Laguna Capri lake near El Chaltén in the Argentinian part of Patagonia
Contributor:Inge Johnsson / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5626 x 3751 px | 47.6 x 31.8 cm | 18.8 x 12.5 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:14 March 2014
Location:Laguna Capri, El Chaltén, Los Glaciares National Park, Patagonia, Argentina
Laguna Capri is a beautiful hike from El Chaltén to a blue water lagoon surrounded by native forest. From there one can appreciate a fantastic view of the Fitz Roy massif in Los Glaciares National Park. Los Glaciares National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Los Glaciares) is a federal protected area in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina. The park covers an area of 2,807 sq mi, making it the second largest national park in the country. Established on 11 May 1937, it houses a representative sample of the Magellanic Subpolar Forest and western Patagonian Steppe biodiversity in good state of conservation. In 1980 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The park's name refers to the giant ice cap in the Andes range that feeds 47 large glaciers, of which 13 flow towards the Atlantic Ocean. The ice cap is the largest outside of Antarctica and Greenland. In other parts of the world, glaciers start at a height of at least 8,200 ft above mean sea level, but due to the size of the ice cap, these glaciers begin at only 4,900 ft, sliding down to 660 ft Los Glaciares borders Torres del Paine National Park to the south in Chilean territory.