Parque Nacional Los Glaciares Things to Do

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    Ice hiking or climbing

    by puss Updated Apr 9, 2007

    Plenty of tour operators in El Chalten who will bring you out for a day or more. Went with Casa de Guias, friendly company with independent guides who offer private ice-climbing schools and camping on the glacier. Or if you know what you're doing, equipment is available to rent in the town. Don't forget a harness and carabiner to get across the river.

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    see five glaciers in one (long) day

    by ellielou Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    A very long ride around all five glaciers, with the added bonus of seeing amazing icebergs.

    Bring your lunch, because there's time to have a picnic at Onelli Lake, or you can spend time eating at the restaurant there, and miss roaming around in the gorgeous scenery.

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    Trek on a glacier

    by ellielou Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    I'm not even a trekker, but couldn't pass up the opportunity to trek on a glacier. It's part of an entire day exursion: pick up at your ho(s)tel, bus ride from El Calafate to entrance of the Glaciers Park, then a walk on the "balcony" around the glacier, and finally, off to the glacier trekking area. There people are split up into groups (Spanish speakers and English speaker), given a brief overview of "glaciology," laced up with crampons, and then off you go with your guide. The trek is a little under two hours.

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    Hikking in Parque Nacional Los Glaciers

    by raenorthern Updated Apr 1, 2005

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    Viedma Glacier

    Make sure you hike up to De Los Tres Lagoon. It is a 400 m/1300 ft on a steep trail if you are fit and dont stop it takes about 45mins otherwise its 1 - 11/2 hrs. This walk is one of the highlights in Los Glaciares National Park, the views of Mts. Poincenot, Fitz Roy and the other peaks surrounding them are excellent on a cloudless day. We were in T-shirts at the bottom but at the top it was snowing!!!! Also dont miss the ice hikking )stay clear of Perito Moreno ice hikking as its too commercialised instead use the local tour operator in El Chalten to organise the tip to Glacier Viedima.

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    The Vedette

    by andal13 Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    Perito Moreno Glacier

    Undoubtedly, the vedette of the National Park is the Perito Moreno Glaciar; it is not the biggest one, but it is the most famous; the glaciers have movements, but this one is quite stable since one century ago; it has headways and throwbacks, but these are not big (50 - 100 m). From time to time, the glacier closes the communication between two arms of the lake, and these closures cause the rise in level; from time to time, the "dike" brokes, and both lake arms communicate again. I was there in January 2004; there had not been any break for the last 16 years... Finally, at March 2004, this particular event took place... but I watched it on TV!

    Sin dudas, la vedette del Parque Nacional es el Glaciar Perito Moreno; no es el m?s grande, pero es el m?s famoso; los glaciares presentan movimiento, pero ?ste se mantiene estable desde hace un siglo; tiene avances y retrocesos, pero no muy importantes (50 - 100 m). De tanto en tanto, el glaciar cierra la comunicaci?n entre dos brazos del lago, y estos cierres provocan una crecida; de tiempo en tiempo, el "dique" se rompe y ambos brazos se comunican nuevamente. Estuve allí en enero de 2004; no había habido rompimientos en los ?ltimos 16 a?os... Finalmente, en marzo de 200, el particular acontecimiento se produjo... y yo lo vi por TV!

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    Stepping on the ice

    by andal13 Written Feb 10, 2004

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    Trekking

    The most exciting way to "meet" the Perito Moreno is trekking it... The sensation of walking on the blue ice, in the middle of an absolute silence... Only your own steps can be heard...
    More information about this activity at "Sports Travel" tips.

    La forma más emocionante de "encontrarse" con el glaciar Perito Moreno es caminar sobre él... La sensación de caminar sobre el hielo azul, en el medio del silencio más absoluto... Sólo pueden oír el sonido de sus propios pasos...
    Más información acerca de esta actividad en "Sports Travel".

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    From the shipboard

    by andal13 Written Feb 10, 2004

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    From the shipboard

    You also can sail the Brazo Rico or the Canal de los Témpanos, and enjoy the spectacular view of the glacier from the shipoard; the experience is wonderful, but do not forget your scarf and your cap, because the wind is pretty cold!

    También pueden navegar por el Brazo Rico o por el Canal de los Témpanos, y disfrutar de la espectacular vista desde la borda; la experiencia es maravillosa, pero no olviden la bufanda y el gorro, porque el viento es realmente frío!

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    Terra firma

    by andal13 Written Feb 10, 2004

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    Watching at the glacier

    Another sight of the glacier can be enjoyed from terra firma; in this case, I took the picture from a cliff at the South-East shore of Brazo Rico (one of the arms of the lake) from where you can see the South side of the glacier.

    Otra vista del glaciar puede disfrutarse desde tierra firme; en este caso, tomé la foto desde un risco en la orilla sudeste del Brazo Rico, desde donde se ve la cara sur del glaciar.

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    The gangways

    by andal13 Written Feb 10, 2004

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    From the gangway

    There are several options to enjoy the spectacle of the Perito Moreno Glacier: the most popular is coming down the gangways. There are three levels, so you can enjoy the glacier from different heights. From the ganways you will see the glacier North side and the Canal de los Témpanos (Channel of Bergs).

