Perito Moreno glacier
This glacier is located in Los Glaciares National Park 78 km from the town of El Calafate in the Argentine province of Santa Cruz. With its 4,000-meter front and 60-meter height, it is the park’s star attraction. Its 257 km2 of ice, which extend 30 km back into the Andes, can be seen in all their grandeur from the boardwalks on the Magallanes Peninsula. The boardwalks give close-up views of the glacier’s southern and northern faces across the Iceberg Channel which connects the Rico branch with the largest branch of Lake Argentino, the biggest body of water in the park.

Location: Los Glaciares National Park, Prov. of Santa Cruz (Argentina).

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Cape Virgenes Provincial Reserve
The large Magellanic penguin rookery in this important provincial reserve is located 130 km from Río Gallegos in the far southeastern corner of the Argentine province of Santa Cruz, the southernmost point of the South American continent. The birds of this species (Spheniscus magellanicus) breed and raise their chicks from September to April. Their rookery, the second-largest in South America, is most interesting in December when the population swells to 450,000 birds, including recently-hatched chicks as well as mature and immature adults. In addition to guiding visitors around the rookery, the reserve’s park rangers and guides provide information on the area’s flora and fauna, the maritime museum, and the hundred-year-old Cape Vírgenes lighthouse.

Location: Southestern corner of Province of Santa Cruz (Argentina), with access by Provincial Route Nº 1 Km 111.

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Valdés Peninsula
Located in the northeastern corner of the province of Chubut in the Argentine sector of Patagonia, this incredible freak of geography is surrounded by the gulfs of San José and Nuevo to the north and south, respectively, offering tourists its 360,000 hectares of reserve to explore. Whale watching is the main attraction on this peninsula, declared a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. It is also home to several fauna reservas of great ecological importance.
Its coasts harbor several rookeries of sea lions, elephant seals, sea birds and Magellanic penguins. Lesser rheas, Patagonian cavies and guanacos roam its interior.

Location: Northeastern corner of Prov. of Chubut (Argentina), with access by Carlos Ameghino isthmus on Gulf of San José.

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Tierra del Fuego National Park
Declared a national park in 1960, its 68,909 hectares of sub-Antarctic forest and the Beagle Channel occupy the southernmost part of the Argentine province of Tierra del Fuego on the island of the same name. With a temperate-cold climate and a medium annual rainfall of 600 mm, 22 percent of this park is occupied by lakes. Of these, lakes Roca and Fagnano (the latter being the biggest on the island) are shared with neighboring Chile.

Location: Southwestern corner of Tierra del Fuego Province (Argentina), 18 Km away from Ushuaia city.

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Los Glaciares National Park
The 726,927-hectare Los Glaciares National Park and Reserve, designated a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO in 1981, is the most popular tourist attraction of the Argentine province of Santa Cruz.
Tourists come from around the world to admire its imposing glaciers, lakes and rivers from close-up. Its 22,000 sq. km of continental ice fields born in the Quaternary Period are the birthplace of its 13 most important glaciers: (from north to south) Marconi, Viedma, Moyano, Upsala, Agassiz, Bolados, Onelli, Peineta, Spegazzini, Mayo, Ameghino, Perito Moreno and Frías, which amaze visitors with the majesty of nature. Its vegetation includes high- and low-beech forests, firebush, austral cypress, canelo and box-leafed barberry; its fauna guanacos, hares, pumas and huemul deer (near extinction).

Location: Southwestern corner of Province of Santa Cruz (Argentina), 52 Km away from El Calafate.

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Cave of the Hands, Pinturas River.
The Cave of the Hands site in the Pinturas River Canyon in the Deseado River basin lies between the town of Perito Moreno and the village of Bajo Caracoles in the Argentine province of Santa Cruz. Accessed by a turnoff from National Route 40, it consists of caves and rock overhangs in a cliff of the Pinturas River Canyon. Here in ancient times nomadic Indian tribes left numerous paintings of different styles over a period of more than 8,000 years (7,500 BC to 1,000 AD). Most of this rock art consists of negative handprints, and hunting scenes, done with paints made from pigments extracted from river sediments and applied with different techniques. The sectors with the most outstanding paintings are located along a 600-meter front on the right side of the canyon some 88 meters above the river bed. In 1999 UNESCO declared the Cave of the Hands a World Cultural Heritage site.

Location: Northwest of Santa Cruz Province (Argentina), 160 Km away from Perito Moreno town.

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