Perito Moreno Glacier, Patagonia,Argentina

Posted: February 15, 2013 in Argentina, South America


Superlatives are lacking in being able to adequately describe the wonder that is Perito Moreno Glacier.  This monolithic, ancient block of ice leaves you awestruck as you view it from a variety of angles.  The options for viewing are from some well designed board walks high above the glacier, or on a boat getting in close so that you can listen to the groaning and cracking of the advancing ice, and for a fortunate few, a walk upon the glacier itself!

We decided to flashpack it up, and took a tour with the only company that is allowed to walk on the ice, and were able to view the glacier from all three angles described above.  To be honest, I had not even heard of the glacier prior to arriving in El Calafate, and had come down to Patagonia with the express purpose of hiking in Torres Del Paine National Park.  Mirella had to convince me that is was worth springing the extra dollars for the trek on the ice, and I am so grateful that we had that conversation!

The glacier would rank as one of the most amazing sights I have seen on the planet, the sheer scale alone dwarfs anything I have seen (in the league of Grand Canyon big!).  No matter what way it was viewed, it was a great reminder of humans being a mere speck on the evolutionary scale of Earth, a truly humbling experience.

As you can see from the gallery above, a truly amazing natural wonder, and I felt like apologising to the glacier every time I took a photo, as I knew it was doing it no justice at all.

  1. Jansen says:

    Been loving this shit……. Awesome x

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