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Los Glaciares National Park

Los Glaciares National Park

Located in the Argentinian section of Patagonia, Los Glaciares National Park, also known as Glaciers National Park, is home to some of the most spectacular glaciers in Patagonia. The Perito Moreno and Viedma glaciers are on the roster of impressive residents here. Los Glaciares National Park is what Torres del Paine National Park is for the Chilean ... Read More

10 Trips in Los Glaciares National Park with 44 Reviews

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  • Embark on a whale-watching adventure in Puerto Piramides.
  • See elephant seals and whales in the Valdes Peninsula.
  • Explore the Perito Moreno Glacier.
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  • Starts Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Ends Buenos Aires, Argentina

Wonderful Argentina From North To South

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  • Los Glaciares National Park.
  • Upsala, Spegazzini and Perito Moreno Glaciers.
  • Sailing on Argentino Lake navigating (safely) between icebergs & the large Upsala Glacier.
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  • Starts El Calafate, Argentina
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Combined : Ríos De Hielo Express + Perito Moreno Glacier

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On this day trip you will visit Perito Moreno Glacier, Los Glaciares National Park and El Calafate. Read More
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  • Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • Los Glaciares National Park.
  • El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Patagonia Argentina.
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  • Starts El Calafate, Argentina
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Perito Morena Glacier FD

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1 day trekking tour that takes you through Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia, and 2 other destinations. Read More
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  • Activities Trekking
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Age Range 5 to 79 years old
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  • Tierra del Fuego National Park.
  • Beagle Channel sailing.
  • Ushuaia City.
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  • Starts Ushuaia, Argentina
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El Calafate & Ushuaia

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The trip was amazing! The arrangements and local tours guides are excellent! Especially the canoeing tour in the national park ...
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Highlights
  • Walk on ice over the Perito Moreno Glacier.
  • Learn about the geography of the place with our experienced bilingual guides.
  • Join a boat ride to get views of the Glacier from a whole new perspective.
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  • Starts El Calafate, Argentina
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Mini Trekking At Perito Moreno Glacier

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We had the oportunity to had unbelievable views of the glacier, and we had the best experience at the minitrekkig ...
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  • Activities Hiking
  • Accommodation No Accommodation
  • Transport Boat
  • Age Range 10 to 65 years old
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  • Torres del Paine National Park, including a hike to the base of the Towers of Paine.
  • Amazing glaciers in Los Glaciares National Park with an optional boat trip at the Moreno Glacier.
  • The stunning granite peaks of Fitzroy Massif and Cerro Torre.
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  • Starts Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Patagonian Highlights

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Saw a lot of Argentina and Chilean Patagonia . Trip Notes accurately reflected the activity days, the two long walks are ...
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  • Get to see one of the most amazing National Parks in Argentina: Los Glaciares National Park.
  • Hop on a boat and sail close the front wall of Perito Moreno Glacier.
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  • Starts El Calafate, Argentina
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4-Day El Calafate Tour

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Every service was perfectly handled, from the transportation from the airport, to the suggested accommodation and excursions. I highly recommend ...
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  • Hike in beautiful Los Glaciares National Park to Cerro Torre & Cerro Fitz Roy.
  • Trek the spectacular ‘W’ route in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Ascend into the little visited, hanging U shaped Bader Valley for superb close up views of the towers from an unusual perspective.
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  • Starts El Calafate, Argentina
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Paine & Fitz Roy Trek

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  • Take in the spectacular Perito Moreno Glacier and the quaint town of Puerto Natales.
  • Embark on scenic day walks in Los Glaciares National Park.
  • Explore the beautiful valleys, glaciers and trails around Monte Fitz Roy.
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  • Starts El Calafate, Argentina
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Patagonia Adventure

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  • Ascend to the base of Torres del Paine for one of the most unforgettable mountain views in the world.
  • Undertake day walks in impressive Los Glaciares National Park.
  • Behold views of the incomparable Towers of Paine & Paine Massif.
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  • Starts Balmaceda, Chile
  • Ends Punta Arenas, Chile

Great Patagonian Traverse

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Los Glaciares National Park Tour Reviews

4.8 - Excellent Based on 44 customer reviews
Very Good Reviewed Tour: Great Patagonian Traverse
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4 - Very Good
“Good value and most memorable part was walking all day amongst breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.”
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“All good, our guide and leader was so enthusiastic - set the tone for the trip. Our trip was well organised. MOST MEMORABLE PARTS: the boat trip to Tyndall, the magnificent Torres del Paine and Fitz Roy and the amazing hikes.”
Very Good Reviewed Tour: Paine & Fitz Roy Trek
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Los Glaciares National Park

Located in the Argentinian section of Patagonia, Los Glaciares National Park, also known as Glaciers National Park, is home to some of the most spectacular glaciers in Patagonia. The Perito Moreno and Viedma glaciers are on the roster of impressive residents here. Los Glaciares National Park is what Torres del Paine National Park is for the Chilean Patagonia. It combines stunning scenery, adventure activities such as ice trekking, and crisp, fresh air. Prepare yourself to be thoroughly amazed.

