Trips to El Calafate are the goal of many of those who visit Argentina. It takes its name from the thorny shrub with fruits of strong tincture that spreads throughout the southern Andean Patagonia. This picturesque town located on the shores of Lake Argentino, forms the highest-ranking tourist center in Santa Cruz. The reason is undoubtedly the presence of the Perito Moreno Glacier, jewel and symbol of southern Patagonia Argentina, located 80 km from El Calafate. The best time for trips to El Calafate is during the spring and summer of the southern hemisphere, from September to March, since the climate is milder and you can take walks on the Perito Moreno Glacier.
Los Glaciares National Park is located in the southwest of the province of Santa Cruz. This park contains 47 glaciers, among which the Perito Moreno Glacier stands out, which empties into Lake Argentino. From many parts of the world, tourists start their trips to see the Perito Moreno, attracted by adventure tourism or the majesty of the landscape and its environment of animal life.?The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the most important natural attractions of the Argentina and the world, the goal of most trips to Patagonia. It was named in honor of the expert Francisco Pascasio Moreno who worked in Patagonia Argentina, making numerous trips of exploration and measurement of the land, thus ensuring the sovereignty of the country over these territories. The Perito Moreno Glacier has an extension of 30 km, and a surface area of 257 km2, an approximate height of 70 m and the water where it is supposed to float has a temperature between 4 and 6 ° C.
The Upasala Glacier has a length of 60 km (the largest in South America) and a surface area of 600km2. It is located northwest of Lake Argentino (Brazo Norte). This glacier can only be seen from the water. One of the most interesting sights are the icebergs of an intense blue color floating in the lake.