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  • hello and welcome to a new video today we're going  to be showing you around the town of el calafate  

  • in the previous episodes we shared some of the  most popular excursions you can do from town  

  • we spent the day at el calafate we toured the  glaciers by boat and we hiked in los glaciar's  

  • national park however today we wanted to show you  what you can do around town when you're craving  

  • a more relaxed day so in this episode we'll be  walking around the lagoon filled with flamingos  

  • coming face to face with dinosaurs at a local  museum and hitting up an ice bar while still  

  • visiting a few different restaurants so  let's go explore el calafate patagonia  

  • hey guys good morning and greetings from el  calafate argentina yeah it's basically our  

  • first full day here to uh to kind of explore  independently on foot yeah and so we're quite  

  • excited we're going to be visiting a reserve  today wildlife reserve yeah so we're going to be  

  • visiting laguna nimes it's this lagoon just north  of the town it's also wetlands so you can see lots  

  • of birds yeah it's meant to be a beautiful area  yeah so excited to check it out so after a lot of  

  • busy excursions and waking up early and running  around we thought we deserved a chill day today  

  • and there's meant to be some great food in  town yeah and so we're really excited to  

  • have a nice meal and to show you that as  well yeah so let's get started there's all  

  • this food in our video guys for good food of  course let's go hello you look like so much

  • our first stop was laguna  nimes which is a nature reserve  

  • and bird sanctuary that sits on the shores  of lago argentino just north of town  

  • it's a really nice place to enjoy a leisurely  stroll even more so if you're a bird enthusiast

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  • so let's talk about prices as we continue  down this trail looking for birds so admission  

  • for foreigners is 500 pesos per person which  right now is almost eight dollars and then for  

  • national residents it is 300 pesos so about five  dollars and they also have an info point with like  

  • lots of different brochures you get a map in there  plus like a little pamphlet with photos of the  

  • different birds you can find here so that you have  an easier time identifying them once here you know  

  • out and about on the trail going around the lagoon  so yeah let's see what kind of birds we find i'm  

  • really looking forward to seeing some flamingos  i'd say those are at the top of my list and yeah  

  • sam's just behind me he's got the zoom lens so  i'm sure he's already seeing some lovely creatures

  • well well this place is  worth mentioning it is called  

  • el pantano de shrek you know what that means  shrek shrek it means shrek swamp it's direction  

  • we are visiting shrek swamp how do you feel  about that i'm i'm hopeful that we're gonna  

  • see shrek pop out at any moment or or are you  the shreks secrets revealed secrets revealed

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  • let's go find some birds sneakily let's  explain where are we so so cool in this  

  • little building here you can see that there's  little viewpoints little slits to look out  

  • i feel like i'm a spy in here  it's basically like a little hut  

  • yeah where you can spy on the birds  quietly and we're bird watching guys

  • well as is to be expected here in patagonia the  weather is ever changing we are now getting some  

  • wind and rain so we've come to hide in one of  these little bird viewing huts we're the only  

  • ones here and the birds are kind of far away so  we're not trying to whisper at this point but yeah  

  • this has been such a beautiful hike and so so easy  so if you've been doing you know lots of heavy  

  • trekking around el calafate and el chalten and  you're feeling kind of tired but you don't want to  

  • not do anything for a whole day this is definitely  something to consider to just come to the lagoon  

  • walk around do some bird watching i also wanted  to mention the lookout over lago argentino is  

  • just stunning but try to visit on a sunny day  if you can because i feel like today the color  

  • of the water doesn't do this place justice it's  kind of gray and overcast so you're not really  

  • getting that intensity of the turquoise milky  waters that you do get on a sunny day like these  

  • past two days when we've been driving out to los  glaciates national park like the lake looks unreal  

  • every time we've gone past it we're like whoa how  can this be so yeah if you can visit on a sunny  

  • day lago argentino is just magical and full of  flamingos it is but this has also been realistic  

  • of our of our time traveling here i feel like  we've had alternate day weather we've had a rainy  

  • day followed by a sunny day followed by a rainy  day or two followed by sunny day yeah so another  

  • thing to keep in mind is if you want to have those  those beautiful sunny photos you're going to need  

  • to spend some extra days here so that you can  plan your your travels around the weather too  

  • okay guys so not too far from the lagoon there is  another attraction worth visiting it's a museum  

  • and it is called the center of interpretation  of the history of el calafate bit of a long name  

  • but it is very very cool so admission was 400  pesos about six bucks per person and inside you  

  • get to see the dinosaurs that roam patagonia giant  mammals and also learn about the people who lived  

