No trip to Patagonia would be complete without witnessing the incredible Perito Moreno glacier which is one of the worlds most advancing glaciers. Located within the Los Glaciares National Park in Chile which is not far from El Calafate it is firmly on the Patagonia tourist trail and for good reason. This glacier is special because not only is it advancing, it is advancing at a rapid rate. So much so you can even see and hear the ice breaking off right before your eyes and ears.
How to get there
From El Calafate you can book tours which take you out to the national park for 595 pesos (£25). Tours pick you up from your hostel and take you into the park. At the park you have to pay a further 500 pesos (£21) for park entry to the ranger at the entrance.
The journey is an hour and a half from El Calafate and being Patagonia it is of course beautiful from start to finish.
Unfortunately for me during my visit to the Perito Moreno glacier I had just sustained an ankle injury so poor Dan had to cart me around in a wheelchair. Which also meant I didn’t get to all of the view points, only the one that had disabled access. Regardless, it was amazing.
It’s hard to comprehend just how big this glacier is as you can only see a small part of it from the viewing deck but at 250km squared it’s fair to say it is huge, so big intact it is the third biggest ice field on the planet!
The best part about this glacier is that you get to witness massive chunks of ice falling off and crashing into the lake, the noise is incredibly loud and it’s a blink and you’ll miss it moment. Luckily during my time there I was able to see a few big chunks of ice falling off.
You can hear a constant cracking sound and you just need to keep your eyes peeled as to where the ice is going to fall from this enormous glacier. The area surrounding the glacier is just as impressive as the glacier itself, snow capped mountains tower over the glacier and the water in the lake is crystal clear.
There are a few activities you can do in the Los Glaciers National Park, you can grab a boat ride that will take you the closest you can get to the advancing glacier or you can do a glacier walk. Being Patagonia these activities are of course on the pricey side so I was happy to sit back and watch from the view point.
The Perito Moreno glacier is a truly remarkable location in Patagonia and well worth visiting this beautiful piece of nature.
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