Los Glaciares (1981)
Argentina

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UNESCO (Paris) 1996. Los Glaciares. United Nations (Geneva) 1984. Los Glaciares. The Los Glaciares National Park is an area of exceptional natural beauty, with rugged, towering mountains and numerous glacial lakes, including Lake Argentino, which is 160 km long. At its farthest end, three glaciers meet to dump their effluvia into the milky grey glacial water, launching massive igloo icebergs into the lake with thunderous splashes. 

The national park, created in 1937, is the second largest in Argentina. Its name refers to the giant ice cap (the biggest outside Antarctica) in the Andes range that feeds 47 large glaciers, of which only 13 flow towards the Atlantic Ocean. 

Argentina 2003. Andean Condor [Vultur Gryphus]. Argentina 2002. Los Glaciares.

There are over 1,000 species of birds in the area (condors, eagles, and others), but only 100 have been registered. Between the ice and the Patagonian steppe there is a fertile area of forests composed mainly of lengas and guindos, but also nires. Within these more hospitable areas also live deers and Torrent Ducks. 

Los Glaciares, of which 30% is covered by ice, can be divided in two parts, each corresponding with one of the two stretched big lakes partially contained by the Park: the Lake Argentino (1,466 km², the biggest in Argentina) in the south, and the Lake Viedma (1,100 km²) in the north. Both lakes feed the Santa Cruz River, that flows down to Puerto Santa Cruz on the Atlantic. Los Glaciares is a major attraction for international tourists. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in Argentina (on this website). Eventually refer to the UNESCO-listing, Argentina-Section, for further information on the individual properties.

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