  • here um but i think the the best part for me was  being able to see the skeleton of a megatherium  

  • because we've been hearing about these creatures  for a while and they were basically giant sloths  

  • that were five to six meters tall and they roamed  patagonia they were enormous they were huge  

  • they were giants and they roamed this part of  patagonia with humans so they existed up until  

  • 500 years ago when they went extinct and part of  it is because they were very slow creatures they  

  • hadn't known a lot of predators also it took these  mammals a while to reach maturity and be able to  

  • reproduce and once they did they had a really  long gestation period so basically they were very  

  • easy to hunt very easy to eat so they got to roam  these lands with humans but then i mean they must  

  • have yielded a lot of meat a lot of meat withoutlot of effort yeah so but yeah they they look like  

  • such cool creatures and you can read more about  them and other mammals that roamed patagonia it's  

  • really really interesting so i like that museumlot yeah and one of the coolest things is that we  

  • weren't necessarily planning to go there we just  uh just saw it we just saw and we're like let's  

  • go check it out yeah and uh that's one of the  nice surprises about travel those random moments

  • that day we had lunch at a restaurant called  miranjo i ordered the braised osobuko cooked  

  • in a clay oven with a yellow risotto that  was a real delight meanwhile sam ordered  

  • the lamb with a mushroom risotto and a sweet  calafate berry sauce which was also very good  

  • the meat is so tender and flavorful that sauce is  so sweet this gourmet food this is hands down the  

  • best meal we've had in the city so far so glad  we got to come here yes the food is outstanding  

  • for dessert we tried the dulce de leche volcano  with chocolate ice cream and wild forest berries  

  • we ate very well in el calafate and  this was one of our favorite spots

  • well guys forget vesuvius my favorite volcano  volcano in the world is actually located in  

  • argentina at the moment it's on my plate isvulcan of chocolate and dulce de leche so when i  

  • do this look at the lava of dulce de leche  coming out amazing let's also come with ice cream  

  • beautifully presented this has just beengreat meal and i expect dessert to be good  

  • what a great dessert and a great meal

  • overall hello oh that was loud in my ear oh my  gosh hi good afternoon we are back in the cottage  

  • oh my gosh lunch guys we have this horrible  routine of like having this wonderful lunch  

  • waddling home sticking a siesta and  then updating you hours in the future  

  • this is another one of those instances  what a fantastic meal our best meal in town  

  • i would say so absolutely in my opinion yeah  the place was called mirancho my ranch and yeah  

  • just really good food yeah man yeah exactly  it was like i think the including everything  

  • it was with the full bottle of wine and dessert  the mains so it came to just under forty dollars  

  • which would be considered a pricier meal here but  it's the nicest meal we've had in town yeah it was  

  • really good and overall just a nice chill day in  town yeah we needed that after some busy days here  

  • yeah and so it just goes to show you that you can  have a chill day in el calafate i know most people  

  • come here to do tours and to do you know big full  day things but if you do want to have a bit of a  

  • quieter day should be a good example yes a little  museum a little walk around in a nature reserve  

  • and great food to me that's a perfect day so with  that in mind i think we'll say goodbye and we will  

  • have one more episode from here coming tomorrow  the following day we continued our tour around  

  • el calafate starting with food you already  know we can't start the day off without first  

  • enjoying a good meal so we made our  way to a restaurant called la cocina

  • pastas have arrived oh my gosh so sam andordered two different tasting menus all pastas  

  • so we technically have six different  pasta dishes in front of us  

  • what drew us to this place was their  pasta tasting menu which allowed us to try  

  • a little bit of everything i ordered the  tagliatelle with forest mushroom sauce  

  • gnocchi with lamb ragu and spinach ravioli  with a cream sauce featuring ham and chicken

  • meanwhile sam got the green noodles with  a bacon cream sauce potato and spinach  

  • ravioli with bolognese meat sauce and squash  ravioli with a leek sauce overall a great meal

  • well guys that was a deluxe lunch it was really  really good it's so good honestly it was really  

  • nice having like six little dishes to share try  a little bit of everything figure out what's  

  • our favorite pasta and there was actuallythird tasting menu so technically if you go  

  • there with three people you can each order one  of the different sampler pasta sets and you've  

  • got nine dishes to be like oh it's your old little  private pasta buffet yeah and the third one is all  

  • vegetarian so they do have veggie friendly options  um the total was 1900 pesos which right now at the  

  • time of our visit is 30 us dollars so i think  that's pretty decent i mean we really well great  

  • service really cool restaurant it's called la  cocina it means the kitchen so we would definitely  

