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Parc National des Glaciers

Parc National des Glaciers (Argentina)

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  • Unesco World Heritage
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5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
3 hours by plane from Buenos Aires to Calafate + approximately a 45-mile drive
When to go
From October to March
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Parc National des Glaciers

Fanny Dumond Seasoned Traveller
64 written opinions

Glaciers National Park is best known for the famous Perito Moreno Glacier. It is 1 hour from Calafate in Argentine Patagonia

My suggestion:
I recommend getting to the park by shuttle from Calafate. The buses go to the hotels to pick up passengers so it's the cheapest way.
My review

The Glaciers National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of those marvels of nature which remind us why we love travelling so much. It's an absolute must-see during your trip to Argentina.  

There are more than 40 glaciers, including the famous Perito Moreno, Fitz Roy and Upsala; two glacial lakes (Viedma and Argentino) and an immense ice field, the third biggest in the world.

There are two experiences that I particularly remember from this park. The first was ice-trekking on Perito Moreno - walking on the ice with the aid of crampons. Where I had the surreal experience of seeing green, blue and turquoise coloured snow! The second was sailing on Lake Argentino, around clear light blue fjords with the Upsala glacier in the distance. Beautiful nature at its absolute best. 

Virginie Bigeni Seasoned Traveller
49 written opinions

Los Glaciares National Park is in Argentine Patagonia, near the border with Chile. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its landscapes are unbelievably magnificent. As the name indicates, the glaciers are the stars of the show.

My suggestion:
Make sure you have warm clothing that is suitable for the changeable and unpredictable climate in Patagonia. Strong winds can get up without any warning.
My review

Los Glaciares National Park is one of those parts of the world where nature is king and the landscapes are exceptional. Unmissable during a trip to Argentina. I fell completely under the spell of this hostile but enchanting environment.

It covers more than 50,000 hectares so there's lots to do. As you might guess from its name, this part of Patagonia is home to numerous glaciers, those thick tongues of ice that flow down black mountains and then end in a lake of clear, often turquoise, water. It is unbelievably beautiful when the sun shining on the ice causes a 20 m high block to detach itself with a loud groaning. You really shouldn't miss it.

Unfortunately most of the glaciers are regressing, due to climate change. But it's not systematic. Perito Moreno, one of the most famous and majestic in the region, is constantly growing, and can advance by as much as 1 to 2 metres a day. Obviously we can't see that with the naked eye, but the glacier is very close and the show is even better when a block of ice breaks off.

There are some exceptional treks to be done in the Los Glaciares National Park, especially the one to the famous Mont Fitz Roy. In brief, there is no way you will be disappointed.

Blocks of ice detaching from a glacier
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