Glacier Travel in Patagonia

After the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the Southern Patagonia Ice Field is the largest source of freshwater on Earth.  48 glaciers feed into this ice field and during my stay in El Calafate I ventured out onto one of them!

Moreno Glacier

19 miles long overall, the end of the Perito Moreno Glacier is around 3 miles wide and 560 feet thick.  It is also one of only three glaciers in this system that is growing!  For a better perspective into the scale of this monster, I signed up with the only company in town to hike the glacier surface.

Glacier  Traversing

Hurricane force winds didn’t stop our group from sliding on a harness and crampons to explore!  Every step was challenging so it was with incredible relief when the wind suddenly died down and the crackling of ice and rushing of water could be heard below my feet.  For hours we traversed the ice, randomly coming upon clear ponds and sub-ice waterfalls.  The glacier was alive with activity.  All this natural beauty definitely wasn’t visible from the visitor platform across from the glacier!

Glacier

Check out this video my friend took that day of a Perito Moreno glacier waterfall: http://youtu.be/VHEzkVeIUMI

After several hours of hiking and traversing, the company capped the tour off with an alfajor and a glass of Jamesons on the rocks – the rocks being glacier ice!

Glacier

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2 Responses to Glacier Travel in Patagonia

  1. Christine says:

    oh wow, that is pretty amazing!!!

  2. Wow! Very impressive pictures!

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