Dezember 2016: PatagonienDecember 8, 2016 in Chile ⋅
If Patagonia is synonymous with jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain scenery, then the Perito Moreno Glacier certainly doesn’t disappoint. This incredible glacier is the highlight of the southern region of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park, a spectacular wall of ice over 60m tall above the water and 5km wide. One of only three Patagonian glaciers that are not retreating, you can stand on one of the many catwalks and marvel at the glacier, listening to it creak and watching as enormous chunks crash into the water. It’s also possible to take a short boat trip out onto the lake in order to get up even closer to the face of the glacier itself.
The clouds that form around the summit of the surrounding mountains were mistaken for smoke, which gave the name „Chalten“ which means volcano. The picturesque landscape is a perfect place for hiking, as there is so much to explore and the rewards of constant beautiful sights gives a perfect reason to hike.
Los Glaciares National Park:
Los Glaciares National Park is probably home to some of the most spectacular scenery in all of Argentina, if not South America. This is classic picture-book Patagonia, wherever you turn you’re surrounded by wide open skies, magnificent mountains, incredible glaciers, glistening lakes and thick verdant forest. Los Glaciares covers a massive area and there are two main gateways to the park; to the south, El Calafate provides access to Lago Argentino and the Perito Moreno Glacier and surrounding area, then in the North, the small town of El Chalten can be used as a base to explore the Fitzroy Mountains and Lake Viedma and it’s glacier.
Mount Fitz Roy:
Part of the Andes mountain range, Mount Fitz Roy is one of the most challenging peaks in the world. Just look at those rocky angles. Beautiful to look at, impossible to climb, however, attracting adventurous mountaineers. Named after meteorologist and captain Robert FitzRoy, who traveled with Charles Darwin around the world, the peak is 1,951 m (6,401 ft) height. On the border of Argentina and Chile, Mount Fitz Roy stands in an undefined territory, but the Los Glaciares park is in Argentina. Although it is not that high, the mountain is indeed challenging for the climbers. Mount Everest is 8,848 m (29,029 ft) height, but approximately 100 people reach its summit every year, while only one climber might succeed in reaching Mount Fitz Roy due to its shape and extremely severe wind.
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