One day at the famous Perito Moreno glacier!
In this blog I take you to the world famous glacier the Perito Moreno in Southern Argentina.
From El Calafate, the town closest to the glacier, it takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes by car to get there. You can go with your own transport, but you can also book a tour with one of the many tour operators in the downtown.
There are several ways to discover the glacier, think about a tour with a boat, hiking on the glacier itself or walk the balconies. The last one is the cheapest and most relaxt way to walk around. But if you like a little bit more of an adventure I advice you to book an excursion for walking on the glacier.
The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of the 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Field, the world's third largest freshwater reserve. The glacier ends in a fjord, where the ice is 60 m thick and 5 km wide. The ice mass moves 1 to 2 meters per day. This is noticeable by the cracking of the ice chunks sliding over each other or because large ice chunks regularly break off and fall into Lago Argentino with a lot of noise. This is one of the few glaciers that is not retreating.
The glacier is discovered by Francisco Moreno, an Argentine explorer who explored this area in the 19th century.
You always have to pay an entrance fee to enter the park, this fee includes the walking on the balconies. For the boat tour or hiking on the ice you have to pay extra. I advice you to bring a hat and gloves and also a lunch package!