Today was all about big chunks of ice. Ninety-seven square miles of ice, named the Perito Moreno Glacier to be exact. Perito Moreno Glacier is a short drive away from El Calafate, Argentina inside Los Glaciares National Park. The really cool thing about this glacier is that it is advancing, or getting bigger, while most of the worlds’ glaciers are rapidly shrinking.
Perito Moreno Glacier can be viewed by boat or by hiking about a mile (roundtrip) to the viewing platforms. I opted to hike the longer hike at about 2 miles in total. It is quite easy (especially in comparison to our last hike to Lago de los Tres) as it is all on a man-made walkway.
From up above:
The glacier has two sides along the lake to get up close and personal by boat. We saw a few kayakers as well but they looked miserable because of the wind.
An attempt at a panorama to get the whole glacier in one photo:
When the sun came out the glacier looked more blue but it was a mostly cloudy day for us.
My group had packed lunches to enjoy while we waited for calving (the technical term for when chunks break off glaciers) to occur. We saw a few small, school bus sized chunks fall and just missed a really big calving after the wind and rain picked up and we packed up our lunches for a warmer, drier indoor environment. Of course.
Icebergs post-calve (not calf) along the shore:
There were bigger icebergs out in the middle of the lake too. Had I been on the boat, I would have been humming the Titanic theme the whole trip.
Every few years Perito Moreno Glacier has a massive break and where the face of the glacier crashes into the lake. Apparently it is the coolest thing to see. And they are gearing up for it because ice caves and cracks are forming like they do right before the massive collapse.
While we aren’t lucky enough to catch that, Perito Moreno Glacier was still one of the best things to see on this whole vacation so far.
Reader Question: Have you ever seen a glacier? Where were you? Did you see any of it break off?