The first big stop in Argentina was at El Calafate where we arrived after a 27 hour bus ride. The first funny thing that we found out about Argentinians is that they have dinner very late and in the evening restaurants are closed until 8 PM. Even on the bus to El Calafate when almost all the gringos on the bus were already sleeping at 10 PM, the bus crew waked us up to have dinner.
The reason why we went to El Calafate is that this is the main point from where the tours to the Glacier Perito Moreno start. Perito Moreno is one of many glaciers in the Los Glaciares National Park which is the 3rd largest accumulation of glaciers in the world, after Antarctica and Groenland. Perito Moreno is 35km long, 5 km wide and 60m high and it’s one of the most spectacular glaciers worldwide. It’s also one of the most stable ones because 70% of it is the part where it accumulates new ice and only 30% of it is the part where the ice is melting or breaking. It’s probably the most visited glaciers in the world because on a peninsula nearby there are a lot of platforms with viewpoints where people stand and wait for a big ice part to break. We were also very lucky to see this spectacular experience and when the ice breaks the sound produced is incredible loud.
One amazing thing we’ve seen or done
The amazing thing we did here was to hike on the glacier. We received special crampons and after a short training we were able to walk on the ice. The small rivers on and under glacier are amazing and you can hear the noise from the water under your feet. There are also a lot of beautiful ice shapes with amazing blue color. Hiking on this glacier was definitely one of the most amazing experiences so far.
Punta Arenas, Chile