That is one big ice cube – Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier

So after my skiing trip in Ushuaia, the second highlight of my journey thus far is the Perito Moreno Glacier. The Perito Moreno Glacier, a glacier in the Glacier National Park,  is located near El Calafate, Argentina. It is one of those places you visit and you are left speechless.

Viewing the glacier by water

Perito Moreno Glacier by water

We started our journey with an 1-hour bus ride to the Glacier National Park. Afterwards, we boarded a comfortable boat and saw the glacier from afar.  As we were viewing the glacier from the boat, I kept thinking to myself, ¨Titanic anyone?¨ As it was windy beyond belief,we were not allowed to be outside on the viewing deck. Perhaps everyone would try to pose like he/she were flying (from the famous scene in Titanic) and the boat crew would have to fetch everyone from the waters. Yes, it was that windy!

Viewing the glacier by land

An amazing way to see the glacier is by trekking on the glacier itself.  We placed crampons to our shoes and made our way to the glacier. At first I was a bit weary as I imagined myself slipping on ice the entire time.

Perito Moreno Glacier by land

Instead, walking on the glacier was like walking on slushed ice.  I badly wanted an icy by the end of mini-trek.

With a close-up view of the glacier, I saw the most interesting shades of blue.  It was as if someone came to the glacier and started carving ice sculptures.  There were caves and ponds along the way-we even had a chance to climb into a small cave and see the interior.

Interestingly enough, we ended the trek on the glacier with whiskey.  The guide carved some ice nearby and chilled the whiskey.  Talk about the real thing-fresh ice from a glacier.

Viewing the glacier from above

Last by not least, we viewed the glacier from a vista point above. INCREDIBLE.  The glacier was massive. The guide told us it was larger than the surface area of Buenos Aires.  The Perito Moreno Glacier is not even the largest glacier in the park.

Perito Moreno Glacier from above

From this vista point,we had a chance to see ice breaking off from the glacier. I kept trying to shoot the perfect picture, but I could never capture how amazing it is to see/hear the cracking of ice.

Completely amazing. Words can not describe how astonishing it was to see the Perito Moreno Glacier.


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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