Los Glaciares National Park
FACTS ON ARGENTINA
The Los Glaciares National Park is located in the southwest of the Province
of Santa Cruz
. A blanket
of ice covers this protected area of 600,000 hectares. Among the 356 glaciers,
the Perito Moreno:
Most imposing of the glaciers. With a 4 mile front and a height of more than
180 feet above water level.
It is famous worldwide for its rupture process.
Rupture occurs when the front of the glacier reaches the coastal margin, closes
the passage of the waters from Brazo Rico and produces a dam effect where the
water rises some 20 meters.
The last rupture was in February, 1988. The show is never-ending. You can watch
the detachment of ice blocks of different sizes from a short distance, hear
the roaring they produce, and then watch them turned into wonderful floating
A unique experience is walking on the glaciers or to see the front of another
great glacier, the Upsala from Lake Argentino.
In 1981 UNESCO declared the Los Glaciares National Park a World Heritage Site