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Glaciers National Park


Glaciers National Park

Glaciers National Park, founded in 1937, is located in the Province of Santa Cruz in the Argentinean Patagonia. It was declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity (Patrimonio Natural de la Humanidad) by UNESCO in 1981, and possesses a beautiful landscape and has an extraordinary ecological value. It covers more than 600,000 hectares (1,482,000 acres), with its main attraction being the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier, which stands 80 meters (262 ft) tall and is 5 kilometers (3.1miles) long. The glacier is formed by large blocks of ice that are always moving, being one of the few glaciers with this characteristic. You can visit it by going on lake excursions, and also by land as it is possible to even walk on the glacier itself. There is a small runway from which you can also view the glacier and its ice, revealing beautiful details of the floating icebergs in the Lake Argentino. 
Other glaciers are Upsala, Onelli and Spegazzini, surrounded by the Onelli and Bertrand mountains. 
The park also includes Lake Argentino, Lake Viedma, and the Fitz Roy mountain, where you can go climbing, and will also see abundant fauna and wildlife, including species that are endangered such as the pudú pudú, the southern river otter, and pumas, which are intensely pursued by local cattle raisers. Its forests consist of lenga, false beech, other trees of the northfagus family, and Cypress' from Guaitecas. At the highest peaks of the area it is possible to catch of glimpse of condors.
The closest tourist destination to the park is El Calafate, approximately 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the glacier. El Calafate has an important tourist infrastructure and from there you can organize further excursions to the Perito Moreno Glacier and its surroundings. 

Location
Province of Santa Cruz, Region of Pampeana of Argentina.
When to go
All year long.
Attractions
Perito Moreno Glacier and Upsala Glaciers, Fitz Roy mountain.
How to get there
To arrive at the national park it is necessary to go to the Intendencia del Parque (Park Management), which is found in El Calafate, that has a recently opened airport with connections to the rest of the country. Another access route is from the north, through the Gallegos River. From here you continue until El Calfate, a town only 50 km (31mi) from the park. From there you can easily reach the town of El Chaltén, which is within the protected area of the park. 
Activities
Sport fishing, trekking, and nature observation.
Services
In all the places mentioned there are accommodations, fuel, and places to eat. There are also places to camp at Lake Viedma and Lake Argentino.
Surroundings
El Calafate.

 

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