Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina
Ranked #5 in Argentina tourism
Perito Moreno Glacier is probably one of the most amazing sites of the whole Patagonia. It was named after Francisco Moreno, a scientist and explorer of the 19th century whose theory of “high peak” helped to settle the dispute of borders with Chile.
The glacier is the most famous site of the Los Glaciares National Park and excursions to this magnificent formation of nature have become one of Argentina’s top tourist attractions. Most of the visitors desire to actually witness the movement of the glacier that happens from time to time, even if the last action occurred in 2003.
The glacier is among only three other glaciers of Patagonia that are actually pushing forward and growing rather than retreating. Perito Moreno is 5 km wide and approximately 60 m high. The glacier reaches 700 m at its deepest.
Perito Moreno Glacier Tour
The city of El Calafate is only in a distance of a two-hour car drive, so a lot of tourism companies organize excursions to the glacier and buses to the site go on daily basis. Trekking on the glacier has become one the most popular activities in Perito Moreno Glacier. Ice-trekking is an amazing experience, and it can be done by anyone. In Perito Moreno, trekking is offered in two types – the “mini trekking” that would take you only hour-and-a half, and the “big walk” that requires somewhat 5 hours to be completed. Proper clothing have to be worn if you are about to go trekking, but forget about the crampons as the tour companies usually provide the clients with them on their own.
If you happen to be in Patagonia, going to the Perito Moreno glacier has to be the number-one item of your activities list.
Breaking of the Ice
From time to time the front edge of the glacier protrudes and joins the peninsula and even into its coast. The weight due to the collection of ice pushes the glacier into Brazo Rico, blocking a portion of lake from the rest. The water level starts to rise and gradually water seep through the barrier causing the huge ice mass to collapse in a thundering splash.The last rupture occurred in June 19th, 2012.