  • recommend that it's located right in the center  of town like right on the main avenue so you can't  

  • miss it and now we're taking a little walk through  this village of gnomes is the translation of it  

  • and it's kind of like this little area that's  tucked away just off the main street and you  

  • have a whole bunch of little souvenir shops but  they're all like these tiny log homes very cute  

  • and the roof it's it's sod like it's grass so  it almost feels like you're in this enchanted  

  • forest and you know little gnomes and elves are  going to wander out any second now yeah so this  

  • is the place to come and pick up your souvenirs  you can buy like knit sweaters jams artisanal  

  • chocolates slippers mates whatever you can imagine  there's a lot of variety here so definitely a  

  • cool place to check out i'm kind of shopping for  another alpaca sweater or like a wool sweater or  

  • something that'll keep me warm as we continue  heading south so we'll see if i find anything  

  • i got this one in salta or huhui in northern  argentina what a fine huh so yeah but we're  

  • gonna take you guys for a little stroll along here  because it's very cute and then on to the museum

  • that afternoon we visited the glacier  also known as the patagonian ice museum  

  • we went by taxi but it turns out that  the museum offers a free transfer from  

  • the secretary of tourism parking lot which is  on first of may street just up the hill one  

  • block from the main street you can check  the bus schedule on the museum's website

  • inside the patagonian ice museum  we saw a model of the southern  

  • patagonian ice field which is where  the glaciers in this area originate  

  • and we also learned about the life of the famous  argentine explorer francisco pascasio moreno

  • so remember it's open bar okay i will  serve you the drinks in a nice okay

  • at the end of our visit we went down to the  ice bar which is located at basement level  

  • the walls were covered in ice the glasses  the drinks were served in were also made  

  • of ice and there were even some ice  sculptures so really a great photo op

  • so we just finished visiting glaciarium which  is both a glacier museum and ice bar so you have  

  • two separate ticket prices to visit the museum it  was 600 pesos per person so ten dollars and then  

  • on the other hand to visit the bar it was 400 400  pesos that would be like seven eight dollars plus  

  • it includes a drink so that's kind of cool  you can get beer cocktails and stuff like that  

  • so yeah first we toured the museum learned all  about glaciers we got to watch a couple of movies  

  • one of them was called the voice of the  glacier and it was all about perito moreno  

  • super super cool if you're in calafate that's like  the one glacier that you have i like the 3d one  

  • the most yeah that was a 3d movie it was really  cool it was about how it advances every year  

  • and then it blocks the flow of the water in  coming to the lake and then this huge wall  

  • of ice is formed and then it breaks down and it's  like exploding flying ice everywhere it was very  

  • cool and yeah just different interactive exhibits  so we had a good time i'd say you need about an  

  • hour to kind of experience the museum and then  for the ice bar it's a 25 minute experience  

  • so yeah you go down there the well club music  going on you know flashing lights neon you get to  

  • wear these funny little silver suits like you're  warm it is so much fun we spent most of the time  

  • taking photos and videos yeah they learned  lots of fun like ice sculptures and igloos  

  • should also mention they have a cafe as well we  didn't we didn't eat or drink there but they had  

  • some cool specials yeah and you can get cake and  coffee so like after you've spent your half hour  

  • in the ice bar if you're freezing cold and you  can't feel your fingers although they do give  

  • you mittens you can come upstairs to their cafe  and you know warm up we should also mention about  

  • transportation it's on the hour and um it brings  you here in from town we ended up taking cab we  

  • were there you know what i had read that there's  free transportation there's a free shuttle and i  

  • completely forgot so we took a taxi here yeah and  then we saw the shuttle and we're like oh yeah  

  • so we're gonna take it back into yeah on on the  half hour it goes back on the half hour it leaves  

  • we will enjoy our free ride back into town  we sure will well that is that how does that  

  • with the wind blowing in my hair at the moment and  what a great time we had an el calafate i wouldn't  

  • have changed the single thing that we did the  whole time we were here we had really good food  

  • obviously we came for the glaciers we got to see  them twice it was amazing we got to do some hiking  

  • we got to do a whole bunch of different things  also visiting el calafate patagonia argentina just  

  • overall a great time here and we hope you guys  enjoyed the series because we are heading next  

  • to el chalten basically the hiking capital of  argentina in patagonia and we couldn't be more  

  • excited so join us for tomorrow's episode  as we show us leaving here and going to

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What TO DO in EL CALAFATE (Aside from Visiting Glaciers!) | Ice Bar + Dinosaur Museum + Flamingoes ?

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