Theme Week Patagonia – Los Glaciares National Park

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 - 12:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: General, Environment, UNESCO World Heritage
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Perito Moreno Glacier © flickr.com - Tibby Jones/cc-by-2.0

Perito Moreno Glacier © flickr.com – Tibby Jones/cc-by-2.0

Los Glaciares National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Los Glaciares) is a federal protected area in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. The park covers an area of 726,927 ha (7,269.27 km²; 2,806.68 sq mi), making it the largest national park in the country. Established on 11 May 1937, it hosts a representative sample of Magellanic subpolar forest and west Patagonian steppe biodiversity in good state of conservation. In 1981, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The park’s name refers to the giant ice cap in the Andes, the largest outside of Antarctica, Greenland and Iceland, feeding 47 large glaciers, of which 13 flow towards the Pacific Ocean. In other parts of the world, glaciers start at a height of at least 2,500 m (8,200 ft) above mean sea level, but due to the size of the ice cap, these glaciers begin at only 1,500 m (4,900 ft), sliding down to 200 m (660 ft). Los Glaciares borders Torres del Paine National Park to the south in Chilean territory.

Perito Moreno Glacier © Luca Galuzzi/cc-by-sa-2.5 Perito Moreno Glacier © Marianocecowski/cc-by-sa-3.0 Cerro Fitzroy © Prissantenbär Iceberg floating in the Argentino Lake © IlyaHaykinson/cc-by-2.0 © Marianocecowski/cc-by-sa-3.0 Perito Moreno Glacier © flickr.com - Tibby Jones/cc-by-2.0
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Iceberg floating in the Argentino Lake © IlyaHaykinson/cc-by-2.0
Los Glaciares, of which 30% is covered by ice, can be divided in two parts, each corresponding with one of the two elongated big lakes partially contained by the park. Lake Argentino, 1,466 km² (566 sq mi) and the largest in Argentina, is in the south, while Lake Viedma, 1,100 km² (420 sq mi), is in the north. Both lakes feed the Santa Cruz River that flows down to lower part Puerto Santa Cruz on the Atlantic. Between the two halves is a non-touristic zone without lakes called Zona Centro.

The northern half consists of part of Viedma Lake, the Viedma Glacier and a few minor glaciers, and a number of mountains very popular among fans of climbing and trekking, including Mount Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre.

The southern part has, as well as a number of smaller ones, the major glaciers which flow into Lake Argentino: Perito Moreno Glacier, Upsala Glacier, and Onelli Bay, and the otherwise inaccessible Spegazzini and Upsala. Perito Moreno is reachable by land.

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