As we approach El Calafate I am surprised by the landscape. I know that the city is on the southern edge of Lago Argentino, Argentina's largest fresh water lake, and that it is a gateway city to Los Glaciers National Park. What I wasn't expecting is the dry desert landscape that ends very close to the shoreline. The city is 18 degrees latitude north of our furthest south Antarctica landing and the landscape is worlds away.
We taxi to our apartment where we are greeted by Fernando. Between his kindergarten English, our pre-kindergarten Spanish and with the aid of Google Translate we learn about the apartment and the city. It is a clean, comfortable one bedroom apartment which looks like a nice place to stay for two weeks. A bonus is a cleaning service that comes twice a week.