"Patagonia - lago Argentino" Argentina Things to Do Tip by lukec

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Lago Argentino is the largest lake in Argenitna, extending over 100km from the base of the Andes into Patagonian steppe. The source of this huge body of freshwater are some of the world's largest glaciers, including Perito Moreno glacier. Glaciers also give the lake its distinctive blue colour which is a stark contrast to the prevailing pastel colours of the steppe. It might be tempting to swim in the lake, but the water is very cold, only about 4 C around the glaciers and not exceeding 10 C further out in the steppe. This lake and the surrounding country is a paradise for those seeking solitude, because you won't meet another person for miles around. There are plenty of sheep, however. Since the steppe is open country, it's pretty easy to walk around, once you get over the sheep fences. The views can be amazing and on a clear, crisp day, you could easily see 100, even 150km far.

Directions: The only population centre for miles around is El Calafate. It's a small town that can be reached either by bus or airplane (they have a brand new and decent miniature airport).

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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