One of the highlights of visiting El Calafate is to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier.

 

Having recently returned from Antarctica I wasn’t sold on the idea of seeing the glacier. Would it be a let-down after the incredible sights I’d seen in the icy south? Not to mention that going into National Parks in Argentina is expensive and I was definitely watching my dollars after my recent cruise.

 

I decided it was worth the day trip. Boy did that turn out to be the right decision!

 

The glacier is situated near the gorgeous Lake Argentina.

Across from the Perito Moreno Glacier the Los Glaciares National Park is crisscrossed with an extensive set of board walks for you to view the glacier from all angles. You can also see the glacier by boat.

The Perito Moreno Glacier sits within the Los Glaciares National Park and Reserve, which covers 600,000 hectares, and rises a staggering 60 meters above the waters of Lake Argentina and measures 5 kilometres along its front. It’s an impressive sight.

 

The board walks allow you to get close to the face of the glacier….

The jagged top of the glacier looks like you’d need mountain climbing gear to traverse it.

When a piece of a glacier breaks off it’s called calving. As I walked around the board walks I was keeping a constant ear, and eye, out for just such an occasion. I was very excited when I caught this calving just as I came to a rest stop.

The fresh face of the glacier was revealed after the glacier calved and showed the beautiful blues that were hiding behind the ice face.

Nature is an incredible thing. With the mountains towering behind the statutes of ice I felt like I was in a different land.

Farewell Perito Moreno Glacier. You were a fantastic experience to be part of.

Travel Tips:

  1. Make sure you have cash for the entrance fee as they don’t take credit cards. One couple on the bus didn’t have cash and were about to be removed from the bus until someone from their hostel came to their rescue and loaned them the money. If that hadn’t happened they would’ve had a chilly wait until the next bus returned from the glacier.

 

2.Give yourself plenty of time to see the glacier. I was there for about 3 hours and was happy that I’d been on most of the walks. I thought it would be a quick wander around but there are miles and miles of boardwalks plus just watching the glacier is fascinating.

 

3. Take food and water with you. There is a large café there but the prices are high.

 

4.The entrance fee was about NZD50 and there was the bus fare as well. The park is 50 kilometres from El Calafate.

{details correct as of February 2017}

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