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Navigating the Lakes of Argentina

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Lake Argentino

Lake Argentino is the largest freshwater lake in the country, spreading throughout a surface area of 1,466 square kilometers (566 square miles). This famous lake lies within the Los Glaciares National Park, so it is thereby surrounded by a number of glaciers, along with the Andes Mountains. Several rivers push glacial melt water into Lake Argentino, and its waters eventually flow out to the Santa Cruz River. There is a lot of glacier lime around this lake, so its waters appear whitish green. Lake Argentino is a popular tourist destination, for fishing as well as for outdoor activities.

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Mar Chiquita

Mar Chiquita translates as “Little Sea,” and is a natural salt lake in central Argentina. It is a very shallow lake, with a maximum depth of about 10 meters, and its surface area ranges from 2,000-4,5000 square kilometers (800-1,800 square miles). The salinity of this lake varies greatly, depending on how humid the air is. This body of water is mainly fed by the two rivers, Dulce and Saladillo; a few islands are also located around its water. Mar Chiquita is slowly drying up because of evaporation and elevation at its base, and will inevitably turn into a salt flat at some point in the future.

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Nahuel Huapi Lake

Nahuel Huapi Lake is located between the Argentinian provinces of Rio Negro and Neuquen, in northern Patagonia. This lake is situated in a park which takes the same name, and is surrounded by glacial valleys. Its surface area is 529 square kilometers (204 square miles). People visit this lake for the beautiful mountain backdrops and crystal clear waters, and its habitat supports different types of trout and birds. Though a popular kayaking spot, visitors should realize that the waters can get very cold and potentially cause hypothermia.

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Lacar Lake

Lacar Lake is a glacial lake located in the province of Neuquen, enclosed in the Andes Mountains. Most of the area around the lake has no development, with the exception of San Martin de Los Andes, which is a small city. People can visit this city and take advantage of the facilities set up for hunting, fishing, sailing and other water sports. The surface area of this lake is 55 square kilometers (34 square miles).

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