Perito Moreno Glacier

by Dave on April 2, 2012 · 15 comments

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier

Perito Moreno Glacier is one Patagonia’s most popular destinations, along with Fitz Roy Mountain, and Torres del Paine National Park.

After a long day of ice climbing on Viedma Glacier, we drove to El Calafate for the night. The following morning, we began our guided day trip to Perito Moreno.

The glacier’s close proximity to land makes it easily accessible for visitors of all ages and modalities.

Before arriving at the viewing platforms, visitors have the chance to take a one hour boat ride to view the South face of the glacier. While our guide, Christian, indicated  it wasn’t necessary, about half our group decided to go.

I’d agree with Christian that your views from land will be fantastic in and of themselves, but if you’re looking to maximize the photo opportunities, spend the extra $16 for the boat ride too.

These photos have not been edited.  Enjoy raw images of one of nature’s true wonders.

A view toward the ice bridge, which once connected the glacier to land. It underwent a monumental collapse the week before we arrived.

A view toward the ice bridge, which once connected the glacier to land. It underwent a monumental collapse the week before we arrived.

A monumental arch once connected the glacier on the left to the land on the right.

A monumental arch once connected the glacier on the left to the land on the right. This is my favorite photo.

The South face of Perito Moreno Glacier

The South face of Perito Moreno Glacier, as viewed from the boat

Pinnacles of ice

Don't forget these pinnacles of blue ice extend hundreds of feet below the surface of the water

To get a sense of scale, look at the hikers approaching the glacier to the far left

To get a sense of scale, look at the hikers approaching the glacier to the far left

Perito Moreno Glacier extends down from the Southern Ice Field

Perito Moreno Glacier extends down from the Southern Ice Field, the 3rd largest after Antarctica and Greenland

Look in the middle to see a giant pinnacle of ice falling off the glacier

Look closely in the middle to see a giant pinnacle of ice falling off the glacier

Ice splashes into the lake

Ice splashes into the lake. Atop the photo, you can see a white dot, a piece of ice flung hundreds of feet in the air.

Visitors can safely watch ice calving off Perito Moreno Glacier

Visitors can safely watch ice calving off Perito Moreno Glacier. We visited at the end of the Summer season, when the ice was especially unstable.

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Disclosure: This Patagonia tour is in partnership with G Adventures. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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