"Santa Cruz - country of serenity and magic" Provincia de Santa Cruz by Trekki

Provincia de Santa Cruz Travel Guide: 430 reviews and 1,189 photos

Santa Cruz - home province of famous mountains

... and glaciers

Although Santa Cruz is the second biggest province of Argentina, it is the most sparsely populated one.
It is the province of huge sheep estancias and other livestock - and also hosts tourists, as it is the home of several famous landmarks.
Glaciar Perito Moreno is here, several miles east of El Calafate, the mysterious mountains El Cerro Torre and El Fitz Roy are found several miles north of El Calafate, in the small town of El Chaltén.

And if you look at the flag of Provincia de Santa Cruz, you can see Fitz Roy and the Southern Cross on it, together with the Sun - the symbol in Argentina's flag.

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El Calafate - home of the glaciers

El Calafate would most probably be very unknown, wouldn't there be one of Argentinia's most famous landmark - El Glaciar Perito Moreno in Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.
Nearly all inhabitants of El Calafate do work in tourism.
It's located at the southeastern shore of Lago Argentino, one of Argentina's biggest glacier lake, on which's western part Glaciar Perito Moreno can be found.

El Calafate's name is originated in the blue wildberries "Calafate" (berberis buxifolia). The legend says that if you eat them, you will come back to Patagonia.

(the legend must be true - I did eat a lot, was there twice, and end of 2004 I'll return for the third time)

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El Chaltén - home of Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy

El Chaltén, the original name of Fitz Roy mountain in Patagonia's aborigine Tehuelche language, is the base town for exploring the magnificent mountain wilderness of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares' northern part.
Fitz Roy mountain and Cerro Torre stand up majestically against the blue sky and mark the boundary between the eternal ice of Southern Patagonian Ice Cap (in the west) and the pampa region in the west.

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Pros and Cons
  • Pros:magnificent glaciers, magic mountains and unpredictable weather
  • Cons:(the unpredictable weather - if you don't like it )
  • In a nutshell:Serenity
  • Last visit to Provincia de Santa Cruz: Jan 2000
  • Intro Updated Sep 19, 2004
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Feb 23, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Cerro Torre is absolutely magnificent! I wonder if Glaciar Perito Moreno is actually « growing » or if it flows faster and thus, for some time is extending ?

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2007 at 3:52 PM

    Ah silence is golden Ingrid & the landscape stunning

  • travelfrosch's Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2007 at 5:00 PM

    Magnificent photos! I think Patagonia is joining my list of places to visit... 8)

  • BluBluBlu's Profile Photo
    Jun 28, 2006 at 2:29 PM

    Excellent pages Ingrid...love that storm photo...the colour is wonderful! Blu

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Jun 21, 2006 at 10:15 PM

    I like the way you captured that tuft of cloud on Cerro Torre.

  • tessy's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2006 at 2:27 PM

    What, what a marvellous landscape!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2006 at 1:22 AM

    Beautiful photos Ingrid - that mountain is spectacular! El Calafate is on our itinerary for November - I'll make sure we pack sweaters - and lots of film!! leyle

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Jan 14, 2006 at 2:34 PM

    I never so those type of clouds before! Nature can be so fascinating! I really need to look up to the sky more often. I love that link to the weather website you gave me :-))

  • Rusket's Profile Photo
    Nov 13, 2005 at 2:41 AM

    Had to get up early a sunday morning to work! (by phone, from bed :-) Now I am comforting myself with a little trip to Argentina :-)))

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Apr 23, 2005 at 1:12 PM

    An awe-inspiring place!! Your views of those rugged mountain peaks and the up-close look at the Moreno Glacier are spectacular!! Thanks for the beautiful page.

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