Los Glaciares National Park (Argentina)

Los Glaciares National Park Travel Guide and Trip Resources

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Largest ice cap outside of Antartica and Greenland

Los Glaciares is a national park in Argentina's Patagonia
Biggest claim to fame is the enormous Perito Moreno glacier
Largest ice cap outside of Antartica and Greenland

Los Glaciares is a national park in Patagonia, in Argentina's far south-west. Listed as a (Natural) UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, its most famous sight is the enormous Perito Moreno glacier from which the park derives its name, but in totality the park covers 600,000 hectares.

The park's ice cap in the Southern Andes is the largest outside of Antartica and Greenland and starts at altitudes of 1,500 meters (or around 5,000 ft.), which is somewhat unusual given that typically glaciers start at around a 1,000 meters higher. What else is special about these glaciers is that unlike many, these glaciers are actually advancing! On any given day you can come here and see the ice cap slowly moving from either one of the boardwalks or by taking a boat trip on the lake.

The low elevation at which the glaciers starts makes them accessible and allows for fantastic views. Besides glaciers, the park boasts (of course) mountains with granite peaks, glacial lakes and woods. A typical approach here goes through the nearby city of El Calafate - the entrance to the park is at about 30 miles/50km from the city. [Review by travelindicator]


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Key info

  • Los Glaciares National Park is a region in Argentina. It is situated at an altitude of 3005ft and the best airport to fly into is FTE (El Calafate, El Calafate)
  • The currency used in Argentina is the Argentine peso (ARS)

Los Glaciares National Park Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

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