Los Glaciares National Park – Los Glaciares National Park is located in the country of Argentina, the area of the park known as Austral Andes, is located in southwest Santa Cruz which border with Chile. Glacier National Park is accessible via the northern town of El Chalten or the southern part of El Calafate. The city offers lodging facilities, restaurants and vehicles to explore the national park.
Los Glaciares National Park
The name of the Los Glaciares National Park comes from a derived glacier of the ice cap, which is the largest continental ice after Antarctica. As the name implies, the park is located around the glacier and was founded in 1937 , there are 47 large glaciers, which 13 of them flow into the Atlantic Ocean, there are also about 200 small glaciers.. Almost about 50 percent of the national park covered by ice.
A clear distinction between the glaciers residing here and the one located in other countries is the size, the glaciers size in other countries measuring more than 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) above sea level while the Glacier National Park glacier size is less or equal with 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) above sea level.
Los Glaciares National Park is a wonder of the world and pride of the people of Argentina were appointed in 1981 as one of the World Heritage by UNESCO.
Area of this park consists of mountains, lakes and forests. In section west of the Andes covered by ice and snow, while the east, the Patagonian is covered by arid meadows.
There are several activities that can be done in national parks such as climbing or camping, trout fishing and walking around the park.
For those of you fans of trekking and climbers, especially for those who have a hobby photography, be sure not to miss the tracking activities in Los Glaciares National Park especially in El Calten, there you can enjoy the experience uniquely walk on the glacier with the help of the guides, but be sure Your physical condition is fit.
When you pass a branch from Rico, it will look forests, at the end of the journey crampons (a tool that support climbing) will be given. When finished handing out crampons, the journey begins and takes about 2 hours to the top of the ice, tower, turquoise blue cracks and small lagoons. Travel and route through not too difficult, therefore for ages 10 to 60 years is recommended Try it. Do not forget to bring the necessary tracking equipment during trips such as sun block, thick socks, sunglasses and others.
Perito Moreno Glacier
The trip to Perito Moreno Glacier can be overland, located 48 miles from El Calafate which is a tourist center. Perito Moreno glacier name taken from the explorers around the 19th century named Francisco Moreno, Francisco Moreno is a key figure in the issue of border disputes between Argentina and Chile.
Perito Moreno glacier is a major tourist attraction in Patagonia Argentina, offering a unique experience as well as a breathtaking view. For most of the other glaciers, the size of the glaciers is usually smaller, but not for this glacier, the extent extends to the southern part of the lake Argentino.
Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre are the highest mountains located here, Mount Fitz Roy has an altitude of 3,359 meters (11,171 feet) while Cerro Torre has a height of 3.128 meters (10.177 feet). The name Fitz Roy was taken from the name of a ship captain HMS Beagel, who was the captain of the ship from Francisco Moreno while traveling across the Santa Cruz river in Patagonia.
Cerro Torre has a fairly steep, ice-covered surface. The wind is so strong that only a few world-class climbers who can conquare the peak to see the beautiful scenery from up there.
The cracked ice cycle then re-shapes, thunderous sound from the gigantic block of ice blocks providing a singular spectacular view and explosion sensation.
Route Towards Los Glaciares National Park
There are two choices of flights, flights from Buenos Aires Airport to El Calafate International Airport in El Calfate, or via the Rio Gallegos International Airport (about 198 miles from El Calafate). Then from the Airport, we can ride bus or car or cab to El Calafate through paved route.
- Be sure to bring plenty of memory cards to take photos and videos.
- Be careful if you bring a vehicle to Los Glaciares National Park, priority safety and patience because the road conditions have not been paved, and make sure you bring a spare tire to anticipate.
- For those of you who want to camp, make sure to camp in the spot spot that has been determined, do not damage the plants and trees around the national park, establish a tent about 50 meters from the river.
- For those of you who love to fishing, make sure you already have permission to fishing.
- If you want to travel please notify the list of travel routes to the Ranger, make sure to select the route that suits your abilities, do not get off the specified path.
- For those of you who want to light a campfire, do it if it is allowed, use firewood scattered on the ground, make sure you turn it on away from trees and flammable areas, after making sure not to there is a fire that is left burning.
- Dispose of garbage in place to keep the environment in Los Glaciares National Park, keep it clean, especially if you care about environmental issues, take the garbage you find along the way.
- If you meet wild animals, do not get closer because wild animals have a changing mood and do not feed the wild animals.
- Keep the river water cleaned there by not washing anything inside river flow, this is to keep the water purity there.
- Make sure to walk in groups and keep your relatives and friends’ relatives together, because you are in an area with lots of puma.