El Chaltén off the beaten track: alternative activities in Argentina’s trekking capital
In El Chaltén, Argentina’s ‘trekking capital’, you’ll find majestic peaks, astonishing glaciers and idyllic mountain tarns all within easy walking distance in the World Heritage-listed Parque Nacional Los Glaciares...
Places in Patagonia
Patagonia’s cavorting right whales, penguin colonies and traditional Welsh settlements are all accessed by Argentina’s coastal RN3. While this paved road takes in some fascinating maritime history, it also travels long yawning stretches of landscape that blur the horizon like a never-ending blank slate. It’s also a favored travel route for oversized trucks on long-haul trips.
Save for the travel hubs of El Calafate and El Chaltén, RN40 and its offshoots are bit of a backwater. The ultimate road trip, RN40 parallels the backbone of the Andes, where ñandús doodle through sagebrush, trucks kick up whirling dust and gas stations rise on the horizon like oases.
Parque Nacional Los Glaciares (South)
Among Earth’s most dynamic and accessible ice fields, Glaciar Perito Moreno is the stunning centerpiece of the southern sector of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. It’s 30km long, 5km wide and 60m high, but what makes it exceptional in the world of ice is its constant advance – it creeps forward up to 2m per day, causing building-sized icebergs to calve from its face.
Named for the berry that, once eaten, guarantees your return to Patagonia, El Calafate hooks you with another irresistible attraction: Glaciar Perito Moreno, 80km away in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares. The glacier is a magnificent must-see, but its massive popularity has encouraged tumorous growth and rapid upscaling in once-quaint El Calafate.
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