Things to do in the Los Glaciares National Park

There is no shortage of activities in Los Glaciares National Park. The perfect destination for lovers of the great outdoors, its main attractions are all natural and involve some physical activity. Nonetheless, there are plenty of boat tours available for those who prefer to take it easy.

  • The glaciers
Upsala Glacier in patagonia
Upsala Glacier is the largest and most impressive of the Patagonian glaciers
Viedma Glacier boat tours
A tour boat nears the edges of Viedma Glacier

The most popular attraction in the park is the Perito Moreno Glacier. Visitors can take a boat to its immense icy wall and watch chunks of ice crash into the milky water in front of it. Thrill-seekers should consider doing an ice trekking expedition across the face of the glacier. Trekkers will get the chance to explore icy caves and lagoons as they traverse Perito Moreno.

Other glaciers worth visiting include the Upsala Glacier, Spegazzini Glacier and Viedma Glacier. These glaciers will have smaller crowds than Perito Moreno but are more difficult to access.

  • Mount Fitz Roy & Mount Torre
Mount Fitz Roy in Patagonia

Mount Fitz Roy is reflected in a pool of water

Situated in the very North of the park, Mount Fitz Roy and Mount Torre are the two most formidable mountains in Argentinian Patagonia; astounding to behold and notoriously difficult to climb. Most visitors will not attempt to reach their summits. But, there are numerous easier day hikes and multi-day treks in the vicinity of the peaks. These usually start in the village of El Chaltén.

  • Lago Argentino

There is nothing quite like the blissful tranquility that surrounds a glacial lake. The misty water of Lago Argentino, Argentina’s largest lake, is completely unique and works well as a backdrop to your photos. There are a variety of boat tour options to explore the lake as well as walking trails around the lake.

Highlights 

  • Ice trekking along the top of the Perito Moreno Glacier
  • Rugged landscapes boasting virtually untouched nature
  • Hiking through the forest to Laguna de los Tres
  • Sailing cruise of Lago Argentino
  • Trekking along the South Patagonian Ice Cap

Lowlights

  • Visiting the park is expensive as are all the tours and activities once you're inside
  • Transportation can be a challenge as the road conditions here are bad and the local population is small
  • The weather can be extreme and prone to change at a moment’s notice

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Los Glaciares National Park is from December to February. This is the Southern Hemisphere summer. If you can’t get away during these months, November and March are usually reasonable in terms of weather. Outside of this window is not recommended for travel as the rain and snow make many of the attractions inaccessible.

How to get there

From Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, you can fly to El Calafate directly. There are multiple flights per day, serviced by LATAM and Aerolineas Argentinas. Once in El Calafate you will need to take a bus from the bus terminal to the entrance of Los Glaciares National Park.

It is possible to do Los Glaciares National Park as a day trip from El Calafate. This will give you enough time to do one activity (the Perito Moreno Glacier for example). However, in order to make the most of everything the park has to offer it is better to spend 2–3 days there. This will give you a chance to see multiple attractions and to really immerse yourself in the beautiful nature.

Accommodation types available

The majority of the accommodation available is in El Calafate. There are numerous hotels, homestays and estancias (rustic lodges in the countryside). Within the park there are plenty of designated camping areas, particularly near Lake Viedma and Lake Argentino.

Permits

There are no permits required to enter the park but you will need to pay an entry fee of roughly USD 28*. You will need to acquire permits for certain climbing routes and fishing.

*Note: Permits are as per 2017 pricing.

Good to know

  • The weather in Patagonia is unpredictable so pack for rain, snow, wind and sunshine. We recommend you find out the best time to visit Patagonia before making plans.
  • It is important to protect the nature here so if you decide to camp, make sure you take all your litter with you when you leave.
  • Tours can all be booked once you are inside the park.
  • Accommodation can fill up in El Calafate during the high season so it is a good idea to book in advance.

Los Glaciares National Park is the pride and joy of Argentina’s nature scene and is always a hit with visitors from all over the world. So, book a trip to Argentina, grab your hiking boots, put on some warm clothes and get ready to discover the icy fields of Patagonia.

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