Discover the “Huella de Glaciares”, the first binational long-distance trail in Patagonia

Argentine environmental authorities held a virtual meeting earlier this month to sign the minutes for the development and implementation of a new tourist route entitled “Sendero de Largo Recorrido Binacional El Chaltén – Villa O'Higgns: Huella de Glaciares”.

The new attraction will be a long distance trail which will link the city of El Chaltén in Patagonia from Argentina to the small Chilean town of Villa O'Higgins.

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Patagonia binational trail

Glacial is one of the attractions of Villa O'Higgins, Chile. Photograph: Wikimedia Commons

This is the first binational long-distance trail in Patagonia. The trail offers hikers the opportunity to observe different glaciers in the Bernardo O'Higgins (Chile) and Los Glaciares (Argentina) national parks along the Lago del Desierto Provincial Reserve (Argentina).

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Production, Silvina Córdoba, the President of the Administration of National Parks – APN, Daniel Somma, who was accompanied by the Vice-President Andrea Suárez, the National Director of Public Use, Matías Poltorak and the Mayor of Los Glaciares National Park, Nora Martín, and the member of the APN Board of Directors, Carlos Corvalán. The president of the Provincial Agrarian Council, Javier de Urquiza, and authorities from the Municipality of El Chaltén also participated, along with representatives of the local Chamber of Commerce.

The objective of the initiative is to reactivate tourism in Santa Cruz with new proposals for public use in open spaces, and with services that meet biosecurity protocols in the mountains.

Long-distance walking is a modality associated with education, sport and health, and it is a very powerful resource to add innovative tourist options aimed at local and regional audiences, according to the participants of the virtual meeting.

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