Picture yourself on a map when you're here and you realise how
far south you are; indeed, the southernmost city in the world;
Ushuaia, sits at the very southern tip of Argentinian Patagonia,
after which the landmass gives way until the start of the mighty
Antarctic White Continent.
Around the airport town of El Calafate, Argentina's renowned Los
Glaciares National Park contains dozens of glaciers, including
giants such as the Viedma, the Upsala and the famous Perito Moreno
which delivers its cargo of ice into Lago Argentino.
Northwards, 140 miles and two lakes divide El Calafate and El
Chaltén, hiking and trekking capital of Argentinian Patagonia. Two
major mountains dominate; Cerros Torre and Fitzroy are tough
technical climbs but their slopes are ideal for dedicated walkers;
camping is one option, but there are also several excellent
comfortable lodges in the area.
Between them, these destinations in South Patagonia offer a wide
variety of outdoor holiday activities in beautiful natural
surroundings, from trekking, horse riding and mountain biking to
boating, kayaking or fly fishing on the lakes, and barbecues at
local farms. There's also the chance to see native wildlife such as
the guanaco and birds including the graceful Andean condor.