    Hay varias opciones para disfrutar el espectáculo del Glaciar Perito Moreno: la más popular es bajar por las pasarelas. Estas se encuentran a tres niveles, por lo que pueden ver el glaciar desde diferentes alturas. Desde las pasarelas verán la cara norte del glaciar y el Canal de los Témpanos.

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    Icebreaks

    by andal13 Written Feb 10, 2004

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    Constantly there are icebreaks: huge fragments of ice fall down with din; you even can feel the vibrations! The icebreaks and the waves they cause are a great spectacle.

    Constantemente se producen desprendimientos: grandes masas de hielo caen con gran estrépito; incluso pueden sentir las vibraciones! Los desprendimientos y las olas que provocan son un espectáculo magnífico.

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    Spectacular!

    by andal13 Written Feb 10, 2004

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    Perito Moreno Glacier

    Perito Moreno Glacier is situated between Brazo Rico and Canal de los Témpanos, at Argentino Lake. It is 4 - 8 Km wide, and about 37 Km long; it is 30 - 60 m high over the lake level, and about 130 m under the water; it is leant on the lakebed. Thousands of seracs (peaks) and clefts of blue ice (the colour is a visual effect) make the glacier look like a giant ice cathedral.

    El Glaciar Perito Moreno está situado entre el Brazo Rico y el Canal de los Témpanos, en el Lago Argentino. Tiene un ancho de 4 a 8 Km, una longitud de aproximadamente 37 Km; entre 30 y 60 m sobre el nivel de lago, y alrededor de 130 m bajo las aguas; se encuentra apoyado en el lecho del lago. Miles de seracs (picos) y grietas de hielo azul (el color se debe a un efecto óptico) hacen que el glaciar parezca una gigantesca catedral de hielo.

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    The Glacier Field

    by andal13 Written Feb 9, 2004

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    The lake has several "arms" and several glaciers; the West side of Patagonia is covered by an ice field, since the last glaciation (20.000 years ago). These ices covered the whole Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego; the thaw caused the Andean valleys and the lakes. Nowadays, the ice field is 400 Km long and between 30 and 80 Km wide. These glaciers are only 1.500 m over sea level (it is the only place on Earth with glaciers at such low level), and this is possible because of a cyclon-anticyclon phenomenon, and it also causes the all year long snowfalls.

    El lago tiene varios brazos y varios glaciares; la región occidental de la Patagonia se encuentra cubierta por un campo de hielo, desde la última glaciación (20.000 años atrás). Estos hielos cubrían toda la Patagonia y Tierra del Fuego; el deshielo provocó la creación de los valles cordilleranos y los lagos. En la actualidad, el campo de hielo tiene una longitud de 400 Km de largo y entre 30 y 80 Km de ancho. Estos glaciares están situados a tan sólo 1.500 m sobre el nivel del mar (es el único lugar en la Tierra con glaciares a tan baja altura), y esto es posible debido a un fenómeno de ciclón y anticiclón, que además provoca que nieve todo el año.

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    Lago Argentino

    by andal13 Written Feb 9, 2004

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    Lake Argentino

    "Lago Argentino" (Argentino Lake) is the biggest lake of Argentina; its area is about 1.500 Km2. Its water has a quite peculiar colour (greenish white), because of leche glaciaria (glacier milk), a dust made by the abrasion of the glaciers against the rocky riverbeds. This lake has some of the most beautiful glaciers of the National Park.

    El Lago Argentino es el más grande de Argentina; tiene una superficie de alrededor de 1.500 Km2. Sus aguas tienen un color bastante particular (un blanco verdoso) debido a la "leche glaciaria", un polvillo resultado de la abrasión de los glaciares contra los lechos rocosos. Este lago tiene algunos de los más bellos glaciares del Parque Nacional.

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    The forest

    by andal13 Written Feb 9, 2004

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    The forest

    The National Park has a magnificent forest, where abound high trees like "guindo" or "coihue" (Nothofagus betuloides), "lenga" (Nothofagus plumilio) and "ñire" (Nothofagus antartica) and bushes like "notro" (Embothrium coccineum) and "calafate" (Berberis heterophylla). All kind of birds can be seen (and heard) among the trees.

    El Parque Nacional tiene un bosque magnífico, en donde abundan árboles de gran porte como el "guindo" o "coihue" (Nothofagus betuloides), "lenga" (Nothofagus plumilio) y "ñire" (Nothofagus antartica) y arbustos como "notro" (Embothrium coccineum) y "calafate" (Berberis heterophylla). Todo tipo de aves pueden verse (y oírse) entre los árboles.

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    You must pay!

    by andal13 Written Feb 9, 2004

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    The proof

    To come into the National Park, you must pay an entrance fee; the fare is 20 Argentinian pesos for foreigners (about 7 $) and 10 pesos for locals. This is the most expensive National Park I have visited in Argentina (the other ones cost 12 pesos, at least the ones I know), but I can assure you it is the most breathtaking!

    Para ingresar al Parque Nacional, deben pagar una entrada; la tarifa es de 20 pesos para los extranjeros (alrededor de 7 $), y 10 para los locales. Es el Parque Nacional más caro que he visitado en Argentina (los otros cuestan 12 pesos, al menos los que conozco), pero les puedo asegurar que es el más impresionante!

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