Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Calafate

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Enjoy breathtaking views of some of the world's most spectacular ice fields at Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. The expansive national park, which shares a border with Chile, contains 47 glaciers, with 30 percent of its total area covered by ice. Thanks to well-developed trails and viewing platforms, you can see some of these glaciers up close, as the raw mechanics of nature drive the ice ever so slowly towards its destination. Don't miss the awe-inspiring Perito Moreno Glacier, where you're likely to hear thunderous crashes as chunks of the glacier break off and fall into the water. Put Parque Nacional Los Glaciares at the forefront of your travel plans using our El Calafate trip builder.
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  • August 15, 2017
    The visit to the Los Glaciares National Park is one of those things that everyone should do at least once in your life. Walking the runway watching the wonder of the Perito Moreno and listening to the ice break (and if you're lucky to see him falling in the water) is amazing. The entrance to the Park costs 500 pesos for foreigners.
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  • August 15, 2017
    I can't explain it with words, being in front of the glaciers is something incredible, exciting, we have a wonderful country.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Not to be missed in Patagonia. Park is home to majestic scenery and unforgettable vistas and sounds. Perito Moreno is stunning - the blue is amazing up close. Recommend the boat ride to get as close a...  more »
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  • July 27, 2017
    The Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina is a 250 square kilometer ice formation that feeds into Largo Argentino and is a major tourist attraction in Patagonia. El Calafate, Argentina was again one of the huge markers for my trip. After setting off from Gobernador Gregores at first light, I got on my way for a pretty tough riding day on Ruta 40. I left El Calafate in the early morning for the 50-mile journey to the Perito Moreno Glacier. There are a couple of stops along the way with great views. You can ride right into the park and the entry fee is $25 USD to the Los Glaciares National Park. Only buses and disabled cars are allowed up into the top park area with the best views although I pretended to not know so I could get some photos, pleading ignorance is a great excuse for tourists in many situations in foreign lands! I also got the ferry out to the face of Perito Moreno Glacier (an additional $100 USD) prices vary at different times of the year. The ride goes for about 45 minutes and is a great way to get a bunch of photos. Unfortunately, no icefalls from the face occurred during my trip. You can hear really loud claps from the glacier as it slowly moves into the lake.
  • January 10, 2017
    One of the most stunning places I visited during my trip across South America ! The glacier is so impressive that you will remember it for the rest of your life. Make sure you spend enough time there to enjoy it !
  • March 18, 2017
    Amazing views, great trails. You should visit this National Park with time and enjoy its diversity.
  • February 18, 2017
    SURREAL... ONLY DOES IT IN PERSON JUSTIFY THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE PLACE.
  • June 24, 2017
    It looks just so out of place but incredibly cool

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