Day 5 – Friday 12th October 2018
El Calafete – Perito Moreno Glacier
By plane – 0
By foot – 15.86 kms/ 9.86 miles
By public transport – 70 kms/43 miles
Steps taken – 23,028
So one of the reasons for coming to El Calafate was to visit the Perito Moreno Glacier, a massive that’s actually composed of many other pieces of shifting ice. It’s one of two glaciers in all of South America that is growing – yes I said growing!
This phenomena baffles scientists as most of the world’s glaciers are shrinking because of climate change.
We took an enjoyable bus ride, approximately 90 minutes to the park. It was a scenic journey.
Views from bus window
Among the Earth’s most dynamic and accessible ice fields, Glacier Perito Moreno is the stunning centerpiece of the southern sector of Parque Nacional Los Glaciares.
It measures 30km in length, 5km wide and 73 metres high (approximately) but what makes it EXCEPTIONAL in the world of ice is its constant advance – up to 2m per day, causing building-sized icebergs to calve from its face.
Many people think it’s due to global warming, but it’s not. It’s actually as the size increases, the front of the glacier gains large cracks and crevasses that eventually calve off creating an exciting natural show.
In the past when I’ve saw this happen a part of me felt sad as the glaciers I’ve seen before have all been retreating, but not this one, so I was able to totally enjoy it for what it was.
However it is sadly thinning which means it’s volume is on a downward trend.
But what a sight she was!
The sun was beaming down hard and there were few clouds in the sky. The glacier shined bright against the torquoise lake and distant peaks.
There are viewing platforms in which you can get up pretty close and personal.
There are also around 5 different walking circuits, on boardwalks, that you can do that allows you to check out the glacier from different advantage points….we did the lot and were there the whole day, morning until night! It passed by so quickly.
Some might say really…a whole day at a glacier, but believe you me, it was truly special, I didn’t want to leave!
We found a large rock to set ourselves up for lunch. ‘Cracking’ open a bottle of wine we sat in almost silence observing the glacier and icebergs.
If you only get to visit one glacier in your life, Perito Moreno would be a good one to pick.
This glacier is the largest glacier in the world outside Antarctica and Greenland and one of the few that regenerates itself.
It was discovered and named on 15th February 1877 by Perito Francisco Pascasio Moreno.
As I stood in awe of this most incredible jagged piece of ice, I could hear creaky eerie noises of the glacier. Then cracking and booming, like a gun shot or canon being fired and then, huge chunks of ice weighing tens of thousands of kilo’s periodically breaking away, crashing into the water creating thunderous sounds.
This has to be arguably one of the world’s most mind blowing glaciers.
Words cannot do this justice…infact photos cannot either but I’ve tried…here are several more photos of mother nature at her best doing her thing!
And by the way I was so overwhelmed by this phenomena that it even started to make me see double! Not you too?