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The ice field of Patagonia is, after the Antarctic, the second largest on Earth. The ice comes down from the mountains in numerous glaciers. Not the largest but probably the most famous of them is Perito Moreno Glacier. The glaciers create numerous lakes and rivers. Two largest water reservoirs here are Lago Argentino and Lago Viedma. Water from Lago Viedma flows down to Lago Argentino as a river called Rio La Leona. Similarly to the glacier lakes, this river has an amazing green color. Areas next to both lakes make up the Los Glaciares National Park. The park is divided into two parts. Southern part extends at the east side of Lago Argentino and it incorporates the area around the Perito Moreno Glacier. About 80km from the park entrance, at the western end of Lago Argentino, there is a small town which makes an excellent base to explore the area, El Calafate, it also has an airport with connections to Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, etc. 2-3 hours away to the north, not far from Lago Viedma, there is another town, El Chalten, which is a great base to enjoy the northern part of the park. I will write about concrete attractions to enjoy there in my next uploads. This one is just an “orientation” note. Driving between El Calafate and El Chalten you have numerous spectacular views of both lakes and the river. That is why this short drive took me much longer than 2-3 hours.

In this photo you see Rio La Leona somewhere between El Calafate and El Chalten.

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