Its name comes from the bush that formerly occupied the area, a native species from the steppe that in spring is covered with bright and colorful yellow flowers, and its fruit is of the family of Berberys, with a very small size and dark violet color. Currently, visitors can meet Calafate through handmade sweets and spirits. An old Tehuelche legend concludes that “the one that tastes caulker (calafate), will come back!”
This city emerged as a cart stop, in the times when this area was inhabited only to raise sheep for selling their wool. Over time, international wool prices made this business not very interesting, and the town lost its reason for being. In 1938, Argentinian area of southern continental ice field was declared a National Park. Thereafter, this site began to be visited by tourists from around the world.