Venturing down to the southern tip of Argentina you’ll find the untameable and unpredictable Patagonia. Revered as a land of electric blue glaciers, ancient forests, icebergs and towering peaks, it showcases nature at its wildest. It is the perfect destination for nature and outdoor enthusiasts who want to actively explore and revel in an array of natural wonders.
The small lakeside town of El Calafate serves as the premier gateway to explore Los Glaciers National Park. Perched on the turquoise Argentino Lake and enclosed by majestic peaks, it boasts an idyllic setting and today is one of Argentina’s most visited destinations. Equipped with tourist facilities, the town is dotted with tourist offices, local handicraft wares and restaurants. Whilst there is not much to do in the town itself, located in its surrounds is a plethora of outdoor adventures to pursue.
Los Glaciers National Park is a vast expanse of majestic glaciers, Patagonian forest and rugged towering mountains. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the park is a magnificent must-see and an essential stop on any holiday to Argentina. It’s most spectacular attraction is the Perito Moreno Glacier, a crackling outlier of the Campo de Hielo Sur, the southern Patagonian ice sheet. Measuring 60m high, 5km wide and 30km long, it is one of the only advancing glaciers in the world, expanding by almost two metres per day. Wandering along the various boardwalks and taking a boat excursion to the face of the glacier offers the most amazing views and provides the opportunity to see huge ice blocks cave and collapse into its surrounding waters. For the more adventurous, it is possible to trek across glacier's surface and climb the slopes of snow and ice for an unforgettable experience.
As well as the Perito Moreno Glacier the highlights of the park include the Upsala and Onelli Glaciers and the granite peaks of the Fitzroy and Torres mountains. The area is a “mecca” for climbers from all over the world, and offers great hiking, riding; mountain biking and rafting. A short drive from El Calafate is the small town of El Chaltén, revered as one of the best trekking destinations in South America. Each year hundreds of trekkers flock to enjoy an array of world-class trails that are suited for all levels of fitness. From trekking the Huemal Glacier in Lago del Desierto to climbing Mount Fitzroy and traversing along the South Patagonia ice cap, the region is an adventure wonderland brimming with striking scenery.
Dotted within both towns and within the national park, Imagine Latin America has paired up with a number of boutique and characterful lodges that ensure you get the most out of your Patagonia experience. From trekking in the day, to fine dining and warm comforts by night, they perfectly combine luxury and adventure - the ideal scenario for the retired backpacker.