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Feb 21 2014

Ice, Ice, Baby: Perito Moreno Glacier

So, what have I got for you for this Foto Friday?  Well, it’s one of Mother Nature’s miraculous sights – Argentina’s Perito Moreno Glacier, one of the glaciers located in Los Glaciares National Park.  Apparently, there are 47 big glaciers, of which this is one, and 200 small glaciers.  Unsurprisingly, the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been since 1981.

I searched through my photos to find one which shows you just how big it is.  I think this one does a good job of that.  Can you see the people?  They look minute compared to the glacier, don’t they?

It’s about 4 kms wide and 74 metres high – big, huh?  It hasn’t stopped either.  It continues to grow daily, by about 2 metres, according to the information board in the park.  You can see the cracks in the ice and hear  it creaking just before the loud crash, as part of the ice smashes into the water.  It’s truly incredible being there, seeing, and listening to it.  It’s one of the natural wonders that reminds of us of just how small we are in the grand scheme of things and I love that.

If you want to get up close and personal, you can go on a boat trip and trek on the ice.  Apologies for stating the obvious, but it can get pretty cold because of all the ice so make sure you wrap up.  If you bring your own mug and tea bag, mate (a beverage, not a friend), or instant coffee, you can make use of the hot water tap available.  If not, there is a restaurant where you can grab a hot drink and some food.

Location

There are daily tours from El Calafate to see the glacier.  A few of us, went on one that was organised by the hostel we were staying at.  Another option is to hire a car and drive there, if you fancy it.  We met a group of travellers who did just that.  Here’s a map with the location and you can always take a look at the park’s website here for more information.

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About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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