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Andes and Ice Caps

Los Glaciares National Park lies in the Austral Andes in Argentine Patagonia. The park’s name refers to the giant Patagonia Continental Ice Cap that feeds 47 glaciers. Immense and imposing, this ice cap is the largest outside of Antarctica and Greenland.

In other non-polar regions of the world, glaciers typically start at a height of 8,250 ft (2,500 m) above sea level. However, due to the size of the the Patagonia Ice Cap, its glaciers begin at only 4,950 ft (1,500 m). They then wind their way down as low as 650 ft (200 m) above sea level.

In the north of the park, granite peaks, lakes, woods and glaciers come together in one of the most extraordinary places on earth. The high mountains of Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre dominate the area and draw trekkers and climbers from all over the world. To get there, hikers begin in the village of El Chalten. Meanwhile, Viedma Lake and the Viedma Glacier are also nearby.

The most famous glacier here is Perito Moreno Glacier. That’s due to the glacier’s dynamic advancement and retreat. Glacier ice calves from its face, creating booming sounds that carry for miles.

The best locations for photography in Los Glaciares National Park require long day hikes or overnight backpacking trips. Meanwhile, the best places to photograph Mount Fitz Roy include the the ponds near Campamento Poincenot and the sunrise view from Laguna de los Tres. This requires a predawn hike uphill for several hours.

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