Discover the best top things to do in Province of Santa Cruz, Argentina including Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Perito Moreno Glacier, Cerro Fitz Roy, Pasarelas Perito Moreno, Laguna de los Tres, Laguna Torre, Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, Cueva de las Manos, Glaciar Huemul, Upsala Glacier.
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5 based on 9 reviews
Horarios: Desde 1° de Septiembre hasta Semana Santa de 08:00 a 18:00hs. Después de Semana Santa hasta 31 de Agosto de 09:00 a 16:00hs.
Went there and did the walk along the viewing balconies. The view was breathtaking. The walkways are sturdy and handicapped accessible. The service center has a simple cafeteria, gift shop, coffee/hot chocolate stand as well as clean restrooms.
We stopped first at the main area and restaurant to do the north face boat tour, but due to rough 'seas' we had to go to the south face. While there we visited the restaurant to use the bathrooms. I wish we were able to stay longer as the views from the 3 star dinning room looked spectacular.
5 based on 6 reviews
A trip to this imposing glacier gives you a chance to walk on the ice wearing cleats and to see and hear a truly astounding spectacle: blocks of ice rupturing and floating away as icebergs.
The Perito Moreno glacier is one of Argentina's foremost sights - a 70m tall glacier debouching on to Lake Argentine. It's surrounded by a national park. On entry, you get several roadside places where you can stop to view the glacier, and there is a choice of a boat ride to see it close at hand and/or going to the official visitors' centre, which gives a different viewpoint and prepared tracks to take you to other viewpoints also - and the chance to hear the sounds the glacier makes. It's altogether a stirring experience and very well worth spending time to get to it (it's 50km from El Calafate - slightly over an hour to get there).
5 based on 2 reviews
Fantastic hike, fairly straightforward until the final kilometer which is a steep climb with lots of rocky steps. But as always, the end goal is well worth the effort. We got a ride to Hosteria Pilar to start the hike there, then walked back to El Chalten via Laguna Capri. Fantastic weather and views the entire day. Hiking poles are very helpful on the final kilometer, both up and down. On a busy day, there will be many other hikers on the trail, so at times you may need to wait for other walkers coming up or down at a faster pace than you. Everyone was very patient and polite.
5 based on 1 reviews
It was really nice to walk along the boardwalk. There are a few different routes to take depending own how much time one has. But it is best to stop at one stage and park onself and wait for the small pieces of the huge glacier to break off. The sound was pretty loud whenever a piece fall and it will create a rippling effect in the water surrounding it. To witness the falling pieces, 1 has to be patient and keep their eyes focused on this mega glacier and be alert as it is usually too late by the time we hear the sound. Its about being at the right spot at the right time and be quick enough to capture it on camera. We were lucky as we managed to see quite a few pieces falling off. Understand that this was due to the rainfall the day before. The rain seeped into the glacier and the difference between the temperature of the rain water and the glacier caused the cracks and breaking off of the pieces.
5 based on 457 reviews
most of the hike is fairly gentle apart from the last km & it was a KILLER. 60 degree incline NON-STOP for an hour. Fortunately the views are pretty amazing at the end however I personally preferred the quieter & little known trek to Loma del Pliegue Tombado as the panoramic views from there were second to none. We refilled our water bottles from streams enroute & had no issues.
5 based on 1 reviews
My husband and I have done a lot of traveling and we were blown away by the views!!! We would tell people to put this at the top of your bucket list!
5 based on 218 reviews
We've hiked most of the trails around El Chalten and this hike was especially nice due to the fact the trail was uncrowded, the slope was gentle (but pretty consistently upward), and the vista at the end was fantastic. We ran into a herd of cattle on the trail in both directions which seemed a bit intimidating at first (especially since we saw sign that we translated roughly to advise about the "savage cattle", but they pretty much seemed to ignore us as we passed. The last stretch (if you go to the very top) is a steep climb - but the vistas below that last stretch are great - it's not necessary to make the last ascent. Big winds!!
4.5 based on 137 reviews
Cave of the Hands contains prehistoric paintings.
we were lucky and the only visitors.
First of all, the ride until the cave is very beautiful with so many different Rock Formations. And the visit with a very friendly young guide who spoke very well english pleased us a lot. I suggest to make the ride and go back in history.
4.5 based on 533 reviews
There are couple nice hikes to the Glacier after a slow bumpy ride on a gravel road full of potholes. One can drive or take a shuttle bus there but hitchhiking is another option since there is a fair amount of traffic on this road.The first trail starts at a private property and leads up a well maintained trail after paying about US$15 per person for the privilege. It takes less than half an hour to reach the lake. However, there is another hiking trail starting near the same (public) parking lot just a hundred meters up the road. This trail (numerous trail markers are later still visible) enters a nice forest and eventually starts following a lake which is not visible from the main road. After few hundred meters from the start of this trail many faint trails start branching off to the left throughout the forest and at least one leads up the hill to the main trail. It is 10-15 minutes longer if you find the right branch on the first try. If you do not hit the right branch right away enjoy exploring other branches until you find the right one ( just keep going left to the base of the hill). It is a nice peaceful area and you will probably not see many people here. Once you reach the lake that is fed by the glacier you will be rewarded with great views of the glacier Lago Del Desierto and the Fitz Roy peaks in the distance.
4.5 based on 3 reviews
At 37 miles long, this glacier is considered one of the longest in South America.
You hardly get to see the Upsala glacier from the boat, the boat stops at several miles. Instead you are stopping infront of some icebergs on the way where the onboard photographers are endlessly taking the time of trying to sell you pics. Same thing is happening at the Spegazzini glacier, impressive but by far not as the Perito Moreno. Would skip this one as it is noth worth the time, the money or the effort.
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