From its very beginning, this trip presents pleasant surprises. Leaving the town of El Calafate you will see, to the right, Lago Argentino with its Bahia Redonda. There you can observe a great variety of birds, mainly black-necked swans, flamingoes, steamerducks, coots and magellan geese.
You will notice that the fields are yellow, due to the grass called “coirón”. Along the first 40 km (25 miles) you will cross the Patagonian steppe, until you enter the National Park when you begin to see trees, most of them of the nothofagus family (“ñires”, cherry trees, “lengas” –red-oak trees) and “canelo” (winter’s bark) as well as flowers of different colours, among them the “notro” (fire bush), due to its deep red colour; this vegetation is characteristic of the Andes forest. Once in the Glacier, its majestic aspect astonishes the visitor, and you can walk along stairs and corridors which will enable you to admire the Glacier from different angles. The wardens are responsible for the preservation of the beauty of the site, and they play an important role as they provide valuable information.