Lago ArgentinoApprox. Time: 4 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

Lago Argentino is the traditional title used, though the actual town is El Calafate (pop 3,000), on the south shores of Lago Argentino and in the southern part of the Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.

Lago Argentino is a booming tourist center during the season, and a sleepy closed-up town the remainder of the year. The one main street has a growing number of shops with the usual array of t-shirts and gear, and restaurants; most of the hotels are an easy walk to the center.

The famed Perito Moreno Glacier is a drive of about 2 hours from Lago Argentino over well maintained all weather roads with a photographic, educational and wildlife stop here and there along the way.

Perito Moreno Glacier has a frontage of more than 3 miles, towering some 180 feet above the lake waters. Thunderous booms are common as huge chunks break off and fall into the lake. A series of "pasarellas" (boardwalks) with strategically placed viewing points lets you explore the area at your own pace.