Tours to El Calafate and Los Glaciares
National Park Area
Tours to El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park Area
El Calafate and Los Glaciares National
The small city of El
Calafate is the entering point to Los
Glaciares National Park. It is situated close to the south
bank of Argentino Lake and it is found
185m above sea level with an extension of 1415 km2.
The park is 80 kilometers from the city and has an extension
of 600 thousand hectares. Due to its extraordinary characteristics
it was declared a Natural Heritage of Humanity Site by UNESCO.
More than 30% of its surface is covered by ice that forms
part of the Patagonian ice camp. There are 47 glaciers that descend
from the most known. It is known as the Perito
Moreno that is on the south branch of the Argentino Lake
(5 km wide and 60 meters in height). However the largest glacier
is the Upsala, that is 10 km wide and
50 km long on the north branch of the Argentino Lake.
In the area of the Viedma Lake -only
240 km north of El Calafate- highlight the Viedma and Moyano glaciers.
However, the major attraction of this area are the Fitz
Roy and Torres mountains situated
with in limits of the park, the same as the small village of El
Chaltén the point of departure for any excursion to any of the
mountains or to Lago del Desierto (Desert
Lake), only 37 km north in distance.
The activities that can be accomplished in the park its highlights
are trekking -it's possible to walk on the Perito Moreno glacier-;
sport fishing especially in Brazo Rico; lacustrine excursions;
scaling the mountains Fitz Roy and Torres, and visits to estancias
(country homes) Nibepo Aike and Helsingfors, in between activities.
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Los Glaciares National Park Area