The least trodden Patagonian region of southern Argentina is home to a thriving glacial range that is a vision to behold. It soothes the eye as the stark landscapes of dry grasslands give way to the icy glaciers. With over 256 glaciers spread over 2,800 square miles in Patagonia, one should not miss the marvel of this region. Here’s how you can get the best of your visit here.
Unpredictable winds and changing icescapes beckon many mountaineers to the Los Glaciares National Park every year. Though this beautiful place can be approached from both Chile and Argentina, the most preferred route is from Argentina. If hikes and treks don’t get you revved up, you can stay at one of the quaint resorts dotting the long road. The Patagonian region has two towns: El Calafate and El Chaltén. The resort town – El Calafate – forms a stopover to Glacier Perito Moreno. Look up Eolo in Anita valley, a 10,000-acre resort designed by Argentine architect Alejandro Bustillo, with plenty of fresh seafood and a view to kill for.
As you make your way through the lakes to reach the famous Perito Moreno glacier, you’ll witness the meeting of glaciers and jewel-blue waters. Spread over 97 square miles, Perito Moreno was named after an Argentinean explorer, Francisco Moreno who witnessed the daily sprouting and breaking of glaciers. It forms the world’s third-largest freshwater reserve. Locals know that the path taken today may not exist tomorrow. Next, head to El Chalten, Argentina’s trekking town known for its local brews, coffee, and grilled meats. Brace yourself for a vertiginous climb to the 11,171 feet high Patalonian peak – Mount Fitz Roy. Check out the resort Explora, spread over 14,000 acres in the Los Huemules nature reserve, and indulge in herbal bath products and their signature grilled lamb.