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Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

Glaciares

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares is located in the Santa Cruz Province, in Argentine Patagonia. It is the second largest national park in Argentina. About 30 percent of the land is covered by ice. Over millennia, Andean snowfields have compacted into ice and flowed eastward toward Lago Argentino and Lago Viedma, which in turn feed the Rio Santa Cruz, southern Patagonia's largest river. The centerpiece of this conjunction of ice, rock and water is the dynamic Moreno Glacier, one of the earth's few advancing icefields.

Los Glaciares is a major attraction for international tourists. This 60m high river of ice periodically but erratically dams the Brazo Rico, a side river of Lago Argentino, and when the ice can no longer support the weight of the rising water the dam virtually explodes. The dam hasn't formed since 1988 (perhaps due to global warming), but even in ordinary years, huge icebergs calve and topple into the channel. From a series of catwalks and platforms you can see, hear and photograph the glacier safely.

Places To Visit

Upsala Glacier
Albergue del Glaciar
Moreno

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