Perito Moreno Glacier

After our high seeing Torres del Paine, I was very excited for our next stop. While Kay hadn’t really been interested in Patagonia before our trip, I had demanded that Perito Moreno Glacier was on the list. So, after a night in town, we hopped on a tour bus with several other tourists and drove out for a day trip to the glacial field.

When we finally piled out of the bus for our 3-ish hour tour and made it down to the viewing platforms, Kay was audibly impressed.It was BREATHTAKING. Literally, the power you can feel and hear in the air from the glacier cracking and groaning and constantly moving forward, inching its way further out into the lake, was incredible.Kay missed it, but shortly after we arrived, I saw a huge chunk of ice burst off the side and crash into the water to join the other ice chunks floating on the surface. The sound. The force…. Despite global warming, I kind of hoped I would see some more pop off soon just because it was so amazing! We kept hoping the whole time that we would somehow see this scrawny bit in the photo above crack off, but alas it did not happen. Don’t move too fast, Perito! Also what surprised Kay was the color of the glacier. It was extremely blue! Somehow, we both thought that it would be white or if anything, gray or brown from dirt and rocks and earth, but it had the prettiest blue tone that flickered in the sunlight.The lake was also a typical-for-Patagonia unreal teal color. It looked magnificently clean, but I can only imagine how freaking cold that water must be!Kay, who hadn’t thought much about his visit to Torres del Paine a couple days previously or this visit, was totally enjoying himself and blown away by the sights that Patagonia had to offer. It was like nothing we had ever seen before!Although we were in broad daylight during summer in January, there was a pretty icy breeze coming off that glacier that chilled us.After a long time taking photos, we headed along the side of the lake towards the cafe to warm up with some hot drinks and lunch, admiring these floating iceberg chunks as we went.After lunch we headed back out for a bit more viewing before it was time to head back, and the sun was starting to peek out a bit in the mountain range in the back that had been cloudy when we had arrived.Now this looked truly magical and like a scene out of a novel about far off lands with snowy tundras. We also imagined just how dangerous it would be to walk on this glacier… It has an average depth of 74m (240ft) and a max depth of 170m (558ft) and the whole glacier is in constant motion with ice cracking and moving and reforming constantly. Imagine taking your next step and suddenly plunging deep into the Earth, getting lodged between ice on all sides. Not a death I plan for! Eventually it was time to head back up to the bus and back into El Calafate.We would only stay one more night in El Calafate. We came to see the glacier and there’s not much else to El Calafate, so it was time to get on to the wonderland of El Chalten and all it has to offer!

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