We only stayed in El Calafate for a couple days. I didn’t know what we were getting into at El Calafate. It felt like a town in the American west, like Jackson Hole or Bozeman, dropped into Argentina. It was touristy and full of English speaking travelers. We enjoyed our time, ate some decent food, and recovered from the long drive from Chile Chico.
On our last morning, we visited the Perito Merino glacier. It was costly to enter the park. About $100 USD for the four of us. But the boardwalks and views of the glacier were simply stunning. A glacier plus a rainbow was a special site and worth the cost of admission.
After the park, we drove a couple of hours to the south. We crossed the border back into Chile at Cerro Castillo. It was a relatively uneventful border crossing, but we were relieved to reach our AirBnB in Puerto Natales, Chile, where we planned to stay for three weeks while exploring Southern Patagonia.