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Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina

December 6, 2018 - Argentina, National Parks
Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina

The Glaciers National Park (Parque Nacional Los Glaciares) is located in the region known as Andes Australes in southern Argentina, in the southwest of the province of Santa Cruz, near Chile. Due to its incredible beauty, UNESCO declared it “World Heritage” in 1981. It is the largest of the national system of protected areas, with 726,927 hectares.

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares – map

This park is packed with beautiful sceneries and nature. There are lakes, mountains, steppes and the Andes mountains. Why is this national park called Glaciers? Because here is the largest ice sheet in the world, after Antarctica. This mantle is known as Patagonian continental ice and feeds 47 large glaciers, of which 13 descend towards the Atlantic basin. In addition to these glaciers, there are more than 200 smaller glaciers.

Vista panorámica del Glaciar Perito Moreno

Glaciar Perito Moreno – Panoramic View

The melting of this immense system feeds two great lakes: Argentino and Viedma.

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You can sail these great lakes, take a hike on the Perito Moreno and Viedma glaciers, observe the Upsala and Spegazzini glaciers from a catamaran, or contemplate the imposing front of the great Perito Moreno glacier from the park’s walkways.

For more information, you can visit our articles on Icehiking on Glaciers and El Calafate.

Hiking on glaciers

 

 

 

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