A marshy area on the shore of Lago Argentino just a short walk from downtown El Calafate, the Nimez Lagoon Ecological Reserve is home to many species of waterfowl, including black-necked swans, buff-necked ibises, southern lapwings, and flamingos. Road construction along its edge and the rapidly advancing town threaten to stifle this avian oasis, but it's still a haven for birdwatchers and a relaxing walk in the early morning or late afternoon. Strolling along footpaths among grazing horses and flocks of birds may not be as intense an experience as, say, trekking on a glacier, but a trip to the lagoon provides a good sense of the local landscape. During high season the nature reserve is open from 8 am until 9 pm. Don't forget your binoculars and a telephoto lens.
1 km (½ miles) north of downtown, just off Av. Alem, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, 9405, Argentina