Founded in 1937, Glacier National Park, or Los Glaciers National Park, is located in the southwestern segment of the Santa Cruz region of the Argentinean Patagonia. Known for its breathtaking beauty and scientific value due to its endangered species and unique geography, the 600,000-hectare region is a desirable destination all year round. In an affirmation of its geographic value, UNESCO declared the park a Natural Heritage of Humanity in 1981.
Within the park, you'll find a strikingly broad range of geographical features, each of which is important to scientists today. The area, approximately 30% of which is covered by ice, is commonly divided into two sections defined by the duo of large lakes that are partially contained by the park. Lago Viedma blankets the northern region of the park, while Lago Argentino (the largest lake in Argentina) defines the southern region. Both lakes feed into the Santa Cruz River, which drains directly into the neighboring Atlantic Ocean.
Perito Moreno Glacier and El Calafate
Perito Moreno, located in the southern-most portion of the park, is widely regarded as both the most famous and important glacier in the area. Notable because of its active changes, including both forward and backward movement, the region is never stagnant. Periodically, the glacier advances so much that it moves over the Lago Argentino forming a natural dam, which separates the lake into two distinct bodies of water. A trip to Perito Moreno will undoubtedly include a visit to El Calafate, the most proximal town and center of activities, information, and services for travelers.
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Mt. Fitz Roy and El Chalten
Travel further north within the park, and you will find an entirely different landscape. Mt. Fitz Roy, towering 3,405 meters high, offers a unique blend of lakes, wooded territory, granite mountain peaks, and glacial structures. Because of this variety, the area attracts each trekkers, horseback riders, and mountain climbers alike, who often assemble at the neighboring El Chalten village.
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Fishing at Lago Roca
Located just south of Lago Argentino, the slightly smaller but equally beautiful Lago Roca provides an incomparable opportunity for sport fishing and nature watching within the Los Glaciers National Park. This clear water lake is known for its Rainbow Trout, Canadian Trout, Percas, and Puyen. Garnished with the Patagonic Andean woods, the area is also a desirable place to enjoy camping, trekking, and bike riding. Some visitors even opt to take a swim in the lake during the Argentinean summer months.
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