Argentina is known for its stunning landscapes and breathtaking wildlife. The Los Glaciares National Park is no exception. Located between the southernmost tip of Argentina and the Northern Patagonia region, it is one of the most spectacular National Parks in the country and is home to nearly three dozen glaciers that drop from the surrounding Andes Mountains into Lake Argentino.
Where Three Glaciers Collide: Lake Argentino In Los Glaciares National Park
With its multicolored lakes, verdant green meadows, and towering mountain peaks, the Los Glaciares National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty. The mountains rise up to 1,800 meters above sea level and the glacial lakes stretch out as far as 160 km in length with Lake Argentino being one of them. The park also preserves important wetlands and forest areas that form a biodiversity hotspot within Argentina’s temperate region.
This park has been called “one of the most spectacular places on earth” by many travelers who have experienced it firsthand. The park itself covers over 1 million hectares (2 million acres) and includes more than 30 glaciers. It also boasts more than 1,000 lakes—including Lake Argentino—that are fed by rivers flowing from the Andes Mountains in Argentina’s northwest region.
The Argentinian Lake That Appears Green In Winter
The area is an ecological magnet for plant and animal life, but the presence of these glaciers also impacts its color. Thick flecks of debris from broken glacier ice float in the water below, and they reflect the sunlight on top to create a brilliant contrasting shine. The bouncing rays of reflected light give the water an emerald greenish glow–and when the sun sets, it turns the lakeshore a deep shade of blue that’s almost unnerving to behold.
The park has a rich history as well: It was first established by President Bernardino Rivadavia in 1882 as part of Argentina’s efforts to protect its natural resources against foreign encroachment by Spain at the height of colonial activity in South America (1810-1830).
The park’s main attraction is its breathtaking scenery; however, there are other things to see here as well
The Los Glaciares National Park is worth a visit, regardless of whether you’re a hiker, a nature lover, or someone looking for a great place to go camping and fishing. Unlike many other places in South America, which seem to cater exclusively to tourists and travelers with sufficient disposable income to spend, the Los Glaciares National Park offers something for everyone and doesn’t have to break the bank.
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