Patagonia Argentina is a very vast area surrounded by mystery. It generates a strong magnetism, and has got an amazing seductive power capable of attracting those travelers who come this far to embrace the infinite Patagonia horizons and then surrender to the striking and stunning splendor of Nature.

A little history

Tehuelches and travelers

Enigmatic as no other region in the world, Patagonia poses its first challenge when trying to decode the origin of human race. There are different versions which indicate the explorer Ferdinand Magellan as the author of the name. One of them refers to Magellan’s observation of large footsteps made by the Tehuelches, the native people of the region, who were characterized by a strong physique and a remarkable height. Another version indicates that Magellan used the term “Patagon”, making reference to a literary monster, a fiction character of a well-known medieval novel.

Los Glaciares National Park

Eternal witnesses of time, the glaciers display their grandeur in Patagonia Argentina and deeply move all kinds of visitors. Portraying an apparent quietness and being the promoters of a silence conveying a sanctuary’s respect, they manifest their energy in magnificent ice breakings which capture worldwide attention.

Guided by experts and equipped with crampons, the visitors walk on icy glacier’ surfaces, and get to know firsthand these giants in Patagonia Argentina.
The Perito Moreno glacier is located in Los Glaciares National Park, at 80 km from El Calafate. This ice colossus brings, through ice-breaks, one of the most extraordinary natural spectacles you may enjoy in the region. Different vessels navigate Lake Argentino, the largest water mirror in the country.

 

Sailing among icebergs

Through these navigations, one can traverse the channel of the icebergs and come across the magnificent glacier. Its surface of 257 km2 and 30 km long makes it an inevitable point of interest for thousand of travelers from around the world.

Inside the National Park and to the North of Santa Cruz Province, hundreds of glaciers constitute a majestic landscape referring to the Earth origin. This huge white veils are the oldest witnesses of the glaciations that took place millions of years ago. Also near El Calafate, the vast walls of the Upsala glacier –the largest glacier in the National Park along the Viedma glacier- offer a breathtaking view.

The sight of the different walls of the gigantic glaciers as the Onelli, the Agassiz, the Bolado, or the 135-mt front wall of the Spegazzini glacier is a unique experience only possible in Patagonia Argentina. El Chaltén is located near the defiant Mount Fitz Roy, and is the meeting point for mountain climbers and trekking lovers from around the world and from where they depart to visit the Viedma glacier. The first part of the journey includes a mini bus ride to complete the trip on board of a sailing vessel; or an extensive trekking across the mountains towards the Torre glacier. Both glaciers are ideal for a trekking excursion over the icy surface and hiking their huge walls, both are very well appreciated experiences.

At the Southern end of the region, in Tierra del Fuego, the Martial glacier offers different activities for the lovers of an adventure over endless white landscapes. Also departing from El Chaltén, those who enjoy extreme excursions will be able to challenge their limits through expeditions across the enigmatic continental ices. Under the protection of infinite Patagonian skies, travelers will live an unforgettable experience among everlasting and unexpected sceneries. Patagonia Argentina is within reach of all those who dare to live the emotion of stepping over large ices at the end of the world.

Source: www.patagonia.gov.ar

Datos geográficos

Acerca de la Patagonia Argentina

Formada por las provincias de La Pampa, Neuquén, Río Negro, Chubut, Santa Cruz y Tierra del Fuego, con una superficie de 930.731 Km2 y una población total de 2.037.545 personas, cada rincón de la Patagonia Argentina ofrece una amplia gama de posibilidades para el relax, la recreación y la aventura, en un marco donde la exuberante naturaleza es la gran protagonista.

La Pampa, la plenitud del campo y las largas cabalgatas hasta la caída del sol son una señal inequívoca de la infinita llanura pampeana que alberga tradicionales estancias y permite disfrutar de asados criollos, actividades de campo y la típica música del lugar. Neuquén, cuna de los dinosaurios, combina lo más agreste de la estepa patagónica con el brillo de sus lagos y valles cargados de vegetación. Río Negro, su mar cálido y transparente, valles, eventos deportivos, y la estepa, conviven con paisajes místicos, pinturas rupestres y la diversa fauna autóctona de la región. Chubut, donde el océano despliega todo su esplendor, donde ballenas y delfines montan un espectáculo conmovedor junto a pingüinos y lobos marinos. Santa Cruz, variedad de marcos naturales vírgenes y magnánimos, custodiados por cientos de glaciares que irrumpen en la inmensidad del paisaje. Tierra del Fuego, el extremo más austral de América, tierra de magia y ensueño, donde se viven las noches más largas en invierno y los días más luminosos y extensos en verano.

Toda la Patagonia Argentina, su gente, sus paisajes y su fuerte cultura ancestral, invita a descubrir la magia al sur del mundo.