LOS GLACIARES NATIONAL PARK
The following recommendations have been specially proposed by professionals in the National Parks team so that you can make the most of your visit to El Calafate.
It is essential that the traveler goes through them carefully as they include precaution measures and official information concerning the different activities permitted within Los Glaciares National Park.
IF YOU TRAVEL BY CAR
IF YOU GO CAMPING
- Remember that the access roads to the Park are unpaved and driving on gravel requires patience and precaution.
- Drive slowly, with headlights on and the seat belt fastened.
- If possible, take an extra spare wheel and a can with fuel.
- During the winter season, please seek for updated information about the condition of the roads.
- Make sure you carry special equipment to drive on snowy or wet roads such as wheel chains and be ready to face any kind of contingency.
- Take enough warm clothes, hot water, food and a heater.
There are a few rules to follow and complying with them may prevent serious inconveniences:
IF YOU GO FISHING
- Camp only where permitted.
- Avoid cutting off or tattooing trees.
- Setup your tent minimum 50m away from water.
Trout fishing is regulated and therefore you must get a license before you actually go fishing. Please, go through the regulations attentively.
IF YOU GO WALKING
IF YOU LIGHT A BONFIRE
- Before setting out, decide on a path which suits your ability.
- Notify the park ranger about your departure and always carry the Trekking/Climbing register with you.
- During the walk, do not go away from the marked path nor try to find shortcuts.
Before lighting a bonfire, you must take into account the following issues:
- Light bonfires only in permitted spots.
- Heaters are cleaner, safer and more practical.
- Before making your bonfire, look for a place which has already been used for this purpose and make sure it is far enough from vegetation.
- Use dry, fallen firewood, which can be easily snapped.
- It is advisable to leave axes at home.
- Try to keep the bonfire small.
- Put out the fire using abundant water, making sure that ashes are cold before you leave the place.
There is no garbage collection service within the Park: consequently, keeping the park clean is everybody's responsibility:
The presence of wild fauna constitutes a natural attraction in itself and can be considered a gift from nature, but you should always bear in mind the threats this wonderful experience may involve.
- Take back with you whatever you may have brought. If you carry a plastic bag, you will be able to collect all the litter there and carry it back to the city.
- Help keep the place clean by collecting abandoned waste as well.
- Burying waste damages the wild fauna.
- Use restrooms if available. Otherwise, dig a small hole at least 100 m away from the water and cover it afterwards.
- Make good use of papers for the bonfires.
- Remember: cigarette butts, toilet paper, diapers and sanitary towels are not part of the wild flora and fauna.
This is area is the natural habitat for pumas, so bear in mind the following suggestions:
- Wild species are easily distressed. Always try not to make harsh noises nor disturb animals.
- Never feed wild animals as this may affect their natural behavior.
- Rodents are part of the local fauna. If camping, do not leave food within their reach.
If you happen to meet a puma:
- Never go for a walk without company.
- Children should always be accompanied by parents.
- Do not take pets with you.
- Try to remain calm and do not run.
- Try to look bigger by raising your arms, never crouch down.
- Move away as slowly as you can without showing your back to the animal.
Archaeological and paleontological sites are legally protected. However, this is not enough: their preservation is everybody's concern. The removal of objects belonging to our cultural heritage is slowly altering long periods of Patagonian history.
Water is the Park's main resource, so its preservation is highly important:
- Camp away from rivers.
- Use a recipient to wash yourself, your dishes and your clothes. Avoid doing it in rivers, which will keep water drinkable.
- Never throw garbage, fecal matter, or cleaning products into the water. Soaps and detergents are pollutants.
- Avoid drinking stagnant water.