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Argentina: El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park

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The vast ice fields in Los Glaciares National Park, southern Patagonia, are a primeval wilderness from which flow 13 huge glaciers into the waters of lakes Viedma and Argentino. Visitors can only see a small part of it, from bases which are surprisingly accessible, but get a real sense of the remoteness of this unpopulated region.  The emerald beech forest and the wind-strafed steppes framing the ice add to the landscape’s beauty. El Calafate is a small lakeside town with tourist facilities which still has a frontier feel. It’s the base for visits to the Perito Moreno, Upsala and Onelli glaciers.

Our holidays to El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park

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Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

Signature Patagonia: Glaciers of Chile and Argentina

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Active Argentina

Active Argentina: Walking in Patagonia

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Signature Patagonia: The Lake District

Signature Patagonia: Highlights of Patagonia

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Perito Moreno Glacier

Value Argentina: Explore Patagonia

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Things to do in El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park

Boat across Lago Argentino

Sail across Lago Argentino to Estancia Cristina

Santa Cruz boat, Perito Moreno

Gourmet Cruise to Perito Moreno Glacier


Ice Trekking on a Glacier

Go ice trekking on a glacier

Visit the Perito Moreno Glacier

Visit the Perito Moreno glacier

Our insider tips for El Calafate and Los Glaciares National Park

Nicola Gude

Nicola Gude

When walking along the wooden observation platforms overlooking the vast Perito Moreno glacier listen out for the loud and sharp cracking sounds. There is no need to be be scared, but do grab your camera to catch the action as a shards of turquoise ice the size of a cathedral’s steeple crash into the lake below.

Mary Anne

Mary Anne Nelson

Don't miss an al fresco asado (barbecue) on a working Patagonian estancia prepared by skilled gauchos following a sheep shearing display.

Sophie Barber

Sophie Barber

Keep an eye out for wildlife in the park: birds frequently sighted include condors, ñandus (ostriches), torrent ducks, Magellenic woodpeckers, black-necked swans and mammals include guanacos, foxes and Patagonian hares.

What our experts say

The Perito Moreno glacier  - accessible by road from El Calafate  - may be one of the most visited in Argentinian Patagonia, but you can make your experience unique by putting on your crampons and trekking on the surface of the ice itself. Quite a demanding hike, but a real wilderness experience for the fit.  

David

David Nichols

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