WARNINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Perito Moreno National Park is in the province of Santa Cruz, 220 km northwest of Gobernador Gregores town of and 320 km from Perito Moreno town. The last 90 km to access the park are gravel road. At average speed and in a suitable vehicle, it takes approximately 4 and a half hours to reach the Park from Perito Moreno and 3 and a half hours from Gobernador Gregores. These are the closest towns to the Park with reliable petrol stations, markets, restaurants and lodgings.

The closest town from the north is Bajo Caracoles (165 km, on RN 40) where you can often get fuel, some supplies and accommodation.

Once inside the park, there are more than 90km of roads between the points of interest and the trailheads. It is strongly recommended to bring extra fuel.

WARNING

Perito Moreno National Park is very remote with few services, poor road conditions and extremely volatile weather. Food and fuel are not available in or near the park. please arrive prepared, with food and fuel for your entire visit. Accommodations are limited and often reserved weeks in advance, plan ahead, and bring a tent, sleeping bag and a cook stove.

CARRY FUEL RESERVES
The closest filling stations are in Gobernador Gregores (210 km) and Perito Moreno (310 km); Bajo Caracoles sometimes has fuel (181 km)

PLAN YOUR STAY
Huts and tent sites are often reserved weeks in advance, plan your trip ahead of time and reserve space.

PREPARE FOR ROUGH ROADS
Carry two spare tires and tools to change tires and for minor repairs.

TRAVEL WITH SLEEPING BAGS
Sleeping bags are required with use of huts and essential in case of automobile emergency.

CARRY ADDITIONAL FOOD
Food is not available in the Park, La Oriental offers meals by reservation only.

PACK FOR SEVERE WEATHER
High winds and cold temperatures are common in the Park, pack waterproof clothing and insulated layers.

IMPORTANT NOTICES

  • Navigation is prohibited in all waters of Perito Moreno National Park, and in all its forms (motor or rowing).
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Campfires are prohibited the entire area of ​​the National Park.
  • Hunting and fishing are not allowed in the entire area of ​​the National Park.

Recommendations when visiting the National Park

  • Plan your activities according to your physical condition and experience. The Park is very wild and remote, the distances both for vehicles and for hiking are long. Also, the weather is hostile, the winds are strong, and the radiation from the sun is high.
  • Food: it is essential to bring food for all your stay in the Park. The closest groceries are in Perito Moreno, Gobernador Gregores, or El Calafate..
  • Fuel: within the park there are more than 90 km of roads that connect the points of interest and the trailheads. Many visitors are limited by the lack of fuel and there stay is cut short due to lack of fuel. It is essential to carry an additional fuel can and fill the tank at Perito Moreno or Gobernador Gregores..
  • It is also suggested to bring two spare tires and everything you need to spend the night on the road in case of emergency. The 90 km gravel road to the Park from Route 40 are not heavily traveled nor is there telephone signal. On the roads it is likely to see loose cattle and wild animals. Drive with caution..
  • Communication: There is no telephone signal in the area. The radio frequency used in the Park is 155.675, Repeating frequency 150.375 subtone 141.3- There is satellite internet in Onelli Information Center.

TABLE OF DISTANCES WITHIN THE PARK

Once inside the park, there are more than 90km of roads between the points of interest and the trailheads. It is strongly recommended to bring extra fuel.

  • Park Entrance – Onelli Information Center: 10 km
  • Onelli Information Center – Trail Project Base Camp – 0.9 mi / 1.4 km
  • Onelli Information Center – Sectional / Camping area El Rincón: 15 km
  • Onelli Information Center – Rio Lacteo Valley trailhead: 20 km
  • Onelli Information Center – Peninsula Belgrano: 10 km
  • Onelli Information Center – Burmeister Lake (camping area): 16 km
  • Onelli Information Center – Hostería La Oriental / trailhead to Cerro Leon from La Oriental / Condorera trailhead: 10 km
  • Onelli Information Center – Circuito Azara Loop Parking: 11km
  • Onelli Information Center – Lago Belgrano Overlook Parking: 11km
  • Onelli Information Center -Bird Observatory / Laguna del Mie: 6km

WEATHER

Cold dry to wet. From east to west, the annual average rainfall varies between 400 and 3,000 mm. Strong and persistent winds from the west with gusts of 100km / h are common. In winter, the temperature drops to -25 ° C. During the summer, the average temperature is around 15 ° C. Snow storms are common in every month of the year.

REGULATION GUIDELINES OF USE AND COEXISTENCE
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ONCE IN THE PARK

  • Keep to the trail, without taking shortcuts. Reduce impacts on the environment and avoid risk of getting lost or injured.
  • In the forest, branches and trees fall frequently. Avoid resting under trees with dry branches, exposed or sloping roots.
  • The lakes are cold and deep. There is no lifeguard.
  • Yellow jacket wasps are present in the National Park. The sting of the yellow jacket wasp can cause an allergic reaction. If you see a yellow jacket, avoid contact.
  • Store your food and garbage in airtight containers and in safe places to avoid attracting rodents that can transmit disease.
  • Leave no trace of your presence in the National Park. Take all the trash with you.