Land of legends, Patagonia is the southernmost portion of South America, located mostly in Argentina and partially in Chile, and made up of the Andes Mountains to the west and south, and the plateau and low plains to the east. The name Patagonia comes from the word Patagon, used by Magellan to describe the native people, whom his expedition thought to be giants.
Los Glaciares National Park:
Los Glaciares National Park (The Glaciers) is the second largest park in Argentina, and one of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. Its name refers to the giant ice cap in the Andes range that feeds 47 large glaciers, of which 13 flow towards the Atlantic Ocean. One third of the park is covered by ice, and the glaciers can be divided into two areas: the Lake Argentino in the south, and the Lake Viedma in the north.
The northern half consists of part of the Viedma Lake, the Viedma Glacier and a few minor glaciers, and a number of mountains including Mount Fitz.
The southern part contains the awe-inspiring major glaciers: Perito Moreno Glacier, Upsala Glacier and Spegazzini Glacier, which flow into Lake Argentino, as well as a number of smaller glaciers. This area can be visited by boat, navigating between enormous icebergs to visit Bahía Onelli, and Spegazzini and Upsala Glaciers.
The park is inhabited by Ñandúes, guanacos, cougars, and gray foxes,as well as over 1,000 species of birds in the area (condors, eagles, and others). Between the ice and the steppe there is a fertile area of forests within which live the Huemul deer and Torrent Duck. The stunning scenery is illuminated by brilliant primary colors—deep blue waters, bright turquoise glaciers, an array of natural greens, and white snow-capped mountains, with the addition of a beautiful red when the (Embothrium) flowers bloom. Nature truly composed a perfect background in which explore this unique natural wonder. Wandering the catwalks offers excellent views, and walking along the coast, following the Tempanos Channel allows you to become a part of the scenery. If you prefer adventure, we recommend ice-trekking, which allows you to actually traverse the enormous glacier, explore inside icy caves and wander between deep blue lagoons. Another exhilarating way to experience the glaciers is by boat, navigating between huge icebergs and walls of ice whose beauty is reflected in clear waters, as you come face to face with the immense beauty of the glaciers. We also recommend visiting El Chaltén village in the northern part of the park, at the foot of the Fitz Roy.
El Chaltén is a small mountain village along the banks of the Río de las Vueltas, within the Los Glaciares National Park. It is located at the base of Cerro Torre and Cerro Chaltén mountains, which are both popular destinations for trekkers and climbers.
"Chaltén" is a tehuelche word meaning “smoking mountain”, The natives mistakenly believed it was a volcano, since its peak was often covered by heavy clouds that resembled smoke.