The Glaciers National Park

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

Known in Spanish as the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, the Glaciers National Park is an awesome place that is situated in the south western part of Santa Cruz. The park, which UNESCO declared a ‘World Heritage’ in 1981, was founded in the year 1937 with an objective of protecting the region’s vast richness. The park which spans over an area of 726,927 ha is the second largest in Argentina.

The park is divided into two, to the north by Lake Viedma and to the south by Lake Argentino. The region has some stunning glaciers that feed Lake Argentino. The three major glaciers are Upsala Glacier, the Spegazzini Glacier as well as the Perito Moreno Glacier which makes the area an unrivalled sightseeing destination. The Perito Moreno Glacier is a pretty famous and is one of Patagonia’s most important tourist attractions. The Glaciers National Park also plays host to the endangered gray fox, cougar and even guanaco.

The major glaciers which flow into Lake Argentino: Perito Moreno Glacier, Upsala Glacier, and Spegazzini Glacier.

Popular attractions:

Perito Moreno National Park

The park covers an area of approximately 115,000 hectares. It has an exciting landscape, which is made up of both valleys and mountains, making it an incredible recreational destination. Founded in 1937, the park is one of Argentina’s oldest and experiences a cold climate. What makes it more unique is the fact that the western side receives a wet climate while the eastern side is dry. The Perito Moreno National Park offers a striking terrain with a chain of mountains traversing its expanse from all sides. Several species of animals can be seen in the park with 24 mammal species, 115 bird species which are mostly endangered and some are unique to the park. This is a really interesting place for animal lovers.

El Calafate

Located in the Patagonian province of Argentina, El Calafate is an amazing city found near Lake Argentino. It is one of the popular tourist attractions of this region, drawing them from all corners of the world. The city offers a charming view of flamingos gathering in the Largo Argentino waters, a sight to behold, especially for animal lovers. It experiences a semi-arid and cold climate, which makes it popular among those who love outdoor activities such as trekking.

El Chaltén

Located in the province of Santa Cruz, El Chalten is a tiny mountain village that is referred to as the trekking capital of Argentina. The village lies close to the Cerro Fitz Roy and the Cerro Torre mountains. Both mountains are famed for climbing activities. Among the most visited sights and tracks of the region are Laguna Capri, Laguna de los Tres, Chorillo del Saltro, Piedras Blanca Glacier and Torre Glacier among other fantastic places. The city has even earned itself a second place in the “Best Cities in the World to Know” list.

Numerous tourists are attracted to the Glaciers National Park for its great landscape and popular features like the Upsala Glacier, which is one of South America’s longest glaciers. The destination promises a chic and memorable time to any visitor.

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Vegetation: mata torcida, lengasñires, calafate, notro, coihue, pastizale,.
Animals: guanacos, puma, red fox, grey fox, choique or ñandú petiso, pilquín or chinchillón anaranjado, huemul, flamencos, hualas, black neck swan, vapor ducks, cauquenes,gato montés, hurón, huemul.

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Cauquen o avutarda (Chloephaga)

 

GLACIAR UPSALA

Upsala Glacier has 10 km. wide and 50 m. tall.It is the second longest glacier in South America ( is only accessible by boat) . With a surface of 800km2 approx.

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GLACIAR SPEGAZZINI 

It is characterized for being the smallest but the higher of the glaciers, with 1 mille and up to 135 meters, 262-443 ft.

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Use good walking shoes or boots

How to get there:

The National Park can be accessed from different points of Route No. 40, by bus or by car.

By plane arriving to The international airport of El Calafate. (the glacier is to  78 Km. from  El Calafate.)

El Calafate:  population 8.000 people approximately.The city offers hotels with a great varietyof  pricing , Hosterias, Estancias (or traditional farms), and Hostels.

El Chaltén: El Chalten is a small hiking village surrounded by glaciers, lagoons, lakes, and mountains. The area is known, for recreationalactivities as:  climbing, camping, horseback riding, fishing, and rafting excursions. It  is located about a 140 Miles(220 KM) from The  Calafate.