After our three day adventure in Chile, we headed over the border into Argentina to visit El Calafate and the Perito Moreno glacier. The Perito Moreno glacier is 250 km2 and 30 km long, just one of ~50 glaciers in the South Patagonia ice field. This glacier is advancing, odd as most glaciers are retreating these days. At the viewing balconies, you can see photos of the progress of the glacier over the last 100 years. It is truly an astounding natural wonder to see.
The bus ride was long and tedious, as could be expected, and despite an early start we didn´t arrive at the glacier until mid-afternoon. The first part of our tour was a boat ride on one flank of the glacier, which rises up from nowhere, incredible vertical icy cliffs jutting out of icy blue water.
The boat takes a little stroll along the ice face before returning to shore, where we hopped across to the other side and admired it from several viewing balconies. The shear size is incredible, stretching as far as the eye can see in the distance. The vibrant blues of the ice, changing intensity and hue depending on the shadows and ice thickness, looks almost artificial in their vividness. Most likely, you´ll be treated to a couple thundering cracks as pieces of the glacier fall into the water below.
There is also an option to do either a short (1.5 hour) or long (5 hour) trek across the glacier, but unfortunately we only had time for a short tour. Rumor is, on the long trek, you get served some Scotch on glacier rocks at the end 😉