Visit Perito Moreno & Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
The magnificent centerpiece of the Los Glaciares National Park is the creaking hulk of ice that is the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Its age-old turquoise folds and white peaks have advanced into Lago Argentino, pausing for now in a frontage of five kilometers across and 60 meters high. From an observation platform or a boat a safe distance away, listen for an eerie creak that indicates a large chunk of ice is about to crash noisily into the milky waters, where it then drifts idly away.
For a different view, we can arrange trekking on the glacier itself where the crunchy meringue-like ice is punctuated by glowing sapphire crevasses.
Other glaciers worth a visit are those of Upsala and Onelli, visited through a day trip out by boat to the northwestern end of Lago Argentino.
Your base for excursions in this area of the park will be around the glacier itself or in the town of El Calafate.
Mount Fitz Roy
Another face of Los Glaciares National Park is where the granite peaks of the Mount Fitz Roy massif rise up from the windswept Patagonia steppe. This is challenging but rewarding trekking country, where it is best to base yourself in the small town of El Chaltén and set off for day trips to explore.
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Thirty kilometers away from El Calafate on a hill rising above the Anita Valley is the Eolo Lodge, perched on 3,000 hectares of its own land.
This stylish, modern hotel is situated on the edge of town with very good views over the lake and the town.
Alto Calafate Hotel Patagónico is located 1.2 km away from the entrance of the town and boasts privileged views across Lago Argentino and Cerro Calafate.
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The glacier snakes its way into Lago Argentino where it edges its way across the lake, occasionally it dams the Brazo Rico and cause the level of the lake to rise. When this happens the melting ice at the base is unable to support the weight and the whole bridge collapses in a spectacular explosion.
Sail as far up to channel as possible in order to view the stunning Upsala Glacier. This remains South America’s longest glacier at a length of 60 KM, a width of between 5 and 7 KM and a sixty meter high snout.