Top 10 Things to do in Province of Santa Cruz, Argentina

October 1, 2017 Venice Greaves

Discover the best top things to do in Province of Santa Cruz, Argentina including Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, Perito Moreno Glacier, Cerro Fitz Roy, Pasarelas Perito Moreno, Laguna de los Tres, Laguna Torre, Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado, Cueva de las Manos, Glaciar Huemul, Upsala Glacier.
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1. Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

El Calafate Z9405AHY, Argentina +54 2902 49-2504
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5 based on 9 reviews

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

Horarios: Desde 1° de Septiembre hasta Semana Santa de 08:00 a 18:00hs. Después de Semana Santa hasta 31 de Agosto de 09:00 a 16:00hs.

Reviewed By 666Nomad_2012 - Sao Paulo, SP

Went there and did the walk along the viewing balconies. The view was breathtaking. The walkways are sturdy and handicapped accessible. The service center has a simple cafeteria, gift shop, coffee/hot chocolate stand as well as clean restrooms.
We stopped first at the main area and restaurant to do the north face boat tour, but due to rough 'seas' we had to go to the south face. While there we visited the restaurant to use the bathrooms. I wish we were able to stay longer as the views from the 3 star dinning room looked spectacular.

2. Perito Moreno Glacier

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina +54 2902 49-2504
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5 based on 6 reviews

Perito Moreno Glacier

A trip to this imposing glacier gives you a chance to walk on the ice wearing cleats and to see and hear a truly astounding spectacle: blocks of ice rupturing and floating away as icebergs.

Reviewed By Chobham2013 - Woking, United Kingdom

The Perito Moreno glacier is one of Argentina's foremost sights - a 70m tall glacier debouching on to Lake Argentine. It's surrounded by a national park. On entry, you get several roadside places where you can stop to view the glacier, and there is a choice of a boat ride to see it close at hand and/or going to the official visitors' centre, which gives a different viewpoint and prepared tracks to take you to other viewpoints also - and the chance to hear the sounds the glacier makes. It's altogether a stirring experience and very well worth spending time to get to it (it's 50km from El Calafate - slightly over an hour to get there).

3. Cerro Fitz Roy

El Chalten, Argentina
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5 based on 2 reviews

Cerro Fitz Roy

Reviewed By proberts77 - Fort Collins, Colorado

Fantastic hike, fairly straightforward until the final kilometer which is a steep climb with lots of rocky steps. But as always, the end goal is well worth the effort. We got a ride to Hosteria Pilar to start the hike there, then walked back to El Chalten via Laguna Capri. Fantastic weather and views the entire day. Hiking poles are very helpful on the final kilometer, both up and down. On a busy day, there will be many other hikers on the trail, so at times you may need to wait for other walkers coming up or down at a faster pace than you. Everyone was very patient and polite.

4. Pasarelas Perito Moreno

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Calafate 9405, Argentina
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5 based on 1 reviews

Pasarelas Perito Moreno

Reviewed By JustLoveToFly - Singapore, Singapore

It was really nice to walk along the boardwalk. There are a few different routes to take depending own how much time one has. But it is best to stop at one stage and park onself and wait for the small pieces of the huge glacier to break off. The sound was pretty loud whenever a piece fall and it will create a rippling effect in the water surrounding it. To witness the falling pieces, 1 has to be patient and keep their eyes focused on this mega glacier and be alert as it is usually too late by the time we hear the sound. Its about being at the right spot at the right time and be quick enough to capture it on camera. We were lucky as we managed to see quite a few pieces falling off. Understand that this was due to the rainfall the day before. The rain seeped into the glacier and the difference between the temperature of the rain water and the glacier caused the cracks and breaking off of the pieces.

5. Laguna de los Tres

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina
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5 based on 457 reviews

Laguna de los Tres

Reviewed By yeemai - Perth, Australia

most of the hike is fairly gentle apart from the last km & it was a KILLER. 60 degree incline NON-STOP for an hour. Fortunately the views are pretty amazing at the end however I personally preferred the quieter & little known trek to Loma del Pliegue Tombado as the panoramic views from there were second to none. We refilled our water bottles from streams enroute & had no issues.

6. Laguna Torre

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Chalten, Argentina
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5 based on 1 reviews

Laguna Torre

Reviewed By rfetty613 - Valparaiso, Indiana

My husband and I have done a lot of traveling and we were blown away by the views!!! We would tell people to put this at the top of your bucket list!

7. Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares, El Chalten, Argentina +54 2962 49-3359
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5 based on 218 reviews

Sendero Loma del Pliegue Tumbado

Reviewed By gwamp43 - Marquette, Michigan

We've hiked most of the trails around El Chalten and this hike was especially nice due to the fact the trail was uncrowded, the slope was gentle (but pretty consistently upward), and the vista at the end was fantastic. We ran into a herd of cattle on the trail in both directions which seemed a bit intimidating at first (especially since we saw sign that we translated roughly to advise about the "savage cattle", but they pretty much seemed to ignore us as we passed. The last stretch (if you go to the very top) is a steep climb - but the vistas below that last stretch are great - it's not necessary to make the last ascent. Big winds!!

8. Cueva de las Manos

Rio Pinturas canyon, Argentina +54 9 297 623-8811
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4.5 based on 137 reviews

Cueva de las Manos

Cave of the Hands contains prehistoric paintings.

Reviewed By JenkeGoffa - Antwerp, Belgium

we were lucky and the only visitors.
First of all, the ride until the cave is very beautiful with so many different Rock Formations. And the visit with a very friendly young guide who spoke very well english pleased us a lot. I suggest to make the ride and go back in history.

9. Glaciar Huemul

Avenida Lago Del Desierto | a 36 km del Chalten, El Chalten Z9301ACA, Argentina
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4.5 based on 533 reviews

Glaciar Huemul

Reviewed By Boris T - Placerville, California

There are couple nice hikes to the Glacier after a slow bumpy ride on a gravel road full of potholes. One can drive or take a shuttle bus there but hitchhiking is another option since there is a fair amount of traffic on this road.The first trail starts at a private property and leads up a well maintained trail after paying about US$15 per person for the privilege. It takes less than half an hour to reach the lake. However, there is another hiking trail starting near the same (public) parking lot just a hundred meters up the road. This trail (numerous trail markers are later still visible) enters a nice forest and eventually starts following a lake which is not visible from the main road. After few hundred meters from the start of this trail many faint trails start branching off to the left throughout the forest and at least one leads up the hill to the main trail. It is 10-15 minutes longer if you find the right branch on the first try. If you do not hit the right branch right away enjoy exploring other branches until you find the right one ( just keep going left to the base of the hill). It is a nice peaceful area and you will probably not see many people here. Once you reach the lake that is fed by the glacier you will be rewarded with great views of the glacier Lago Del Desierto and the Fitz Roy peaks in the distance.

10. Upsala Glacier

El Calafate, Argentina +54 2902 49-2118
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Upsala Glacier

At 37 miles long, this glacier is considered one of the longest in South America.

Reviewed By R F - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

You hardly get to see the Upsala glacier from the boat, the boat stops at several miles. Instead you are stopping infront of some icebergs on the way where the onboard photographers are endlessly taking the time of trying to sell you pics. Same thing is happening at the Spegazzini glacier, impressive but by far not as the Perito Moreno. Would skip this one as it is noth worth the time, the money or the effort.

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