the department Lago Argentino. At 2012 El Calafate is one of the three major cities of the province of Santa Cruz ranking third in population, behind the cities of Rio Gallegos and Caleta Olivia.
It is located about 320 km northwest of the provincial capital, Rio Gallegos. It owes its reputation for being the gateway to Glacier National Park, which has attractions like the glacier Perito Moreno, the Upsala glacier, and Fitz Roy), among others, all typical of eastern Icefield South Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile.