The best time for travel to El Calafate is during the spring and summer in the southern hemisphere from September to March, as the weather is milder and can be done hiking on the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Its name derives from the thorny, and bright-colored-fruit bush that grows all over the South Andes Patagonia. This picturesque town at the shore of the Argentino Lake, has come to be the most important tourist center of the province of Santa Cruz.
Leaning over the side of the plateau that surround it, it counts with a very mild micro- weather, which turns it into an oasis. The Calafate stream, which parts the town, is a heaven of tranquility with its stony bed surrounded by willows leaning on its margins.
It is the closest town to visit the Glaciers National Park, and its famous Perito Moreno Glacier. The buildings in Calafate have hip roofs to avoid the effects of the weight of the snow. The flora of the area is the one typical of the woods of the Patagonic Andes, with a predominance of lengas and morello cherry trees.
EL CHALTENPATAGONIA ARGENTINA
El Chaltén is located in the Department of Lago Argentino, in the North margin of the Lago Viedma, in the confluence of the De las Vueltas and Fitz Roy rivers, in the area of the Viedma Zone National Reserve of the Los Glaciares National Park.
In this place you have a combination of the magic of the glaciers, hidden lagoons, ranches, the Viedma Lake, and the magnetic presence of the Fitz Roy Hill. The summit of its unique and impressive shape is almost always covered by a cloud.
The town counts with barely 200 inhabitants, and it is 220 km. away from El Calafate. It is next to the Viedma Lake and its natural reserve. It is an activity center for trekkers and climbers, and so it has been declared national capital of trekking. The granitic needles of the Torre and Fitz Roy Hills form an impressive and spectacular landscape together with the Viedma, Upsala, and Moyano glaciers, which flow into the Viedma Lake of 106,000 hectares.
GLACIAR PERITO MORENOPATAGONIA ARGENTINA
Los Glaciers National Park is located to the southwest of the province of Santa Cruz. This park contains 47 glaciers between which stands out Perito Moreno Glacier, who empties in the Lago Argentino.
From many parts of the world they arrive tourist atraidos by the tourism ventures or the majesty of the landscape and its surroundings of the life animal. Within this park, nonsingle the glaciers have their gift, but the beauty of forests and lakes does of that part of world one of but the pretty reserves, today declared Natural Patrimony of the Humanity by UNESCO.
Perito Moreno glacier is one of attractive the natural ones but important of Argentina, it has an extension of 30 kilometers, and one 257 surface of km2, an approximated height of 70 meters and the water in where fleet assumes has a temperature of between the 4 and 6 greater centigrados degrees.
One of the highlights of Perito Moreno Glacier is shedding part of its ice mass product of erosion generated by the Brazo Rico to increase its flow by rain, snow and ice, which creates pressure that causes breakage of wall. Another highly anticipated phenomenon is the formation of "dyke" on Iceberg Channel. In those situations, totally unpredictable, Perito Moreno advances on the Magallanes Peninsula confronting and in doing blocks stop the flow of water. When the water pressure undermines this "dyke", it emerges a "bridge", which at one time collapses. This spectacle of nature is cause for many photographers, professional and/or amateur to undertake long journeys to capture the majestic Perito Moreno Glacier.
GLACIAR UPSALAPATAGONIA ARGENTINA
Length: 60 km (the largest in South America). Surface: 600km2. Front width: 4 km, with walls up to 60 m and 120 m. It is located Northwest of Lake Argentino (North Arm). This glacier can only be seen from the water. One of the most interesting sights are the icebergs of intense blue floating in the lake.
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